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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.”

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            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 July 3, 2020

                  How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                  How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                  Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not used correctly, can also be the most destructive force in your life. To control your thoughts means to influence the way you live your life.

                  Your mind, more specifically, your thoughts, affects your perception and therefore, your interpretation of reality. (And here’s Why Your Perception Is Your Reality)

                  I have heard that the average person thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot, especially if they are unproductive, self-abusive, and just a general waste of energy.

                  You can let your thoughts run amok, but why would you? It is your mind, your thoughts; isn’t it time to take your power back? Isn’t it time to take control?

                  Choose to be the person who is actively, consciously thinking your thoughts. Be someone who can control your thoughts—become the master of your mind.

                  When you change your thoughts, you will change your feelings as well, and you will also eliminate the triggers that set off those feelings. Both of these outcomes provide you with a greater level of peace in your mind.

                  I currently have a few thoughts that are not of my choosing or a response from my reprogramming. I am the master of my mind, so now my mind is quite peaceful. Yours can be too!

                  Who Is Thinking My Thoughts?

                  Before you can become the master of your mind, you must recognize that you are currently at the mercy of several unwanted “squatters” living in your mind, and they are in control of your thoughts.

                  If you want to be the boss of them, you must know who they are and what their motivation is, and then you can take charge and evict them.

                  Here are four of the “squatters” in your head that create unhealthy and unproductive thoughts.

                  1. The Inner Critic

                  This is your constant abuser who is often a conglomeration of:

                  • Other people’s words—many times your parents
                  • Thoughts you have created based on your own or other peoples’ expectations
                  • Comparing yourself to other people, including those in the media
                  • The things you told yourself as a result of painful experiences such as betrayal and rejection. Your interpretation creates your self-doubt and self-blame, which are most likely undeserved in cases of rejection and betrayal.

                  The Inner Critic is motivated by pain, low self-esteem, lack of self-acceptance, and lack of self-love.

                  Why else would this person abuse you? And since this person is youwhy else would you abuse yourself? Why would you let anyone treat you this badly?

                  2. The Worrier

                  This person lives in the future—in the world of “what ifs.”

                  The Worrier is motivated by fear, which is often irrational and has no basis. Occasionally, this person is motivated by fear that what happened in the past will happen again.

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                  3. The Reactor or Troublemaker

                  This is the one that triggers anger, frustration, and pain. These triggers stem from unhealed wounds of the past. Any experience that is even closely related to a past wound will set him off.

                  This person can be set off by words or feelings and can even be set off by sounds and smells.

                  The Reactor has no real motivation and has poor impulse control. He is run by past programming that no longer serves you—if it ever did.

                  4. The Sleep Depriver

                  This can be a combination of any number of different squatters including the inner planner, the rehasher, and the ruminator, along with the inner critic and the worrier.

                  The Sleep Depriver’s motivation can be:

                  • As a reaction to silence, which he fights against
                  • Taking care of the business you neglected during the day
                  • Self-doubt, low self-esteem, insecurity, and generalized anxiety
                  • As listed above for the inner critic and worrier

                  How can you control these squatters?

                  How to Master Your Mind

                  You are the thinker and the observer of your thoughts. You can control your thoughts, but you must pay attention to them so you can identify “who” is running the show—this will determine which technique you will want to use.

                  Begin each day with the intention of paying attention to your thoughts and catching yourself when you are thinking undesirable thoughts.

                  There are two ways to control your thoughts:

                  • Technique A – Interrupt and replace them
                  • Technique B – Eliminate them altogether

                  This second option is what is known as peace of mind.

                  The technique of interrupting and replacing is a means of reprogramming your subconscious mind. Eventually, the replacement thoughts will become the “go-to” thoughts in applicable situations.

                  Use Technique A with the Inner Critic and Worrier and Technique B with the Reactor and Sleep Depriver.

                  1. For the Inner Critic

                  When you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself (calling yourself names, disrespecting yourself, or berating yourself), interrupt it.

                  You can yell (in your mind), “Stop! No!” or, “Enough! I’m in control now.” Then, whatever your negative thought was about yourself, replace it with an opposite or counter thought or an affirmation that begins with “I am.”

                  For example, if your thought is, “I’m such a loser,” you can replace it with, “I am a Divine Creation of the Universal Spirit. I am a perfect spiritual being learning to master the human experience. I am a being of energy, light, and matter. I am magnificent, brilliant, and beautiful. I love and approve of myself just as I am.”

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                  You can also have a dialogue with yourself to discredit the ‘voice’ that created the thought—if you know whose voice it is:

                  “Just because so-and-so said I was a loser doesn’t make it true. It was his or her opinion, not a statement of fact. Or maybe they were joking and I took it seriously because I’m insecure.”

                  If you recognize that you have recurring self-critical thoughts, you can write out or pre-plan your counter thoughts or affirmation so you can be ready.

                  This is the first squatter you should evict, forcefully, if necessary:

                  • They rile up the Worrier.
                  • The names you call yourself become triggers when called those names by others, so he also maintains the presence of the Reactor.
                  • They are often present when you try to fall asleep so he perpetuates the Sleep Depriver.
                  • They are a bully and is verbally and emotionally abusive.
                  • They are the destroyer of self-esteem. They convince you that you’re not worthy. They’re a liar! In the interest of your self-worth, get them out!

                  Eliminate your worst critic and you will also diminish the presence of the other three squatters.

                  Replace them with your new best friends who support, encourage, and enhance your life. This is a presence you want in your mind.

                  2. For the Worrier

                  Prolonged anxiety is mentally, emotionally, and physically unhealthy. It can have long-term health implications.

                  Fear initiates the fight or flight response, creates worry in the mind, and creates anxiety in the body. This may make it more difficult for you to control your thoughts effectively.

                  You should be able to recognize a “worry thought” immediately by how you feel. The physiological signs that the fight or flight response of fear has kicked in are:

                  • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, or surge of adrenaline
                  • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                  • Muscles tense

                  Use the above-stated method to interrupt any thought of worry and then replace it. But this time, you will replace your thoughts of worry with thoughts of gratitude for the outcome you wish for.

                  If you believe in a higher power, this is the time to engage with it. Here is an example:

                  Instead of worrying about my loved ones traveling in bad weather, I say the following (I call it a prayer):

                  “Thank you great spirit for watching over _______. Thank you for watching over his/her car and keeping it safe, road-worthy, and free of maintenance issues without warning. Thank you for surrounding him/her with only safe, conscientious, and alert drivers. And thank you for keeping him/her safe, conscientious, and alert.”

                  Smile when you think about it or say it aloud, and phrase it in the present tense. Both of these will help you feel it and possibly even start to believe it.

                  If you can visualize what you are praying for, the visualization will enhance the feeling so you will increase the impact in your vibrational field.

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                  Now, take a calming breath, slowly in through your nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Take as many as you like! Do it until you feel that you’re close to being in control of your thoughts.

                  Replacing fearful thoughts with gratitude will decrease reactionary behavior, taking the steam out of the Reactor.

                  For example: If your child gets lost in the mall, the typical parental reaction that follows the fearful thoughts when finding them is to yell at them.

                  “I told you never to leave my sight.” This reaction just adds to the child’s fear level from being lost in the first place.

                  Plus, it also teaches them that mom and/or dad will get mad when he or she makes a mistake, which may make them lie to you or not tell you things in the future.

                  Change those fearful thoughts when they happen:

                  “Thank You (your choice of Higher Power) for watching over my child and keeping him safe. Thank you for helping me find him soon.”

                  Then, when you see your child after this thought process, your only reaction will be gratitude, and that seems like a better alternative for all people involved.

                  3. For the Troublemaker, Reactor or Over-Reactor

                  Permanently eliminating this squatter will take a bit more attention and reflection after the fact to identify and heal the causes of the triggers. But until then, you can prevent the Reactor from getting out of control by initiating conscious breathing as soon as you recognize his presence.

                  The Reactor’s thoughts or feelings activate the fight or flight response just like with the Worrier. The physiological signs of his presence will be the same. With a little attention, you should be able to tell the difference between anxiety, anger, frustration, or pain.

                  I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion to count to ten when you get angry—well, you can make those ten seconds much more productive if you are breathing consciously during that time.

                  Conscious breathing is as simple as it sounds—just be conscious of your breathing. Pay attention to the air going in and coming out.

                  Breathe in through your nose:

                  • Feel the air entering your nostrils.
                  • Feel your lungs filling and expanding.
                  • Focus on your belly rising.

                  Breathe out through your nose:

                  • Feel your lungs emptying.
                  • Focus on your belly falling.
                  • Feel the air exiting your nostrils.

                  Do this for as long as you like. Leave the situation if you want. This gives the adrenaline time to normalize. Now, you can address the situation with a calmer, more rational perspective and avoid damaging behavior, and you’ll be more in control of your thoughts.

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                  One of the troubles this squatter causes is that it adds to the sleep depriver’s issues. By evicting or at least controlling the Reactor, you will decrease reactionary behavior, which will decrease the need for the rehashing and ruminating that may keep you from falling asleep.

                  Master your mind and stop the Reactor from bringing stress to you and your relationships!

                  4. For the Sleep Depriver

                  (They’re made up of the Inner Planner, the Rehasher, and the Ruminator, along with the Inner Critic and the Worrier.)

                  I was plagued with a very common problem: not being able to turn off my mind at bedtime. This inability prevented me from falling asleep and thus, getting a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

                  Here’s how I mastered my mind and evicted the Sleep Depriver and all his cronies.

                  1. I started by focusing on my breathing—paying attention to the rise and fall of my belly—but that didn’t keep the thoughts out for long. (Actually, I now start with checking my at-rest mouth position to keep me from clenching.)
                  2. Then I came up with a replacement strategy that eliminated uncontrolled thinking—imagining the word in while breathing in and thinking the word out when breathing out. I would (and do) elongate the word to match the length of my breath.

                  When I catch myself thinking, I shift back to in, out. With this technique, I am still thinking, sort of, but the wheels are no longer spinning out of control. I am in control of my mind and thoughts, and I choose quiet.

                  From the first time I tried this method, I started to yawn after only a few cycles and am usually asleep within ten minutes.

                  For really difficult nights, I add an increase of attention by holding my eyes in a looking-up position (closed, of course). Sometimes I try to look toward my third eye but that really hurts my eyes.

                  If you have trouble falling asleep because you can’t shut off your mind, I strongly recommend you try this technique. I still use it every night. You can start sleeping better tonight!

                  You can also use this technique any time you want to:

                  • Fall back to sleep if you wake up too soon
                  • Shut down your thinking
                  • Calm your feelings
                  • Simply focus on the present moment

                  The Bottom Line

                  Your mind is a tool, and like any other tool, it can be used for constructive purposes or destructive purposes.

                  You can allow your mind to be occupied by unwanted, undesirable, and destructive tenants, or you can choose desirable tenants like peace, gratitude, compassion, love, and joy.

                  Your mind can become your best friend, your biggest supporter, and someone you can count on to be there and encourage you. You can be in control of your thoughts. The choice is yours!

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