Garote's More Serious Lists

Strange facts of nature:

  1. Mosquitoes have killed more people than have all the world's wars combined.
  2. Polar bears have black skin. They appear white because their hair is colorless and hollow, and so reflects the sunlight.
  3. Some insects can live up to a year without their heads.
  4. Rain contains vitamin B-12.
  5. The temperature in eastern Siberia can get so cold that the moisture in a person's breath can freeze in the air and fall to the ground.
  6. When North America was first settled, beavers there grew to the size of bears.
  7. The digestive juices of crocodiles contain so much hydrochloric acid that they have dissolved swallowed iron spearheads and six-inch steel hooks.
  8. Sharks have a sixth sense that enables them to detect bio-electrical fields radiated by other sea creatures and to navigate by sensing changes in the earth's magnetic field.
  9. The eye of the giant squid is fifteen inches in diameter -- the size of a basketball
  10. The human body consists of about 60 trillion cells. Each cell has about 10,000 times as many molecules as the Milky Way has stars.
  11. The only part of the human body that has no blood supply is the cornea in the eye. It takes in oxygen directly from the air.
  12. The Australian walking fish can not only survive without water, it can also climb trees to feed on insects.
  13. If two flies were to mate and all their offspring were to survive for a single year, the resulting ball of maggots would be the size of the earth.

Things That Are A Waste Of Time

Sometimes I wish that every person on earth was born with the knowledge that certain activities, or things, are not worth pursuing. Even respecting human nature, the following things are just not worth it.

Top Ten Reasons to Own a Laptop

Snappy Little Self-Improvement Axioms I Made Up But Keep Forgetting To Tell Myself

  1. "Health shapes mood shapes mind" You know, live well and you'll think well. Like Rick Moranis in Ghostbusters- 'Exercise, keep sharp, make good decisions.'
  2. "Listen to that first small voice that knows what you should be doing." In other words, quit passive-aggresively deliberating over decisions when you already know the right thing to do.
  3. "The car drives better with the hood shut" That is, quit constantly tinkering with your mind and it's performance will improve.
  4. "New growth itches." The foremost axiom of personal change.
  5. "Stop pandering to the lowest common denominator." The world is loaded with all sorts of people. You don't have to be friends with, or even explain yourself, to all of them.
  6. "Choose your battles." This one isn't an original, I stole it from some Orson Scott Card novel. But it's advice I like. I think it primarily means 'Don't face your life on someone else's terms.'
  7. "'Stuff' is bad. The less you own of it, the better."

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