In a world where technology and social media is booming at a fast rate, it’s easy to spread information. However, the majority of facts circulating the internet are either myths or baseless, created for the sole purpose of entertainment. This list however, brings facts that are not so pleasant, but are 100% true. Without further ado, here are 12 facts that you will have a hard time believing that are true.
1. People who drink coffee regularly swallow about 140,000 insect fragments a year (most of them are completely harmless).
Coffee is undoubtedly one of the most popular beverages in the world. In the US alone, more than 400 million cups of coffee are consumed every single day. Statistics also show that on average, the world consumes 400 billion cups of coffee each year. While life without coffee is practically impossible for most of us, Terro, a US-based pest control company report shows that the average coffee drinker could technically take in almost 140,000 insect fragments a year. According to the FDA, consuming bugs is a normal part of life and the FDA allows foods to have a limited number of bugs on a safe level. The Terro report also shows that cockroach fragments can be found in both coffee as well as chocolate. (source)
2. If you have the habit of leaving the toilet lid open when you flush, fecal bacteria is getting into your toothbrushes.
It’s not just your toothbrush that gets affected with flushing your toilet while leaving your toilet lid open. According to studies, a phenomenon known as a “toilet plume” causes the swirling water to mix with the waste from the bowl and transmit aerosolized waste into the air. Studies show that low-flow toilets have decreased this risk but there are older models still being used worldwide. Philip Tierno, a microbiologist at New York University, says that aerosol plumes can reach as high as 15 feet. So, next time you flush, make sure the lid is down. (source)
3. In 2008, more than 58% of British teenagers thought that Sherlock Holmes was a real person and 23% of them thought that Winston Churchill was a fictional character.
In 2008, UKTV Gold television surveyed more than 3,000 Brits, mostly teenagers, and found that they were losing grip on reality. During the survey, 23% of them thought that Winston Churchill was a fictional character, whereas 58% believed that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictional detective Sherlock Holmes actually existed. The survey also revealed that 47% thought the 12th Century English King Richard the Lionheart was a myth and 10% of people thought Mahatma Gandhi and the Duke of Wellington were also myths. (source)
4. By the age of 50-60, you would lose about 50% of your taste receptors.
Studies show that women generally report losing taste in their 50’s, whereas men in their 60’s. This is because the sense of smell and taste changes as we age. The number of taste buds not only decreases, but the rest begin to shrink, losing mass vital to their operation. Apart from that, our nose plays a huge role in tasting and distinguishing foods. As we age, our sense of smell also diminishes, contributing to the loss in taste. (source)
5. 20% of the office coffee mugs have hints of fecal bacteria.
It’s a known fact that office dishes are not cleaned as properly as they should be. According to a 1997 study by University of Arizona professor of environmental microbiology, Dr. Charles Gerba, 90% of mugs in office kitchens are coated in germs, whereas 20% of those cups actually carry fecal matter. According to him, communal kitchen sponges are the key culprit in spreading bacteria, since they are rarely cleaned or replaced. Experts suggest taking your own coffee cups to and back from work to be safe. (source)
6. While traveling through a subway, 15% of the air that you breathe is human skin.
According to research conducted in 2007 and 2008 by biologists from the University of Colorado, 15% of the matter analyzed in the New York City subway system air consisted of human skin. The study also found that most of this skin came from the heads and heels of riders, while a smaller portion was from belly buttons and other parts. (source)
7. There are more lifeforms living on your skin than there are people on the planet.
Believe it or not, your body is constantly teeming with organisms, which collectively make up the human microbiome. No two people house the exact same microbial mix, but there are a few that are almost always found in all humans. It is estimated that there are about a trillion of them on your skin or in your skin, which is more than 100 times total number of humans on the planet. (source)
8. The world’s 26 richest people own as much as the poorest 50%.
According to a 2019 Oxfam report, the 26 richest billionaires own as many assets as the 3.8 billion people who make up the poorest half of the planet’s population. Oxfam report also says that the wealth of more than 2,200 billionaires across the globe had increased by $900 billion in 2018 – or $2.5 billion a day. (source)
9. There are more vacant houses than homeless people in the Unites States.
According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Annual Homeless Assessment Report, in 2018, there were around 553,000 homeless people in the United States on any given night, or 0.17% of the population. At the same time, there are more than 18 million vacant homes, which means that the amount of vacant homes is six times the amount of individuals without a place to sleep at night. According to Business Insider, the legal complexities are the reason that prevents a majority of the houses from being used. Whereas others are owned by wealthy owners, who consider it as an investment or have plans to reside there in the future. (source)
10. The world’s population will be nearly 10 billion by 2050 and 11.2 billion by 2100.
Global population was around 3 billion in 1960. By 1987, in less than three decades, it had surpassed 5 billion, and today, the world’s population is 7.7 billion. According to an UN report, by 2050, the world’s population will continue to grow and will reach 9.8 billion. The report also details that China remains the most populous country, with 1.4 billion inhabitants – or 19% of the world’s population. But, India trails close behind at 1.3 billion people, and in just seven years, is expected to surpass China in population. (source)