Thursday, June 17, 2010

Facts 2

Facts 2

· The expression cooked "al dente" means "to the tooth." What this means is that the pasta should be somewhat firm, and offer some resistance to the tooth, but should also be tender

· Of married couples, 70% of men and 60% of women have cheated on their spouse

· No piece of paper can be folded in half more than 7 times

· More people are killed by donkeys annually than are killed in plane crashes

· The first couple to be shown on a sitcom sleeping in the same bed was "Mary Kay and Johnny."

· Asthma affects one in fifteen children under the age of eighteen

· A one ounce milk chocolate bar has 6 mg of caffeine

· Throughout the South, peanuts were known as "Monkey Nuts," and "Goober peas," before the civil war

· Scallops have approximately 100 eyes around the edge of its shell

· In 1810, Peter Durand invented the tin can for preserving food

· The fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth is called Arachibutyrophobia

· Men in their early twenties shave an average of four times a week

· Colour is not an indicator for the taste or ripeness in cranberries

· Each year there are approximately 20 billion coconuts produced worldwide

· A chicken with red earlobes will produce brown eggs, and a chicken with white earlobes will produce white eggs

· Not all polar bears hibernate; only pregnant females polar bears do

· There is a restaurant in Stockholm that only offers all-garlic products. They even have a garlic cheesecake

· Serving ice cream on cherry pie was once illegal in Kansas

· Superman The Escape rollercoaster, located in California at Six Flags Magic Mountain, goes from 0 to 100 miles per hour in only 7 seconds

· Five thousandths of a millimeter is the tolerance of accuracy at the LEGO mould factories

· 2.5 cans of Spam are consumed every second in the United States

· In 1836, Mexican General Santa Anna held an elaborate state funeral for his amputated leg. updated

· A meteor has only destroyed one satellite, which was the European Space Agency's Olympus in 1993.

· The Koala bear is not really a bear, but is really related to the kangaroo and the wombat.

· One gallon of pure maple syrup weighs 11 pounds

· Instead of a Birthday Cake, many Russian children are given a Birthday Pie

· The largest employer in the world is the Indian railway system in India, employing over 1.6 million people

· The word "comet" comes from the Greek word "kometes" meaning long hair and referring to the tail

· The average price for a major league baseball game in 2004 is $19.82

· The hydra, which is related to the jellyfish, can grow its body back in a couple of days if it is cut in half

· The deepest mine in the world is the East Rand mine, which goes to a depth of about 3,585 metres

· Native Indians have been known to paint their doors blue, which they believe keeps the bad spirits out

· Before air conditioning was invented, white cotton slipcovers were put on furniture to keep the air cool.

· It would take about fourteen and half million notes of currency to build a mile high stack

· Chinese Crested dogs can get acne

· It costs about 3 cents to make a $1 bill in the United States

· Colgate faced a big obstacle marketing toothpaste in Spanish speaking countries. Colgate translates into the command "go hang yourself."

· The cross bow was invented by the Chinese and records of its usage goes back to as far as the Three Kingdom Period (220 a.d.-280 a.d.).

· It is estimated that by the end of 2000, there has been 142,600 tonnes of gold mined in the world

· One-third pound stalk of broccoli contains more vitamin C than 204 apples

· The Flintstones cartoon was the first thirty-minute cartoon to be aired during prime time

· The abbreviation Xmas for the word Christmas is of Greek origin. Since the word for Christ in the Greek language is Xristos, which starts with the letter "X," they started putting the X in place of Christ and came up with the short form for the word Christmas

· Dipsomania refers to an insatiable craving for alcoholic beverages

· China has more English speakers than the United States

· Pitcher Darold Knowles once pitched all seven games of one World Series

· In a day, kids in the U.S. that are between the ages of 2 - 8 spend 28 minutes of their time coloring

· The Ancient Greek women made a type of cheek blush by painting their cheeks with herbal pastes which was made out of crushed berries and seeds

· Herbert Hoover, who was the 31st president of the United Stated, turned over all the Federal salary checks he received to charity during the 47 years he was in government

· Macadamia nuts are not sold in their shells because it takes 300 pounds per square inch of pressure to break the shell



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