There is always something new for you to discover in this huge world that we live in. If we even look at ordinary things from a different angle it can sometimes turn our world upside down. Here’s a surprising fact: Nearly 1/10 of the world’s gold reserves belong to Indian housewives, while in a certain village there are people who suffer from a certain sleeping sickness which makes them fall asleep for a whole week. Like these there are many unusual facts about our world that you may not get to know about from books. So, here are some such unusual facts in the world for that might pique your interest:
1 The reason behind the creation of Indiana Jones
It was Steven Spielberg who expressed his desire to direct a James Bond movie but got rejected. He then went on to share his problem with his friend George Lucas who then came up with the idea of how they could make a much better James Bond movie. This was how Indiana Jones was created and it was a huge hit.
2 A baby elephant’s trunk is its pacifier
Just like how a human baby sucks a pacifier, baby elephants also suck on their trunks in the same way. Thus, in a sense their trunks serve as their own pacifier that remains with them at all times whenever they need it.
3 Indian Housewives own most of the world’s gold
It is an interesting fact that 1/10 of the gold reserves in the world are to be found in the homes of Indian housewives. They own even more gold than the U.S, Switzerland, and Germany combined.
4 A man snuck into Buckingham Palace in 1982 only to eat and drink
A man managed to somehow sneak into Buckingham palace in 1982. While walking around the grand palace he ate cheddar for around 30 minutes, before he finally sat on the throne and rank half a bottle of wine after which he decided to leave.
5 The creation of “grape bricks” in the US
Among unusual facts, vineyard owners at the time of the prohibition in the U.S. began producing solid concentrated grape juice which was known as “grape bricks”. To ensure that they could sell grapes they had to make sure that the grapes were not used to make wine, or this could get them sent to jail. They issued a notice on every brick they sold which instructed people to not leave the solution made from dissolving the bricks in water, in a dark and cool place for 21 days.
6 Apples sold at stores were picked 6-12 months ago
The apples that we usually buy from stores are the ones that were picked 6-12 months earlier. These apples were kept in special fridges that maintain very low oxygen levels to prevent them from spoiling and losing their appearance, before they are taken to be sold at the stores.
7 There was a powerful explosive created in the popular series “Mythbusters”
In one of the “Mythbusters” episodes, the creators managed to make an extremely powerful explosive with only scrap material. After realizing the potential destruction it could cause and the dire consequences of using such an explosive, they deleted the episode and even warned the police of the possibility of terrorists using the results of their experiments for their own purposes. So, this is one episode which you probably will never see.
8 Humanity can be compared to the size of an orange
Among the best unusual facts, since atoms are basically 99.9999999% empty space then gathering the entire population of humans existing on this planet together and removing any empty space out of them, it would seem like humanity is the same size of an orange.
9 Significantly more bacteria can be found in the human belly button than in a bathroom
Bet you never knew that there is way more bacteria to be found in the human belly button than in a bathroom. Studies conducted by scientists used the belly buttons of 10 volunteers to compare them with the amount of germs found in a bathroom. In fact, while conducting this study, almost 1,500 different kinds of bacteria were discovered which were previously unknown to science.
10 This Australian truck driver’s life changed for the better after witnessing a near death experience
An Australian truck driver had a heart attack and went into a coma for 12 days. The doctors declared him clinically dead, but just before they decided to turn off his life support, he woke up. It got even better for him when he won a car in a lottery which was around $17,000. His story managed to impress a local TV-company and they decide to make a story about him. They were to record him on camera removing the protective layer of the lottery ticket. However, once he did, the ticket got him even more money- $170,000.
11 Ketchup was advertised as a cure for jaundice and diarrhea
Among the best interesting facts is that ketchup was actually advertised at the beginning of the 19th century to be a cure for jaundice and diarrhea. It was further even manufactured as pills. However, this information was later proven to be false and ever since then, ketchup has only been sold as a sauce.
12 The shape of a pregnant woman’s bump can determine the sex of the future baby
Among unusual facts, it is believed by some people that determining the sex of a baby to be born is possible by observing the shape of the pregnant mother’s bump. If the bump grows bigger sideways, it was believed to be a girl and if it only grew forward, then it had to be a boy. However, it hasn’t ever been proven by any scientific research. On the contrary, the height of the woman and some other factors as well, are the determining factors of the shape and size of the bump when she gets pregnant.