Did You Know…?




The heaviest bull testicles ever recorded weighed in at 14.3 lbs.  These were retrieved from “Stud”, a Texas Longhorn upon his death at the age of 22.


Bumblebees got their name because their erratic flight pattern and the fact that they frequently bump (or bumble) into each other.


The longest word in the English language without a vowel is skzqrbznp.  It is an antiquated word derived from Norse and means “without a shield”.


Pigeons, pound for pound, have the smallest brains of all birds.


Instead of causing warts, rubbing the secretions of a South American frog known locally in its normal habitat as “scondero” (the healing one) will actually cause warts to dissolve within a week.


The lima bean is a member of the pea family and was commonly used by the Native American Indians of the Southwest as an aphrodisiac.


The floccule is the smallest known rodent in North American.  It builds nests from its wooly coat, normally in the upper-most branches of conifers along the Washington coast.  Its diet consists solely of pine nuts.


The air spaces within and between a feather’s barbs tend to minimally negate the normal gravitation pull of earth, therefore a pound of feathers actually weighs .0000034 ounce less than a pound of lead.


The planet Mercury was originally named Saffron by Zupus in 1639, after the flower of the crocus because of its purplish color when viewed through the early telescopes.  The name was of course, later changed to Mercury, the Roman messenger of the gods.


Even though most people immediately associate tulips with Holland, they actually originated in Belgium where they were known as “tulips”.  Imagine that.


If humans had the leg physiology of a common grasshopper, a 150 pound man of average strength would be able to jump a vertical distance of 213 feet!


Facial tissue was originally developed for use as insulating material for coats.


Forks originally had only one prong and were developed as an eating tool for stabbing meat and other fairly solid foods.


Cup handles were invented around 1700 by James B. Edmunton, an English socialite who became unhappy at having to wait until his tea cooled “excessively” before he could pick up the cup.


The hair of the “ankor sheba”, a goat originally raised by nomads of the Sahara Desert, is only 1/25th the diameter of the average human hair.  It is the finest hair produced by any mammal.


Cantaloupe was originally considered to be poisonous and was known as the “fruit of the devil”.


Raccoons have three eyelids.


The tooth fairy is real.


OK – so maybe I exaggerated just a little on the last statement.  You caught me!  Did you catch me on all the others, too?  I certainly hope so because they all just fell out of my little brain in the last 30 minutes.  People, people, people.


I reiterate the foundation premise for the NuPathz site.  THINKING – and questioning - can be very, very good for you.  Not thinking can cause hair to grow on your palms (or cause you to go blind - or something like that…).   We do need to be careful though, because sometimes over-thinking (over-analysis) particularly as related to a projected course of action can easily result in no action.  Too many “what ifs” can dampen our motivation to move ahead.  Of course, if you’re considering a new technique for brain surgery….....



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