Monday, December 29, 2008

Wierd things I never knew...

Tonight, as I was chopping onions for dinner, my eyes began to sting and before I knew it, tears were rolling down my cheek. UGH! And for some reason, the stinging sensation stays with me for hours afterwards. So I set out on a google search to find ways to stop the tears from flowing everytime I cut onions. I found some interesting tips:

chew gum while cutting the onion
wear swim goggles
chop the onion under cold water
hold a piece of bread in your mouth (huh?)

It made me wonder what other random facts were out there that I wasn't aware of.

When snakes are born with two heads, they fight each other for food (now aren't you glad you know this? The wierd thing about this random fact is that it says "when" and not "if", as if 2-headed snakes are a natural, everyday occurrence. The positive side of this is that if you ever encounter a 2-headed snake, it'll be too busy fighting with each other over who gets the first bite, that you'll have time to run off.)

The first known contraceptive was crocodile dung, used by Egyptians in 2000 B.C. (eeeewwww, eeeeeewwww and just plain eeeewwww)

When you die your hair still grows for a couple of months (now that's just downright creepy)

The word "lethologica" describes the state of not being able to remember the word you want (so then how are you expected to remember the word that describes the state of not being able to remember the word you want?)

Women are 37% more likely to go to a psychiatrist than men are (yeah, as if that's a surprising fact? This is because men ARE the reason women have to see a psychiatrist)

The largest number of children born to one woman is recorded at 69. From 1725-1765, a Russian peasant woman gave birth to 16 sets of twins, 7 sets of triplets, and 4 sets of quadruplets (I'm seriously still stunned after reading this fact. I could not even begin to imagine....the poor lady spent most of her life knocked up! And I thought Michelle Duggar was crazy with her 18 children?)

The average human eats 8 spiders in their lifetime at night (this fact actually made the hair on my neck stand up....this fact is even freakier than the fact about hair still growing after you die. Note to self: call the exterminator first thing in the morning)

Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks or it will digest itself (the sick thing is that I think that would actually be pretty interesting to see....but who's gonna be the person to volunteer for that study?)

On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily (this is extremely disturbing)

If one places a tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion, it will instantly go mad and sting itself to death. (you just know there was some sadist out there who actually tried this and that's how this random fact came to be)

And last but not least....

In an average day, a four year old child will ask 437 questions (so for me, that's 874 questions a day....that makes my brain hurt)

Banging your head off a wall uses 150 calories an hour (very good to know because after being asked 874 questions each day, I WILL be banging my head off a wall but at least my butt will get smaller at the same time)


Lana said...

Those are pretty interesting. In a "have to watch a train wreck" sort of way, I'm curious HOW the croc dung was used as a contraceptive!

The whole hair growing thing after death is actually a myth. It sometimes seems that way, because the skin on the body recedes, making the hair appear to be growing outwards. Still gross and creapy though!

Chatabox Girl said...

I knew a couple of those facts, but the rest are interesting! With the spider thing... Another gross one is that on average there are two SPIDERS LEGS in each block of chocolate. I try and forget that one, becasue i love chocolate to much!

With the onions: When i worked as a cook, i learnt a few facts. Ill try and explain, but pictures will be much better!


~ only ever buy onions close to when you need them. The older they are, the worse your eyes will water/sting.

~ the chopped bits are what makes your eyes water. So i do my onions this way:

1. Chop the onion in half and place each half face down on the chopping board. cut off each end and put them in the bin. (this removes whatever makes your eyes water)

2. You know how an onion has layers? Well PEEL the top layer off. This should come really easily because the ends are chopped off. Only cutting makes you cry. Peeling doesnt.

3. Because the top is peeled and they chopped layer is face down, you should be fine. Dont forget to put the peelings in the bin!

4. Chop whatever you need and put it on to cook, or under a lid/plastic wrap straight away.

Sorry for the long - as comment. But i hope this helps! Maybe i will post pictures one day. Who knows?

Joy said...

Some of those made me smile and some made me want to hurl LOL Interesting! :)

snake liquor said...


Do you know anything about Snake wine? Because I found your website on Google when looking for that:

Thanks for help.

Supermom said...

HA HA! Thanks for posting this!

I enjoyed reading them all except about using dung for contraception.

Perhaps she used it as perfume to keep HIM off her!

twinmama said...

Those are crazy facts! I agree with Supermom - that is really the only logical way to use crocodile dung for birth control.

I have heard that running hot water while chopping an onion helps, but then that isn't eco-friendly and I know we all want to be fashionably green. :)

I have heard those crazy stories where dead bodies have made noises and sat up in the morgue...that creeps me out!!

Thanks for the fun factoids!

Teresa said...

I always enjoy reading your blog, and today was no exception! I actually laughed out loud to the contraception idea, I don't even want to think about it. Thanks for the enjoyment and Happy New Year!

Hajar said...

Incidentally, Michelle Duggar is not so special, random Amish and Mennonite women accomplish this feat regularly...

Morgan said...

The one about your hair growing after you die is really just creepy!

Where did you find all these weird facts? : )

mrsbear said...

69 kids, wow, tell me that lady wasn't banging her head on walls. Ack on the spiders. Double ack.

Susanna Kington said...

Great facts. Your commentary is hilarious, lol.
I can't believe 12 children per day are given away to the wrong parents!!! Scary.

Anonymous said...

If you put the onion in the freezer for 30 minutes before chopping it up, you will not teat up. I have tried this and know it to be true. It is the liquid in the onion that makes your eyes water.

I am a wealth of useless information. And am ready to honk thinking about eating spiders in my sleep.

And 69 kids? That lady needed some egyptian crock dung!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can see her sneezing and pop...out comes triplets!

Janine said...

Hahaaaaaaa. I can't wait to see the expression on my husband's face when he comes home to me wearing goggles, holding a knife and banging my head against the wall.

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