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The longest recorded time for someone to have the hiccups is sixty-nine years.


The longest recorded time for someone to have the hiccups is 69 years!

This record was made by a man named Charles Osborne. He started hiccuping in 1922 while trying to weigh a 350 lb pig to be slaughtered. He couldn't stop until 1990. A letter was written to Dear Abby on his behalf, but she didn't have any advice for him.

During the first few decades, he hiccupped up to 40 times a minute, slowing to 20 a minute in later years. He hiccupped an estimated 430 million times, and died 11 months after his hiccups stopped.

Charles Osborne, however, did manage a somewhat ordinary life - he was married twice and had 8 children.
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The Moon is moving an inch away from Earth EVERY YEAR. Some day, we won't have solar eclipses anymore.


The Moon is moving an inch away from Earth EVERY YEAR. Some day, we won't have solar eclipses anymore.

Who's to blame? The ocean. The Earth and the Moon constantly interact through gravitational forces. This push-and-pull through space creates tidal forces on Earth, which, in turn, pulls back on the Moon, making bulges on the Moon's surface.

The result: Tidal forces are slowly warping the moon's shape, from a sphere to an egg shape, the Moon's orbit is speeding up, and the gravitational pull between the Earth and the moon are weakening. Johannes Kepler observed in the 1600s that as the Moon's orbit speeds up, the Moon will slowly move away from Earth. These gravitational forces are also slowing down the Earth, making our days longer.

Millions of years in the future, the Moon will be so far away from the Earth that we won't be able to have solar eclipses!

The faster you move, the heavier you get. You're heavier when you run than when you're standing still.




The more energy you put into something, the more mass it accumulates. So if you're moving fast, you gain weight. It's only a tiny, temporary weight gain, but if you were traveling close to the speed of light your mass would increase rapidly.

Other weird physics facts:

All the matter that makes up the human race can fit into a sugar cube. This is because atoms are mostly empty space. If you crammed all the atoms in all human beings together, without any wasted space, they wouldn't be any bigger than a sugar cube. However, that sugar cube would weigh 5 BILLION TONS.

Light doesn't always travel at the speed of light. The speed of light is only constant in a vacuum. When it passes through matter it can slow down. Photons (light particles) pass through water at 3/4ths the regular speed of light. Light was once slowed down to 38 miles per hour.
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If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle


If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died from battle wounds; if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.

An average person will spend 1 1/2 years of their lifetime in the bathroom.




This is according to research done in the United Kingdom. In addition, women spend an average of 1 year, 7 months, and 15 days longer in the bathroom than men. However, men spend more time on the toilet than women do (an hour and 45 minutes every week, compared to an hour and 20 minutes a week for women).

Other weird facts? The average Brit spends 62 days in a lifetime drying themselves off. Brits also spend 18 minutes every week cleaning their teeth (while Scots spend half a minute less per week doing this).
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