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17 Facts About Ordinary Things That Prove This World Is Full of Surprises

There are many things in this world that we haven't heard of for one reason or another. They are often the simple everyday things surrounding us, but, in our hectic lives, we never have time to stop and think about them. This article will tell you why planes are always white and why Ritter Sport chocolate has the shape of a square.

Today Bright Side collected a set of facts that you'll definitely want to share with the whole world.

  • Saudi Arabia imports camels from Australia. Arabian camels also exist, but they are used only for the entertainment of tourists and as transport. But for culinary purposes, they prefer Australian ones.
  • Until the year 1800, about 43% of the world's population did not live more than 5 years.

  • Scientists have discovered that hippos and whales have a common ancestor that lived about 50 million years ago. Therefore, it can be said that whales and hippopotamuses are distant relatives.
  • Ritter Sport chocolate started to be produced in the shape of a square after jackets with square pockets became popular in the 1930s. The company decided to set up production of square chocolate bars that would fit into these pockets but would not break and had the weight of regular chocolate.
  • Locust bean seeds were once considered identical to each other and used as a weight measure — a carat (equal to 200 mg). Since then, the carat has become a traditional measure of weight for precious stones and pearls.
  • In 19th-century England, macassar oil, which supposedly aided alopecia, was popular among men. To protect furniture from oil stains, housewives began to cover the backs of furniture with napkins. Since then, they have been called antimacassars, and these napkins can also be seen on the backs of chairs in trains and airplanes.
  • If a person eats a polar bear's liver, there is a high probability that they will die. The liver contains too much vitamin A and, in this amount, causes hypervitaminosis and severe poisoning.
  • Studies have shown that babies smile pretty consciously and do it when they see that mom or dad are ready to smile back at them. They like to look at the smile of their parents, and, in fact, they achieve that smile with their own smile.
  • At the heart of the Greek anthem, there is a poem of 158 quatrains. However, only the first 2 are sung.
  • Despite their external similarity, hares and rabbits cannot have joint offspring. Moreover, they have a different number of chromosomes: rabbits have 22, and hares have 24.
  • Planes are mainly painted white because this color makes it easier to find any malfunctions — to notice oil stains or cracks, for example. The second reason for such a choice is because the color white prevents a plane from heating up. Any other color will absorb sunlight and lead to a plane overheating.
  • In the subway of New York, lamps with a nonstandard cap are used — the thread is not clockwise as in conventional bulbs but counterclockwise. It was invented to stop the bulbs from being stolen.

  • The ordinary snail moves faster than the electrons in a copper wire.

  • The unpleasant smell from your mouth in the morning appears because almost no saliva is produced at night. Therefore, after a few hours of sleep, bacteria accumulate and decompose.

  • At the entrance to large buildings, revolving doors are often installed, and here is the reason why: opening a hinged or sliding door even for a short period of time (especially during cold or hot weather) leads to significant temperature changes in a room. The revolving door prevents a sharp drop or rise in temperature, hence such a problem doesn't appear.
  • Brazil's national football team is the only team that has participated in every world championship. In addition, it is the most successful team — they won 5 times.
  • In the 1830s, ketchup was sold as a medicine for diarrhea, rheumatism, and eczema. The lycopene contained in tomatoes is really useful for the body, but it is not at all a panacea for all diseases. Today it can easily be bought in the form of tablets in any pharmacy.

Are you aware of any other curious facts that you would like to share with us? Please let us know about them in the comments!

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