Do you know what Wi-Fi stands for? We have this and 29 other strange facts for you!
Samsung Is the Eye of Apple
- One pint of donated blood can save up to three lives.
- Only female mosquitoes bite you for your blood – males are vegetarians.
- Samsung actually manufactures the Apple iPad’s retina display.
- As a child, Elon Musk was a target for severe bullying. He once had to go to hospital after a beating from other students.
- It only takes six minutes for brain cells to react to alcohol.
Is That Coffee Ready? Check the Webcam!
- The New York Times wrote an article about every single 9/11 victim.
- At its economic height in the fourth and fifth centuries BC, Ancient Greece was the most advanced economy in the world.
- In China, over 35 million people still live in caves.
- Australia is one of the most sparsely populated countries, with just 3.3 people per square kilometre.
- Cambridge scientists first created the webcam to check the status of a coffee pot.
That’s Not Alright, Elvis
- Australia is the world’s sixth-largest country by total area.
- Elvis Presley failed a music class in high school.
- The Hawaiian alphabet has just 13 letters.
- Volkswagen owns Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Audi, Ducati and Porsche.
- Over 250 cinemas in the UK have autism-friendly screenings in which the volume is lower, the lighting is darker, and you can take your own food and drink.
“They’re Moving in Herds!”
- The Eiffel Tower was built for the 1889 Paris Exposition as a temporary feature, not a permanent one.
- The Danish monarchy is over 1,000 years old, making it the oldest monarchy in Europe still existing today.
- The longest complete dinosaur skeleton ever found was a 27-metre (89 feet) long Diplodocus, discovered in Wyoming, US.
- Authorities were going to demolish the Eiffel Tower in 1909, but relented when they repurposed it as a giant radio antenna.
- Argentina had five presidents in 10 days in 2001.
A Power Cut, You Say? Where’s That Llama?
- When the Golden Gate Bridge opened on May 27th 1937, the celebration lasted a week.
- Atomic bomb tests were a major tourist attraction in Las Vegas during the 1950s.
- Many studies suggest premature babies are more likely to be left-handed.
- La Paz, Bolivia, was the first South American city to get an electricity supply. It was powered by llama dung.
- China uses 45 billion chopsticks per year.
Hedy Lamarr: Not Just a Pretty Face…
- Denmark’s current flag design first appeared in 1219. No other modern country has used its flag for so long.
- A dogs’ sense of smell is between 10,000 to 100,000 times more sensitive than a human’s. They have 300 million smell receptors and could detect a teaspoon of sugar in a million gallons of water, which would be the size of two Olympic-sized pools.
- Hedy Lamarr was a famous Hollywood film actress who also invented what became modern-day Wi-Fi.
- You may have surmised that Wi-Fi stands for “wireless fidelity” just as Hi-Fi stands for “high fidelity”, but you’d be wrong. Phil Belanger, a founding member of the Wi-Fi Alliance, says: “Wi-Fi doesn’t stand for anything. It is not an acronym. There is no meaning.”
- Abraham Lincoln was a professional wrestler long before he became the 16th President of the United States.
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