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81.The average bed is home to 6 million dust mites.
82.The average glass of London tap water has passed through nine people's bladders before it reaches your sink.
83.The castor bean plant contains the most deadly poison in the natural world, ricin. Just 70 micrograms (2-millionths of an ounce) could kill an adult human. It is 12,000 times more poisonous than rattle snake venom!
84.The chemical phosphorous was discovered by German chemist Hening Brandt in 1669. He made it by leaving urine to rot and then heating it until the liquid evaporated.
85.The earliest study of brain damage was of railway worker Phineas Gage. In 1848, an explosion shot a thick iron rod through his head. Although he recovered physically, his character changed completely. His skull and the iron rod are on display in Harvard University, USA.
86.The germs present in faeces can pass through 10 layers of toilet paper – that's why you need to wash your hands!
87.The largest living thing in the world is a fungus in Washington state, USA, which covers 6.5 square kilometres (2.5 square miles) and has been growing for hundreds of years.
88.The Masai tribe in Africa drink cow or bull urine as a sedative (drug to calm people down or make them sleepy).
89.The most poisonous metal in the world is arsenic. It used to be made into fly papers for killing flies, but it killed some people, too.
90.The scientific name for a fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth is arachibutyrophobia.
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