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Teeth: 25 Interesting Facts About Them

Interesting Facts 1-5

George Washington's teeth1. 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

Interesting Facts 6-10

Brushing Teeth6. 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

Interesting Facts 11-15

Ben Affleck Teeth11. 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

Interesting Facts 16-20

Yaeba16. 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. Homo 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

Interesting Facts 21-25

Jim Carrey's tooth21. 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

 


 

source: “25 Kickass and Interesting Facts About Teeth”, kickassfacts.com, Web June 12th, 2018.

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