40 unbelievable but true facts that might surprise you

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Here are 40 unbelievable but true facts to get you thinking today.

I love weird and wonderful facts, so I hope you find them interesting too, dear reader.

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Unbelievable but true facts (1-10):

On average, men spend 60 hours a year shaving.

The leading cause of death for children between the ages of 1 and 4 is motor vehicle crashes.

A human head remains conscious for about 15 to 20 seconds after it has been decapitated.

The biggest bug in the world is the Goliath Beetle, which can weigh up to 3.5 ounces and be 4.5 inches long.

Leaving the water running while brushing your teeth can waste four gallons of water in a minute.

The record for the longest Monopoly game played in a bathtub is 99 hours.

More pollution is emitted from the average home compared to the average car.

Annually, a thousand people are killed by scorpions in Mexico.

Only 4% of babies are born on their actual due date.

The first toilet stall in a public washroom is the least likely to be used. It is also the cleanest.

Unbelievable but true facts (11-20):

Elvis Presley was a truck driver before he started singing.

The Saguaro Cactus, found in the Southwestern United States, does not grow branches until it is 75 years old.

Former U.S. president Ronald Reagan worked as a lifeguard in his youth at a beach near Dixon, Illinois, and saved 77 lives.

If Barbie were life-size, her measurements would be 39-23-33. She would stand 7 feet, 2 inches tall.

A Boeing 767 airliner is made of 3,100,000 separate parts.

There are over 2,000,000 millionaires in the United States.

The only member of the band ZZ Top without a beard has the last name Beard.

In 1980, there was only one country in the world with no telephones: Bhutan.

The world’s youngest parents were ages 8 and 9. They lived in China and had their child in 1910.

In the United States in 1998, more fast-food employees were murdered on the job than police officers.

Unbelievable but true facts (21-30):

Iceland consumes more Coca-Cola per capita than any other nation.

In the 16th and 17th centuries, in the country of Turkey, anyone caught drinking coffee was put to death.

In a recent survey, Americans revealed that banana was their favourite smell.

The word “testify” is based on the Ancient Roman practice of making men swear on their testicles when making a statement in court.

There is enough fuel in a full jumbo jet tank to drive an average car four times around the world.

“Go,” is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.

In 1865, the U.S. Secret Service was first established for the specific purpose of combating the counterfeiting of money.

An average of 100 people choke to death on ballpoint pens every year.

In 1836, Mexican General Santa Anna held an elaborate state funeral for his amputated leg.

The longest distance a deep-water lobster has been recorded to travel is 225 miles.

Unbelievable but true facts (31-40):

On average, 749 pounds of paper products are used by an American individual annually.

A monkey was once tried and convicted for smoking a cigarette in South Bend, Indiana

The longest chapter in the Bible is Psalm 119, which is 176 verses.

Japanese research has concluded that moderate drinking can boost IQ levels.

Women are twice as likely to be diagnosed with depression as men in the UK.

On average, falling asleep while driving results in 550 accidents per day in the United States.

In North America, there are approximately 620 rollercoasters.

Scallops have approximately 100 eyes around the edge of their shell.

The spray WD-40 got its name because there were forty attempts needed before the creation of the “water displacing” substance.

The odds of making two holes-in-one in a round of golf are one in 67 million.

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65 facts about life that few people ever mention

FACTS ABOUT LIFELooking for some facts about life, dear reader? Well, here are some facts which rarely, if ever get a mention.

Some will argue they’re subjective and they could be right. However, in my experience, the facts I offer you today are all true.

Take a look at them all and see what you think.

And please feel free to pass them on.

Facts about life (1-20):

  1. There’s no such thing as easy money.
  2. If you don’t go for it, you won’t get it.
  3. You cannot debate with those who despise you.
  4. Your opinion is just as valid as the next person’s.
  5. In wanting to appeal to everyone you’ll appeal to no one.
  6. Sometimes the road less travelled is less travelled for a reason.
  7. You’ll be remembered not for what you got but for what you gave.
  8. Create your own job and you’ll never be threatened by layoffs again.
  9. Life’s tough for everyone and for many people it’s very tough indeed.
  10. Free speech is the right to express opinions to which others may object.
  11. Rarely do people appreciate what they had, until they no longer have it.
  12. A lie is repeated often enough eventually becomes accepted as the truth.
  13. Just because it matters to you, it doesn’t mean it must matter to me too.
  14. People should be judged by their character and the contribution they make.
  15. The public will get what it tolerates. An easy life comes at a significant price.
  16. We live on in the hearts we touch and within the people for whom we mattered.
  17. You don’t decide your future. You make choices and your choices decide your future.
  18. By definition, a fact is a fact, and ignoring a fact doesn’t mean it ceases to exist.
  19. You won’t find true happiness in material things. Happiness lies in love and laughter.
  20. Blessed are the young, and those not born yet, for they shall inherit the national debt.

Facts about life (21-35):

  1. The unquestioning acceptance of fashionable dogma is not the mark of great intellect.
  2. To believe is to accept unquestionably as fact that which cannot be demonstrated to be fact.
  3. People will believe what they want to believe, regardless of whether they can be sure it’s true.
  4. People who demand tolerance from others are frequently the most intolerant people themselves.
  5. You’ll be judged not on what you say but on what you do. Talk is cheap but only results matter.
  6. We’re not defined by the circumstances into which we were born. Life can be better if we make it so.
  7. Your years on this earth will teach you far more than you could possibly learn in any university or college.
  8. All good ideas are eventually infiltrated and ruined by the attention-seeking few with their own agenda.
  9. In the po-faced, new-puritanical era in which we now live, we’re losing the ability to laugh at ourselves.
  10. With gambling, there’s only one winner consistently and that’s the casino. That’s why they’re in business.
  11. It doesn’t matter what you do, or how well you do it, there’ll always be someone who will criticise you.
  12. Success is enjoying what you do, whilst having sufficient money to live your preferred lifestyle comfortably.
  13. Being too nice is not virtuous, it’s naive, bordering on foolishness, and it creates more problems than it solves.
  14. As long as we’re not hurting anyone else then how we choose to live our lives is no one’s business but our own.
  15. If something cannot be subjected to scrutiny and criticism then it’s probably not a good idea in the first place.

Facts about life (36-45):

  1. People will always have problems in need of a solution. If you can be that solution you can make a good living.
  2. When your opinions run counter to the fashionable dogma of the day you’re unlikely to get a fair hearing in the media.
  3. Past wrongs cannot be righted. All we can do is learn from any mistakes made and endeavour to do better next time.
  4. No job is more important than being a good parent because parents nurture the next generation and children are the future.
  5. A promotion at work is not a reward for what you’ve done in the past it’s an opportunity to show what you can do in the future.
  6. When everything’s going well and you’re feeling like you can do no wrong, think twice. You’re more vulnerable than you realise.
  7. We live in a world of Orwellian ‘newspeak’ where we’re expected to accept as fact that which everyone knows is complete nonsense.
  8. The world is full of Charlatans and con artists all claiming to know what’s best for the rest of us. They should all be challenged constantly.
  9. Having a fancy job title doesn’t mean you’re more important than someone else. A job is just a job and we all add value in our own way.
  10. We have to deal with reality as it is and not how we like it to be. So, we must protect ourselves and our interests because no one will do it for us.

Facts about life (46-54):

  1. Extreme political movements are usually a lot of useful idiots led by a few sinister people with an agenda that’s in no one’s interests but theirs.
  2. We’ll keep making the same mistake until we learn the lesson the mistake was intended to teach us. Life is a classroom and the lessons never stop.
  3. A question asked comes with no obligation to provide anything other than a polite response. Remember that should you ever be grilled by the media.
  4. Remaining loyal to the circumstances into which you were born is not a noble act. Just because you were born poor doesn’t mean you have to remain poor.
  5. We live in an age when a lack of knowledge or expertise doesn’t mean people will not have an opinion on a given issue that they expect to be taken seriously.
  6. It’s for us to give our lives meaning. To leave a legacy by doing something that’ll add a little value to the lives of others and make the world a slightly better place.
  7. If you don’t tend your own garden regularly it will be attacked quickly by noxious weeds. Life’s like that too. We must all take good care of that which is precious to us.
  8. An employer will replace you in a heartbeat, should you pass away, but to your loved ones you can never be replaced. That should tell you where your priority should be.
  9. History serves as a series of lessons to us all. We cannot be selective about what we include in our history, otherwise, we risk forgetting the lessons and making the same mistakes again.

Facts about life (55-60):

  1. Drawing attention to injustices, wherever they are, really can make a difference. So don’t be afraid to call out those who seek to harm others for doing nothing other than expressing an opinion.
  2. To remain silent is to be irrelevant. A quiet life will come at a cost to you. The cost is people with louder voices moving the world in a direction you may not like. Speak up or live with the consequences.
  3. In a totalitarian world dissenting voices must be crushed ruthlessly or they might influence others to express dissent too. Political ideologues demand subservience and dogma accepted without question.
  4. If your job can be done from anywhere, then someone anywhere can do your job? So, if a company is looking to reduce costs, in order to increase their profits, jobs will be moved to wherever in the world labour is cheapest.
  5. Extreme ideology can pass into the mainstream and take hold if we’re all too complacent to stay on top of what’s going on. If we’re asleep at the wheel, life can quickly become a car crash and we’ll only have ourselves to blame.
  6. If we judge previous generations through the prism of modern sensibilities, they’ll always look bad. They lived in their time and we live in ours. We cannot know what their lives were really like, so we cannot judge them fairly, nor should we try.

Facts about life (61-65):

  1. It doesn’t matter how good a job you do, others will take credit for your contribution long after you’ve gone, but you’ll be the person responsible for any problems, regardless of whether you actually had anything to do with any of them or not.
  2. Celebrities are nothing more than skilled media manipulators who profit from the public’s gullibility by constantly maintaining an image with the aim of creating the illusion that they’re something special when in fact they’re nothing special at all.
  3. The problem with social media today is that far too many people feel the need to express opinions consistent with the latest fashionable dogma currently trending regardless of whether they actually have any significant knowledge of the subject at all.
  4. Unless your ambition is to secure a job for which having a degree is mandatory, then you’re probably wasting three years of your life and $75,000 of debt by going to university nowadays. You’re unlikely to get a return on the debt you incur, so consider your options carefully.
  5. They say that those with the gold make the rules. Well, if you’re not being served in the way you feel you should be, then whoever’s providing you with that service can be reminded of the purchasing power you hold in your hands by a simple boycott. You don’t have to accept the unacceptable.

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25 facts of life that might get you thinking

FACTS OF LIFESearching for the facts of life, dear reader? I guess the question is, what do we mean by the fact of life?

Well, for some it means the birds and the bees. For me, it means trying to make sense of life and the lived experience.

Here are 25 facts of life which are my take on the world based on my own lived experience.

I hope you find some useful insights here.

If you do, please feel free to share them.

Facts of life (1-10):

  1. We live by our wits.
  2. Just because it’s dismissed as a conspiracy theory, doesn’t mean it’s not true. 
  3. Just because it looks genuine doesn’t mean it’s not fake. That goes for people too.
  4. Human beings are all flawed. You may not be perfect but you’re as perfect as the next person. 
  5. Time is more valuable than money. You can earn more money, but you can’t get more time. With time, once it’s gone it’s gone. Use it wisely. 
  6. We all make a living by selling something to someone. In exchange for adding value in some way to the lives of others, we earn money. Money is a measure of the perceived value we add. 
  7. You can choose to be whatever you want but you must accept that there will always be trade-offs. Everything comes at a price and that price must be paid first. 
  8. Life’s what you make it. It will never be perfect but with hard work and determination, it can be good. However, if you want the best life for yourself, you’ll need to carve it out yourself. 
  9. Just because people don’t share their troubles doesn’t mean they don’t have any. No one can ever truly know the battles other people face. So, be careful when judging. 
  10. You must always be prepared for when opportunity knocks. Life is an endless stream of opportunities just waiting for the fleet-footed and those ready and waiting to seize the day.

Facts of life (11-17):

  1. There’s only one way to gain experience. The hard way. You can’t train experience. You must go out there, make mistakes and learn from them. In short, there’s no elevator, you must take the stairs, one by one. 
  2. All too often, people choose to move on because they failed to appreciate what they had. It’s easy to think that the grass is greener somewhere else, but the grass is greener where it’s well-watered.
  3. You may be angry at the way you’ve been treated. You may feel you have every right to be angry. However, a chippy attitude will never win over hearts and minds. You’ll catch more flies with sugar than you will with vinegar. 
  4. Those who can only see virtue in their own opinions are keen to close down those with alternative opinions because they’re concerned that the public may listen to and be influenced by those with alternative opinions. 
  5. It’s wrong to think that the law will protect the individual. It won’t. Do or say anything that runs counter to the interests of the powerful elite, and it will come back to bite you. If you want to go against the powerful, you’ll need numbers on your side. 
  6. When the powerful elite suggests the need for limitations on what people are allowed to do, what they have in mind will only apply to ordinary folk. They have no intention of being constrained by such limitations themselves.
  7. Giving is easy but if you need to take it back, that’s when it gets difficult. Be careful what you give if there’s a possibility you may need to take it back.

Facts of life (18-25):

  1. Politicians are not on your side. They’re driven by personal ambition and self-interest. Your interests only matter to them when being seen to be doing something for you is useful to them, politically.
  2. It’s unwise to agree to anything that would give any government too much control over your life. You cannot trust a politician. 
  3. There is no such thing as government cash. There’s only taxpayers’ cash. Even when governments borrow money, that’s just money taken now from future taxpayers. Governments have no cash of their own. 
  4. Acting together, we are strong. If enough of us band together we are invincible. We don’t have to accept all the nonsense. We can and should push back. Operating in great numbers we can scare the hell out of the politicians and the powerful elite.
  5. No one grants us freedom. We are free people, and no government should ever be allowed to believe, mistakenly, that it controls us. We have rights, they’re inalienable, and politicians need reminding of that, constantly. 
  6. Those seeking to manipulate our language, are trying to control the debate. Changing what we say and how we say it, is part of an agenda aimed at creating a world that suits their interests but not ours. We must all push back, constantly.
  7. The result of complicating communication will be misunderstanding and miscommunication. And misunderstanding and miscommunication can only ever lead to problems and tensions between people. So, keep it simple, always. 
  8. It’s strange in the modern world that so many seemingly sensible people are willing to accept some incredibly silly ideas without question. Never be afraid to challenge the orthodoxy.

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