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Fun Facts Friday

Honey is a better cough suppressant than over-the-counter cough suppressants.

The average person will spend a total of 3,680 hours, or 153 days searching for misplaced items. Keys, cellphones, sunglasses and paperwork top the list of commonly lost items.

The American Film Institute cited “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn” from 1939’s Gone With the Wind the best movie quote of all time.

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The scientific name for brain freeze is sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia.

A British research study found that watching a horror film prior to viewing abstract art enhances the enjoyment of the art for most people.

The chills you get when listening to music are caused by your brain releasing dopamine, a neurotransmitter that causes pleasure.

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Bees have five eyes.

If you somehow found a way to extract all of the gold from the bubbling core of our lovely little planet, you would be able to cover all of the land in a layer of gold up to your knees.

You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television.

The average person walks the equivalent of three times around the world in a lifetime.

Men are 6 times more likely to be struck by lightning than women.

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Laughing boosts the immune system, burns calories and reduces stress hormones, making it a very healthy activity.

Scientists found that the most relaxing song ever is “Weightless” by the Marconi Union—it reduced anxiety by 65 percent in the average test subject.

The world’s oldest socks were in fact designed to be worn with sandals. Made in Egypt sometime in the fourth or fifth century, the wool socks have two toes.

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  • In 2012, the Smithsonian officially recognized video games as an art form and had an exhibit to “comprehensively examine the evolution of video games as an artistic medium.”
  • The only word that rhymes with “purple” is “hirple,” which means “to limp awkwardly.” Nothing rhymes with “woman.”
  • An 8-week meditation course will cause the amygdala, associated with fear and other emotions, to shrink while the prefrontal cortex, associated with awareness, concentration and decision-making, will thicken.

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The first U.S. town to be completely lit by electric streetlights was Wabash, Indiana, in 1880. It had a population of 320 at the time.

New York City’s oldest house is a cottage in Queens near LaGuardia Airport. It was built in 1654 by the Rikers family (the same family that gave Rikers Island its name) and even has a family cemetery in the backyard.

The Waldorf Astoria hotel once had its own private railroad track at Grand Central so that its guests could clandestinely enter and exit New York City. Largely abandoned now, it operates only when the president is in town, in case the need arises for an emergency exit.

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  • In Kentucky, It’s illegal to fish in the Ohio River in Kentucky without an Indiana Fishing License.
  • The human head has an estimated 100,000 hairs, though the number varies from individual to individual.
  • A mole can dig a tunnel 300 feet long in just one night!
  • Only female mosquitoes bite and drink blood.

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  • On average, there are 178 sesame seeds on each McDonalds BigMac bun.
  • The highest point in Pennsylvania is lower than the lowest point in Colorado.
  • The bagpipe was originally made from the whole skin of a dead sheep.
  • In ancient Rome, it was considered a sign of leadership to be born with a crooked nose.

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  • Bananas are more effective in replenishing electrolytes than Gatorade. They also have serotonin and dopamine—chemicals that help you feel happy.
  • Every time you lick a USPS stamp, you ingest about 10 percent of a calorie. British stamps, however, contain about 5.9 calories. Israeli stamps are kosher.
  • Laughing boosts the immune system, burns calories and reduces stress hormones, making it a very healthy activity.