25 of some of the most useless facts to know. Of course, these useless facts to know won’t change your life as you know it, but what it will do is give you a new and amazing insight into just a little bit of the world around you.
1 You Can Turned Into An Artificial Reef After You Die
If there is one thing that the oceans need, apart from less pollution, it’s more reefs. Reefs provide the ocean with an environment that can flourish with life. But there are two problems with getting more reefs. The ocean is a mighty big place, and making reefs costs money.
It’s not completely rare to see an old ocean faring ship being sunk on purpose to make an artificial reef. While this is a good idea, the preparation work of the ship to make it environmentally sound to rest on the ocean floor is an expensive exercise. It’s something that is far out of reach for the average person to accomplish. But did you know that you can contribute to the marine environment even after you have died? You can do this by being turned into a reef yourself.
A company in Georgia, USA will mix your ashes following a cremation with cement and drop it to the bottom of the ocean to form an artificial reef.
2 A Rapist And A Killer Appeared On A Dating Show
A convicted rapist and serial killer once appeared on a dating game show called The Dating Game.
Rodney James Alcala appeared on the show in 1978 even after being convicted of 2 sex offences already, and by that time he had already killed 2 people but he hadn’t yet been linked with the deaths. His date, Cheryl Bradshaw, refused to go on the date because she found him creepy.
Her refusal may have saved her life. In the time immediately after the game show he had killed two other women. It is speculated that he may have killed anywhere between 8 and 130 people.
3 Guide To Dressing Up As An Authentic Ghost
Do you dress up as a ghoulish ghost on Halloween? You had better wee and poop your pants too. Ghosts that appear in films always appear as they died, either blood soaked, wet, bullet ridden and so on. When you die your muscles relax and you wet and poop your pants. So to dress up as a scary ghost you better complete the costume.
4 Someone Actually Cut A Key From An X Ray
A locksmith in North Platte, Nebraska managed to cut a key from an X ray of the key that a man had swallowed. Even more amazing was that it worked first try!
5 There’s A Hidden Message In How You Place Your Stamps
Remember the days gone bt when people used to post ;etters to one another? I know, it’s a vague distant memory, but something that I can still recall. Well, did you know that you can send a letter to a loved one and code a message with nothing more than the way that the stamp is placed?
An upside down stamp was secret code for ‘I love you’, and one placed at an angle could mean ‘I miss you.’ But why do this?
This all come about during the Victorian era when parents heavily censored their children’s mail. By placing a stamp on an envelope a certain way with a plain and boringly official letter, a secret love message could be conveyed to another person.
6 A Life Sized Car Was Made Out Of Play Doh
A full size car has been made out of 10,000 pots of Play Doh. It weighs 1.5 tons and took 8 people 2 weeks to make.
The 1.5 ton replica was commissioned by Chevy to promote their new family sedan in Britain. The car practically exhausted the countries supply of aquamarine Play Doh.
7 A Full Bladder Can Help You Make Better Decisions
Want to make better decisions? You can and it’s easy. All you need to do is fill your bladder.
Researchers noticed that people who had to make decisions on a full bladder made better decisions than those who had an empty bladder. But how is this so?
In a series of experiments, the researchers took two groups of people and got them to drink different quantities of water. They then offered both groups of people a choice with two options, one a good reward, the other a not so good reward. For example, they could get $10 today or $20 in a month. The research found that those who had a full bladder opted for the $20 in a month over the $10 today, which was clearly a better decision.
The results were replicated over several experiments. So if you want to make a big life changing decision, fill your bladder up and then make it.
8 There Was An Entire Novel Written Without Using The Letter E
The Gadsby was a novel that was published in 1939 by Ernest Vincent Wright, and it doesn’t contain one single letter E, the most used letter in the English language. You might be thinking that this is impossible, but it’s not. Difficult, sure, but not impossible,
When Wright wrote Gadsby, the 50,000 word book without the letter “E”, he said that one of the most difficult things to achieve was avoiding the “-ed” suffix for past tense verbs. Instead of using “ed”, as in “he walked”, he would write “he did walk.” He also had to completely avoid any of the numbers between six and thirty. He also had to use some abbreviations and change some well known quotes to fit in with his desire not to use the letter “E”.
The book never really sold that well, and has only gained attention to be in some specialty collection. It entered the public domain in 1968 when its copyright wasn’t renewed.
9 Egyptian Pharaohs Never Drank Wine
Wine has been around for thousands of years and has been associated with the upper echelons of society. In ancient Egypt the pharaohs were often buried with wine, but the commoners only really drank beer. There was a time though when the kings would not drink wine. According to Plutarch ancient Pharaohs wouldn’t drink wine because it reminded them of the blood spilled in battle with the gods. They also believed that being drunk was because they were filled with the blood of their ancestors.
But even though they didn’t drink wine, they did do something sexually odd.
10 Hotel Rooms Are Dirtier Than You Think
Next time you stay in a hotel room think of this. No matter how clean it appears to be there is a high likelihood of it containing urine and semen stains. Although these stains are invisible to the naked eye and are harmless, they are still there. An investigation by ABC News in the US found stains in all 20 hotels they visited. And that was just the body fluid stains, and not the other contaminates, such as what can be found in a mattress.
11 The Clothes You Wear Can Influence Your Attention
This is strange but true. The clothes you wear can influence your intelligence. In a study of peoples clothing it was discovered that if people wore clothing from a profession that they regard as smart or intelligent they would perform better in attention related tasks. For example, if they were handed a white coat and told it was a doctors coat they performed much better than if they were told it was a painters coat.
12 A Chinese Ghost City Appeared And Vanished In One Day
In the evening of 26th June, 2011 in the eastern Chinese city of Huanshan a mirage of another city appeared. This ghost city was complete with trees, mountains and tall buildings.
The apparition appeared following a period of heavy rain and humid conditions along Xin’an river. It is believed it was caused by light refracting in the mist to cause what appeared to be a city from another dimension.