Wow factors are a powerful tool

From time to to time you might notice that you are losing the focus of your class.
Adult learners can only concentrate between 10-20 minutes. Normally this is solved by changing your teaching style, from you talking, to the class doing an activity etc.
However,  from time to time you just need them to hang in there for a few more minutes. A great technique is just throwing in an unrelated 'Wow factoid' that gives a 20 second break from the contents you are delivering. If you are great at telling jokes, that works just as well.

Enjoy the list of 'Wow factoids'  Knowledge Base Central has gathered over time. Use them just as a random fact you just blurt out or use it as a trivia question.

Please note that no responsibility will be taken for the accuracy of these facts.

  • The black boxes in commercial aircrafts, are in fact orange (so does anybody know why it is called a black box?)
  • Snakes hear through their jaws.
  • Snails can sleep for three years without eating
  • You use more calories eating celery then there is in the celery itself
  • The earth weights abut 6,588,000,000,000 million tons. (how did they measure this?)
  • Teeth are the only parts of the human body that can't repair themselves
  • Four is the only number in the English language that has the same number of letters in its name as its meaning. (ask the class the question what makes the word FOUR so special?)
  • 10,000 hours of tape are recorded during any one series of Big Brother
  • The Eiffel Tower in Paris has 2,500,000 rivets in it. (ask your learners to guess first)
  • A group of frogs is called an army
  • A group of crows is called a murder
  • The average person walks the equivalent of twice around world in their lifetime.
  • Food can only be tasted if it is mixed with saliva
  • More people are alive today,than have ever died
  • The elephant is the only animal with four knees
  • No words in the English language rhyme with month, orange, silver or purple. (Give your students the challenge to come up with rhyming words first before you tell them that apperantly there are none but this can be proven wrong of course)
  • The Cambodian alphabet is the largest. It has 74 letters
  • Eighty percent of people who are hit by lighting are men
  • The biggest palace in the world is the Imperial Palace in Beijing. It has that many rooms that you can sleep for 25 years in a different room each night
  • An ant can lift ten times its own weight
  • On average, 100 people choke to death on chewing ballpoint pens. (the mind boggles but great discussion point if you have a group of pen chewers in your room)
  • Pheumatophobia is the fear of air (use it when they are all yawning)
  • There are 701 official breeds of dogs
  • A woodpecker can peck up to 20  times per second (ask your students to try that for a giggle)
  • A dolphin sleeps with one eye open (do you have any dolphins in your class?)
  • The longest nose belonged to Thomas Wedder. It measured 19 cm (so Pinochio was real after all)
  • The longest time spent standing on one foot is 76 hours, 40 minutes (do any of your students want to try this)
  • The world's smallest tree is the dwarf willow. It grows to 5cm and only grows in Greenland
  • An apple, potato and onion all taste sweet if you eat them with your nose plugged
  • Ninety percent of all extinct species are birds
  • Did you know you share your birthday with another 16 million people? 
  • Strawberries contain more vitamin C than oranges
  • Cats can spend 16 hours sleeping a day (how many cats do you have in your class?)
  • The human heart creates  enough pressure to squirt blood over 9 m (lets not try this in your training room)
  • More people speak English in China than in the USA
  • The first email was sent in 1972
  • Bread was used as an eraser before rubber erasers were invented (why not give it a go)
  • Remove crayon drawings from walls and tables with a damp cloth dipped in bicarbonate of soda
  • Bread and beer are the oldest forms of manufactured food
  • Bubble wrap was originally invented as wallpaper in the 1950's
  • Cardboard was invented in the early 1500's by the Chinese
  • Keep your bathroom mirror from fogging up by polishing it with car wax
  • A raindrop falls about 12 km per hour
  • The most common name in the world is Mohammed (make it a competition and John or Mary probably win)
  • The word internet is a contraction of international and network
  • The internet was born in the 1960's
  • It took radio 38 years to reach an audience of 50 million, television 13 years and the internet just 4 years (what will be next, challenge your students to think in the future)
  • English mapmaker John Spilsbury created the first jigsaw puzzle around 1760. He pasted a fragmented map of the world on a wooden board  and used it as an educational tool to teach geography
  • President Richard Nixon is credited with making the world's "longest" phone call - to astronauts 'Buzz' Aldrin and Neil Armstrong in 1969 during the moon landing
  • The Chinese were the first to use bathroom tissue around 600AD
  • 83 million rolls of toilet paper are made globally each year. (not too sure why you would need to know this but will 'wow' your students. Ask them to work out how many per hour that it?)
Have fun incorporating some of the above in your sessions. More will be added soon.

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