Charles Dickens was an insomniac. He believed he had the best chance of getting some sleep if he positioned himself exactly in the middle of the bed which must at all times be pointed in a northerly direction.
The actor Stewart Granger, changed his name because didn't like his real name. James Stewart.
William Butler Yeats wrote his most important poems between the age of 50 and 75.
If the population of China walked past you in single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.
A scorpion could survive for three weeks if it was embedded in a block of ice.
After his sight improved, Thomas Edison still preferred using Braille to more normal reading.
Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone, also set a world water-speed record of over 70 miles an hour at the age of 72.
The last London smog occurred in 1962.
A fog belt 50 ft. deep over an area of 104 square miles contains no more moisture that single bucket of water.
As early as 246 B.C., con men were at work "aging" manuscripts and selling them to book collectors as antiques.
Copies of the Bible and the Koran small enough to fit in a walnut shell have been written by hand.
Sidewinder snakes move in their peculiar fashion to avoid putting too much of their body area on the hot desert sand.
Two mouths full of cowbane, a member of the carrot family, is enough to kill you.
In the eighteenth century, many women went to the trouble of having their gums pierced so they could use hooks to secure their false teeth.
In 1973, two blind Peruvian soccer teams played a match using a ball filled with dried peas.
During World War II, Americans had the idea of fitting bats with miniature bombs that would then be dropped as they flew over the enemy.
The scorpion fish can merge the shape of its head with the surrounding rocks.
The early Greeks experimented with the direction of their writing, going from right to left and left to right alternately, before adopting what is now the standard Western practice.
The plant life contained in the oceans of the world makes up 85 percent of all our greenery.
William the Conqueror was so strong he could jump onto his horse wearing full armor.
The Indian atlas-moth has a 12-inch wing span.
There is more pigment in brown eyes than in blue eyes.
Allan Pinkerton, founder of the famous detective agency, died in 1884 when he stumbled, bit his own tongue, and was killed by the resulting gangrene.
Sri Lanka is the second largest tea-producer in the world.
Marie Curie, the Nobel Prize-winning scientist who discovered radium, died as a result of over-exposure to radioactivity.
Crocodiles can see underwater because they have a semi-transparent third eyelid that slides into place when necessary.
In 1972, a Swedish man balanced on one foot for over five hours, using nothing for support.
People used to wear shoes on either foot.
A giraffe's blood pressure is at least twice that of a healthy man.
Tens of thousands of Ugandans reported that they had seen and heard a talking tortoise in 1978.
King Camp Gillette invented the first disposable safety razor. Two years after he first patented his invention, he had only sold 168 blades. By the following year, sales jumped to an incredible 12.4 million blades.
A thick glass is more likely to crack if hot water is poured onto it than a thin one.
The popular card game bridge was invented in Turkey.
It was the accepted practice in babylon 4,000 years ago that for amonth after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer, and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the "honey month" or what we know today as the "honeymoon."
Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim or handle of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service. "Wet your whistle," is the phrase inspired by this practice.
In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropeswhen you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. That's where the phrase, "good night, sleep tight!" came from.
The term "the whole nine yards" came from WW II fighter pilots in the Pacific. When arming their airplanes on the gourd, the .50 caliber machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, it got "the whole nine yards."
Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.
Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.
Ten percent of the Russian government's income comes from the sale of vodka.
In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all the world's nuclear weapons combined.
The longest recorded flight of a chicken is 13 seconds.
Buzz Aldrin was the second man to set foot on the Moon. Moon was also his mother's maiden name.
It was not Delilah that cut off Samson's hair. First his head was shaved, not clipped. Delilah made Samson "sleep upon her knees; and she called for a man, and she caused him to shave off the seven locks of his head..." No coincidence that there were seven locks either. The same as the Seven Deadly Sins.
Mary Magdalene is the patroness of hairdressers.
Sideburns were named after General Ambrose Everett Burnsideinventor of the breech-loading rifle.
Louis the XIV had fourteen personal wigmakers and 1,000 wigs.
Josephine Clofullia was the most famous bearded lady of all time and a prominent attraction in PT Barnum's sideshow in the 19th century. She modeled her beard after Napoleon III. (She may have suffered from a medical condition called naevus pilosus, where enormous moles or birthmarks form with great amounts of hair growing out of them.)
The Greeks in the time of Alexander liked blonde hair. Men and women alike bleached their hair with potash water and herbs, creating a reddish-blond color.
To preserve their elaborate coiffures, geishas in ancient Japan slept with their heads in bags filled with buckwheat chaff.
During the Renaissance, fashionable aristocratic Italian women shaved their hair several inches back from their natural hairlines.
In 18th century England, women's wigs were sometimes four feet high. They were dusted with flour and decorated with stuffed birds, replicas of gardens, plates of fruit or even model ships. Sometimes they were so elaborate, they were worn continuously for several months. They were matted with lard to keep them from coming apart, which made mice and insects a hazard. The fad died suddenly when a hair-powder tax made their upkeep too expensive.
Barbers at one time combined shaving and haircutting with bloodletting and pulling teeth. The white stripes on a field of red on a barber pole represent the bandages used in the bloodletting.
Alexander the Great made his soldiers keep clean-shaven so the enemy couldn't grab them by the beards and stab them with their swords.
The Romans let their beards grow during mourning, but the Greeks did the opposite.
Each square inch of human skin consists of sixty hairs. Not to mention 90 oil glands. And 19,000 sensory cells.
Hair is made up of dead tissue.
There are about 100,000 hairs on the human head.
Hair grows about 0.01 inch every day.
The average person loses about 25-125 hairs a day.
Apart from its vulnerability to fire, human hair is almost impossible to destroy. It decays at a very slow rate, so slow that is almost non-disintegrative. It can't be destroyed by cold, change of climate, water, etc., and it is resistant to many kinds of acids and corrosive materials.
The hair of an adult can stretch 25 percent of its length without breaking. If it is less elastic, it is not healthy.
"Lanugo" is the soft woolly hair that covers the human fetus, and that of other mammals, during development. It is shed and virtually disappears at birth.
The Todas, a sect in India, hold in high regard their "holy milkman." He must be celibate, and he can never cut his hair. Ordinary customers can only approach him on Mondays and Thursdays.
Nose hair serves the same purpose as the air filter in your car.
The migratory locust is kept flying by a bundle of hairs on its head. When these hairs are stimulated by an air current coming from the front, they create a nerve stimulus that keeps the locust's wings beating. The beating, in turn, accelerates the air current. Once the locust takes off, it flies for long distances.
It is widely held that hair on a corpse continues to grow. This belief may be due to the fact that some tissue shrinkage occurs when one dies. The hair only appears to have grown, because the skin around each hair has receded somewhat.