1001 Gruesome Facts by Helen Otway

By Helen Otway

Caricature duo make studying a voyage via gruesomeness - extra fascinating than the typical reference book.*Gruesome proof are well known on radio, television and in publication format.*Appeals to oldsters because it encourages childrens to widen their reading.*Children will take pleasure in telling family and friends approximately their studying.

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Lead tastes sweet! Wine was sweetened with toxic lead sugar until the 17th century, giving those who drank it gradual lead poisoning. British pensioner Margaret Haste keeps a hot cross bun as a reminder of her aunt, who died in 1899. The 108-year-old heirloom is kept wrapped in tissue inside a box. They found that the hatched worms eased symptoms of bowel disorders in people taking part. Fancy a slice of pig’s blood sausage, studded with chunks of pickled pig’s tongue? Just ask for zungenwurst next time you’re in Germany!

One day’s worth of your farts is enough to blow up a small balloon. Squatting is the best position for the body to be in when passing a stool. Gruesome Body Facts Tooth decay has been around for thousands of years and in ancient times was believed to have been caused by a ‘tooth worm’. qxd 11/6/07 5:13 pm Page 28 28 1001 Gruesome Facts Spanish artist Francisco de Goya got lead poisoning from the paints he used and became completely deaf. Your nerves send messages to the brain that you’re in a cold environment, so the blood vessels swell to warm you up.

American mountaineer Aron Ralston had to take drastic action when a boulder fell on his arm and pinned him to the ground in Blue John Canyon, Utah. After five days, desperation drove him to amputate the arm with a penknife. Queen Elizabeth I was so afraid of having one of her rotten teeth extracted that a loyal Archbishop had to have one of his teeth out first to reassure her. Blood is made up of 92 per cent water. qxd 11/6/07 5:13 pm Page 29 29 to start clotting to form a scab. Just like your fingerprints, your tongue print is unique – it’s just a bit sloppier!

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