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18WT 043:  Stupid Knowledge from our LIVE Stream 1-31-2022

January 31, 2022  Patrick Heller and Janet McCue

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18WT 043:   On this episode we talked about stupid knowledge, you know that knowledge that just sits in your brain and you don't know how it got
there. Below are just some of the stupid knowledge facts we talked about on the LIVE show. Stay tuned for part two and maybe part three of the Stupid Knowledge Facts.

  •        The average person walks past 36 murderers in their lifetime.
  •        Some tumors can grow teeth and hair.
  •        During World War 2, Japan bombed China with fleas infected with the bubonic plague.
  •        If you fell into a black hole, you could see the start and the end of the universe, Big Bang and all.
  •        Dogs like squeaky toys because it sounds like prey that's frightened or injured.
  •        Heartbreak can trigger a massive flood of emotions that can cause fatal heart attacks
  •        People's general happiness peaks at 21, and doesn't reach that level again until they retire.
  •        People who stay up late at night have more psychopathic tendencies than those who sleep early.
  •        The only part of your reflection you can lick is your tongue.
  •        There is no physical evidence to say that today is Thursday, we all just have to trust that someone has kept count since the first one ever.
  •        In 1939, 835 sheep in the US were killed by a single lightning strike.
  •        A different version of you exists in the minds of everyone who knows you.
  •        When you're sick, the advice you get is to literally do drugs and stay out of school or work
  •        A Colombian woman carried a mummified fetus in her uterus for 40 years.
  •        Humans have a primal gaze detecting system that can sense when someone is looking at you, even if not directly.
  •        Siberian bears sometimes dig up dead bodies for food, and use cemeteries as 'refrigerators'
  •        Apollo 11 only had around 15-20 seconds of fuel left when it finally landed
  •        The sun may have exploded, and we wouldn't know it for at least 8 minutes.
  •        Over 50% of commercial pilots have admitted to falling asleep while flying a plane.
  •        The word 'mortgage' comes a French term that means 'death pledge', or a contract that only expires upon death.
  •        The stage before frostbite is known as “frostnip.”
  •        People who suffer from boanthropy believe they are a cow and will try to live their life as a cow.
  •        Every continent except Antarctica has at least one McDonald’s.
  •        A duel between three people is called a truel.
  •        Baked beans aren’t baked. They’re stewed.
  •        Sunsets on Mars are blue.
  •        If you start in Argentina, you could theoretically “dig a hole to China.”
  •        MySpace still gets more than eight million visitors per month.
  •        Now obsolete, tyromancy was a form of divination that involved observing cheese to predict the future.
  •        There are more LEGO mini-figures in existence than actual people on earth.
  •        Spider webs were used as bandages in ancient times.
  •        One-quarter of all your bones are located in your feet.
  •        A cloud can weigh more than a million pounds.
  •        The average person will spend six months of their life waiting for red lights to turn green.
  •        President Lyndon B. Johnson owned a water-surfing car.
  •        Alfred Hitchcock was an ovophobe, meaning he had a fear of eggs. Here’s what the godfather of the horror genre had to say about them during an interview in 1963: “I’m frightened of eggs, worse than frightened; they revolt me. That white round thing without any holes, and when you break it, inside there’s that yellow thing, round, without any hole. Blood is jolly, red. But egg yolk is yellow, revolting. I’ve never tasted it.”
  •        There’s a company that turns dead bodies into ocean reefs. The company is called Eternal Reefs.
  •        The largest padlock in the world weighs 916 pounds.
  •        In 300 B.C., Mayans worshipped turkeys as vessels of the gods.
  •        The Olympic Games used to hand out medals for arts and humanities. At the time, 151 medals were awarded for architecture, literature, painting, music, and sculpture.
  •        What the fork? This pronged utensil was once considered sacrilegious because they were seen as “artificial hands.”
  •        Cleopatra wasn’t actually Egyptian. Really! Historians have traced the famous ruler’s lineage to Alexander the Great’s Macedonian general Ptolemy. So while she was an Egyptian queen, she was Greek.
  •        Ketchup didn’t catch on as a popular condiment until the late 19th century. Prior to that point, it was sold as a cure for indigestion.
  •        Before he became president, Abraham Lincoln was an elite wrestling champion. In 300 matches, he only lost one. Bonus fact: He was also a licensed bartender.
  •        Speaking of former presidents who enjoyed their spirits, George Washington opened a whiskey distillery after his time in office.
  •        Some of the most famous cowboys in history didn’t wear cowboy hats in real life (as often depicted in movies). Rather, icons like Wyatt Earp and Billy the Kid wore bowler hats.
  •        Although their exact purpose isn’t known, scientists suspect yawns may help regulate body temperature.
  •        Talk about making a splash! You’ll produce enough saliva in your lifetime to fill two swimming pools.
  •        The human tongue — just like a finger — has a unique-to-you print.
  •        The nose knows. In fact, it can remember 50,000 different scents.
  •        The cornea of the eye is the only body part that doesn’t have a blood supply. Rather, it gets its oxygen directly from the air.