#Coolfacts 17

 

 

1-5 CoolFacts

NASA

1. The National Space Agency budget was 4.41% of the national budget the year we went to the moon. Today it is 0.4% of the national budget. – Source

2. Propranolol, a common heart disease medicine has the unintended side effect of making the user slightly less racist. – Source

3. A 2011 survey found that Belgians are the world’s least “cool” nationality. – Source

4. Germany has 15 skyscrapers, 14 of which are located in Frankfurt. – Source

5. During prohibition, the US government ordered that poison be added to industrial alcohol to discourage consumption. People continued to drink it, so the government mandated more potent poison and it killed as many as 10,000 people. – Source

6-10 CoolFacts

UK Stamps

6. The UK is the only country not required to name itself on its postage stamps. – Source

7. One of the most prominent Mongol tribes, which united under Genghis Khan to form the early Mongol Empire, was Christian. – Source

8. One of Nintendo’s early business ventures was setting up “love hotel” chains, a short stay themed hotel, built for couples to engage in sexual activity privately. – Source

9. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson consumes 820lbs of cod alone per year as a dietary staple. – Source

10. Aboriginal Australians, especially in the west-central parts of the continent, have a high frequency of natural blond-to-brown hair, with as many as 90–100% of children having blond hair in some areas. –Source

11-15 CoolFacts

Man o' War

11. Man o’ War, one of the greatest racehorses of all time, won 20 out of 21 races. His only loss was to a horse named “Upset.” – Source

12. Many popular parenting practices may be linked to reduced brain development in infants. Such practices include “the use of infant formula, the isolation of infants in their own rooms or the belief that responding too quickly to a fussing baby will ‘spoil’ it.” – Source

13. The clerk who approved Alexander Graham Bell’s patent over rival Elisha Gray did so after Bell helped him repay a loan to a friend (who happened to be Bell’s lawyer). – Source

14. In 1900, 38% of cars were electrically powered – Source

15. Dolphins can tolerate and recover from extreme injuries like shark bites. The healing process is very rapid. Even very deep wounds won’t cause a dolphin to bleed to death. Gaping wounds heal in a way that restores the animal’s natural body shape. Infection of large wounds is also very rare. – Source