The cigarette lighter was invented before the match
Yes it is true that lighter were invented before matches, the modern match box was created by British Chemist John Walker in the year 1827, where as the cigarette lighter was created eleven years prior in the year 1816 by German chemist J.W. Dobereiner.
The electric chair was invented by a dentist
Alfred P. Southwick, a dentist and inventor from Buffalo, New York, is credited with inventing the electric chair in 1881. Southwick’s goal was to develop a more humane alternative to hanging, which often resulted in prolonged suffering for the condemned. Southwick’s idea was to use electricity to carry out the death penalty.
Camels have three eyelids to protect themselves from the blowing desert sand
Their 3rd eyelid is called a nictitating membrane. This transparent barrier protects its eye from dust and sand. And it can also act like a contact lens, improving their vision. Many animals have three eyelids, including horses, cats and dogs, sharks, and many birds.
Baby blue whales gain up to 10 pounds an hour
The blue whale calf is about 23 feet long when born and weighs 5,000 to 6,000 pounds. A nursing blue whale mother produces over 50 gallons of milk a day. The milk contains 35 to 50% milk fat and allows the calf to gain weight at a rate of up to 10 pounds an hour or over 250 pounds a day!
“Silver surfer” is an informal term used to describe people over 50
“Silver surfer” is an informal term used to describe people over 50 who use the internet frequently. The term is commonly used in the UK, Australia, and other English-speaking countries. It can also refer to an older, especially retired, person who uses the internet.
Holding money in your hand can help reduce stress and pain
It’s easy to overcome both physical and psychological pain when you have money in hand. Touching a crisp bill or two can prevent discomfort, whether at the doctor’s office or your local bar.
Our brains are shrinking
Fossil evidence shows us that, over the past 10,000 years, the average human brain has shrunk about the size of a tennis ball. But that doesn’t mean we’re any less intelligent. Our smaller brains are more efficient, particularly since most of us live in settled societies & don’t need to be on the lookout for predators constantly.
A group of whales is called a pod
A pod is the most common collective noun for a group of whales, but they can also be referred to as a game, a herd, or a school. A pod will have anywhere from 2 to 30 whales in it, and it is normally made up of whales that have a biological bond, such as mother and son.
Testosterone levels increase sharply for women, and estrogen for men when they fall in love
According to a study published in PubMed, women who have recently fallen in love have higher testosterone levels than men. Another study published in PMC found that women in love have higher levels of gonadotropins (FSH, LH) and lower testosterone levels than single women.
African buffalo herds make decisions by voting
One by one, the adult females of the herd will stand up, look in a particular direction & then lay back down. Whichever direction gets the most looks is almost always where the herd travels. If voting is strongly divided, the herd will often split up temporarily.
18 out of 1 million LEGO pieces are defective
The company prides itself on quality because only 18 out of every 1 million LEGO bricks are defective. LEGOs are also among the sturdiest toys, as anyone who has stepped on one while barefoot will tell you. For millions in past decades, LEGOs simply were a beloved childhood toy.
The filling in Kit Kats is made from damaged Kit Kats
While the package lists the filling as a “crisp wafer,” in reality, the bars’ insides are often made from broken KitKats that fall apart during the assembly process.
The official bird of Redondo Beach, California, is the Goodyear Blimp
In 1983, the city of Redondo Beach, California, near the blimp base airport in Carson, California, adopted resolution number 6252 recognizing the Goodyear Airship Columbia (since retired) as the “Official Bird of Redondo Beach.”
Tickling may have been used as torture
Tickling was used as a form of torture as early as A.D. 206 during the Chinese Han Dynasty. Back then, it was a punishment used for criminals as tickling does not leave evidence of torture on the body, and the person being tickled recovers quickly as opposed to other forms of torture.
A chameleons tongue is twice the length of its body
On average, a chameleon’s tongue is roughly twice the length of its body. In humans, that would be a tongue about 10 to 12 feet (about 3 to 4 meters) long.
The Baltimore Colts were the first NFL team to have cheerleaders
In 1954, the Baltimore Colts became the first NFL team to have cheerleaders. They were part of the Baltimore Colts Marching Band. Most NFL cheerleading squads are part-time jobs.
Human teeth are the only part of the body that cannot heal themselves
The tooth is the only part of the body that cannot repair itself. In humans, teeth cannot replace or repair themselves. Human teeth don’t have the cells necessary to repair damage like other organs and structures do.
Washington, D.C., is the country’s ninth capital
Washington, D.C. is the ninth capital of the United States. The Residence Act of 1790 established the nation’s capital in Washington, D.C.. The act was part of a plan to appease pro-slavery states who feared a northern capital would be too sympathetic to abolitionists.
Marie Curie was the first person ever to win TWO Nobel Prizes
She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person to win a Nobel Prize twice, and the only person to win a Nobel Prize in two scientific fields. Curie won one for physics in 1903 and the other for chemistry in 1911 for her work on radioactivity.
There were female gladiators in ancient Rome
The gladiatrix ( plurlal: gladiatrices) is the female equivalent of the gladiator of ancient Rome. Like their male counterparts, gladiatrices fought each other, or wild animals, to entertain audiences at various games and festivals. Very little is known about them.
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.
The first toilet ever seen on television was on “Leave It to Beaver”
The first toilet to appear on screen was on Leave It to Beaver in 1957 when the kids bought a pet alligator and hid it in the toilet tank. A lot of back-and-forth went into making this scene.
The national flag with the most colors in it is Belize, with 12
The coat of arms is displayed on a blue field between two red stripes, which are the colors that represent the nation’s most prominent political parties. The flag of Belize contains twelve colors, three more than any other national flag.
The median age of the world’s population is around 30 years, as of 2019
According to the UN’s 2019 “World Population Prospects”, the median age of the world’s population is expected to increase from around 30.5 in 2019 to 42 in 2100. The median age has been increasing steadily over time, driven by longer life expectancy and declining fertility rates.
Smelling green apples help with weight loss
Studies have revealed that just the smell of food can significantly decrease our appetite and cravings. One such study demonstrated this by finding that obese patients who sniffed green apples before meals lost more weight than those who didn’t, as the scent stimulated physiological receptors & made them feel satisfied with smaller portions.
Only one in every three people wash their hands when leaving a public bathroom
One-third of Americans admit not washing their hands after using the bathroom. Here’s why you should. Public restrooms are covered in fecal bacteria that launches from the toilet when you flush. The CDC recommends you wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds to stay clean.
Competitive art used to be an Olympic sport
Medals were awarded for works of art inspired by sport, divided into five categories: architecture, literature, music, painting, and sculpture. The juried art competitions were abandoned in 1954 because artists were considered to be professionals, while Olympic athletes were required to be amateurs.
Sir Isaac Newton was only 23 years old when he discovered the law of universal gravitation
Sir Isaac Newton worked in many areas of mathematics and physics. He developed the theories of gravitation in 1666 when he was only 23 years old. In 1686, he presented his three laws of motion in the “Principia Mathematica Philosophiae Naturalis.” By developing his three laws of motion, Newton revolutionized science.
The coldest inhabited village on Earth is in Russia
Winter temperatures in Oymyakon, Russia, average minus 58 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 50 degrees Celsius). The remote village is generally considered the coldest inhabited area on Earth.
From the age of 30, humans begin to gradually shrink in size
We can begin shrinking as early as our 30s, according to some research. Men can gradually lose an inch between the ages of 30 to 70, and women can lose about two inches. After the age of 80, it’s possible for both men and women to lose another inch.
A mole can dig a tunnel 300 feet long in just one night
Moles can dig a 300-foot-long dirt tunnel in one night, which is about 12 meters per hour. This is the same rate as a five-story building.
The word “burrito” means “little donkey” in Spanish
The word burrito means “little donkey” in Spanish, the diminutive form of burro, or “donkey”. The name burrito, as applied to the dish, possibly derives from the tendency for burritos to contain a lot of different things, similar to how a donkey would be able to carry a large burden.
Adam was named after the elements he was created from
Adam’s name likely comes from the Hebrew word adamah, which means “earth.” God “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life” (Genesis 2:7), but God did not simply breathe air into the man; God shared divine life with him.
The word “today” was generally written as two words until the 16th Century
Words like “today” and “tomorrow” were once written as two words entirely (ex: “to day”) until the 16th century. They were commonly joined by a hyphen until around the 1920s, when changes in English spelling during the 20th century made spelling said words as just one word more common.
Wonder Woman was one of the first superheroes to get her own book
Wonder Woman was one of the first superheroes to get her own book, after Superman and Batman. The first Wonder Woman Sensation Comics were banned in 1942 because her outfit was too revealing. Her official title is Princess Diana of Themyscira.
Keanu Reeves was born in Beirut, Lebanon
Keanu Reeves was born in Beirut, Lebanon, the son of Patricia Bond, a costume designer/performer, and Samuel Nowlin Reeves, Jr., a geologist. His mother is English and his father is Hawaiian.