28 Facts you Always Wanted to Know

You know, it is amazing what you can find out when you spend the day surfing the net as I do.  Tons of information, most of it pretty useless but, hey, you never know when you might need to know one of these 28 cool facts:

  • Did you know that a pig cannot physically look up into the sky?
  • Know the name for a pregnant goldfish? It’s a Twit!

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  • Heinz produced Alphabetti Spaghetti for the German market from 1937 to 1945. Instead of letters, they made tiny swastikas
  • In Belgium it is law for every child at primary school to have harmonica lessons
  • Each human being will spend, on average, 2 weeks of their lifetime kissing and will have sex more than 3,000 times.
  • Did you know that over 50% of the world’s population have never received or made a telephone call?

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  • Horses and rats are not able to vomit
  • Ladies, are you aware that most lipsticks contain fish scales?
  • Next time your cat goes for a pee, shine a black light on it – it will glow!
  • We know that everyone has a different fingerprint but did you know that we all have a unique tongue print as well?

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  • Force your eyes to stay open and they will pop out. Obviously you need to really exert some force but it can happen
  • The toughest tongue twister in the history of the English language is said to be “Sixth sick Sheik’s Sixth Sheep’s Sick”. Go on, have a go!
  • When you try to stop a sneeze from happening you can actually rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck, leading to death. Sneeze too hard and you can fracture a rib!
  • Take a breeding pair of rats and in 18 months, they will produce more than 1 million descendants

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  • If you wear headphones for more than an hour at a time you run the risk of increasing ear bacteria by more than 700 times
  • The government claims it has no knowledge of aliens. Why, then, is it written in the Code of Federal Regulations that it is illegal for any US Citizen to have any contact with an extraterrestrial or their vehicles?
  • Do you watch Seinfeld? In every single episode, you will see a Superman somewhere in it.
  • Cigarette lighters were invented long before matches

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  • Around 35% of those who reply to or place personal dating ads are already married
  • Nobody knows why but a duck’s quack produces no echo
  • Around 23% of faults with photocopiers, across the whole world, are caused by people photocopying their own backsides
  • Yummy! Over the course of your life, you will eat around 70 different insects and 10 spiders – all while you are asleep
  • Did you know that Barbie has a full name? It’s Barbara Millicent Roberts
  • It is physically impossible for any human to lick their elbow
  • Crocodiles cannot stick their tongues out

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  • A shrimp has a heart – in its head!
  • When you sneeze, your heart stops beating for a millisecond which is where the saying “bless you” comes from
  • 200,000 ostriches were studied over 80 years and not one of them was reported to have ever stuck its head in the sand!

Weird but true, every single one of them! You are now well armed for the next pub quiz.

10 Enticing Places that You Cannot Visit

10 Very Cool Places that You Cannot Visit

There are some beautiful destinations to visit in the world and plenty to see when you get there. But, I wanted to know if there are any places in the world that you cannot visit. Guess what. There are. Here are 10  cool out of bounds places that I found on my vacation around the internet

France – Lascaux Caves

projet_eco_photo09These are a cave complex in Southwestern France, which are out of bounds because of their Paleolithic cave paintings.  More than 900 perfect examples have been preserved, some of which are around 17,300 years old. The caves were closed to the public in 1963 and, in 1979, was included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list.

Italy – A Small Haunted Island

Poveglia is a tiny island between Lido and Venice in Northern Italy. It was always used as a dumping ground for diseased people and those who had died. During the Bubonic Plague, it was used as a place of quarantine where bodies were regularly burned on huge pyres. It was used again in 1922 as a quarantine station and then converted to an asylum for the mentally ill in 1922.  It closed in 1968 and is reported to be haunted. Today, it remains closed to the public.

Italy – The Vatican Secret Archives

This is the place in the Vatican City where all the acts promoted by the Holy See are stored.  Also contained in there are state papers, papal accounts, and a whole lot of other documents accumulated over the years.  The secret archives were split from the Vatican Library in the 17th Century and remain closed to all but a few people to this day.

indexEthiopia – The Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion

This church, located in Ethiopia, is claimed to be home to the Original Ark of the Covenant, one of the most important objects in biblical history.  The only person allowed access is a monk who is specially chosen. No other person is allowed to enter or lay eyes on the object.

China – The Jiansu National Security Education museum

This museum houses top-secret documentation concerning Chinese Espionage, as well documents and gadgets that date back to 1927, the year the Communist Party Central Committee Espionage Department was founded. Think James Bond and you will have a good idea of the type of gadgets stored in the Museum.  Only Chinese nationals are allowed to enter the Museum but photography is strictly prohibited.

Hawaii – Exotic island called Niihau

The seventh largest inhabited island in Hawaii, Niihau contains no roads, no stores; it has no electricity or plumbing. It does however have a school run by solar power.  It is a private island and has been closed to the public in order to preserve the wildlife and the indigenous culture of the island.

offlimits08f_01Australia – Pine Gap

This is the only place in Australia that is prohibited and is a satellite tracking station in Central Australia.  It is a large complex that controls the spy satellites of America tracking China, Russia and the oil fields in the Middle East.

Israel – Negev Nuclear Research Center

This one is a nuclear facility in the Negev Desert. It was closed in 2012 and airspace over the top is closed to aircraft. It is heavily guarded against attack and from people attempting to gain entry.

Japan – Ise Grand Shrine

This is a Shinto Shrine that has been dedicated to the Goddess Amareasu-omikami. It is an important holy site and access is limited to priests and priestesses who are members of the Japanese Imperial family.  2 of the buildings in the shrine are rebuilt every 20 years, according to the original blueprint from 1000 years ago.

Met2Russia – Metro-2

Metro-s is an informal name for a secret underground metro system in Russia. It apparently runs alongside the public underground in Moscow and was built by the KGB.  Unfortunately, there is no evidence to back up whether this is real or just speculation but there are still those who claim to have helped build it.