#CoolFacts 95

1-5 CoolFacts

Sailors' Handshake

1. The “Sailors’ Handshake” is a special handshake that can detect if a potential partner has Syphilis. –Source

2. A surrogate mother gestated an anonymous donor embryo for a married couple. During the pregnancy, this couple divorced and were found not to be the child’s legal parents. Despite that 6 people were involved in her production, the child was deemed by the court to be “parentless”. – Source

3. Daniel Webster, who ran for president and lost three times, declined the Vice Presidency twice, thinking it a worthless office. Both presidents who offered it later died in office, meaning that if he had accepted, he would’ve become president after all. – Source

4. A study has found that Asian men are found to be less attractive than men of other races, even Asian women rated men of other races as more attractive than Asian men. – Source

5. 28 States in USA have banned texting while driving. 22 of them offer traffic updates via twitter. – Source

6-10 CoolFacts

Harare, Zimbabwe

6. Harare, Zimbabwe, is one of the most expensive cities due to its citizens switching to US Dollars as currency. They are so used to Zimbabwe money with very high values, that being charged $20 for a haircut seems a good deal as people do not have an outsider concept of the real value of the dollar. – Source

7. Although Martin Luther King Jr. was only 39 at the time of his death, autopsy results revealed the he had the heart of a 60-year-old. Doctors believed this was a result of stress. – Source

8. The Soviet Union did not admit that a reactor had exploded at Chernobyl until nearly 3 days after radiation from the disaster set off alarms at a nuclear plant in Sweden 1000 km away. – Source

9. Astronomer Percival Lowell believed that he was the first person to observe canals on Venus, but because of a faulty adjustment of the eyepiece of his telescope, he was in fact looking at the blood vessels in his own eye. – Source

10. A Croatian man, Frane Selak, escaped death several times throughout the mid-1900s, including (but not limited to) falling out of an airplane, being hit by a bus, and swerving off a road and over a cliff to avoid an auto accident. In 2003, he purchased his first lottery ticket, and won. – Source