Interesting Fact: The colder your room, the easier it will be to fall asleep
Your body begins to drop in temperature right before you fall asleep. During sleep, your core temp is reduced by 1 to 2°F, as a way to conserve energy. Sleeping in a colder room will help you drop to that level faster, which will help you fall asleep (and stay that way) quicker.
Women have twice as many pain receptors on their bodies than men, but they have a much higher pain tolerance
Studies have found that the female body has a more intense natural response to painful stimuli, indicating a difference between genders in the way pain systems function. A greater nerve density present in women may cause them to feel pain more intensely than men.
Fun Fact: People who swear more often are more honest than those who don’t, a study found
A study suggests that people who curse a lot are more honest. They may use fewer social filters and therefore may be more honest.
Interesting Fact: Wind doesn’t make a sound until it blows against an object
Wind actually doesn’t make any sounds until it passes through or comes into contact with an object! On a windy day, a multitude of sounds can be heard outside.
Interesting Fact: Mark Twain didn’t graduate from elementary school
Fun Fact: When you blush, the inner lining of your stomach turns red as well
When you blush, it’s because blood rushes to the skin of your face. Interestingly, it also rushes to the lining of your stomach. That means when you blush, so does your tummy.
Interesting Fact: Coca-Cola contained cocaine from 1885 to 1903
Interesting Fact: Every organ you have two of, you only need one of to survive
You can still have a fairly normal life without one of your lungs, a kidney, your spleen, appendix, gall bladder, adenoids, tonsils, plus some of your lymph nodes, the fibula bones from each leg and six of your ribs.
Fun Fact: We automatically perceive people who smell good as more attractive
A large body of research now shows that attractiveness judgments would appear to be influenced to a greater extent than other judgments about people by the presence of a pleasant (as compared to an unpleasant) scent.
Fun Fact: By donating just one pint of blood, three lives can be saved
Just 1 donation can save up to 3 lives. The average red blood cell transfusion is 3 pints (or 3 whole-blood donations). More than 1 million people every year are diagnosed with cancer for the first time.
Interesting Fact: Divorce runs in the family
Statistics on relationships lasting show that divorce is more likely to happen between people whose parents were divorced – divorce stats show that 43% of children of divorced parents usually end up divorcing themselves; this happening around the ten-year mark is not uncommon.
Interesting Fact: The chances of finding love without trying are very small
There have been numerous studies that have tried to determine what are your chances of finding love on any given day – and the numbers aren’t too encouraging. If you leave it all to chance, the probability of finding an emotional attachment is 1 in 562, according to love statistics and facts.
Fun Fact: Water can boil and freeze at the same time
Water can freeze and boil at the same time. It’s a phenomenon called triple point, which occurs when the pressure and temperature are perfectly set for the three states of a substance—solid, liquid, and vapor—to coexist in equilibrium.
The reason why sometimes you have the feeling that time flies is because your brain wanders
According to Jonathan Schooler of UC, Santa Barbara, your mind is wandering at least 30% of the time when you are doing your normal day-to-day tasks, and in some cases—for example, when driving on an uncrowded highway—it might be as high as 70%.
Fun Fact: Each time you see a full moon you always see the same side
The Moon orbits Earth once every 27.3 days and spins on its axis once every 27.3 days. This means that although the Moon is rotating, it always keeps one face toward us. Known as “synchronous rotation,” this is why we only ever see the Moon’s nearside from Earth.
Fun Fact: Men that kiss their partners in the morning can live up to five years longer than those that don’t
According to research, men who kiss their wives in the morning live five years longer than those who don’t. A study conducted by German physicians and psychologists shows that to have a happy, successful, and long, healthy life, you should kiss your partner before you go to work each day.
Interesting Fact: The human body uses 200 muscles just to take a single step forward
Each time you take a step, 200 muscles work in unison to lift your foot, propel it forward, and set it down. It’s just one of the many thousands of tasks performed by the muscular system: this network of over 650 muscles covers the body and is the reason we can blink, smile, run, jump, and stand upright.
Fun Fact: Women in stable relationships have better quality sleep than singles
Wendy M. Troxel, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh, unearthed that women in stable relationships fell asleep faster and had less sleep disturbances in the night than single women, or those whose relationship status changed during the experiment.
Fun Fact: There is a hotel in Sweden built entirely out of ice; it is rebuilt every year
The Icehotel is a hotel rebuilt each year with snow and ice in the village of Jukkasjärvi, in northern Sweden, about 17 kilometers (11 mi) from Kiruna. It is the world’s first ice hotel. After its first opening in 1990, the hotel has been rebuilt each year from December to April.
Fun Fact: Kids grow taller in the holidays than during school term
Recent studies have shown that kids grow taller and put on more weight in the school holidays than in the school term, according to Professor Timothy Olds from the School of Health Sciences at the University of South Australia. “During school term, kids get leaner,” Dr Olds said.
Fun Fact: Before the eraser, bread was used to remove pencil marks
People initially used bread to erase pencil marks until 1770, when Edward Nairne accidentally picked up a piece of rubber instead of bread to erase some marks.
Fun Fact: The fastest speed a falling raindrop can hit you is 18 mph
A raindrop starts falling and then picks up speed because of gravity. Simultaneously, the drag of the surrounding air slows the drop’s fall.
Interesting Fact: People at an early stage of love have lower levels of serotonin
Research has shown that people at an early stage of love have lower levels of serotonin, which is linked with feelings of happiness and well-being, and higher levels of cortisol, which is linked with stress. This could explain why we often act differently, or out of character, when we fall in love.
Interesting Fact: “Typewriter” is the longest word that can be made using the keys on only one row of the keyboard
The longest word you can type using only one row of a QWERTY keyboard is the word “Typewriter”.
Fun Fact: Loving from a long distance strengthens a relationship
People might try to tell you that long-distance relationships can’t and won’t work, but the research out there says otherwise. According to one study, not only are long-distance relationships just as successful as regular ones, but they are also more effective in building trust and satisfaction between partners.
Interesting Fact: The Earth’s core is about as hot as the sun
The Earth’s inner core is hotter than experts previously suspected — by a whopping 1,000 degrees. In fact, new research suggests, the center of our planet might be around the same temperature as the sun.
Fun Fact: Albert Einstein and Charles Darwin both married their first cousins
While it is not known why both geniuses thought it wise to marry a first cousin, despite the inherent risks of such inbreeding, we should remember that “There is no genius without some touch of madness” (Aristotle).
Interesting Fact: The way a person treats restaurant staff reveals a lot about their character
People who treat servers with kindness are compassionate and empathetic. Treating waiters poorly is a sign of a lack of compassion and empathy. On the flip side treating waiters with kindness reveals a person’s unconditional compassion and empathy for people as a whole. Not subject to conditions.
Fun Fact: Leonardo da Vinci could write with one hand while drawing with the other
Interesting Fact: Elephants sleep for just 2 hours a day
Elephants sleep for just 2 hours a day – the least of any mammal. Scientists believe that they sleep less because they need to eat large amounts of food. Plus, there are a lot more dangers they have to avoid like poachers and lions.
Interesting Fact: You can’t breathe and swallow at the same time
Epiglottis is the part of your body that flops down over the windpipe when you swallow to keep food from going into your esophagus and not into the windpipe. So when we eat, the Epiglottis has closed the flap, which means the path to the windpipe is blocked and breathing can’t be performed.
Interesting Fact: The inventor of Vaseline used to eat a spoonful of it every day
The inventor of Vaseline, Robert Chesebrough, believed in the product so much that he ate a spoonful of it every day until his death at 96.
Interesting Fact: The winter of 1848 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid
The only time Niagara Falls has technically frozen solid was on March 29, 1848, when Lake Erie froze and created an ice dam that prevented water from reaching the falls, according to World Atlas.
Fun Fact: When George Washington was elected president, no one knew what to call him
On February 22, 1789, George Washington won a unanimous election as his nation’s first president — indeed, the first popularly elected president in world history. His election, however, presented him and the rest of the nation with an unexpected problem… no one knew what to call him.
Interesting Fact: 3 of the 5 tallest statues in the world are of Buddha
Fun Fact: A duck can’t walk without bobbing its head
Since most birds have eyes that are placed more on the sides, rather than the fronts, of their heads, much of their vision is monocular. Bobbing their heads back and forth helps them determine the relative distances of objects in their field of view.
Interesting Fact: Human thigh bones are stronger than concrete
The human thigh bone is 4 times stronger than concrete and stronger than a steel rod of the same weight. Our leg bones give support to and bear our entire body weight, so they have to be really strong. The lattice structure inside the bones makes them tough, yet light enough for us to move around easily.
Interesting Fact: People with darker skin do not get wrinkles as fast as those with lighter skin
The darker your skin, the larger the pockets in skin cells known as melanosomes, and these contain the sticky pigment melanin. In addition to providing pigmentation for the cells, melanin also absorbs harmful UV rays and protects against cellular damage from UV light exposure.
Interesting Fact: The word ‘Buddha’ is a title, which means ‘one who is awake’
The word ‘Buddha’ is a title, meaning that one has ‘woken up to reality’. The Buddha was born as Siddhartha Gautama in Nepal around 2,500 years ago. He did not claim to be a god or a prophet. He was a human being who became Enlightened,
Interesting Fact: Benjamin Franklin invented the bifocals eyeglasses in 1784
Bifocals are commonly prescribed to people with presbyopia, a condition that Franklin suffered. Franklin wrote, in August 1784 to his friend George Whatley, that he was “happy in the invention of double spectacles, which serving for distant objects as well as near ones, make my eyes as useful to me as ever they were.”
Interesting Fact: Women are more likely than men to suffer from major depression
Fun Fact: Most astronauts become two inches taller in space
Astronauts are up to 2 inches taller while they’re in space. As soon as they return to Earth, they shrink back to their normal height. What happens in space is not an optical illusion, but one more example of how microgravity affects our bodies.