Unusual Facts

Letter B does not appear in the spelling of any whole number until one billion

The Natural Color of Rubber is White. Rubber is made black by adding various chemicals, such as carbon black. This isn’t just for cosmetic reasons, but because adding chemicals like carbon black to the rubber drastically increases desirable qualities of the rubber

Sloths can slow their heart rate to 1/3 of the normal rate and hold their breath for up to 40 min

In 1995 a criminal stole a tank from the US Navy, and took it to a California highway. Many people refer to this as the GTA incident

The most thundery place on Earth is said to be Tororo, Uganda, where it thunders 251 days a year

The Dance Fever of 1518 was a month-long plague of inexplicable dancing in Strasbourg , in which hundreds of people danced for about a month for no apparent reason. Several of them danced themselves to death

A compulsive desire to look at something that terrifies you, like a horror film or an injury, is called cacospectomania

In 1923, jockey Frank Hayes won a race at Belmont Park in New York despite being dead — he suffered a heart attack mid-race, but his body stayed in the saddle until his horse crossed the line for a 20–1 outsider victory

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