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Mind Blowing General Knowledge Facts - Part 2

Here is the second part of mind blowing general knowledge facts to learn and improve our general knowledge. Feel free to share these general knowledge facts with your friends. If you have other facts that can be added to this list, then you are most welcome to share them in your comments.

  1. Dolphins sleep with one eye open.
  2. Snakes have no external ears. Therefore, they do not hear the music of a "snake charmer". Instead, they are probably responding to the movements of the snake charmer and the flute. However, sound waves may travel through bones in their heads to the middle ear.
  3. Many spiders have eight eyes.
  4. The tongue of snakes has no taste buds. Instead, the tongue is used to bring smells and tastes into the mouth. Smells and tastes are then detected in two pits, called "Jacobson’s organs", on the roof of their mouths. Receptors in the pits then transmit smell and taste information to the brain.
  5. Birds don’t sweat
  6. The highest kangaroo leap recorded is 10 ft and the longest is 42 ft
  7. Flamingo tongues were eaten common at Roman feasts
  8. The smallest bird in the world is the Hummingbird. It weighs 1oz
  9. The bird that can fly the fastest is called a White it can fly up to 95 miles per hour.
  10. The oldest living thing on earth is 12,000 years old. It is the flowering shrubs called creosote bushes in the Mojave Desert
  11. Tea is said to have been discovered in 2737 BC by a Chinese emperor when some tea leaves accidentally blew into a pot of boiling water.
  12. A person can live without food for about a month, but only about a week without water. If the amount of water in your body is reduced by just 1%, one will feel thirsty. If it’s reduced by 10%, one will die.
  13. Along with its length neck, the giraffe has a very long tongue -- more than a foot and a half long. A giraffe can clean its ears with its 21-inch tongue
  14. Ostriches can kick with tremendous force, but only forward. Don’t Mess with them
  15. An elephant can smell water three miles away
  16. If you were to remove your skin, it would weigh as much as 5 pounds
  17. A hippopotamus can run faster than a man
  18. India never invaded any country in her last 10000 years of history
  19. The world’s known tallest man is Robert Pershing Wadlow. The giraffe is 5.49m (18 ft.), the man is 2.55m (8ft. 11.1 in.).
  20. The world’s tallest woman is Sandy Allen. She is 2.35m (7 ft. 7 in.).
  21. The only 2 animals that can see behind themselves without turning its head are the rabbit and the parrot.
  22. The blue whale is the largest animal on earth. The heart of a blue whale is as big as a car, and its tongue is as long as an elephant.
  23. The largest bird egg in the world today is that of the ostrich. Ostrich eggs are from 6 to 8 inches long. Because of their size and the thickness of their shells, they take 40 minutes to hard-boil. The average adult male ostrich, the world’s largest living bird, weighs up to 345 pounds.
  24. Every dolphin has its own signature whistle to distinguish it from other dolphins, much like a human fingerprint
  25. The world’s largest mammal, the blue whale, weighs 50 tons i.e. 50000 Kg at birth. Fully grown, it weighs as much as 150 tons i.e. 150000 Kg.
  26. 90 % of all the ice in the world in on Antarctica
  27. Antarctica is DRIEST continent. Antarctica is a desert
  28. Antarctica is COLDEST continent, averaging minus 76 degrees in the winter
  29. Mercury is the closest planet to the sun and it doesn’t have a moon. Its atmosphere is so thin that during the day the temperature reaches 750 degrees, but at night it gets down to -300 degrees.
  30. Jupiter is the largest planet. If Jupiter were hollow, you could fit 1000 earths inside! It is made up of gas and is not solid. The most famous feature on Jupiter is its Red Spot, which is actually an enormous hurricane that has been raging on Jupiter for hundreds of years! Sixteen moons orbit Jupiter.
  31. Saturn is a very windy place! Winds can reach up to 1,100 miles per hour. Saturn is also made of gas. If you could find an ocean large enough, it would float. This planet is famous for its beautiful rings, and has at least 18 moons.
  32. Uranus is the third largest planet, and is also made of gas. It’s tilted on its side and spins north-south rather than east-west. Uranus has 15 moons.
  33. Neptune takes 165 Earth years to get around the sun. It appears blue because it is made of methane gas. Neptune also has a big Spot like Jupiter. Winds on Neptune get up to 1,200 mile per hour! Neptune has 8 moons.
  34. Pluto is the farthest planet from the sun... usually. It has such an unusual orbit that it is occasionally closer to the sun than Neptune. Pluto is made of rock and ice.
  35. Just about everyone listens to the radio! 99% of homes in the United States have a least one radio. Most families have several radios.
  36. Sound is sent from the radio station through the air to your radio by means of electromagnetic waves. News, music, Bible teaching, baseball games, plays, advertisements- these sounds are all converted into electromagnetic waves (radio waves) before they reach your radio and your ears.
  37. At the radio station, the announcer speaks into a microphone. The microphone changes the sound of his voice into an electrical signal. This signal is weak and can’t travel very far, so it’s sent to a transmitter. The transmitter mixes the signal with some strong radio signals called carrier waves. These waves are then sent out through a special antenna at the speed of light! They reach the antenna of your radio. Your antenna "catches" the signal, and the radio’s amplifier strengthens the signal and sends it to the speakers. The speakers vibrate, and your ears pick up the vibrations and your brain translates them into the voice of the radio announcer back at the station. When you consider all the places the announcer’s voice travels.
  38. Every radio station has its own frequency. When you turn the tuning knob on your radio, you are choosing which frequency you want your antenna to "catch."
  39. Mountain lions are known by more than 100 names, including panther, catamount, cougar, painter and puma. Its scientific name is Felis concolor, which means "cat of one color." At one time, mountain lions were very common!
  40. The large cats of the world are divided into two groups- those that roar, like tigers and African lions, and those that purr. Mountain lions purr, hiss, scream, and snarl, but they cannot roar. They can jump a distance of 30 feet, and jump as high as 15 feet. It would take quite a fence to keep a mountain lion out! Their favorite food is deer, but they’ll eat other critters as well. They hunt alone, not in packs like wolves. They sneak up on their prey just like a house cat sneaks up on a bird or toy- one slow step at a time. A lion can eat ten pounds of meat at one time!
  1. Queen ants can live to be 30 years old
  2. Dragonflies can flap their wings 28 times per second and they can fly up to 60 miles per hour
  3. As fast as dragonflies can flap their wings, bees are even faster... they can flap their wings 435 times per second
  4. Human thigh bones are stronger than concrete.
  5. You can’t kill yourself by holding your breath
  6. Your heart beats over 100,000 times a day
  7. Right handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people
  8. The elephant is the only mammal that can’t jump!
  9. Fingernails grow nearly 4 times faster than toenails!
  10. Women blink nearly twice as much as men
  11. Honey is the only food that does not spoil. Honey found in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs has been tasted by archaeologists and found edible
  12. Coca-Cola would be green if colouring weren’t added to it.
  13. More people are allergic to cow’s milk than any other food.
  14. Camels have three eyelids to protect themselves from blowing sand
  15. Earth is the only planet not named after a god.
  16. It?s against the law to burp, or sneeze in a church in Nebraska, USA.
  17. Some worms will eat themselves if they can’t find any food!
  18. It is impossible to sneeze with your eyes open
  19. Queen Elizabeth I regarded herself as a paragon of cleanliness. She declared that she bathed once every three months, whether she needed it or not
  20. Slugs have 4 noses.
  21. Owls are the only birds that can see the blue colour.
  22. Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at only one end
  23. More than 1,000 different languages are spoken on the continent of Africa.
  24. There was once an undersea post office in the Bahamas.
  25. Abraham Lincoln’s mother died when she drank the milk of a cow that grazed on poisonous snakeroot
  26. After the death of Albert Einstein his brain was removed by a pathologist and put in a jar for future study.
  27. Penguins are not found in the North Pole
  28. A dentist invented the Electric Chair.
  29. A whip makes a cracking sound because its tip moves faster than the speed of sound
  30. Alexander Graham Bell’s wife and mother were both deaf
  31. Cockroaches break wind every 15 minutes.
  32. Fish scales are an ingredient in most lipsticks
  33. Canada" is an Indian word meaning "Big Village".
  34. 259200 people die every day.
  35. 11% of the world is left-handed
  36. 1.7 liters of saliva is produced each day
  37. The world?s oldest piece of chewing gum is 9000 years old!
  38. The largest beetle in the Americas is the Hercules beetle, which can be 4 to 6 inches in length. That’s bigger than your hand!
  39. A full-grown male mountain lion may be 9 feet long, including his tail!
  40. There are two kinds of radio stations: AM and FM. That’s why there are two dials on your radio. AM is used mostly for stations that specialize in talking, such as Christian stations at have Bible stories and sermons; sports stations that broadcast live baseball and football games; and stations that specialize in news programs and "talk shows," where listeners call the station and discuss various topics. FM is used mostly for stations that specialize in music. are two kinds of radio stations: am and fm. that’s why there are two dials on your radio. am is used mostly for stations that specialize in talking, such as christian stations at have bible stories and sermons; sports stations that broadcast live baseball and football games; and stations that specialize in news programs and "talk shows," where listeners call the station and discuss various topics. fm is used mostly for stations that specialize in music. >
  41. The average lead pencil can draw a line that is almost 35 miles long or you can write almost 50,000 words in English with just one pencil
  42. The Wright Brothers invented one of the first airplanes. It was called the Kitty Hawk.
  43. The worst industrial disaster in India occurred in 1984 in Bhopal the capital of Madhya Pradesh. A deadly chemical, methyl isocyanate leaked out of the Union Carbide factory killing more than 2500 and leaving thousands sick. In fact the effects of this gas tragedy are being felt even today.
  44. Mars is nicknamed the "Red Planet," because it looks reddish in the night sky. Mars has 2 moons.
  45. Venus is nicknamed the "Jewel of the Sky." Because of the greenhouse effect, it is hotter than Mercury, even though it’s not as close to the sun. Venus does not have a moon but it does have clouds of sulfuric acid! If you’re going to visit Venus, pack your gas mask!
  46. Tens of thousands of participants come from all over the world, fight in a harmless battle where more than one hundred metric tons of over-ripe tomatoes are thrown in the streets.

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