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Did you know.. that most seashells open to the right ? Although there are some species with shells that are always sinistral ( or left opening ) , nine out of 10 shells are dextral , meaning they open to the right . Because of their rarity , shell collectors go crazy for sinistral specimens , so much so that over the years clandestine trades have prospered in fake lefties .

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Did you know.. that ears have the smallest bones found in the human body ? Actually , there are three bones in your ear and all of them fall into this class . Technically these bones are referred to as ossicles . They are designed to aid with sound transmittal . These bones capture the sound from the air then relay them back to the brain. The whole process of transmitting sound is an amazing system .  
 

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Fact of the Day - PLANET MARS

 

Did you know.... that Mars and Earth have  approximately the same landmass?   Even though Mars has only 15% of the Earth’s volume and just over 10% of the Earth’s mass, around two thirds of the Earth’s surface is covered in water. Martian surface gravity is only 37% of the Earth’s (meaning you could leap nearly three times higher on Mars).

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Mars takes its name from the Roman god of war.
The ancient Greeks called the planet Ares, after their god of war; the Romans then did likewise, associating the planet’s blood-red colour with Mars, their own god of war. Interestingly, other ancient cultures also focused on colour – to China’s astronomers it was ‘the fire star’, whilst Egyptian priests called on ‘Her Desher’, or ‘the red one’. The red colour Mars is known for is due to the rock and dust covering its surface being rich in iron.

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Did you know... that the tallest mountain known in the solar system is on Mars ? Olympus Mons is a 21 km ( 72,000 ft ) high and 600 km diameter shield volcano , that was formed billions of years ago . Scientists have found a lot of recent evidence of volcanic lava which suggests Olympus Mons may still be active . It is the second highest mountain in the entire solar system , topped only by the Rheasilvia central peak on the asteroid Vesta , which is 22 km high .
 

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Fact of the Day - WHISKY

 

Did you know... that Distillation THE process, the key segment of whisky production was invented around four thousand years ago in the ancient civilizations of Babylon and Mesopotamia? First detailed description of came from 100 AD, when Greek distilled sea water into drinking water. First modern record of whisky comes from 1494 Scotland, with the letter that described acquisition of raw material needed for the production of over 1500 whisky bottles. Apparently by then, whisky was already widespread.

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Did you know... that whisky does not age further once bottled ? Therefore a whisky bottled in 1999 as 10 years old , is not now 20 years old in 2019 . However , whiskies bottled in decades or centuries ago can show some change , especially if the closure is not air-tight .

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Did you know... that George Washington opened a whisky distillery and by 1799, he was the largest producer of whisky in the US. Also, tabasco sauce is actually aged in barrels that previously contained JD. Now you know why it stings so much. 🤣 

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Fact of the Day - SLEEP

 

Did you know,,, that the sensation of falling when half asleep and jerking yourself awake is called ‘hypnic jerks’?  No-one is totally sure why hypnic jerks occur but they are deemed to be perfectly healthy. However, they may be increased by anxiety, caffeine or physical activity close to bedtime. They are more frequent in young people and decrease as we get older.

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Usually sleepers pass through four stages: 1, 2, 3, and REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. These stages progress cyclically from 1 through REM then begin again with stage 1. A complete sleep cycle takes an average of 90 to 110 minutes, with each stage lasting between 5 to 15 minutes. The first sleep cycles each night have relatively short REM sleeps and long periods of deep sleep but later in the night, REM periods lengthen and deep sleep time decreases.

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Did you know... that a giraffe only needs 1.9 hours of sleep a day, whereas a brown bat needs 19.9 hours a day. The extremes of both sleep deprivation and being the biggest lazy f*ck you can be. 😂 Also, did you know that the record for the longest period without sleep is 11 days... had to believe when I can barely manage 24 hours.

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Did you know... that in general , exercising regularly makes it easier to fall asleep and contributes to sounder sleep ? However , exercising sporadically or right before going to bed will make falling asleep more difficult .

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Fact of the Day - MARTIAL ARTS

 

Did you know... that very few activities have as many legends and myths surrounding them as do martial arts? Hundreds of practices are included under the title of martial arts, and some of these were passed down in secrecy for many generations. Furthermore, martial arts developed in countries that have been historically isolated from the Western world. Thus, there are many conflicting theories and opinions concerning the origins of martial arts. What is known is that martial arts began in the ancient cultures of Asia, including China, India, and Japan. In both China and India, artifacts from 2,000 to 4,000 years old have been found with paintings of people striking possible martial arts poses. Qigong , one of the oldest systems that may be considered a martial art, is believed by some historians to be 5,000 years old or older, originating in ancient China. Some scholars trace the development of martial arts much later to the sixth century a.d. According to legend, that is when a Buddhist monk from India named Bodhidharma brought Buddhism, yoga exercises, and meditation techniques to the Shaolin Monastery in China.

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Did you know... that in the martial arts demonstrations there have been occasions where people fight huge animals like bulls and manage to kill them in a single blow? One such example was Mas Oyama a karate master earning him the name "Godhand"

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During the making of "Rocky", Sylvester Stallone asked Earnie Shavers (widely regarded as the hardest puncher in boxing) to punch him for real. After 1 punch, Stallone vomited.

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Did you know... that Jason David Frank ( the Green/White Power Ranger ) is actually a 7th degree black belt , a pro MMA fighter , developed his own style of karate Toso Kune Do & held the world record for most pine boards broken in free fall ?
 

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Fact of the Day - COMPUTERS

 

Did you know... that Genesis Device demonstration video in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan was the the first entirely computer generated movie sequence in the history of cinema. That studio later become Pixar.

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