48 Things I’ve learned in the past 48 hours on the occasion of my 48th birthday

I’m 48 today. Forty. Eight. What has been the point of these 48 years? What have I learned? What wisdom have I accumulated that I can pass on to my children? Well, not a lot, actually. So I’ve decided to teach myself this…

48 New Things I’ve Learned In The Last 48 Hours

1. Tuna fish swim more than 100 miles a day.

2. In New Zealand, sheep outnumber humans by 15 to 1.

3. Only one per cent of the water on earth is drinkable.

4. Atilla the hun was a dwarf.

5. You mostly breathe through only one nostril at a time

6. The average housefly weighs 10 to 15 millionths of a pound

7. There was no punctuation until the 15th Century

8. A mole can dig a hole 300 feet deep in one night.

9. The Mona Lisa has no eyebrows. It was the fashion in Renaissance Florence to shave them off!

10. Each day, up to 150 species of life become extinct.

11. The most popular Campbell’s Soup in Hong Kong is watercress and duck gizzard.

12. The UK eats more cans of baked beans than the rest of the world combined.

13. The powder on chewing gum is finely-ground marble.

14. Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.

15.  The word “fart” comes from the Old English “feortan” (meaning “to break wind”).

16. It is possible for you to survive even after the removal of the spleen, the stomach, one kidney, one lung, 75% of the liver, 80% of the intestines, and almost every organ from the pelvic and groin area.

17. The largest cell in the human body is the female egg and the smallest is the male sperm.

18. Every year your body replaces 98% of your atoms.

19. Your stomach produces a new layer of mucus every two weeks so that it doesn’t digest itself.

20. It is almost impossible to sneeze with your eyes open. It is a defense mechanism that has evolved to protect our eyes from bacteria and debris.

21. The average tastebud lives only 10 days before it dies and is replaced by a new one.

22.  Kermit the Frog is left-handed.

23. To have your picture taken by the very first camera you would have had to sit still for 8 hours!

24. Elvis had a twin.

25. Hippo milk is pink.

26. There are more chickens than people in the world.

27. Most elephants weigh less than a blue whale’s tongue.

28. In Brazil, there’s a species of cockroach that eats eyelashes, usually those of young children while they are asleep.

29. If you shaved a tiger, it would have striped skin.

30. In ten minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all the world’s nuclear weapons combined!

31.  It would take more than 150 years to drive a car to the sun.

32. The typical speck of dust that you see floating in the air is half way in size between the Earth and a subatomic particle.

33. Saturn’s rings are about 500,000 miles in circumference but only about a foot thick.

34. A new baby usually deprives each of it’s parents around 350-400 hours of sleep in the first year. That is one entire nights sleep per week, per parent.

35. If you mouth the word “colorful” to someone, it looks like you are saying “I love you”.

36. There are more nerve cells in the human brain than there are stars in the Milky Way.

37. There are 170,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 ways to play the ten opening moves in a game of chess.

38. The sound you hear when you crack your knuckles is actually the sound of nitrogen gas bubbles bursting.

39. Ice isn’t slippery. What makes people and things slip on ice is water. A thin layer of ice melts when pressure is applied to it and it is this wet layer on top of the ice that is slippery.

40. There are an estimated 50 thousand million galaxies in the universe, with the typical galaxy containing 50 thousand million to 100 thousand million stars. It is estimated that there are 1022 stars in total in the universe.

41. Astronomers believe that the universe contains one atom for every 88 gallons of space.

42. The longest word in the English language is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconioses!

43. The plastic tips on shoelaces are called “aglets”!

44. If you counted 24 hours a day, it would take 31,688 years to reach one trillion!

45. The first website domain name ever registered was Symbolics.com

46. No matter its size or thickness, no piece of paper can be folded in half more than 8 times.

47. Most people who read the word ‘yawning’ will yawn!

48. You share your birthday with at least 9 million other people in the world.




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9 Responses to 48 Things I’ve learned in the past 48 hours on the occasion of my 48th birthday

  1. Oh dear, I only knew two of those (and I wish I didn’t now know about those nitrogen bubbles). Suppose I’d better bed down with an encyclopedia before my birthday next month. Happy birthday to you and PS I didn’t yawn!

  2. Happy Birthday! I hope you get 48 candles on your cake x

  3. I absolutely LOVE random facts! Happy birthday to you Sir, have a brilliant one xx

  4. Laura MacGill

    What does it mean if you don’t yawn? Cos I didn’t. And in thinking about that I’ve pretty much forgotten everything else on the list. Have a great birthday.

  5. ” Every year your body replaces 98% of your atoms.” WOW!! Where did you find this out? I’d love to read more about this if you can point me in the right direction please?

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Sounds like a very productive one!! :)

  6. Very interesting about Atilla The Hun. Not sure I believe the one about the chewing gum – surely it’s sugar. I think Elvis’ twin dies in utro very early on – just incase anyone fancies going to look for the long lost twin ;). And finally, if you can remember half of these facts by next week I’ll be extrememly impressed. Happy Birthday mate xxx

  7. Happy Birthday!
    I also didn’t yawn. Think the only one I’ll remember is the big egg and the little sperm!

  8. I’ll never give my kids pink milk again!
    Happy birthday to you, you don’t smell like poo, cos you’re kids are no longer babies (mine are, and I do!)
    Donna x

  9. point 48 – one of those 9 million people was my late dad, a very special man in my life and another one of those 9 million people actually arrived on your 48th, Evan my grandson born 30.01.2012 at 10.20am
    Must be a brilliant day to have a birthday :)
    Have a great 49th year