“The Knowledge Library”

Knowledge for All, without Barriers…

An Initiative by: Kausik Chakraborty.
02/02/2023 11:02 PM

“The Knowledge Library”

Knowledge for All, without Barriers……….
An Initiative by: Kausik Chakraborty.

The Knowledge Library

Interesting Unknown Facts That You Need To Know

Hot water will turn into ice faster than cold water.

An observation conducted in which a liquid (typically water) that is initially hot can freeze faster than the other liquid which is cold under similar conditions.

The Mona Lisa has no eyebrows.

People always wonder why Mona Lisa doesn’t have any eyebrows. This mystery has been solved, all thanks to an engineer named Pascal Cotte. When Da Vinci had painted Mona Lisa, he indeed painted her eyebrows but over time these eyebrows were eroded due to cleaning over time to the point where it’s no longer visible today.

The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.

We have to break it to you that tongue is not the strongest muscle in the body. The tongue itself is a muscle and it contains at least eight different muscles which are intertwine by creating a very flexible matrix. The strongest muscle in the body is Masseter which is responsible for lifting up the jaw.

Ants take rest for around 8 Minutes in 12-hour period.

Yes, surprising right? But not in the way we interpret sleep. James and Cottel have conducted research which shows that ants have a cyclical pattern of resting periods where each nest respite collectively which lasts for around eight minutes in a 12-hour period.

“I Am” is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.

True, to make a sentence in English, it should both include a subject and predicate. In the sentence, ‘I am’, ‘I’ is subject and ‘am’ is a predicate and also expresses a complete thought. Thus, ‘I am’ is the shortest sentence in English.

Coca-Cola was originally green.

This is a total myth as Coca-Cola has always been the same colour right from the start since its invention in 1886. You should try reading Coca-Cola story of John S. Pemberton from Atlanta in 1886 for better clarifications.

The most common name in the world is Mohammed.

As per the sixth edition of the Columbia Encyclopedia (2000), Muhammad is the most common name in the world including its variations. More than 150 million men and boys in the world bear the name Muhammad which makes it the most popular name in the world.

When the moon is directly overhead, you will weigh slightly less.

Yes, this is true, as per the calculation it is said that a person will weigh 0.48g lighter for a 100kg person. When the moon is directly overhead, they are going to weigh 0.5g lighter as the moon attracts you in the same way it attracts water when it makes tides.

Camels have three eyelids to protect themselves from the blowing desert sand.

Camels have different ways to adapt to their environment. They have a third clear eyelid that helps in protecting their eyes from blowing sand. Also, two rows of long lashes protect their eyes.

There are two credit cards for every person in the United States.

There is no right answer for this, according to 2019 Experian Consumer Credit Review found that an average American has around four credit cards. If you can responsibly manage multiple credit cards, then you can maximize annual statement credits, rewards and interest-free financing.

Minus 40 degrees Celsius is exactly the same as minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Indeed true, Celsius and Fahrenheit are two different temperature scales. The Fahrenheit and Celsius intersect at one point and they equal at -40 °C and -40 °F.

Chocolate can kill dogs, as it contains theobromine, which affects their heart and nervous system.

Chocolate consists of an ingredient called theobromine (similar to caffeine) that is toxic to dogs. Dogs are not capable of breaking it down or metabolizing theobromine as humans can. Theobromine majorly affects a dog’s central nervous system, heart and kidneys.

Women blink nearly twice as much as men!

This is pure myth! Blink rates are pretty identical of both the sexes. Scientists have suggested that the interval between blink is nearly about 2-10 seconds so an average person blinks about 10 times per minute.
Another interesting fact is that, we blink less frequently if our eyes are focused on one thing. For instance, while you read, you only blink three times per minute because while reading you are very focused.

It is impossible to lick your elbow.

This is true, the entire joint of the elbow is between the upper and lower arm and most people seem to think that the elbow is the pointy part on the outside of their arm when they bend it.

People say “Bless you” when you sneeze because when you sneeze, your heart stops for a millisecond.

Your heart doesn’t stop completely but, it may slow down or skip a beat. But it has nothing to worry about.

It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky

The anatomy of a pig’s neck muscles and spine has certain limitations to the movement of their head and restricts them to look upwards. This makes it impossible for them to look up straight to the sky.

The “sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick” is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.

This tongue twister is considered as the toughest one to say by the Guiness Book of Records known as “sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick”. This tongue twister is extremely difficult to say as these string of words quickly multiple times. This may not make much sense, but then tongue twisters are not more than just a series of words put together to exercise your tongue.

“Rhythm” is the longest English word without a vowel.

Without using any vowel letter, the longest English word can be formed which is seven letter word – ‘Rhythm’.

If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib. If you try to suppress a sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die.

Yes, if you block the pressure of the sneeze, it can cause a rupture of the eardrums, irritation of the the throat and in worst cases, rupture blood vessels in your brain or eyes.

Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history.

Clubs – Alexander the Great,
Spades – King David
Diamonds – Julius Caesar
Hearts – Charlemagne

111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

What do bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers all have in common?
Ans. – All invented by women.

The only common thing is that all are invented by woman.

Question – This is the only food that doesn’t spoil. What is this?
Ans. – Honey

The only food that doesn’t spoil is Honey

A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.

Crocodiles have a membrane which holds their tongue in place on the roof of their mouth so it does not move. According to BBC, this nearly makes it impossible for them to stick it outside of their narrow mouths.

A snail can sleep for three years.

Snails require moisture to survive. So, if there is extreme weather, they can sleep up to three years. It is reported that based on geography, snails often hibernate or estivate in order to escape from warm climates.

All polar bears are left handed.

No, this is a common misconception that polar bears are left-handed. But the research shows that both the paws are used equally. You can say that they are ambidextrous.

American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first-class.

It is true that American Airlines saved around $40,000 in 1987 by removing a single olive from the salads altogether from each salad. But, cutting out salads entirely 30 years later will not do much good for Air India.

Butterflies taste with their feet.

This may sound strange to us humans but butterflies do rely on their feet to taste food as they have sensors on their feet which helps them locate food for their caterpillars. So, they stand on a leaf to try the taste.

Elephants are the only animals that can’t jump.

With elephants, it is impossible for them to jump as unlike other mammals the bones in the elephant’s legs point downwards which means that they do not have the ‘spring’ required to push off the ground.

Stewardesses is the longest word typed with only the left hand.

Stewardess is a ten-letter word and is apparently also the longest English word typed just with the left hand.

The electric chair was invented by a dentist.

Southwick. A steam-boat engineer, inventor and dentist from Buffalo, New York was credited for inventing the electric chair as a method of legal execution

Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times

You cover your ears from the natural air when you wear headphones which increases the production of bacteria by 700% in 1 hour. Your eardrum cannot bear influx of bacteria in that much quantity so it starts to react by paining or hearing loss in long term.

The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.

In the 16th century, lighters were nothing more than just converted pistols. It was not until 1823, a German chemist named Johann Wolfgang Doebereiner is credited as the first person to invent a lighter.

Most lipstick contains fish scales.

Most of the lipsticks made are the byproduct of fish scales called pearl essence or pearlessence as it turns out that the stuff that makes the fish scales shine makes one’s lips shiny as well. Pearlessence comes from commercially fished herring. There are synthetic versions available as well but they are not widely used.

Like fingerprints, everyone’s tongue print is different

Did you know that everyone has a different tongue print like finger prints? Our tongue prints also have unique identifying marks. As reported by researcher David Zhang, our tip of the tongue has a unique physiological texture and geometric shape that can possibly be used for verification purposes.

The bumblebee bat is the world’s tiniest mammal

The bumblebee bat, also known as a kitti’s hog-nosed bat, has a wingspan of 5.1 to 5.7 inches, weighs 0.05 to 0.07 ounces, and is 1.14 to 1.29 inches from head to the body. It is the smallest mammal in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

The length of the circulatory system is almost 60,000 miles

According to the Franklin Institute, if all the veins, arteries, and capillaries in a child’s body were stretched out flat, they would span more than 60,000 miles. Our bodies house around 100,000 miles of blood vessels by the time we reach maturity. That is only one of the astounding facts that seem fabricated but it’s true.

Africa is present in sections in all four hemispheres.

The size of the African continent may come as a surprise to those whose education has been mostly centered on the West. For instance, it encompasses almost 12 million square miles and is spread throughout all four hemispheres. Yes, that’s how huge African continent is.

Argentina produced the first animated feature film ever

Even if you are well-versed in Disney history, you might suppose that Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, a 1937 Walt Disney production, holds the distinction of being the first animated feature film. However, Argentina produced a full-length animated feature film 20 years earlier. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, El Apostol, a political satire, had a running period of 70 minutes and was composed of 58,000 drawings.

Earth contains enough gold to cover it

As it turns out, our planet contains a sizable amount of gold: the Earth’s core contains 99 percent of the precious metal, which is enough to cover the entire planet’s surface in 1.5 feet of gold.

7,641 islands make up the Philippines

A group of islands, specially 7,641 islands, make up the archipelago that is the Philippines. Many sandbars and other landforms that appear at low tide, numbering in the thousands, are not included in that estimate.

Texas is where German chocolate cake was originated

The “German” in German chocolate cake is an American man, not a member of the European Union. Sam German, who developed the recipe for a mild dark baking chocolate bar in 1852, is specifically remembered in the name of the product.

To travel the entire Mississippi River a drop of water takes 90 days

The Mississippi River is the third-largest watershed in the world, spanning 2,340 miles. That body of water is very long. In fact, it is so lengthy that it takes a single drop of water about 90 days to cross the full distance.

One vending machine is present for every 40 people in Japan

With one vending machine for every 40 people, Japan is regarded to have one of the highest numbers of vending machines in the entire globe. The majority of them sell different kinds of beverages, although some also provide ice cream, noodles, and disposable cameras.

Limes sink but lemons float

Lemons are lightweight as compared to limes which are slightly heavier when you put them in water, they are more likely to sink.

Bubblegum flavored broccoli was once made by McDonalds

This astonishing fact will leave your taste buds numb. The initiative to make kids eat healthier didn’t go well with child testers who were bewildered by the taste.

Oranges weren’t always orange

In Southeast Asia, oranges were originally the color of green and they were tangerine-pomelo hybrids. In fact, oranges in warmer countries like Vietnam and Thailand continue to be green even after reaching maturity.

Fungi’s can control the mind and make them a zombie

Ophiocordyceps is a kind of tropical fungus that affects the ant’s central nervous system. After nine days, when it’s been inside the ant’s body, it has the complete control over the host’s movements. It can influence the ant’s behavior too by making them climb the tree and then fall.

Out of all the alphabets there’s one letter that doesn’t appear in any of the U.S state

Can you guess which one? No not X, not Y. It’s actually letter Q that has never been in any of the U.S state names.

A cow-bison hybrid is called beefalo

For snow Scotland has 421 words

Some examples of them would be skelf, sneesl, spitters, feefle, flindrikin and many more.

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