There is this site I have subscribed to 'Useless Knowledge'. It sends tidbits every day and while none of it useful, it sure is interesting to read.

Read on and do tell me if you did (or didn't) find it interesting.

  • A dolphin produces notes 100 times higher than the highest note a human soprano can reach even in the shower.
  • In old Siam (today’s Thailand), white elephants were so rare that they were automatically the property of the emperor. To punish people, the emperor would give them a white elephant, because while they had to care for it, they were forbidden to ride or work it. Hence, the modern term for something totally useless: a white elephant.
  • The first commercial vacuum cleaner was so large that it was mounted on a wagon. People threw parties in their homes so guests could watch the new device do its job.
  • In ancient times, the traditional color of bridal gowns was red. The wife of Napoleon III broke the tradition and wore a white gown. Then, brides began wearing white gowns (which were worn only once) as a symbol of their wealth.
  • Some sharks swim in a figure eight when frightened.
  • The average human eyelash lives about 150 days.
  • Phobia: syngenesophobia Fear of: relatives
  • The name of the game may originate from the days of its origins in Scotland, when it was strictly a "Gentlemen Only, Ladies Forbidden" sport; hence GOLF.
  • Warner Communications paid $28 million for the copyright to the song "Happy Birthday."
    Ferdinand Porsche, who later went on to build the famous sports cars bearing his own name, designed the original 1936 Volkswagen.
  • Should members of these actual clubs be considered slightly deranged: Committee for Immediate Nuclear War, the National Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Mushrooms, the Order of Manly Men, and our favorite, the Institute of Totally Useless Skills?
  • The world’s first electric traffic light signal was installed 75 years ago in Cleveland, Ohio, at the intersection of Euclid Avenue and East 105th St.
  • About 27 tons of dust rain down on Earth each day from space, making a total of almost 10,000 tons each year.
  • Sharks have a sixth sense that enables them to detect bio electrical fields radiated by other sea creatures and to navigate by sensing changes in the earth’s magnetic field.
  • Camels eat just about anything. When camels are really hungry and there is no food around, they won’t think twice about gobbling up people’s tents, sandals, or blankets.
  • Colgate was the first toothpaste sold in metal tubes rather than jars.

The one I like the most is syngenesophobia (Fear of relatives)! I surely suffer from it!

And tomorrow, blogdosts, do come back to find your names in the gift-list; for this time, I haven't forgotten the promise I made :)

Till then, take care and stay precious!

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10 Responses
  1. SUFFIX Says:

    True? We trust

  2. Kayla Says:

    Haha, this is hilarious! I love it!

  3. awesome-wow my GK improved loads,nice one Neha

  4. Awesome, my GK improved loads-loved it-Nice one Neha

  5. Shas Says:

    Useful knowledge :)
    Guess what my GK increased after reading your post :D
    Keep it up!!

  6. Anonymous Says:

    I love these #Didyouknow kinda things :)

  7. A Says:

    I liked them.

  8. Bikramjit Says:

    Whats this Gift - list .. :)

  9. Bikramjit Says:

    wowow.. a mighty list of wonderful facts.. now my gk has improved a bit ..

    thank you and fear of relatives SO VERY TRUE ...