Over 90 percent of diseases are caused or complicated by stress
Research estimates as much as 90% of illness and disease is stress-related. Stress can interfere with your physical functioning and bodily processes. High blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and heart disease have been linked to stress factors.
The United States has no “official language.”
The Federal government allows Americans to speak any language they want though most people just assume it’s English. This right is protected in the Constitution. Many scholars assert that English-only laws would violate due process & equal protection under the law.
Fun Fact: Nachos were invented by a guy named Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya
Ignacio Anaya García (15 August 1895 – 9 November 1975) was a Mexican executive chef and restaurateur who invented the popular snack nachos. His nickname was Nacho, derived from the Spanish Ignacio, the Spanish version of Ignatius.
Sex can cause memory loss and other brain conditions
Fun Fact: People with allergies can lower allergy reactions by laughing
In a 2009 paper, researchers demonstrated the benefit of laughter in treating gynecological allergic reactions. Consequently, laughter may also reduce the number of incidents of nighttime awakenings among children with atopic dermatitis, which causes inflammation of the skin.
The name Jessica was created by Shakespeare in the play Merchant of Venice
The first recorded instance of the name Jessica is in William Shakespeare’s play “The Merchant of Venice,” where Jessica is the daughter of the Jewish moneylender Shylock. It is believed that Shakespeare created this name by anglicizing the spelling of the biblical name Iscah, which means “vision” or “sight” in Hebrew.
Astronaut Neil Armstrong first stepped on the moon with his left foot
NASA has shared the image that got carved out on the lunar surface and in the history of space exploration when Neil Armstrong put his left foot on the surface of the Moon on July 20, 1969 — the first human footprint there.
Almost a third of the world’s languages are spoken in Africa
With anywhere between 1,000 and 2,000 languages, Africa is home to approximately one-third of the world’s languages. In total, there are at least 75 languages in Africa which have more than one million speakers.
Humans care more about a single life than about massive tragedies
Studies show that as the number of victims in a tragedy increases, our empathy decreases. We tend to help the person in front of us, but when the problem feels too big, we figure our little part isn’t doing much.
In Kentucky, it is illegal for a woman to remarry the same man four times
In the state of Kentucky, it’s illegal to remarry the same man four times. Honestly, good for Kentucky. If you’ve already divorced him three times, someone needs to step in because you’re clearly not the best decision maker in the world.
The average person produces enough saliva in their lifetime to fill two swimming pools
Your saliva is mainly recycled rather than produced because you are constantly swallowing and reabsorbing it. The flow rate is about a wine bottle full every day, or 20,000 liters in your lifetime. In other words, 53 bathtubs full to the brim with saliva!
Cats use their whiskers to check whether a space is too small for them to fit through or not
Whiskers really do help your cat from getting stuck in a tight place! As a cat approaches a narrow opening, the whiskers help her figure out if she’ll fit through because whiskers roughly correspond to the width of her body.
Fun Fact: An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain
With the ostrich being the biggest bird in the world, it has an eye as big as the bee hummingbird (the smallest bird in the world). That is five times bigger than the human eye. An ostrich’s eyes are about 2 inches (5 centimeters) in diameter, i.e., almost of the size of a billiard ball.
The pop you hear when you crack your knuckles is actually a bubble of gas burning
The noise of cracking or popping in our joints is actually nitrogen bubbles bursting in our synovial fluid. Part of the appeal of knuckle cracking could be that 20-minute lull when gas bubbles are re-forming in the synovial fluid, but the satisfaction is mostly in your head.
Fun Fact: Giraffes can last longer without water than camels
Giraffes can actually last longer without drinking water than camels! They will go up to 3 weeks without a drink. When they do drink, they’ve been known to down 12 gallons in one sitting.
English was once a language for “commoners,” while the British elites spoke French
French was the official language of England after the Norman Conquest of 1066 by William the Conqueror of France until 1362, when it was replaced by English. From 1066 to 1362, French was mainly used by nobility, and English was generally spoken by the lower classes.
Japan is the world’s most earthquake-prone country
The whole country is in a very active seismic area, and they have the densest seismic network in the world, so they are able to record many earthquakes. Japan has a long history of witnessing disastrous earthquakes since it is situated on the Pacific “Ring of fire.”
Interesting Fact: Your brain is about 75-80 percent water
It is estimated that about three-quarters of our brain is water. As such, even slight dehydration can cause fatigue, headaches, lack of mental clarity, stress, and sleep issues.
The average lifespan of an eyelash is three to five months
The lifespan of an average eyelash is three to five months, as opposed to the rest of your hair which lasts two to four years. Eyelashes are the thickest hair on the human body.
Canada has nine percent of the world’s forests
With almost 362 million hectares (ha) of forest, Canada has 9% of the world’s forests. Russia – which has the largest forest area – is home to one-fifth of the global forest area. Brazil is the only other country with more than 10% of global forest cover.
Men suffer more emotional pain from failed romance, report claims
Despite the age-old stereotype that men are less emotionally invested in relationships than women, a new study has found that men are in fact more likely to experience more emotional pain than women following a breakup.
Fun Fact: Squirrels can’t burp and vomit
Squirrels, mice, rats, gophers, beavers, & all other rodents are incapable of throwing up. Researchers have concluded that rodents’ brains do not have the neurological circuits that allow for vomiting. The anatomy of their abdominal area & digestive tract also contributes to the inability to vomit.
Antarctica is classified as a desert because of its limited rainfall. It’s also the world’s largest desert.
Charlie Chaplin once won third prize in a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest
In 1975, several years before his death, Charlie Chaplin entered a look-alike contest of himself in France. He probably thought he was a shoo-in for the prize and everyone would have a hearty laugh at the end. But then he came in third.
Sir Isaac Newton was only 23 years old when he discovered the law of universal gravitation
Isaac Newton’s simple equation for universal gravitation, written in 1666 when he was 23, helped overthrow more than a thousand years of Aristotelian thinking which said that objects only moved if an external force drove that motion.
Interesting Fact: US Dollar bills are made out of cotton and linen
According to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing , US paper currency is made up of 75% cotton and 25% linen. That is, there are three-fourths of a pound of cotton in each pound of dollar bills.
If you’re able to fall asleep within 5 minutes it likely means you are sleep deprived
If you often fall asleep within 5 minutes of lying down, then you likely have severe sleep deprivation. For those with healthy sleep habits, it should take 10 – 15 minutes.
When people kiss, two-thirds automatically tilt their heads to the right
When people kiss, two-thirds automatically tilt their heads to the right, while the remaining one-third tilt their heads to the left.
Fun Fact: A group of unicorns is called a blessing
Seeing a unicorn is believed to bring good luck and fortune, which is why a group of unicorns is called a blessing. Used in a sentence, you could say “Look at the blessing of unicorns”.
Within five minutes of a dream ending, we forget 50 percent of its content
…and 90 percent of our dream’s detail is lost only 10 minutes later.
Interesting Fact: About 11% of people are left handed across the globe
The estimated percentage of left-handed people across the globe is 8-15%, with most figures studies suggesting it is 10-12%. Taking the average of 11%, this would mean that 836,000,000 people are left-handed across the globe, out of a population of 7.6 billion.
Fun Fact: People develop first impressions of you in a tenth of a second
A series of experiments by Princeton psychologists reveal that all it takes is a tenth of a second to form an impression of a stranger from their face and that longer exposures don’t significantly alter those impressions.
The word “salary” comes from the word “sal” meaning “salt” in Latin
Salary comes from the Latin word salarium, which also means “salary” and has the root sal, or “salt.” In ancient Rome, it specifically meant the amount of money allotted to a Roman soldier to buy salt, which was an expensive but essential commodity.
Studies have shown that listening to music is good for digestion
The right music can cure ills, defeat insomnia, and improve digestion. As we listen to slower rhythms, our heart rate slows down, our muscles begin to relax–including the stomach–and in turn, our digestion improves.
Interesting Fact: Elephants remain pregnant up to 2 years
Elephants give birth around every four years. Although elephants can live for 60-70 years, they typically only have about four or five babies during their lives.
An average person will spend about 26 years asleep
The average person spends about 26 years sleeping in their life which equates to 9,490 days or 227,760 hours. Surprisingly, we also spend 7 years trying to get to sleep. That’s 33 years or 12,045 days spent in bed!
All pilots are required to speak English on international flights
The Federal Aviation Authority & ICAO, the world’s organizations overseeing aviation, require all pilots flying under their organizations to have attained ICAO “Level 4” English ability. This means all pilots must speak, read, write, and understand English fluently.
Your teeth start growing 6 months before you are born
The first tooth buds, or baby teeth, develop at 6 weeks of pregnancy. Our permanent or adult teeth actually form at 4 months of pregnancy. Naturally, these teeth don’t break through at this early stage, but they’ve already formed in utero.
Interesting Fact: 85% of plant life is found in the ocean
Roughly 85% of all plant life is found in the ocean. With as much as 80% of all life on Earth living in the oceans, the math there seems to check out. What’s wild about this number is that only a small fraction of the oceans is inhabitable by plant life.
Fingers don’t have muscles, they have tendons controlled by muscle in your forearm & palm
Fingers do not contain muscles (other than arrector pili). The muscles that move the finger joints are in the palm & forearm. The long tendons that deliver motion from the forearm muscles may be observed to move under the skin at the wrist & on the back of the hand.