Interesting facts 2

Urban birds have developed a short, fast “rap style” of singing,
different from their rural counterparts.

The lion costume in the film Wizard of Oz was made from real lions.
Fathers tend to determine the height of their child, mothers their weight.

The Pope’s been known to wear red Prada shoes.

Donald Rumsfeld was both the youngest and the oldest defense secretary in US history.

Coco Chanel started the trend for sun tans in 1923 when she got accidentally burnt on a cruise.

Up to 25% of hospital keyboards carry the MRSA infection.

In ancient Greece, children of wealthy families were dipped in olive oil at birth to keep them hairless throughout their lives.

Ghandi didn’t allow his wife to take penicillin to save her life from pneumonia but took quinine to save himself from malaria.

Sex workers (Prostitutes) in Roman times charged the equivalent price of eight glasses of red wine.

As of 2006, more than one in eight people in the United States show signs of addiction to the internet.

More than 90% of plane crashes have survivors.

The Mona Lisa used to hang on the wall of Napoleon’s bedroom.

Barbie’s full name is Barbie Millicent Roberts.

Eating a packet of crisps a day is equivalent to drinking five liters of cooking oil a year.

Plant seeds that have been stored for more than 200 years can be coaxed into new life.

For every 10 successful attempts to climb Mount Everest there is one fatality. (As of 2006)

Watching television can act as a natural painkiller for children

Forty-one percent of English women have punched or kicked their partners, according to a study.

The more panels a football has – and therefore the more seams – the easier it is to control in the air.

Music can help reduce chronic pain by more than 20% and can alleviate depression by up to 25%.

The egg came first.

Modern teenagers are better behaved than their counterparts of 20 years ago, showing “less problematic behavior” involving sex, drugs and drink.

Britain is still paying off debts that predate the Napoleonic wars because it’s cheaper to do so than buy back the bonds on which they are based.

In Bhutan government policy is based on Gross National Happiness; thus most street advertising is banned, as are tobacco and plastic bags.

The best-value consumer purchase in terms of the price and usage is
an electric kettle.

Camel’s milk, which is widely drunk in Arab countries, has 10 times more iron than cow’s milk.

Iceland has the highest concentration of broadband users in the world.

Native Hawaiian women were not allowed to cook.

The age limit for marriage in France was, until recently, 15 for girls, but 18 for boys. The age for girls was raised to 18 in 2006.

The brain is soft and gelatinous – its consistency is something between jelly and cooked pasta.

The Himalayas cover one-tenth of the Earth’s surface.

A “lost world” exists in the Indonesian jungle that is home to dozens of hitherto unknown animal and plant species.

The two most famous actors who portrayed the “Marlboro Man” in the cigarette ads died of lung cancer.

All US Presidents have worn glasses. Some just didn’t like being seen wearing them in public.

The Mona Lisa has no eyebrows. It was the fashion in Renaissance Florence to shave them off.

Walt Disney was afraid of mice.

The first known marketer of the flushing toilet was Thomas Crapper.

The average bed is home to over 6 billion dust mites.

The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.

The average chocolate bar has 8 insect legs in it.