Every once in a while, we come across a piece of information that just blows our mind. It makes us wonder, how can this be possible? We think it defies logic, yet the facts are right there, staring at us in the face and true to their existence. As much as it amazes us, it seems peculiar as well. But life is full of such strange phenomena!
Here are 10 amazing facts that will blow your mind!
Fact number 1.
Are you a tea or coffee lover? Cannot go a day without a cuppa of your favorite drink? Then pour yourself one right now and get ready to uncover some interesting facts about tea and coffee. Did you know, the tea bag was discovered by accident! A New York tea merchant, Thomas Sullivan, sent samples of tea to his customers in small silken bags. Some assumed that these were supposed to be used in the same way as the metal infusers, by putting the entire bag into the pot, rather than emptying out the contents. This was a fortunate accident since nowadays, 96% of the tea brewed daily is from tea bags. Also, do you know that Coffee is second most traded commodity on earth after oil? Amazing, isn’t it! Also, do you know why we love to eat sweet things with coffee? Its because it radically removes the taste of sweet things, whereas tea preserves it.
Fact number 2.
Monkeys see faces on inanimate objects. They see optical illusions because they always fear for their lives. They are also more likely to imagine their enemies in everything around them. Bizarre, isn’t it! Also, do you know that monkeys use facial expressions, vocalizations and body movements to communicate? Head bobbing, grinning, pulling the lip and yawning are some signs of aggression in monkeys. Monkeys make peace and express affection for others by grooming each other. And the most amazing fact you will come across is that a group of monkeys is called a troop! Haha.
Fact number 3.
If you’re like most people, you probably don’t give your mattress much thought unless there’s a problem with it. But, that hunk of foam and springs in your bedroom may actually be harboring some interesting secrets. A mattress doubles its weight after 10 years of usage, collecting dust and dust mites. Throughout this time, vermin eat tiny parts of our skin, which fall down into the mattress folds. The best way to minimize dust mites is to use allergen-resistant mattress and pillow covers and wash all bedding in hot water once a week.
Fact number 4.
Ever wondered why you feel the way you do, or do the things you do? The way your mind functions has a lot to do with the way you are, and the things you do. It’s amazing how every ‘unique’ mind, at some level, functions similarly. The human brain weighs 3 pounds. It comprises 60% of fat and is one of the fattiest organs in the human body. Your brain reacts to verbal and nonverbal tasks in different ways. It turns out that we understand sign language better on a subconscious level. Closing your eyes helps you remember things. Your favorite song is your favorite because you associate an emotional event with it!
Fact number 5.
Acne, rashes, and sunburn are some of the concerns that come to mind when people think about caring for their skin. But how much do you really know about your skin and the vital roles it plays in ensuring good health? Skin occupies approximately 1.73 square meters [or more than 18.5 square feet] to cover our flesh and bones. Your skin acts as your body’s thermostat. When temperatures rise, sweat glands activate to cool the body down. Your skin sheds its dead skin cells on a daily basis, creating a new layer of skin every 28 days.
Fact number 6.
Do you know that water is sticky? The molecules love to stick to things, especially each other. It’s what gives it such a large surface tension. It keeps you alive: it means water can pull blood up narrow vessels in the body, often against the force of gravity. Your body is between 60% and 70% water. This changes at different times in your life: a human fetus is around 95% water for the first months, getting to 77% water at birth. In a 70kg person, there are 42 liters of water.
Fact number 7.
When it comes to getting the nutrients and minerals our bodies need, vitamin D should not be overlooked. You might know that this fat-soluble nutrient helps keep your bones strong, but it does so much more. Some of its benefits may even surprise you. Vitamin D is known as the “sunshine” vitamin because when your skin is exposed to the sun, your body manufactures it.
Fact number 8.
Over the past few decades, worldwide lotteries have created thousands of millionaires. But what would you buy with your mega-millions if you won the lottery? Here is a little fact. The possibility of dying on your way to buy a lottery ticket is higher than the possibility of actually winning the lottery. Be careful!
Fact number 9.
They can’t talk, can’t taste salt, and don’t have kneecaps. Who are these incredible creatures? They’re the most adorable beings on earth, babies! Human babies are the only primates who smile at their parents. A baby can recognize the smell and voice of its mother at birth. It takes a few weeks before a baby can see the difference between its mother and other adults. A baby’s first social smile appears between four and six weeks after birth.
Fact number 10.
We have always heard the advice, smile more. Here are a few amazing facts about this ordinary, yet not so ordinary gesture. Smiling is contagious. According to science, neurons in the brain have a synchronizing feature that keeps you in sync with who are you speaking to. If they smile, you’ll smile! Genuine smiles — where you smile big enough to squint your eyes — boosts your immune system by decreasing cortisol in your body. And lastly, it might not mean anything until we’re a little bit older, but babies start smiling in the womb.
Didn’t these facts blow your mind? It sure did ours!