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Bizarre Facts

December 20, 2007

I was freeing some space in my outlook office when I saw this forwarded mail. It was about Bizarre facts of the world. When I received it, it was the year 2005. I don’t know if some of these hold true for today but it was funny, entertaining & informative all at the same time…

…So I would like to share it here. 

BIZARRE FACTS OF THIS WORLD

*In Lebanon, men are legally allowed to have sex with
animals, but the animals must be female. Having sexual
relations with a male animal are punishable by death.

*In Bahrain, a male doctor may legally examine a woman’s
genitals,but is prohibited from looking directly at them
during the examination. He may only see their reflection
in a mirror.

*Muslims are banned from looking at the genitals of a
corpse. This also applies to undertakers; the sex organs
of the deceased must be covered with a brick or piece of
wood at all times.

*The penalty for masturbation in Indonesia is
decapitation.

*There are men in Guam whose full-time job is to travel
the countryside and deflower young virgins, who pay them
for the privilege of having sex for the first time…
Reason: Under Guam law, it is expressly forbidden for
virgins to marry.

Let’s just think for a minute; is there any job anywhere
else in the world that even comes close to this?)

*In Hong Kong, a betrayed wife is legally allowed to
kill her adulterous husband, but may only do so with her
bare hands. The husband’s lover, on the other hand, may
be killed in any manner desired.

*Topless saleswomen are legal in Liverpool, England –
but only in tropical fish stores.

*In Cali, Colombia, a woman may only have sex with her
husband, and the first time this happens, her mother
must be in the room to witness the act.

*In Santa Cruz, Bolivia, it is illegal for a man to have
sex with a woman and her daughter at the same time. (I
presume this was a big enough problem that had to pass
this law?)

*In Maryland, it is illegal to sell condoms from vending
machines with one exception: prophylactics may be
dispensed from a vending machine only in places where
alcoholic beverages are sold only for the
consumption in the premises

STRANGE FACTS

*If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days, you
would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup
of coffee.

*If you fart consistently for 6 years and 9 months,
enough gas is produced to create the energy of an atomic
bomb.
(Now that’s more like it)

*A pig’s orgasm lasts for 30 minutes.
(In my next life, I want to be a pig.)

*Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an
hour.
( Still not over that pig thing)

*Elephants are the only animal that cannot jump. (OK, so
that would be a good thing…. )

*Humans and dolphins are the only species that have sex
for pleasure.

(Is that why Flipper is always smiling? What about the
pig?!)

*A cockroach will live nine days without its head,
before it starves to death.

*The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.
(Hmmm…. I won’t touch THAT one!)

*The ant can lift 50 times its own weight, can pull 30
times its own weight and always falls over on its right
side when intoxicated.
(From drinking bottles of? Did the govt. pay for this
research??)

*The male praying mantis cannot copulate while its head
is attached to its body. The female initiates sex by
ripping the male’s head off. (“Honey, I’m home. What
the…..!” )

*The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps
out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet.
(Oh my Gosh! )

*Butterflies taste with their feet.
(Ah, geez…)

*A cat’s urine glows under a blacklight.
(I wonder who was paid to figure that out.)

*Polar bears are left handed.
(Who knew…? Who cares!)

*An ostrich’s eye is bigger than it’s brain.(I know some
people like that.)

*Starfish don’t have brains.
(I know some people like that too.)

*Some lions mate over 50 times a day.
(In my next life, I STILL want to be a pig … quality
over quantity)

After reading all these, all I can say is……. Damn
Those Pigs!

IS THERE ANYTHING WE CAN BE PROUD OF?

Founded in 1595 by Spaniards, the University of San
Carlos in Cebu City,
Philippines is older than Harvard and is the oldest
university in Asia.

University of Santo Tomas in Manila, established in
1611, is Asia’s second
oldest.

In the Philippines, Filipinos were introduced to the
English language in
1762 by British invaders, not Americans.

What is the world’s 3rd largest English-speaking nation,
next to the USA and
the UK? The Philippines.

The USA bought the Philippines, Puerto Rico and Guam
from Spain in 1898.

The Filipino-American Independence War from 1898 to 1902
ensued, killing
4,234 Americans and how many Filipinos? 16,000 were
killed in action and
200,000 died from famine and pestilence. (The
Philippines lost and was
colonized until 1946.)

Los Angeles, California was co-founded in 1781 by a
Filipino named Antonio
Miranda Rodriguez, along with 43 Latinos from Mexico
sent by the Spanish
government.

What antibiotic did Filipino doctor Abelardo Aguilar
co-discover? Hint:
Brand is Ilosone, named after Iloilo. Erythromycin.

The one-chip video camera was first made by Marc Loinaz,
a Filipino inventor
from New Jersey.

The first ever international Grandmaster from Asia was
Eugenio Torre who
won
at the Chess Olympiad in Nice, France in 1974.

This son of two Filipino physicians scored over 700 on
the verbal portion
of
the Standardized Achievement Test (SAT)before age 13 –
Kiwi Danao Camara of
Punahou School, Hawaii…
Edward Sanchez, a Mensa member, bagged the grand prize
in the first
Philippine Search for Product Excellence in Information
Technology.

Who was the Filipino-American dancer who scored a
perfect 1600 on the SAT?
Joyce Monteverde of California.

Who invented the fluorescent lamp? Thomas Edison
discovered the electric
light and the fluorescent lighting was thought up by
Nikola Tesla. But the
fluorescent lamp we use today was invented by Agapito
Flores (a Cebu man
named Benigno Flores of Bantayan Island, according to
the Philippine Daily
Inquirer), a Filipino scientist.
Americans helped then-Philippine leader Ramon Magsaysay
to develop it for
worldwide commerce. (Yes! Many foreigners have noted
that the Filipino
population has Asia’s highest rates of inventors and
international beauty
queens.)

Two Filipina beauties, Gloria Diaz and Margie Morgan,
chosen as Miss
Universe in 1969 and 1973.

Pure- or part-Filipino celebrities in American showbiz
include Von Flores,
Tia Carrere, Paolo Montalban, Lea Salonga, Ernie Reyes
Jr., Nia Peeples,
Julio Iglesias Jr., Lou Diamond Phillips, Phoebe Cates
and Rob Schneider.

The first Filipino act to land a top hit on the US
Billboard Hot 100 chart
in the 1960s was the group Rocky Fellers of Manila.
Sugar Pie deSanto
(father was from the Philippines), The Artist Formerly
Known as Prince
(according to the October 1984 article “Prince in Exile”
by Scott Isler in
the magazine Musician), Jaya, Foxy Brown and Enrique
Iglesias followed.

Pure Filipinos who made success in minor charts were
Jocelyn Enriquez aka
Oriental Madonna, Buffy, Pinay and (Ella May) Saison.

Latina-American pop star Christina Aguilera lost to
Filipina vocalist
Josephine Roberto aka Banig during the International
Star Search years ago.

In a mid-1999 MTV chat, she said that competing against
someone of Banig’s
age was “not fair.”

Besides gracing fashion magazine covers, this
international supermodel from
Manila had walked the runways since the 1970s for all
the major designers,
like Calvin Klein, Chanel, Christian Dior, Christian
Lacroix, Donna Karan,
Gianni Versace and Yves Saint Laurent – Anna Bayle.

Who is the personal physician of United States Pres.
William Clinton?
Eleanor “Connie” Concepcion Mariano, a Filipina doctor
who was the youngest
captain in the US Navy.

The first Filipino-American in US Congress was Virginia
Rep. Robert
Cortez-Scott, a Harvard alumnus.

Distinguished British traveler-writer A. Henry Savage
Landor, thrilled upon
seeing a Bicol landmark in 1903, wrote: “Mayon is the
most beautiful
mountain I have ever seen, the world-renowned Fujiyama
(Mt.Fuji) of Japan
sinking into perfect insignificance by comparison.”
Mayon has the world’s
most perfect cone.

Filipinos had their first taste of Mexican chili and
corn during the
Manila-Acapulco galleon trade (1564-1815). In return,
Mexico’s people had
their initial taste of tamarind, Manila mango and a
Filipino banana called
racatan or lakatan.

Who’s the Filipina senator popular for her colorful
jargon, delivered in a
mile-a-minute speed and in a weird Harvard-meets-Ilonggo
accent? Atty.
Miriam Defensor-Santiago.

The first female president of the Philippines sworn into
office in 1986 was
Corazon Cojuangco Aquino. Her maiden name is Chinese…

In a March 31, 1997 article, The New York Times reported
that the CIA
manipulated Philippine elections: “(CIA operative Col.
Edward Lansdale)
essentially ran the successful presidential campaign of
Defense Minister
Ramon Magsaysay in the Philippines in 1953.”

Who was the first Asian and/or Filipino to snatch
America’s Pulitzer Prize?
Philippines Herald war journalist Carlos P. Romulo in
1941. (He was also the
first Asian to become UN President.)

The first two Filipino-Americans to garner the same
award 56 years later
were Seattle Times’Alex Tizon and Byron Acohido, who
part-Korean.

Filipino writer Jose Rizal could read and write at age
2, and grew up to
speak more than 20 languages, including Latin, Greek,
German, French and
Chinese. What were his last words? “Consummatum est!”
(“It is done!”)

“What’s still most impressive to me about the
Philippines is the
friendliness of the people, their sense of humor…,”
wrote Honolulu
journalist John Griffin in a 1998 visit to Manila.
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Amazing fun facts right? Additional fact: I am a graduate of USC! weee….I am so proud. Hehehe.

♥Vanessa♥

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