6/13/2014

Some Odd Facts






I love the mundane, the unusual, the oddball fact that most wouldn't give a second thought to ordinarily.  I'm just a of a different cloth, I suppose.  But, I have always loved odd facts, whether it be about space, people or animals.  It's interesting to me.  I might be alone in this.  Just as an example, in the 1900s when legal immigrants came to Ellis Island, they were served Jell-O as a means to welcome them to the USA.  Most had never had it in their lives.  But, even in the early 1900s, Jello-O was commonplace.  Bet you didn't think you could live another day without knowing that.  Anyway, with my sarcasm out of the way now, let's take a look at a few oddball facts that you were not dying to know about.

Native Americans originally didn’t ride or know of horses because they went extinct during the Ice Age. It was only after the Spanish brought them back did they start riding them. Now, that is something I have to admit I have never even thought about.  I always thought horses had always been here.  I did not know the Ice Age had knocked them out.  

Coffee was so scarce in Germany that during WWII “coffee bombs” or bags of coffee were dropped from planes to turn the people against their government.  I have to admit, if I couldn't get my morning coffee, I would turn against the government in a heartbeat.  I just can't do without my morning cup of coffee.  Out of the question.

Most people who are allergic to cats are not allergic to their fur,cat dander,cat saliva,or cat urine.They are actually allergic to sebum,a fatty substance secreted by the cat’s sebaceous glands. This is a new one on me.  I would have thought for sure it was the cat's fur.

There is a population of radioactive wild boars in Germany, caused by Chernobyl disaster two decades ago. And their number is rising. So, my question, how do the boars breed?  I thought radiation made one sterile.  In any case, I feel for the people in Germany.  It seems Russia would help with this problem.

Scots didn’t wear kilts until three centuries after the period depicted by the film “Braveheart.”I have to admit, this one has me stunned.  I thought kilts were worn by Scots since the beginning of time.  How could the producers of Braveheart miss this?

Sugar does not cause hyperactivity in children. Double-blind trials have shown no difference in behavior between children given sugar-full or sugar-free diets, even in studies specifically looking at children with Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder or those considered sensitive to sugar.  I daresay you will find few, if any mothers, of young children who are going to buy this theory.  

The word “Manhattan” is derived from the Algonquian word “Manahachtanienk,” meaning “place where we all got drunk.” The term "suck it" was used almost twice as often in the 1650s as it is today.

In 2007, a Tennessee man on Death Row requested that, instead of a last meal, a pizza be donated to a local homeless person. The request was denied.  Ok, I have to say that was rather heartless.  It's difficult to believe that request was denied.  Another fact, more than ten people a year are killed by vending machines.  The only thing I can surmise, on this, is someone trying to tilt it toward them and then push it back to get their candy loses control.  Then the vending machine lands on them, crushing them.

George Washington did not have wooden teeth. According to a study of Washington’s four known dentures by a forensic anthropologist from the University of Pittsburgh (in collaboration with the National Museum of Dentistry, itself associated with the Smithsonian Museum), the dentures were made of gold, hippopotamus ivory, lead, and human and animal teeth (including horse and donkey teeth).

There are no pain receptors in the brain, so brain surgery or injury can occur without causing pain. The scalp and skull, however, are sensitive to pain.  Also, stomach acid is strong enough to dissolve razor blades.  After the problems with indigestion I have had this year, I can almost understand why.





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