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Stuff That Will Improve Your General Knowledge



March 30th, 2014 by in General with 2,305 Views

People with higher incomes generally prefer their toilet paper to come over the roll, while those with lower incomes prefer it to go under.

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In a 1989 book, Barry Sinrod and Mel Poretz revealed that 60% of people making more than $50,000 a year preferred the toilet paper to come over the roll, while 73% of those making under $20,000 preferred it to go under.

Women have been found to blink more often than men.

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A study of spontaneous blinking patterns found women blink 19 times per minute, compared to 11 for men.

A jiffy is an actual unit of time, not just an expression.

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In computer engineering, it is the length of one cycle of the computer’s system clock (around 10 milliseconds). In chemistry and physics, a jiffy is the amount of time it takes light to travel a distance of one centimeter — about 33.3564 picoseconds.

The lint that collects in the bottom of your pockets has a name — gnurr.

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The founders of Hewlett-Packard flipped a coin to determine whose name would come first in the company.

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Some animals, like the western spotted skunk, are able to delay their pregnancies for months.

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In these cases, the embryos cease developing for a certain period of time before attaching to the uterine wall. Other animals with types of delayed pregnancies include otters and kangaroos.

Sigmund Freud once believed that cocaine could be used to help treat morphine addiction.

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NASA had to rename the sizes of the apparatus used for male astronauts to pee, from small, medium, and large, to large, gigantic, and humongous, because no one was willing to pick their true size.

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Flamingos get their color from the carotenoid pigments in the foods that they eat, like algae and shrimp.

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Once their feathers shed, they quickly lose their color.

The line between the two numbers in a fraction is called the vinculum.

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The vinculum can have more than one term over or under it — it signifies that the group of terms is to be operated upon as a single expression.

You can get a rough estimate of the temperature by counting the number of times a cricket chirps in 15 seconds, then adding 37.

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(The temperature in Fahrenheit, that is.)

The U.S. pizza industry serves up to 100 acres of pizza every day.

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Scientists accidentally killed the world’s oldest animal while trying to do research on it.

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The quahog (not the one pictured above) was over 500 years old when it died.

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