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Monday, 2 August 2010

Chewing something (like gum)
can keep you from crying when cutting onions.

Other techniques:
-soaking the onion in salt water before cutting it
-chilling the onion in a freezer before cutting it
-putting vinegar on the cutting board
-lighting a candle nearby
-cutting the onion underwater
-wearing goggles or a mask while cutting the onion

Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
Blinking is a reflex that is started by a sudden noise.
Studies show that women react more quickly then men
to these sudden noises, and blink both twice as hard andoften as men.
Another interesting piece of data;
lesbians will blink less severely than heterosexual women,
and gay men will blink more severely than heterosexual men.
Because blinking is a reflex and isn't learned,
some argue that the rate of your blinking can determine
whether you will grow up to be homo or heterosexual.

Approximately 80% of all paper money
in the US contains traces of cocaine.

Why? It's not because 80% of US bills have been used to snort cocaine -
it's because cocaine is a very fine powder,
and one bill can contaminate an entire cash drawer.
The concentrations of cocaine on each bill are very small,
so don't worry about accidentally getting high.
And unless you're a bank teller,
don't worry about detectable amounts appearing on you.

In the average lifetime,
a person will breath in about 44 pounds of dust.

Dust is made out of, among other things,
dead skin flakes. Happy breathing!

You can't hum while holding your nose closed.

It's against the law to burp, or sneeze in a church in Nebraska.
This also applies to children. If your child commits the offense,
you would be able to be arrested.

Between 1908 and 1940 you were able to buy houses
by catalog and it would be shipped by mail.

Sears Roebuck is famous for the mail-order catalogs of the late 1800's.
In 1908, they started to offer house kits.
The kit, which included the entire house,
with numbered parts and instruction booklets,paint and nails.
The first mail-order house is credited to Aladdin Company,
who started offering the houses in 1906

It is impossible to commit suicide by holding your breath.
Eventually you have a reflex or a deep exhalation
to get stagnant gasses out of your lungs such as
carbon monoxide and nitrogen.
Even if you can force yourself to overcome this reflex
you would eventually pass out from lack of oxygen to your brain.
After passing out, your mouth would open and
your lungs would involuntarily begin to function again.

The first known form of birth control was crocodile feces,
used by Egyptians in 2000 B.C.

Other early birth control methods:
tampons made of honey, drinking liquid mercury,
jumping backwards, sneezing (to expel semen),
inserting lemons as a diaphragm (the citric acid acts as spermicide),
using animal intestines as condoms,
inserting a concave piece of wood as a diaphragm (ouch),
and drinking a concoction of soaking dried beaver testicles
in a strong solution of alcohol.

Eating celery is technically exercise.
When you eat celery, you burn more calories than you consume.

A celery stalk contains 6 calories.
Chewing your celery stalk burns: 5 calories/hour
Because of the high insoluble fibre content of celery,
you burn even more calories digesting that celery stalk.
However, eat just celery and you'll not only be malnourished,
but your metabolic rate will slow down
to protect your body from your low caloric intake.
So, when you inevitably get sick of celery and start eating real food,
you'll pack on the pounds faster.

A toothpick is the object most-often choked on by Americans.
Since 1900, 17,000 people have died from toothpicks.
Among them was American novelist Sherwood Anderson.

Men have nipples because,
as an embryo, everyone is a female
until the Y chromosome kicks in.

After conception, the human embryo develops as a female.
Only after 6-8 weeks does the Y chromosome kick in
and the fetus begins developing male characteristics.
By this point breast tissue, milk ducts and nipples have already formed.
This happens in all mammals,
the only exception being stallions, who do not posses nipples.
Generally evolution will only weed out a characteristic
if it proves harmful to the creature, and of course,
although having nipples provides no benefit to a man
it has no ill effect either.
Darwin (and others) wondered if at some point in
the very distant past the males of a species from
which we are descended suckled their young.

A serial killer in India was charged with murder.
He was only 8 years old.

Amarjeet Sada was accused of killing at least three babies,
including his eight-month-old sister and a cousin sister.
Police say the boy strangled and smashed
the heads of the babies with bricks & then tried to hide the bodies.

Makeup is made from fish scales.
One the ingredients of some lipsticks and
nail polishes is something called pearl essence, or pearlescence.
This is actually an ingredient made from fish scales-usually from herring.
These fish scales are what create the shimmer in these products.
However, they are being phased out for cheaper alternatives.

In Detroit, in 1937, a baby fell from the 4th floor of a building,
falling on a man who was passing below.
One year later exactly the same thing happened -
another baby, another 4th floor window, same man.

Baseball player Richie Ashburn, in August 1957,
hit a fan with a foul ball.
A few minutes later, he hit the same fan again
while she was being taken out on a stretcher.

The foul ball struck spectator Alice Roth,
wife of sports editor Earl Roth, breaking her nose.
When play resumed, Ashburn fouled off another ball
that struck her while in the stretcher.
Ashburn and Roth would maintain a friendship for many years
and her son later served as a Phillies batboy.

Your stomach has to produce a new layer
of mucus every two weeks; otherwise it will digest itself

The largest toy distributor in the world is not
Toys 'R' Us or Wal-Mart - it's McDonald's.

More info: 20% of McDonald's sales involve
Happy Meals, which feature some kind of toy.

When a person is tickled,
the response is actually a form of panic,
as the brain interprets the tickling sensation
as produced by spiders or other creepy crawlies on your skin
- the uncontrollable laughter is a response to panic.

Colgate faced big obstacle marketing
toothpaste in Spanish speaking countries
because Colgate translates into the command 'go hang yourself.'

The largest erect human penis ever recorded is 13.5 inches long.
It belongs to New Yorker Jonah Cardeli Falcon,
a bisexual American actor and talk-show host.
His willy is 9.5 in (24.13 cm) flaccid, 13.5 in (34.29 cm) erect.
But the huge penis is not a blessing -
it rather condemns him to loneliness.
He lives with his mom and his whale penis, without a girlfriend for 12 years.

In 1998, Sony accidently sold 700,000 camcorders
that had the technology to see through people's clothes.Here is a video.

There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos.
It increases the sense of freedom, a disconnect from reality and thus,
increases the dollars spent gambling.

Some other tricks casinos use:
1) There are no windows, so people don't know if it's day or night outside.
2) They design casinos to be like mazes so you can't find your way out.
3) They give free alcohol to the gamblers so they continue to gamble.

Dolphins don't breathe automatically -
they breathe when they tell themselves to breathe.
More Info: When dolphins sleep, they lie on their side with
their blowhole above the water surface.
They sleep with only half of their brain at time,
and they take turns sleeping with different sides of its brain.
The other half stays awake so the dolphin remembers to breathe.
This also means that dolphins cannot receive
anesthetics because they will stop breathing.

You're more likely to die on your way to buy a
lottery ticket than you are to actually win the lottery.

When you put a seashell next to your ear,
it's the sound of your blood surging in your veins, not the ocean.

The Bible is the number one most shoplifted book of all time.

A lump of pure gold the size of a matchbox can be
flattened into a sheet the size of a tennis court.

Over 2500 left-handed people a year are killed
from using equipment made for right-handed people.
The right-handed power saw is the most deadly item.

Iguanas, Koalas and Komodo dragons all have two penises.

Men are 4 times more likely to get struck by lightning than woman.

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