Thursday, June 17, 2010

Facts 3



· Japan has approximately 200 volcanoes and is home to 10% of the active volcanoes in the world
· Before 1928, yo-yos used to be called bandalores in the United States

· The only South East Asian country that has never been colonized by a Western Power is Thailand
· In 1631, two London bible printers accidentally left the word "not" out of the seventh commandment, which then read, "Thou shalt commit adultery." This legendary book is now known as the "Wicked Bible."
· The shortest war in history was between Zanzibar an England in 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes
· Irish Wolfhound dogs have a short lifespan and live about 7-8 years
· When Queen Elizabeth I of England died she owned over 3,000 gowns
· Female alligators lay about 40 eggs that hatch in 60 - 70 days
· The nickname for a Japanese businessmen is "Salarymen."
· Emus cannot walk backwards· The external tank on space shuttles is not painted. It is the only part of the shuttle that is lost after launch, so it is not necessary to worry about metal corrosion.
· The most popular Twizzler candy flavour is strawberry
· Thirty percent of all bingo players are under the age of 35
· Infants spend more time dreaming than adults do
· The famous Casanova (Giacomo Casanova) was a librarian for many years before he died
· The only species of turtle that lives in the open ocean is the sea turtle
· Toronto was the first city in the world with a computerized traffic signal system
· Seniors who drink a cup of coffee before a memory test score higher than those who drink a cup of decaffeinated coffee
· Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise
· Some octopuses have been known to eat their arms off when they are exposed to stressful situations

· On average, 749 pounds of paper products is used by an American individual annually
· The skeleton of a spider is located on the outside of the body. The name for this is exoskelton
· Incas used to create pots in the shape of peanuts that were highly prized
· The letter J does not appear anywhere on the periodic table of the elements
· Over 200 varieties of watermelons are grown in the U.S
· The most dangerous job in the United States is that of a fisherman, followed by logging and then an airline pilot
· The words "abstemioius," and "facetious" both have all the five vowels in them in order
· French soldiers during World War I had the nickname "poilu" which translates to "hairy one."
· Former U.S. President William Taft converted the White House stable into a four car garage in 1909
· People living on the east coast prefer creamy peanut butter, while people living on the west coast prefer chunky peanut butter
· Some snails live on branches in trees
· Tomato ketchup is a good conditioner for the hair. It also helps get the greenish tinge that some blonde haired people get after swimming in water with chlorine in it
· The youngest pope was 11 years old
· Did you know you share your birthday with at least 9 other million people in the world
· Soldiers disease is a term for morphine addiction. The Civil War produced over 400,000 morphine addicts
· The longest chapter in the Bible is Psalm 119, which is 176 verses
· During the First World War, cigarettes were handed out to soldiers along with their rations
· The longest freshwater shoreline in the world is located in the state of Michigan
· There are bananas called "Red banana" that are maroon to dark purple when ripe
· Franklin Pierce was the first U.S. President to have a Christmas tree in the White House

· The USA bought Alaska from Russia for 2 cents an acre
· Walt Disney had originally suggested using the name Mortimer Mouse instead of Mickey Mouse
· The length of brink of the Canadian "Horseshoe" Falls located in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada is 2600 feet
· The smile is the most frequently used facial expression. A smile can use anywhere from a pair of 5 to 53 facial muscles
· The right lung of a human is larger than the left one. This is because of the space and placement of the heart
· Native Americans used to use pumpkin seeds for medicine

· The pound key (#) on the keyboard is called an octothorpe
· The chemical name for caffeine is 1,3,7-trimethylzantihine
· Corals take a long time to grow. Some corals only grow one centimeter in one year
· Walmart-mart sells more apparel a year than all the other competing department stores combined
· Canada has more inland waters and lakes than any other country in the world
· Ramses II, a pharaoh of Egypt died in 1225 B.C. At the time of his death, he had fathered 96 sons and 60 daughters
· The word "lethologica" describes the state of not being able to remember the word you want
· Since its introduction in February 1935, more than two hundred million Monopoly board games have been sold worldwide
· Women are twice as likely to be diagnosed with depression than men in the United States
· The smallest man ever was Gul Mohammed (1957-1997) of India, who measured 1 feet, 10? inches
· 500,000 tons of dog excrement are dumped annually on the streets of Paris
· Hydrogen gas is the least dense substance in the world, at 0.08988g/cc
· In Belgium, there is a museum just for strawberries

· The Simpsons is the longest running prime-time animated series on television history
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