10 Crazy Useful Facts You've Never Heard Before

10 Crazy Useful Facts You’ve Never Heard Before

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The human brain is capable of storing more information than we can ever learn in a lifetime. According to Scientific American, our brains have the capacity to store numerous memories per neuron. Since the average human brain has roughly 100 billion neurons, this means that your brain has a capacity of 1,000,000 gigabytes of storage or more. So, learning a thing or two every day will only boost your knowledge. With that in mind, we have compiled mind-blowing and useful random facts that you have never heard before.

1. Checking your bag in while flying, increases its chance of being lost.

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Sometimes, we have no other choice but to check our bags in. But, in cases where you are traveling solo or light, you should always carry your bags with you. Even though airlines take measures to prevent baggages from going missing, every year, one out of every 1,000 bags are lost. The BBC reports that 25 million bags – out of 4.3 billion bags in total – still get misdirected or lost every year. If you look at it through another perspective, for every four flights (planes typically carry an average of 250 passengers), a bag will be lost. So, it’s always best to travel light and carry your valuables with you. (source)

2. Your tires siphon gas and reduce efficiency if not maintained properly.

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Have you ever wondered why your car consumes more gas than it used to? Have you been paying attention to the tire pressure lately? Well, according to Pro Car Mechanics, it makes a huge difference and can reduce efficiency of the car. The US Department of Energy states that every one PSI drop in the pressure of the tires is going to lower gas mileage by 0.4 percent. The drop in air pressure can be significant, especially during winter. It is estimated that the tire pressure will decrease as much as two pounds for every ten degrees temperature drops. Now ask yourself, when was the last time you checked your tire pressure? (source)

3. Eating out is burning a hole in your pocket.

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics releases annual estimates of how American households make and spend money. One such category tracked the expenses from eating away from home and found that the average American household spends more than $3,000 eating out. The survey also found that millennials are willing to spend $5,000 or more on vacation, making them the age group that spends the most on travel. (source)

4. Cheese can give you pleasant dreams.

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Do you have bad dreams or trouble sleeping because of the dreams? According to a research conducted by the British Cheese Board and a study published in Nature, eating cheese at night can cut down the frequency and intensity of nightmares. In fact, the study, which was conducted in 2005, found that 67% of participants recalled their dreams, and none reported the presence of any nightmares; something the Cheese Board is calling a win. (source 1, 2)

5. Your desktop background has a huge impact on your stress level.

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Changing your desktop background into a serene landscape can have a severe impact on your stress levels, according to research in in the Journal of Cybertherapy and Rehabilitation. The research also suggests that not only stress levels drop, but your cognitive function improves. (source)

6. The temperature in your room can determine your productivity.

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Studies show that frigid office temperatures can actually be bad for business. A study from Cornell University found that when an office’s temperature was raised to 77 degrees from 68, typing errors reduced by 44% and output increased by roughly 150%. By keeping the temperature moderate, workers are able to focus clearly. The study also shows that temperature has a huge impact on the mood as well as pace of workers. Cold temperatures can cause your muscles to tense up, which consequently reduces mobility and focus. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) recommends employers maintain workplace temperatures in the range of 68-76 degrees Fahrenheit, but the Cornell study found temperatures as high as 77 to be optimal. (source)

7. Flying is statistically safer than driving.

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According to statistics from the United States government, flying on a plane on average is overwhelmingly safer than driving a car. It might come as a surprise and even doubtful that flying at over 500 mph is safer than driving a car under 70 mph. According to the National Safety Council, Americans have a 1 in 114 chance of getting involved in a car crash, whereas flying has a chance of 1 in 9,821. In pure statistical terms, it’s more dangerous to drive a car than to fly on a plane. (source)

8. The life of your phone’s lithium-ion battery is greatly affected by your charging habits.

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According to Popular Science, you need to follow a consistent discharge and recharge cycle in order to prolong the battery life. In order to help the battery live longer, you should never let the battery level go below 50%. So, if you see that your battery level is approaching the 50% mark, plug it in but do not let it get to the full 100, either. (source)

9. You should never recycle pizza boxes.

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Most people who have the habit of recycling think that pizza boxes can also be reused. While the idea and intention is a good one, the truth is that pizza boxes are non-recyclable. They are made from corrugated cardboard, but become soiled with grease, cheese, and other foods once they are used. The contaminants cannot be separated during the pulping process and renders the box useless. (source)

10. Procrastination does increases productivity.

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Taking brief mental breaks can in fact help you be more productive, according to a study in Cognition. By momentarily deactivating your goal and taking walks or running errands, you are allowing your brain to find the best possible to way to finish the task at hand. So, next time you are having trouble finishing up paperwork, take a coffee break and it just might do the trick. The trick however, is to keep the breaks short and not weeks long. (source)

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