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High heels weren’t designed for women . . . the first high-heeled shoes were invented in the Middle East — probably in Persia, where they date back to the 9th century. They were designed for horsemen to keep their feet firmly in the stirrups. Women only started wearing heels as part of a 1630s fashion for imitating men.

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Did you know that most of the world’s liquorice almost two-thirds of its sales were to the tobacco industry. It is used to flavor and sweeten the tobacco leaves.

 

The oldest professions isn’t prostitution . . . it was farming and tool-making. The ancestors of modern humans were turning lumps of flint into tools and farming needs.

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The sandwich wasn’t invented by the Earl of Sandwich . . . he did provide the name — before him, it was just called ‘bread and cheese’ or ‘bread and meat’. But the oldest documented sandwich was made in the 1st century BC by a rabbi called Hillel the Elder and consisted of lamb, horseradish and chutney. ”Sound Good!” Variants of the ‘Hillel sandwich’ are still eaten by Jews today to celebrate the festival of Passover.

 

If the population of China all jumped at once . . .nothing would happen . . . even if the population of China could be organized to jump at once, it’s been calculated that the resulting thud would equate to only 500 tons of TNT. Even if the entire human race (whose estimated weight in 2012 was 316 million tons) stood in a single spot and jumped, the world would move less than the width of a single atom.

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A shadow does not weigh nothing . . . it weighs less than nothing. Although light doesn’t have mass, when it strikes a surface, it imparts a small force due to its momentum. So, if you block the light by standing in front of it and casting a shadow on the surface, that small force is now missing. A shadow covering the whole of greater London would only have as much effect on the capital’s mass as removing three Boris Johnsons.

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The quickest way to get golden skin (Tan) color isn’t to sit in the sun . . . it’s to eat carrots. People who eat many fruit and veg each day have a pleasing, golden skin color. This is thanks to organic pigments found in plants. When volunteers were asked to judge the health of faces tanned either by the sun or by high in these pigments, they preferred the latter.

 

Sunflowers don’t face the sun . . . well, not fully grown ones, at least. They stop following it as soon as they begin to bud. After this point, they remain fixed in one position — usually facing east to avoid being overheated as the afternoon sun sinks westwards.

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Jingle Bells wasn’t written for Christmas . . . it was penned in 1857 to celebrate the American festival of Thanksgiving — which explains why it is the only ‘Christmas’ song that doesn’t mention the festival, Jesus or the Nativity. Originally entitled The One-Horse Open Sleigh, Jingle Bells was the work of U.S. composer James Lord Pierpont, uncle of the financier J. P. Morgan.

 

Hot water is almost no better than cold at washing bacteria off your hands . . . the most important ingredient is soap. While bacteria can be killed by hot water, it would need to be almost boiling.

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The animal with the most teeth isn’t a shark or a crocodile . . . it’s a slug. This gives me the creeps! One species of umbrella slug, Umbraculum, can have up to 750,000 teeth. Slugs and snails need so many because instead of chewing their food, they use their teeth, which sit on a tongue-like ribbon, like a circular saw — buzzing over vegetation and filing it to pulp as they go.

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Cowboys didn’t wear Stetsons . . . In the Wild West, they wore whatever came to hand — a sea captain’s cap or a straw hat, but especially the bowler, designed by London hat makers Thomas and William Bowler in 1849. Its practicality and strength made it particularly popular among cowboys.

 

Juliet was not wooed by Romeo on a balcony . . . Shakespeare wrote that Juliet appeared at a window. There were no balconies in Elizabethan England. The ‘balcony scene’ was the brainchild of a playwright called Thomas Otway (1652–85), who rearranged the play. He stole the characters, plot and much of the dialogue from Shakespeare. His version, The History And Fall Of Caius Marius, became far more popular than Romeo And Juliet.

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The world’s most overweight country is not the U.S . . . it’s Nauru, a tiny South Pacific island. The 10,000 people there have an average Body Mass Index of 34 (the healthy range is 18 to 25). Almost 80 per cent of adults there are not just overweight but obese.

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The largest pyramid by volume is not in Egypt . . . it is in Mexico. The Cholula pyramid was built in AD 100 from sun-dried brick and earth. Although it’s only 177ft high — less than half the height of the tallest Egyptian pyramid — its volume is more than 141 million cubic feet, 25 per cent larger than any pyramid in Egypt.

 


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2 Responses to DID YOU KNOW ????

  1. Josh says:

    These were all copied from a UK site without any credit given! Shame!

  2. Cyberavenger says:

    No we did not …. but thanks for writing.

    PS

    Yes we search the internet for information like everyone else does

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