- Education and Science
Twenty Cool, Yet Absolutely Random Facts For Your Reading Pleasure.
Even the most studious of us love to hear cool and unique random facts now-and-then.
Here 's twenty fun facts for your reading pleasure:
1.) The world's first underwater hotel, Hydropolis, is in Dubai. It contains 220 luxury suites under 66 ft. (20m) of water [visit this site www.hydropolis.com to see pics of this unique hotel].
2.) The first underwater post office opened in 2003. Visitors can purchase waterproof postcards on Vanuatu and mail them 164 ft. (50m) offshore.
3.) The last place in the world where rocks were used as money (which were called rai) was the island of Yap. Some of these currency stones measure 13 ft. (4m) across!
4.) The world's oldest noodles were found in Lajia in 2005. These noodles were made of millet grain and are 4,000 years old!
5.) The largest padlock in the world (that is actually in use) weighs 110 lbs. (50kg), is more than 20 in. (50cm) high, ans is at the Jagannath Temple in Puri.
6.) The worlds biggest restaurant hamburger was first sold in 2006, at Pattaya Beach. Fittingly named; Big Bob's Texas Belt Buster, this hamburger weighs 78 lbs. (35.6kg)!
7.) The first flour war in Galaxidi, Greece, probably happened in 1801. Every year people pelt each other with 3,300 lbs. (1,500kg) of flour that is tinted with food coloring at the start of Lent.
8.) The first pizza delivery was in 1889. Raffaele Esposito bought pizzas to the king and queen of Italy, who were visiting Naples. One pizza with mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil was named after Queen Margherita.
9.) In 1941, Georges de Mestral from Lausanne first thought of Velcro when he found his dog covered in burrs (seeds with tiny hooks). Fourteen years later, he patented Velcro, made from hundreds of tiny hooks and loops.
10.) Sao Joao is one of the oldest street festivals in Europe. People show their affection for one another, by hitting each other on the head gently with plastic hammers!
11.) The first Grandmothers' Festival was held at Bodo in 1992. At the first event hosted, Elida Anderson became the world's oldest bungee jumper at age 79.
12.) In 2008, the world's first hexapus (a six-legged octopus) was caught by lobster fishermen off the coast of North Wales (this link shows an amazing picture of this unique find http://scienceblogs.com/zooillogix/2008/03/henry_the_hexapus.php ).
13.) The last time there was a tug-of-war at the Olympics was in 1920 in Antwerp. Since the City of London Police Force won, they remain the reigning Olympic tug-of-war champions.
14.)Michel Lotito, nicknamed Monsieur Mangetout, first began eating strangely at the tender age of nine. He has since eaten 18 bicycles and a whole Cessna 150 light aircraft!
15.) The world's smallest newspaper (which can fit in the palm of your hand) was first published by Dolores Schwindt in 2000. Vossa Senhoria is a tiny 16-page monthly newspaper that measures 1 in. (2.54cm) by 1.4 in. (3.56cm).
16.) The Amazon forest has the smallest monkey, the pygmy marmoset, which is 6 in. (15cm) long and weighs just 3.5 oz. (100g). Some are small enough to fit around and adult index finger!
17.) Clark, South Dakota, held it's first Potato Day in 1972. At the event people would wrestle in a vat of mashed potatoes.
18.) Henry Wallitsch was the first boxer to knock himself out in 1959. He swung a punch, missed, fell through the ropes, and hit his head on the floor.
19.) The first known bird to live as a vampire is the ground finch in the Galapagos Islands. It pecks booby birds and drinks their blood.
20.) The first known false teeth, were made by the ancient Etruscans around 700 B.C. The teeth were carved from ivory or bone and held together by gold bands.
The world is full of random facts that fascinate; and at times inspire us. By keeping your eyes and ears open, you never know what new (or old) random facts will come your way.