Today, I’m in the mood for a list. My last one was 25 Fast Facts About Women Around the World, and it was spurred on by my reading disturbing facts about the extent to which female inequality and abuse still exists.
In contrast, this list came about from me reading some silly trivia tidbits that a friend sent me. Did you know one quarter of the human body’s bones are in the feet?
So, after a couple of hours digging around the internet, this is my list of 21 TRUE Trivia Tidbits to kick your brain into gear for the start of this working week. Enjoy!
Aboriginal Australians were not counted as part of the population until the constitution was changed on 27 May, 1967
In Ethiopia and some areas of West Africa, some girls get married as early as age 7. Countries with high rates of child marriage are characterized by high poverty rates, birth rates and death rates and lower levels of overall development, including schooling, employment, health care.
The five most generous countries in the world with the highest rate of donor aid per capita are: Luxembourg, Denmark, Norway, Netherlands and Sweden.
Dominica is the country with the highest overall crime rate at 113.822 per 1,000 people.
The famous quote, “In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man – if you want anything done, ask a woman” was made by Margaret Thatcher, who was the the Prime Minister of England from 1979 – 1990, the only woman to ever hold that post in the political history of England
Taking into account both the Miss World and Miss Universe pageant winners, it would seem that Venezuela has the most beautiful women in the world. Their entrants have been crowned 9 times.
Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur. Typically they have over 100 stripes and the pattern is unique to each animal.
Humans are one of the rare animals that copulate face-to-face and for pleasure, not just reproduction. Bonobos, a type of chimpanzee, are the only other species to do so with the same regularity.
The shortest war on record, between Britain and Zanzibar in 1896, lasted just 40 minutes.
Until Sunday, September 3rd, 1967, driving was done on the left-hand side on roads in Sweden. The conversion to right-hand was done on a weekend at 5 am. All traffic stopped as people switched sides. All traffic with private motor-driven vehicles was prohibited four hours before and one hour after the conversion, in order to be able to rearrange all traffic signs.
Ingrown toenails are hereditary.
The worldwide “Spanish Flu” epidemic which broke out in 1918 is estimated to have killed anywhere from 20 to 100 million people in just two years.
The human penis is the largest of any living primate. The longest authentically recorded penis measured an impressive 30 cm (12 in) when erect. The smallest, according to the Kinsey Institute, measured only 2.5cm (1 in).
There is no scientific evidence that sugar creates hyperactivity or negatively affects children’s behavior.
Teeth are the only parts of the human body that can’t repair themselves.
The often touted statistic that women say 7,000 words per day, while men only manage 2,000 is a myth according to a 2007 study. The University of Arizona found that both men and women speak an average of 16,000 words per day.
In the 1800s Cocaine was introduced to Europe from South America. It was hailed as a wonder drug of great medicinal value and used to treat nervousness, depression, headaches, colds and sleeplessness. Today cocaine is still used for topical anesthesia in nose, throat and oral surgeries.
The first interracial kiss on TV took place Nov. 22, 1968 between Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and Lt. Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) on an episode of “Star Trek.”
In 1975 Mattel released a controversial version of their Skipper Doll. Growing Up Skipper had breasts that grew if you rotated her arm.
Now, don’t you feel smarter and ready to take on a new week’s worth of challenges?
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