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1) The average mammal takes 21 seconds to empty its bladder.
Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology found that most mammals weighing more than six pounds take 21 seconds to pee.
According to Live Science, this oddly consistent time is due to the fact that the urethra is “appropriately scaled” to be a “flow-enhancing device.” And apparently, the perfectly enhanced flow takes 21 seconds to complete.
2) Chewing gum is banned in Singapore.
Along with having laws against spitting and urinating anywhere but in a toilet (which you’re then legally obligated to flush if it’s a public washroom), Singapore has also banned chewing gum in an effort to keep the city clean and orderly.
The ban was established in 1992. In 2004, exceptions were made for therapeutic, dental, or nicotine gums.
3) The 1939 novel Gadsby is the longest book ever published that doesn’t contain the letter ‘e.’
Back in 1939, American author Ernest Vincent Wright published Gadsby, a 50,000-word novel that doesn’t use the letter ‘e’ once.
What’s more, it’s not the only novel that ditched the letter. Author Georges Perec also wrote the French-language book La Disparition without the letter ‘e’ in 1969.
That’s even more astounding when you consider that ‘e’ is the most commonly used letter in English (and French!) language.
4)The longest place name in the world is 85 letters long.
Nearly impossible to pronounce, Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu is in New Zealand and is 85 letters long.
And when it comes to other super long place names, it’s followed by Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch in Wales, Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg in the U.S., Tweebuffelsmeteenskootmorsdoodgeskietfontein in South Africa, and Azpilicuetagaraycosaroyarenberecolarre in Spain.
5) Shakespeare invented more than 1,700 words.
Shakespeare wrote some of the most beloved and revered pieces of literature the world has ever known, but in order to craft his plays and poems, he sometimes resorted to making up his own words.
In fact, The Bard is said to have come up with more than 1,700 words including moonbeam, laughable, eyeball, bump, puking, champion, bedroom, excitement, and zany.
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6) Santa Claus was given an official pilot’s license in 1927.
When Santa Claus makes his trip around the world on Christmas Eve, you can be rest assured that he’s legally allowed to drive his sleigh—at least in the United States.
In 1927, the jolly man in the red suit was given a pilot’s license from the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Aeronautics.
7) Einstein’s brain was stolen when he died.
When Nobel Prize-winning physicist Albert Einstein passed away on April 18, 1955, he left behind specific instructions when it came to the disposal of his body, according to one National Geographic investigation.
Einstein didn’t want his corpse to be worshiped or his brain to be studied, so he instructed those who were responsible for his remains to “cremate them, and scatter the ashes secretly in order to discourage idolaters.”
However, Thomas Harvey, the pathologist on call when Einstein died at New Jersey’s Princeton Hospital, didn’t quite follow those instructions.
Instead, he stole Einstein’s brain. From there, things got even weirder. When Einstein’s family found out, his son apparently didn’t object to the theft and Harvey was able to keep the brain in two jars in his basement before moving it to “a cider box stashed under a beer cooler.”
8) One of the largest pyramids in the world is a Bass Pro Shops in Memphis, Tennessee.
If you’re not able to travel all the way to Egypt to see the great pyramids in Giza, then you might want to plan a trip to Memphis, Tennessee, to see the local Bass Pro Shops Megastore.
At 321 feet tall, with a 535,000-square-foot interior, it’s one of the largest pyramids in the world and features a hotel, an indoor swamp, an aquarium, a bowling alley, and the world’s tallest freestanding elevator, which can take you to an observation deck.
9) Almost half the world’s population watched both the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cup games.
In 2010, the FIFA World Cup South Africa was shown in every country and territory on Earth, including Antarctica and the Arctic Circle, which meant that a record-breaking 3.2 billion people around the world watched the game in their homes, or 46.4 percent of the global population. Four years later, FIFA World Cup Brazil drew the same staggering number of viewers.
10) Strengths” is the longest word in the English language with one vowel.
With nine letters and eight of them being consonants, “strengths” is the longest word in the English language with only one vowel, according to the Guinness World Records. Which, on reflection, makes it a really weird-looking word.