I thought I knew everything. But apparently I don’t. Haha.
Over the past couple months, I’ve been jotting down some of the random things I’ve learned as I’ve gone about life. All stuff that I didn’t know I didn’t know.
- “Undiagnosable” is not a word.
- Each year, more than 4 billion pounds of feathers are produced by the U.S. poultry industry, and most of them end up in landfills or ground up and fed to animals.
- The largest hailstone in history was two pounds and was as big as a soccer ball.
- The plural of ally is allies. I didn’t know how to spell it and it still looks wrong to me.
- Champagne bottles build three times the pressure per square inch as the pressure in car tires.
- You can make water out of fire. Hold a cold spoon over a candle flame and it will pool with water.
- Veggies, fish, and home canned food have caused way more outbreaks of botulism than beef, chicken, or pork over the last 60 years.
- To make your own magnet, get a piece of metal and heat it up. Apply an external magnet to it. Cool it so the aligned electrons get frozen in place. Your piece of metal will now be magnetic.
- Elves mostly speak Sindarin, but some speak Silvan Elvish as well.
- The most stressful jobs in the world (literally, they studied it) are firefighter and airline pilot. The least stressful is a bookbinder.
- Another stress fact: Detroit is the most stressed out city in America.
- The average American eats about 130 pounds of sugar every year.
- If you were to uncoil the DNA in all of your cells, it would stretch 10 billion miles. That’s from here to Pluto. And back.
- Shooting is an Olympic sport.
- The Australian funnel-web spider can kill a full grown man in less than an hour. And its fangs can pierce right through the leather of a shoe.
- Humans are the only species on the planet with lips that purse outward. It’s what makes kissing the way we do possible.
- Remember this “tongue map” we all were taught in Elementary School?
Well, it’s hogwash. Every section of your tongue can taste everything.
- There are more than 6,800 spoken languages on the earth today. 200 of them have less than 10 surviving speakers.
Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing
PS. How many of these did you know? And which are the most interesting to you?