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10 Incredible Facts That Will Astonish Everyone!

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10 Incredible Facts That Will Astonish Everyone!

One of the best things about learning something new is being able to share that knowledge with others. And while some facts are weird and wonderful and others are totally

useless, there's a whole category oftrivia that is just so incredible you can't resist asking everyone you meet "Did you know this?!"

1. Did you know grapes light on fire in the microwave?

Back in 2011, a physicist at the University of Sydney went viral after he placed a grape in the microwave and filmed the fiery aftermath. And oddly enough, scientists couldn't

explain the phenomenon until quite recently. A March 2019 study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, reported that the fruity fireball occurs as a result

of the loose electrons and ions that cluster to form plasma when grapes get hot.

2. Did you know the average mammal takes 21 seconds to empty its bladder?

No one will blame you if you've never bothered to time yourself on the toilet. But you may be interested to know that researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology found

that most mammals weighing more than six pounds take 21 seconds to pee. According to live science, this oddly consistent time is due to the fact that the urethra is

"appropriately scaled" to be a "flow-enhancing device." And apparently, the perfectly enhanced flow takes 21 seconds to complete. It's one of the perfect did you know facts to try at home!

3. Did you know the 1939 novel,Gadsby, is the longest book ever published that doesn't contain the letter 'e'?

Back in 1939, American author, Ernest Vincent Wright, published Gasby, a 50,000-word novel that doesn't use the letter 'e' once. What's more, it's not the only novel that ditched
the letter. Author Georges Perec also wrote the French-language book La Disparition without the letter 'e' in 1969. That's even more astounding when you consider that the
letter 'e' is the most commonly used letter in the English (and French!) language.

4. Did you know bubble wrap was originally invented as wallpaper?

If you can't wait to pop every air-filled pocket the minute you pull a piece of bubble wrap out of a package, can you imagine how irresistible it would be if it was covering your walls?

5. Did you know Santa Claus was given an official pilot's license in 1927?

When Santa Claus makes his trip around the world on Christmas Eve, you can rest assured that he's legally allowed to drive his sleigh—at least in the United States. In 1927, the jolly man in the red suit was given a pilot's license from the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Aeronautics William P. MacCracken.

According to the Library of Congress, "The old saint called at the Commerce Department in Washington" and when he arrived, his picture was taken as he was given his license, airway maps, "and the assurance that the lights would be burning on the airways on Christmas Eve."

6. Did you know Einstein's brain was stolen when he died?

Einstein didn't want his corpse to be worshiped or his brain to be studied, so he instructed those who were responsible for his remains to "cremate them, and scatter the ashes secretly in order to discourage idolaters."

7. Did you know Antarctica is covered in a sheet of ice that's 7,000 feet thick?

For reference, that's about 19 football fields. The U.S. Antarctic Program also notes that if the ice sheet ever suddenly melted, it would raise the sea level worldwide an estimated 200 feet and submerge much of the Gulf and Atlantic coastal areas of the U.S.

8. Did you know "arachibutyrophobia" is the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth?

It's pretty common to be afraid of heights and scared of spiders, but if you have arachibutyrophobia, you're among the smaller group of people that suffer from a fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of their mouths. This phobia is often connected to a fear of choking or a fear of sticky textures, but it can also be its own isolated fear.

9. Did you know birds in Minnesota get drunk off of berries?

In October 2018, Gilbert Minnesota Police Department issued a public notice about birds that appeared to be "under the influence." It turns out that the airborne animals were apparently eating berries that had fermented due to early frost which was making them "tipsy." Unfortunately, this meant that the buzzed birds were acting confused and flying into windows. Hopefully, they were able to sleep it off.

10. Did you know it only takes six minutes for alcohol to affect your brain?

Just one drink can quickly go to your head, whether you feel it or not. Researchers at Heidelberg University Hospital found that just six minutes after consuming alcohol, changes are already taking place in the brain. So even if you don't feel tipsy right away, you're definitely not totally sober either.