85 Amazing Facts That Will Make You The Smartest Person In The Room

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The world is filled with mysteries. Some solved, some you can’t believe and some that remain completely unknown. But then, there comes a time when the unknown becomes known, and once verified, it becomes fact. So, here are some amazing facts from around the world that will really leave you amazed.

1. Benjamin Franklin Only Received Two Years Of Formal Education

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After spending just two years at the Boston Latin School, Benjamin Franklin left formal education behind to work at his family’s candle and soap-making business before becoming an apprentice at his brother’s printing shop.

However, Franklin continued his education independently by reading whatever books, essays, and articles he could get his hands on. His studious ways not only helped him become a revered writer, politician, and inventor, but also allowed him to earn honorary degrees from Harvard, Yale, Oxford and the University of St. Andrews. 

2. It’s Against The Law To Die In The Town Of Longyearbyen, Norway

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According to IFL Science, “Even if you’ve lived in Longyearbyen, Norway all your life, if you are terminally ill, you will be flown off the island to live out the rest of your days. If you do happen to die suddenly in Longyearbyen, your body will be buried elsewhere.” 

That’s because, in 1950, it was discovered that bodies in the local cemetery in Longyearbyen were not decomposing as usual because there was so much permafrost in the area. That meant that viruses could survive in the human remains and eventually infect those living nearby when the ground thawed each year. 

3. There Are A Ton Of Misspellings On The Stanley Cup

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Winning the Stanley Cup is the ultimate goal for anyone in the National Hockey League. And if you do win it, you’ll have your name onto the trophy itself. Unfortunately, whoever is responsible for that task has committed plenty of errors over the years.

It involves accidentally spelling the Toronto Maple Leafs as “TORONTO MAPLE LEAES” and the Boston Bruins as “BQSTQN BRUINS.” Hall of Fame goaltender Jacques Plante won the Stanley Cup for five consecutive years and his name is spelled differently each time, according to the NHL.

4. NASA Detected The First “Marsquake”

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Earthquakes are expected in many places on Earth, but it turns out they can happen on other planets as well—although they’re obviously not called “earthquakes.” On April 6, 2019, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory recorded a tremor that they believe was a “marsquake,” making it the first quake recorded outside of either the Earth or the Moon. 

5. No “B” Until One Billion

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If you were to write out every number (one, two, three, etc.), you wouldn’t use the letter “b” until you reached one billion. If you spelled out every number, you’d get all the way to one billion before you’d need the second letter in the alphabet. 

6. “Witzelsucht” Is A Condition That Causes People To Have An Uncontrollable Urge To Make Jokes

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Comedians, clowns, and comics like to make people laugh. But for people with witzelsucht, telling silly stories and making groan-worthy puns is an uncontrollable impulse.

According to a 2016 article published in The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, patients with this condition can’t resist “excessive and often inappropriate joking and facetious humor” as well as “a childish or silly excitement.” 

7. There Are 10 Quintillion (10,000,000,000,000,000,000) Insects Alive At Any Time

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Unfortunately for anyone who’s afraid of bugs, the creepy (yet crucial) critters certainly hold their own population-wise. There are around 900,000 known species of insects on Earth and an estimated 10 quintillion (10,000,000,000,000,000,000) of them alive at any given time.

8. “Overmorrow” Is The Day After Tomorrow

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Most people don’t know about this fact but it is damn true. You can accurately refer to the day after tomorrow as “overmorrow.” For example, you might say, “We’re leaving on vacation overmorrow.” 

9. Birth Control For Men Exists

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Taking birth control is not just for women. In 2016, scientists announced that they had developed an injectable male contraceptive that was found to be 96% effective in the men who used it.

Using the hormones progestogen (which affects sperm production) and testosterone (which reduces the effects of the progestogen), the treatment could help equalize the burden of control between the sexes.

10. World War I Boosted The Bra Market

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During the First World War, the U.S. War Industries Board asked American women to forgo their corsets—which required significant amounts of metal to construct, according to NPR.

Instead, they were expected to switch to the less-demanding bra. The ladies did their part for the cause, freeing up to 28,000 tons of metal—enough to build two battleships—and changing female fashion from that moment forward.

11. Eating Pistachios Can Help Reduce Erectile Dysfunction

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For a 2011 Turkish study published in the International Journal of Impotence Research, 17 men with erectile dysfunction were given 100 grams of pistachios to eat for lunch every day for three weeks.

The subjects were then measured on the International Index of Erectile Function—and the pistachios proved to improve blood flow and the dilation of blood vessels. Hey, it’s certainly a cheaper option than Viagra!

12. The Oldest Still-Operating Amusement Park In The World Opened In Denmark In 1583

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The Guinness World Records lists Bakken in Klampenborg, Denmark, as the oldest still-operating amusement park in the world. The park, which opened in 1583, features more than 150 attractions, including a wooden roller coaster that was built in 1932.

According to the records book, Bakken wasn’t totally unique in its time. These gardens featured live entertainment, fireworks, dancing, games, and some primitive amusement rides.

13. The Olympic Games Were Originally A Religious Festival

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These days, the Olympics represent the ultimate achievement for many of the world’s top athletes. But when the prestigious games first started in Ancient Greece in 776 B.C., they were part of a religious festival in honor of Zeus, the father of Greek gods and goddesses.

14. Humans Move Their Eyes More Than 1,00,000 Times A Day

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If your eyes tend to feel tired at the end of the day, it’s because they do a ton of work. Humans generally move their eyes around three times a second, which is more than 1,00,000 times every single day. 

15. One Brazilian Island Has So Many Venomous Snakes That The Government Banned Visitors

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The government of Brazil has banned tourists from visiting Ilha de Queimada Grande, an island that has the highest concentration of venomous snakes in the world. By some estimates, there’s one snake for every square meter.

The island is crawling with thousands of golden lancehead vipers. And when these snakes strike, their venom can kill the victim in under an hour. So yes, you should plan your vacation somewhere safe!

16. Montana Has A Super Toxic Lake

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If you’re looking for a place to go swimming in Montana, avoid Berkeley Pit at all costs. This super toxic lake opened in 1955 as a copper mine, which operated until 1982. Now, the lake is a mix of chemicals and heavy metals, such as copper, arsenic, cadmium, iron, and zinc.

To understand just how toxic the lake is, a flock of geese settled near the pit in 1955. Within a few days, their insides had been charred and some 340 birds were found dead, according to the Washington Post.

17. The World’s Largest Plane Is Wider Than Two Football Fields

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The largest plane in the world is the Stratolaunch. With a 385-foot wingspan and six engines, the plane made its maiden voyage over the Mojave Desert on April 13, 2019. In the future, the Stratolaunch is expected to be used as a stratospheric launch platform for space rockets. 

18. Hippos Produce A Natural Skin Moisturizer And Sunblock

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Hippopotamuses spend their days under the blazing hot sun, which means their skin could really start to feel the effects of sun damage if they didn’t do anything about it. Fortunately, the creatures produce an oily substance known as “hippo sweat” that acts as both a natural moisturizer and a sunblock.

19. Ocean-Dwelling Species Are Disappearing Twice As Quickly As Land Animals

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Climate change is wreaking all kinds of havoc on our planet, including altering habitats, threatening the creatures that live in them. And while every organism on Earth is affected in one way or another.

A 2019 study published in the journal found that species that live in the ocean are disappearing twice as fast as those who spend their time on land. That’s because they can’t adapt to or escape the rising water temperatures effectively.

20. The African Bush Elephant Only Sleeps For Two Hours Per Day

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The African Bush Elephant holds the Guinness World Record for being the mammal that requires the least amount of sleep per day. When researchers at South Africa’s University of Witwatersrand conducted a field study on the giant creatures, they found that the elephants, who sleep standing up, snooze multiple times throughout the day. However, those four or five naps only add up to two hours in total.

21. It’s Illegal To Kill Bigfoot In British Columbia

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“It has long been rumored that a previous governor of British Columbia declared that killing a Sasquatch is illegal,” according to British Columbia Magazine. The magazine notes that “the laws of British Columbia do declare that wildlife is owned by the government and can’t be hunted without a specific license”.

22. Canada’s National Parks Are Bigger Than Many Countries

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Canada is famous for its abundant natural landscape and stunning scenery. But it may surprise you to find out that the northern land’s national parks are so massive that they’re actually bigger than the total area of many other countries.

For instance, either Albania or Israel could fit inside the 11,602 square miles that make up the Nahanni National Park Reserve in the Northwest Territories. Denmark or Switzerland could fit inside the 17,300-square-mile Wood Buffalo National Park, which reaches into both Alberta and the Northwest Territories.

23. Gmail Was Originally Called Garfield Mail

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Introduced by Google in 2004, Gmail is currently one of the most popular email services in the world. The original Gmail was a feature offered to fans of Garfield, the snarky cartoon cat.

Described as “e-mail with cattitude” and available via gmail.garfield.com, users received an address suffix that ended in “@catsrule.garfield.com,” according to Gizmodo.  

24. Barnacle Geese Jump Off Cliffs When They’re Just A Day Old

In order to keep their babies safe from predators, barnacle geese make their nests on hard-to-reach cliffs that are hundreds of feet high. However, the mother geese can’t provide their babies with food in the nest and the newborn birds need to eat within 36 hours of hatching.

Therefore, the goslings, who still cannot fly, have to leave their perch, which means jumping from staggering heights when they’re just a day old. The chicks are usually able to make the jump due to the fact that “they are light and fluffy, often appearing to bounce off rocks as they fall.”

25. The Largest Book Ever Weighs More Than 3,000 Pounds

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Avid readers won’t be intimidated by a hefty novel, but they’ll still surely be impressed by what’s been deemed the largest book ever. Weighing more than 3,000 pounds and measuring 16.40 feet by 26.44 feet with 429 pages inside, the book, which is titled “This the Prophet Mohamed”, was created in 2012 by 50 people working together in the United Arab Emirates.

26. One Man Who Urinated In A Reservoir Ruined 8 Million Gallons Of Water

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In 2011, one 21-year-old man thought it would be funny to urinate in the city reservoir of Portland, Oregon. His little gag ended up requiring the city to get rid of 8 million gallons of the treated drinking water as a result.

27. In Japan, It’s Considered Good Luck For Sumo Wrestlers To Make Your Baby Cry

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There is actually a competition at the annual Nakizumo festival, going back four centuries, in which sumo wrestlers make babies cry. The longer the wail, the better for the kid’s health and fortune.

28. The World’s Longest Man-Made Beach Is In Mississippi

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The next time you plan a beach vacation, you might want to forget about Florida and California and head to Mississippi instead. That’s because the Mississippi Gulf Coast is the world’s longest man-made beach. At 26-miles long, the beach boasts stunning white sand from Biloxi all the way to Henderson Point.

29. There’s A Mammal That Mates For 14 Hours Straight Until It Dies

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The antechinus, a small, mouse-like mammal in Australia, kills itself for sex. When the males of the species hit their first mating season, they mate for as many as 14 hours straight with as many females as they can encounter.

Ultimately though, the animal’s fur falls off, he bleeds internally, and his immune system fails, causing him to die. By the end of the mating season , females are, not surprisingly, avoiding them.

30. “Shivviness” Is A Word For The Uncomfortable Feeling Of Wearing New Underwear

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If you’re the kind of person who needs a little time to get used to a fresh pair of panties, boxers, or briefs, then you can add “shivviness” to your vocabulary. This word refers to the uncomfortable feeling of wearing new underwear.

31. Male Platypuses Are Venomous

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They may look silly and harmless, but platypuses can be dangerous—at least certain ones. The males come equipped with sharp stingers on the heels of their rear feet that can add some extra pain to a kick via venom. This venom is present in other animals also such as snakes, starfish, and spiders.

32. The Biggest Bat Colony Is In Texas

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The biggest bat colony belongs to Bracken Cave, Texas. This location, about 20 miles outside of downtown San Antonio, hosts the largest bat colony—consisting of more than 15 million Mexican free-tailed bats that pack onto cave walls, with as many as 500 per square foot when they are pups.

33. The Mona Lisa Has The Highest Insurance Value For A Painting In History

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In 1962, the painting’s value was $100 million. So if you adjust that for inflation, the value today would be around $780 million. That means it has the highest insurance value for a painting in history, according to the Guinness World Records.

34. The World’s Largest Family Stays In India

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Ziona Chana has 94 children, 14-daughters-in-law and 33 grandchildren. They live in a 100-room, four storey house set amidst the hills of Baktwang village in the Indian state of Mizoram.

35. Humans Have 15 Other Senses

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Along with the five traditional senses of sound, sight, touch, smell and taste, humans have 15 “other senses.” These include balance, temperature, pain and time as well as internal senses for suffocation, thirst, and fullness.

Some One Line Facts :-

1. Vending machines kill 4 times as many people as sharks per year.

2. Fredric Baur invented the Pringles can. When he passed away in 2008, his ashes were buried in one.

3. The average four year-old child asks over four hundred questions a day.

4. Humans shed 40 pounds of skin in their lifetime, completely replacing their outer skin every month.

5. More than 2,500 left-handed people are killed every year from using equipment meant for right-handed people.

6. The average adult human has two to nine pounds of bacteria in his or her body.

7. Starfish can re-grow their arms. In fact, a single arm can regenerate a whole body.

8. Google’s founders were willing to sell to Excite for under $1 million in 1999. But Excite turned them down.

9. The total weight of all the ants on Earth is greater than total weight of all the humans on the planet.

10. In a 2008 survey, 58% of British teenagers thought Sherlock Holmes was a real guy, while 20% thought Winston Churchill was not.

11. Facebook engineers originally wanted to call the “Like” button the “Awesome” button.

12. The population of Ireland is still 2 million less than it was before the potato famine, 160 years ago.

13. There’s a basketball court above the Supreme Court. It’s name is the Highest Court in the Land.

14. There is a garbage swirl in the Pacific Ocean the size of Texas.

15. Jousting is the official sport of the state of Maryland.

16. “Rain of fish” is an annual weather event in which hundreds of fish rain from the sky onto the Honduran city of Yoro.

17. A mosquito has 47 teeth.

18. The longest interval between the birth of twins is 87 days.

19. More people in the world currently suffer from obesity than from hunger.

20. A mouse can fit through a hole the size of a ballpoint pen.

21. Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.

22. Human fingers are so sensitive that if your fingers were the size of Earth, you could feel the difference between a house and a car.

23. The Dancing Plague of 1518 was a case of dancing mania that occurred in Germany, where people danced without rest for a month straight.

24. In 30 minutes, the human body gives off enough heat to bring a gallon of water to a boil.

25. Prairie dogs say hello with kisses.

26. Airplane food isn’t very tasty because our sense of smell and taste decrease by 2050% during flights.

27. 54 million people alive right now will be dead within 12 months.

28. A Blue Whale’s heart is the size of a VW Beetle and large enough that you could swim through it’s arteries.

29. Goats have rectangular pupils.

30. Sloths will mistakenly grab their arms instead of the branches of a tree, which can lead to fatal falls.

31. In New York City, approximately 1,600 people are bitten by other humans annually.

32. Jupiter and Saturn have diamond rain.

33. There are more cars than people in Los Angeles.

34. Bubble wrap was originally designed to be used as wallpaper. But unfortunately, people are using it to wrap things instead of walls.

35. You replace every particle in your body every seven years. So you are literally not the same person you were 7 years ago.

36. All of the gold mined in the history of the world would fit into a 20x20x20 meter cube.

37. Neptune was the first planet to get its existence predicted by calculations before it was actually seen by a telescope.

38. The world’s longest musical piece lasts 639 years.

39. 90% of the world’s population lives in the Northern Hemisphere.

40. You’re more likely to become the President than you are to win the lottery.

41. The entire state of Wyoming only has two escalators.

42. In 1907, an ad campaign for Kellogg’s Corn Flakes offered a free box of cereal to any woman who would wink at her grocer.

43. Jacuzzi is a brand name. You can also buy Jacuzzi toilets and mattresses.

44. The sum of all the numbers on a roulette wheel is 666.

45. For $45, the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing will sell you a 5-lb bag with $10,000 worth of shredded U.S. currency.

46. New Mexico State’s first graduating class in 1893 had only one student—and he was shot and killed before graduation.

47. Prince Charles & Prince William always travel in separate planes in case there is a crash, one needs to survive.

48. Worldwide, women earn US$18 trillion but spend US$28 trillion.

49. Microsoft has a patent for opening a new window when you click a hyperlink. It expires in 2021.

50. If the human brain were a computer, it could perform 38 thousand-trillion operations per second.

33 Facts About Success That Will Help You To Achieve It

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“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life but as by the obstacles which he has overcome”.

“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work” – Stephen King

The greatest victory is the one which is obtained with hardest struggles of life. Failure is a part of success, since it tests our limit and shines our capability to achieve the desired goal. Our society doesn’t reward defeat, and you’ll find few failures documented in history books.

In fact, experience is life’s greatest teacher and experience comes from failures of life. One of the greatest examples of failure turning into success is Thomas Edison who failed 1000 times but without accepting defeat he invented the light bulb in his next turn.

On the hunt for success? Here are some success facts to take note of –

1. Failure Is A Part Of Success

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Failure can and will happen, regardless of how awesome your work ethic is. The most successful people understand the reality of failure and its importance in finding success. While you may want to run and hide after you fail, you must learn from your mistakes to ensure you don’t fail in the same way the second time around.

2. Set Smart Goals 

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Those who are successful set daily achievable goals. Find success by solidifying goals that are S.M.A.R.T. — specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, timely. Get rid of long-term goals and establish small daily goals to achieve your vision more easily.

3. It’s Not Always About Luck

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It’s all too easy to chalk up success to being in the right place at the right time. While this certainly is an element of success, you can’t forget the crucial involvement of blood, sweat, and tears.

Don’t hold yourself back by waiting for the perfect timing or idea. Some of the most successful people got there by hitting the ground running, even if timing wasn’t perfect.

4. Carefully Track Your Progress

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Often, success comes down to keeping your eye on the prize while regularly monitoring behaviors, strategies, and tactics. You can’t make adjustments if you don’t know how you’re doing. Be sure to hold yourself accountable by checking your progress as often as possible and getting feedback when it’s due.

5. Don’t Wait To Act

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Successful people don’t always know the right answer, but they keep moving anyway. Taking action will lead to answers, so don’t let obstacles stall you when you’re searching for the right solution.

6. Connect The Dots

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Those who are successful have the ability to see the greater picture. Look at things in a “past, present, and future” context to receive favorable results. You will be able to see what failed and what was the most important turn in your life.

7. Harness Your Confidence

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You’ve got to truly believe in your abilities. Assess yourself to gain a clear understanding of what you are able to accomplish, and use this as fuel to light your own fire.

8. Commit To Your Goals

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Success doesn’t come without effort. The most successful individuals are often the most committed to what they’re working toward. Go the extra mile every day and make no exceptions.

9. Notice The Impact

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Awareness breeds success. If you’re not keyed in to your environment, you’re sure to miss opportunities. Listen to what’s being said about your company, constantly hone feedback, and keep your eyes and ears on your entire industry.

10. Communicate Like A Pro

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Those who are successful have an ease for convincing others. They don’t manipulate or pressure but logically explain the benefits. Communicating with confidence will allow you to more easily negotiate your visions.

11. Display Humility 

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Success doesn’t have to come with an ego. In fact, many successful people don’t have one. This is because they understand that while extraneous factors come into play, some failure can be chalked up to their own shortcomings. Never forget to hold yourself accountable for every aspect of your life. This is how you’ll remain focused and humble.

12. Success Isn’t All About Talent

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In her new book Grit, psychologist Angela Duckworth investigates the characteristics of people who achieve great things. She finds that being successful isn’t all about having the right genius and talents. It has much more to do with grit – a unique blend of passion and perseverance.

The great news is that your ability to achieve doesn’t depend on what you were born with. If you want to be successful, you can stop focusing on your natural talents and start developing your grit.

13. Success Is Relative

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Your benchmark for success is different from someone else and will probably change quite a few times. Try to make a note of what your benchmark is (write it down if you must) so you can give yourself the kudos you deserve when you achieve it.

14. It’s Sometimes Hard To Recognise That You’re Successful When You Do Become Success

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Even though your motivation for success seems very apparent, when you achieve it and are ultimately “successful”, it’s so easy to get lost in the journey to success that you forget to stop and take a look at what you’ve actually achieved. Try to pause from time to time and give yourself a pat on the back for what you’ve achieved.

15. You Should Celebrate Yourself

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No one will if you don’t. It is really essential for you to know that you have achieved something that others have not. So, by celebrating you are praising yourself and giving the reward that you deserve.

16. There’s Just No Substitute For Hard Work 

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Yes, sometimes luck can contribute to success but regardless of what anyone tells you, no successful person is ‘just lucky’. Luck can provide you with a good start or put you in the right place to start your journey to success but hard work is what will see you to success. Luck is like a matchstick, yes it can start a fire but you’ll need so much more to keep that fire going.

17. People Won’t See The Hard Work You Put And Will Probably Scold You

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It’s just not because they’re being unkind but because they just don’t know how much time and effort it’s taken you to get to where you are. They will most likely focus on the nicer side of things and not give you the credit you deserve for your hard-work.

Never let that get to you. If people just think you’re lucky, it’s probably because you’ve worked so hard and done a fantastic job at work so seamlessly.

18. You Need To Immerse Yourself In Your Field

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You can’t be a successful Formula 1 racer without stepping foot into a car. Even ‘outsiders’ have some involvement in the fields they are looking to be successful in, they just have a different approach/viewpoint from everyone else. You really need to surround yourself with something relevant to your field which should be fairly easy to do if you have a genuine interest in the field.

19. Know How to Get Along

You can’t cook an omelette without cracking a few eggs, but if you crack too many eggs you’ll get a heartburn. Knowing how to tolerate conflict is important, but being in conflict constantly means getting distracted from your goal. Pick your battles, and know when to step down.

 20. Being Old Doesn’t Matter

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The writing is on the wall: “Being more efficient and productive with time matters more in the long run than your age”.

Just because older people have had more time to stack up their successes doesn’t mean being older is everything in success. A study conducted on over 3,000 physicists showed that the likelihood of making important contributions to their field was directly correlated to the amount of time they put into their work.

21. Don’t Dangle That Carrot

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Passion and intrinsic motivation are key factors to success and completing a task. According to psychologists, if we enjoy and are passionate about a task, we will do it without any desire for an external reward; we will be intrinsically motivated.

22. Unleash Your Creativity

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When we are intrinsically motivated to do something, studies suggest that we are actually more creative about the task at hand, which can help us better perform at our work.

23. Impostor Syndrome Is Real

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Impostor syndrome—that little voice inside our heads that tell us we can’t do something or don’t belong somewhere—is a very real thing, and has very real consequences. A study by Mirjam Neureiter and Eva Traut-Mattausch found that impostor syndrome is correlated with lower salaries and fewer promotions.

Some One Line Facts :-

1. Both success and failure are on the same road. Success is little far than the failure milestone.

2. You do not fail when you don’t achieve your goal, but when you give up.

3. Some people fail again and again. While some succeed after learning lessons from every failure.

4. People who become successful never let the failure get to their heart.

5. Failure teaches us to think different. This way people who fail learn to act smarter in life.

6. Never give up attitude with consistent effort can convert even a biggest failure into giant success.

7. Every successful person has dealt with failure in different circumstances of life. Fear of failing never let you win.

8. Losers quit when they fail. But winners learn from failures with consistent efforts until they succeed.

9. To achieve something, one must loose something. So if you want to achieve your goal, move out from your comfort zone.

10. Most people have achieved their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.

20 Facts About Sex Education That Are Not Believable

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When you’re young, there are lot of rumors and myths when it comes to sex, which is why sexual education is so important. However, even as we get older, not everyone receives the most comprehensive education. But it doesn’t mean it’s too late to learn a few things about your body and safe sex practices.

Sex education helps people to gain the information, skills and motivation to make healthy decisions about sex and sexuality throughout their lives.

You may have learned the basics, but there are likely way more facts to know about your sexual health than you even realized. Here are nine interesting things you should have learned in sex education, but didn’t.

1. Female Masturbation Is Normal

“The idea that ‘boys will be boys’ as far as masturbation is often addressed but female sexual drive is frequently skipped. This should also include the fact that masturbation is a natural behavior, and while it is private, should not be demonized or avoided in the presentation.”

2. No Ruining The Mood Or No Sex

Sure, in theory you know it’s best not to have sex without a condom, but in the heat of the moment, it’s harder to make those decisions with so many other factors at play.

“This isn’t something women should say sorry about,” it is just what they choose, and their partner has to accept this or they aren’t going to have sex,” says McGough. I’ve seen many women have a lot of insecurity about speaking up and expressing their own needs, or fear of ‘ruining the mood.’

3. You Can Still Get Sexually Transmitting Diseases(STD) With A Condom

Although condoms are highly effective at preventing STDs that travels through bodily fluids, other STDs are spread by just skin-to-skin contact. This means you can still get STDs like the human papillomavirus (genital warts), genital herpes, and syphilis, even if you wear protection.

4. You Need To Pee After Sex

While you may want to fall right to sleep after a heavy love-making session, using the bathroom is essential for flushing out bacteria that can travel through the urethra to the bladder, causing infection.” Yes, you can still take a couple of minutes to cuddle after sex, but try to hit the bathroom sooner rather than later, but at most within the next few hours.

5. There Are Multiple Types Of Birth Control

Most of us just hear about condoms or the pill, but those aren’t the only type of birth control available, or it might not even be the best kind for your body. In addition to those contraceptives, there are also Intrauterine Device(IUDs), rings, implants, shots, and patches that are all viable options.

6. A Lot Of Women Don’t Orgasm From Penetration Alone

If you have a hard time orgasming from sex that only involves penetration, there’s nothing wrong with you — and you’re definitely not alone. The vast majority of women need clitoral stimulation to climax, but many sexual positions don’t do this.

To help achieve orgasm, it’s best to cycle through a variety of vaginal sex, oral sex, and manual stimulation, according to research from the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

7. Stay Away From Oil-Based Lube When Using A Condom

Although oil-based lubricants such as coconut oil can seem like a cheap and easy option. But they come with a dark side. It can make latex condoms less effective, which means you’re at risk for STDs or pregnancy. If you’re using condoms, stick to water-based and silicone-based lubes instead.

8. You Can Get Pregnant On Your Period

Contrary to popular belief, you can still get pregnant on your period. This was a common belief because it wasn’t well explained during school that while technically you are shedding your uterine lining and the egg is going along with it, there is still the possibility for sperm to meet egg.

9. Only Have Sex With Someone If You Want To – Period

Our sex education text books might cover the “sexual pressures” we face from strangers. But they never really mentions what to do when the person you’re already having sex with wants to bang, and you absolutely do not.

Even if you’ve had sex a thousand times with this person, you have every right to say no if you don’t feel like doing it. You don’t have to make up excuses or feel guilty. Your body is yours and you can have sex whenever you feel like it. (If your partner is cool with it too, of course.)

10. Hymen Can Still Be Intact

Urban legends from ancient times suggest that the hymen is this thick wall of skin that can only be broken when you lose your virginity. In reality, it’s more like tissue with a hole in it that can be stretched out by various sorts of objects.

You can break your hymen in a thousand ways, most of them not including sexual intercourse. Likewise, you can have sex and still have a hymen that is intact to some degree.

11. All Vaginas, Boobs And Butts Are Unique

I was so ashamed of my body as it changed, because I had no idea what was “normal” and what wasn’t. My mom never really told me what would happen as I grew older, so my transforming self was really not satisfied.

It took a long time for me to realize that the perfect vagina, perfect breasts, and perfect butt were non-existent. So don’t be ashamed of yours,nobody is perfect.

12. Use Lube. Do Not Hold Back.

I know you will want to be naturally oozing with bodily fluids when the time comes to get it on. But sometimes it just doesn’t work out. Or even if you are good to go, lube makes everything better and less painful. Because sex can sometimes hurt, and usually that pain can be handled with proper lubrication.

13. Orgasms Take Practice, And You Probably Won’t Get There The First Few Times

Sex is not like the movies. It takes time to be “good” at sex and fully enjoy it. The best thing you can do for yourself if get comfortable with your body and with your partner.

14. Don’t Have Sex To Prove Anything To Anyone

Don’t use sex as a measurement for anything, including your self-worth, how much your boyfriend or girlfriend likes you, or your level of coolness.

15. If A Guy Refuses To Use A Condom, Do Not Waste Your Time With Him

If a dude doesn’t want to use a condom because “it doesn’t feel as good”. Then tell him that he can go and f*ck himself. But seriously, don’t let a guy be selfish enough to refuse putting on protection. He’s doing this for himself and you.

A condom isn’t there to enhance his sexual experience. It’s there to make sure you two don’t pass any heinous cooties between you, and to ensure that he doesn’t squirt baby sauce up into your vagina-hole. These are, in fact, non-negotiable things. Do not negotiate condom use with anyone ever.

16. Your Boobs Will Get Sore From Time To Time

Depending on your hormones and birth control method, boob soreness is totally normal. It usually means they’re growing, or your hormone levels are shifting. Do check yourself for breast cancer on the regular, though. They should definitely be teaching girls how to feel themselves up for safety.

17. Sexuality Is Totally Fluid

Homosexuality and bisexuality almost never got covered in sex education, and that’s a serious shame. Hopefully our society will progress enough to include these topics. Because it would save a lot of unnecessary frustration, depression and guilt.

If you’re a girl and you’re like both girls and guys, that is totally fine. If you’re a boy and only like boys, that’s perfectly okay too. Don’t let anyone make you feel that your sexuality is abnormal. And furthermore, don’t let anyone pressure you into deciding “what you are”. Because our preferences can change and labels are just a social construct.

18. Most Of The Sex Education Online Is Not Accurate

The websites teens turn to for sexual health information often have inaccurate information. For example, of 177 sexual health websites examined in a 2010 study by the Journal of Adolescent Health, 46 percent of those addressing contraception and 35 percent of those addressing abortion contained inaccurate information.

19. Let’s talk about the situation in U.S.

  • A study revealed that 93% of teens aged 15-19 receive formal instruction about STIs and HIV, and 84% learn about abstinence. But a third of teens have never had any formal instruction about contraception.
  • By the time of high school graduation, 41% of teens reported knowing very little about condoms, and 75% had never been introduced to the pill.
  • By their 18th birthday, 60% women and more than 50% teenage men have had sexual intercourse.
  • Every year, roughly nine million new sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s) occur among teens and young adults in the United States as compared to rates among teens in Canada and Western Europe.
  • One in five teachers believe that restrictions on sex education are preventing them from meeting their students’ needs.
  • The majority of teachers believe that topics such as birth control methods and how to obtain them, the correct way to use a condom, sexual orientation, and factual and ethical information about abortion should also be taught by the end of the 12th grade. These topics are currently being taught less often.
  • 82% of adults support comprehensive sex education that teaches students about both abstinence and other methods of preventing pregnancy and STDs.
  • Despite the decline, the United States continues to have one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the developed world—almost twice as high as those of England, Wales and Canada, and eight times as high as those of the Netherlands and Japan.
  • Overall, in 2011–2013, 43% of adolescent females and 57% of adolescent males did not receive information about birth control before they had sex for the first time.
  • Among 15-17 year olds, 52.4 % of boys and 60.3% of girls have never had any sexual contact with the opposite sex, which includes sexual activities that are not limited to sexual intercourse.
  • Between 1991 and 2015 the percentage of high schoolers that never engaged in sexual intercourse increased by 28%.
  • In the past 20 years, the percent of high school females who are waiting for sex has increased 24%. While, the percent of high school males who are waiting for sex has increased 30%.
  • The most recent data reports that about 30% of pregnancies among 15-19 year olds end in abortion, down from 46% in 1986. Of the approximately 750,000 teen pregnancies that occur each year, 82% are unintended.
  • Sexually active high school students were 7% more likely to use a condom in 2009 than in 2015.
  • 57% of sexually active high school students used a condom during last intercourse. It is the only contraception that also reduces the risk of acquiring an STD.
  • Young adults (age 15-24) contract about 10 million new STDs each year, costing about $8 billion in direct medical costs.
  • About 40% of sexually active teen girls (aged 14-19) have at least one STD.
  • The four most common STDs among teen girls are : HPV, chlamydia, trichomoniasis, herpes, and gonorrhea. Herpes and HPV can easily transmit even with the use of a condom because they can spread by skin-to-skin contact.
  • About 40% of teens say that their sex education classes make them feel pressured to have sex. 32% say they feel pressure from their dating partner.
  • Almost 3/4 of parents opposes to premarital sex both in general and for their own adolescents.
  • If a male teen initiates sex by 14, he has almost a 75% likelihood of having 6 or more partners by the time he reaches 20 years of age. While a teen girl has 58% likelihood of 6 or more sexual partners by that age.

20. Now Let’s Talk About The Situation In India

  • After years of sex education not being available in many Indian states, Prime Minister Narendra Modi rolled out a sex education program in 2018. This training is vital since India is number three in the world’s HIV epidemic.
  • This education involves role-playing and activity-based modules that are taught by trained teachers and student peer educators. In this training, students learn about sexual violence and sexual health among other topics. The whole training in total is 22 hours. Each week the schools set aside one period for the training.
  • Better India conducted research in 2017 and found that 77% of males and 54% of females use the internet. Projections show that internet usage will reach more than 600 million people by 2021.
  • In a society where sex is taboo, learning about sex education privately online is a better solution. Media content on sex education in Hindi has become popular. MDhil’s videos on sex and STDs have received 1.2 million views on YouTube. The shareability of this content increases the reach of sex education.
  • There are over 2.3 million people over 15 years with HIV infection. In India, about 31% of the total population has AIDS/HIV.
  • Only 45% young men and 28% young women seem to have a comprehensive knowledge about HIV/AIDS and its prevention. This is more in cities than in rural areas.
  • Same is the knowledge about HIV/AIDS testing facilities with only 42% young men and 30% young women, among the 15-19 year olds, ever having heard of resources to get such a health check-up.
  • The sad reality of rural and a bit of urban India are underage marriages. Young girls even below 15 years of age are getting married to older men. This brings about a disproportionate amount of high-risk pregnancies among adolescents. About 62% of rural women mothering at least one kid when they have barely turned the corner from childhood themselves.
  • Unwanted pregnancies are also dealt with by unsafe means. Because many are unaware of the risks of back-alley abortions or the fact that there are perfectly legal means to seek abortions before 20 weeks, for special circumstances.
  • A dearth of knowledge of menstrual well-being is also perpetuated by a reluctance of talking about menstrual periods openly. It is usually shrouded in secrecy, as if it is a crime to bleed and show signs of being perfectly healthy.
  • Nearly 50% of boys and girls, each, face sexual abuse in their young lives in India, according to a survey by MWCD. It is the responsibility of adults to empower these young people with the knowledge to protect themselves against such abuse.

So, next time your kid asks where do babies come from, resort to facts and not storks. Because without proper sex education we’d be letting our young out into a world very different from our wishful moral utopia.