Did You Know? – Strange But True Facts & Trivia

They say that knowledge is power. You’re never suppose to be through acquiring or learning new things just because you’re out of school. Learning should be a lifelong process. Learning something new everyday can assist in making you wiser and helps keep your mind intact by acquiring and absorbing more information. Just like exercise is good for your body, learning something new is basically exercise for your brain. It keeps your mind sharp. Studies have shown it may also be a good way to help delay or fight against dementia.

Some of the facts you’ll find here may already be familiar to you. Some you may even have doubts about. All of the information contained here was derived from multiple sources both on as well as offline. Who knows — It may even prompt you to seek more information if your curiosity gets the best of you!

    1. – Did You Know? ….. Mosquito repellents don’t really “repel”. All they actually do is hide or “camouflage” you. The spray blocks the mosquito’s sensors so they don’t know you are there!

    2. – Did You Know? ….. The first CD pressed in the United States was Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA.”

    3. – Did You Know? ….. Dentists have recommended that a toothbrush be kept a minimum of 6 feet away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles that result from the toilet being flushed.

    4. – Did You Know? ….. If you chew gum while peeling onions, you won’t tear up or cry.

    5. – Did You Know? ….. No piece of paper can be folded in half more than 7 times.

    6. – Did You Know? ….. Honey is the only food that doesn’t spoil.

    7. – Did You Know? ….. You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television.

    8. – Did You Know? ….. In a deck of cards, the king of hearts is the only king without a mustache.

    9. – Did You Know? ….. Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise.

    10. – Did You Know? ….. Apples are more efficient at waking you up in the morning than . – caffeine.

    11. – Did You Know? ….. Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin.

    12. – Did You Know? ….. The more intelligent you are, the more zinc and copper you have in your hair.

    13. – Did You Know? ….. Pearls melt in vinegar.

    14. – Did You Know? ….. Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.

    15. – Did You Know? ….. Turtles can breathe through their butts.

    16. – Did You Know? ….. Butterflies taste with their feet.

    17. – Did You Know? ….. A rat can last longer without water than a camel.

    18. – Did You Know? ….. In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all of the world’s nuclear weapons combined.

    19. – Did You Know? ….. Your stomach must produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks or it will digest itself.

    20. – Did You Know? ….. Elephants are the only animals that can’t jump.

    21. – Did You Know? ….. Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.

    22. – Did You Know? ….. Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

    23. – Did You Know? ….. It’s physically impossible for you to lick your elbow.

    24. – Did You Know? ….. Our eyes always remain the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.

    25. – Did You Know? ….. By raising your legs slowly while lying on your back, you cannot sink into quicksand.

    26. – Did You Know? ….. An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.

    27. – Did You Know? ….. There are no words in the American dictionary that rhyme with orange, purple and silver.

    28. – Did You Know? ….. TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made in the English language using the letters from only one row of the keyboard.

    29. – Did You Know? ….. Because metal was scarce during World War II, all Oscars given out during the Academy Awards were made of wood.

    30. – Did You Know? ….. The first couple to be shown in the same bed together on prime time TV were Fred and Wilma Flintstone.

    31. – Did You Know? ….. “Go,” is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.

    32. – Did You Know? ….. A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.

    33. – Did You Know? ….. If you place a tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion, it will instantly go mad and sting itself to death.

    34. – Did You Know? ….. The average number of people airborne over the United States at any given hour is approximately 61,000.

    35. – Did You Know? ….. The Guinness Book of World Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from public libraries.

      Murphy’s Law – With Some New Insight

      The term commonly known as  “Murphy’s Law” is an old adage that simply states ….. “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.”

      Let’s take this one step further…..

      An “adage” is defined as a short but memorable saying that holds some important fact of experience that is considered true by many people, or has gained some credibility through it’s long use. [sourced from Wikipedia]

      I remember some of these adages way back in my younger years (1960’s) that I heard from my parents, and I remember a poster I came across sometime back in the 1970’s that I had taped on my bedroom door as a reminder when I felt pissed off because of something that didn’t go right that  things can only get worse. As time went on, it seems that there were always new ones I kept hearing. So begins the “seemingly never ending’ list of adages that fall under the age old, time-tested category affectionately known as Murphy’s Law. See how many of these you can relate to.

      Enjoy 😛

      Let’s begin with the original adage that started it all…..

      • Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.

      And as time went on ….. the “new and improved” version…..

      • Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong ….. at the most inopportune time.

      Then came this add-on…..

      • Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong ….. at the most inopportune time ….. AND ….. it will be all your fault.

      And now the latest version that I’ve heard…..

      • Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong ….. at the most inopportune time ….. AND ….. it will be all your fault ….. AND ….. everyone will know it.

      And the seemingly endless list goes on…..

      • A falling object will always land where it can do the most damage.
      • The chance of the bread falling with the buttered side down is directly proportional to the cost of the carpet.
      • Left to themselves, things tend to go from bad to worse.
      • Nothing is as easy as it looks.
      • Everything takes longer than you think.
      • Every solution breeds new problems.
      • No good deed goes unpunished.
      • A Smith & Wesson beats four aces.
      • Common sense isn’t.
      • Interchangeable parts aren’t.
      • Fail-safe’s don’t.
      • If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.
      • If there is a possibility of several things going wrong, the one that will cause the most damage will be the FIRST to go wrong ….. as well as the most expensive to repair.
      • No matter how long or how hard you shop for an item, after you’ve bought it, it will be on sale somewhere else cheaper.
      • If you lose something that can be replaced, as soon as you buy a replacement, the original will surface.
      • If everything is going right, you obviously don’t know what the hell your doing.
      • The other line always moves faster, until you change lines.
      • In order to get a personal loan, you must first prove you don’t need it.
      • Anything you try to fix will take longer and cost you more than you thought.
      • If you fool around with something long enough, you will eventually screw it up.
      • If it jams – force it….. If it breaks – it needed replacement anyways.
      • When a broken appliance is demonstrated for the repairman, it will work perfectly.
      • Build a system that even a fool can use, and only a fool will use it.
      • Everyone has a scheme for getting rich that will not work.
      • In any hierarchy, each individual rises to his own level of incompetence ….. and then remains there.
      • There’s never time to do it right, but there’s always time to do it over.
      • When in doubt, mumble. When in trouble, delegate.
      • Anything good in life is either illegal, immoral or fattening.
      • In case of doubt, make it sound convincing.
      • Never argue with a fool, people might not know the difference.
      • Whatever hits the fan will not be evenly distributed.
      • If you want something bad enough, chances are you won’t get it.
      • If you think you are doing the right thing, chances are it will back-fire in your face.
      • When waiting in traffic, chances are, that when one lane clears and you merge into it, it automatically becomes congested, and the one you were just in, clears up.
      • Just when you think things cannot get any worse, they will.
      • Remember the “Boomer-rang” effect ….. Whatever you do will always come back.
      • Any time you put an item in a “safe place”, it will never be seen again.
      • Great ideas are never remembered and dumb statements are never forgotten.
      • The light at the end of the tunnel is usually an oncoming train.
      • Whatever you want, you can’t have ….. what you can have, you don’t want.
      • The amount of  traffic on the highway is directly proportional to how quickly you need to get somewhere.
      • If you go to bed with an itchy ass, you’ll probably wake up with stinky fingers.
      • If several things can go wrong, they will all go wrong at the same time.
      • Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes to the bone.
      • Just because you CAN do something doesn’t mean you SHOULD.
      • The mud that won’t come off your shoes on the doormat, immediately adheres to the new  carpet you just stepped on.
      • Behind every little problem, there’s a larger problem, waiting for the little problem to get out of the way.
      • When you really need something, its either not available, or can’t be found.  When you don’t need it, its either available, or lays around in plain sight.
      • If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence that you ever tried.
      • If your action has a 50% possibility of being correct, you will be wrong 75% of the time.
      • The difference between Stupidity and Genius is that Genius has its limits.
      • You will always find something in the last place you look
      • Those who don’t make decisions can never make mistakes.

      And don’t forget “Murphy’s Golden Rule”…..

      • Murphy’s Golden Rule: Whoever has the gold makes the rules.

      As well as “Murphy’s Extended Law”…..

      “If a series of events can go wrong, they will do so in the worst possible sequence.”

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