Cool, strange and interesting facts page 3

Fact 1. People that smoke have 10 times as many wrinkles as a person that does not smoke.

Fact 2. People that suffer from gum disease are twice as likely to have a stroke or heart attack.

Fact 3. People that use mobile phones are 2.5 time more likely to develop cancer in areas of the brain that are adjacent to the ear they use to talk on the mobile phone.

Fact 4. People who have eaten beetles say that it tastes like apples.

Fact 5. People who meet their calcium need reduce their risk of developing kidney stones.

Fact 6. People who ride on roller coasters have a higher chance of having a blood clot in the brain.

Fact 7. People who studies laughter are called a “gelotologists.”

Fact 8. People whose mouth has a narrow roof are more likely to snore. This is because they have less oxygen going through their nose.

Fact 9. People with allergies can lower allergy reactions by laughing.

Fact 10. People with darker skin will not wrinkle as fast as people with lighter skin.

Fact 11. Pepper was sold as individual grains during the Elizabethan times. The guards at the London docks had to sew up their pockets so they would not steal any of the pepper.

Fact 12. Pepsi got its name from the ingredient pepsin, which is said to aid in digestion, however, it is not known.

Fact 13. Pepsi originally contained pepsin, (the same stuff in pepcid AC) thus the name.

Fact 14. Percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28%. Percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%

Fact 15. Percentage of American men who say they would marry the same woman if they had it to do all over again: 80%

Fact 16. Percentage of Americans who have visited Disneyland/Disney World: 70%

Fact 17. Persia changed its name to Iran in 1935.

Fact 18. Pigeons can see ultraviolet lights.

Fact 19. Pigs have no sweat glands, which is why they stay in water or mud to keep cool.

Fact 20. Pikeville, Kentucky consumes the most Pepsi per capita then any other American city.

Fact 21. Pilgrims did not eat potatoes for Thanksgiving as they thought they were poisonous.

Fact 22. Pilgrims did not eat with forks. They only used spoons, knives and their fingers.

Fact 23. Pineapples were first called “anana”, which is Caribbean for “excellent fruit.”

Fact 24. Pineapples were first introduced into Europe by Christopher Columbus.

Fact 25. Pitcher Darold Knowles once pitched all seven games of one World Series.

Fact 26. Pixie, a Siberian Husky, gave birth to 7 puppies, one of which was bright green.

Fact 27. Platypuses mate in the water.

Fact 28. Play-Doh was introduced in 1956 by Hasbro Inc. The only color availabe was an off white, and it came in one size which a one and a half pound can.

Fact 29. Playwright Shakespeare was only 18 years old when he married Ann Hathaway, who was 26 years old at the time.

Fact 30. Pluto is the only planet in our solar system that has not been visited by a spacecraft.

Fact 31. Pluto was discovered on February 10, 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh.

Fact 32. Polar bear livers contain so much Vitamin A that it can be fatal if eaten by a human.

Fact 33. Polar bears are excellent swimmers. They have been known to swim more than 60 miles without a rest.

Fact 34. Polar bears are left handed.

Fact 35. Polar bears are left-handed.

Fact 36. Polar bears can eat as much as ten percent of their body weight in less than one hour.

Fact 37. Polar bears can smell seal from 20 miles away.

Fact 38. Polar bears can smell seals who are 20 miles away.

Fact 39. Polar bears have been known to swim more than 60 miles without resting.

Fact 40. Police detectives have used snapping turtles to help them locate dead bodies.

Fact 41. Pollsters say that 40 percent of dog and cat owners carry pictures of the pets in their wallets.

Fact 42. Popeye is 34 years old, weighs 158 lbs, and is 5 feet 6 inches tall.

Fact 43. Popped popcorn should be stored in the freezer or refrigerator as this way it can stay crunchy for up to three weeks.

Fact 44. Post-It Notes, which are adhesive notes, were invented while looking for a way to improve the acrylate adhesive found in tapes.

Fact 45. Pound for pound, hamburgers cost more than new cars.

Fact 46. Pound for pound, leopards are said to be seven times stronger than humans.

Fact 47. President Lyndon Johnson used to smoke three packs of cigarettes a day.

Fact 48. Pretzel snacks have been around for over 1300 years. A European monk invented the snack using used leftover bread dough.

Fact 49. Pretzel that have no salt on them are called “baldies.”

Fact 50. Pretzels were originally invented for Christian Lent. The twists of the pretzels are to resemble arms crossed in prayer.

Fact 51. Princess Anne from the British royal family competed in the 1976 Summer Olympics.

Fact 52. Printed on the tablet being held by the Statue of Liberty is July IV, MDCCLXXVI.

Fact 53. Prosopagnosia refers to the inability to identify people by their faces. In severe cased prosopagnosia a person may not be able to identify themselves in a mirror.

Fact 54. Psychokinesis refers to the ability of moving objects through psychic power.

Fact 55. Pucks hit by hockey sticks have reached speeds of up to 150 miles per hour.

Fact 56. Pumpkins contain potassium and vitamin A.

Fact 57. Q-Tip Cotton Swabs were originally called Baby Gays.

Fact 58. Quality standards for pasta were set in the 13th century by the Pope.

Fact 59. Queen Elizabeth I always wore a necklace with a little perfume bottle attached everywhere she went.

Fact 60. Queen Lydia Liliuokalani was the last reigning monarch of the Hawaiian Islands. She was also the only Queen the United States ever had.

Fact 61. Queen Victoria used marijuana, to help relieve menstrual cramp pain.

Fact 62. Rabbits can live up to ten years.

Fact 63. Racecar driver Lee Petty once left a pitstop and did a full lap at Nascar with a pit crew member still on the hood.

Fact 64. Ramses II, a pharaoh of Egypt died in 1225 B.C. At the time of his death, he had fathered 96 sons and 60 daughters.

Fact 65. Rats can survive up to 14 days without any food.

Fact 66. Ray Kroc bought McDonalds for $2.7 million in 1961 from the McDonald brothers.

Fact 67. Reindeer like to eat bananas.

Fact 68. Reno, Nevada is west of Los Angeles, California.

Fact 69. Reports from owners of cats and dogs indicate that 21% of dogs and 7% of cats snore.

Fact 70. Reptiles do not perspire, and do not have any oil glands.

Fact 71. Research has indicated that a tie that is on too tight can increase the risk of glaucoma in men.

Fact 72. Research has indicated that approximately eleven minutes are cut off the life of an average male smoker from each cigarette smoked.

Fact 73. Research has indicated that indoor pollution is 10 times more toxic than outdoor pollution.

Fact 74. Research indicates that babies who suck on pacifiers are more prone to ear aches.

Fact 75. Research indicates that mosquitoes are attracted to people who have recently eaten bananas.

Fact 76. Research indicates that people prefer the colour blue for their casual clothing.

Fact 77. Research indicates that plants grow healthier when they are stroked.

Fact 78. Research on pigs led to the development of CAT scans.

Fact 79. Researchers have developed odourless socks. The sock fabric is made by attaching molecules that contain chlorine called halamines to textile fibers.

Fact 80. Researchers have shot footage of Orcas (killer whales) attacking and killing great white sharks.

Fact 81. Researches have discovered that eating five or more apples a week is linked to better functioning of the lungs.

Fact 82. Reserves from the Irish army were used as extras in the movie “Braveheart.”

Fact 83. Retail sales for soft drinks in the United States in 2001 were more than sixty billion dollars.

Fact 84. Rice flour was used to strengthen some of the bricks that make up the Great Wall of China.

Fact 85. Rice is thrown at weddings as a symbol of fertility.

Fact 86. Richard Millhouse Nixon was the first US president whose name contains all the letters from the word “criminal.” The second? William Jefferson Clinton.

Fact 87. Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people do.

Fact 88. Ringo Starr appeared in a Japanese advertisement for apple sauce. Ironically his name means “apple sauce” in Japanese.

Fact 89. Robert Southey wrote the story “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” in 1834.

Fact 90. Robert Wadlow is the tallest man recorded in history. He grew to be eight feet and eleven inches and weighed 490 pounds when he died.

Fact 91. Rocky Mountain spotted fever is a disease caused by ticks.

Fact 92. Roman emperors ate flamingo tongues which were considered a delicacy. Also parrotfish livers, and pheasant brains were feasted on.

Fact 93. Romans used to believe that walnuts could cure head ailments during the Renaissance, since their shape was similar to that of a brain.

Fact 94. Romans, in the third century, believed that the lemon was an antidote for all poisons.

Fact 95. Roses generally need around 6 hours of sunlight to grow properly.

Fact 96. Roughly 42% of people in the United Kingdom snore.

Fact 97. Roughly 44% of junk mail is thrown away unopened.

Fact 98. Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.

Fact 99. Russian I.M. Chisov survived a 21,980 plunge out of a plane with no parachute. He landed on the steep side of a snow-covered mountain with only a fractured pelvis and slight concussion.

Fact 100. Sailors once thought that wearing a gold earring would improve their eyesight.

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