12 Lesser-Known Facts About The World

1. In a 2008 survey, 58% of British teenagers thought Sherlock Holmes was a real person, while 23% thought Winston Churchill was not.

2. Along with the five traditional senses of sound, sight, touch, smell and taste, humans have 15 “other senses.” These include balance, temperature, pain and time as well as internal senses for suffocation, thirst, and fullness.

3. The “most typical human” is right-handed, makes less than $12,000 per year, has a mobile phone, and doesn’t have a bank account.

4. A TI-83 calculator has six times more processing power than the computer that landed Apollo 11 on the moon.

5. Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.

6. The unicorn is the national animal of Scotland.

7. Marie Curie is the only person to earn a Nobel prize in two different sciences.

8. Vending machines kill 4 times as many people as sharks per year.

9. More people in the world currently suffer from obesity than from hunger.

10. Elephants can purr, like cats.

11. Alligators don’t age biologically, they don’t die from old age, they die from starvation or a disease.

12. When a rooster crows it partially pinches shut its ear canals so it won’t deafen itself.