• The rarest shape for a human nose is the bulbous type, exemplified by former U.S. President Bill Clinton.
• Smuggling a cat out of ancient Egypt was punishable by death.
• A variety of corn grown in Peru has kernels so large that they’re eaten individually.
• After impressionist painter Claude Monet developed cataracts, he agreed to have surgery on his right eye only. It is believed that afterwards he could see and paint a wide spectrum of colors usually not seen by the human eye.
• Dinosaurs often swallowed large rocks, which stayed in their stomachs and helped them grind up food.
• One in 23 million people have an allergy to water.
• In 1631, royal printers Robert Barker and Martin Lucas published a Bible containing the typo “Thou Shalt Commit Adultery.” As if that weren’t embarrassing enough, another misprint, in Deuteronomy, substituted the word “greatnesse” with “great-asse.” Barker and Lucas were fined 300 pounds and lost their printing license. Less than a dozen copies of what came to be known as the “Wicked,” “Sinful” and “Adulterous” Bible are known to exist today and are highly prized by collectors.
• On average, a person’s eyes make 15 to 30 gallons of tears a year.
• A rainbow’s arc is relative to the position of the person observing it, so it is impossible for two people to actually see the exact same one.
• The air around a lightning bolt is five times hotter than the surface of the sun.
• While rare, there have been enough reported cases of strokes triggered by spa massage treatments that the medical community has nicknamed the phenomenon “beauty parlor stroke syndrome.”
• Altocalciphilia is a fetish for high heels.
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