Are you sitting down in your chair or bed and trying to find something to kill the boredom? Well, here is something to cheer you up. There are actually a lot more factual things that you did not know, and here we bring you the 20 absurd facts that sound totally made up. From fruits facts, animals, geographical regions to health, and many more. Set aside make-believe, because you don’t need to think any further. Let us take a look.
1. The pledge of allegiance to the American flag was written as a PR STUNT for selling magazines.
The pledge of allegiance was written by Francis Bellamy in the year 1892 as part of a contest that was designed to promote the sales of Youth Companion, a weekly children’s magazine.
2. Human beings are the only animals with a chin
Remember all that taxonomy class, Kingdom Animalia, and classification. Apart from the differences your teacher told you in class, one feature that distinguishes a human being is the chin. All credit to James Pampush, PhD, a co-author Of The Enduring Puzzle Of The Human Chin with such a keen observation.
3. During Diwali festivals, breathing the air in Mumbai for one day is the same as smoking 113 cigarettes.
Diwali is an Indian light festival; the revelers thus use a lot of fireworks. However, with all the drama and the thrills to the participants and onlookers, the fireworks cause a sudden increase in air pollution. The Indian Times actually noted that breathing the air in Mumbai during Diwali is similar to smoking 113 cigars every day for seven days. No wonder India has some of the best Doctors; they need to treat their own.
4. Our Dog friends developed “puppy eyes” to manipulate humans.
This dates back to the ages of domestication of wild animals. Your canine companion actually developed the puppy eyes that are not available in wolves and their kind according to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. So to say, the adorable look that your dog gives you is due to unique facial muscles that allows them to make certain expressions enabling them to communicate with human. That eyebrow raise that makes them look sad or spouting, it is their way surviving the human world.
5. People used to say “Prunes” when taking a picture instead of “cheese”
“Let’s take a picture, say Prunes.”
There you go, you got to try this out.
For our dear ones in the 19th Century, they would say prunes when taking a picture instead of the typical “cheese” you have been accustomed to since childhood. According to the Washington Post, the cue helped to keep the mouth prim and gave the subjects a relaxed pout.
6. The Probability of a left-handed person being killed by an equipment made of the right-handed is 1 in every 4,400, 000.
For our brothers and sisters who are left-handed, this may be shocking and unfair at the same time.
The Mirror notes that each year, 2500 left-handed people die due to an injury from equipment designed for a right-handed person with the right-handed power saw being the most dangerous of them all.
7. Snails have thousands of microscopic teeth
It still amazes me how these slimy creatures that carry around their homes feed. Wish I’d be able to travel with my house.
That aside. According to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, snails have a ribbon-like tongue and a jaw known as a radula that has thousands of tiny teeth that allow them to rip their food to pieces that can be swallowed.
8. The Sun makes up 99.9% of mass in the entire solar system.
How big do you think the earth is? Well, it has a radius of 6,371 km, while the Sun has a radius of 696,340 km. That is a small fraction, right? The 0.1% solar system mass, according to the University of California, San Diego, is what contains the earth, other planets and their satellites, comets, asteroids, dust, and gas.
9. Cooking oil can be used as airplane fuel.
There is a lot of research on the best means to reduce aeroplane fuel consumption and pollution, I bet this would lower the prices, and if you have an idea please come up. The Qantas airlines have gone a step ahead, though. This Australian flight company uses a blend of conventional fuel and cooking oil at half proportions. To a fantastic result, the carbon emission from the fuel is 60% less than conventional fuels. The world is just becoming more fantastic. Let us grow sunflowers, everyone is taking a flight soon, to everywhere.
10.The world’s oldest bottle of wine has been sealed since the 4th Century.
It may look stale but has a legacy that still makes the winers still want just to know how it would taste. The Romerwein or Speyer wine bottle stands at 1.5 liters, a glass vessel that was found in a Roman nobleman’s tomb in the presently known Germany and dates back to between 325 and 359 AD.
This makes the wine at least 1650 years old, and to the disappointment of our winers, no one is sure about how it would smell or taste. What remains are assumptions; it may be poisonous; it would explode; it may react with the air; It remains unopened in the Historical Museum of the Palatinate.
11.Watermelon is the state vegetable for Oklahoma.
In the year 2007, Senator Don Barrington sponsored a bill that saw this summer staple get the honor of a state vegetable.
His argument was, which is actually true, watermelons are part of the cucumber and guard families that are classified as vegetables. What’s your state vegetable?
12.The Adorable ladybugs are also Cannibals.
Everyone smiles at the sight of these lovely and cute creatures. Facts Verse, an adult ladybug east up to 50 aphids per day, and to that, we say thank you as farmers. But what happens when there is no food?
These adult ladybugs, according to the BBC, eat up their larvae and the younger ladybugs that have soft chewable shells.
13.Santa Claus is a certified and licensed pilot.
Christmas comes with all the joy and all the frenzy, snow and Santa Claus stories. They are actually true. In the year 1927, Saint Nick was awarded with a pilot license from William P. MacCracken, the assistant secretary of commerce for aeronautics.
14.Approximately 10-20% of power outages in the U.S are caused by squirrels.
These little cute creatures cannot just get enough of their meals, and the electric wires are a good option.
The fixes are however simple.
15.Facebook is banned in China.
China never ceases to amaze the whole world how it governs its people. In July of 2009, after the Urumqi riots, Facebook was blocked, since it was being used by Xinjiang independence activists to communicate.
16.95% of People Text things they can never say in person.
It may be fascinating right? Feel not guilty, you are not headed towards introvertism. Generally speaking, these technologies and stuff just shows how much we can put it in writing than say it; sorry to your relationship goals.
17.Almost 3% of the Antarctic glacier ice is penguin urine.
This may sound crazy, but according to Proenza, the low temperatures of below zero centigrade freezes the urine of penguins to ice. The urine has no scope of getting washed off or being evaporated once frozen. To all the snow divers and skiers, you’d want to watch out.
18.The death of Osama Bin Laden was announced on the 1st of May. Hitler’s death was also announced on the 1st of May 1945.
The international workers' day or the labor day, as you may wish, has some fascinating history behind it.
It also marks the days when the whole world got relieved from the ruthlessness of the dictator and terrorist kinds. Waiting for more releases every 1st of May, it signifies something.
19. A woman tried to commit suicide by jumping off the Empire State Building. She jumped from the 86th floor but was blown back onto the 85th floor by a gust of wind.
The Empire State Building stands at 1500 feet and is a direct ticket to the ancestors for any suicide mission. However, Elvita Adams, 29 at the time, on December 3, 1979, got the shock of her life, maybe Karma didn’t want her to go, she jumped off the 86th floor of the building only to gushed back into the 85th floor by powerful winds.
In the year 2013, another man also survived the, call it mission, by jumping off the 86th floor and landing on the 85th floor only to be rescued by the security guards. Maybe the two floors have some divine wind power to restore life.
20.The full name of Los Angeles is “El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula.”
The city of Los Angeles, which is Spanish for the Angels, is quite an awesome place to visit for the beaches, freeways, and Hollywood, but what would shock you is the name. The city was founded and named by the Spanish with the name “El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula.”
Which translates to “The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels of Porziuncola.”
More to Come
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