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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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                  Published on November 14, 2018

                  Why You Suffer from Constant Fatigue and How to Deal with It

                  Why You Suffer from Constant Fatigue and How to Deal with It

                  With our busy, always on lives, it seems that more and more of us are facing constant tiredness and fatigue on a regular basis.

                  For many people, they just take this in their stride as part of modern life, but for others the impact can be crippling and can have a serious effect on their sense of wellbeing, health and productivity.

                  In this article, I’ll share some of the most common causes of constant tiredness and fatigue and give you some guidance and action steps you can take to overcome some of the symptoms of fatigue.

                  Why Am I Feeling Fatigued?

                  Fatigue is extreme tiredness resulting from mental or physical exertion or illness.  It is a reduction in the efficiency of a muscle or organ after prolonged activity.[1]

                  It can affect anyone, and most adults will experience fatigue at some point in their life. 

                  For many people, fatigue is caused by a combination of lifestyle, social, psychological and general wellbeing issues rather than an underlying medical condition.

                  Although fatigue is sometimes described as tiredness, it is different to just feeling tired or sleepy. Everyone feels tired at some point, but this is usually resolved with a nap or a few nights of good sleep. Someone who is sleepy may also feel temporarily refreshed after exercising. If you are getting enough sleep, good nutrition and exercising regularly but still find it hard to perform, concentrate or be motivated at your normal levels, you may be experiencing a level of fatigue that needs further investigation. 

                  Symptoms of Fatigue

                  Fatigue can cause a vast range of physical, mental and emotional symptoms including:

                  • chronic tiredness, exhaustion or sleepiness
                  • mental blocks
                  • lack of motivation
                  • headache
                  • dizziness
                  • muscle weakness
                  • slowed reflexes and responses
                  • impaired decision-making and judgement
                  • moodiness, such as irritability
                  • impaired hand-to-eye coordination
                  • reduced immune system function
                  • blurry vision
                  • short-term memory problems
                  • poor concentration
                  • reduced ability to pay attention to the situation at hand

                  Causes of Fatigue

                  The wide range of causes that can trigger fatigue include:

                  • Medical causes: Constant exhaustion, tiredness and fatigue may be a sign of an underlying illness, such as a thyroid disorder, heart disease, anemia or diabetes.
                  • Lifestyle-related causes: Being overweight and a lack of regular exercise can lead to feelings of fatigue.  Lack of sleep and overcommitting can also create feelings of excessive tiredness and fatigue.
                  • Workplace-related causes: Workplace and financial stress in a variety of forms can lead to feelings of fatigue.
                  • Emotional concerns and stress: Fatigue is a common symptom of mental health problems, such as depression and grief, and may be accompanied by other signs and symptoms, including irritability and lack of motivation.

                  Fatigue can also be caused by a number of factors working in combination.

                  Medical Causes of Fatigue

                  If you have made lifestyle changes to increase your energy and still feel exhausted and fatigued, it may be time to seek guidance from your doctor.

                  Here are a few examples of illnesses that can cause ongoing fatigue. Seek medical advice if you suspect you have a health problem:

                  Anemia

                  Anemia is a condition in which you don’t have enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to the body’s tissues. It is a common cause of fatigue in women.

                  Having anemia may make you feel tired and weak.

                  There are many forms of anemia, each with its own cause. Anemia can be temporary or long term, and it can range from mild to severe.[2]

                  Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

                  Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a condition that can cause persistent, unexplained fatigue that interferes with daily activities for more than six months.

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                  This is a chronic condition with no one-size-fits-all treatment, but lifestyle changes can often help ease some symptoms of fatigue.[3]

                  Diabetes

                  Diabetes can cause fatigue with either high or low blood sugars. When your sugars are high, they remain in the bloodstream instead of being used for energy, which makes you feel fatigued. Low blood sugar (glucose) means you may not have enough fuel for energy, also causing fatigue.[4]

                  Sleep Apnea

                  Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder where sufferers briefly stop breathing for short periods during sleep. Most people are not aware this is happening, but it can cause loud snoring, and daytime fatigue.

                  Being overweight, smoking, and drinking alcohol can all worsen the symptoms of sleep apnea.[5]

                  Thyroid disease

                  An underactive thyroid gland means you have too little thyroid hormone (thyroxine) in your body. This makes you feel tired and you could also put on weight and have aching muscles and dry skin.[6]

                  Common lifestyle factors that can cause fatigue include:

                  • Lack of sleep
                  • Too much sleep 
                  • Alcohol and drugs 
                  • Sleep disturbances 
                  • Lack of regular exercise and sedentary behaviour 
                  • Poor diet 

                  Common workplace issues that can cause fatigue include:

                  • Shift work: Our body is designed to sleep during the night. A shift worker may confuse their circadian clock by working when their body is programmed to be asleep.
                  • Poor workplace practices: This may include long work hours, hard physical labour, irregular working hours (such as rotating shifts), a stressful work environment, boredom or working alone. 
                  • Workplace stress – This can be caused by a wide range of factors including job dissatisfaction, heavy workload, conflicts with bosses or colleagues, bullying, or threats to job security.
                  • Burnout: This could be striving too hard on one area of your life while neglecting others, which leads to a life that feels out of balance.

                  Psychological Causes of Fatigue

                  Psychological factors are present in many cases of extreme tiredness and fatigue.  These may include:

                  • Depression: Depression is characterised by severe and prolonged feelings of sadness, dejection and hopelessness. People who are depressed commonly experience chronic fatigue.
                  • Anxiety and stress: Someone who is constantly anxious or stressed keeps their body in overdrive. The constant flooding of adrenaline exhausts the body, and fatigue sets in.
                  • Grief: Losing a loved one causes a wide range of emotions including shock, guilt, depression, despair and loneliness.

                  How to Tackle Constant Fatigue

                  Here are 12 ways you can start tackling the causes of fatigue and start feeling more energetic.

                  1. Tell The Truth

                  Some people can numb themselves to the fact that they are overtired or fatigued all the time. In the long run, this won’t help you.

                  To give you the best chance to overcome or eliminate fatigue, you must diagnose and tell the truth about the things that are draining your energy, making you tired or causing constant fatigue.

                  Once you’re honest with yourself about the activities you’re doing in your life that you find irritating, energy-draining, and make you tired on a regular basis you can make a commitment to stop doing them.

                  The help that you need to overcome fatigue is available to you, but not until you tell the truth about it. The first person you have to sell on getting rid of the causes of fatigue is yourself.

                  One starting point is to diagnose the symptoms. When you start feeling stressed, overtired or just not operating at your normal energy levels make a note of:

                  • How you feel
                  • What time of day it is
                  • What may have contributed to your fatigue
                  • How your mind and body reacts

                  This analysis may help you identify, understand and then eliminate very specific causes.

                  2. Reduce Your Commitments

                  When we have too many things on our plate personally and professionally, we can feel overstretched, causing physical and mental fatigue.

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                  If you have committed to things you really don’t want to do, this causes irritability and low emotional engagement. Stack these up throughout your day and week, then your stress levels will rise.

                  When these commitments have deadlines associated with them, you may be trying to cram in far too much in a short period of time.  This creates more stress and can affect your decision making ability.

                  Start being realistic about how much you can get done. Either reduce the commitments you have or give yourself more time to complete them in.

                  3. Get Clear On Your Priorities

                  If working on your list of to-do’s or goals becomes too overwhelming, start reducing and prioritizing the things that matter most.

                  Start with prioritizing just 3 things every day. When you complete those 3 things, you’ll get a rush of energy and your confidence will grow.

                  If you’re trying to juggle too many things and are multi-tasking, your energy levels will drop and you’ll struggle to maintain focus.

                  Unfinished projects can make you self-critical and feel guilty which drops energy levels further, creating inaction.

                  Make a list of your 3 MIT (Most Important Tasks) for the next day before you go to bed. This will stop you overcommitting and get you excited about what the next day can bring.

                  4. Express More Gratitude

                  Gratitude and confidence are heavily linked. Just being thankful for what you have and what you’ve achieved increases confidence and makes you feel more optimistic.

                  It can help you improve your sense of wellbeing, which can bring on feelings of joy and enthusiasm.

                  Try starting a gratitude journal or just note down 3 things you’re grateful for every day.

                  5. Focus On Yourself

                  Exhaustion and fatigue can arrive by focusing solely on other people’s needs all the time, rather than worrying about and focusing on what you need (and want).

                  There are work commitments, family commitments, social commitments. You may start with the best intentions, to put in your best performance at work, to be an amazing parent and friend, to simply help others.

                  But sometimes, we extend ourselves too much and go beyond our personal limits to help others. That’s when constant exhaustion can creep up on us.  Which can make us more fatigued.

                  We all want to help and do our best for others, but there needs to be some balance. We also need to take some time out just for ourselves to recharge and rejuvenate.

                  6. Set Aside Rest and Recovery Time

                  Whether it’s a couple of hours, a day off, a mini-break or a proper holiday, time off is essential to help us recover, recharge and refocus.

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                  Recovery time helps fend off mental fatigue and allows us to simply kick back and relax.

                  The key here, though, is to remove ourselves from the daily challenges that bring on tiredness and fatigue. Here’s how.

                  Can you free yourself up completely from work and personal obligations to just rest and recover?

                  7. Take a Power Nap

                  When you’re feeling tired or fatigued and you have the ability to take a quick 20-minute nap, it could make a big difference to your performance for the rest of the day.

                  Napping can improve learning, memory and boost your energy levels quickly.

                  This article on the benefit of napping is a useful place to start if you want to learn more: How a 20-Minute Nap at Work Makes You Awake and Productive the Whole Day

                  8. Take More Exercise

                  The simple act of introducing some form of physical activity into your day can make a huge difference. It can boost energy levels, make you feel much better about yourself and can help you avoid fatigue.

                  Find something that fits into your life, be that walking, going to the gym, running or swimming. 

                  The key is to ensure the exercise is regular and that you are emotionally engaged and committed to stick with it.

                  You could also walk more which will help clear your head and shift your focus away from stressful thoughts.

                  9. Get More Quality Sleep

                  To avoid tiredness, exhaustion and fatigue, getting enough quality sleep matters. 

                  Your body needs sleep to recharge.  Getting the right amount of sleep every night can improve your health, reduce stress levels and help us improve our memory and learning skills.

                  My previous article on The Benefits of Sleep You Need to Know will give you some action steps to start improving your sleep. 

                  10. Improve Your Diet

                  Heavy or fatty meals can make you feel sluggish and tired, whilst some foods or eating strategies do just the opposite.

                  Our always on lives have us reaching for sweets or other sugary snacks to give us a burst of energy to keep going. Unfortunately, that boost fades quickly which can leave you feeling depleted and wanting more.

                  On the other hand, whole grains and healthy unsaturated fats supply the reserves you can draw on throughout the day.

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                  To keep energy up and steady, it’s a good idea to limit refined sugar and starches.

                  Eating small meals and healthy snacks every few hours throughout the day provides a steady supply of nutrients to body and brain. It’s also important not to skip breakfast.

                  Eating a balanced diet helps keep your blood sugar in a normal range and prevents that sluggish feeling when your blood sugar drops.

                  11. Manage Your Stress Levels

                  Stress is one of the leading causes of exhaustion and fatigue, and can seriously affect your health.

                  When you have increased levels of stress at work and at home, it’s easy to feel exhausted all the time. 

                  Identifying the causes of stress and then tackling the problems should be a priority. 

                  My article on How to Help Anxiety When Life is Stressing You Out shares 16 strategies you can use to overcome stress.

                  12. Get Hydrated

                  Sometimes we can be so busy that we forget to keep ourselves fully hydrated.

                  Water makes up about 60 percent of your body weight and is essential in maintaining our body’s basic functions.

                  If we don’t have enough water, it can adversely affect our mental and physical performance, which leads to tiredness and fatigue.

                  The recommended daily amount is around two litres a day, so to stay well hydrated keep a water bottle with you as much as possible.

                  The Bottom Line

                  These 12 tips can help you reduce your tiredness and feeling of fatigue.  Some will work better than others as we are all different, whilst others can be incorporated together in your daily life.

                  If you’ve tried to make positive changes to reduce fatigue and you still feel tired and exhausted, it may be time to consider making an appointment with your doctor to discuss your condition.

                  Featured photo credit: Annie Spratt via unsplash.com

                  Reference

                  [1]Oxford English Dictionary: Definition of fatigue
                  [2]NHS Choices: 10 Reasons for feeling tired
                  [3]Verywellhealth: What is chronic fatigue syndrome
                  [4]Everyday Health: Why does type 2 diabetes make you feel tired
                  [5]Mayo Clinic: Sleep apnea
                  [6]Harvard Health: The lowdown on thyroid slowdown

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