Friday, June 18, 2010

Facts 6

Facts 6

· The sun is approximately 149 million kilometres from the earth

· The Great White Shark can grow to be more than twenty feet long and can weigh approximately 4,000 pounds


· In 1832, in Paisley, Scotland the first municipal water filtration works was opened

· The only popcorn museum in the world is lcoated in Marion, Ohio, USA

· Any animal that has skin hair or fur can get dandruff, but in animals it is called "dander."

· The average ice berg weighs 20,000,000 tons

· In 1819, the USA purchased Florida from Spain for the cancellation of a $5 million debt

· In a lifetime, the average driver will honk 15,250 times

· Jewelers Tiffany & Co., based in New York, are responsible for making the Super Bowl trophy

· Skippy Peanut Butter is sold more in the world than any other peanut butter

· The highest bridge in the world is located in the Himalyan mountains. It was built by the Indian Army, in 1982, and is about 5,600 metres above sea level

· In 1893, the first mosque in the United States was built

· Apples are part of the rose family

· Every eleven minutes in the U.S., a woman dies of breast cancer

· Mr. Butts invented the game SCRABBLE. The game was originally called "Criss Cross Words."

· Actress Meryl Streep holds the record for the most Oscar nominated actress, with a record of 13 nominations

· In a year approximately 900 million trees are cut down to make the raw materials needed for American pulp mills and paper

· Enamel is hardest substance in the human body

· A leech has 32 brains


· Thomas Edison designed a helicopter that would work with gunpowder. It ended up blowing up and also blew up his factory.

· In the late 1800's, washing machines and butter churners were sometimes powered by dogs walking on treadmills.

· In China, people eat a bar of chocolate for every 1,000 chocolate bars eaten by the British

· Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors

· Clarence Crane the inventor of "Crane's Peppermint Life Savers" sold his rights to the popular candy for less than three thousand dollars.

· Namco, who are the manufacturers of Pac Man the video game, has estimated that the original arcade game has been played over 10 billion times by individuals

· In Ivrea, Italy, thousands of citizens celebrate the beginning of Lent by throwing oranges at one another

· The sloth moves so slowly that green algae grows in the grooves of their hair

· In the world, the United States and France have the most pet dogs. Approximately one out of every three families has a pet dog. Switzerland and Germany are the lowest only having one dog per every ten families

· There are 50% more males that are left handed compared to females

· Armadillos breed in July, but get pregnant in November after delaying implantation. This allows the young to be born during the spring when there is an abundance of food

· Carbon monoxide can kill a person in less than 15 minutes

· The Nobel Peace prize was first awarded in 1901 to Jean Henry Dunant, who was the founder of the Swiss Red Cross

· In August 1999, Lori Lynn Lomeli set a record by spinning 82 Hula Hoops at the same time for three full revolutions

· The wheelbarrow was invented by the Chinese.


· The colour blue has a calming effect. It causes the brain to release calming hormones

· Over 20 million BluBlocker sunglasses have been sold since its debut in 1986. They now come in over 100 different styles

· Crabs have very small hairs on their claws and other parts of their body to help detect water currents and vibrations

· In 1962, the first Wal-Mart opened up in Rogers, Arkansas

· Duracell, the battery-maker, built parts of its new international headquarters using materials from its own waste

· Vampire bat saliva has been responsible for many advances in research into stroke recovery


· During the making of the the movie "Fight Club," actor Brad Pitt chipped his tooth. However, he did not get his tooth capped until after the movie was done filming as he thought it would look better chipped for his character

· Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted peoplewithout killing them used to burn their houses down - hence theexpression "toget fired."

· In ancient Rome, it was considered a sign of leadership to be born with a crooked nose

· The word "checkmate" in chess comes from the Persian phrase "Shah-Mat," which means the king is dead

· If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days, you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee

· A common drink for Tibetans is Butter Tea which is made out of butter, salt, and brick tea

· Bourbon was first made by a Baptist minsister from Bourbon County in Kentucky in 1789. That is where it got its name

· The Pentagon, in Arlington, Virginia, has twice as many bathrooms as is necessary. When it was built in the 1940s, the state of Virginia still had segregation laws requiring separate toilet facilities for blacks and whites

· McDonald restaurants serve food and drink to an amazing 43 million customers on a daily basis

· The game Monopoly was once very popular in Cuba; however, Fidel Castro ordered that all games be destroyed

· Nearly half of all Americans suffer from symptoms of burnout

· During the era of Louis XIV, women used lemons to redden their lips

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