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20 Facts You Won't Expect to Hear

Edited By: David Borg
 The longer I live, the more I begin to realize that the world is far from a simple and straightforward place. In fact, many things which used to leave me shocked or perplexed now have little effect on me, as I learn to appreciate every aspect of our world and the many societies that it contains. Below, you'll find 20 strange facts that prove what a unique and wonderful place our planet really is:
 
1. In ancient Egypt, baldness was considered to be the ultimate form of female beauty.Unexpected Facts
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2. There is a condition known as hypertrichosis, which is often referred to as the 'werewolf syndrome'.Unexpected Facts
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3. The first alarm clock was only able to ring at 4 am, since the inventor, Levi Hutchins, created it for his own personal use.Unexpected Facts
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4. The Arabic word for 'camel' literally means 'beauty'.Unexpected Facts
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5. Horses, camels, giraffes, zebras, and cows are all able to sleep while standing up, but can't enter REM sleep without lying down.Unexpected Facts
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6. Einstein refused to wear socks, claiming “When I was young I found out that the big toe always ends up making a hole in a sock. So I stopped wearing socks.”Unexpected Facts
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7. The opposite faces of a die are designed to add up to 7, which was considered a magic number in the past.Unexpected Facts
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8. Most scientists claim that pandas are more closely related to raccoons than bears.Unexpected Facts
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9. The average woman spends ten years of her life applying makeup.Unexpected Facts
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10. Alcohol can protect you from radiation sickness & according to Japanese scientists, 15 fl oz of light beer can reduce radiation damage by 34%.Unexpected Facts
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11. Kea parrots from New Zealand have been known to eat sheep alive in the middle of the night.Unexpected Facts
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12. Jimmy Carter once accidentally sent nuclear launch codes to the dry cleaner in his jacket pocket by accident.Unexpected Facts
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13. This cracker that was served on the Titanic was eventually sold for $22,968.Unexpected Facts
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14. There is a phobia called anatidaephobia which is the fear of being constantly watched by a duck.Unexpected Facts
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15. The human body contains around 0.2mg of gold, half in the blood and organs, and half in the bones.Unexpected Facts
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16. The western Chinese add salt to their tea to restore energy and prevent dehydration.Unexpected Facts
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17. The only animals allowed to enter mosques are cats, since the prophet Mohammed was a great lover of cats.Unexpected Facts
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18. Our planet gets around 60 tons heavier each day due to cosmic dust and other particles settling on it from space.Unexpected Facts
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19. A Hollywood screenwriter earns more than top actors, and 2 weeks of work can land you around $500,000.Unexpected Facts
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20. According to nutritionists, the scent of bananas, peaches, and apples make it easier to lose weight.Unexpected Facts
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