One of the best ways to impress someone, become part of a new group, and be the life of any party is to tell them a few rare and fascinating facts. Besides, this is a great way to start an interesting conversation and share some new and thought-provoking things.
This is why Bright Side has collected 10 interesting facts that can make even a boring conversation exciting.
1. Einstein could have become president
In 1952, after the death of the president of Israel, the prime minister of the country offered Einstein the job. The scientist was very moved by the offer but decided to refuse, and said this: “For me, math equations are much more important, because politics are necessary for the present, and equations are for eternity.”
2. In the ancient time, earrings were only for men
For ancient Egyptians, earrings were a symbol of high status, members of the Royal family, priests, and very rich people wore them. Sailors used to put on an earring after they crossed the equator. It gave them the right to have a free bottle of alcohol and put their feet up on the table in any pub. Pirates who wore an earring demonstrated that they had destroyed one ship. And soldiers wore earrings to remind them of home.
3. Buttons as cure for a runny nose
If you take a close look at the classic models of male jackets, you can see a line of buttons which today are only decoration. Before, however, they had an actual purpose.
Napoleon Bonaparte ordered that a line of buttons be sewn on the sleeves of his soldiers’ uniforms. He did it to stop soldiers from wiping their noses with their sleeves.
4. GMO does no harm to health
“GMO does no harm to health”, — according to a claim by the Academies of Science. They conducted many studies which helped to find out that GMOs do no harm.
“In fact, what you call GMO is the same fruit or vegetable that you can grow in your own garden. The only difference is that genetical engineering can help protect the food from parasites. These fruits and vegetables grow better.” So, you won’t turn into Frankenstein just because of your lettuce.
5. A scream is best heard after rain
Audibility during and after rain becomes better because there is very little dust or other particles in the air, which absorb and weaken sound waves. When there is fog and there is a lot of water in the air, you’ll notice the opposite phenomenon — the audibility gets worse.
6. People, who have a big number of moles on the body, live longer than others
The researchers at King’s College in London conducted a study and invited 900 pairs of volunteers. They studied their cells and tissues and compared their physical state with the number of moles on their bodies. It turned out that people who had from 100 to 400 moles were much younger, physically, than those who had almost no marks on their bodies.
The explanation is this: the people who have more moles have longer telomeres. Telomeres are parts of DNA which are responsible for reproduction. So, the longer a telomere is, the slower a person ages.
7. Tangerines slow down the aging process
Another way to slow down aging is to eat tangerines. The pulp of tangerines contains a huge number of antioxidants which help to remove toxins from the body. They protect the skin from UV light and decrease the number of wrinkles and pigment spots. And also, tangerines are great anti-depressants which decrease anxiety and fatigue.
8. 7,000 people die each year becase of doctors’ illegible handwriting
Doctors’ illegible handwriting kills more than 7,000 people per year. This also causes mistakes with medicine which harms 1.5 million people every year. And these are only the U.S. statistics which are given by the National Academy of Science’s Institute of Medicine (IOM).
The Bern Clinic Hospital also shared their results. According to their study, illegible handwriting is the cause of death of 25 percent of their patients, and in 4 percent of cases, the handwriting was absolutely impossible to read.
9. Pilots can’t have a beard or a mustache
Only in the movies can you see pilots with bushy beards and beautiful mustaches. Actually, pilots can’t have facial hair any longer than 0.3 inches. This rule was created by the fact that facial hair prevents oxygen masks from being tight on pilots’ faces, which puts everyone on board the plane in mortal danger.
Bonus: how to recognize a spy mirror
If you have seen Hollywood detective and spy movies (which you most likely have), then you must have seen interrogation rooms with a mirror that’s transparent from one side. There are a lot of stories about creepy shop owners who put these mirrors up to spy on their buyers.
However, it’s very easy to tell the difference between a real mirror and a transparent one: place a finger on the surface of the mirror. If you see space between the surface and the reflection, it means that the mirror is transparent.
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