DIDN’T KNOW THAT LAST WEEK 1st June 2022
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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
DIDN’T KNOW THAT LAST WEEK 1st June 2022
1 More people drown in fresh water than in salt water. Did you know that the vast majority of drownings occur in fresh water? According to ThoughtCo, a staggering 90 percent of drownings take place in swimming pools, bathtubs, and rivers—not only because of circumstances, but also because of the way the different types of water affect the human body in potentially fatal situations.
2 Your brain uses up around 20 percent of your body’s blood and oxygen. The human brain is responsible for countless tasks and is always busy keeping our internal systems running. In order to remain so vitally productive, the brain uses 20 percent of both the oxygen and the blood in your body, according to Healthline
3 Giraffes hum to each other at night to make sure their herd stays together. If you’re not already completely charmed by giraffes’ incredibly long necks and stylish spots, then there’s another fact about these super tall creatures that might win you over. Although scientists had previously believed that the animals were either completely silent or made noises that humans were unable to hear, they recently learned that giraffes can hum—and humans can hear it, too. In 2015, researchers from the University of Vienna gathered 947 hours of giraffe noises over an eight-year period at three zoos and they discovered that the animals produced a humming sound at night. The scientists hypothesize that the animals do this to help keep their herd together when their vision is impaired in the low light
4 Figs aren’t considered vegan because they have dead wasps inside. Anyone who sticks to a strictly plant-based diet will want to remove figs from their repertoire. While the figs themselves are fruit, they often include bugs. Vegan Life explains that a female “wasp will enter the fig, passing into a part of the plant known as the calimyrna” while trying to lay her eggs. “Eventually, she dies… and is broken down by a protein-digesting enzyme inside the fig.”
5 We are born with only two innate fears. While it might seem like you’ve been afraid of snakes and spiders since you were born, that’s not totally true. According to CNN, scientists have found that humans have just two innate fears: the fear of falling and the fear of loud sounds. The rest of your phobias are learned over time.
6 Your blood makes up about 8 percent of your body weight. The human body contains everything from muscles and bones to organs and bacteria. But when it comes to your overall weight, you’d be silly not to consider your blood. Turns out, it makes up around 8 percent of your body weight.
7 You have a 1 in 1,461 chance of being born on leap day.
8 The longest one-syllable words in the English language all start with the letter “s.” A monosyllabic word has just one syllable. And while plenty of monosyllabic words exist, the longest ones all happen to start with the letter “s,” according to Guinness World Records. At 10 letters, “scraunched” and “strengthed” are the longest monosyllabic words in the English language. “Screeched,” “scrounged,” “squelched,” “straights,” and “strengths” come in second place with nine letters each.
9 Miss Piggy was originally named Piggy Lee Miss Piggy has been a fan favorite ever since she made her debut on The Muppet Show in 1976. But it turns out that before she was introduced to the world, she went by another name. In 2014, Time reported that a 40-year-old note and a pair of photos from the character’s creator, Jim Henson, showed that Miss Piggy’s name was initially “Piggy Lee.” Although we know that she famously fell for Kermit the Frog, in the photos, she’s seen with a character named Hamilton Pigg. Poor Kermie!
10 Nobody knows how to open the entire vault at Fort Knox. Kentucky’s Fort Knox is one of the most secure places in the U.S., due to the fact that it’s home to more than 147.3 million ounces of gold bullion, according to the U.S. Mint. During World War II, it even stored the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. So obviously, there are strict precautions when it comes to access. For instance, there are very few people who are aware of the actual structure of the facility, and there’s not one single person who knows all of the procedures to open the vault entirely.
11 The Goodyear Blimp is the official bird of Redondo Beach, California. The Goodyear Blimp is surely iconic, but it’s not exactly a living, breathing creature. Still, that didn’t stop Redondo Beach—a coastal city situated near the Goodyear Blimp’s home airport in Carson, California—from passing a resolution in 1983 to make the blimp its official bird.
12 Nomophobia is the fear of not having a mobile phone. People are increasingly reliant on their devices these days, but for some, the attachment can develop into a serious issue. Those with nomophobia—an abbreviation of “no-mobile-phone phobia”—have a fear of not having their phone on them. They get equally freaked out when their battery dies or when there’s no network coverage available. One 2019 study by U.K. firm YouGov found that 34 percent of men and 52 percent of women currently deal with some form of the condition.
13 Bamboo grows so fast, it’s measured in miles per hour. Along with being strong and flexible, bamboo can be grown as a decorative plant or a practical crop. And bamboo is also a fabulously renewable resource. In fact, it’s the fastest growing plant on the planet, capable of shooting up 35 inches each day at a rate of 0.00002 miles per hour, according to Guinness World Records.
14 The Last Supper painting originally showed Jesus’ feet, but they were cut off to make a doorway. Leonardo Da Vinci’s painting of the last supper is one of the most famous works of art in the world. It also used to include the central figure’s feet, but they were cut off when a door was installed in the wall beneath the fresco in 1652.
15 Alice in Wonderland syndrome is a condition that makes people feel larger or smaller than they actually are. Anyone who knows the story of Alice in Wonderland is aware of the magical moments when the central character shrinks and grows in size. And while those with the rare Alice in Wonderland syndrome don’t actually shape-shift, they do have temporary episodes that make them feel larger or smaller. The spans of distorted perception can also make it seem like things around them are moving further away or closer.
16 A kangaroo word sounds like something that’s spoken in Australia, but it’s actually a word that happens to contain its own synonym, with the letters to spell it in the correct order. According to Dictionary.com, examples include the words “chocolate” (which includes the synonym “cocoa”), “masculine” (“male”), “blossom” (“bloom”), “chicken” (“hen”), “rambunctious” (“raucous”), and “deceased” (“dead”).
17 Feather boas are usually long enough to wrap around a person’s shoulders. But during 2019’s Pride celebration in New York City, Madame Tussauds New York and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square set a Guinness World Record for the longest feather boa ever, stretching 1.2 miles. At that length, the boa was nearly four times the height of the Empire State Building! Drag queen Shangela of RuPaul’s Drag Race and A Star Is Born emceed the unveiling event.
18 Despite the many differences between humans and other creatures, there are also plenty of similarities. Many creatures have hair, a heart, eyes, and a powerful brain just like ours. But there’s one feature we don’t share with any other species: our chins.
19 It takes nearly two days for a human to discharge a Lego through their body. Anyone who’s been around Legos knows that they’re incredibly painful to step on. But have you ever wondered what happens when you swallow one? In a 2018 study published in the Journal of Pediatrics and Child Health, six volunteers decided to find out by ingesting a Lego figurine head (a piece that is much rounder and presumably easier on the digestive system than a rectangular one). The researchers determined that it takes an average of 1.71 days to pass a Lego through the human body.
20 The Railway Children Movie (1970) BBFC complaint, In 2013, the British Board of Film Classification released a statement saying that they had received and evaluated a complaint about the film in that it encouraged children to trespass on the railway tracks. The BBFC noted that the children did trespass on the line, but only to warn an approaching train of the danger of a landslide on the track ahead. They had, however, in an earlier scene walked along the track simply to get to the station. The BBFC also pointed out that the film was set in Edwardian times when access to railway lines was not under the same restrictions as modern times
21 The leaning Tower of Pisa isn’t just leaning—it’s sinking, too. Construction on the Tower of Pisa began in 1173, and, because of the soft ground it was built on, it began to lean as soon as builders got to the third story (five years after construction started). Over the next 800 years, leaning wasn’t the only thing off about the tower: It’s also sinking at a rate of two millimeters per year!
22 The longest TV ad in history is 14 hours long. Created by Old Spice for a product that supposedly “lasts forever,” the commercial features actor Terry Crews, among others, and is currently airing “for an eternity” online (you can watch the abridged version here). But since that’s not exactly possible on TV, a 14-hour version was put together and aired in São Paulo, Brazil, on December 8, 2018, earning the Guinness World Record for the longest TV ad ever.
23 Fax machines may be outdated now, but they had a longer run than you probably realized. The fax machine was patented by Scottish inventor Alexander Bain in 1843. Then, three years later, he actually created it. At the time, it was not referred to as a fax machine, but a facsimile machine.
24 You might think jogging and running are basically the same thing, but according to conditioning coach Mike Antoniades, jogging means moving at “speeds less than 6 mph.” Any faster than that, and it’s technically running.
25 The DeLorean was not always the way Marty McFly was supposed to travel to the past. As /Film recounts, in the original draft of Back to the Future, the time machine was attached to a refrigerator, and “taken to the Nevada desert test site for the atomic bomb, where it was strapped into the back of a truck and driven into the atomic explosion in order to harness the power from the nuclear explosion. Marty had to climb into the fridge as the truck barrelled towards ground zero.”
26 The letter ‘x’ was first used to represent a kiss in 1763. If you sign letters—or more likely, texts and emails—to those you love with an “xo,” then you’re keeping up a sweet tradition that goes back hundreds of years. Per an article in The Washington Post, the Oxford English Dictionary says that an “x” was first used to represent a kiss back in 1763 in a letter written by British naturalist Gilbert White.
27 You wouldn’t be able to tolerate the quietest place on Earth for more than 45 minutes. Silence may be golden, but too much of it will drive you mad. In Minnesota’s Orfield Laboratories, there’s an anechoic chamber that is so quiet, the background noise is measured in negative decibels (-9.4 dBA, to be exact). The room’s founder, Steven Orfield, told Hearing Aid Know that not only can you “hear your heart beating and sometimes hear your lungs,” but those who have entered the space have trouble standing up due to the fact that humans use sounds to orient themselves. That means anyone who spends a little time in the room needs to be seated. But they won’t be there for long. According to Orfield, the longest anybody has been able to tolerate the extreme silence is 45 minutes.
28 Research published in the journal PLOS ONE found that for significant spans of time during the Stone Age, there were fewer than 1,500 people living in Central Europe. And as IFL Science reports, that’s about as many people you might find on a mid-sized cruise ship today.
29 The word “SWIMS” is still “SWIMS” when turned upside down.
30 Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts
31 Every day we take about 22,000 breaths. According to the Lung Foundation Australia, the average person breathes around 22,000 times each day. However, women and children have a higher breathing rate, which means that they breathe more times than men.
32 LEGO has an underground vault with every set ever made. Lego offers seemingly endless sets of their toys based on everything from historical events to blockbuster movie franchises. But there’s one place that holds every single set ever made. In 2008, Gizmodo got a peek at Lego’s Memory Lane vault, which reportedly contains 4,720 sets, some dating back to the 1950s.
33 The most tosses of a pancake in one minute is 140. Australia’s Brad Jolly set the Guinness World Record for the most tosses of a pancake in 2012 with 140 flips in just one minute. While demonstrating his super speedy technique, he explained, “It’s all in the wrist.”
34 “J.K. Rowling invented quidditch after a fight with her boyfriend. Inspiration can strike at the strangest times. And it’s a pretty safe bet that Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling didn’t expect to have one of her most famous ideas after a disagreement. But that’s exactly what happened, according to the writer herself. “”[Quidditch] was invented in a small hotel in Manchester after a row with my then boyfriend. I had been pondering the things that hold a society together, cause it to congregate and signify its particular character and knew I needed a sport,”” she wrote in an annotated first edition of the first book in the famous series, which contained insights into how she wrote it.
35 Bangladesh has six seasons. And the range of seasons varies even more around the world, including in Bangladesh where there are six official seasons: summer (grisma, in Bengali), monsoon (barsa), autumn (sharat), late autumn (Hemanta), winter (shit), and spring (basanta).
36 A pangram sentence is one that contains every letter in the English alphabet. If you’ve ever found yourself saying something along the lines of the “two driven jocks help fax my big quiz” or “the five boxing wizards jump quickly,” then you’ve used a pangram sentence which contains at least one of every letter in the English alphabet. And if you’re keen on keeping them a regular part of your everyday speech, then you can also say things like “the job requires extra pluck and zeal from every young wage earner” and “jaded zombies acted quaintly but kept driving their oxen forward,” which is undeniably something we can all see ourselves saying from time to time (*heavy sarcasm implied*).
37 It would take 22.7 years to eat at every restaurant in New York City. New York City is a hub for chefs who are at the top of their game as well as food-lovers who like to sample countless delights. But in order to eat at every restaurant in NYC, it would take a total 22.7 years of going to one spot a day, according to data from Open Table.
38 A best-seller was once written by a nine-year-old. Talk about impressive. In 1890, nine-year-old Daisy Ashford wrote a novel that she then proceeded to forget about. She stopped writing fiction altogether at 13. Around 28 years later, after her mother passed away, Ashford and her sisters found the manuscript in a drawer. Long story short, the novel (The Young Visitors) was picked up by a publisher and went on to become a bestseller.
39 You have more than five senses. Neuroscientists will tell you that you’ve actually got somewhere between 22-33 different senses, which they call “meta-senses.” The most common additional meta-senses are: equilibrioception, or sense of balance; proprioception, or knowing which parts of your body are where without looking (like knowing where your hands are on a keyboard); and thermoception, or being able to sense temperature (like knowing that a recently used stovetop, even if the flame is out, is hot).
40 Duffel bags are named after a town. The duffel bag gets its name from the town of Duffel, Belgium, where the cloth used in the bags was originally sold. The fabric was a coarse, thick woolen cloth that was originally used for the sturdy coverings of ships. It’s been suggested that the bags were made out of scraps for sailors and explorers on their way out to sea.
TOP TWENTY-THREE OF THE DAY
TOP 23 DIFFERENT SENSES YOU HAVE
And you thought you only had 5. See #39 above.
REMEMBER: The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
– Nicolas Chamfort
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory. – Dr. Seuss
Happiness is…hearing a Giraffes hum.
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
Why can’t your ear be 12 inches long? Because then it would be a foot.
Love is…trusting her to cut your hair.
PEARLS OF WISDOM
“Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” —Berthold Auerbach
A time to see Jesus’ feet in Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper painting before 1652…A time not see Jesus’ feet in Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper painting after 1652
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