Posts tagged ‘Mind Boggling Facts’

October 30, 2014

National Candy Corn Day

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35 million pounds of candy corn are produced each year.  That’s enough candy corn to circle the moon 21 times.

Source: http://www.jwilsononline.com

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October 29, 2014

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The bonfire has long been associated with Halloween and continues to be a common tradition in much of the Halloween celebrating world.

The practice of lighting large fires dates back to roots of Halloween in the festival of Samhain which celebrated the summer’s end and the beginning of the dark season. Samhain also marked the end of the old year and the beginning of the new. On the eve of Samhain, young people would go from house to house asking for food offerings and kindling for the Samhain fires. The following day, the traditional day of Samhain, November 1st, people would extinguish their hearth fires and gather together to light large fires on sacred hill tops to make offerings to the gods.

Crops and the bones of animals which had been collected were burnt in the fires as offerings. Our modern word, bonfire, comes from the words bone and fire and refers to this practice.

Source: http://www.hauntedbay.com/

September 4, 2014

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The day after or following tomorrow is called overmorrow.

Source: http://www.wordsmith.org

August 28, 2014

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Living one billion seconds occurs during your 31st year of life.

Source: http://www.wired.com

August 16, 2014

Shark Week: Day 7

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The Greenland shark smells and tastes of urine. In fact, the Greenland shark’s flesh has such a high concentration of uric acid, a component of urine, that it can only be eaten after it’s been boiled in several changes of water. If the meat is not prepared in this way, it can cause nausea, vomiting, a burning sensation in the mouth, and even coma and death.

Source: http://www.canadiangeographic.ca

August 15, 2014

Shark Week: Day 6

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 On average falling coconuts cause 150 human fatalities every year, that’s 30 times more than sharks.

Source: http://www.bookyourdive.com/

August 14, 2014

Shark Week: Day 5

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Julia Child is probably best known for bringing French cuisine into America’s mainstream. But, few know that she had a dynamic career as an intelligence officer before she became a cooking icon.

Soon after the United States entered World War II, Julia felt the need to serve her country. Too tall to join the military, Julia volunteered her services to the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), which was the forerunner of today’s Central Intelligence Agency. She was one of 4,500 women who served in the OSS.

Julia worked with the OSS Emergency Sea Rescue Equipment Section, where she helped develop shark repellent. The repellent was a critical tool during WWII, and was coated on explosives that were targeting German U-boats. Before the introduction of the shark repellent, curious sharks would sometimes set off the explosives when they bumped into them.

Source: http://www.cia.gov

August 13, 2014

Shark Week: Day 4

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Port Jackson Sharks are oviparous, which means that the female lays eggs. The egg case is a tough, dark brown spiral about 7 cm to 8 cm wide and 15 cm long. It is common to see them washed up on beaches. The egg case is soft when laid by the female. She uses her mouth to wedge the egg case into a rock crevice where it hardens, and from which one young shark emerges after ten to twelve months.

Source: http://www.sharkfacts.org