Do You Know? Strange Facts June 2021: Here’s the latest collection of weird and wonderful facts to win friends and influence people:
The Antartctic? Pretty Cold!
- Vanilla beans are the product of the world’s only fruit-producing orchid, the Vanilla planifolia.
- The Amazon rainforest produces nine percent of the Earth’s oxygen.
- The coldest place on Earth is a high ridge in Antarctica where temperatures can dip below -93.2°C.
- Unlike many mammals, bears can see in colour.
- Your brain keeps developing until your late 40s.
- With over 520 million followers, as of 2019, Buddhism is the world’s fourth-largest religion.
- The smell of chocolate increases theta brain waves, which trigger relaxation.
- Elephants can hear one another’s trumpeting calls up to five miles away.
- Our bodies contain about 0.2 milligrams of gold, most of it in our blood.
- In 1990, Harry Potter author JK Rowling was on a crowded train from Manchester to London when the idea for Harry suddenly “fell into her head”.
- Hitler was saved from drowning by a priest when he was four years old. He never admitted to the incident in later life. However, a small cutting from a 1894 newspaper chronicled how a boy of four was saved from drowning. This confirms priest Max Tremmel’s story of how his predecessor Johann Kuehberger had rescued the terrified Hitler.
Two Hearts Beat as One
- Koalas sleep up to 20 hours a day.
- Leo Da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time.
- Couples who are in love synchronize their heart rates after gazing into each others’ eyes for three minutes.
- Barry Manilow didn’t write his song called “I Write The Songs”.
- The Beatles used to be called Johnny and the Moondogs.
- Late-night dancing was illegal in Japan until 2015.
Want to Live Longer? Go to Japan and Make Some Friends!
- Japan has more than 50,000 people who are over 100 years old.
- In an average lifetime, human skin completely replaces itself 900 times.
- People with many friends live 3.7 years more than those who are isolated.
- A person from Las Vegas is called a “Las Vegan”.
- The word “bride” comes from an old proto-germanic word meaning “to cook”.
- The tradition of exchanging wedding rings goes back to ancient Egyptian times.
- If we could capture just 0.1% of the ocean’s kinetic energy caused by tides, we could satisfy the current global energy demand five times over.
- Over 5,000 climbers have successfully reached Mount Everest’s peak, including a 13-year-old, a blind person, and a 73-year-old woman.
- During Apartheid, Glasgow renamed the street where the South African Consulate was located to “Nelson Mandela Place.” Consular officials would be forced to look at his name when reading and addressing postal correspondence.
- Recycling a single plastic bottle can conserve enough energy to light a 60W bulb for up to six hours.
- When the “Elephant Whisperer” Lawrence Anthony died, a herd of elephants arrived at his house to mourn him.
- An experiment in 1998 found that a bright light shone on the backs of human knees can reset the brain’s sleep-wake clock.
- Similar to fingerprints, everyone also has a unique tongue print.
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