Friday, June 24, 2011
If you spend on average of a minute making your bed every single day, from when you leave home as a kid until you die, you will have wasted 19,000 minutes. That's equivalent to making your bed during the day for an entire month of daylight. Kind of a waste of a month if you ask me ;)
Friday, June 17, 2011
The Stonefish (Synanceia genius) is not only the most poisonous fish in the oceans but stepping on it is also documented as the most painful thing on earth. People who have suffered that unlucky foot placement have been known to ask doctors to cut their leg off rather then live with the pain till the poison wears off.
Friday, June 10, 2011
If you are walking along the beach and come across a strange smelly, waxy, blob make sure that you grab it and bring it home. It is known as "Ambergris" and is produced in the Sperm Whale gastrointestinal tract. It is valued at $20 per gram and used in perfumes. A good sized chunk can be worth up to $1,000,000.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
The movie "The Terminal" was based on a true story of Mehran Nasseri who's passport and papers were stolen and had to remain at an airport. He lived there for 18 years and when he sold the movie rights to his story he became the worlds richest homeless man. In 2006 he received rights to leave the airport yet STILL lives in a homeless shelter.
State Laws Edition. In the state of Washington it is illegal to pretend that one’s parents are rich. Also in the City of Everett it is illegal to display a hypnotized or allegedly hypnotized person in a store window.
Pre-Shark-Week.... The great white shark has electroreceptors (or Ampullae of Lorenzini) along its head that are so precise that they can detect a difference of 5 BILLIONTHS of a volt. That is five million times more sensitive than any other animal on earth. They would be able to detect a 1 Volt charge across the Atlantic Ocean.
Cannibalism Edition. Ounce for ounce the human brain is the most nutrient rich part of the body. Before you go chopping up your room mate to have a healthy meal know that eating human brains can transmit "Kuru" (or 'laughing disesase') which will lead to sporadic tremors and uncontrollable outbursts of laughter.
YAYYYYY JELLYFISH. So each tentacle on a Box Jellyfish has 500,000 cnidocytes which are microscopic harpoon shaped coiled hollow hairs. When triggered they spring out as fast as 700 nanoseconds, thus reaching an acceleration of up to 5,410,000 G's. That is the fastest moving thing on earth not on a cellular, molecular, or particle level.
Poker Edition: The king of hearts is the only king without a mustache on a standard playing card. Also it is the only "suicide king" with the sword going through his head. Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history and the hearts is Charlemagne. Which makes me wonder why "The Suicide King" is Charlemagne since he didn't commit suicide.
Egyptians invented mascara as an intimidation factor to make themselves look scarier in war. It then became customary and carried on into womens fashion with the Queen Pharaoh Hapshetsut. Thousands of years later here we are and some women still use their mascara to scare us off. hahahaha
Quantum Physics Edition. All the matter that composes every single person on Earth right this very second could be compressed down to the size of a sugar cube if all the empty spaces between electrons & nuclei was removed.
Wealth... If you think we are in a recession consider that the country of Zimbabwe is the poorest country on earth and has a GDP (gross domestic product) of less then $250 per person. On a 'closer to home' note... The average household income of a family in the Appalachians is less than $8000 per year.
Conception Edition - Women are born with around 2 million fertile egg which end up dying at about the time of birth. She is left with about 400 egg which remain dormant until they are activated one by one each month after puberty. This means that they are the only cell in the human body that remains original and not regenerated from the time of birth.
Disney style. The Movie "The Black Cauldron" had to be edited down twice in order to NOT receive an R-rating. It also took over 12 years to make, 5 years of actual production, and cost over $25 million. Over 1,165 different hues and colors were used and 34 miles of film stock was utilized. It was also the very first Disney movie to NOT have "The End" in the film.
Todays topic is Pi. And I'm not talking about the delicious sweet stuff. The 1,000,000th digit of Pi is actually 1. Daniel Tammet is a savant who memorized and rambled off 22,514 digits of pi in just over 5 hours.
(might be useful to know one day)
(might be useful to know one day)
Movie trivia... This one is thanks to my sis Jeanette. Michael J Fox was not the first choice for the movie Back To The Future. Eric Stoltz filmed 5 weeks on set before the director Robert Zemeckis decided he wasn't getting the laughs needed so they fired him and reshot everything with M.J.F
"Proterotype" is the longest word you can spell with one single row on the qwerty keyboard. "Aftereffects" is the longest you can spell with the left hand and "Hypolimnion" is the longest you can spell with the right hand.
On a bit of a morbid tip... It is still legal in Uruguay to kill your oldest son up to the age of 13 if he is unable to finish the annual tribal mountain race. It is considered a great dishonor to not be able to finish.
Ahhhhh the magical whale. Did you know that at a certain depth in the ocean whales are able to communicate with each other 5,000 miles apart. If the pressure and depth of the water is ideal it creates a layer where the song of the whale will bounce in between and travel for distances across the oceans. Now go kill those whales Japan for your "research"
The golden orb spider of south America produces the strongest fiber known to man. Scientists can't replicate it. If the spider was able to produce a net large enough, and with a filament as thick as a pencil, it would be able to stop commercial jet in mid flight.
Spinach got the false reputation of being a power food super rich in iron when the decimal was placed in the wrong spot figuring out it's nutritional content. It is still a great source but not the super food it once was thought to be.