Friday, December 15, 2006

100 Things You Probably Didnt Know...

  • An average record shop needs to sell at least two copies of a CD per year to make it worth stocking, according to Wired magazine.
  • WD-40 dissolves cocaine - it has been used by a pub landlord to prevent drug-taking in his pub's toilets.
  • Humans can be born suffering from a rare condition known as "sirenomelia" or "mermaid syndrome", in which the legs are fused together to resemble the tail of a fish.
  • It's possible for a human to blow up balloons via the ear. A 55-year-old factory worker from China reportedly discovered 20 years ago that air leaked from his ears, and he can now inflate balloons and blow out candles.
  • If all the Smarties eaten in one year were laid end to end it would equal almost 63,380 miles, more than two-and-a-half times around the Earth's equator.
  • The = sign was invented by 16th Century Welsh mathematician Robert Recorde, who was fed up with writing "is equal to" in his equations. He chose the two lines because "noe 2 thynges can be moare equalle".
  • "Restaurant" is the most mis-spelled word in search engines.
  • The name Lego came from two Danish words "leg godt", meaning "play well". It also means "I put together" in Latin.
  • The spiciness of sauces is measured in Scoville Units.
  • You're 10 times more likely to be bitten by a human than a rat.
  • Jimi Hendrix pretended to be gay to be discharged from the US Army.
  • It takes a gallon of oil to make three fake fur coats.
  • Pulling your foot out of quicksand takes a force equivalent to that needed to lift a medium-sized car.

100 things we didn't know this time last year

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