Interesting Facts - IV

Shilpa Jan 26, 2010

A person who is lost in the woods and starving can obtain nourishment by chewing on his shoes. Leather has enough nutritional value to sustain life for a short time.

A person will die from total lack of sleep sooner than from starvation. Death will occur about 10 days without sleep, while starvation takes a few weeks.

A piano leg went through the floor of the white house in 1948 during President Truman's term.

A pied-billed grebe is called a peebeegeebee by birdwatchers.

A pig is the only animal than can get sunburned.

A pig's orgasm lasts for 30 minutes.

A pineapple is a berry.

A poem written to celebrate a wedding is called an epithalamium.

A polar bears skin is black. Its fur is actually clear, but like snow it appears white.

A pole vaulter, when he lands, may absorb up to 20,000 pounds of pressure per square inch on the joints of his tubular thigh bones.

A polecat is not a cat. It is a nocturnal European weasel.

A poll of 3,000 Americans found that for 41 percent, the thing they're most afraid of is speaking before a group of people. 32 percent stated they were afraid of heights.

A porpoise swims slowly in a circle as it sleeps.

A Portsmouth, Ohio law ranks baseball players with "vagrants, thieves and other suspicious characters."

A pound of grasshoppers is three times as nutritious as a pound of beef.

A pregnant goldfish is called a twit

A quarter of raw potato placed in each shoe at night will keep the leather soft and the shoes smelling fresh and clean.

A quarter of the horses in the US died of a vast virus epidemic in 1872.

A queen bee lays about 1,500 eggs on an average day.

A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top.

A rat can go without water longer than a camel can.

A rattlesnake's fangs fold inward when its mouth is closed so it doesn't bite itself.

A recent study indicates when men crave food, they tend to crave fat and salt. When women crave food, they tend to desire chocolate.

A Red Giant(a kind of exploded star) has a lower density than any vacuum here on earth

A rhinoceros horn is made of compacted hair.

A Saudi Arabian woman can get a divorce if her husband doesn't give her coffee.

A scientific report form the University of California found that the steam rising from a cup of coffee contains the same amounts of antioxidants as three oranges. The antioxidants are heterocyclic compounds which prevents cancer and heart disease. It's good for you!

A scientist who weighed people immediately before and after death concluded that the human soul weighs 21 gms.

A scrum in rugby is equivalent of a hockey face-off, except that it involves all playing the forward position on both teams.

A SEAL's weapon of choice is the Heckler and Koch MP-5 submachine gun.

A shark can detect one part of blood in 100 million parts of water.

A shark can grow a new set of teeth in a week.

A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.

A shrimp's heart is in its head.

A single drop of water contains one hundred billion billion atoms.

A single share of Coca-Cola stock, purchased in 1919, when the company went public, would have been worth $92,500 in 1997.

A snail can actually glide over the sharp edge of a knife or razor without harming itself. This has something to do with the mucus it produces.

A snail can have about 25,000 teeth.

A snail can sleep for 3 years.

A snail can travel over a razor blade without cutting itself.

A sneeze can exceed the speed of 100 mph.

A soccer ball has 32 panels.

A speleologist studies caves.

A Sphygmomanometer measures blood pressure.

A spremologer collects trivia.

A starfish can turn its stomach inside out.

A state law in Illinois mandates that all bachelors should be called master, not mister, when addressed by their female counterparts.

A strand of spider web may be stronger than an equal diameter of steel.

A study of pet owners found that 66% claimed they allowed their pets to remain in the bedroom during intercourse.

A teaspoon of neutron star material weighs about 110 million tons.

A ton of potatoes will yield 28.6 gallons of absolute alcohol. Potatoes are an important source for commercial alcohol.

A total of 63 errors were made in the 1886 World Series.

A traditional dish from Savolax, called "kalakukko" (fishcock in engl.) is made of white fish and porkfat encased in a baked crust of rye.

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