Columns / Discourse / October 20, 2010

Did You Know: Random fact potpourri

So these are probably going to be of no use to you, and in a few hours you may not even remember some of them. But hey, if one day someone asks you how many calories you burn in an hour when you bang your head against a wall, or what happens to a goldfish in the dark, you’ll be able to answer them!

1. When you place a seashell over your ear, you are hearing the blood in your veins rushing, rather than the ocean. This works with any object of similar shape. And I thought there was a mini-ocean every time…

2. In the past (way, way back when), when a clan no longer wanted a member in it, they would burn down his or her house. This is where the expression “to get fired” comes from. I wonder which culture that came from.

3. If you keep a goldfish in the dark, it will eventually turn white.

4. The majority of suicides occur on a Monday.

5. The average cat sleeps about two-thirds of the day. I envy them.

6. Your nails grow faster in outer space. Another reason not to create civilization on the moon! Think of all the nail particles that you’ll have to cut more often, floating in the air. Yuck!

7. Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour. Then the psychology majors can observe how you act afterwards! Any volunteers willing to try that? Anyone?

8. Dentists have recommended that a toothbrush be kept at least six feet away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush. Um…no comment on that.

9. Oak trees do not produce acorns until they are fifty years of age or older. So if you’ve planted an oak sapling in your backyard recently, check back in a few dozen years.

10. Apples are more efficient at waking you up in the morning then caffeine. So not only does an apple keep the doctor away, it also keeps you from falling asleep in class early in the morning! Is that how teachers came to be associated with apples?

11. Elephants are the only animals that can’t jump. Can you imagine if they did? “There was a catastrophic earthquake in South Africa recently…all the elephants decided to jump at the same time…”

Emily Park

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