13 There Was A Three Way Election Tie
In a general election in Comal County, Texas, USA in 2002 the election resulted in a three way tie. County Judge Danny Scheel got 18,181 votes, State Senator Jeff Wentworth got 18,181 votes and State representative Carter Casteel got 18,181 votes.
It was thought that the computerised voting system lead to the strange outcome, but nobody checked. The number 18181 is a prime number and a palindromic prime at that. It has also been suggested that using a simple alpha/numeric substitution, where a=1, b=2, …h=8, reveals the message: “ahaha”, meaning that a computer programer may have hacked the voting system and left a hint with the joke.
In 2004 the result was altered to show that the three winners each got 18,183 votes.
14 Writing Door 30 Times In 60 Seconds Makes People Think It Is Not A Real Word
The phrase jamais vu is the opposite of déjà vu, meaning that you have experienced a situation, but it feels new to you. The feeling is mostly felt by people who do not recognise a word, place or person they already know.
Chris Moulin, of Leeds University, was attending the International Conference on Memory in Sydney and conducted a study of 92 volunteers and asked them to write the word “door” 30 times in 60 seconds. He reported that 68% of the volunteers showed symptoms of jamais vu, such as beginning to doubt that “door” was a real word.
He believes this is due to brain fatigue, and it is similar to some phenomena of schizophrenia patients who think a familiar person has been replaced by an imposter. He believes they could be suffering from chronic jamais vu.
Try it out for yourself and tell us in the comments if it had any affect on you.
15 Anatidaephobia Is The Fear That A Duck Is Watching You
Now, this has to be one of the weirdest and most fucked phobias that I have ever heard of and thought that it deserved its own post. I mean seriously, how could anyone be scared of this?
Anatidaephobia is a fear that somewhere a duck is watching you. The affected person believes that no matter where they are or what they are doing a duck is watching their every move.
Some of the symptoms of anatidaephobia are a dry mouth, gasping or a shortness of breath, trembling, hyperventilation, muscle tension, feeling of being trapped and unable to escape and a feeling of impending disaster.
People who are affected by this phobia likely had a bad experience with a duck or some other water fowl such as a swan or a goose. It is even more likely that one of these animals attacked them.
You can read a list of phobias here.
16 German Men Are Taught To Urinate Sitting Down
Is it just me or is this unthinkable? In Germany, men are taught to urinate while sitting down. To me this defies logic and is a violation of my God given right to stand and deliver. After all, women got multiple orgasms, and standing while urinating was out payoff. So what’s the deal anyway?
In Germany, men are taught to urinate while sitting, a Sitzpinkler. They are taught this from a very young age as it is regarded as unhealthy, dirty and messy to urinate while standing. You will often find notices attached to the underside of toilet seats telling the males to sit. Electronic gadgets have also been on the market that attach to the underside of the toilet seat and emit an audible instruction for the males to pee while seated.
17 Every Year 2,500 Left Handed People Die Using Right Handed Products
Is this right? 2,500 left handed people die using right handed products. It would seem oddly peculiar that being left handed could be such a dangerous trait in todays world. Sure, in times long gone by being left handed could pose as a serious health risk to the individual in question, what with being considered evil and so forth. But the problem with being left handed today isn’t a brush with a highly ill informed church, it simply has to do with marketing.
While the proportion of left handed people in the world is only about 10%, like Ned Flanders from The Simpsons, the lack of equipment for left handed people is quite astounding, and it even leads to death. This lack of equipment actually results in about 2500 left handed people being killed every year by products designed for right handed people. You might be wondering how this could be possible?
2,500 left handed people die using right handed products every year because of the variety of different products that are made to suit a right handed person. While simple things, such as a can opened, are about as dangerous as a fly swatter, items such as power saws and chainsaws are significantly more dangerous, even when used by a right handed person.
18 Most People Can’t Laugh On Command
When it comes to language on this celestial rock, there are very few that are universal. Among them are mathematics and laughter. But laughter, unlike maths, is a natural response that all people know. You do not need to learn it, it just comes naturally. The chuckles and giggles come in many different forms, but one thing remains constant. We can all tell when someone is laughing. So that is what makes this fact so interesting. Surprisingly, laughing is something that most people can’t do on command. Sure they can fake laughing, but it also looks fake.
Before you say this is untrue consider this. You can pretend to try and laugh, but to onlookers it will appear as forced and completely unauthentic. If you are lucky it may trigger an actual laugh response and turn the fake laugh into a real one. If you are unlucky, at worse you might just loo a bit of a fool. A fake laugh will often end with very little effort, whereas in comparison, an authentic chuckle can become impossible to stop, no matter how hard you try.
So what does all this mean? It means that it appears as though we can’t deliberately trigger the brains laugh mechanism to give an authentic laugh.
19 A Wedgie Can Cause Major Testicular damage
What may seem like a relatively harmless school yard prank, a wedgie, can actually be a hugely dangerous thing to do. This was what a group of young boys, and a young victim found out after they tried to replicate a move that they had seen on The Simpsons.
In 2004 a ten year old boy nearly lost one of his testicles after some friends performed an atomic wedgie on him. The testicle had become fully detached from his scrotum, and had to be reattached during a one hour long procedure.
So the next time you see or think about performing one of these pranks, just consider the implications that could arise.
20 The Marlboro Man Died Of Lung Cancer
The Marlboro Man died of lung cancer. The actor who portrayed him, Wayne McLaren died at the age of 51. When he heard he had lung cancer he undertook a massive anti-smoking campaign. The Phillip Morris tobacco company initially denied he had worked for them, but eventually admitted he was the Molboro Man. But as you have probably guessed, he wasn’t the only Marlboro Man.
Over the years there have been more than a few Marlboro Men who have appeared in commercials, on billboards, and even on radio. The typical look was of a rugged looking cowboy who smoked. As the persona required someone who at least appeared to enjoy a cigarette, all were smokers of varying addiction and consumption. But did any other Marlboro Men die of lung cancer?
At least three other Marlboro men died of lung cancer or smoking associated diseases. However, all of these men were of a normal life expectancy when they passed away.
Model David Millar was the Marlboro Man during the 1950’s, and he died of emphysema in 1987 at the age of 81. David McLean died of lung cancer in 1995 at the age of 73. He took up smoking at the age of twelve, and was the Marlboro Man during the 1960’s. Eric Lawsonl, who adopted the persona during the late 1970’s and early 1980’s died in 2014 at the age of 72 from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
21 Forty Is The Only Number With All Of The Letters In Alphabetical Order.
Forty, when spelled, is the only number with all of the letters in alphabetical order. In case you’re wondering if it should be fourty, it shouldn’t. Forty is the correct way to spell forty (40), even though many people tend to make the very common mistake in spelling it fourty, which in some instances does make sense due to four and fourteen.
22 Laughter Is Good For Your Health
Apart from putting a smile on our faces, and generally cheering us up, did you know that laughter is good for us? I don’t mean in the metaphorical sense. Laughter is actually medically good for everyone, and partaking in a good, honest laugh has many health benefits.
Clearly laughter has many social and mental benefits, From making it easier to form meaningful bonds with friends and potential partners, to making a person suffering from depression enjoy the lighter side of life, laughter seems to be the right stuff. But what makes laughter so amazing is that it can be healthy for you in a purely physiological way too.
Laughter relaxes the entire body. This itself, even though it can leave you in cramps while actually laughing, is a massive benefit to tight and sore muscles and joints. It also decreases stress hormones, which increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies. Laughter also triggers the release of endorphins which gives you a feeling of well being and can even relieve pain. It also increases blood flow and improves the function of the blood vessels.
23 Every Month That Begins On A Sunday Will Always Have A Friday The 13th
Did you know that every month that begins on a Sunday will always have a Friday the 13th?
24 Cool Number Four Trick
Try this, it is simply amazing.
If you pick a number between 1 and 99 and spell it out and then count the letters used and use that as your new number and spell it out again and keep going like that you will always land on 4 within 5 turns. For example 16- sixteen has 7 letters. 7- seven has 5 letters. 5- five has 4 letters.
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