I Bet You Didn’t Know This…
The world we live in is a bizarre and inspiring place with equally bizarre and inspiring creatures. If you’re starting to get a little bored with the mundane day-to-day, start your morning off with some enlightening fun facts that will make your life feel a little weirder—in a good way. Here’s my list of top 10 most outrageous realities that will make you choke on your morning cup of joe.
And You Thought YOUR Roommates Were Bad
It sounds like something out of Fear Factor or a Kafka novel, but for Thai woman Kanchana Ketkaew, living in a room full of scorpions for over a month was the norm. We’re talking abut a 130-square-foot glass room containing 5,320 scorpions to be exact, according to Guinness World Records. Luckily, her record is probably safe for a while, since I don’t see anyone trying this one out anytime soon.
What Do You Call a Group of…
Take That John and Yoko!
In January 2012, Dallas pastor Ed Young (founder of the Ed Young Fellowship Church) and his wife garnered national attention by streaming a 24-hour bed-in from the roof of their church. Their purpose? To spread the message that God wants couples to develop and maintain healthy sex lives.
Don’t Get Caught Dead in Norway
If you happen to keel over in the Arctic town of Longyearbyen, you could be facing an afterlife arrest because it is actually against the law to die in this region. Since bodies won’t decompose in the permafrost, the graveyard banned newcomers more than 70 years ago, according to The Telegraph.
Photo of Longyearbyen by Bjoertvedt via Wikimedia Commons
The Right to Bear…Cubs?
Obama’s fuzzy friend Bo has nothing on good old Thomas Jefferson’s pair of pet grizzly bear cubs, who, the Thomas Jefferson Encyclopedia cites, were given to the third president as a gift from Captain Zebulon Pike in 1807. Who needs personal bodyguards when you’ve got grown grizzlies running around the White House lawn?
Photo of Grizzly bear cubs. All Rights Released.
Not Exactly Appetizing
If you took the time to collect it (gross), you would produce enough saliva to fill two swimming pools over the course of your lifetime.. Although it seems like just a clever way to show your dissatisfaction with the present situation, saliva is much more important than you think. For example, if your saliva can’t dissolve something, you won’t be able to taste it.
A Canyon of Cleavage
Every man’s dream and every woman’s nightmare can be found in Annie Hawkins-Turner, holder of the Guinness world record title World’s Largest Natural Breasts. The USA native known as Norma Stitz has a band measurement of 43 inches and a chest measurement of 70 inches. I’m guessing that’s about a Z cup.
Hate to Burst Your Bubble
According to the New York Times, the average American consumes roughly 50 gallons of soda per year. That’s basically like swimming in a Willy Wonka-esque soda fountain and drinking every last drop. Your dentist would not be happy.
A Dollar Over the Decades
In 1920, the average house cost $8,094, which compares to a modern equivalent of $88,373. Meanwhile, the average car was $575 ($6,278 today) and the average wage was $1,116 ($12,185 today), says TheCostofLiving.com. No wonder Grandma only includes five dollar bills in my birthday cards!
Pass the Pepto, Please!
Your stomach acid can dissolve razor blades. So why doesn’t it destroy the more vulnerable material that is your stomach? It does. The cells in your stomach wall replenish themselves so often that an entirely new stomach lining forms every few days.