Saturday, 22 March 2014

10 Things we didn't know last week

Even more strange and fascinating facts.

1. Ear wax can be used to monitor pollution.

Now some may find this point x-rated but ear wax has its uses. I remember an Afro-Caribbean lady telling me that it is good for cold sores. It has anti-microbial properties and can indicate pollutants in the atmosphere.


2. Clarissa Dickson Wright's full name was Clarissa Theresa Philomena Aileen Mary Josephine Agnes Elsie Trilby Louise Esmeralda Dickson Wright.


3. Narwhals' long tusks - an exaggerated front tooth used for courtship - are super sensitive.


4. Evening Standard proprietor Evgeny Lebedev keeps a private library of 500 scents at the office.


5. Crow families that unwittingly host a cuckoo chick in the nest tend to have better survival rates.


6. Guinness in 1982 came close to re-launching the brand as an English beer brewed in west London.


7. It's often been reported that the human nose can only distinguish between 10,000 smells but that is wrong - it's more like a trillion.


8. Vicars and priests have the highest job satisfaction of UK workers.


9. Until this week's decision to remove the law from the statute book, it was a criminal offence in the UK not to report grey squirrels spotted on your land.


10. Dark chocolate is feasted on by "good" microbes in the gut, resulting in the production of anti-inflammatory compounds.

The above is the reason that dark chocolate in small quantities can help to lower high blood pressure.

God Bless