Coolfacts #12

Weight Loss Success

1. If we lose 10 kg (22 lbs) of fat, 8.4 kg (18.5 lbs) turns into carbon dioxide which is exhaled when we breathe out, while 1.6 kg (3.5lbs) turns into water that is excreted through urine, tears and sweat. – Source

2. There is a Justice League comic in which a superhero assassinates a Saddam Hussein analogue in order to end the atrocities of his regime. His actions actually end up destabilizing the country, making the quality of life for citizens much worse than it was before. The comic came out in 1999. – Source

3. A Dutch nursing home for people with dementia puts actual-sized stickers of their former front doors on the doors to their rooms. This helps the patients find their rooms and gives the place a familiar feel. –Source

4. The Irish last name prefix “Mac” means “son of” and prefix “O” means “grandson of”. – Source

5. In Rwanda plastic bags are illegal and carry with them a $100-$150 fine. In fact, at airport customs all plastic bags are confiscated which has resulted in Rwanda being one of the most litter free countries in Africa. – Source

Coolfacts #12

Hipster

6. The term “hipster” originated in the 1940s, and was used to describe jazz aficionados, characterized by their “dress, slang, use of cannabis and other drugs, relaxed attitude, sarcastic humor, self-imposed poverty and relaxed sexual codes.” – Source

7. There is a 30-foot tree trunk known as the “Old Man of the Lake” that has been floating vertically in Oregon’s Crater Lake for nearly 120 years. In 1938, they tracked the tree trunk’s movement and discovered that it had traveled a total distance of over 60 miles in just under 3 months. – Source

8. During a visit to Boeing, Soviet scientists secretly applied adhesive to the bottom of their shoes in order to covertly collect metal samples from the floor. – Source

9. Andorra declared war on Germany during WW1, but didn’t send any soldiers because they didn’t have an army. At the Treaty of Versailles, Andorra was forgotten and technically remained at war with Germany, until the two countries declared peace in 1958. – Source

10. Lolita, the killer whale, has been kept in Miami Seaquarium since 1970. The orca is 20 feet long, and her tank measures 60 ft x 80 ft x 20 ft deep. Her only company for 10 years was Hugo, who died after a brain aneurysm caused by repeatedly banging his head on the tank windows. – Source