hearken the facts - ix

A few facts that you might never come across, but your life will be incomplete without:

  • There are 1,792 steps to the top of the Eiffel Tower.
  • At any one time, there are 100 million phone conversations going on in the United States.
  • Frogs cannot swallow without blinking.
  • Americans on the average eat 18 acres of pizza every day.
  • Texas is larger than France, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland and Luxembourg combined.
  • The chameleon has a tongue that is one and a half times the length of its body.
  • 99% of all animal species that ever lived on Earth are now extinct.
  • To melt away 1 pound of fat you will need to walk 34 miles.
  • One in every 9000 people is an albino.
  • The human eye blinks an average of 4,200,000 times a year.
  • An ant can survive for up to two days underwater.
  • The average Italian consumes half a pound of bread a day.
  • Humans use a total of 72 different muscles in speech.
  • One third of the land in the United States is owned by the government.
  • The Blue Whale weighs as much as thirty elephants and is as long as three Greyhound buses.
  • Nobel Prize resulted from a late change in the will of Alfred Nobel, who did not want to be remembered as a propagator of violence – he invented dynamite.
  • Mercury is the only metal that is liquid at room temperature.
  • The oldest patented company logo is the red triangle of Bass beers!
  • Most elephants weigh less than the tongue of a blue whale.
  • 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily.
  • The name jeep comes from GP, the army abbreviation for General Purpose.
  • If your mouth was completely dry, you would not be able to distinguish the taste of anything.
  • In the early 1960’s, Porsche commercially manufactured farm tractors.
  • A tree in metropolitan area will survive about eight years.
  • Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.
  • Cats purr at about 26 cycles per second, the same frequency as an idling diesel engine.
  • The blood of mammals is red, the blood of insects is yellow, and the blood of lobsters is blue.
  • On the day that Alexander Graham Bell was buried the entire US telephone system was shut down for 1 minute in tribute.
  • Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team on his sophomore year.
  • One in ten people live on an island.

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