15 Entharalling Facts | Amazing Facts 4U
- In 2009, archaeologists unearthed the oldest musical instruments ever found. There were flutes that inhabitants of southwestern Germany laboriously carved from bone and ivory at least 35,000 years ago.
- The largest centipede which ever existed was in fact tall enough to rear up and look a human in the eyes.
- Flames conduct electricity as it contain ions generated by the combustion. Typically the hotter the flame the better the conduction.
- In zero gravity, a candle’s flame is round and blue.
- Amazingly Dutch swear with diseases by wishing a horrible or deadly disease on you (i.e. Cancer, TB, Smallpox, etc.)
- The only coast-to-coast Atlantic-to-Pacific hiking trail called The American Discovery Trail (ADT) is non-motorized trail stretching across 6,800 miles and 15 states connecting Delaware and California linking hiking trails, rail-trails, canal towpaths, and country roads into a “Route 66” for hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders. The unique amazing route even takes travelers along greenways through major cities such as Washington, Cincinnati, Denver, and San Francisco. It passes through 14 national parks and 16 national forests and passes some 10,000 points of historic, scenic, cultural or natural significance.
- Volkswagen was sued by Czechoslovakian car maker Tatra before WWII because the original Beetle was so similar to the Tatra T97. After Germany invaded Czechoslovakia in 1938, the lawsuit was cancelled by the Nazis.
- Pandas were in fact carnivorous, but they inexplicably lost their appetite for meat during evolution .
- The city of Perth in Western Australia is geographically the most remote city in the world (by land). The nearest city of more than 100,000 people is almost 1500 miles away.
- England built an underground city in the 1950s to house 4,000 key government employees in case of a nuclear strike, complete with 60 miles of roadways, an underground lake to provide fresh water and a railway to transport the Royal Family. Amazing Fact is that it was not revealed to the public until 2004.
- Robert Taylor, inventor of soap-in-a-pump-bottle (Softsoap), knew larger competitors like Colgate would try to copy his product. In order to ensure that they couldn’t copy him, he bought every small bottle hand-pump (100 million bottles) in the US. This resulted in a year of the market to himself
- Until 1974, banks could refuse to issue a credit card to a woman unless she was married and her husband co-signed for the card. A divorced woman was considered too much of a risk.
- The artificial sweetener Sucralose (Splenda) was amazingly discovered when a researcher misheard a command to “Test this chemical” as “taste this chemical”.
- Theaters used to have “cry rooms”: Soundproof rooms at the back of theaters so mothers wouldn’t disturb others with their children.
- The average infantryman in the South Pacific during World War II saw about 8 days of combat in a year. The average infantryman in Vietnam saw about 240 days of combat in one year.
By Amazing Facts 4U Team