Some interesting facts

I bet you didn´t know few of these facts…

1. Harvard University’s original name was Cambridge. It only changed when John Harvard donated 400 books to the school.

2. Snails have been eaten as food since at least ancient Roman times. Apicius, the author of the oldest surviving cookbook (1st century B.C – 2 century A.D.) has a recipe for snails in his cookbook.

3. The words “naked” and “nude” are not the same. Naked implies unprotected. Nude means unclothed.

4. Proctor & Gamble originally manufactured candles before moving on to soap.

5. Ancient Egyptians kissed with their noses instead of with their lips.

6. A “quinquagenarian” is someone in their fifties.

7. The parachute was invented by Leonardo da Vinci.

8. Giraffes were at one time referred to by Europeans as “cameleopards,” believing giraffes were the offspring of camels and leopards.

9. The average woman uses about 7,000 words a day. Men use around 2,000

10. The colors yellow, red and orange are used in fast food restaurants because those are the colors that stimulate a hunger response.

11. The common mousetrap was invented by the same guy who invented the machine gun-Hiram Maxim.

12. Birds prefer their droppings to be on white cars, according to a recent scientific study.

13. Donald Duck’s father is named Quackmore Duck.

14. An average person’s yearly fast food intake will contain 12 pubic hairs.

15. The Basenji, an African dog, is the only dog that does not bark.

16. To cure hiccups…Put your fingers in your ears, and get a friend to slowly feed you a glass of water.

17. Picasso’s full name was Pablo Diego Jose Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno Maria de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santisima Trinidad Ruiz Picasso.

18. The original name for Mickey Mouse was Mortimer Mouse.

19. Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning.

20. To escape the grip of a crocodile’s jaws, push your thumbs into its eyeballs — it will let you go instantly.

21. Alexander Graham Bell applied for his patent on the telephone, an “improvement in telegraphy,” on Valentine’s Day, 1876.

22. In the magic world of seahorses it is the male who gets pregnant and has the babies.

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