17 Useful And Not-So-Useful Pieces Of Information

If you don’t have a toilet plunger, and you’ve clogged it up, pour in a bit of dish soap, and some hot water (the hotter the better). Let stand for 15 minutes, and flush. Learned this when immediately upon arriving at our hotel, my 8 year old clogged up our toilet and I googled. Found this gem, realized I’d packed a tiny travel bottle of dish soap, warmed water up in the microwave and lo and behold, it worked.

I still use it sometimes at home when I don’t wanna be grossed out by plunging. Yes, my child has a tendency to clog toilets. So there ya go.

A scorpion can hold its breath for 6 days….so don’t think drowning it will help you out of your scorpion problem


Armadillos give birth to 4 identical twins always.

When Elton John changed his name from Reginald Dwight, he also gave himself a middle name. His full name is Elton Hercules John.

There are bronze statues of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (and Splinter) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, donated by their comics co-creator & university alum Peter Laird.

[Editor’s Note: Actual photo of the statues, located on the 21st floor of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library.]

The Outerbridge Crossing is a bridge that connects Staten Island, NY to Perth Amboy, NJ. You probably think it was named that because it’s the outermost bridge in New York City.

Wrong. It’s named after Eugenius Harvey Outerbridge.

Most people replace their computer or run them into the ground when they get hot and slow. When in reality new thermal compound and a solid-state drive upgrade can fix both problems and increase its lifespan for about $35-$50 and isn’t incredibly hard to diy in most cases.

All colours of Froot Loops have the same flavour.

Canadians say “sorry” so much, that an act passed in 2009 states that an apology would not be considered admission to guilt.

There are about 60 000 characters in the mandarin language. A very literate person will know 20 000. The average person from 5 000 to 10 000. If uneducated, around 3 000.

People often underestimate how big a billion actually is. An easy way to conceptualize it is to think of it in terms of seconds. One million seconds ago was 12 days ago. One billion seconds ago was 1987.

Heat the back of a spoon gently and press it on a mosquito bite for a few seconds to greatly reduce itching.


The heat breaks up the protein in the venom!

…you only need to warm it up under warm water. Whilst a third degree burn with a red hot spoon does, technically, work, I wouldn’t advise it!

If you carry a baseball bat in your vehicle for self defense, also carry a baseball glove; even if you don’t play baseball. Your lawyer will appreciate it.

On the timeline of human history, the ancient Egyptians lived as close to the Ancient Romans as the Ancient Romans lived to us today.

Even if you aren’t willing to give mouth to mouth on an unconscious person, chest compressions alone greatly increase their odds of survival.

The tensing of leg muscles will deflate an unwanted erection.

Horses have a massive blind spot on the front and back of their body. If you are ever around a tame horse, keep a hand on their body while walking around them, this lets it know where you are at all times and decreases chances of kicking out of shock or fear.

This also prevents them from kicking you with as much force, you need to stay VERY close to them for the full benefit. This is similar with goats, as they instinctively fight things coming head-on and should be approached from the sides.

Also: Ears are the gateway to a horse’s feelings. Pinned back ears indicates an anxious or angered horse. Pinned straight up indicates curiosity and focus.

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