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firework_twirlIf you are right handed, you will tend to chew your food on the right side of your mouth. If you are left handed, you will tend to chew your food on the left side of your mouth.

To make half a kilo of honey, bees must collect nectar from over 2 million individual flowers

Heroin is the brand name of morphine once marketed by ‘Bayer’.

Tourists visiting Iceland should know that tipping at a restaurant is considered an insult!

People in nudist colonies play volleyball more than any other sport.

Albert Einstein was offered the presidency of Israel in 1952, but he declined.

Astronauts can’t belch – there is no gravity to separate liquid from gas in their stomachs.

Ancient Roman, Chinese and German societies often used urine as mouthwash.

The Mona Lisa has no eyebrows. In the Renaissance era, it was fashion to shave them off!

Because of the speed at which Earth moves around the Sun, it is impossible for a solar eclipse to last more than 7 minutes and 58 seconds.

The night of January 20 is “Saint Agnes’s Eve”, which is regarded as a time
when a young woman dreams of her future husband.

Google is actually the common name for a number with a million zeros

It takes glass one million years to decompose, which means it never wears out
and can be recycled an infinite amount of times!

Gold is the only metal that doesn’t rust, even if it’s buried in the ground for thousands of years

Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at only one end

If you stop getting thirsty, you need to drink more water. When a human body
is dehydrated, its thirst mechanism shuts off.

Each year 2,000,000 smokers either quit smoking or die of tobacco-related diseases.

Zero is the only number that cannot be represented by Roman numerals

Kites were used in the American Civil War to deliver letters and newspapers.

The song, Auld Lang Syne, is sung at the stroke of midnight in almost every
English-speaking country in the world to bring in the new year.

Drinking water after eating reduces the acid in your mouth by 61 percent

Peanut oil is used for cooking in submarines because it doesn’t smoke
unless it’s heated above 450°F

The roar that we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean,
but rather the sound of blood surging through the veins in the ear.

Nine out of every 10 living things live in the ocean

The banana cannot reproduce itself. It can be propagated only by the hand of man

Airports at higher altitudes require a longer airstrip due to lower air density

The University of Alaska spans four time zones

The tooth is the only part of the human body that cannot heal itself.

In ancient Greece, tossing an apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of marriage. Catching it meant she accepted.

Warner Communications paid $28 million for the copyright to the song Happy Birthday.

Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

A comet’s tail always points away from the sun

The Swine Flu vaccine in 1976 caused more death and illness than the disease it was intended to prevent

Caffeine increases the power of aspirin and other painkillers, that is why it is found in some medicines.

The military salute is a motion that evolved from medieval times, when knights in armor raised their visors to reveal their identity.

If you get into the bottom of a well or a tall chimney and look up, you can see stars, even in the middle of the day.

When a person dies, hearing is the last sense to go. The first sense lost is sight

In ancient times strangers shook hands to show that they were unarmed

Strawberries are the only fruits whose seeds grow on the outside

Avocados have the highest calories of any fruit at 167 calories per hundred grams

The moon moves about two inches away from the Earth each year

The Earth gets 100 tons heavier every day due to falling space dust

Due to earth’s gravity it is impossible for mountains to be higher than 15,000 meters

Mickey Mouse is known as “Topolino” in Italy

Soldiers do not march in step when going across bridges because they could set up a vibration which could be sufficient to knock the bridge down

Everything weighs one percent less at the equator

For every extra kilogram carried on a space flight, 530 kg of excess fuel are needed at lift-off

The letter J does not appear anywhere on the periodic table of the elements.

My neighbors all complain that these kinds of lists do not appear in their inboxes anymore…I am up to my armpits in strawberries and food saving so I thought I would share this combination of the 3 such lists I received in 2011.

Do you have a neat fact to add to this list?

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17 Responses to “Neat things to know …”

  1. Laurie Buchanan Says:

    Quick – get me to a game show! With all of this nifty information, I just might have a shot at winning!

    Patricia Reply:

    Yes maybe you could win Laurie…
    I just discovered another interesting fact today..

    Did you know that everyday in the continental USA 500 water mains break? Mostly because our systems are over 80 years old…just the repair of the water mains and bridges would put 16 million construction workers back to work…and we would have clean, not wasted, water..hmmm

  2. susan Says:

    Hi Patricia!
    Fascinating! Love this kind of stuff! I have two books called “Useless Information” which I think will be fun too, just haven’t read them yet!

    Busy packing for a week at the lake. It’ll be soooo good to get away from the 100 degrees here! My head is full of lists rather than any interesting facts right now, but thanks for making this. I’ll come back and read when I have more time. Maybe then I’ll have something to add? :)
    p.s. You have a glorious 4th!

    Patricia Reply:

    You have a cool and wonderful time at the Lake, Susan…
    I will have a great 4th I am sure of it…all in the attitude.

    I now keep finding more facts!

  3. Talon Says:

    Once I read the nudist volleyball fact, Patricia, I started wondering why…is it the jiggle factor? The soft landing (if played on sand) or what?

    I knew that about Strawberries. Which I think is so neat. I enjoyed your facts.

    I’ve had issues with my browser, but I think they’re finally resolved and I can comment again – yay! :)

    Patricia Reply:

    Hi Talon,
    I knew about your site having problems – I could not post my comment the other day.

    Then my Google ID is not giving me the comments from your site or Hilary’s right now? If it is not one thing then another seems to pop up.

    I thought the volleyball was it is not so much a touch and tackle sport? I just heard that the Olympics have changed the women’s volleyball uniforms to more like the men’s –

    It was fun putting these factoids together and doing something not so weighty with all the holidays coming up

  4. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. having just written about Volley Ball – I think that’d be banned for the Olympics!

    Great lot of neat things .. lots of them .. I read a novel once set in Australia .. where the chap tested his urine .. for diabetes .. I think when the diagnosis was relatively unknown .. but sugar in the urine gave an inkling …

    Funny lot of things .. great fun .. cheers Hilary

    Patricia Reply:

    I took a survival course for women and they suggested urine when in a deserted place to keep one from dehydrating….

    Since Canada and USA have been celebrations ahead, I thought a bit of light fun was in order.

    Thanks for revealing the false story on Davina’s Ps and Qs post That was fun too


    Volleyball uniforms have just been changed here for the Olympics …no nudists need apply!

  5. Sara Says:


    This was such a fun read. I read a lot of these aloud to my partner. There were so many of these facts I didn’t know…like the tongue. I mean it makes sense, but I’d never really thought about it. Not I know.

    I enjoyed this list very much and it’s a perfect lead in for the holidays ahead.

    Enjoy yours!!
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    Patricia Reply:

    I have quite the cold right now and thought I would raise my spirits by creating the list from a series of emails…It was fun to put together and I am glad you enjoyed it

    Happy 4th
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  6. Chris Edgar Says:

    That’s interesting, I didn’t realize that tossing an apple to a woman in ancient Greece was a form of courtship — I guess that custom is the basis for the story of the contest between the goddesses for the golden apples that is supposed to have been responsible for the Trojan War.
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    Patricia Reply:

    Ooo…my the Trojan War, well that was a new thought for me

    Happy 4th…need to get over and listen to your music
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  7. Gilberto Leroy Says:

    Thanks for your nice topic full with a list of huge information which I’ve read and also enjoyed. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Sam Juliano Says:

    You really had me hooked with this scroll Patricia! I did know some like Einstein, Google, St. Agnes Eve, drinking water when body’s thirst mechanism shuts down, most living things in the ocean, et., but a number of these were revelatory. Great choices too! You learn something new every day as they say!

    I wish you and yours a wonderful 4th!

    Patricia Reply:

    I am glad you enjoyed this list…I thought it was a fun change of pace and might give folks a smile too :)

    Happy 4th
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  9. Davina Haisell Says:

    That is a good point that Laurie made. Good reference for Jeopardy! :)

    These were all excellent food for thought, Patricia. I did not know that Icelanders consider tipping an insult. And so interesting about the astronauts and the tongue.

    I have a neat fact to add to the list, but it’s more of a riddle. Did you know that the more a towel dries, the wetter it gets? I bet you’ve heard that before because I’ve mentioned it a couple of times in my blogging travels. It’s one of my favourites. Thanks for this read. It was interesting.

    Patricia Reply:

    Oh a wet towel factoid how fun to add to the list.

    Glad you enjoyed it Hope Canada Day was fun for you and yours
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