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Saturday, January 25, 2014

STRANGE BUT TRUE BY SASHI KUMAR, Ph D


Hydroponics is the technique by which plants are grown in water without soil.
In 1982, Time magazine named the personal computer (PC) its ‘Man of the Year’.
Chewing on gum while cutting onions can help a person avoid shedding tears !
The human left lung is smaller in size than the right lung - to provide space for the heart.
Until babies are six months old, they can breathe and swallow at the same time.
Male human brains are about 10 percent heavier than female brains.
Before 1800 CE, there were no separately designed shoes for right and left feet.
The glossy finish in lipsticks comes from fish scales, which are iridescent.
To find out if a watermelon is ripe, knock it. If it sounds hollow, then it is ripe.
The original English name for the butterfly was 'flutterby'.
Your body weight is lower at 9 A.M. than at any other time of the day.
The average person is about a quarter of an inch taller at night.
40% of McDonald's profits come from the sales of its Happy Meals.
Without any greenhouse effect, our Earth would be cold and lifeless with an average temp of 0.4ºF.
The primary purpose of growing a crop of rice in flooded nurseries is to drown the weeds that will surround the young seedlings. Rice can even be grown in drained areas.
No new livestock animal has been domesticated during the last 4,000 years.
Bone China is called so, because powdered animal bone is mixed with the clay to give it translucency and whiteness.
The original purpose for tablecloths was as a towel to wipe one's fingers and hands while eating.
Mount Everest moves approximately 2.4 inches (10 cm) in a Northeasterly direction every year.
Mickey Mouse has only four fingers on each hand.
The bark of a redwood tree is fireproof. Fires that occur in a redwood forest take place inside the trees.
The storage capacity of a human brain exceeds four Terrabytes (1 TB = 1,099,511,627,776 bytes).
There are an average of 178 sesame seeds on a McDonald's Big Mac bun.
Because of the rotation of the Earth, an object can be thrown farther if it is thrown west !
In 2001, the five most valuable brand names in order were Coca-Cola, Microsoft, IBM, GE, and Nokia.
After the ‘Popeye’ comic strip was launched in 1931, spinach consumption went up by 33 percent in the US.
A rainbow can only occur when the sun is 40°, or less, above the horizon.

(Thanks to Sashi Kumar, Ph D for these outstanding information). New World
(Republished from 2/11/12-New World)

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