Monday, June 21, 2010

60+ Facts


·        The Canadian holiday Boxing Day got its name from the custom of giving. Servants were given boxes which had money hidden inside them from their employers. The servants would have to break the box into pieces to get the money
·        In proportion, if Jupiter were a basketball, then the sun would be the size of the Louisiana Super Dome
·        The Toronto Maple Leafs used to be called the Toronto Arenas, then the St. Patricks and finally the Maple Leafs
·        A dime has 118 ridges around the edge
·        Next to Warsaw, Chicago has the largest Polish population in the world
·        In 1391, China began producing toliet paper for use by its Emperors
·        In the United States, the most frequent month for a tornado to occur is in May.
·        There are some ice creams that are 75% air
·        In the United States, lightning hits the ground 40 million times a year.
·        A mother hen turns her egg approximately 50 times in a day. This is so the yolk does not stick to the shell
·        The reason why flamingos are pink is because they eat shrimp which have a red pigment
·        Totally Hair Barbie is the best selling Barbie of all time. It sold over ten million units
·        Jellyfish have been on Earth for over 650 million years. This is before sharks and dinosaurs
·        Although white wine can be produced from both red and white grapes, red wine can only be created from red grapes
·        Shirley Temple was considered to play the role of Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz."
·        Babies that wear disposable diapers are five times more likely to get a diaper rash than babies wearing a cotton diaper
·        One million cloud droplets are needed to make enough water to produce one raindrop.
·        In the world, the Netherlands has the highest concentration of museums in the world. Just in Amsterdam alone there are 42 museums
·        Amongst pre-schoolers, Caillou is the fastest-ever-growing television show and is seen in close to 97% of U.S. households
·        Rice flour was used to strengthen some of the bricks that make up the Great Wall of China
·        Research has indicated that a tie that is on too tight can increase the risk of glaucoma in men
·        Each year all of the Hostess bakeries combined bake 500 million Twinkies a year. (A twinkie is a sponge cake with a creamy filling.)
·        Charlie Chaplin once lost a contest for a Charlie Chaplin look a like
·        Pluto is the only planet in our solar system that has not been visited by a spacecraft
·        The worlds tallest free fall rollercoaster is The Giant Drop located in Australia. The drops is 120 meters which is equivalent to a 39 storey building
·        Stalks of sugar cane can reach up to 30 feet
·        The markings that are found on dice are called "pips."
·        Joseph Gayetty is credited for inventing toilet paper in 1857. Unfortunately, his invention failed and did not catch on until ten years later
·        A newly hatched fish is called a "fry."
·        The music band UB40 got its name from an unemployment form in England
·        The Olympic Flame was introduced in 1928 in Amsterdam
·        The YKK on the zipper of your Levis stands for Yoshida Kogyo Kabushibibaisha, the worlds largest zipper manufacturer
·        Armadillos can be housebroken
·        The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one-mile in every five must be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips in times of war or other emergencies
·        The material to build the Taj Mahal was brought in from various parts of India by a fleet of 1000 elephants
·        Medical research has found substances in mistletoe that can slow down tumor growth
·        In the USA, 32% of employees eat lunch and work at the same time
·        In Alabama, it is against the law to wear a fake mustache that could cause laughter in the church
·        In the United States, more than 4.2 million couples live together that are not married
·        Bill Gates house was partially designed using a Macintosh computer. new
·        The male howler monkey of Central and South America is the noisiest land animal, which can be heard clearly from a distance of ten miles away
·        Nerve cells can travel as fast as 120 metres per second
·        It is said that grapefruit got its name because it grows like grapes in clusters. One cluster can have up to 25 grapefruits
·        Abdul Kassam Ismael, Grand Vizier of Persia in the tenth century, carried his library with him wherever he went. Four hundred camels carried the 117,000 volumes
·        An average adult produces about half a litre of flatulent gas per day, resulting in an average of about fourteen occurrences of flatulence a day
·        Maine is the toothpick capital of the world
·        Peanut butter is an effective way to to remove chewing gum from hair or clothes
·        The longest kiss on record lasted 30 hours and 45 minutes. Dror Orpaz and Carmit Tsubara recorded it on April 5, 1999 at a kissing contest held in Tel Aviv, Israel
·        Polar bears are excellent swimmers. They have been known to swim more than 60 miles without a rest
·        The most expensive perfume in the world is Parfum VI, which was made by Arthur Burnham. A 4 inch bottle which is covered with diamonds and 24-carat gold costs $71,380
·        If Wal-Mart was classified as a country, it would be the 24th most productive country in the world
-->·        Cimetière du Père-Lachaise located in Paris is the most visited cemetery in the world. The cemetery opened in 1805 and has over one million people buried there, including rock star Jim Morrison
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