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Over 90 per cent of diseases are caused or complicated by stress

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 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

Sex can cause memory loss and other brain conditions

Sex is one of the major triggers for the baffling medical condition called transient global amnesia, in which patients lose their ability to retain immediate memory.

A blue whale's heart can be as large as a car

A blue whale’s heart can be as large as a car

The blue whale’s heart is about 5 feet in length, 4 feet in width, and 5 feet in height and can weigh as much as 175 kilograms, which is the same as some cars. A blue whale’s heartbeat is so loud that it can be heard from almost 2 miles away.

Fun Fact: Turkeys can blush

When a turkey becomes frightened, agitated, excited, or ill, the exposed skin on its head and neck can change from its usual pale pink or bluish-gray color to red, white, or blue.

Fun Fact: People with allergies can lower allergy reactions by laughing

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 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

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

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.

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    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 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 has over 1,460 dreams a year

    The average person has over 1,460 dreams a year

    An average person has over 1,460 dreams a year, which is about 4 dreams every night. In a year, an average person sleeps for 122 days out of 365 days.

    The average person produces enough saliva in their lifetime to fill two swimming pools

    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

    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

    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 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.

    Experts estimate about half of the human race is bilingual, at least.

    Interesting Fact: Half the world is bilingual

    Experts estimate that about half of the human race is bilingual, at least.

    Fun Fact: Giraffes can last longer without water than camels

    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

    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.

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      Fun Fact: Donald Duck's middle name is Fauntleroy

      Fun Fact: Donald Duck’s middle name is Fauntleroy

      As revealed in the 1942 animated short Donald Gets Drafted, everyone’s favorite duck does, indeed, have a middle name: Fauntleroy. This might be based on his sailor hat, which is often seen as an accessory for “Little Lord Fauntleroy” suits.

      Japan is the world's most earthquake-prone country

      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

      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 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

      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

      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

      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.

      Antarctica is classified as a desert because of its limited rainfall. It’s also the world’s largest desert.

      In terms of sheer size, the Antarctic Desert is the largest desert on Earth. Antarctica is the coldest, windiest, and most isolated continent on Earth, and is considered a desert because its annual precipitation can be less than 51 mm in the interior.

      In 1975, several years before his death, Charlie Chaplin entered a look-alike contest of himself in France.

      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

      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.

      US Dollar bills are made out of cotton and linen

      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’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

      When people kiss, two-thirds automatically tilt their heads to the right, while the remaining one-third tilt their heads to the left.

      A group of unicorns is called a blessing

      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”.

      Anxiety can actually be useful for some people

      Anxiety can actually be useful for some people

      Anxiety can actually be useful for some people because it motivates them to improve their lives and react to risks better. The five areas we benefit the most from anxiety are Motivation, Preparation, Attention, Protection, and Communication.

      Within five minutes of a dream ending, we forget 50 percent of its content

      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.

      Music doesn't make some people happy

      Music doesn’t make some people happy

      Some people lack the ability to get pleasure from music, researchers say, even though they enjoy food, sex, and other great joys in life.

      About 11% of people are left handed across the globe

      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.

      Queen Elizabeth II doesn’t have a passport

      Queen Elizabeth II doesn’t have a passport

      When traveling overseas, The Queen does not require a British passport. As a British passport is issued in the name of Her Majesty, it is unnecessary for The Queen to possess one. All other members of the Royal Family have passports.

      Your nose helps you pick your friends

      Fun Fact: Your nose helps you pick your friends

      In a small study, researchers in an olfaction lab found that people who had an instant personal connection also had similarities in their body odors.

      Fun Fact: People develop first impressions of you in a tenth of a second

      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

      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

      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.

      An elephant and its baby strolling in a field

      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

      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!

      English speaking pilots

      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

      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.

      85% of plant life is found in the ocean

      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 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.