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24 Useless Facts That You Really Don’t Need To Know

13. Kellogg’s corn flakes were created as a sex and masturbation deterrent.

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John Harvey Kellogg believed that sex was unhealthy for the body, mind, and soul. He was a staunch believer in the benefits of celibacy. He considered masturbation to be even worse. Dr. Kellogg believed meat, rich or flavored foods increased sexual desire whereas plain foods suppressed it. This led to him creating a range of breakfast products.

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His first invention was ‘granola’ before moving on to inventing an enema machine which injected a half a pint of yogurt up his anus as a ‘cleanse’. The other half pint would be consumed mouth. His final invention was plain cereal, including corn flakes which he marketed on a mass scale with his brother Will. Later, he added sugar to the recipe and formed the Kellogg company on his own in 1906. By the way, there is no evidence that eating cornflakes leads to less sex.(source)

14. Akon’s full name is “Aliaune Damala Bauga Time Bongo Puru Naka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam”.

Akon
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Akon, born in Senegal, explains his long name to the African traditions. During an interview with ellen DeGeneres, he claimed that through generations the names of the ancestors gets added to their names. He also says that Akon is his middle name and that many people have middle names but don’t use them. The following is an excerpt from the interview.

Akon: Akon is the middle name, no one has ever used a middle name. Why do we have it ?

Ellen: I know, it’s a waste.

Akon: So, I decided to use it.(source)

15. “Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis” is the longest word in the English language.

“Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis” is an English word that refers to a lung disease that is otherwise known as “silicosis”. It is the longest word in the English language published in a dictionary, the Oxford English Dictionary, which defines it as”

“An artificially long word said to refer a lung disease caused by inhaling very fine ash and sand dust.”

This word was invented at the annual meeting of the National Puzzlers’ League (N.P.L.) by its president, Everett M. Smith. The word was featured in the headline for an article published by the New York Herald Tribune on February 23, 1935, titled Puzzlers Open 103rd Session Here by Recognizing 45-Letter Word:

“Pneumono­ultra­microscopic­silico­volcano­coniosis” succeeded “electrophotomicrographically” as the longest word in the English language recognized by the National Puzzlers’ League at the opening session of the organization’s 103rd semi-annual meeting held yesterday at the Hotel New Yorker. The puzzlers explained that the forty-five-letter word is the name of a special form of pneumoconiosis caused by ultra-microscopic particles of silica volcanic dust…(source)

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16. The groove in the middle of the space above your lips is called “philtrum”.

Philtrum
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The philtrum is a vertical groove in the middle area of the upper lip and is common to many mammals. It extends from nose to upper lip in humans. The philtrum is a result of how faces are formed within the womb during development. Philtrum marks the location where different parts of the face merge into one.(source)

17. That the string of symbols like “#%[email protected]” used in comic strips to represent swear words is called “grawlix”.

 

grawlix
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A “grawlix” is a sequence of typographical symbols used to represent a non-specific, profane word, obscenity, or swear words. Coined by American cartoonist Mort Walker, who is best known as the creator of the Beetle Bailey and Hi and Lois cartoons, the term first appeared in a 1964 article called Let’s get down to grawlixes. (source)

18. Unicorn is the national animal of Scotland.

Unicorn scotland
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An American historian has uncovered the roots of how the unicorn became Scotland’s national animal in the late 1300’s. The historian found that the unicorn was believed to be the natural enemy of the lion, a symbol that the English royals adopted around a hundred years before. According to folklore, the lion and the unicorn hate each other, a tradition going back to the ancient Babylonians in 3,500 B.C. It was also believed that elephant was the unicorn’s second enemy. It was said, however, that the unicorn would always defeat the elephant, that it had an immense strength despite its diminished size. It couldn’t be beaten by something even as large and powerful as an elephant.

In the various depictions of the unicorn, the power to protect other animals have been highlighted. In one such story, a snake came up to a watering hole and poisoned it, but then the unicorn came along and dip its horn into the watering hole to purify it for all the other animals. So it had a combination of power to dominate, but instead of using the power in that way, it used it to protect and provide other resources for other animals.

In Western parts of the world, the unicorn was believed to be real for around 2,500 years and was adopted as Scotland’s national animal by King Robert in the late 1300s. The existence of the mythical creature was disproved in 1825 by scientist Baron George Covier, who said it was not feasible for an animal that had a split hoof to have a single horn coming from the top of its head. (source)

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