My Car Was In A Flood: How To Dry Out Your Car

 In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, we are thinking of those in the Southeast of our home state of Texas and in Louisiana still facing flood waters. If Harvey affected you, know that Texas and the country stand with you.

For those whose cars have been in flood waters, we hope that our series on managing flooded cars can be of some small help to you.

When the Memorial Day floods hit our home state of Texas, where property loss – vehicles not being an exception – is so great, we realized how little information there is about cars and floods available to the public.

In an effort to generate a deeper conversation about this problem, and to get a handle on it ourselves, we are launching this mini-series of blog articles about flooding and cars. Topics include being prepared for a flood, how to escape from a flooding car, what to do after your car floods, and, of course, this article how to dry out a flooded car. 

Steps For Drying Out Your Car – Before It’s Too Late

If your car was found in a tree after the 2015 Memorial Day floods, chances are you aren’t worried about how it smells right now. But if you just left the window down during a recent rain shower or it was part of a later flood incident, it is really important you take steps to dry your car out as soon as possible!

Here’s a quick reference about how to immediately start drying out your car after a flood.

How to Dry Out Your Car After A flood


Although rainwater starts out pure, the transformation into floodwater is not a pretty one. Floodwater may collect oil, trash, mud, plants and animal/human waste during its journey to your car, so the best tactic after a flood is tending to your car’s water damage and deep cleaning it as soon as possible.

The good news is that if you are planning on a DIY post-flood cleaning, it (hopefully) means the rain gods spared your engine and electrical system. Yay! (Not sure if they have? We have an article about checking out your car after a flood coming soon.)


If you aren’t entirely sure about the internal systems of your car, it’s safest to have it towed to a mechanic or a place where you can drain the transmission and oil pan and double check:

  • Brake Systems – If you have the resources, elevate your car, remove the wheels and allow for the brakes drums, shoes and pads to dry. Drain the brake fluid and replace it.
  • Engine Coolant – Drain the coolant and replace with new coolant. If there’s a chance water seeped in and diluted it, future problems can arise in colder weather.

Again, this could be work for a mechanic. Proceed with caution, if at all.


  1. Disconnect your battery. (We will just keep repeating this.)
  2. Wear gloves – the water very probably unsanitary.
  3. Prepare to work on small sections at a time. If you feel bold enough to remove panels and seats, start small and work your way up.
  4. Lay out all of the tools and cleaning supplies you need for this process, so you don’t lose steam trying to find something your forgot.


The main goal with soaked auto carpet is to avoid mold spores at all costs. Mold and mildew are not to be messed with, since they can become toxic when inhaled.

  1. Borrow or rent a wet-dry shop vacuum cleaner to suck out any remaining water on the car floors.
  2. Blot up whatever water you missed with a towel.
  3. Make a DIY cleaner: one part water and one part hydrogen peroxide. Let it set in the carpet for 30 minutes.
  4. Do another run with the shop-vacuum.
  5. Use an electric fan (not a space heater or anything with a heat-core, there’s still gas in the tank!) to dry up the remaining water.
  6. Sprinkle baking soda, then use the dry vacuum setting to pull out the baking soda.

*Tip: If there is still a smell, look into using an ozone generator in your car.

This machine attacks bacteria, viruses, mold and mildew at the source and oxidizes odors.

Other Interior elements to consider:

If the inside of your car saw a fair amount of water, you may need to see a mold specialist and be prepared to replace seatbelts and padding.

If there is grime in-between crevices and cracks, try using a toothbrush to get in the spaces.


You can give the car’s exterior a good wash like normal, but pay close attention to:

The door jams, and gaps around moldings and lights. This is a common place for corrosion to build on the metal, both inside and out.

If you can manage to remove the bumper, a lot of debris may have collected in there.


For our neighbors here in Texas dealing with the loss of a car or more, we are living in the aftermath of these storms with you and are hoping for the best for you and your loved ones.

34 Facts About Floods


1-5 Flood Facts

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1. 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. – Source

2. The extent of North Korea’s personality cult is such that in 2012 a 14-year-old North Korean schoolgirl drowned while attempting to rescue portraits of the two “supreme leaders” from a flood. – Source

3. There are 5 enormous cylindrical shafts underneath of TokyoJapan which fill with water in case of a flood so it does not to destroy the city. – Source

4. There is a pagoda built in 1049 from the Chinese Song dynasty and it has experienced six floods, 38 earthquakes, and many other disasters, but it remains intact after almost 1000 years. – Source

5. A drunk North Korean man passed out on a wooden board to find himself in South Korea the next day as a flood washed him and the board to an island controlled by South Korea. – Source


6-10 Flood Facts

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6. India has proposed to link 67 rivers to prevent floods and droughts. By doing so, an area equivalent to that of Germany will be irrigated. – Source

7. Downtown Seattle actually sits on top of the original city from the 1800s. It was rebuilt on top of ~20-foot high walled tunnels following a great fire, in order to prevent floods from high tide and sewage. You can go underground to see the original city remnants. – Source

8. The Aztecs believed themselves to be living in the fifth world. The fourth was destroyed by flood, the third by fire, the second by hurricanes and the first when jaguars ate everybody. – Source

9. In the 2009 Philippines floods, a teenager named Muelmar Magallanes saved 30 lives. After leaping into the rushing waters to save his family from danger, he repeatedly jumped back in to save others, including a trapped mother and baby, until too tired to fight the current he was swept away. – Source

10. After a flood several years ago, a handful of bull sharks found themselves stranded in a lake on a golf course. Bull sharks are able to survive in freshwater and rather than this lake posing an issue for survival, the six sharks have thrived and even started breeding. – Source


11-15 Flood Facts

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11. During the Great flood of 93, James Scott, 23 intentionally removed sandbags from a levee causing it to breach so he could strand his wife on the other side and continue to party. He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. – Source

12. There are 30+ different stories from all over the world, that detail a Worldwide flood. – Source

13. In 1889 a dam owned by an exclusive hunting and fishing club gave way, causing a flood that killed 2,209 people in southern Pennsylvania. The club’s members included many of the richest men in America and efforts to hold it legally responsible went nowhere. – Source

14. The ancient Egyptians measured the flood levels of the Nile and levied taxes according to how high water levels were. If the water level indicated there would be a strong harvest, taxes would be higher. – Source

15. In India, there are 500 years old bridges weaved from living roots that can withstand the monsoon floods and don’t ever rot, instead they grow stronger with time. – Source

16-20 Flood Facts

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16. In 1985, a volcano in Colombia that was covered in glaciers erupted, instantly melting the glaciers. Two hours later, a 100 ft deep flood of rock and water traveling 39 feet per second leveled an entire nearby village, killing 20,000 out of its 29,000 residents. – Source

17. There was once a plan to flood below sea level areas of the Sahara, creating large inland seas that would bring humid air, rain, and agriculture deep into the desert. – Source

18. The Amazon Rainforest loses about 22,000 tons of the phosphorus in its soil due to floods every year. The Amazon remains so fertile because the dust of a dried up lake in the Sahara Desert traveling through the atmosphere feeds the Amazon’s plants the phosphorus it lost. – Source

19. During WWI Belgium opened their sluices to allow seawater to flow in and flood their country to prevent German occupation. They held their front for the duration of the war. – Source

20. In 1786, a 7.75 magnitude earthquake triggered a massive landslide that dammed the Dadu River in Sichuan, China, creating a huge lake. 10 days later, the dam broke and the resulting flood extended 1400 km (870 mi) downstream, killing 100,000 people. – Source

21-25 Flood Facts

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21. It rained nearly continually in California from Christmas Eve 1861 through the end of January 1862, destroying nearly 1/4 of the property in the state, turning the Central Valley into an inland sea, and bankrupting the state. – Source

22. There was a natural dam made of ice between England and France during the ice age which broke and created an enormous flood, forming the English Channel. – Source

23. It took 4 million gallons of water 7 hours to flood the Roman Colosseum 5 feet for their famous naval battle reenactments. – Source

24. There is a New York City neighborhood 30 feet below sea level that is effectively a ghost down because it cannot be hooked up to the sewer system and floods when it rains. It used to be a body-dumping area for the mafia. – Source

25. In 1928 a dam collapsed in Los Angeles, creating a 40-foot high flood wave which killed 600 people, carrying some victims over 50 miles into the Pacific Ocean. – Source


26-30 Flood Facts

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26. The largest lake in California has created accidentally after an engineering mistake led to the redirection of the Colorado River, causing the river to flood part of the valley for 2 years, creating the “Salton Sea”. – Source

27. The largest act of environmental warfare in history was when Chiang Kai-shek flooded the Yellow River, killing ~800000 Chinese, but failing to stop the Japanese advance. – Source

28. 32 years after a flood, a guy was thought to have died was found alive and well because he left his cabin the morning of the flood without telling anyone. – Source

29. In 1945, a German U-boat sank in the North Sea due to “misuse of the new toilet” which caused water to flood the submarine. – Source

30. The Zanclean Flood is a flood theorized to have filled the entire Mediterranean Sea in less than 2 years, with a discharge with about 1,000x that of the present day Amazon River. – Source


31-34 Flood Facts

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31. During the North Sea Flood of 1953 the mayor of Nieuwerkerk, Holland, ordered a ship captain to plug a hole in a collapsed dyke using his ship. The plan worked, saving many lives. – Source

32. In 1927 it rained so hard that the Mississippi River flooded an area the size of Scotland and some places recorded over 2ft of rain in 3 months. – Source

33. A Nigerian architect has designed a flood-proof floating school for a settlement at constant risk of flooding in which the major method of transport is a canoe. – Source

34. Massive flood-scarred Mars surface 500 million years ago. – Source



This page explains what actions to take when you receive a hurricane watch or warning alert from the National Weather Service for your local area. It also provides tips on what to do before, during, and after a hurricane.

Hurricane Basics


Hurricanes are massive storm systems that form over the water and move toward land. Threats from hurricanes include high winds, heavy rainfall, storm surge, coastal and inland flooding, rip currents, and tornadoes. These large storms are called typhoons in the North Pacific Ocean and cyclones in other parts of the world.


Each year, many parts of the United States experience heavy rains, strong winds, floods, and coastal storm surges from tropical storms and hurricanes. Affected areas include all Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastal areas and areas over 100 miles inland, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Hawaii, parts of the Southwest, the Pacific Coast, and the U.S. territories in the Pacific. A significant per cent of fatalities occur outside of landfall counties with causes due to inland flooding.


The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, with the peak occurring between mid-August and late October. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season begins May 15 and ends November 30.

Basic Preparedness Tips

  • Know where to go. If you are ordered to evacuate, know the local hurricane evacuation route(s) to take and have a plan for where you can stay. Contact your local emergency management agency for more information.
  • Put together a go-bag: disaster supply kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, medications, and copies of your critical information if you need to evacuate
  • If you are not in an area that is advised to evacuate and you decide to stay in your home, plan for adequate supplies in case you lose power and water for several days and you are not able to leave due to flooding or blocked roads.
  • Make a family emergency communication plan.
  • Many communities have text or email alerting systems for emergency notifications. To find out what alerts are available in your area, search the Internet with your town, city, or county name and the word “alerts.”

Preparing Your Home

  • Hurricane winds can cause trees and branches to fall, so before hurricane season trim or remove damaged trees and limbs to keep you and your property safe.
  • Secure loose rain gutters and downspouts and clear any clogged areas or debris to prevent water damage to your property.
  • Reduce property damage by retrofitting to secure and reinforce the roof, windows and doors, including the garage doors.
  • Purchase a portable generator or install a generator for use during power outages. Remember to keep generators and other alternate power/heat sources outside, at least 20 feet away from windows and doors and protected from moisture; and NEVER try to power the house wiring by plugging a generator into a wall outlet.
  • Consider building a FEMA safe room or ICC 500 storm shelter designed for protection from high-winds and in locations above flooding levels.

Hurricane Watch

Hurricane watch = conditions possible within the next 48 hrs.

Steps to take:

Hurricane Warning

Hurricane warning = conditions are expected within 36 hrs.

Steps to take:

  • Follow evacuation orders from local officials, if given.
  • Check-in with family and friends by texting or using social media.
  • Follow the hurricane timeline preparedness checklist, depending on when the storm is anticipated to hit and the impact that is projected for your location.

What to do when a hurricane is 6 hours from arriving

  • If you’re not in an area that is recommended for evacuation, plan to stay at home or where you are and let friends and family know where you are.
  • Close storm shutters, and stay away from windows. Flying glass from broken windows could injure you.
  • Turn your refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting and open only when necessary. If you lose power, food will last longer. Keep a thermometer in the refrigerator to be able to check the food temperature when the power is restored.
  • Turn on your TV/radio, or check your city/county website every 30 minutes in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.

What to do when a hurricane is 6-18 hours from arriving

  • Turn on your TV/radio, or check your city/county website every 30 minutes in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
  • Charge your cell phone now so you will have a full battery in case you lose power.

What to do when a hurricane is 18-36 hours from arriving

  • Bookmark your city or county website for quick access to storm updates and emergency instructions.
  • Bring loose, lightweight objects inside that could become projectiles in high winds (e.g., patio furniture, garbage cans); anchor objects that would be unsafe to bring inside (e.g., propane tanks); and trim or remove trees close enough to fall on the building.
  • Cover all of your home’s windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” exterior grade or marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install.

What to do when a hurricane is 36 hours from arriving

  • Turn on your TV or radio in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
  • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit. Include food and water sufficient for at least three days, medications, a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
  • Plan how to communicate with family members if you lose power. For example, you can call, text, email or use social media. Remember that during disasters, sending text messages is usually reliable and faster than making phone calls because phone lines are often overloaded.
  • Review your evacuation plan with your family. You may have to leave quickly so plan ahead.
  • Keep your car in good working condition, and keep the gas tank full; stock your vehicle with emergency supplies and a change of clothes.

After a Hurricane

  • Listen to local officials for updates and instructions.
  • Check-in with family and friends by texting or using social media.
  • Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.
  • Watch out for debris and downed power lines.
  • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of fast-moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • Avoid flood water as it may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines and may hide dangerous debris or places where the ground is washed away.
  • Photograph the damage to your property in order to assist in filing an insurance claim.
  • Do what you can to prevent further damage to your property, (e.g., putting a tarp on a damaged roof), as insurance may not cover additional damage that occurs after the storm.

When there is no hurricane: Make a hurricane plan

  • Know your hurricane risk. Talk to your local emergency management agency.
  • Make an emergency plan.
    • Sign up for alerts and warnings
    • Make a Family Communication plan
    • Plan shelter options
    • Know your evacuation route
  • Build or restock your basic disaster supplies kit, including food and water, a flashlight, batteries, chargers, cash, and first aid supplies.
  • Consider buying flood insurance.
  • Familiarize yourself with local emergency plans. Know where to go and how to get there should you need to get to higher ground or to evacuate.
  • Stay tuned to local wireless emergency alerts, TV, or radio for weather updates, emergency instructions, or evacuation orders.

55 Extreme Facts about Hurricanes

55 Extreme Facts about Hurricanes

By Karin LehnardtSenior Writer
Published January 31, 2017
    • A single hurricane stirs up millions of miles of air and can dump more than 2.4 trillion gallons (9 trillion liters) of rain a day.
    • Hurricane-generated waves frequently toss tons of fish onto beaches. The eyes of many of the fish have popped out because of sudden changes in pressure.
    • Hurricanes produce enough energy in one day to run the lights of Las Vegas for many years.
    • Christopher Columbus wrote the first known report of a hurricane in 1495.
    • The word “hurricane” comes from Huracan, a name for the god of evil on some islands in the Caribbean.
    • In 1900, a hurricane in Galveston, Texas, killed more than 8,000 people, making it the deadliest weather emergency in U.S. history.

Crazy Hurricane Facts

The direction of a hurricane’s spin depends on the hemisphere in which is it brewing
    • Hurricanes in the Southern Hemisphere spin in a clockwise direction. Hurricanes in the Northern Hemisphere turn counterclockwise.
    • The right side of a hurricane in the Northern Hemisphere is often stronger in terms of winds, tornadoes, and storm surge.
    • Five of the 10 most costly hurricanes in the U.S. have occurred since 1990.
    • Hurricanes have killed approximately 1.9 million people worldwide over the past 200 years.
    • The deadliest hurricane on record is the 1970 Bhola Cyclone in Bangladesh, which killed between 150,000-300,000 people.
    • Most of the deadliest hurricanes have occurred in southeastern Asia and India due to flooding on low-lying, densely populated areas.
    • A hurricane makes “landfall” when its center, not its edge, crosses the coastline.
    • With 210 mile-per-hour winds at landfall, Hurricane Camille (1969) is the strongest hurricane to strike land. Typhoon Tip (1979), which did not strike land, is considered to be the largest, with tropical storm-force winds 1,350 miles in diameter.
    • A hurricane can reach 40,000 to 50,000 feet up into the sky.
    • Hurricane Andrew (1992) ripped an 80-foot steel beam weighing several tons off a building and flung it more than a block away.
    • The largest hurricane can be the size of the state of Montana, 600 miles (966 kilometers) wide.
    • Ninety percent of all hurricane deaths result from storm surges, which can reach over 20 feet high and extend nearly 100 miles.

Hurricane season brings a humbling reminder that, despite our technologies, most of nature remains unpredictable.

– Diane Ackerman

    • Hurricanes never form at the equator because they need the Coriolis Force, which is very weak at the equator, to spin.
    • Although hurricanes can cause terrible damage, they are an important part of Earth’s complicated weather system. Like giant fans, they take hot air from the tropics and move it toward the poles. They help balance temperatures and moisture around the Earth. Without hurricanes and other storms, vast areas of the planet would be too hot for animal and human life.
    • In A.D. 1281, a hurricane killed 100,000 Mongols who were attacking Japan. The Japanese thanked their storm gods for the kamikaze, which means divine wind from the gods.
    • There are several differences between hurricanes and tornadoes. First, hurricanes last several days; tornadoes last only minutes (or, rarely, hours). Hurricanes are on average about 2,000 times bigger across than tornadoes. As an analogy, if a tornado were as wide as a hamburger, a hurricane would be the length of an entire football stadium.
    • During the Galveston hurricane of 1900, nuns used ropes to tie themselves to rows of children in orphanages, but the floodwater was too hard and fast. People found the nuns still tied to the children after the flood. They had all drowned.
    • Hurricanes often spawn tornadoes. For example, Hurricane Andrew (1992) spawned 62 tornadoes, and Hurricane Beulah (1967) created a whopping 141 tornadoes. Tornadoes can occur days after a hurricane’s landfall.
    • Hurricanes never combine to form one stronger storm. However, the storms may circle each other, which is known as the Fujiwhara effect.

Interesting Fujiwhara Effect Fact

The effect is named after Sakuhei Fujiwhara, the Japanese meteorologist who first described the effect
    • Tornadoes have more intense winds than hurricanes. For example, the fastest recorded hurricane wind speed is approximately 200 mph. Tornado winds can be up to 300 mph.
    • The terms “hurricane,” “typhoon,” and “cyclone” are different names for the same type of storm, a tropical cyclone. Tropical cyclones that occur in the Atlantic Ocean or eastern Pacific Ocean are called hurricanes; in the western Pacific Ocean they are called typhoons (from the Cantonese word tai-fun); and in the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal, tropical cyclones are called cyclones (from the Greek word for “coiled snake”). In Australia, hurricanes are called “willy-willies.”
    • Hurricane names are chosen from a list selected by the World Meteorological Organization. There are six separate lists for Atlantic hurricanes, with one list used each year. Each list is repeated every 7th year. However, officials retire names of hurricanes that have caused a great deal of damage or death. Retired names include Andrew, Camille, Bob, Fran, Katrina, and Hugo.
    • In 1953, the National Weather Service adopted the Navy’s practice of naming Atlantic hurricanes after women. Previously, hurricanes were named either according to their longitude and latitude or were identified by the phonetic alphabet (Able, Baker, Charlie, etc.). In 1979, meteorologists added men’s names to alternate with women’s names. The first three male names ever used for hurricanes (Bob, David, and Frederick) all are retired.
    • Though the eye is the calmest part of the storm, over the ocean, it can be the most dangerous area. While waves in the eye wall travel in the same direction, waves in the eye converge from all directions, which often creates rogue waves.

Interesting Hurricane Katrina Fact

Hurricane Katrina was the largest and 3rd strongest hurricane ever recorded to make landfall in the US
    • The costliest hurricane worldwide is widely believed to be Hurricane Katrina, with overall damage estimates at over $100 billion.
    • Hurricanes spin around a low-pressure center called the “eye.” Sinking air makes this 20- to 30-mile-wide area calm and free of clouds. A thick ring of clouds called the “eye wall” surrounds the eye and is the strongest part of the hurricane.
    • Water must be a certain depth for hurricanes to form, at least 200 feet (60 m). Additionally, the water must be warm, over 80º F (27 º C). A hurricane’s strength depends on how warm the water is—the warmer the water, the stronger the hurricane becomes.
    • Since pilots first began flying into typhoons and hurricanes in 1944, only four planes have been lost in the storms. No trace of these planes or their crew has ever been found.
    • A tropical storm is classified as a hurricane when sustained winds reach 74 miles per hour, though hurricane winds are often faster. When a tropical cyclone’s sustained wind speed is between 39-74 mph, it is classified as a tropical storm. When its winds are less than 38 mph, a tropical cyclone is called a tropical depression.
    • For a hurricane to form, there needs to be (10 a pre-existing condition disturbance with thunderstorms, (2) warm water (at least 80 º F) to a depth of 150 ft., and (3) light upper-level winds.
    • Each year, approximately 10 tropical storms form over the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and Gulf of Mexico. Out of these, six become hurricanes.
    • Approximately five hurricanes strike the U.S. coastline during an average three-year period. Of these, two are major hurricanes over 110 mph.
    • Project Stormfury was an organization that tried to control hurricanes by seeding them with silver iodide, which would cool the hurricanes. However, the project had little success, and most scientists now have abandoned the idea of controlling hurricanes.
    • Hurricane Andrew’s (1992) outer rain bands extended 100 miles from the center. In contrast, Hurricane Gilbert’s (1988) stretched over 500 miles.
    • Hurricanes can last for weeks, but most hurricanes typically last approximately 10 days.
    • During the 20th century, 158 hurricanes of all categories hit the U.S. Most hurricanes hit Florida (57), with Texas coming in second with 26. Louisiana and North Carolina each had 25.
    • Hurricanes kill more people than any other type of storm.

Little Known Hurricane Facts

Hurricanes kill more people than any other type of storm
    • Thirty-six of the 64 major hurricanes (Categories 3-5) that hit the U.S. in the 20th century struck in September. August was the second busiest month, with 15.
    • The Atlantic hurricane season typically lasts from June 1 to November 30, though most hurricanes form during the fall. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season is from May 15 to November 30.
    • A hurricane warning is issued when a hurricane is expected to arrive within 24 hours. A hurricane watch is issued when the storm is 24-36 hours away.
    • The years 2000-2009 have seen the most Category 5 hurricanes, with eight. These include Isabelle (2003), Ivan (2004), Emily (2005), Katrina (2005), Rita (2005), Wilma (2005), Dean (2007), and Felix (2007).
    • Earthquakes outnumber hurricanes. According to NASA, approximately 85 hurricanes, typhoons, and tropical cyclones occur worldwide each year. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, there are 500,000 detectable earthquakes in the world each year, with 100,000 strong enough to be felt and 100 of them strong enough to cause damage.
    • The Southern Hemisphere typically experiences about half the number of hurricanes as the Northern Hemisphere each year.
    • No hurricane is on record as ever hitting the U.S. Pacific Coast. Hurricanes have, however, hit the West Coast of Mexico.

Interesting Extreme Storm Facts

Jupiter’s “Great Red Spot” in relation to the Earth
  • A hurricane on Jupiter has been raging for over 300 years and is bigger than the Earth.
  • The number of Atlantic hurricanes is increasing. The 2005 Atlantic hurricane season, for example, was the worst on record. Some scientists think the rise in hurricanes is due to a natural cycle: hurricanes are rare for the first 30 to 60 years of the cycle and then they become more common for the next 30 to 60. Other scientists blame global warming.
  • Anyone can check to see if his or her name is on the latest list of hurricane names at
  • Hurricane/Typhoon John lasted 31 days in 1994, which is longer than any other hurricane in history. It was both a hurricane and a typhoon because it passed through both eastern and western parts of the Pacific Ocean.
  • It is a common misconception that opening all the windows in a house during a hurricane will equalize the pressure in the house so the windows won’t explode. Experts argue, however, that opening the windows will only weaken the house by allowing more wind, rain, and debris to fly in.

Interesting Hurricane Facts

Interesting Hurricane Facts

hurricane spiral

The word hurricane comes from the Taino Native American word, hurucane, meaning evil spirit of the wind.

The first time anyone flew into a hurricane happened in 1943 in the middle of World War II.

A tropical storm is classified as a hurricane once winds goes up to 74 miles per hour or higher.

Hurricanes are the only weather disasters that have been given their own names.

All hurricanes begin life in a warm moist atmosphere over tropical ocean waters.

A typical hurricane can dump 6 inches to a foot of rain across a region.

The most violent winds and heaviest rains take place in the eye wall, the ring of clouds and thunderstorms closely surrounding the eye.

Every second, a large hurricane releases the energy of 10 atomic bombs.

Hurricanes can also produce tornadoes. They are not as strong as regular tornadoes and last only a few minutes.

Slow moving hurricanes produce more rainfall and can cause more damage from flooding than faster-moving, more powerful hurricanes.

Hurricane Floyd was barely a category I hurricane, but it still managed to mow down 19 million trees and caused over a billion dollars in damage.

Most people who die in hurricanes are killed by the towering walls of sea water that comes inland.

In the Pacific Ocean, Hurricanes are generally known as typhoons. In the Indian Ocean they are called tropical cyclones.

The man who first gave names to hurricanes was an Australian weather forecaster named C. Wragge in the early 1900s.

The first hurricane of the year is given a name beginning with the letter “A”.

Hurricane season is from June to November when the seas are at their warmest and most humid, which are ripe conditions for a hurricane to develop.

The planet Jupiter has a hurricane which has been going on for over 300 years. It can be seen as a red spot on the planet. This hurricane on Jupiter is bigger than the Earth itself.

More Hurricane Facts

hurricane damage

In the 1950’s and 1960’s, people went to Hurricane parties with party-goers to watch hurricanes rather than flee from danger. There were claims that in 1969, Hurricane Camille wrecked a hotel where a hurricane party was being held and killed 8 people. Some survivors who were at the hotel at the time claim there was never a hurricane party there and that the actual number of fatalities were not accurate. Nevertheless, a hollywood movie was created out of this story.

Hurricanes didn’t start having boys’ names until 1979.

Most hurricanes die at sea when they pass over areas of cooler water.

In 1967, a hurricane in Texas caused more than 140 twisters.

The worst hurricane damage is often caused by a storm surge. A storm surge is like a giant wall of water pushed onshore by hurricane winds.

In 1989, Hurricane Hugo completely destroyed several forests in South Carolina.

In 1971, Hurricane Ginger lasted for over three weeks.

In 1970, a hurricane in Pakistan killed more than 300,000 people.

When a hurricane is especially devastating, its name is permanently retired and another name replaces it.

In 1944, the US Navy’s Pacific fleet was crushed by Typhoon Cobra, which sank three destroyers and damaged many ships.

Bangladesh was a country that was created from a hurricane. In 1970, this region of Pakistan was struck by a cyclone and 500,000 people died. The people felt their government did not do enough to help after the disaster so in 1971, they voted to be independent of Pakistan and Bangladesh was born.

Hurricanes do not occur in the South Atlantic Ocean, where the waters are too cold for them to form.

Plants have developed different ways of protecting themselves from powerful winds. Palm trees trow mainly in tropical parts of the world where hurricanes sometimes occur. Their flexible trunks bend and spring back in high winds but rarely break.

Taping your windows in preparation for a hurricane is a waste of time and money. Tape does not strengthening the glass. Flying debris will smash a taped window as if the tape wasn’t there.

Hurricane Fox was the first storm to be named in an official weather bureau advisory.

Two hurricanes were named Alice in 1954. One in June and one in December.

The first hurricane with a male’s name was Hurricane Bob which hit near New Orleans in July 1979.

The first hurricane to hit the American Colonies happened on August 25, 1635.

25 Kickass and Interesting Facts About Teeth

25 Kickass and Interesting Facts About Teeth


Here are 25 Kickass and Interesting Facts About Teeth.

1-5 Interesting Facts About Teeth

George Washington's teeth

1. George Washington’s infamous wooden teeth were actually human teeth from slaves. – Source

2. Brad Pitt voluntarily went to a dentist to have his front teeth chipped for the role of Tyler Durden in Fight Club. His teeth were fixed after he finished making the movie. – Source

3. In the American Civil War, soldiers were required to have at least four opposing front teeth so that they could open a gunpowder pouch. Some draftees had their front teeth removed to avoid service. – Source

4. In Korea, wisdom teeth are called “love teeth” in reference to young adulthood and the pain of first love. – Source

5. Shark teeth are actually scales. That’s why they can infinitely grow them back. – Source

6-10 Interesting Facts About Teeth

Brushing Teeth

6. Brushing one’s teeth wasn’t popular in America until after World War II, when soldiers, ordered to brush teeth, brought home their enforced habit. – Source

7. The Danish King Harald Blatand ate so many blueberries that his teeth stained blue. “Bluetooth” is named after him because of his ability to unite warring Scandinavian factions, just as Bluetooth unites wireless devices. The Bluetooth logo is also a combination of the King’s Runic initials. – Source

8. In Louisiana, biting someone with your natural teeth is considered a simple assault, but biting someone with your false teeth is considered an aggravated assault. – Source

9. Taurine, a popular energy drink ingredient, is required in cat food products. Without it, cats will lose their fur, teeth, and eyesight. – Source

10. In the movie ‘The Hangover’ no effects or prosthetics were created for Stu’s missing tooth. Actor Ed Helms never had an adult incisor grow, and his fake incisor was taken out for the parts of filming where Stu’s tooth is missing. – Source

11-15 Interesting Facts About Teeth

Ben Affleck Teeth

11. Ben Affleck had $20000 worth of dental work because filming the movie Armageddon. Director Michael Bay was concerned that his small, unevenly spaced teeth detracted from the actor’s credibility in a heroic role. – Source

12. Firefighters used to dip their beards in water and breathe through the wet hairs clenched between their teeth before breathing apparatuses were invented. – Source

13. In 1912, three men set out to recover emperor penguin eggs from Antarctica. It was so cold one man’s teeth chattered so violently that they shattered. When he returned to the UK the National History Museum refused to accept the eggs. – Source

14. Hideki Tōjō, Prime Minister of Japan during World War 2, was given a new set of dentures while awaiting trial for war crimes. The American dentist who made them secretly drilled the phrase “Remember Pearl Harbor” into them in Morse code. – Source

15. Humans produce excessive saliva before vomiting to protect the teeth and throat from the acid in the vomit. – Source

16-20 Interesting Facts About Teeth


16. Imperfect teeth (Yaeba) is commonly considered to be cute in Japan. – Source

17. Roald Dahl, author of ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ had all of his teeth pulled out when he was 21, because he thought they were more trouble than they were worth. – Source

18. Naked mole rats can move their front teeth independently of each other (like chopsticks) – Source

19. h**o Sapiens didn’t have problems with crooked teeth until agriculture and the resulting change in diet. – Source

20. Many toothpastes contain small plastic beads which may lodge in the gums, are likely harmful to the environment, and are included in toothpaste for decorative purposes only. – Source

21-25 Interesting Facts About Teeth

Jim Carrey's tooth

21. Jim Carrey’s chipped tooth in Dumb and Dumber is real. He went to a dentist to remove the cap from his tooth for the movie. – Source

22. Wisdom teeth contain stem cells, and you can have them saved in case you might need them. – Source

23. Queen Elizabeth ordered an archbishop to take out a tooth of his own not once but twice just to prove that the procedure of extracting a tooth was safe and bearable. – Source

24. A knocked out tooth can sometimes be saved if it is jammed back into the empty socket within 5 minutes. – Source

25. You cannot work in Antarctica unless your wisdom teeth and appendix are removed. – Source

10 Incredibly Weird Facts About Human Teeth

10 Incredibly Weird Facts About Human Teeth

Professional fighters, newborn babies, and the supporting cast of Deliverance aside, pretty much everyone has a mouthful of teeth. We use our ivories on a daily basis, mashing up food and smiling at friends, but we often take our thirty-two teeth for granted. And that’s just too bad. As it turns out, the human tooth is incredibly strange and is surrounded by weird and wild facts like…

10. Actors’ Teeth

chipped tooth

There are quite a few actors out there who lose or gain a few pounds for a role, but that’s nothing compared to the stars who attack their teeth. For the 1999 classic Fight Club, Brad Pitt knew he needed to radically alter his appearance to play anarchist Tyler Durden. After all, if you start up an underground boxing club, you probably won’t end up with a movie star smile. Pitt paid a dentist to chip away at his chompers, giving Durden a much edgier look.

But you don’t need to be an A-lister to go all method on your mouth. For his role as Stu Price in The Hangover, comedian Ed Helms also made a quick trip to the dentist. If you’ve seen the film, you know Stu pulls out his own tooth on a bet. Of course, the actor wasn’t willing to go quite that far in real life. But Helms was a man literally born to play the part of Stu. Helms was born missing a tooth, and at the age of fifteen he filled the gap with an implant. When it came time to star in The Hangover he simply removed the fake. The process was probably a bit painful, as it involved unscrewing the implant and screwing a plug into the gap in his gum. Talk about dedication.

However, the award for hardcore dentistry has to go to Viggo Mortensen. While filming Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Mortensen was busy bashing orcs at the Battle of Helm’s Deep when things got out of hand, and Aragorn accidentally broke his tooth. But instead of stomping off to his trailer, Mortensen wanted to keep  filming and insisted that someone glue his tooth back on. Fortunately, director Peter Jackson decided to cut and sent Viggo off to receive proper medical treatment. Still, you have to admire the man’s work ethic.

9. The Norwegian Tooth Bank


There are all kinds of bizarre biological banks, from sperm banks to blood banks to banks full of eyeballs. But in Norway scientists are busy working on an even stranger special facility just for storing milk teeth.

Also known as deciduous teeth, milk teeth are the extras we lose as children, and researchers from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa) hope parents will donate these little incisors and bicuspids to their ever-growing tooth bank. Scientists are currently working with 100,000 children in the hopes of building the largest tooth bank in the world.

But why would anyone want milk teeth in the first place? It turns out that these temporary teeth are excellent indicators of what pollutants are in the environment. By studying them, along with blood and urine samples from the parents, MoBa researchers can learn how environmental contaminants affect a child and mother’s health. As of 2013 the bank had 17,000 teeth, all kept in envelopes and locked away in the University of Bergen where no tooth fairy can ever find them.

8. Teeth Tattoos

tooth tattoo

They might sound like something out of a sci-fi novel, but teeth tattoos are actually quite popular these days. Applied to a cap or crown, these images are permanent and come in all shapes and sizes, from pictures of George Washington to sail boats to phrases like “Bite Me.”

Scientists at Princeton and Tufts are taking teeth tattoos in a completely different direction. Instead of ink, they’re using graphene, and it isn’t for art’s sake. These tattoos are actually electronic sensors, and they’re a bacterium’s worst nightmare. Imprinted on silk, the tattoos are placed onto a tooth, and after water washes the silk away the graphene remains and monitors the mouth for bacteria. Powered by electrodes and an inductive coil, the tattoo uses antimicrobial peptides to latch onto germs. Thanks to the electricity in a bacterium’s cell membrane, a signal is sent to a nearby antenna which scientists use to determine what kind of bacteria is crawling around inside your mouth. You still need to brush, though.

7. The Fake Braces of Asia


In the west, most people think of braces as geeky, ugly and kind of uncomfortable. But beauty is relative, and in Asian countries like Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia, braces are considered super cool… and super illegal, thanks to the rich kids.

In cities like Bangkok braces can run up to $1,200, which is a little expensive for most Thai kids. But like everything else owned by the rich and powerful, braces suddenly have an air of wealth and status about them. That’s where fashion braces, or kawat gigi untuk gaya, come in. Running about $100, these braces are sold in markets, beauty salons, and online, and can be customized in all sorts of styles like Mickey Mouse and Hello Kitty.

You don’t even need a dentist to wear fashion braces. Do-It-Yourself kits are extremely popular, despite the fact that they’re against the law in Thailand. In 2012, two teenagers developed deadly infections thanks to fashion braces. Authorities were also worried about the amount of lead found in the wires and were concerned kids might choke on loose pieces. Wanting to prevent any further deaths, the Thai government outlawed the practice, threatening to punish producers with up to six months behind bars. But that only gave rise to a thriving black market for braces.

6. Buddha’s Teeth


When most people think about relics, they generally picture Christian artifacts like the Holy Grail, the True Cross and the Shroud of Turin. But Buddhism has its share of holy objects as well — many are from the Buddha’s own body, including quite a few plucked out of his mouth.

If you ever visit Sri Lanka be sure to drop by the city of Kandy, where you’ll find the sage’s left canine on display in the Temple of the Tooth. After the Buddha’s cremation, the tooth became a symbol of power. Whoever owned the canine had the right to rule Sri Lanka, and it was passed down from monarch to monarch. As you might expect, quite a few people squabbled over the tooth, and holy men were forced to hide it from time to time until it finally ended up in Kandy for all the world to see.

On your next trip you can stop by the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum in Singapore, where you can admire another one of the philosopher’s pearly whites surrounded by prayer rooms and ornate dragons. However, the weirdest of all the Buddha’s teeth is without a doubt the one in Rosemead, California. Worshippers claim the two-inch molar is actually still growing and even possesses miraculous healing powers.

5. John Lennon’s Tooth


Michael Zuk isn’t your average dentist. This Canadian has filled plenty of cavities, but when he isn’t pulling teeth Zuk is busy working on an odd experiment that involves John Lennon’s tooth. How did a dentist from Alberta get his hands on one of Lennon’s pearly whites? In the 1960s, John gave his rotten molar to his housekeeper, a woman named Dot Jartlett. He thought it would be a nice gift for her Beatlemaniacdaughter, and the tooth stayed in the Jartlett family until 2011 when they sold it for over $30,000.

The buyer was Michael Zuk, and he had some very weird plans. He’s used the tooth to draw attention to mouth cancer and even let his sister use a fragment for her sculpture of Lennon’s head. However, his ultimate goal is to clone the rock star. Zuk has allegedly teamed up with a group of scientists who’ve begun sequencing Lennon’s DNA. If all goes according to plan, the singer will make his big comeback in 2040. Only this time Zuk will make sure Lennon stays away from “drugs and cigarettes.”

4. The Incredibly Creepy Jesus Statue


Visit any Catholic church and you’re bound to spot an icon of Jesus or the Virgin Mary. Most of these statues are made out of wood or plastic, but if you take a little trip to San Bartolo Cautlalpan, a small town outside Mexico City, you’ll find a figurine that’s a little more lifelike than the rest.

In early 2014 experts from Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History were restoring an icon of Christ known as “The Lord of Patience.” This 3’8” wooden statue depicts Jesus moments before his crucifixion, sitting down and staring into the sky. Dating back to the 18th century, this statue was scheduled to undergo restoration, but when researchers started X-raying the piece they noticed something extremely odd about its teeth — they had roots.

Upon closer examination, the researchers found that the Lord of Patience was fully equipped with eight human teeth, and judging by the size they were probably removed from a healthy adult. But why would anyone put real teeth inside a wooden statue? Well, perhaps it was a way of scoring points for the afterlife. Back in the day, believers would offer up hair clippings to make wigs for icons. Researchers believe that a faithful churchgoer probably yanked out a few spare ivories as a way of proving his or her devotion to God. That brings a whole new level to the Biblical “tooth for a tooth” business.

3. The Boy With 232 Teeth


Ashik Gavai was a seventeen-year-old Indian boy in a lot of pain. The right side of his jaw was swelling up like a balloon, and the local doctor didn’t know what to do. Worried the culprit was cancer, his parents took the boy to a team of specialists in Mumbai. Once they started poking around inside his mouth the doctors made an incredible discovery.

Ashik was suffering from a complex composite odontoma. A benign tumor was growing on the teenager’s jaw and essentially turned Ashik’s gums into a tooth factory. Over a seven hour operation, doctors removed 232 “pearl-like” teeth from the boy’s mouth. The four surgeons even discovered a “marble-like” brick and were forced to use a hammer and chisel to break it apart.

Hopefully the doctors removed every rogue tooth in Ashik’s mouth. If not, there’s a chance the odontoma might return. At least there’s a bright side to this macabre little tale — the world record for tooth removal from an odontoma is thirty-seven, so perhaps Ashik might get his name into Guinness.

2. The Man With A Tooth In His Nose


Nose bleeds are pretty common. In fact, three out of five people will suffer from “epistaxis” before they die. But if you’re experiencing nose bleeds once or twice a month, then there might be a problem. A twenty-two-year-old man was getting tired of constantly having to shove cotton balls up his nose, and after having multiple nosebleeds over three years he finally went to see his doctor. What the physician found was kind of horrifying.

There was a tooth growing in the man’s left nostril. It was about one centimeter long and had erupted through the floor of his nasal cavity. Surgeons were able to remove the tooth without any problems, but why was it there in the first place? Well, about 0.15% to 3.9% of people in the world actually have spare teeth. Known as mesiodentes, these extra chompers turn around and grow the wrong way, occasionally popping up inside the nose.

It’s kind of disgusting, but at least it’s understandable. But sometimes our genes get screwed up, and then things get really freaky. Take the case of Doug Pritchard. Back in 1978, Pritchard was a normal 13 year old kid living in North Carolina when his foot started to hurt. He put up with the pain for several weeks, but when he couldn’t take it anymore he went to the doctor… who found a tooth growing in his foot. Sounds like a bad horror movie.

1. Tooth-Eye Surgery


We’ll end with one of the craziest surgeries ever invented by man. In 2009, Martin Jones was a forty-two-year-old man who’d never seen his wife. Years before his wedding day he’d been blinded by an explosion of molten aluminum, but a corneal specialist named Christopher Lui promised to restore his vision with a radical operation known as modified osteo-odonot-keratoprosthesis (MOOKP). And it involved Martin’s front tooth.

After removing one of his canines, doctors drilled a small hole in the tooth and placed a lens inside. Next, they stitched the tooth into his cheek, allowing it to develop vessels and tissue before sticking the canine into Jones’ right eyeball. With the new lens firmly in place Jones could suddenly see everything, including his wife’s face.

Despite its effectiveness, MOOKP isn’t used much in the United States. American surgeons prefer a technique known as Boston Keratoprosthesis, which involves a prosthetic cornea. However, later in 2009 a team of doctors at the University of Miami became the first surgeons to perform the MOOKP operation in the U.S. The patient was a woman named Sharron Thornton who’d lost her vision due to a condition known as Stevens-Johnson syndrome. Thanks to one of her teeth and some mucus-filled cheek tissue, today Ms. Thornton can see everyone and everything around her.

10 Incredibly Weird Facts About Human Teeth

Did You Know: Tooth Enamel Is Harder Than Gold


Most people already know that our teeth have a protective layer known as enamel. However, it is not common knowledge what tooth enamel is made of and how strong it is. Your dentist will tell you that 95 percent of tooth enamel consists of minerals,

primarily calcium phosphate. The high level of minerals found in the tooth enamel gives it its hardness and HoustonJust how hard is tooth enamel? It is in fact the human body’s hardest substance. Using the scale of mineral hardness developed by German mineralogist Frederich Mohs in 1812, tooth enamel ranked 5 out of the 1-10 values. Diamonds ranked 10 (hardest) and plaster of Paris ranked only 2 on the Moh’s scale.

Tooth enamel was also found to be harder than limestone and most shells containing calcite. It was also harder than gold, silver, copper pennies, platinum and even iron, according to the Moh’s scale. Apparently, dentists of weren’t joking when they say if you would only take care for your teeth properly, it should last you a lifetime.

So, why doesn’t it last a lifetime for many people? It is inevitable for enamel to suffer some wear from chewing and bruxism or grinding of teeth against teeth. However, enamel suffers the most damage as a result of bacterial activity that breaks it down. The deterioration happens overtime with poor oral hygiene.

So, it’s not like you drink too much soda today and tomorrow you will have a hole in your tooth because you forgot to brush your teeth. But if this becomes a habit, then sooner or later, the enamel will weaken. It will be harder for enamel erosion to happen if its natural strength is maintained with proper dental care, which includes regular brushing and flossing. Regular visits to your dentist Houston Texas is also essential in maintaining good dental health.

Did You Know? ~ Dental Fillings in the 1800s

Did You Know? ~ Dental Fillings in the 1800s

Bonanza Opening Title ScreenThe other night my husband and I were watching Bonanza on the Western Channel. In this particular show, Little Joe was being pursued by an escaped Bad Guy Mental Patient who heard voices in his head and believed himself to be the ultimate hunter.  After he happened upon Joe Cartwright in the middle of nowhere, he decided to play the game, man is the hardest animal to hunt, and I’m going to hunt you, Joe Cartwright. He gave Little Joe a four hour start.

Halfway through the show, the Bad Guy Mental Patient almost caught up with Little Joe. He was close enough to scream vile threats, which he did. The camera zoomed in on him until all we saw was his open mouth—tongue and throat framed by teeth and lips. At this dramatic moment, I should have been worrying about how Little Joe was going to escape. Instead I noticed silver colored-fillings in Bad Guy Mental Patient’s molars. Lots of them.

That’s when my Inner Editor (who has an opinion about everything and suffers from compulsive author editorial internal logorrhea*) sat up and said, “Really? What did dentists fill teeth with in the late 1860s? Would they have looked silver? Is this accurate? Did the producers think about this detail while they zoomed so in close that we could Bad Guy Mental Patient’s tonsils?”

So while the Bad Guy Mental Patient continued to chase Little Joe on the television screen, I began to search for information about dental fillings in the 1800s.

Beginning in the 1820’s, tin was used as a filling material. It was inexpensive to use. Most of the fillings made in the mouths of soldiers during the Civil War were made from tin.

In 1850 Dentists experimented with fillings made from aluminum and asbestos. Lead was abandoned late in the 19th century because scientists became aware of its harmful effects.

In 1800 gold was first used. Adhesive gold foil was introduced in the mid-1850s, but it was slow to grow in popularity because of lack of dental training and information.

Beginning in the 1850s, dentists began to use amalgam in fillings. Dental amalgam is a mixture of metals, consisting of liquid mercury and a powdered alloy composed of silver, tin, and copper. Amalgam is still used to fill teeth today. I have some in my mouth. (Debate is ongoing about whether or not the minute amounts of mercury in amalgam fillings is harmful.)

So, in conclusion, my Bad Guy Mental Patient could indeed have had a mouth full of silver looking fillings.

And in case you were wondering, yes, all’s well that ends well on Bonanza. Little Joe escaped to be traumatized another day, while the Bad Guy Mental Patient died of heart failure.

*Logorrhea is a real a mental condition characterized by excessive talking (incoherent and compulsive). Compulsive author editorial internal logorrhea is totally my invention.

Dental Facts & Myths: Interesting and Crazy Things You May Not Know

Dental Facts & Myths: Interesting and Crazy Things You May Not Know

* Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body; however, we do NOT recommend that you use your pearly whites to open bottles!

* The plaque found on your teeth is home to more than 300 different species of bacteria. Listerine, anyone?

* The average person spends about 48 seconds per day brushing their teeth, but dentists recommend at least 2 or 3 minutes.

* 6 is the magic number–magic number of feet away from your toilet you should store your toothbrush in order to avoid airborne particles from toilet flushing making their way to your bristles, yuck!

* In 1994, a West Virginia prison inmate braided dental floss into a rope, scaled the wall, and escaped! We suggest that you use it to clean the 35% of your teeth’s surfaces that you are missing when only brushing, rather than to escape from any prisons (better yet, just don’t go to prison, ok?)

* The common practice of placing a cap on your toothbrush is actually more detrimental–bacteria favor the moist environment, which increases reproduction.

* According to a recent survey by Time magazine, 59% of people would rather have a dental appointment than sit next to someone who is talking on a cell phone (and I don’t blame ‘em!)

* At least 3 out of 4 Americans suffer from some form of periodontal gum disease, which is the leading cause of tooth loss for people over the age of 35. The good news: Gum disease can be prevented and controlled!

* In China, in 1498, the first toothbrush with bristles was made, using hair from hogs, horses, and badgers. The first official commercial toothbrush was manufactured in 1938.

* A snail’s mouth is no larger than the head of a pin, but can contain over 25,000 teeth!

* In early America, blacksmiths often also served as dentists. How about a tooth filling to go with your new horse shoes?!

* In Egypt, mummies have been found with fillings comprised of resin and malachite, and gold wire was used to bind together loose teeth.

* The Romans, in 200 AD, used pretty impressive dental technology! They restored cavity-ridden teeth with gold crowns, and utilized fixed bridgework to fix gaps from missing teeth. They also used a form of toothpaste concocted from honey and crushed eggshells.

* In Medieval Germany, the only cure for a toothache was to kiss a donkey.

* 73% of Americans would rather go grocery shopping than floss.

* What’s the object most often choked on by Americans? A toothpick! Wouldn’t it just be easier to floss?

* The average woman smiles about 62 times per day! A man? Only 8.

* 50% of people surveyed say that a person’s smile is the first physical trait they notice.

* Like your fingerprints, everyone has a unique set of teeth. Even identical twins have different “dental fingerprints”!

* The stone-faced farmer in artist Grant Wood’s famous “American Gothic” painting was actually the artist’s dentist!

* Sports-related injuries account for approximately 5 million missing teeth per year, so make sure you wear a mouthguard, if you or your little ones are athletes.

*Americans spend $100 billion per year on hair care products – and only $2 billion a year on dental care products. What good is great hair without a great smile?

* Contrary to popular belief, George Washington’s famous dentures weren’t made from wood. His four pairs of custom chompers were crafted from gold, ivory, lead and a mixture of human, donkey, and hippopotamus teeth (take care of yours and you won’t have to think about it!).

* The cotton candy making machine that made widely consumed cotton candy possible was co-invented by a dentist. Before it was cotton candy, the fluffy confection was called “fairy floss.”


Dental Facts & Myths: Interesting and Crazy Things You May Not Know