It’s against the law to slam your car door in Switzerland.
There wasn’t a single pony in the Pony Express, just horses.
Honeybees have hair on their eyes.
A sneeze travels out your mouth at over 100 m.p.h.
Your ribs move about 5 million times a year, every time you breathe.
Does the wind ever shift directly from east to north?
Many people believe the wind never shifts from north to east and back to the north again without veering around by way of the south and west.
It is a well-known fact to meteorologists the wind very seldom veers from the north to the east and then, without further shift, back from east to north. However, according to the U.S. Weather Service, such changes can, and often do, occur.
Every time you lick a stamp, you’re consuming 1/10 calorie.
The average person has over 1,460 dreams a year.
One in every four Americans has appeared on television.
Owls are the only birds who can see the color blue.
The average American drinks about 600 sodas a year.
Why are dead people buried above the ground in New Orleans?
New Orleans is built on lowlands formed from silt deposits from the Mississippi River. Due to this, the subsoil in New Orleans has, in the past, been too wet or damp for underground burials: they would rise back to the surface, coffin and all. As a result, the dead have been buried aboveground in vaults or tombs.
A quarter has 119 grooves on its edge, a dime has one less groove.
A hummingbird weighs less than a penny.
Until 1796, there was a state in the United States called Franklin. Today it is known as Tennessee.
The Earth weighs around 6,588,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 tons. Of course, I didn’t weigh it myself.
A cockroach can live several weeks with its head cut off.
Ants stretch when they wake up in the morning.
Human teeth are almost as hard as rocks.
A mole can dig a tunnel 300 feet long in just one night.
Ancient Egyptians slept on pillows made of stone.
A hippo can open its mouth wide enough to fit a 4 foot tall child inside.
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Here is the blog post:
Curios Folks Ask: 162 Real Answers on Amazing Inventions, Fascinating Products, and Medical Mysteries by Sherry Seethaler is free today from the Amazon Kindle store and has received an average user rating of 4 out of 5 stars based on 52 customer reviews. You can pick up your free copy by clicking here.
Here is the book’s description from the Amazon website:
In the vein of David Feldman’s Imponderables books, here’s an interesting collection of questions and answers based on Seethaler’s column in the San Diego Union Tribune. The format is straightforward: first the question, then the answer. The questions are grouped into categories—ingenious inventions, body parts, pesky pathogens, health nuts, and so on—and the answers range in length from slightly more than a page to a few sentences. It’s the kind of book you read a bit at a time, and it’s just the thing for anyone who has been wondering why some people blink more than others, why California requires the use of snow tires in winter, why you don’t keep your eyes open when you sneeze, or what eyelashes are for. Not as lively or as entertaining as the Imponderables books, probably because the questions are generally a bit duller, the book is still informative and reasonably entertaining. Trivia fans will find much to amuse themselves with here.
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