Go and impress your mates with our June collection of all things weird and wonderful:
“Cause You Are Gold, Gold!”
- Injecting gold into the body can help fight cancer.
- Xanthophobia is the fear of the colour yellow.
- It takes a single one-page form and about four minutes to apply to become an official presidential candidate in the US.
- Guinness Breweries originally published the Guinness Book of Records as a reference for settling bar arguments.
- A Charlie Hebdo shooting survivor sued a TV station for giving away his location during the shooting.
Crayola Crayon Candle – What a Mouthful
- A Crayola crayon can be used as a candle in an emergency.
- James Capone, Al Capone’s older brother, was a federal prohibition agent.
- Leonardo Da Vinci signed his initials on the right pupil of the Mona Lisa.
- Crocodiles’ faces are 10 times more sensitive than human fingertips.
- Urea, the main ingredient in urine, is added to cigarettes to enhance their flavour.
- Louis XIV of France had a coat with 123 diamond buttons on it.
- Barack Obama was the first sitting US president to visit Hiroshima, 71 years after the atomic bomb.
- Pandas walk with their front paws turned inward.
- Rounded corners on rectangular electronic devices have been patented in the US by Apple.
- Parrots can live for up to 80 years.
Taking a Big Slide Into Work – How Fun!
- Dogs can tell when people are untrustworthy and will stop listening to a person if they prove unreliable.
- The Pentagon runs a staggering 234 golf courses around the world.
- At YouTube’s headquarters, employees can take the lift, stairs or a big slide.
- Google handles over 2 trillion searches per year. That’s about 270 searches per person on Earth.
- By law, only dead people can appear on US currency.
When Lightning Strikes
- Flight attendant Vesna Vulovic fell 33,333 ft (10,160 m) from an aeroplane that had broken up mid-flight. She survived and this is a world record for the highest fall without a parachute.
- Astronauts often lose their fingernails after conducting spacewalks.
- Manhole covers are round so that they don’t fall into the opening.
- Bill Gates once said that he always gives the laziest people the most challenging jobs because they’ll find the easiest way to do it.
- A fulgurite is a type of mineral formation that only occurs in nature when lightning strikes sandy soil.
Sky (City)’s the Limit
- The earliest known intelligible recording of a human voice was made in 1860.
- Daylight Saving Time costs the US an estimated US$434 million in lost productivity and decreased health.
- Jimi Hendrix was the highest-paid performer at Woodstock, making US$18,000 at the festival. That’s US$114,624 today.
- China’s “SkyCity”, planned in 2013 to be the tallest building in the world with a record-breaking construction time of just 90 days, is now a massive fishpond.
- Julian Lennon had to buy the letters he wrote to his father because Yoko Ono wouldn’t give them to him.
- During WW2, the US Air Force dropped more than 5 million leaflets warning Japanese civilians to evacuate cities that were going to be bombed.
- Trypophobia is the fear of objects with small holes.
- The Moon is now about 18 times further away from Earth than when it was formed 4.5 billion years ago.
- Multiplying 21,978 by 4 reverses the order of the numbers to 87,912.
- Covering nearly 40 square miles, Walt Disney World Resort in Florida is about the size of San Francisco or two Manhattan islands.
Parasites, Parasites and More Parasites
- Parasites can get parasites, called hyperparasites, and they can get their own parasites too.
- Elvis Presley’s last words were, “I’m going to the bathroom to read.”
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