501 Facts from a Neighbouring Reality

253. A tribal language in central Brazil only has 24 verbs, and 2 of them are rude.

254. A civil servant in Milton Keynes, England, who was heavily criticised after the media learned that his ‘Pudding Quality Standards’ position was self-appointed, defended himself by saying that in 2011 he had had to reject 10% of jellies for having either a ‘flaccid’ or ‘exuberant’ wibble-wobble quotient.

255. The saying ‘out of sight, out of mind’ has never quite been consolidated with the saying ‘absence makes the heart grow fonder’ leading some etymologists to suggest that the latter saying might have been about absinthe.


256. Tomato plants do 72% better when sympathized with at least twice a day.

257 Students at Harvard University hacked into a SETI radio telescope in 1994 and ordered 3 large Pizzas.

258. Vegans can’t see colour but they think they can.

259. In a hostage situation, an old person with a smartphone has double the chances of survival as a smart person with an old phone.

260. The moon is moving away from the Earth at the rate of 2 millionths of a metre per century due to people bouncing signals off it.

261. The enigma machine, used by the Allies to decode German signals in World War II, would lack the capacity to decipher a teenage girl’s text message to their bff.

262. Without elbows, clapping would require twice the effort but produce half the sound.

263. After about 2 years of experience barbers learn to read thoughts, and after about 5 years they learn to hide their reactions.

264. The juice at the bottom of bottle banks is used to make cough medicine.

265. At any instant, around 4,000 people worldwide bump their heads just after warning someone to mind their head.

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