12 Bizarre Facts You’ll Want to Know

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

In a period of about 10 days your heart beats one million times. In that same time, you’ve breathed in more than 160,000 gallons of air.

Before the Great Famine, the average Irish working man consumed nearly 15 pounds of potatoes per day.

Early in the last century dieters were able to purchase pills with little helpers inside. Today, that wouldn’t be good advice: the pills supposedly contained “sanitized tapeworms.”

Your nose produces about two liters of mucus each day.

Your time at the gym will be more beneficial if you listen to music while exercising. Studies suggest that physical activity is up to 15 percent more effective when you do it with tunes.

If you spread it out, your brain would be almost the size of an infant’s crib sheet.

If you ever have a chance to meet a desert grassland whiptail lizard, tell her, “hello.” And by “her,” we mean it: the entire species is female and propagates asexually.

Spring and fall equinoxes are the only two days of the year when the sun rises exactly in the east and sets exactly in the west (longitudinally speaking).

The vast majority of the world’s online data has been created within the last three years.

Each month Americans take more than 10 billion photographs—three out of four of which are taken with a cell phone.

Yowch Tyson! It takes less than 10 pounds of pressure to rip an ear off.

Thomas Jefferson’s wife, daughter, mother-in-law and sister were all named Martha.