Saturday, June 06, 2009

Bizarre Factoids

I just read these in Bizarre News. They come from a list of "Sixty Amazing But True Facts". I shortened the list more. I don't know if these are true, but they are certainly chuckle worthy.

"Male rhesus monkeys often
hang from tree branches by their amazing prehensile

"SCUBA divers cannot pass gas at depths of 33 feet or

Because printed materials are being replaced by CD-ROMs,
microfiche and the Internet, libraries that previously sank
into their foundations under the weight of their books are
now in danger of collapsing in extremely high winds.

In 1843, a Parisian street mime got stuck in his imaginary
box and consequently died of starvation.
[This one I kind of believe.]

Until 1978, Camel cigarettes contained minute particles of
real camels.

University of Virginia researchers released a study
promoting the practice of nose picking, claiming that
the health benefits of keeping nasal passages free from
infectious blockages far outweigh the negative social

Due to the angle at which the optic nerve enters the brain,
staring at a blue surface during sex greatly increases the
intensity of orgasms.
[Get out the paint brushes and rollers, boys.]

Bizarre News Forum


Mr. Talk said...

I think regular nose picking would greatly diminish the need for blue walls.

Anonymous said...

Okay, folks, before anyone goes into an apopleptic fit, I don't know where some of this BS comes from that Lewis is passing on. So here's a peremptory strike of debunking:

a) No, Qwert Yuiop did NOT invent the typewriter. The QWERTY keyboard was designed to slow down touch-typists on manual typewriters so that the keys would jam less frequently.

b) Libraries are neither sinking under the weight of their books, nor in danger of being blow down by high winds because of the lack of books.

c) Camel cigarettes do NOT contain particles of camels. That would actually be healthy compared to what they DO contain . . .

d) A street mime got stuck in an imaginary box?? Oh, come on now.

e) Playboy magazine didn't come out until nearly a decade after the war ended. At least Lewis did his own debunking on that one, as well as the bee trapped in a film canister thing.

f) The McHaggis??? Oh, come on now, Lewis! And the very first McDonalds was opened in 1954, in Des Plaines, IL.

But what the hell, it's all in good fun, right?