Wowser trivia…

My UK photographer friend sent me the following list of trivial facts. I knew some were true (the honey bee one, e.g.), and I checked a couple of others…for example, the Mona Lisa one, which I thought HAD TO be wrong…well, it isn’t! I didn’t check all of them but left the amusing ones in, anyway. Oh, and I added a few random ones that I found online here and there…

  • If you are right handed, you will tend to chew your food on the right side of your mouth. If you are left handed, you will tend to chew your food on the left side of your mouth. [Don’t know if this is true, but I’m right handed and do tend to chew on the right…]
  • Six-year-olds laugh an average of 300 times a day. Adults only laugh 15 to 100 times a day. [We need to laugh like six-year-olds! Yeah!]
  • To make half a kilo of honey, bees must collect nectar from over 2 million individual flowers. [Hope at least the pay is good!] 
  • At room temperature, the average air molecule travels at the speed of a rifle bullet [Gives a new perspective on someone sneezing near you in a movie house or on a plane, eh?]
  • Manufacturing recycled goods uses up to 95% less energy than using raw materials. [Recycle recycle recycle!]
  • The Mona Lisa has no eyebrows. In the Renaissance era, it was fashion to shave them off. [She doesn’t appear to have eyelids, either…ouch, I don’t even want to think about that!]
  • Because of the speed at which Earth moves around the Sun, it is impossible for a solar eclipse to last more than 7 minutes and 58 seconds. [Precision is everything…]
  • Antiperspirants are classified as drugs by the FDA. [Weird, but true…]
  • A strawberry is not an actual berry…but a banana is. [How many of you knew THAT? 😉 ]
  • If you stop getting thirsty, you need to drink more water. When a human body is dehydrated, its thirst mechanism shuts off. [Is this true? Eeek!]
  • Zero is the only number that cannot be represented by Roman numerals. [True!]
  • The average cat can jump five times as high as its tail is long. [My youngest cats are amazing jumpers, so I’d say it’s true…]
  • A herd of goats can also be called a trip. [Hehe.]
  • Nine out of every 10 living things live in the ocean. [I’d have placed my bet on bothersome insects, but…]
  • The commercial banana cannot reproduce itself. It can be propagated only by the hand of man. [Bananas…again!] 
  • The tooth is the only part of the human body that cannot heal itself. [Lucky break for dentists!]
  • The Swine Flu vaccine in 1976 caused more death and illness than the disease it was intended to prevent. [Food for thought…]
  • Astronauts can’t belch – there is no gravity to separate liquid from gas in their stomachs. [Now, did I really want to know that???]
  • Caffeine increases the power of aspirin and other painkillers, that is why it is found in some medicines. [Hey, how about curcumin? I’m going to try it…But I’ll stop when I begin turning orange…]
  • It takes about 20 seconds for a red blood cell to circle the whole body. [Not sure what to think about this one…]
  • The Earth gets 100 tons heavier every day due to falling space dust. [Yippeeeee!, I finally have an excuse for not keeping up with all the dust in my house…! 🙂 ]


  1. What? No belching are f-ing in space? Ok – I’m cancelling my trip. That’s really one of the few reasons I get to laugh in a day. My daughter and I were just discussing this and realized that we really do NOT laugh enough, and we are thankful for the funny gas noises because we sure laugh a lot when those come out.

    This was us without any alcohol in us …

  2. If the earth gets too heavy from all the space dust, will we just fall out of orbit? Yikes! great posting…

  3. Further to the post (on the facebook group I think) about pets being good for you I think they help with the laughing and I still can’t believe, even though I looked it up myself, that bananas are a berry! 😀

  4. You are right about pets being funny and banana Paula. Actually, pets make you smile all the time, especially when I used to take mine to the off-leash places. I just loved to see them frolick.

    Margaret, I hope it’s ok with you if I share these factoids. They are great!

  5. Not sure about the hand of man being required to propagate bananas – each stem of bananas has its own trunk, which automatically grows from a sucker, produces bananas and dies, followed by a new sucker, ad infinitum.

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