> You Need To Hear These 20 Facts That Will Make You Feel Somewhat Dizzy!
As if you needed to add to your confusion...
1. In the 2000 Sydney Paralympics, the Spanish team competing in Basketball for the Intellectually Disabled actually consisted of players who were not disabled. They went on to win the gold but were later exposed, leading to tightening of the criterion and the checks.
2. The decapitated head of a dead snake can still bite hours after death. Because dead snakes can’t regulate how much venom they should inject, such bites can often contain large amounts of venom.
3. The holiday suicide myth supports misinformation about suicide that might ultimately hamper prevention efforts. The idea that suicide rates increase during the holiday season is a myth perpetuated by the media. In fact, suicide rates are the lowest in December.
4. The oldest known surviving pair of socks were designed to be worn with sandals.
5. The most prolific serial killer in medieval Europe, and possibly ever, was executed by having all of his limbs broken and threaded through the spokes of a wheel. He was kept alive and conscious on the wheel for 9 days by a daily dose of a “strong drink”.
6. There is a tree, which bears more than one type of fruit called “The Fruit Salad Tree”. It is made through a method of reproduction called grafting.
7. Many pirates in the early 1700’s in the Caribbean were escaped African slaves. By some accounts, 70 of them served with the famous pirate Blackbeard
8. The Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book that is most often stolen from Public Libraries.
9. The Golden Temple in Amritsar, India is the holiest site in Sikhism. It runs a free kitchen operated by volunteers that serves up to 100,000 hot meals a day regardless of race, religion and class.
10. The US Government has rigorous specs for the pens it buys. It has to be assembled by blind people. The pens must be able to write for a mile and in temps 160F to -40, are designed to fit undetected into uniforms. They should be able to stand in for a two inch fuse, and should be able to be used for an emergency tracheotomy.
11. The color pink used to be perceived as being very masculine, and blue as feminine. That’s why so many early Disney heroines, i.e., Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Wendy, Alice-in-Wonderland are swathed in varying shades of azure.
12. (former) Billionaire Chuck Feeney (Co-founder of Duty Free Shoppers Group) has anonymously donated 99% his fortune of his $6.3 Billion to help under privileged kids go to college. He is now worth just $2 million dollars.
13. Pat Morita fought tuberculosis at an young age which resulted in him being in a body cast on and off from ages 2-11 and being told he would never walk. Some of you might better know him as Mr. Miyagi from the Karate Kid films or Arnold from Happy Days.
14. A British soldier once won the Victoria cross for attacking the enemy with beer bottles during the 1950 Korean war.
15. In athletics, if you move as the gun sounds, you have considered having false started as the human brain cannot hear and process the noise of the starting gun in under 0.10 seconds.
16. During WWI, starving wolves amassed in such great numbers that Germans and Russians had a temporary cease-fire to fight off the wolf attacks.
17. A cotton shopping bag must be used at least 131 times to have less impact on the environment than single-use bags.
18. Wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube men are banned in Houston for being a “blight on the aesthetic environment”.
19. Many kinds of toothpaste contain small plastic beads which may lodge in the gums, are likely harmful to the environment, and are included in toothpaste for decorative purposes only.
20. The coal-burning power plants in the United States released 155 times more radiation into the environment in 1982 than the Three Mile Island Nuclear Accident did in 1979.
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