You can’t drink beer in space
Alcohol is prohibited aboard the International Space Station due to the impact it can have on the Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS). A 1985 NASA report on extended spaceflight predicted that alcohol would be missed but would only become common in stable settlements.
Wikipedia banned the Church of Scientology from editing any articles
Church of Scientology edits to Wikipedia led to a ban on editing the entire website from the organization’s computers. A series of incidents in 2009 led to Church of Scientology-owned networks being blocked from making edits to Wikipedia articles relating to Scientology.
More redheads are born in Scotland than in any other part of the world
Less than 2% of the world’s population has red hair. Scotland boasts the highest percentage of natural redheads, while Ireland comes in second. Natural redheads are rare; the gene is recessive, meaning both parents must each be carrying the recessive gene for their child to have red hair.
The Nike swoosh was designed by a Portland State University student and purchased by Nike for $35
The first version of the Nike logo was created in 1971 by Portland State University student Carolyn Davidson. The requirement was to create a logo that conveyed motion, would differentiate it from the stripes of Adidas & fit the profile of a running shoe. For this, Davidson received a fee of $35.
There are 1,575 steps from the ground floor to the top of the Empire State building
There are 1,575 steps from the building’s lobby to the 86th floor. Paul Crake holds the record for racing these steps in 10 minutes, 15 seconds.
Men may be biologically hardwired to fall asleep after sex
In addition to prolactin, oxytocin and vasopressin are also released during the male orgasm. These chemicals typically are accompanied by melatonin, the body-clock regulating hormone. The three of these hormones combined lead to relaxation and sleepiness.
The Beatles used to be called “Johnny and the Moondogs”
When the Quarry Men were struggling on their way to becoming the Beatles in late 1959, they very briefly changed their name to Johnny & the Moondogs.
Hugging or holding hands with a person you love has been proven to be an effective stress reliever
Affection with someone you love releases a neurotransmitter called oxytocin, often called the “love hormone,” which reduces cortisol levels. This response, paired with social support, buffers against stress, according to a recent study (2022).
People who swear a lot tend to be more loyal, honest, and straightforward with their friends
Researchers from the University of Cambridge, Maastricht University, Hong Kong University, and Stanford found that those who swear more are more likely to be honest people. Profanity was associated with less lying and deception at the individual level and with higher integrity at the societal level.
Text messages from people you care about can have a positive affect on your body & instantly improve your mood
Research shows that texting can improve interpersonal relationships, help people deal with traumatic events, and bridge intergenerational gaps.
Norway allows students from anywhere in the world to study at their public universities free of charge
In Norway, public universities are tuition-free for all international students, regardless of their nationality. However, some programs/courses may charge fees, such as those related to Business and Management, but only in a few schools and universities.
Attractive female students stopped getting higher grades when classes moved online during the pandemic
Psychology findings suggest that attractive students earned higher grades in school, but for female students, this beauty premium disappeared when classes were taught remotely.
People who get angry easily are more likely to overestimate their intelligence
In two studies, with 528 participants in total, the researchers found that people who confessed to having a quick temper also tended to overestimate their intelligence.
Bruce Lee died from drinking too much water, researchers claim
The Asian-American martial artist and actor died at the age of 32 in 1973. Nearly 50 years later, a group of specialists have proposed that Bruce Lee’s death was caused by his “kidney’s inability to excrete excess water.”
Humans can train themselves to use echolocation, like bats
Bats aren’t the only animals who use echolocation to navigate their world. Dolphins, shrews, and even humans do, too. By making mouth clicks, for example, and listening for the returning echoes, they can perceive their surroundings.
Self-identified ‘cat people’ tend to be more neurotic than ‘dog people’
A 2010 study at the University of Texas found that those who identified as “dog people” tended to be more social and outgoing, whereas “cat people” tended to be more neurotic and “open”, meaning creative, philosophical, or nontraditional.
German words can have three genders: masculine, feminine, and neuter
All German nouns are included in one of 3 grammatical genders: masculine, feminine, or neuter. Most languages only have either masculine or feminine.
Being in love heightens the senses and makes food taste sweeter
Even water tastes sweeter when you’re in love, new research finds. But not every emotion heightens the senses. Jealousy fails to bring out bitter or sour tastes, despite metaphors that suggest it might.
Male relationships are less fragile than female friendships
Although male friendships tend to lack intimacy, they are less fragile than female friendships. Men are more likely to bond by engaging in shared activities, such as sports (side-to-side), while women tend to bond through the disclosing of secrets, talking & spending time together (face-to-face).
The average lifespan of domestic cats is increasing
The average lifespan of domestic cats has increased in recent decades. It has risen from seven years in the 1980s, to nine years in 1995, to about 15 years in 2021.
Until 1997, there were more pigs than people in Denmark
Denmark is the only country where pigs outnumber people, with 215 pigs for every 100 residents. Not coincidentally, it’s also a country known in Europe for its quality bacon.
Spending money on others yields more happiness than spending it on yourself
In their book, Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending, authors Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton draw on years of quantitative and qualitative research to explain how money can buy happiness, but only if we spend it in certain ways.
Morning people are less likely to suffer from depression than night owls
A recent study has found that in people with the genetic variants for being an early bird, for every hour earlier the sleep midpoint, there was a 23 percent lower risk of major depression. Hence, going to bed early and waking up early may help to provide some protection against depression.
Freddie Mercury refused to have his teeth worked on because he was afraid it would change his voice
Freddie hated his teeth. Many people suggested to him to have corrective procedures, but he always refused. Basically, he was afraid that by changing his mouth shape, he would change the sound of his voice, and lose that wonderful sound he had.
Drinking alcohol improves your ability to speak a foreign language
Those who dabble in learning a new language sometimes find that alcohol — in moderation — helps them speak more fluently. It’s been shown that a beer or a glass of wine can lower inhibitions, which may make it easier for some people to overcome nervousness or hesitation.
In the average lifetime, a person will walk the equivalent of 5 times around the equator
Doing the math, the average person with an average stride living until 80 will walk a distance of around 110,000 miles — which is the equivalent of walking about 5 times around the Earth, right on the equator.
The word “muscle” comes from Latin term meaning “little mouse.”
The word “muscle” comes from the Latin “musculus,” literally meaning “little mouse.” So-called because the shape and movement of some muscles (notably biceps) were thought to resemble mice.
A frog’s gender can be determined by its ears
A small round disc called the tympanum covers the ears of both male & female frogs. On males of most frog species, the circumference of this small disc is larger than the eye of the frog. On females of most frog species, the disc’s circumference is equal to the size of the frog’s eye.
The very first song played on MTV was ‘Video Killed The Radio Star’ by the Buggles
The very first music video shown on MTV was The Buggles’ “Video Killed The Radio Star.” While the channel’s distribution was hard to come by, the rallying cry of “I want my MTV” became a mantra for consumers.
New York drifts about one inch farther away from London each year
An ‘upsurge of matter’ from deep beneath the Earth’s crust is pushing Britain and America an inch and a half (4cm) further apart every year, a new study reveals. This upwelling is pushing the tectonic plates from below, causing the continents of Europe and Africa on one side and the Americas on the other to move further apart.
The first Burger King was opened in Miami, Florida in 1954
The first Insta-Burger King location in Miami, FL, opened on December 4th, 1954, at 3090 NW 36th Street. It’s no longer there at that same spot; it was moved down the street to 3601 NW 27th Avenue.
King Charles had a valet for his teddy bear — when he was in his 40s
King Charles was attached to his childhood teddy bear well into adulthood, according to a new book.
Exchanging of wedding rings was the tradition of ancient Egyptians
The ancient Egyptians were among the first known people to exchange wedding rings. Much like today, the circle in ancient Egypt was considered to be a symbol of eternity, which made wedding rings the perfect tokens to signify the eternal love of the spouses who wore them.
Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King paid the hospital bill for the birth of Julia Roberts
By 70 years of age, an average person will have lost about 70 pounds of skin
We shed about 600,000 particles of skin every hour, which works out to be about 1.5 pounds of skin per year, or 105 pounds of skin by the time you reach age 70.
The attachment of the human skin to muscles is what causes dimples
Dimples are due to the existence of the bifid, or double, zygomaticus major muscle, which ends up tethered to the cheek. This fibrous connection causes a dimple to become deeper and more visible when a person smiles, flexing that muscle.
Brad Pitt was banned from entering China for almost two decades
Brad Pitt was not allowed to enter the country for a long time due to the biographical drama Seven Years in Tibet. This film was harshly condemned by the People’s Republic of China, which barred Pitt from entering the country for over a decade.
Bulgarians are known to be the biggest yogurt eaters in the world
In Bulgaria, yogurt is everywhere. You’ll find it dolloped on falafel wraps, slathered on moussaka & lined up in supermarket refrigerators. It is the basis of traditional Bulgarian dishes. Many Bulgarians claim it was accidentally discovered around 4,000 years ago when nomadic tribes roamed the land.
In Renaissance France, a woman could take her husband to court if he was impotent
In 16th Century France men who were not able to please their wives in bed were summoned before the Court. One of the few reasons the Church would allow a woman a Divorce was if their Husband could not perform sexually to meet her expectations.
Camels have three eyelids to protect themselves from blowing sand
Camels have adapted in many ways to living in a harsh desert environment. For instance, they have three eyelids and two sets of eyelashes to keep blowing sand and dust out of their eyes. They can also close their nostrils if necessary to keep the dust out.
At birth Dalmatian puppies are born with plain white coats
Dalmatian puppies are born with plain white coats, and their first spots usually appear within 10 days; however, spots may be visible on their skin from birth. They continue to develop until the dog is around 18 months old.