Esoteric knowledge

We all know at least one “fact” that qualifies as esoteric knowledge. Here are some more as listed on Quora…

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    • The likelihood of surviving a plane accident is around 95.7%. However, around 16% of all accidents are fatal.
    • If you spell out every number you won’t use an A until you reach one thousand.
    • Afghanistan’s literacy rate is around 29%.
    • Labor Day was an event conceived to cover up some pretty brutal massacres of American workers.
    • Our sun is one star in 300 sextillion (or 300,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.)
    • The total weight of all the Earth’s ants is about the same as all the humans.
    • Because ants are so small they can survive a session in a microwave by dodging the rays.
    • When you sneeze your heart stops for a millisecond- hence the term bless you.
    • At 2000 km long, the Great Barrier Reef is the largest living structure on Earth.

  • Polar bears can run at 25 kmph and jump around 6 feet high.
  • There are 62,000 miles of blood vessels in the human body, so they could stretch around the Earth 2.5 times.
  • If you were to drill a tunnel straight through the centre of the Earth it would take you precisely 42 minutes and 12 seconds to get to the bottom if you jumped… but you’d be dead before you got there.
  • The strongest creature on Earth, gonorrhea bacteria, can pull 100,000 times their body weight.
  • If you apply an electric current to a pickle it will react with the salt, causing the pickle to glow.
  • The speed of Neptune’s wind breaks the sound barrier.
  • Picasso was a suspect in the 1911 Mona Lisa theft.
  • The Queen owns one-sixth of the Earth’s land surface.
  • On August 27th of 1896, Britain and Zanzibar fought a war. It lasted 36 minutes.
  • The U.S. produces 90,000,000 acres of corn per annum.
  • Warner’s Bros. was founded before the Ottoman Empire fell.
  • Calculations determine that, in the last 3,500 years, there have been 260 years of peace.
  • In 2005 a man threw a grenade at George W. Bush and it didn’t explode.
  • If the figures are correct humans were first on Earth 200,000 years ago, and written records of life were first found from 6,000 years ago, 97% of history is lost.
  • You can swim through some of the arteries in a blue whale’s heart.
  • Thomas Edison’s last breath is in a tube, in Detroit’s Henry Ford museum.
  • Most canned laughter was recorded in the 1950’s, so most of those laughs are from dead people.
  • A single crayon burns for half an hour.
  • Excite turned Google down in 1999 when they were willing to sell the company for $1,000,000
  • Ronald Wayne sold his stake in Apple for $800 dollars in 1976.
  • ‘No melon, no lemon’ spelt backwards is ‘No melon, no lemon.’
  • Marie Curie’s work is still radioactive enough to make you sick, so you must sign a disclaimer to view them.
  • Cleopatra lived closer to the Moon landing the the building of the Great Pyramid.
  • Half of the humans ever to live have died from malaria.
  • Charlie Chaplin’s remains were stolen and held for ransom. See chaplin.**
  • If you could fold paper 42 times it would reach the moon.
  • If there was no space between the atoms on Earth it would be the size of a regular baseball.
  • Ireland’s population is still 2,000,000 less than it was before the potato famine.
  • You have a 0.5% chance of being related to Genghis Khan.
  • A  banana is a berry and a strawberry isn’t.
  • Nelson Mandela wasn’t removed from the U.S. terror watch-list until 2008.
  • Jimmy Carter, the genius that he is, sent a jacket to his cleaner with nuclear launch codes and secrets in the pocket.
  • Quentin Tarantino played an Elvis impersonator in the Golden Girls.
  • The heat of the sun’s core is so hot that if you put a pinhead on Earth which was as hot you could kill a person 160 km away.
  • Irish poet Brendan Behan was a confirmed alcoholic at the age of eight.
  • Sunandha Kumariratana the Queen of Thailand forbid her subjects from touching her and so they were all forced to look on as she drowned.
  • Fleas can jump around 200 times their height.
  • A seahorse moves through the waters at about 0.01 mph.
  • A giraffe’s spots are truly unique- no two giraffes have the same spots, also you can determine their age from the darkness of their spots.
  • Giraffes learn to stand after 30 minutes and can run with their mothers after 10 hours.
  • Scientists have submitted papers to exhume and examine the body ofshakespeare to see if he smoked marijuana.
  • Blue jeans are now banned in North Korea for being a sign of American imperialism.
  • Shopping carts have more saliva, faecal matter, and bacteria on them than most bathrooms.
  • Barry Manilow didn’t write his song “I Write the Songs.”
  • Leo Fender couldn’t play the guitar.
  • President John Tyler still has two surviving grandchildren, despite being born some 221 years ago.
  • 1/3 of all the U.K. divorce filings included the word ‘Facebook’.
  • There was a counting horse called Stanley from Liverpool, who could multiply, divide, add and subtract as well as calculate mileage, it also performed in a theatre production in the Anglican cathedral.

Hope you enjoyed these or found tem interesting. Comments or findings are welcome! 🙂

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