Humans are the only animals to sleep on their backs

... and 9 other totally useless facts about humans

If you shouted for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days, you would produce enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee.

Around 15 men each year have their penises chopped off by their wives and the highest proportion of men who suffer this are Italians.

After being decapitated a human can still see for 20 seconds.

Under EC law it is legal to have sex with inflatable dolls in the street.

Winners at the 2001 Nobel Prize ceremony for eccentric researchers, inventors and scientists include an American who claims to have invented anti-flatulence underwear, a Lithuanian who set up a theme park dedicated to Stalin, and two Indians who discovered that nose-picking is commonplace.

Human stomachs produce a new layer of mucus every 2 weeks to stop it digesting itself.

More boys than girls are born during the day, but more girls are born at night.

Michelangelo's cook was illiterate, so he drew her a shopping list, which today is priceless.

Banging your head against a wall uses a 150 calories an hour.


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