87 Eye-Opening Facts About Water Every Human Should Know

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1Orleans Parish Prison

Orleans Parish Prison

Thousands of prisoners were abandoned in Orleans Parish Prison during Hurricane Katrina where the water and sewage rose up to neck deep. They went days without food, water or ventilation.

2. Ten days after the Chernobyl disaster, a further risk of massive thermal explosion was identified, then three men are known as "The Chernobyl divers" volunteered to swim through pooled water under leaked reactor to find and release the safety valves. They died a few days later due to radiation exposure

3. Humans can hear the difference between hot and cold water being poured.

4. The term “groggy” comes from either the British or American Navy. These sailors drank Grog, which was a mix of rum, water, and citrus juice, which was used to fight scurvy. Someone who is dazed or sleepy might feel as if they have had too much grog, making them “groggy.”

5. Starfish have filtered sea water in their system instead of blood.

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6Andy George

Andy George

A guy who made a chicken sandwich literally from scratch, he grew a garden, harvested wheat, slaughtered a chicken, traveled to boil ocean water for salt, etc, it took him 6 months and cost him $1,500. He didn't think it tasted very good.

7. Leonardo Dicaprio bought an island in Belize 10 years ago and built the world's first eco-restorative resort that "restores" the island's over-fished waters, coastline, and forest

8. Before the Washington Monument was completed, the tallest structure in the US was the 234 foot tall Phoenix Shot Tower, where molten lead was dropped from a platform at the top of the tower through a sieve into a vat of cold water at the bottom, forming perfect spheres of the shot.

9. If you come across a stranded dolphin, do not help it back into the water. More often than not, they beach themselves purposely because they are sick/injured and are trying to avoid drowning.

10. Female toilets in Japan are equipped with devices that artificially create flushing noises called 'Sound Princess' due to many Japanese women being embarrassed at the thought of being heard by others during urination thus wasting water by constantly flushing.

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11Minnesota Devil’s Kettle

Minnesota Devil’s Kettle

There’s a waterfall where nobody knows where the water goes. Minnesota’s Devil’s Kettle Falls dumps into a giant pothole with no seeable exit. Researchers have poured dye, ping-pong balls, even logs into it, then watched the lake for any sign of them. So far, none have ever been found.

12. A 400 pound Scotsman named Angus Barberi once went 382 days without eating. He only consumed water and vitamins and ended the diet at 180 pounds.

13. 75% of Japanese homes have a hi-tech toilet and the latest models eliminate the need for TP, keep you warm, check your blood pressure, play running water sounds to increase privacy and open and close automatically so you don't have to touch anything.

14. A thermal injury (i.e. a burn from scalding water) is so stressful on the body that it can cause liver disease and/or failure

15. Peeing in the shower can save up to 2,500 liters of water per year, per person.

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16Ancient treadmills punishment

Ancient treadmills punishment

Treadmills used to be used as punishment for prisoners in the 1800's. The treadmills powered grain mills (hence the name treadmill) and pump water.

17. 53 percent of the people who live in Fiji don't have access to clean, safe water yet Fiji water is the nation's largest export

18. Watermelons originated in Africa and were first cultivated solely for their water content; their flavor was very bitter.

19. Coca-Cola had tried to sell bottled water at a premium price which happened to be tap water taken from the mains

20. A man once took 25 Fentanyl's (many people OD off of just one) and jumped off a bridge in an attempt to kill himself. He survived due to the cold water shocking his nervous system keeping him alive.

21Lake Superior

Lake Superior

There is enough water in Lake Superior to flood the entire landmasses of North and South America to a depth of 1 foot. It contains over 3 quadrillion gallons of fresh water.

22. There is an indoor vegetable factory in Japan that produces up to 10,000 heads of lettuce per day and uses just 1% of the amount of water needed for outdoor fields.

23. Albertville, France’s electricity is powered by Beaufort cheese. Since whey is unnecessary to make Beaufort cheese, bacteria is added to the whey. This transforms the whey into biogas. This gas is then fed through an engine which heats water to 90°C (194°F) to generate 2800 MWh/yr of electricity

24. Vegas is running out of water and electricity. After a 14-year drought, experts say that the water level in the reservoir created by the Hoover Dam which provides Vegas with water and power is now well below half full.

25. In an effort to fight oil well fires, Hungarian engineers recycled a Russian T-34 tank and replaced the gun turret with two Mig-21 jet engines. The team would inject water into the exhaust of the engines and literally blow an oil well fire out. They called the device Big Wind.


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