My area of excessive nerdiness is medical knowledge...Here's a few off the top of my head:
Insulin is produced in the pancreas in the Islets of Langerhan.
The colored part of the eye is the iris, which means "rainbow."
1900, 1904, 1906, 1908, 1912, 1920
Tug of war became an Olympic event in 500 BC. In 1908 all the medallists were British police teams. The USA, who were beaten in moments, accused the British of cheating - claiming their spiked boots gave them an illegal...
It was all over the news on Friday about the lastest figure in ironing.
In a lifetime:
Men iron 73 miles. Ok.
Women iron 215 miles. Much more impressive.
215 miles is the equivalent of about 8 marathons.
When you work it out it's about 2 whole days of ironing each year.
Pressed for time so I only have time for one fun fact about Victorian age life but trust me there are so many examples in history about English Manner and customs. Such a hilarious people.
Women's Hysteria and Miracles of Medicine...
More than a million earthquakes are recorded every year.
Humans have 4 nostrils
There are not 9 planets in the solar system, there could be as much as 21. But until someone decides the definition of a planet, we don't know.
The chemical formula for a human is...
In the US today, 1484 tubes of lipstick aren sold each minute
Proportionally speaking, more people die in the US every year from liposuction operations than in car crashes
In 1880, a 1/3 of the population in Soho, London, was French. Training British diplomats were sent there...
King Herod's first wife of ten, was called Doris - she married him twice.
There was no mention of animals being present when Jesus was born, in fact the book of St. Luke is only mention that he was born in a Manger, and it is left uncertain if that was located in a stable...
I was a History major and an English minor. Lots of facts to learn in both. Especially history. And I started loving learning new facts, on anything and everything. So to this day I try to learn all sorts of facts and remember all I can.
More stuff I randomly know:
Guy Fawkes real name was Guido, he was involved with The Gunpowder plot. He also was NOT the leader of the plot ( I get asked this so many times) but the person who was going to light the fuse.
Oliver Cromwell was the only person to rule England, but...
I hope you forgive me...someone got me this Qi ANnual and I want to share it with the world!!
Delays on British Railways in 2001 caused a total of 3,500 years of wasted time.
According to a survey in 2005, 93% of the nutritional information on food labels was incorrect. 93...
Woman couldn't be hang, drawn and quartered as it involved nudity
World toilet day occures on 19th November each year
There is no exact French translation for the English word ' front door'
Henry VIII married Lord Pembrooke*
Hanged bodies were known as 'Gallows Apples'
Was devised by Ludovic Lazarus Zamenhof ( 1859 - 1917).
While at first sight, Esperanto looks a bit like Central European gobbledegook from some long forgotten Peter Ustinov comedy, in fact it is beguilingly neat, clever and simple. For an English - speaker, Esperanto is...
March 16th 2001 is the only day on record that nobody commited suicide in the Uk between 1993 and 2002
What could be special about this day? Well it was Red Nose Day '01 which is a huge charity event that raises money for the charity comic relief which helps people in africa and...
Did you know....that President George H. W. Bush was the first president in history to publicly refuse broccoli?? Gasp! I bet you didn't know that! Your brain has now earned another wrinkle! You're welcome.
Peanuts are used as an ingrediant in dynamite
Britons eat 97% of the world's baked beans
Each successive monarch faces in a different direction on British coins
Two thirds of Britons live within 5 miles from where they were born and raised.
Drivers calle dBen are most likely...
We drink more tea than anywhere else in the world
- 2 1/2 times as much than the Japanese
- 22 times as much as the Americans or French
We're the oldest parliamentary democracy
We're the home of the world's largest public zoo
50% of Enlgish households have a pet
I know way too much pop culture/celebrity information...and how is this EVER going to help me??? Unless they bring back "Rock and Roll Jeopardy" on VH-1, or if I actually get my **** together and start writing my Chuck Klosterman-like essays...I will never ever...
11 days were lost when the Gregorian calendar was introduced into Britain in 1752. People went to bed on the 4th September and woke up on the 14th. Predictably, this caused chaos.
Kind of like me then :)
I know all kinds of stupid useless facts because I've watched too many documentaries and documentary style television shows. I also google random words and phrases just to see what I come up with and do the same thing with YouTube. Even though my brain is filled with useless...
XD I'm full of facts that have no use to daily life. HERE'S ONE FROM THE DEPTHS OF MY BRAIN THAT PROBABLY NO ONE WANTS TO KNOW.
Female hyenas have fake male reproductive parts for sexually abusing others when angered.
I always found random facts to be interesting more than anything because something you learn can be very vital in your life. The way i treat it is "there is no knowledge that is not power" so the more the merrier.