Pulse Rate May 2013

Britain’s King George III insisted on ending every sentence with the word “peacock.” Speaking at an opening of Parliament, he began with “My lords and peacocks.”

Preferred nomenclature: The feeling of pleasure one gets when anticipating victory is called nikhedonia.

We are born with additional taste buds on the palate, inside our cheeks and at the back of the throat but they are gone by adulthood.

Irony alert: The Liberty Bell was cast in England in 1752.

Saddam Hussein was presented with the key to the city of Detroit in 1980 because he donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to a local church.

Giraffes have the highest blood pressure of any animal at 280/180. At this level, humans would be close to death.

In 1944, the Nazis concocted the endurance drug D-IX, a cocktail of cocaine, methamphetamine and oxycodone that allowed a soldier to march up to 55 miles before collapsing.

In the same manner as tennis elbow, break-dancers have medical afflictions named after them, including breaker’s thumb, breaker’s neck, break-dancer’s pulmonary embolism and break-dancer’s fracture of the fifth metatarsal.

US golf courses take up more than 1 million acres, about the same land area as Rhode Island and Delaware combined.

Chemotherapy kills cells that divide rapidly, a characteristic of cancer cells. But hair cells divide swiftly too, which is why chemo patients often lose their hair.

Emperor Nero went on concert tours with a hired entourage of 5,000 people who watched the show and pretended that they enjoyed the emperor’s poor lyre performance.

Packages of recalled meat are shipped back to the factory and marked with green dye. Then the meat is carted to landfills, incinerated or cooked to kill microscopic nasties before it’s turned into pet food.

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