With a reality star on his way to the White House and a comedian running for president in Italy, there are few things that can surprise people these days. However, there are a few strange, but true facts that you don’t read about in the paper every day.
It may sound like a bunch of bull crap, but there really is a bus in the United Kingdom that is powered entirely by biomethane gas. The gas is produced by the treatment of sewage and food waste. According to BBC.com, It takes the annual waste of five humans to produce a tank of gas for the vehicle which is known as the Bio Bus.
2. Darth Vader’s Had Something In Common With Jacque Cousteau
Star Wars sound designer Ben Burtt used an innovative method to create Darth Vader’s breathing noise. According to the website scubadiving.com, the sound was created by using a Dacor scuba regulator. Mr. Burtt, simply breathed into the regulator to get the effect.
Although America Bullfrogs can go into a catatonic state in which they appear to unconscious, they do not technically sleep. According to the website, Vanwinkles.com the agile amphibians are ready to catch lunch or leap for their lives at any moment.
The US Postal service still uses mules to deliver mail to two areas in the state of Arizona. According to the Grand Canyons website, residents of Supai and Phantom Town still need the famously stubborn animals to bring them their communique as the area is simply too tricky for mail trucks.
Although it may cause an embarrassing mess, it is best to just let sneezing happen. According to the website, Live Science, holding in a sneeze can damage blood vessels in both your brain and your eyes. A repressed sneeze can also force air up the Eustachian tubes in your ears and cause a ruptured eardrum.
6. The Sistine Chapel Has Nothing On These Japanese Temples
The town of Kyoto, Japan contains five temples that have blood stains on the ceilings. Fortunately, they are not the result of human sacrifice. According to Japanvisitors.com, the ceilings are made from the floorboards of Fushimi Castle where 10 warriors killed themselves to avoid capture in 1592.
Contrary to popular belief, women are capable of experiencing an orgasm while they are asleep. According to Web MD, Sex therapist, Barbara Bartlik, MD, woman have wet dreams, just the same as men. Woman’s genitals can become engorged and lubricated when they have both erotic and not erotic dreams.
According to Reference.com, the two popular citrus fruits have less in common than one might think. There is a reason lemons are a more popular drink garnish than limes. Lemons are more likely to float in water. In addition to having the same density as water, lemons have pores on their rind, these pores act as air pockets which cause them to float. Limes are simply denser than their yellow cousins, causing them to sink like stones.
Before she ever got into the groove or gyrated her way down the canal in Venice, Madonna worked at Duncan Donuts. According to Shape.com, the famous songstress and social icon got fired from the Times Square shop for squirting jelly at customers.
10. France Was Executing People By Guillotine When Jimmy Carter Was President
French people have a reputation for being more liberal and intellectual than Americans, but their history would suggest differently. The government was still cutting people’s heads of with a Guillotine until 1977. According to Death Penalty News The last person to be executed was Hamida Djandoubi, who was put to death for murdering his girlfriend.
11. The First Televised Football Game Had An Audience Of 500
The 2016 Superbowl may have had 111.9 million TV viewers, but according to the website profootballhof.com, televised football took a while to catch on. The first televised football game took place in 1939 between the college teams the Fordham Rams and the Waynesburg Yellow Jackets.
12. Pirates Had a Strange Reason For Wearing Earrings
Many a modern man has adopted the pirate practice of wearing a single earring, thinking that it makes a sexy and rebellious fashion statement. But it was actually fear that motivated the comely swashbucklers to wear the jewelry. According to reference.com The seafaring thieves believed that wearing earrings would help cure bad eyesight.
13. Online Travel Is Not As Competitive As One Might Think
Have you ever spent all night hunting around for the best travel deal? Do you ever feel triumphant over corporate America when you find a fare on Trivago that is $25 cheaper than the one on Expedia? Well, think again. According to the Chicago Tribune, Expedia.com, Hotels.com, Hotwire.com, Trivago, Travelocity, and Orbitz are all owned by, Expedia Inc.