Wednesday, 25th April 2018
25 April 2018

Facts You Must Know – 1

facts you must know

  • Pakistan means the land of pure in Urdu
  • The most commonly used word for detergent in Urdu is Surf
  • It’s illegal in China to show ads for haemorrhoid cream at meal times
  • One in seven UK bank notes has traces of anal bacteria
  • Babies are born with no bacteria in their bodies
  • The word infant is from the Latin meaning not able to speak
  • Winnie the Pooh’s real name is Edward Bear
  • The offspring of a polar bear and grizzly bear is called pizzly bear
  • A baby pterosaur is called a flapling
  • Cockroaches appeared 120 million years before the dinosaurs
  • The Himalayas were formed 25 million years after the last dinosaur died out
  • All the mountains on Saturn’s moon Titan are named after peaks in The lord of the rings
  • J R R Tolkien and Adolf Hitler both fought at the battle of the Somme
  • During Hitler’s years in power, Mein Kampf was given away free to every newly-wed couple
  • Mussolini described  Mein Kampf as “a boring tome that I have never been able to read”
  • The most read publication in the Uk is Tesco magazine
  • A pint of milk from can contain milk from over a thousand different cows
  • The average Birton consumes 8 cows, 36 sheep and 36 pigs in a lifetime
  • A raw carrot is still alive when  you eat it
  • Half the food produced in the world is left to rot
  • Every hour,the UK produces enough waste to fill the Albert Hall
  • If the Albert Hall were a freezer, it could hold all the galaxies in the visible universe if they were the size of frozen peas
  • Howard Hughes kept a ruler in his hotel room to measure any peas he ordered, sending back those that were ‘too big’
  • In German, ‘Dogging’ is jogging with your dog
  • Bloodhounds’ noses are 100 million times more sensitive than human noses
  • Astronauts’ helmets contain a small piece of Velcro so they can scratch their noses
  • According to Velcro’s official website, there is no such thing as Velcro
  • Splenda was an insecticide that became a sweetener when an assistant misheard an order to ‘test’ it as ‘taste’ it
  • Samsung’s first product was dried fish
  • Wrigley’s originally made soap
  • Chewing gum costs 3p a stick to buy but 10p a blob  to clean off the  pavement
  • Second Street is the mot common street name in USA. First Street is the third most common
  • The oldest bridge in Paris is the Pont Neuf, or ‘New Bridge’
  • More than half the fish in the USA labelled as tuna is not tuna.
  • Half of all animals and plant species live in only one country and nowhere else.
  • Half British adults don’t believe in evolution.
  • Most clams begin life as males, but half of them turn female when older.
  • The Green Zone Golf Club is on the border of Finland and Sweden: half the holes are in one country and half in the other.
  • The first woman to play golf was Mary Queen of Scots.
  • Agatha Christie was a keen surfer.
  • George W.Bush was a college cheerleader.
  • Bruce Lee was Hong Kong’s  cha-cha champion.
  • The oldest  dance still performed is the Austrian shoe- slapping dance.
  • The oldest animal  ever found was a 405- year- old Icelandic clam. It was killed by researchers trying to work out its age.
  • Women look their oldest at 3.30 pm on Wednesdays.
  • Nudiustertian means “relating to the day before yesterday”.
  • The word “journey” is from the French Journee and once meant the distance one could walk in a day.
  • The Swahili for “journey” is safari.
  • The Express the Telegraph, the Economist, the Times, the Star and the Independent were all London-based stagecoaches in the 1830s.
  • The Solar System  is travelling round the galaxy at more than half a million miles per hour.
  • A Manx shearwater files over 5 million miles in its lifetime.
  • Zugunruhe is the restlessness of caged brids in the migration season.
  • Urban birds have learned to line their nests eith cigarette butts.Nicotine is a powerful insecticids that wards off mites lice and fleas.
  • The nectar of citrus plants contains caffeine to attract bees.
  • David Cameron used to be President of the Oxford shire Bee Keeper’s Association.
  • Pannage was a tax on keeping pigs in royal forests that was paid in pigs.
  • Henry VIII put a tax on beards in 1535, but made sure his own was exempt.
  • King David I of Scotland gave tax rebates to subjects with good table manners
  • William the Conqueror had been in England for a fortnight before the battle of Hastings.
  • King John was “Soft sword” for his feeble military activities.
  • In the Hundred Years War, the French called the English “godons” because they were always shouting “God damn”
  • Lalochezia is using swearing to relieve stress or pain.
  • The words proctalgia, proctodynia, pygalgia and rectalgia all mean “pain in the backside”.
  • In Exodus 33:23
  • God shows Moses his backside “And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts”
  • St Martin of Tours exorcised people by showing his arm down their throats and forcing the devil out of their anus.
  • 500,000 Italians visit an exorcist every year.
  • The devil’s port-gate was an Elizabethan euphemism for the vagina.
  • In the 18th century, “bum-fodder” and “arse-wisp” both meant toilet paper.
  • On an average day, Britons spend 14 hours and 39 minutes sitting down.
  • Before dentists’ chairs were invented, the patient’s head was clenched between the surgeon’s knees.
  • The electric chair was invented by a dentist.
  • The first guillotine was built by a harpsichord maker.
  • The first private detective agency was started by a criminal.
  • Speed dating was the brainchild of a rabbi.
  • The quickest possible round- the – world flight time by commercial airline is 44 hours.
  • The remains of birds hit by aero planes are known as “snarge”.
  • 80% of plane crashes occur in the first three or last eight minutes of a flight.
  • Only 5% of the world’s population has ever been on an aero plane.
  • Before Amy Johnson flew solo from Britain to Australia, the furthest she had flown was from Hendon to Hull.
  • Nearly half of all airline pilots admit they have fallen asleep on the job.
  • The first man-made object in space was the German V2 rocket.
  • Russian Cosmonauts routinely took guns into space in case re-entry landed them in the Siberian wilderness.
  • In 1905 the city of Birmingham banned rifle shooting in pubs.
  • The gun laws In Tombstone, Arizona, are less strict today than they were at the time of the OK Corral.
  • In Kennesaw, Georgia, gun ownership is required by law.
  • There is only one gun shop in Mexico: 90% of the country’s firearms are smuggled in from the USA.
  • On 18th February 1913, Pedro Lascurain resigned as president of Mexico after holding office for less than an hour.
  • The Marianas Trench in the Pacific, is so deep that a coin dropped into it from the surface will take more than an hour to reach the bottom.
  • Spiders can survive for hours underwater by entering a self-induced coma.
  • A bite from the Brazilian wandering spider results in an erection that lasts for several hours.
  • I Britain spiders outnumber people by more than 500,000 to 1.
  • The Natural History Museum in London has 22,000 drawers filled with beetles.
  • If dung beetles disappeared from the plains of Africa, its human inhabitants would be up to their waists in excrement within a month.
  • Until biological softener was invented in 1908, the standard was to soften leather was to smear it with dog faeces.
  • Entrance to the Tower of London used to be free if you brought a dog or a cat to feed to the lions.
  • The Eiffel Tower was scheduled to be pulled down in 1009.
  • The Louvre was built in 1190 as a defence against Viking raids.
  • The Statue of Liberty wears size 879 shoes.
  • Charles II of England wore stilettos to his coronation.
  • Samantha Cameron is the great- great- great- great- great- great- great-granddaughter of Charles II’s mistress, Nell Gwyn.
  • David Cameron is a great- great- great- great- great-grandson of King William IV.
  • At least 170 civil servants in the UK are paid more than the prime minister.
  • The House of Commons chamber can only seat three-quarters of the country’s MP’s.
  • In July 2013, more people in Britain believed in ghosts than supported the Labour Party.
  • More people in Britain describe their religion as “Jedi Knight” than are members of the Tory party.
  • Since the 2001 census, the number of people in Britain claiming to be Jedi has fallen by more than half.
  • Harrison Ford used to be a carpenter. He was fitting a door when George Lucas asked him to audition for Star Wars.
  • Ozzy Osbourne worked in a slaughterhouse.
  • Warren Beatty worked as a rat-catcher.
  • Danny DeVito is a qualified hairdresser.
  • The average woman has 150 different hairstyles in her lifetime.
  • In 1950, 7% of American women dyed their hair.In 2013, it was 75%.
  • Healthy hair can stretch by 50% when wet.
  • Your hair grows more quickly when you’re anticipating sex.
  • Plants grow more quickly if you talk to them in a Geordie accent.
  • Magnolias are the oldest surviving flowering plants; they first appeared 100 million years ago.
  • The rarest flower in Britain is the lady’s slipper orchid: a single specimen lives on a golf course in Lancashire under police surveillance.
  • The symbol of the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada is the forget- me- not.
  • The existence of photographic memory has never been scientifically proven.
  • A decapitated planarian flatworm grows a new brain complete with all its old memories.
  • A human liver can grow back even after 75% of it has been removed.
  • 95% of all avocados on sale today are descended from one tree grown by a Milwaukee postman in 1926.
  • In Franch, avocat means both “lawyer” and “avocado”.
  • In German, Strauss means both “ostrich” and “bunch of flowers”.
  • In Norwegian, Palegg is “anything that could conceivably be put in a sandwich”.
  • In Old Norse, Kveis meant “uneasiness after debauchery”
  • Gambrinous means  “being full of beer”.
  • Hops contain antioxidants, but you’d have to drink 118 gallons of beer a day to see any health benefit.
  • French wrestler Andre the Giant once drank 119 beers in six hours.
  • In 1876, the Munich Health Departement ruled that breastfeeding women only needed to drink two pints of beer a day.
  • Edgar Allan Poe’s poem “The Raven was originally going to be about a talking parrot”.
  • The last speaker of the Amazonian Ature language was a parrot.
  • Parrots cal live for 80 years.
  • There are  whales alive today that were born before “Moby – Dick” was written in 1851.
  • If a dead whale is found on a British beach, it is the legal property of the monarch.
  • The first two police officers sworn into the Metropolitan Police were both later sacked for “Drunkenness in the “Streets”
  • The ‘de – militarised zone between North and South Korea is the world’s most militarised zone.
  • The 1784 ‘Kettle War’ between the Netherland and the Holy Roman Empire involved only a single shot.It hit a kettle.
  • 21% of British households don’t possess a kettle.
  • One in eight British adults owns a onesie.
  • Two- thirds of British chidren aged 5 to 13 can work a DVD player, but fewer than half can tie their shoelaces.
  • 60% of British meals are eaten in front of TV.
  • Early BBC TV showed pictures and sound alternately: they only had one transmitter so couldn’t do both at the same time.
  • Until the 1920s, television was also known as Hear-seeing ,Seeing by Wireless, Optic phone, Farscape and the Electric Telescope.
  • ‘TV dinners’ were so-called because the compartments resembled the screen and knobs on an old-style round – cornered TV.
  • Rounded corners on electronic devices have been patented by Apple.
  • Nokia once made gas makes: the Finnish army used them until 1995.
  • The French company Bich changed its name to Big to stop people in English-speaking countries pronouncing it “bitch” .
  • Play- Doh was originally designed as the wallpaper cleaner.
  • The first bubblegum produced bubbles that had to be removed from the face with turpentine.
  • James I of England only ever washed the tips of his fingers.
  • Louis XIII of France wasn’t bathed until he was almost seven.
  • According to a passenger from Sudan, the first London Underground trains smelt “like crocodile Breath”.
  • The air in London is cleaner now than at any time since the 6th century.
  • In the 16th century, Britain had one pug for every 200 people.
  • At any one time, 45 million people in the world are drunk.
  • Hangovers cost the US economy more than $220 billion in lost productivity each year.
  • A popular Roman hangover cure was deep-fried, canary.
  • Pliny the Elder advised tying a fox’s genitals to the brow to cure headaches.
  • Chopin whistled or played chords on the piano when he had trouble urinating.
  • Giving Prozac to a snail renders it unable to stick to surface.
  • Viagra was developed to treat angina.
  • Fatal heart attacks were unknown before 1900. The first medical description of one in Britain was in 1925.
  • The human heart is not on the left hand side of the body, it;s in the middle.
  • Each time a fertile man’s heart beats he makes 1,500 new sperm.
  • Over a lifetime, the human heart pumps enough blood to fill a foodball stadium.

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