Those crazy, hazy, lazy days of summer are slipping rapidly past. I don’t feel lazy; the fact is if I get feeling any better the possibility is there that I could be dangerous.

But often I find myself short of time to do the things I wish to do. So, thanks to a friend who forwards interesting things while surfing the network. I am sending you the balance of the Did You Knows that were sent earlier, to once again cover my butt for this week:

If you stop getting thirsty, you need to drink more water. When a human body is dehydrated, its thirst mechanism shuts off.

Zero is the only number that cannot be represented by Roman numerals.

Kites were used during the American Civil War to deliver letters and newspapers.

The song Auld Lang Syne is sung at the stroke of midnight in almost every English-speaking country in the world to bring in the new year.

Drinking water after eating reduces the acid in your mouth by 61 per cent.

Peanut oil is used for cooking in submarines because it doesn’t smoke unless it is heated above 450 degrees F.

The roar that we hear when we place seashells next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound of blood surging through the veins in the ear.

Nine out of every ten living things live in the ocean.

The banana cannot reproduce itself. It can be propagated only by the hand of man.

Airports at higher altitudes require a longer airstrip due to lower air density.

The University of Alaska spans four time zones.

The tooth is the only part of the human body that cannot heal itself.

In ancient Greece, tossing an apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of marriage. Catching it meant she accepted.

Warner Communications paid $28-million for the copyright to the song Happy Birthday.

Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

If you get into the bottom of a well or tall chimney and look up, you can see stars, even in the middle of the day.

Strawberries are the only fruit whose seeds grow on the outside.

And just in case you haven’t noticed, this past month, July 2011, has five Fridays, five Saturdays, and five Sundays. That apparently happens once every 823 years.

Take care, ‘cause we care.





Barrie Hopkins