Since 1916 it’s been illegal to send a building through the post in the US. This law was established after a man sent a 40-ton house through the state of Utah to avoid high shipping rates.
In one Mexican town in 1997, it not only rained frogs — there was an entire storm of them.
You have no sense of smell while you’re asleep.
Astronauts aren’t allowed to eat beans before going out into space because the gases could harm their space suits.
Crocodiles are more intelligent than you think. They deliberately swallow stones in order to submerge themselves to great depths.
Bhutan is such a mysterious country that no one even knows exactly how many people live there, as the last census was conducted in 1975.
Some Innuits use refrigerators to prevent food from freezing because it’s so cold where they live!
In the world’s oceans, there’s around 200 times more gold than has been extracted in human history.
William Shakespeare pronounced his name in several different ways.
Lion tamers use stools because lions can only focus on one object to attack. When they see four chair legs pushed toward them, they get completely confused and retreat.
Before erasers were invented, people used bread crumbs to remove pencil and ink.
Your brain is more active when you’re asleep than when you’re watching TV.
The Hercules beetle weighs just 100 g, but it can pick up as much as 8 kg, making it the strongest living thing on Earth.
There is a legend in Japan that if an umbrella is left lying around for a sufficiently long time, it turns into a one-legged, one-eyed demon called Kasa-obake.
The first self-service restaurant in the world was set up in New York and only permitted male diners. Customers ate standing up.
Birth control pills work on gorillas.
Number plates in New Hampshire have "Live free or die" written on them. They’re manufactured by the state’s convicts.
There is no mention in the Bible of the apple eaten by Adam and Eve. There’s only mention of the fruit from a certain tree.
In France, it’s forbidden to sell dolls without human faces.
The sum of the numbers on opposite sides of a loaded dice equals 7.
“Canada“ is a Native American word that translates as ”big village."
Nepal is the only country in the world that doesn’t have either a square or rectangular-shaped flag.
When someone holds a cup with a hot beverage in their hands, those around them seem "warmer" — that is, more generous and friendly.
The September 11 terror attacks on the WTC released a dust cloud of toxic asbestos fibers across Manhattan. An estimated 410,000 people have been exposed. It is believed lung cancer and mesothelioma cases in the city will reach a peak in the year 2041 (four decades after 9/11)
In 2005, Sony used music CDs to illegally install a rootkit virus on 22 million computers; and when caught, they released an uninstaller that failed to remove the rootkit, installed further programs and illegally collected user information
Thomas Hesse, president of Sony BMG’s Global Digital Business, went on National Public Radio to say that “most people, I think, don’t even know what a rootkit is, so why should they care about it?”
Argos, Odysseus’s dog in the works of Homer. After 20 years of waiting for Odysseus to return home, the dog is the only one to recognize him, he wags his tail and Odysseus sheds a tear, and Argos dies after meeting him one last time.
Argos was whelped and trained to be the finest hunting dog of his Lord’s estate, and just before he was old enough to go hunting with Odysseus, our hero left on his journey, only returning when Argos was too old to do aught but lift his head in recognition of his master.
A study titled “Where Are They Now?” in 1978 followed up on 515 people who were prevented from attempting suicide using the Golden Gate Bridge from 1937 to 1971. About 90% were either alive or had died of natural causes, concluding “suicidal behavior is crisis-oriented” rather than inexorable
As we age, we perceive time faster because “adulthood is accompanied by fewer and fewer memorable events” (firsts), our biological clocks slows down along with a few other affecting factors
This is why you need to take up new things as you get older. Learn how to sail, travel to new places, learn new sports, read new books, meet new people. It’s easy to get into a rut but much more rewarding to continue expanding your life experiences.