10 Ways to Sound Smart at a Cocktail Party

Pulse cannot guarantee the accuracy of entries on this page, but they will make you sound smart at a cocktail party.

The average human cannot withstand a rise in body temperature of more than 10 degrees.

Though the safety pin was invented in the mid-1800s, the Greeks used a similar device called a fibula to hold their clothing together as far back as the 14th century B.C.

Ray Kroc, the late owner of McDonald’s, served during World War I with Walt Disney.

Lightning strikes  the Earth up to 100 times per second.  It just happened now. And now.  And now. And now.

The United States Postal Service delivers mail by mule and bush pilot, as well as through more familiar routes, to the tune of more than 500 million letters, bills and packages each week.

The Scoville Organoleptic Test, which tests the spiciness of food, was invented more than one hundred years ago. Measured in Scoville Heat Units (SHU), a green pepper measures zero and Tabasco sauce comes in at 5,000 SHU. Unadulterated capsaicin measures 16,000,000 SHU.

The word “base-ball” can be seen in a 1744 British publication as a poem about a game played with a ball and a stick. Immigrant children in America played early
forms of the sport in the late 1700s.

percent of our genetic make-up is derived from Neanderthal DNA.

Recycle that newspaper! If we all did, it would save around 250 million trees per year. That goes for junk mail, too. The average household throws away 13,000 individual pieces of paper each year.