I’ll Bet You Didn’t Know…

Curt-lineby Curt Kovener

Sometimes if there is a lull in the conversation (though silence is sometimes a good thing), you might enlighten others with your knowledge of the trivial.

•Gold is the only metal that doesn’t rust, even if it’s buried in the ground for thousands of years.

•Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at only one end.

•If you stop getting thirsty, you need to drink more water. When a human body is dehydrated, our thirst mechanism shuts off.

•Zero is the only number that cannot be represented by Roman numerals.

•Kites were used in the American Civil War to deliver letters and newspapers.

•The song, Auld Lang Syne, is sung at the stroke of midnight in almost every English-speaking country in the world to bring in the new year.

•Drinking water after eating reduces the acid in your mouth by 61 percent.

•Peanut oil is used for cooking in submarines because it doesn’t smoke unless it’s heated above 450°.

•Nine out of every 10 living things live in the ocean.

•Airports at higher altitudes require a longer airstrip due to lower air density.

•The tooth is the only part of the human body that cannot heal itself.

•In ancient Greece, tossing an apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of marriage. Catching it meant she accepted.

•Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

•A comet’s tail always point away from the sun.

•Caffeine increases the power of aspirin and other painkillers, that is why it is found in some medicines.

•The military salute is a motion that evolved from medieval times, when knights in armor raised their visors to reveal their identity.

•If you get into the bottom of a well or a tall chimney and look up, you can see stars, even in the middle of the day.

•When a person dies, hearing is the last sense to go. The first sense lost is sight.

•In ancient times strangers shook hands to show that they were unarmed.

•Strawberries are the only fruits whose seeds grow on the outside.

•Avocados have the highest calories of any fruit at 167 calories per hundred grams.

•The moon moves about two inches away from the Earth each year.

•Due to earth’s gravity it is impossible for mountains to be higher than 15,000 meters.

•Soldiers do not march in step when going across bridges because they could set up a vibration which could be sufficient to knock the bridge down.

•Everything weighs one percent less at the equator.

•For every extra kilogram carried on a space flight, 530 kg of additional fuel is needed at lift-off.