Interesting Facts or Fakes?

Nov 1, 2013, 6:07 PM |

*   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.