Human brain is a storage for numerous kinds of information. Some of them are useful while others are just random bizarre facts or trivia. We also find information that make us think and change how we view the world. Here are 15 such bizarre facts that will stay in your mind for a long time after you read them.
1. Just a couple of days after your death, the enzymes that once processed your dinner, start processing you.
Human body uses enzymes to digest every meal it has. But once we die, those enzymes begin to eat us. Cells do not get oxygen, and the bacteria starts to feed on the membrane and the cell itself. This process usually starts in our liver and brain, making all burst cells a meal for the bacteria living inside the human body. The harmful gases that are released in this process cause the eyes to bulge out. One of the ways to slow down this process significantly is to get the body embalmed.(source)
2. Some chickens are born half male and half female.
Chickens can also be gynandromorphous, and only about 1 in 10,000 chickens are born with this rare genetic abnormality. The interesting thing is that the researchers expected to find a mutation of some kind, but instead came across chickens that are half-male and half-female with completely different anatomy on two halves of the body. The difference was in their body shape, plumage and muscle structure. According to the doctors, this might not only lead us to some interesting discoveries about human health in the future, but can also provide insight into how birds develop.(source)
3. Bananas are radioactive!
When you are passing through the metal detectors, you are exposed to a small amount of radiation, but you don’t expect this to happen when you eat a banana. The astonishing fact is that bananas are radioactive because they contain an isotope of potassium, which makes it radioactive. This is not something to worry about, as the body needs the potassium to function normally. In fact, you would need to eat five million bananas at once to get radiation sickness. So, bananas are just a little bit radioactive, which is enough to get them on the charts.(source)
4. The Oxford English Dictionary was largely written by a murderer William Chester Minor while he was at a mental asylum
W.C. Minor (1834-1920) was an American surgeon who was serving in the army during Battle of the Wilderness in 1864. Being part of the American Civil War left a big mark on him, and caused him to become delusional. This led him to fatally shoot a man in 1872 because he believed that the man broke into his home. He pleaded for insanity, and was put up in the asylum in Berkshire, UK, where he had privileges of reading books.
Because of his contact with book stores, he came to know that volunteers are needed for what later became the Oxford English Dictionary. Minor was one of the hard-working volunteers, who is also acknowledged for giving the second best contribution to the Dictionary, before his delusions got the better of him, and forced him to cut off his own penis.(source)
5. There is a statue of a guy stuffing a baby in his mouth in Switzerland, but nobody knows why!
If you ever get the opportunity to visit the city of Bern in Switzerland, there is a statue that you don’t want to miss. Child Eater, or as the Swiss call it “Kindlifresser”, shows half of a baby stuffed in the mouth of an ogre, while he is carrying three other infants in his arm. This weird statue was built over 500 years ago, in 1546, and is actually, one of the first fountains built in Bern.
Sadly, nobody knows the story behind the statues. According to one, it represents Kronos, a Titan from the Greek Mythology, who ate all his children in order to keep the throne. The other theory suggests anti-Semitism, and is supported by the fact that the ogre is wearing a hat similar to the type Jews were made to wear back then. At that time, people believed Jews took away Christian children for their blood rituals, which the baby-eating statue depicts. The third theory is probably the most fitting, which suggests that Kindlifresser is a bogeyman, and the statue should scare the children and make them behave themselves.(source)