Strange Facts And Goofy Items
FACTS ABOUT EVERYTHING
-BMW had to recall their GPS system because male German drivers were refusing to take directions from a female voice. Seriously!
-Craigslist only has 40 employees, but it makes nearly $400 million each year. That's $10 million per employee.
-The three richest people in the world have assets that exceed the combined gross domestic product of the 48 least developed countries.
-Charles Darwin ate every animal he discovered.
-The likelihood of surviving a plane accident is around 95.7%. However, around 16% of accidents are fatal. Of all modern transport-category planes, the one with the worst safety record is the Concorde, yet it only had one fatal accident, this is because of its limited service history.
-The world record for longest kiss lasted 30 hours and 59 minutes.
-The time difference between when Stegosaurus and Tyrannosaurus lived is greater than the time difference between Tyrannosaurus and now.
-The world's 225 richest individuals, of whom 60 are Americans with total assets of $311 billion, have a combined wealth of over $1 trillion. Equal to the annual income of the poorest 47 percent of the entire world's population
-Hippopotamus' milk is pink.
-Afghanistan's literacy rate is around 29%.
-People who are naturally thin can have the same size or even larger stomachs than fatties.
-If you properly shuffle a deck of cards, in all likelihood, the resulting deck has never been seen before in the history of the world.
-Americans spend $8 billion a year on cosmetics - $2 billion more than the estimated annual total needed to provide basic education for everyone in the world.
-During WWII, British intelligence leaked falsified information implying that V-2 rockets were overshooting London by 10 to 20 miles, which made the Germans undershoot and miss London for the rest of the war.
-By 1982, the arcade game Space Invaders had grossed over $2 billion, just in quarters.
-The sun is one star in 300 sextillion (or 300,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.)
-Google doesn't use lawnmowers to cut its grass. In 2009 they rented 200 goats to chow down on the grass at their HQ.
-The bushes in Super Mario Bros. were just recoloured clouds.
-Europeans spend $11 billion a year on ice cream - $2 billion more than the estimated annual total needed to provide clean water and safe sewers for the world's population.
-A Chinese general with 100 troops had to defend a town against 150,000. He told his men to hide, flung open the gates and sat on the walls playing a lute. The opposing General, certain it was a trap, ordered a retreat.
-After suffering a knife wound whilst giving a blowjob a 15-year-old became pregnant and that was despite being born without a vagina.
-Moderate beer consumption is better at flushing your kidneys than water, fights osteoporosis, and it lowers cholesterol.
-There is a blind guy who can ride his bike in traffic using echolocation.
-Americans and Europeans spend $17 billion a year on pet food - $4 billion more than the estimated annual additional total needed to provide basic health and nutrition for everyone in the world.
-One reason menus list a very expensive wine or specialty food item is to make everything else on the menu seem more reasonable, causing diners to spend more than they normally would.
-Britain's youngest grandfather was 29 at the time of birth.
-From 1833 to 1918 the price of gold never rose more than six cents from its initial price of $18.93 per ounce. Gold has risen sharply, from about $279 per ounce in 2000 to around $1,300 per ounce in 2010.
-There is a species of jellyfish that is immortal.
-It is estimated that the additional cost of achieving and maintaining universal access to basic education for all, basic health care for all, reproductive health care for all women, adequate food for all and clean water and safe sewers for all is roughly $40 billion a year - or less than 4 percent of the combined wealth of the 225 richest people in the world.
-Over 90% of the population of Canada lives within 100 miles of the U.S. border.
-The total weight of all the Earth's ants is around the same of all the humans.
-More people have died inside the HALO games than have ever died in real life on earth throughout the entire history of humans being around.
-A small enough animal can fall at terminal velocity without suffering any injury upon impact. An ant or even a smallish spider, dropped from a tall building will be just fine.
-In the next minute, 255 babies will be born. During the same minute, 107 people will die. Almost 6% of them will be from a preventable ailment - hunger.
-Because ants are so small they can survive a session in a microwave by dodging the rays.
-Microsoft has created 3 billionaires and an estimated 12,000 millionaires.
-When you sneeze your heart stops for a millisecond.
-In America, if you kill two or more people with a short time gap in between those two events then according to the FBI you are technically a serial killer.
-Over 3 billion people live on less than US$2.50 a day.
-The prune industry asked the FDA to relabel prunes as dried plums because prunes weren't selling. It worked.
-In the next minute 141 million email messages will be sent, and 2.4M searches will be completed on Google.
-Polar bears can run at 25 km/h and jump around 6 feet high.
-Criminologists estimate that in the United States at any given point of time there are over 100 serial killers yet to be caught walking amongst us.
-If you were to drill a tunnel straight through the centre of the Earth it would take you precisely 42 minutes and 12 seconds to get to the bottom if you jumped... not that you'd be alive to stop the watch though.
-Pluto never made a full orbit around the sun from the time it was discovered to when it was declassified as a planet.
-We have approximately 70,000 thoughts per day.
-There are more cells of bacteria in your body than there are human cells. (Indeed, there are more cells of E. coli alone than of human cells.
-There are more atoms in a glass of water than glasses of water in all the oceans on Earth.
-There were 360 million internet users in 2000. Currently there are over 3 billion of us.
-The strongest creature on Earth, gonorrhoea bacteria, can pull 100,000 times their body weight.
-In men and boys, the right pointer finger is shorter in relation to their right ring finger than it is in girls. The higher your testosterone level before birth, the lower your pointer-finger-to-ring-finger ratio. Men with the lowest ratios made the most money and stayed in business for the longest time.
-A 1997 poll found that Americans thought NASA represented approximately 20% of the federal budget. In reality, NASA represented 0.9% of the federal budget. The record high level for NASA funding was 4.4%.
-The guidance computer from the Apollo 11 mission ran at 1.024 MHz, about 1/6th of the processing power of a TI-83 Calculator, and it took human beings to the moon.
-In just 1 minute: 43,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) were emitted into the world and 56,674 barrels of oil were pumped from the earth (1 barrel equals 42 gallons)