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I bet you did not know that Apples can stay over a year in the supermarket

By Innocent JMPublished 5 months ago 4 min read
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In the vast expanse of the internet, where knowledge is just a few clicks away, navigating through the abundance of information can be overwhelming. The challenge lies in discerning what's truly worth knowing, and what might clutter your mind with irrelevant details. Fear not, for I'm here to curate an eclectic collection of 20 fascinating facts that will expand your knowledge and leave you intrigued.

1. The Cucumber Cure:

Imagine being on a first date with bad breath and no breath mints. Fear not! Order a side salad with cucumber. Fibrous vegetables like cucumbers boost saliva production, washing away odor-causing bacteria and curing bad breath. A slice of cucumber held against the roof of your mouth for 90 seconds can work wonders.

2. Mysterious Fingernail Markings:

Those white markings on your fingernails, known as leukonychia, are often a result of injury to the nail bed, allergic reactions to cosmetic products, or mineral deficiencies. Unless there's pain or the entire nail turns white, there's usually no need to worry.

3. Say "Prunes" Instead of "Cheese":

In the 1800s, people didn't smile for photographs due to dental hygiene concerns. Instead of saying "cheese," they were instructed to say "prunes" to keep their mouths taut. The tradition changed as photography evolved, and smiles became more common.

4. Flamin' Hot Invention:

Flamin' Hot Cheetos almost didn't exist. In 1976, a janitor at a Frito-Lay plant, Richard Montanez, turned a batch of plain Cheetos into a spicy sensation using chili powder. His idea became a hit, and Montanez rose to become an executive at PepsiCo.

5. Choc the Difference:

The taste of chocolate varies across continents due to different regulations. European chocolate is creamier and richer, with higher requirements for milk solids, fat, and cocoa content. Hershey's, a prominent American brand, uses butyric acid, giving its chocolate a unique flavor.

6. Dunce Caps for Smart People:

The dunce cap, now a symbol of idiocy, originated from philosopher John Duns Scotus's belief that pointy hats would funnel knowledge. Initially associated with intelligence, dunce caps became a tool for humiliation in classrooms.

7. The Spanish Eiffel Tower:

The Eiffel Tower was initially proposed for Barcelona but was rejected. Gustave Eiffel found a home for it in Paris, where it initially faced criticism. Today, it stands as a beloved landmark.

8. Who Needs Kneecaps?:

Babies are born without kneecaps, which gradually ossify into bone between the ages of two and six. This design contributes to flexibility during birth, reducing the risk of injury.

9. Space Booze:

In a distant constellation lies a massive alcohol cloud, 10,000 light years away, with enough ethyl alcohol to fill 400 trillion trillion pints of beer. Simple alcohol compounds form naturally in space, creating cosmic alcohol clouds.

10. Use Your Head:

To extend your car key's wireless range, press the lock button while holding the metal key part against your chin. The fluids and electrical currents in your head act as a conductor, slightly increasing the key's range.

11. Battery Hack:

Keep your smartphone cool to extend battery life. Body heat transmitted through a pocket can speed up chemical processes in the battery. Carrying the phone in a bag or on a belt clip can help keep it cooler.

12. Surprising Salmon:

The white substance oozing from cooked salmon isn't fat but a protein called albumin. To minimize its appearance, blot the fish with a paper towel or brine it before cooking.

13. Giggling Rodents:

Rats are ticklish, as shown in a 2016 study. Tickling their bellies triggers the release of dopamine, and they exhibit joy jumps, leaping into the air with both legs.

14. Disappearing Socks:

Socks that seemingly vanish in the laundry may get stuck in various parts of the washing machine. Front-loaders may hide socks under the rubber water seal, while top-loaders can trap them in the agitator or drain.

15. Waterfall Wonders:

The Denmark Strait, located underwater near Greenland, creates a waterfall three times the height of Angel Falls. Cold, dense water from the Nordic Seas plunges into the ocean floor, creating an undetected underwater waterfall.

16. An iPhone Secret:

The iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max models feature a LiDAR scanner, using lasers to measure optical distance and speed. This scanner enhances augmented reality applications and 3D modeling.

17. Old School Sunglasses:

Sunglasses date back to 12th century China, initially crafted from smoked quartz. They were used to hide emotions, particularly by Chinese judges who wanted to appear emotionally detached while questioning the accused.

18. No Fancy Riding:

In Galesburg, Illinois, a law prohibits cyclists from practicing "acrobatic or fancy riding" on the streets. Though rarely enforced, it likely originated from concerns about cyclists' safety during a period of increased accidents.

19. Life-Saving Foil Seals:

Protective foil seals on pill bottles aren't just for freshness; they originated in response to the 1982 Tylenol cyanide poisoning incident. Tamper-proof packaging became a federal requirement, ensuring consumer safety.

20. Ancient Apples:

Apples in supermarkets can be over a year old, stored in cold storage and treated with chemicals. The shiny coating on apples is often shellac or carnauba wax, applied to maintain freshness and appearance.

Whether it's unraveling the mysteries of disappearing socks or discovering the cosmic wonders of space booze, these 20 facts offer a captivating journey through the realms of science, history, and everyday life. Now armed with these intriguing tidbits, you're well-equipped to navigate conversations with newfound knowledge and a sense of wonder.


About the Creator

Innocent JM

I have lived a life full of mysteries hoping some day i will share them to the world guess its time!!

less explore together wonders yet to come....

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