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You’re One in a Billion!
- If you want to learn about monsters and ghouls in real life, you can get a PhD in Parapsychology at the University of Edinburgh.
- All galaxies rotate once every billion years, regardless of size.
- In 1916, an amendment to the U.S. Constitution proposed that all acts of war needed a national vote. Anyone voting “yes” had to register as a volunteer for service in the army.
- Spinraza, a drug for spinal muscular atrophy, has a list price of $750,000.
- A Dutch IKEA had to cancel their 1 Euro breakfast special because it was too popular and caused traffic jams on nearby roads.
A Floral Fade-Out
- All Bran is only 87% bran.
- General Electric is the only company remaining from the original Dow Jones index of 1896.
- As global temperatures rise, flowers are emitting less scent.
- After just under a year in space, astronaut Scott Kelly’s gene expression changed significantly and it’s different to his identical twin brother’s DNA.
- By the end of 2019, Facebook had offices in 70 cities worldwide.
Not So Safety Powder
- One of the late Stephen Hawking’s widely accepted theories is that black holes aren’t black.
- Amazon’s largest warehouse is the size of 17 American football fields.
- A single human being’s DNA contains as much information as 50 novels.
- Ukraine’s national anthem goes: “The glory and the freedom of Ukraine has not yet perished”.
- Dynamite was originally going to be called “Nobel’s Safety Powder”.
A Forgetful First Encounter
- While filming The Wizard of Oz, 16-year-old Judy Garland was put on a diet of chicken soup, coffee, and 80 cigarettes a day.
- A report found that the free weights at the gym have 362 times more bacteria than a toilet seat.
- 1.9 million people were working for McDonald’s in 2019 and its franchisees around the world.
- When you first meet people it is common to forget their names – a phenomenon called the “next-in-line” effect. This is because people are too worried about themselves, and what they’ll say next, to focus on remembering the names of people they’re introduced to.
- Google.org is the charitable arm of Google, committing about US$100 million in investments and grants to non-profits annually.
Making Your Brain Look 10 Years Younger
- In the late Middle Ages, books were so valuable that libraries would chain them to the bookcase. This was widely practiced until the 18th century.
- A cyberchondriac is someone who scours the internet looking for details of their illnesses.
- A study using MRI scans showed that the brains of people who exercise moderately look 10 years younger than those who don’t.
- 90% of Korea’s shamans are women.
- Scientists at the University of Alberta spent seven years working out that human urine contains 3,079 different chemical compounds.