In the modern world, there is logic to every fact. But there are innumerable facts in this day and era. Some of them are important while the others are not worth your time. To ease your job, we have compiled a list of 30 unheard yet dazzling facts for you. Scroll ahead and enrich your knowledge .
1. Pringles’ Shape Is Called A Hyperbolic Paraboloid
There is a deep logic behind the shape of chips that are produced by Pringles. The chips have a saddle shape which aids in easy stacking in the cylindrical packs. The unique shape also protects them from breaking and are viable for mass production. Lays on the other hand, produces chips of hyperbolic cylindrical shape which are cumbersome to produce.
2. The US National Flag Was Designed By A 17-Year Old Teen And He Was Awarded A B-
In 1958, Robert G. Heft, a school junior spent half a day cutting out 100 stars for a project of designing flags. But he managed to scrape a B- for it. Later on, when the design was chosen by Congress, the teacher converted the grade to an A. It was shortlisted out of 1500 submissions.
3. 1 In 5 Coffee Mugs Contain Fecal Matter Bacteria
This study has been conducted by Charles Gerba, Ph.D., professor of environmental microbiology at the University of Arizona. According to him more than 90% of coffee cups have toxic, disease-causing germs. Thanks to community cleaning standards, 20% of them consist of bacteria found in human poop.
4. In The United States There Are More Homes Than The Homeless
Approximately 3.5 million people in the U.S. are homeless. Many of them are seniors or war veterans. Simultaneously, there are 18.5 million homes that are lying empty. This is a shameful fact for most of us in the United states.
5. Strawberries Are Actually Not Berries But Bananas Are
In order to be classified under berries, a fruit should develop from a single flower that contains one ovary. This makes bananas berries but strawberries, being reproduced by flowers with more than one ovary, do not make the cut.
6. The Actual Color Of The Universe Is Beige
British astrophysicists Dr Karl Glazebrook and Dr Ivan Baldry, of John Hopkins University, Baltimore combined the light emitted by 200,000 galaxies. The researchers came up with this deduced color after a series of experiments. This color is known as the ‘cosmic latte.’
7. Around Half Of The Water Present On The Earth Is Older Than The Sun
Interstellar water-ice remarkably survived the incredibly violent circumstances of the Big-Bang. This resulted in the stellar birth of the present day sun and the planetary bodies. This study was conducted by Ilse Cleeves, an astronomy Ph.D. student at the University of Michigan.
8. Hot And Cold Water Make Different Sounds
Hot water has molecules with extra latent energy. Because of this, a high pitched sound is produced when hot water is poured on any sort of surface. Cold water does not have this energy, therefore it is ‘silent’.
9. In France, People Use Pink Toilet Papers At Home
Pink is a highly preferred color in France. Despite the fact that dyes used in coloring toilet paper can cause skin irritation, they won’t refrain from using it. This is the reason why toilet papers are produced in white color. Otherwise you could have big rashes on your posterior.
10. ‘Bloopers’ Were Called ‘Boners’ In The 1950s
As per the American Slang Dictionary, ‘boner’ wasn’t used until the 1950s. This particular term was first used as an easy alternate to ‘errors’ or ‘bloopers’ while shooting a video. It was also used in newspaper publishing and was not used for naughty references.
11. You Can See Goosebumps On Corpses
According to forensic researchers, the human body dehydrates after death and the skin stretches backwards, in the direction of the skull. This in turn makes the hair even more prominent. Goosebumps are therefore caused when the hair muscles contract which creates a scary effect for the spectators.
12. Insect Secretions Are Used In Making Jelly Beans
According to a report televised by the ABC News, the hard and shiny coating of jellybeans are made from shellac. This is a resin obtained from a bug called the Lac bug. But what’s even more unnerving is the fact that this resin is often used in organic products. The organic catch helps them to drive even more sales.
13. Russians Get Fined For Filthy Cars By Authorities
In Russia, you will be awarded a 38-Dollar fine, on the spot, if you get caught with a vehicle that’s coated with dust. Even the tires should not have loads of muck on them. Russia has many absurd laws and the law enforcers in the nation make sure that the people comply with the rules.
14. 90% Of US Currency Notes Have Cocaine Traces
Many of those bills, over 90 percent, are used to snort cocaine by common people. So it should not come as a surprise if there’s cocaine dust present on counting machines. The bank tellers test positive for cocaine and are always on a high while counting cash. Maybe it helps them to focus in such a monotonous job. That’s why such rigorous tests are conducted on currency notes for drugs.
15. Nobody Knows The Name Of The Person Who Invented The Fire Hydrant And The Reason Is Very Ironic
In 1836, the U.S. patent office in Washington D.C. caught on fire. As a result, all the records ended up getting destroyed in it. It’s highly ironical to think that the person who invented the fire hydrant remains unknown because of a fire. Maybe that’s what’s called destiny.
16. The Chance Of You Dying On Your Birthday Is Around 6.7%
As per a survey conducted by the University of Chicago, economics researcher Pablo Pena, there is a risk related with behavioral changes on or around birthdays. So there’s a huge probability that you could end up six feet under on the very day you were born years ago. Scary, isn’t it?
17. Chocolate Syrup Was Used As Blood In Black-And-White Films
The noticeable contrast between chocolate syrup and the human skin was a bonus. It was thus a popular and economical alternative for fake blood and was used heavily for shooting killing scenes. Moreover, you did not have to bother cleaning up the ‘blood-stains’. The actors were more than happy to lick it off.
18. Having A Solitary Guinea Pig Is Illegal In Switzerland
Not only guinea pigs, but goldfish and parrot owners are also asked to be in possession of two of these animals. This is to ensure that these animals can enjoy a decent social life. Ownership of a solitary animal is considered a serious offense by the Swiss lawmakers. A law was passed in regard to animal protection in 2008.
19. 7 In 100 Americans Believe Brown Cows Give Chocolate Milk
Around 7% of the American population can be labeled as dumb. Why so? A national online survey was conducted in this regard and this was the percentage of people who believed this to be true. According to the Innovation Center of U.S. Dairy, the sample size of the survey was 16.4 million people. So the stats are astounding to say the least.
20. Kangaroos Can’t Jump If You Lift Their Tails Off The Ground
The force that a kangaroo’s tail exerts on the ground is extremely crucial for their movements. If somebody lifts their tails up from the ground, then the push decreases which, in turn, restricts a lot of their movement because most of their activities require hopping and jumping.
21. The Hot Air Balloon’s First Travelers Were A Rooster, A Duck And A Sheep
On Sept. 19, 1783, the first hot-air balloon was launched with a sheep, a duck, and a rooster in tow. The flight covered a distance of 2 miles and lasted for 8 minutes. The trio were used for this test because it was believed that they had a similar psychology to that of humans.
22. Their Was A 5.7% drop In Teen Pregnancies When MTV Aired ’16 & Pregnant’
When “16 and pregnant” was aired on TV, it promoted the use of contraception. There was a 5.7% decline in teen births all across the nation. These stats were published by Professors Melissa Kearney of the University of Maryland and Phillip Levine of Wellesley College, who conducted a survey.
23. Squirrels Are Responsible For Approximately 20% Of The Power Outages In The US
According to an article published in WSJ, more than 90% of power outages are caused by squirrels. This report was created by Longmont Power and Communications, a leading power supplier in the US. Squirrels chewed on the wires and disrupted power approximately 400 times in 2002.
24. While Researching For An AIDS Cure, Mayo Clinic Invented ‘Glow In The Dark’ Cats
Dr Eric Poeschla, from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, US said in an interview to the BBC that they had used a chemical for marking cells easily, so that they could be spotted without any effort. You could easily point them out just by looking under the microscope or shining a light on the animal. This in turn became a popular cat fad.
25. Penguin Urine Constitutes Around 3% Of The Antarctic Glaciers
In freezing temperatures, there’s no chance that urine can break down naturally. It freezes off and becomes a part of the frigid layer. If you are on an expedition to the white continent, think twice before you touch the ice and melt it for drinking.
26. Crocodiles Cannot Roll Out Their Tongues
Crocodiles spend the majority of their time under the water and there is a huge chance that their tongues could obstruct their airway. So, they roll it backwards, and this helps them to breathe properly. A membrane in their mouth helps to stick the tongue backwards, limiting its movement.
27. Hermione Was Picked Up By J.k.Rowling Because She Didn’t Want Working Women To Be Taunted
J.K. Rowling decided to choose an uncommon name because she didn’t want a lot of hard-working little girls to be teased for their names. Thankfully, people liked the name and a lot of girls were christened after this popular geeky witch.
28. “El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles del Río Porciúncula” Is Los Angeles’ Full Name
Los Angeles’ actual name is “El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles del Río Porciúncula” and it translates into, “town of our lady the Queen of Angels of the River Porciúncula” in English. The name is said to be given by Father Juan Crespi, a Franciscan priest who was a part of the European land expedition through California. However, this is widely debated.
29. The Twitter Bird Actually Has A Name – Larry
Larry Bird, played for the Boston Celtics. The Celtics was Twitter’s co-founder, Biz Stone’s, home-state team. So he named the blue bird, shown as the logo of the popular social networking site, after the popular NBA player. No wonder Twitter soared in popularity. Maybe it was the effect of the bird’s namesake.
30. The World’s First Alarm Clock Could Ring Only At 4 AM
To wake him up at 4 o’clock in the morning, Levi Hutchins, the inventor of the alarm clock, set the alarm at this particular time. He wound it in such a manner, that the clock would ring at this particular time only. Afterwards, other inventors modified the cogs so that you could set the alarm at any desired time.