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36 Random and Mind-Blowing Facts You’ll Love To Know

36 Random and Mind-Blowing Facts You’ll Love To Know

Sounds like an urban myth, right? Well, these 36 random and mind-blowing facts are all true. Get ready to be amazed.

1. Did the Flintstones live here?

CasadoPenedo

    This is the Casa do Penedo in the Fafe Mountains in Portugal. Tourists visit this amazing house made from four boulders because they think that it might well have been where the Flintstones lived! Disappointing to know that it was actually built in 1974.

    2. Snap your fingers

    Maybe you can snap your fingers twice in a second? Bobby Badfingers has established a world record in that he can snap his fingers 30 times in one second.

    3. Elvis Presley was blond

    Elvis was naturally blond but started dying his hair black while in high school. He then decided to keep it like that.

    4. Elvis Presley impersonators

    Incredibly, there are about 50,000 people worldwide who make a living by impersonating ‘The King.’

    “There have been a lotta tough guys. There have been pretenders. And there have been contenders. But there is only one king.” – Bruce Springsteen

    5. Stone Age tunnels

    Stone Age builders constructed a network of tunnels that stretch from Scotland to Turkey. While they are not all linked up, the fact that they have survived 12,000 years is amazing.

    6. Suicide statistics

    Worldwide, there is one suicide every 40 seconds. North Korea has one of the highest suicide rates in the world.

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    7. Johnny Cash

    Johnny Cash wrote a science fiction novel in 1953 called “The Holografik Danser.” It is about America being taken over by the Soviets, and English being replaced by a language that looks strangely like Facebook comments.

    8. Nutella’s humble beginnings

    So you think Nutella is a rather extravagant and fattening type of treat? Strange to think it was invented because of a shortage of chocolate during WWII! It was Mr. Pietro Ferrero who, desperate because of the cocoa shortage, decided to use local hazelnuts to make the chocolate mix go further.

    9. Super brain

    Brain

      Your brain is more active when you are asleep. It is not just producing weird dreams but helping us remember things, refresh forgotten skills and consolidate learning, just to mention a few.

      10. Captain Cook’s youngest crew member

      One of the crew on the first New Zealand voyage (1769–1770) was a lad called Nicholas Young. Yes, he was very young – he was only 12 years of age.

      11. Tiny computers

      In the 1940s, computers occupied a whole room and used an enormous amount of electricity. I remember even in the 1970s, my boss and a colleague discussing which room they could use to house a revolutionary new computer that would store student enrollment data. Today’s computers are absolutely tiny in comparison.

      12. Charles Dickens was very poor

      Charles Dickens’ family was so debt ridden that he spent most of his time in a debtor’s prison, along with his father and the rest of his family. Now you know why all his books describe poverty so vividly.

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        13. The smallest bone in your body

        We all know that the biggest bone is the femur (thigh), but what about the smallest one? It is called the stapes. It is situated in the inner ear. Size? Just like a grain of rice.

        14. A narrow escape

        George Orwell was almost killed twice while serving in the Spanish Civil War. If he had not survived, we would never have had “Animal Farm” or “1984.”

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        15. Think before you eat that chocolate bar

        Fancy a chocolate snack? A typical one contains about 500 calories. In order to burn all those calories, you will have to play tennis for an hour and a half.

         16. The dancing house in Prague

        Look at this house. Not surprising that it is also called the “Fred and Ginger House.” It is situated in Prague in the Czech Republic. It was designed by Vlado Milunic and Frank Gehry and completed in 1996.

        Fred and Ginger

          17. Body miles

          Just think about how it might take some time to travel around the 100,000 miles of blood vessels that run through the average adult body. That is the equivalent of going round the world four times.

          18. The strongest muscle in your body

          You might think that the arm or leg muscles are the strongest as they do a lot of heavy lifting and running. Actually, the heart is the hardest working muscle of all as it pumps out two ounces of blood every time it beats. It is going to do that about three billion times during a person’s life. But the strongest muscle of all, given its actual size, is the jaw muscle known as the masseter. It can close the teeth with a force that ranges from 55 pounds to 200 pounds. Next time you clench your teeth, think about that.

          19. A photo a day

          Imagine taking a Polaroid photo every day for 18 years? That is just what Jamie Livingston did until he died on October 25, 1997. His project was called Photo of the Day.

          20. Building a road by hand

          You may not have heard about an Indian man called Dashrath Manjhi. His wife died tragically because the nearest doctor was 40 miles away. He was determined that this should never happen to anyone else in his village. He started building a road by hand, which took him 22 years. The result is that the distance to the nearest medical treatment is now only nine miles.

          21. Shakespeare’s Jessica

          Shakespeare invented the name Jessica for his play, “The Merchant of Venice.”

          Merchant

            22. A crowded planet

            Maybe you think that there are far too many people on this planet. Just think about the ant population. For every human being, there are about 1.6 million ants.

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            23. Astonishing air crash survival

            A plane carrying 92 people, including Juliane Koepcke and her mother, crashed in the Peruvian jungle 1971. Juliane was 17 at the time and incredibly, she survived a two mile fall from the disintegrating aircraft into the rainforest, still strapped to her seat! She was the sole survivor. Although she had a broken collar bone, she survived on the airplane’s supply of candy and was rescued by lumberjacks nine days later. Her eyes were so bloodshot that people fled in panic as they thought she was a forest demon.

            24. A Gothic cathedral above a gorge

            Las Lajas

              Visit Las Lajas Sanctuary and you will be amazed. This revival Gothic cathedral has been constructed over a canyon in the Guaitara River in Colombia. It rises 330 feet from the bottom and is connected by a bridge to the other side of the canyon. The Virgin Mary is said to have cured two people there so it became a place of pilgrimage.

               25. Trapped

              Imagine being trapped under your car after an accident. This happened to a passenger of a Chevy Trailblazer in 2008. A Florida firefighter called Chris Hickman saved this person by lifting the car with his bare hands.

              26. Try running without a shirt in the Arctic

              Wim Hof uses Tantric practices to turn his body energy into heat. He is so successful at this that he was able to run a marathon in the Arctic without a shirt. The temperature at the time was 20 degrees Fahrenheit (-29 degrees Celsius).

              27. Isaac Asimov

              This writer was particularly prolific. If you decided just to read one of his books or stories every week, it would take you nine years to finish the whole lot.

              28. Marry your first cousin?

              If you think that this was always taboo, just reflect on the fact that Albert Einstein, Saddam Hussein, Charles Darwin, and Edgar Allan Poe all married their first cousins. Roughly 30 States in the US still prohibit first cousin marriages because of the risk of genetic disorders. But 20% of marriages worldwide are between first cousins.

              29. A book a day

              If you become President of the United States, you might find that you are too busy to read a book a day. But Theodore Roosevelt managed to do just that, including the time when he was President.

              30. Bible facts

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              Bible

                It took 1,600 years to write the Bible. It is still the most widely read book of all time. Five billion copies were printed between 1865 and 1975.

                31. Swimming pools

                The next time you go swimming, think about this fact. You will produce enough saliva during your lifetime to fill two swimming pools.

                32. Skin cells

                The human body sheds about one million skin cells a day, which is equivalent to about 8 lbs a year.

                33. One million pound banknote

                Imagine coming across a banknote worth one million pounds. The Bank of England issued a few of these in 1948 to fulfill financial conditions set out by the Marshall Plan. There were very few of them in circulation. One of them turned up in 2008 and the lucky owner sold it at an auction for $120,000.

                34. The world’s longest pregnancy

                Normally, as everyone knows, babies take about nine months to arrive (280 days). Imagine how Beulah Hunter felt as she waited for her baby to arrive which took a whole year (365 days). This was a very unusual case, due to the fact that the foetus developed extremely slowly.

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                  35. Skin galore

                  Everyone knows that the skin is the largest organ in the human body. But what if you were to stretch it all out? You would be easily be able to make it cover 20 square feet.

                  36. Nicholas Cage

                  Nicholas Cage has a fondness for strange animals and it is said that he has spent well over $275,000 on their purchase and upkeep. Apart from two king cobras, there is the famous pet octopus, which Cage claims has helped him in his acting. An octopus is ideal for lending a hand or an arm!

                  Featured photo credit: Flipped-Upside Down Houses/San via flickr.com

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                  Last Updated on March 30, 2020

                  Why You’re Feeling Tired All the Time (And What to Do About It)

                  Why You’re Feeling Tired All the Time (And What to Do About It)

                  Feeling tired all the time?

                  Have you ever caught yourself nodding off when you’re watching TV, listening to someone drone on during a meeting or even driving a car?

                  I know I have, especially when I worked 70 hours per week as a High-Tech Executive.

                  Feeling tired all the time may be more widespread than you think. In fact, two-fifths of Americans are tired most of the week.[1]

                  If you’re tired of feeling tired, then I’ve got some great news for you. New research is helping us gain critical insights into the underlying causes of feeling tired all the time.

                  In this article, we’ll discuss the latest reasons why you’re feeling tired all the time and practical steps you can take to finally get to the bottom of your fatigue and feel rested.

                  What Happens When You’re Too Tired

                  If you sleep just two hours less than the normal eight hours, you could be as impaired as someone who has consumed up to three beers.[2] And you’ve probably experienced the impact yourself.

                  Here are some common examples of what happens when you’re feeling tired:[3]

                  • You may have trouble focusing because memory and learning functions may be impaired within your brain.
                  • You may experience mood swings and an inability to differentiate between what’s important and what’s not because your brain’s neurotransmitters are misfiring.
                  • You may get dark circles under your eyes and/or your skin make look dull and lackluster in the short term and over time your skin may get wrinkles and show signs of aging because your body didn’t have time to remove toxins during sleep.
                  • You may find it more difficult to exercise or to perform any type of athletic activity.
                  • Your immune system may weaken causing you to pick up infections more easily.
                  • You may overeat because not getting enough sleep activates the body’s endocannabinoids even when you’re not hungry.
                  • Your metabolism slows down so what you eat is more likely to be stored as belly fat.

                  Are you saying that feeling tired can make me overweight?

                  Unfortunately, yes!

                  Feeling tired all the time can cause you to put on the pounds especially around your waist. But it is a classic chicken and egg situation, too.

                  Heavier people are more likely to feel fatigued during the day than lighter ones. And that’s even true for overweight people who don’t have sleep apnea (source: National Institutes of Health).

                  Speaking of sleep apnea, you may be wondering if that or something else is causing you to feel tired all the time.

                  Why Are you Feeling Tired All the Time?

                  Leading experts are starting to recognize that there are three primary reasons people feel tired on a regular basis: sleep deprivation, fatigue and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).

                  Here’s a quick overview of each root cause of feeling tired all of the time:

                  1. Tiredness occurs from sleep deprivation when you don’t get high-quality sleep consistently. It typically can be solved by changing your routine and getting enough deep restorative sleep.
                  2. Fatigue occurs from prolonged sleeplessness which could be triggered by numerous issues such as mental health issues, long-term illness, fibromyalgia, obesity, sleep apnea or stress. It typically can be improved by changing your lifestyle and using sleep aids or treatments, if recommended by your physician.
                  3. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a medical condition also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis that occurs from persistent exhaustion that doesn’t go away with sleep.

                  The exact cause of CFS is not known, but it may be due to problems with the immune system, a bacterial infection, a hormone imbalance or emotional trauma.

                  It typically involves working with a doctor to rule out other illnesses before diagnosing and treating CFS.[4]

                  Always consult a physician to get a personal diagnosis about why you are feeling tired, especially if it is a severe condition.

                  Feeling Tired vs Being Fatigued

                  If lack of quality sleep doesn’t seem to be the root cause for you, then it’s time to explore fatigue as the reason you are frequently feeling tired.

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                  Until recently, tiredness and fatigue were thought to be interchangeable. Leading experts now realize that tiredness and fatigue are different.

                  Tiredness is primarily about lack of sleep.

                  But fatigue is a perceived feeling of being tired that is much more likely to occur in people who have depression, anxiety or emotional stress and/or are overweight and physically inactive (source: Science Direct).

                  Symptoms of fatigue include:

                  • Difficulty concentrating
                  • Low stamina
                  • Difficulty sleeping
                  • Anxiety
                  • Low motivation

                  These symptoms may sound similar to those of tiredness but they usually last longer and are more intense.

                  Unfortunately, there is no definitive reason why fatigue occurs because it can be a symptom of an emotional or physical illness. But there are still a number of steps you can take to reduce difficult symptoms by making a few simple lifestyle changes.

                  How Much Sleep Is Enough?

                  The number one reason you may feel tired is because of sleep deprivation which means you are not getting enough high-quality sleep.

                  Most adults need 7 to 9 hours of high-quality, uninterrupted sleep per night. If you’re sleep deprived, the amount of sleep you need increases.

                  So, quantity and quality do matter when it comes to sleep.

                  The key to quality sleep is being able to get long, uninterrupted sleep cycles throughout the night. It typically takes 90 minutes for you to reach a state of deep REM sleep where your body’s healing crew goes to work.

                  Ideally, you want to get at least 3 to 4 deep REM sleep cycles in per night. That’s why it’s so important to stay asleep for 7 or more hours.

                  Research also shows that people who think they can get by on less sleep don’t perform as well as people who get at least seven hours of sleep a night[5] So, you should definitely plan on getting seven hours of deep restorative sleep every night.

                  If you are not getting 7 hours of high-quality sleep regularly, then sleep deprivation is most likely reason you feel tired all the time.

                  And that is good news because sleep deprivation is much simpler and easier to address than the other root causes.

                  It’s also a good idea to rule out sleep deprivation as the reason why you are tired before moving on to the other possibilities such as fatigue or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which may require a doctor for diagnosis and treatment.

                  4 Simple Changes to Reduce Fatigue

                  Personally, I’m a big believer in upgrading your lifestyle to uplift your life. I overcame chronic stress and exhaustion by making these four changes to my lifestyle:

                  1. Eating healthy, home-cooked meals versus microwaving processed foods or eating out
                  2. Exercising regularly
                  3. Using stressbusters
                  4. Creating a bedtime routine to sleep better

                  So, I know it is possible to change your lifestyle even when you’re working crazy hours and have lots of family responsibilities.

                  After I made the 4 simple changes in my lifestyle, I no longer felt exhausted all of the time.

                  In addition, I lost two inches off my waist and looked and felt better than ever.

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                  I was so excited that I wanted to help others replace stress and exhaustion with rest and well-being, too. That’s why I became a Certified Holistic Wellness Coach through the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute.

                  Interestingly enough, I discovered that Dr. Sears recommends a somewhat similar L.E.A.N. lifestyle:

                  • L is for Lifestyle and means living healthy including getting enough sleep.
                  • E is for Exercise and means getting at least 20 minutes of exercise a day ideally for six days a week.
                  • A is for Attitude and means thinking positive and reducing stress whenever possible.
                  • N is for Nutrition and means emphasizing a right-fat diet, not a low-fat diet.

                  The L.E.A.N. lifestyle is a scientifically-proven way to reduce fatigue, get to the optimal weight and to achieve overall wellness.[6]

                  And yes, there does seem to be an important correlation between being lean and feeling rested.

                  But overall based on my personal experience and Dr. Sear’s scientific proof, the key to not feeling tired all of the time does seem to be 4 simple changes to your lifestyle.

                  L — Living Healthy

                  Getting enough high-quality sleep every day is the surefire way to help you feel less fatigued, more rested and better overall.

                  So, whether you’re sleep deprived or potentially suffering from fatigue or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, you probably want to find a way to sleep better.

                  In fact, if you aren’t getting enough sleep, your body isn’t getting the time it needs to repair itself; meaning that if you are suffering from an illness, it’s far more likely to linger.

                  As unlikely as it sounds, though, fatigue can sometimes make it difficult to sleep. That’s why I’d recommend taking a look at your bedtime routine before you go to bed and optimize it based on sleep best practices.

                  Here are 3 quick and easy tips for creating a pro-sleep bedtime routine:

                  1. Unplug

                  Many of us try to unwind by watching TV or doing something on an iPhone or tablet. But tech can affect your melatonin production due to the blue light that they emit, fooling your body into thinking it’s still daytime.

                  So turn off all tech one hour before bed and create a tech-free zone in your bedroom.

                  2. Unwind

                  Do something to relax.

                  Use the time before bed to do something you find relaxing such as reading a book, listening to soothing music, meditating or taking an Epsom salt bath.

                  3. Get Comfortable

                  Ensure your bed is comfortable and your room is set up for sleep.

                  Make sure you room is cool. 60-68 degrees is the ideal temperature for most people to sleep.

                  Also, it’s ideal if your bedroom is dark and there is no noise.

                  Finally, make sure everything is handled (e.g., laying out tomorrow’s clothes) before you get into your nice, comfy bed.

                  If your mind is still active, write a to-do list to help you fall asleep faster.[7]

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                  Above all, be gentle with yourself and count your blessings, some sheep or whatever helps.

                  This article also offers practical tips to build a bedtime routine: How to Build a Good Bedtime Routine That Makes Your Morning Easier

                  E — Exercise

                  Many people know that exercise is good for them, but just can’t figure out how to fit it into their busy schedules.

                  That’s what happened in my case.

                  But when my chronic stress and exhaustion turned into systemic inflammation (which can lead to major diseases like Alzheimer’s), I realized it was time to change my lifestyle.

                  As part of my lifestyle upgrade, I knew I needed to move more.

                  My friends who exercise all gave me the same advice: find an exercise you like to do and find a specific time in your schedule when you can consistently do it.

                  That made sense to me.

                  So, I decided to swim.

                  I used to love to swim when I was young, but I hadn’t done it for years. The best time for me to do it was immediately after work, since I could easily get an open swim lane at my local fitness club then.

                  Also, swimming became a nice reason for me to leave work on time. And I got to enjoy a nice workout before eating dinner.

                  Swimming is a good way to get your cardio or endurance training. But, walking, running and dancing are nice alternatives.

                  So find an exercise you love and stick to it. Ideally, get a combination of endurance training, strength training and flexibility training in during your daily 20-minute workout.

                  If you haven’t exercised in a while and have a lot of stress in your life, you may want to give yoga a try because you will increase your flexibility and lower your stress.

                  A — Attitude

                  Stress may be a major reason why you aren’t feeling well all of the time. At least that was the case with me.

                  When I worked 70 hours per week as a High-Tech Executive, I felt chronically stressed and exhausted. But there was one thing that always worked to help me feel calmer and less fatigued.

                  Do you want to know what that master stress-busting technique was?

                  Breathing.

                  But not just any old breathing. It was a special form of deep Yogic breathing called the “Long-Exhale Breathing” or “4-7-8 breathing” or “Pranayama” in Sanskrit).

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                  Here’s how you do “Long-Exhale Breathing”:

                  1. Sit in a comfortable position with your spine straight and your hand on your tummy (so you know you are breathing deeply from your diaphragm and not shallowly from your chest)
                  2. Breathe in deeply and slowly from your diaphragm with your mouth closed while you count to 4 (ideally until your stomach feels full of air)
                  3. Hold your breath while you count to 7 mentally and enjoy the stillness
                  4. Breathe out through your mouth with a “ha” sound while you count to 8 (or until your stomach has no more air in it)
                  5. Pause after you finish your exhale while you notice the sense of wholeness and relaxation from completing one conscious, deep, long exhale breath
                  6. Repeat 3 times ensuring your exhale is longer than your inhale so you relax your nervous system

                  This type of “long-exhale breathing” is scientifically proven to reduce stress.

                  When your exhale is twice as long as your inhale, it soothes your parasympathetic nervous system, which regulates the relaxation response.[8]

                  Plus, this is a great technique for helping you get to sleep, too.

                  N — Nutrition

                  Diet is vital for beating fatigue – after all, food is your main source of energy.

                  If your diet is poor, then it implies you’re not getting the nutrients you need to sustain healthy energy levels.

                  Eating a diet for fatigue doesn’t need to be complicated, time-consuming though.

                  For most people, it’s just a case of swapping a few unhealthy foods for a few healthier ones, like switching from low-fiber, processed foods to whole, high-fiber foods.

                  Unless your current diet is solely made up of fast food and ready meals, adjusting to a fatigue-fighting diet shouldn’t be too much of a shock to the system.

                  Here’re 9 simple diet swaps you can make today:

                  1. Replace your morning coffee with Matcha green tea and drink only herbal tea within six hours of bedtime.
                  2. Add a healthy fat or protein to your any carb you eat, especially if you eat before bed. Please note that carb-only snacks lead to blood-sugar crashes that can make you eat more and they can keep you from sleeping.
                  3. Fill up with fiber especially green leafy vegetables. Strive to get at least 25g per day with at least 5 servings (a serving is the size of your fist) of green vegetables.
                  4. Replace refined, processed, low-fiber pastas and grains with zucchini noodles and whole grains such as buckwheat, quinoa, sorghum, oats, amaranth, millet, teff, brown rice and corn.
                  5. Swap natural sweeteners for refined sugars and try to ensure you don’t get more than 25g of sugar a day if you are a woman and 30g of sugar a day if you are a man.
                  6. Replace ice cream with low-sugar alternatives such as So Delicious Dairy-Free Vanilla Bean Coconut Ice Cream.
                  7. Swap omega-6, partially-hydrogenated oils such as corn, palm, sunflower, safflower, cotton, canola and soybean oil for omega-3 oils such as flax, olive and nut oils.
                  8. Replace high-sugar yoghurts with low-sugar, dairy-free yoghurts such as Kite Hill Plain Yoghurt with 1g sugar or Lifeway Farmer Cheese with 0g sugar.
                  9. Swap your sugar-laden soda for sparkling water with a splash of low-sugar juice

                  Also, ensure your diet is giving you enough of the daily essential vitamins and minerals. Most of us don’t get enough Vitamin D, Vitamin B-12, Calcium, Iron and Magnesium. If you are low on any of the above vitamins and minerals, you may experience fatigue and low energy.

                  That’s why it’s always worth having your doctor check your levels. If you find any of them are low, then try to eat foods rich in them.

                  Alternatively, you might consider a high-quality multi-vitamin or specific supplement.

                  The Bottom Line

                  If you are tired of feeling tired, then there is tremendous hope.

                  If you are tired because you are not getting enough high-quality sleep, then the best remedy is a bedtime routine based on sleep best practices.

                  If you are tired because you have stress and fatigue, then the best remedy are four simple lifestyle changes including:

                  • Enough High-Quality Sleep with Bedtime Routine
                  • Regular Exercise You Love
                  • Stress Reduction with Long-Exhale Breathing
                  • Fatigue-Reducing Diet

                  Overall, adopting a healthier lifestyle Is the ideal remedy for feeling more rested and energized.

                  More Tips to Help You Rest Better

                  Featured photo credit: Cris Saur via unsplash.com

                  Reference

                  [1] YouGov: Two-fifths of Americans are tired most of the week
                  [2] National Safety Council: Is Your Company Confronting Workplace Fatigue?
                  [3] The New York Times: Why Are We So Freaking Tired?
                  [4] Mayo Clinic: Chronic fatigue syndrome
                  [5] Mayo Clinic: Lack of sleep: Can it make you sick?
                  [6] Ask Dr. Sears: The L.E.A.N. Lifestyle
                  [7] American Psychological Association: Getting a Good Night’s Sleep
                  [8] Yoga International: Learning to Exhale: 2-to-1 Breathing

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