Random Fact Tuesday

  • The male penguin sits on the egg instead of the female.
  • In the 1570s, William Shakespeare’s father was prosecuted (or threatened with prosecution) four times for the illegal activities of trading in wool and money-lending.
  • Less than 38% of the US population is eligible to donate blood.
  • A person’s sense of smell is better at night.
  • The world’s largest bikini parade took place on November 9, 2009. Clad only in bikinis, 287 girls paraded in Johannesburg, South Africa, to raise awareness for breast cancer, which affects one in every 30 South African women.
  • In the book Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, the words around The Mirror of Erised: Erised is Desire spelled backward, or how it would appear in a mirror. Also, the inscription reads “Erised stra ehru oyt ube cafru oyt on wohsi,” which read in a mirror reads, “I show not your face but your hearts desire.”
  • A person has three gag reflexes, one that we can reach with an index finger, another a little above the collar bone, and the last one slightly above the stomach.
  • The first female governor of a U.S. state was Wyoming governor , elected in 1924. Wyoming was also the first state to give women the right to vote, enacting women’s suffrage in 1869.
  • The first baseball caps were made of straw.
  • The first couple to appear in bed together on national television: Fred and Wilma Flinstone.
  • Thomas Edison, the inventor of the light bulb, was afraid of the dark.
  • Everyday, the average person swallows about a quart of mucous.
  • By August 2008, Obama had more than a thousand videos on YouTube. His MySpace page boasted 459,000 friends (Miley Cyrus/“Hannah Montana,” by comparison, had 552,000 friends).
  • Mice never get more than 20ft. from the place they are born.
  • Pam cooking spray will dry finger nail polish
  • Kool aid to clean dishwasher pipes. Just put in the detergent section and run a cycle, it will also clean a toilet.
  • Wine stains, pour on the Morton salt and watch it absorb into the salt.
  • President James Garfield could write Latin with one hand and Greek with the other hand simultaneously.
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