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Best first: People say “bless you” when you sneeze because this was often the first sign of plague in medieval times. So it is basically like saying “Well I hope you don’t die of that.”
 
 
The distance between the fingertips of your left and your right hand when you stretch out your arms to the sides are equal to your height.
When you’re chewing, you’re only moving your lower jaw.

 There is an estimated 100 billion galaxies in the universe. That’s 13 galaxies for every living person. Averaging 100 billion stars per galaxy, that’s 1,3 trillion stars, for you alone.
A cockroach can survive up to 9 days without its head.
It is forbidden to die in the British Parliament.
The anniversary of Curiosity, the Mars rover’s landing is pretty sentimental. On this day, the lonely Mars rover performs a special task: It sings "Happy Birthday" to itself, all alone. Here’s how it sounds:External link
Elephants are the only mammals that cannot jump.
The brain of an ostrich is smaller than either of its eyes.
More people get attacked every year by a cow than by a shark.
All the planets in our solar system would fit in the space between the Earth and the Moon.
 Drinking alcohol or taking any drug is basically you poisoning yourself. Speaking slowly and slurring after a drink, puking or sleeping is the body’s reaction intended to help you overcome the effects of the poison.
An infinite number of $1 notes and an infinite number of $50 notes would amount to the same value.
Crunchy food goes soft when you leave it out for a while; soft food goes crunchy when you leave it out for a while.
A healthy human thigh bone is tougher than concrete.
In Israel, more turkey meat is consumed per capita than anywhere else in the world.
The world’s oldest person lives with over 7 billion people who were not around when he/she was born.
We are lucky that fingerprints are so unique in every individual – otherwise forensic science and security identification devices would have to focus on tongues instead, because like fingerprints, everybody’s tongue print looks different.
USA: Illinois (Oblong): If you go hunting or fishing on your wedding day, you cannot have intercourse that day.
It was as late as January 2015 when London reached the size of its pre-WW2 population.

The red Santa Claus as we know him was created by Haddon Sundblom for a Coke advertisment in 1931.
If the people are alive, we say ‘head count’, if they’re not, we say 'body count.’
If you order a large tea at a coffee shop, the tea bag is the same – you just pay for the extra water.
When you cut a hole in your fishing net, it has fewer holes.
If you were looking for a scientific name for the old gossiper, it is quidnunc.
It is illegal to buy alcohol on a Sunday before 12 o’clock in New York State.

Pennsylvania, USA, has a law which bans you from sleeping on a fridge.
Apple cores contain cyanide. Eating approximately 20 cores might kill a man.
The left-handed comprise 11% of the world’s population.
Japan now has a new class of citizens – the cyber homeless. They live in cyber cafes because it is cheaper than an apartment. The cafes oblige with free showers and even sell underwear.
You better watch what you’re bringing into the United Arab Emirates, their laws against drug trafficking are so strict, you will get in trouble just for having something containing poppy seeds on you.
You could stack 4 cars on top of the Tesla Model S and its roof wouldn’t cave in, it achieved the highest safety ranking in automobile history.
In France, you are not allowed to kiss on railroad crossings.
Since 2013, the first royal child is heir to the British throne, regardless of its sex.
Not very funny: In Lebanon, victims of rape are required by law to marry their rapist.
A Ukranian engineer, Vladimir Tatarenko, developed an airplane which can drop the passenger section in an emergency – the passenger cabin then lands independently on parachutes.
Most countries ban or at least limit firearms – not so Svalbard, a Norwegian chain of islands where, due to the local population of polar bears, firearms are officially heavily recommended.
Justo Gallego Martínez, a former monk born in 1925 who had to leave his order because of his tuberculosis, has been building a cathedral since 1961, mostly by himself or with the help of his nephews, a local guy and the occasional volunteer. He works every day, except on Sundays, for 10 hours since 6 a.m.
One London supermarket has an undesired mascot. It’s a ginger cat named Olly who keeps on coming back every time the security removes him. He’s happy to just sit on top of the shelves and judge disapprovingly what you’re putting in your trolley.
     Akon the rapper brought solar energy to more than 1 million African people and hasn’t stopped yet.
The longest average lifespan can be boasted by the people of Andorra, a country between Spain and France – 83.49 years.
In Austria, you can get a speeding ticket based on the police officer’s estimate of your speed, provided it is not more than 30 km/h over the speed limit.
Shakira can speak 7 languages.
  Research indicates that siblings may have more say in who we become than our parents.
In Switzerland, you are not allowed to hang your washing to dry outside on Sunday.
In Switzerland, it is an offence to mow your lawn on Sunday – it’s just too noisy. For the same reason, you aren’t allowed to drop glass bottles and cans into public recycling bins on Sundays. If all this quietness (see ban on toilet flushing and stand-up peeing after 10 pm) gets too much, it may cheer you that euthanasia is legal in Switzerland.
In the 1960s, the UK sold off an island called Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean to the US who intended to build a military base there. The island was supposed to be depopulated, so the UK used some very brow-raising tactics to remove the 2,000-odd Chagossians who lived there, including limited food and medical supplies or the killing of their pets.
The National Academy of Science provided a free science facts hotline that is available to both professional and amateur film makers, video game developers and people engaged in TV projects. The purpose of the hotline is to have more scientifically accurate films.


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