12/10/2013 01:45 pm ET Updated Dec 12, 2013

6 Facts That Will Amaze Even Techies

Just when you thought you knew everything there is know about technology (at least after searching Google), there comes along a few factoids even the tech-savviest may have missed. The authors of "1,227 Quite Interesting Facts to Blow Your Socks Off" tracked down these six. According to the authors' research:

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    The first cell phones cost $3,000 each and had a battery life of about 20 minutes.
  • 2
    The technology behind smartphones relies on up to 250,000 separate patents.
  • 3
    The world's population spends 500,000 hours a day typing passwords and other Internet security codes.
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    The raw material needed to make a desktop computer, including 530 lbs. of fossil fuel, 50 lbs. of chemicals and 3,330 lbs. of water, weighs 2 tons altogether. About the same as a rhinoceros.
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    All the words written on Twitter every day would fill a 10 million page book.
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    There are 10,000 times as many photographs on Facebook as there are in the U.S. Library of Congress.

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