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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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.

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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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