Thursday 13 – Strange Facts

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For this week’s Thursday 13, I thought I would share some strange and unusual facts that I have uncovered. I am obsessed with research and learning new things. I often search the internet for strange, unusual, and bizarre facts. Here are a few:

  1. The Mona Lisa has no eyebrows. It was the fashion in Renaissance Florence to shave them off!
  2. The king of hearts is the only king without a mustache on a standard playing card!
  3. When glass breaks, the cracks move faster than 3,000 miles per hour. To photograph the event, a camera must shoot at a millionth of a second!
  4. The two-foot long bird called a Kea that lives in New Zealand likes to eat the strips of rubber around car windows!
  5. Taphephobia is the fear of being buried alive!
  6. The sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog.” uses every letter of the alphabet!
  7. Until 1796, there was a state in the United States called Franklin. Today it’s known as Tennessee!
  8. Owls are one of the only birds who can see the color blue!
  9. The starfish is one of the few animals who can turn its stomach inside-out!
  10. Bats always turn left when exiting a cave!
  11. An earthquake on Dec. 16, 1811 caused parts of the Mississippi River to flow backwards!
  12. Ernest Vincent Wright wrote a novel, Gadsby, which contains over 50,000 words — none of them with the letter E!
  13. And a strange law on the books in my state: In Virginia, the Code of 1930 has a statute which prohibits corrupt practices or bribery by any person other than political candidates.

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33 thoughts on “Thursday 13 – Strange Facts

  1. Interesting! One of my favourite celebrities Michael Caine wrote a book once titled: not many people know that filled with random fascinating facts. It was a hit and a selling sensation and he donated the profits to charity!

  2. I knew there was a Franklin, Tennessee, but I didn’t know there was once a state called Franklin, that’s cool! We have a town called Franklin in Texas as well. πŸ™‚

    Happy weekend!

    • Thank you, Rachel πŸ™‚ I found it fascinating too.. we have a Franklin County in VA, but man, a whole state named that at one time.. amazing πŸ˜€ Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Well, that last one explains Virginia politics, doesn’t it. Geez. These were very entertaining facts. Thanks for sharing them.

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  5. We must be related somewhere along the line as I love reading strange facts as well. I have to admit, I’m astounded about the Gatsby novel having been written without the letter ‘e’ (is that Ephobia?). Irrespective of the strangeness, it is a feat in itself and I wonder what motivated F Scott Fitzgerald to write the tome sans the letter ‘e.’ A thought provoking post! πŸ†’

    • welcome to the family, Wendy πŸ˜€ I can never have enough sisters in spirit πŸ™‚ I have no idea, but it is fascinating to write something without a certain letter or vowel in it. I’ve done it before.. no small feat!

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