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Interesting Anecdotes

 If you are right handed,  you will tend to chew your food on the right side of your mouth. If you  are left handed, you will tend to chew your food on the left side of  your mouth.

To make half a kilo of  honey, bees must collect nectar from over 2 million individual  flowers

Heroin is the brand name  of morphine once marketed by ‘Bayer’.

Tourists visiting  Iceland should know that tipping at a restaurant is considered an  insult!  

People in nudist  colonies play volleyball more than any other  sport.    

Albert Einstein was  offered the presidency of Israel in 1952, but he  declined.  

Astronauts can’t belch –  there is no gravity to separate liquid from gas in their  stomachs.  

Ancient Roman, Chinese  and German societies often used urine as  mouthwash. 

The Mona Lisa has no  eyebrows. In the Renaissance era, it was fashion to shave them  off!  

Because of the speed at  which Earth moves around the Sun, it is impossible for a solar eclipse  to last more than 7 minutes and 58 seconds.

The night of January 20  is “Saint Agnes’s Eve”, which is regarded as a time when a young woman  dreams of her future husband.   

Google is actually the  common name for a number with a million zeros  

It takes glass one  million years to decompose, which means it never wears out and can be  recycled an infinite amount of times!

Gold is the only metal  that doesn’t rust, even if it’s buried in the ground for thousands of  years  

Your tongue is the only  muscle in your body that is attached at only one  end  

If you stop getting  thirsty, you need to drink more water. When a human body is dehydrated,  its thirst

mechanism shuts  off. 

Each year 2,000,000  smokers either quit smoking or die of tobacco-related  diseases.   

Zero is the only number  that cannot be represented by Roman numerals  

Kites were used in the  American Civil War to deliver letters and  newspapers.  

The song, Auld Lang  Syne, is sung at the stroke of midnight in almost every English-speaking  country in the world to bring in the new year.  

Drinking water after  eating reduces the acid in your mouth by 61  percent  

Peanut oil is used for  cooking in submarines because it doesn’t smoke unless it’s heated above  450°F      

The roar that we hear  when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather  the sound of blood surging through the veins in the  ear.  

Nine out of every 10  living things live in the ocean 

The banana cannot  reproduce itself. It can be propagated only by the hand of  man

Airports at higher  altitudes require a longer airstrip due to lower air  density    

The University of Alaska  spans four time zones 

The tooth is the only  part of the human body that cannot heal itself.

In ancient Greece,  tossing an apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of marriage.  Catching it meant she accepted.

Warner Communications  paid $28 million for the copyright to the song Happy  Birthday.

Intelligent people have  more zinc and copper in their hair.  

A comet’s tail always  points away from the sun  

The Swine Flu vaccine in  1976 caused more death and illness than the disease it was intended to  prevent 

Caffeine increases the  power of aspirin and other painkillers, that is why it is found in some  medicines.

The military salute is a  motion that evolved from medieval times, when knights in armor raised  their visors to reveal their identity.  

If you get into the  bottom of a well or a tall chimney and look up, you can see stars, even  in the middle of the day.  

When a person dies,  hearing is the last sense to go. The first sense lost is  sight   

In ancient times  strangers shook hands to show that they were  unarmed

Strawberries are the  only fruits whose seeds grow on the outside

Avocados have the  highest calories of any fruit at 167 calories per hundred  grams

The moon moves about two  inches away from the Earth each year

The Earth gets 100 tons  heavier every day due to falling space dust

Due to earth’s gravity  it is impossible for mountains to be higher than 15,000  meters 

Mickey Mouse is known as  “Topolino” in Italy

Soldiers do not march in  step when going across bridges because they could set up a vibration  which could be sufficient to knock the bridge  down   

Everything weighs one  percent less at the equator 

For every extra kilogram  carried on a space flight, 530 kg of excess fuel are needed at  lift-off

The letter  J does not appear anywhere on the periodic table of the elements.

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