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Scary Facts About World
Butterflies taste with their feet.
A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.
In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all of the world's nuclear weapons combined.
On average, 100 people choke to death on ball-point pens every year. On average people fear spiders more than they do death.
Ninety percent of New York City cabbies are recently arrived immigrants.
Thirty five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.
Elephants are the only animals that can't jump.
Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.
It's possible to lead a cow upstairs ... but not downstairs.
Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
It's physically impossible for you to lick your elbow.
The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building.
A snail can sleep for three years.
No word in the English language rhymes with "MONTH."
Average life span of a major league baseball: 7 pitches.
Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.
SCARY! The electric chair was invented by a dentist.
All polar bears are left-handed.
In ancient Egypt, priests plucked EVERY hair from their bodies, including their eyebrows and eyelashes.
An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.
TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.
"Go," is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
If Barbie were life-size, her measurements would be 39-23-33. She would stand seven feet, two inches tall.
A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.
The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.
Americans on average eat 18 acres of pizza every day.
Almost everyone who reads this will try to lick their elbow.
You tried to lick your elbow, didn't you?
BELIEVE it or not, fresh urine is cleaner than your saliva or facial skin. Now, that's a fact. What you do with it is another matter. An average human loses 85,000 brain cells a day, only 50 new ones are regenerated each day. Little wonder that senility comes early to some people.
Do you know, the acid in your stomach is extremely powerful? It can dissolve a razor blade in a week. My advice, don't swallow one.
Now this is something for you to ponder: office desks have 400 times more bacteria than toilet seats. There are 700 species of bacteria in any one part of your mouth alone. By the time you are an adult, you will have five million hairs growing out of your body, as many as a gorilla. There are 250,000 pores in the soles of your feet. They secrete a quarter cup of sweat a day. The human liver performs at least 500 different functions. So, take good care of the organ.
I did not make that up. I found it in Cary McNeal's 1001 Facts That Will Scare the S...t Out Of You. This is certainly not your ordinary trivia book. As the book claims, it is a collection of little known facts about "the world that are weird, creepy, disgusting and sure to frighten the bejeezus of you".
McNeal is an Emmy-winning TV writer and producer who had a hand in some of the works of, among others, Mike Myers, Chris Tucker and Fred Willard. Now you know this is going to be hilarious and entertaining.
Some of the facts listed can be disgusting. Why would you want to know if almost 40 per cent of bottled water is nothing more than tap water? Or one in five office coffee mugs contains fecal bacteria and E. coli? Or the fact that potatoes contain toxic compounds that cannot be reduced in cooking? Or a certain fish product contains very high levels of mercury?
You have heard all that before, right? So, stop eating them? Starve yourself? Don't socialise for fear of contracting germs? Live like a recluse?
Say whatever you want, the facts in the book, however outrageous they sound, are "verified" by "authorities" in the form of historians, scientists, academic papers, respectable journals, newspaper cuttings, and even reports from the US Food and Drug Administration for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. So don't take these facts lightly. Of course, some are reproduced from collections of bizarre facts published before.
The are 20 chapters in the book, with titles like "Are You Gonna Eat That? The Ugly Truth About Food and Drink", "Let Me Hear Your Potty Talk: The Straight Poop on Going to the Bathroom" and "We're Toast: Bad News About Our World and Why We're Headed the Way of the Dodo".
We all know the world can be a frightening place. You die for the slightest of reasons. You get contagious diseases from unlikely places. Those you come in contact with probably are carriers of viruses that can kill you. The food you eat is not safe. The bed you sleep in is full of bugs. Your eyebrows have lice. And, of course, there are crazy people around you doing all sorts of weird things. This book can be fun. You have no choice but to live with all the dangers lurking around. Knowing what they are is better than being totally ignorant. So, relax, enjoy, and bear with it.
You don't need to know this: fugu (blowfish), a delicacy popular in Japan, contains a poison 500 times more lethal than cyanide. You need to be licensed to handle the fish. This fact need not worry you: roughly 100 people die every year by choking on ballpoint pens. You have reason for concern here: more people get involved in accidents on the way to work than on their way home. This is something you ladies should ponder before you make an important decision in your life: women with cosmetic breast implants are three times more likely to take their own lives than others, and three times as likely to die of alcohol and drug abuse.
Humans are strange creatures. A 41-year-old British woman married a male dolphin named Cindy in 2006, citing "love at first sight". A Swedish lady, Eija-Ritta Berliner-Mauer, claimed to have been married to the Berlin Wall since 1979. Women love shoes; when they throw shoes at men, that's a sign they're totally ticked off. Interestingly, 40 per cent of women admitted to have done that. We are still talking about women, right? Recently, a 92-year-old Chinese woman gave birth to a 62-year-old baby. She was carrying it for that long! The British Medical Journal famously estimated that smoking one cigarette takes 11 minutes of a person's life. Yet, a quarter of humans are smokers. Enough saliva to fill two swimming pools? Yes, an average person can do that in his or her lifetime.
Now beware: according to the book, 35 per cent of men who use personal ads to date are married. Women are more likely to settle for a mediocre sex life compared with men. Homosexuality was listed as "mental illness" by the American Psychiatric Association until as late as 1973. According to a study, an average US male's sperm count has declined 30 per cent in the last three decades. Consider this fact: more than 400 million humans suffer from addiction to sex. That's 14 times the population of Malaysia. Think twice if you want to remain unmarried, it will shorten a man's life by 10 years.
According to a study conducted by AFL-CIO, the occupation that has the highest fatality rate is commercial fishing. (What about the fatality rate among the fish, you may want to know). Another study pointed to the fact that workers who performed "meaningless" or "unproductive" work in the office are at higher risk of dying young. Half the population of the world is infected by roundworms, hookworms and whipworms. Now, check your finger. If you are wearing a ring, the number of germs living beneath it could be as high as the entire population of Europe.
Now about our future. Believe it or not, the moon is moving away from us at a rate of 3.8 centimetres per year. Each year 500 meteorites hit earth. The Arctic Ocean will be free from ice in 2050, thanks to global warming. Beware: our galaxy is on a collision course with Andromeda, which is speeding at 720,000 miles per hour.
Now, that's really scary.