35 Bits of Trivia to Jumpstart Your Noggin

35 Bits of Trivia to Jumpstart Your Noggin

A little sleepy, are we? We don’t blame you. There’s a lot going on these days, and you’re swamped. With bills, work, family, friends and facts, there’s a lot on your plate. Well, a couple of those things are going to have to go, if you’re going to retain your sanity. We suggest bills and family or something, since it clearly can’t be the facts!

The Great Wall of China is held together with sticky rice. The innovative use of sticky rice in mortar has helped the structure survive the elements. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM

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we lose our sense of smell When we sleep. GRACKED.COM

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The Queen uses her purse to signal her handlers 0 A royal historian believes how the Queen holds her purse lets her handlers know when she's ready to end a conversation or leave immediately. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM

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San Francisco's most iconic landmark was close to being an underwater tunnel. CRACKED COM The subterranean passage would have been beneath the Bay while boats traveled above. City officials initially supported the idea since costs were a third lower than building a bridge, but traded it for something a little showier.

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In 1929 New York Times reported that Empire State Building investors hoped zeppelins could dock at the top. ZEPPELIN ZEPPELIN FOR - CRACKED COM By 1930, a manipulated photograph circulated in newspapers interna- tionally showing a zeppelin that looked like it had done so. Not until 1931, did one ever actually dock. Due to the 40 mph winds, and the traffic it caused below, it only stayed there for three minutes.

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In 1998, UC Berkeley scientists discovered that the western fence lizard could thwart Lyme disease if bitten by infected ticks. CRACKED COM These lizards have a specific protein in their systems that kills the infection. Western U.S. may also have fewer cases of Lyme due to the lyme-fighting lizard as opposed to the East- ern U.S. where Lyme disease runs rampant.

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WEIRD WORLD A guy in India ordered a passport cover from Amazon, and got a passport with it. HRP REPUBLIC OF INDIA Amazingly, customer support just told him that it will not be repeated and we will instruct the seller to be very careful next time. CRACKED.COM

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WEIRD WORLD The Mexican government seized 380,000 boxes of Kellogg's cereal. The reason? According to the government, cartoons on the boxes violate laws aimed at improving childrens' diets. CRACKED.COM

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WEIRD WORLD Taylor Swift got beat out by a bunch of birds on a Top 50 list. Apparently, an album of the sounds of endangered birds, called Songs of Disappearance, was #3 on Australia's chart of top 50 albums, beating out Taylor Swift. CRACKED.COM

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