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Top 50 curious facts

Christmas is almost upon us. Promoting a book online during this time of year is hard work, mostly because book sales comes from the book stores. Nobody can get a book to you by the time you're wrapping your presents under the tree. It's impossible to compete with the big publishers.

So I thought I'd do a fun post this week.

Top 50 Curious facts.

BUT, I can't let you know the top 50 curious facts without telling you the reason for collecting them. My three YA novels were bundled together last Christmas. As part of the forthcoming promotion I searched for 50 curious facts.

So here they are. Which fact is your favourite curious fact?

1.      Cats can’t taste sweets

2.      Winter lasts for 21 years on Uranus

3.      A speck of blood contains about five million red cells

4.      In the Chronicles of Narnia, Aslan’s name is Turkish for lion

5.      Many cave-dwelling fish don’t have eyes

6.      One type of wildflower smells like chocolate (Great to know but which one?)

7.      The human body contains a tiny amount of gold

8.      Popsicles were invented by an eleven-year-old

9.      The creator of Pringles packaging had his ashes stored in a Pringles can after he died

10.  Bubble wrap was originally invented as wallpaper

11.  Q is the only letter in the alphabet that does not appear in the name of any of the United States of America

12.  New Yorkers drink almost 7 times more coffee than other cities in the US

13.  Cats recognize owner’s voice but seem too cool to care, studies show

14.  Barry Manilow didn’t write his song called ‘I write the songs’

15.  When two lovers gaze at one another’s eyes their heart rates synchronize

16.  The Dark Knight is the first Batman film not to have ‘Batman’ in the title

17.  We can only dream about faces we have already seen, whether we actively remember them or not

18.  We share 70% of our DNA with slugs

19.  Before being an actor, Bruce Willis worked as a private investigator

20.  Roald Dahl was a spy and World War II flying ace

21.  Alice in wonderland was originally banned in China for having talking animals

22.  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is the first book written with a typewriter

23.  Leo Fender, inventor of the Stratocaster and Telcaster, could not play guitar

24.  It only takes up to 4 minutes to decide whether you like someone or not

25.  None of the Beatles could read music

26.  A song that gets stuck in your head is called an ‘Earworm’

27.  Sharks kill 12 people per year, while people kill 11,417 sharks per hour

28.  There are more than 400 distinct phobias recognized by psychologists, and phobophobia is the fear of having a phobia

29.  You can change your language on Facebook to ‘Pirate’

30.  Anatidaephobia is the fear that somewhere, somehow, a duck is watching you

31.  In Korea and Japan there is a cat cafĂ© where you can go to drink coffee and hang out with cats for hours

32.  All polar bears alive today can trace their ancestry back to one female brown bear who live in Ireland 50,000 years ago, and under their fur polar bears have black skin

33.  After watching Star Wars, James Cameron decided to quit his job as a truck drive to enter the film industry

34.  A cat has been the mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska for 15 years

35.  Swearing on the Bible is forbidden by the Bible

36.  There’s more bacteria in your mouth than there are people in the world

37.  In Greek mythology it was believed that redheads turned into vampires when they died

38.  When Montenegro became independent from Yugoslavia its internet domain when from .YU to .ME

39.  Reincarnation is forbidden in China without government permission

40.  The CIA reads up to 5 million tweets a day

41.  Buzz Aldrin’s mother’s maiden name was Moon

42.  The lighter was invented before the match

43.  The inventor of the chocolate chip cookie sold the idea to Nestle Toll House for a lifetime supply of chocolate

44.  Humans and dogs first became best friends around 30,000 years ago

45.  The brain treats rejections like physical pain, according to scientists

46.  The moon is not round, but egg shaped

47.  Earthquakes turn water into gold

48.  There are more cars than people in Los Angeles

49.  If the human eye was a digital camera it would have 576 megapixels

50.  When you fall in love you lose two close friends



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