14 useless but fun factoids to start your Monday

The eyebrowless look was big in Mona Lisa's time

Let’s ease into the week with some totally useless but highly interesting factoids. The next time there’s a lull in the conversation, throw one on the table, and things will pick up in no time. If you want to find more, go to randomfaq.com. These all seem to hold up under scrutiny, but if you disagree, let me know! If you have a favorite factoid, put it in the comments section.

  1. If you are right-handed, you will tend to chew your food on the right side of your mouth. If you  are left-handed, you will tend to chew your food on the left side of  your mouth.
  2. To make a half kilo of  honey (1.1 pounds), bees must collect nectar from more than 2 million individual  flowers.
  3. Heroin was the brand name of morphine once marketed by Bayer.
  4. Communications giant Nokia was founded in 1865 as a wood-pulp mill by Fredrik  Idestam.
  5. Albert Einstein was offered the presidency of Israel in 1952, but he  declined.
  6. Astronauts can’t belch. There is no gravity to separate liquid from gas in their  stomachs.
  7. Ancient Roman, Chinese  and German societies often used urine as  mouthwash.
  8. The average person who  stops smoking requires less sleep each night.
  9. The Mona Lisa has no eyebrows. In the Renaissance era, some say, it was fashionable to shave them  off.
  10. The night of January 20  is “Saint Agnes’s Eve,” which is regarded as a time when a young woman  dreams of her future husband.
  11. There are more than 25  million bubbles waiting to burst out of each bottle of  Champagne. (Some say more than 49 million!)
  12. It takes glass 1 million years to decompose, which means it never wears out and can be  recycled indefinitely.
  13. Your tongue is the only  muscle in your body that is attached at only one  end.
  14. When it originally  appeared in 1886, Coca-Cola was billed as an Esteemed Brain Tonic and  Intellectual Beverage.

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