Friday, June 18, 2010

facts 8

Facts 8

· The highest toll paid by a ship to cross the Panama Canal was by the Crown Princess on May 2, 1993 in the amount of $141,349.97 U.S. funds

· The name of the famous snack "Twinkies" was invented by seeing a billboard in St. Louis, that said "Twinkle Toe Shoes."

· The word "Nazi" is actually an abbreviation for Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, which refers to the National Socialist German Workers Party

· The unique characteristics of Barbie dolls in Japan are that they have their lips closed with no teeth showing

· The Coca Cola company offers more than 300 different beverages

· Neptune was the first planet in our solar system to be discovered by mathematics

· Five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married

· Camel is considered unclean meat in the Bible

· Soldier Field is the oldest field in the NFL


· In the U.S., over one million gallons of cosmetics, drinks, and lotions are sold that contain aloe in them per year

· The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for the"General Purpose" vehicle, G.P.

· Eating eight strawberries will provide you with more Vitamin C than an orange

· The first toilet ever seen on television was on "Leave It To Beaver".

· Mosquitoes have teeth

· To be born on Sunday was considered a sign of great sin during the Puritan times

· The citrus soda "7 UP" was created in 1929. The original name of the popular drink was "Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda", but it got changed to "7 UP."

· The average four year-old child asks over four hundred questions a day

· Prosopagnosia refers to the inability to identify people by their faces. In severe cased prosopagnosia a person may not be able to identify themselves in a mirror

· On November 29, 2000, Pope John Paul II was named an "Honorary Harlem Globetrotter."

· An adult sheep can eat between 1 to 4 kg of food per day

· In 1888, Hollywood was founded by Harvey and Daeida Wilcox, who named the city after their summer home in Chicago

· Blood is such a good stain that Native Americans used it for paint

· In 1876, the first microphone was invented by Emile Berliner.

· "I am." is the second shortest complete sentence in the English language

· On average, a person will spend about five years eating during their lifetime

· Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history. Spades - King David, Clubs - Alexander the Great, Hearts - Charlemagne, Diamonds - Julius Caesar

· Many cancer patients that are treated with chemotherapy lose their hair. For some when the hair grows back, it can grow back a different colour, or be curly or straight

· A volcano has enough power to shoot ash as high as 50 km into the atmosphere

· The longest hiccups on record was by an American pig farmer whose hiccups persisted from 1922 to 1987

· Coupons were introduced in 1894 when Asa Candler bought the Coca-Cola formula for $2,300 and gave people coupons that he had written out to receive a free glass of coke

· Panthers are known as black leopards, as they are the same species of leopard. If looked at closely, black spots can be seen on a panther


· Approximately 25% of all scald burns to children are from hot tap water and is associated with more deaths than with any other liquid

· In London, during rush hour traffic moves on average at 13 kilometres an hour

· Tomatoes and cucumbers are fruits

· In the United States, approximately 50 million people fish per year

· Cattle can produce up to 180 litres of saliva in one day

· Dolphins hear by having sound waves transmit through their skull to their inner ear region

· Teflon was accidently discovered by scientist Dr. Roy Plunkett while he was conducting a coolant gas experiment in 1938

· The risk of cardiovascular disease is twice as high in women that snore regularly compared to women who do not snore. updated

· Close to 80% of people who watch the Super Bowl on television, only do so to view the commercials

· The first theatre to show motion pictures was the Nickelodeon on June 19, 1905 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was opened by Harry Davis on Smithfield Street

· The White House has a movie theater, swimming pool, bowling lane, jogging track, and a tennis court

· About two hundred years before the birth of Christ, the Druids used mistletoe to celebrate that winter was approaching

· Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, dogs only have about ten

· A butterfly can see the colors red, green, and yellow


· In the game of Monopoly, the most landed on properties are B&O Railroad, Illinois Avenue, and "Go."

· The airplane Buddy Holly died in was the "American Pie." (Thus the nameof the Don McLean song.)

· Lions cannot roar until they reach the age of two.

· A baby kangaroo is called a joey


· Montreal is the second largest French speaking city after Paris

· There were 43,687 toilet related accidents in the United States in 1996

· In Albania, nodding your head means "no" and shaking your head means "yes."

· Ringo Starr appeared in a Japanese advertisement for apple sauce. Ironically his name means "apple sauce" in Japanese

· The average US worker toils for two hours and 47 minutes of each working day just to pay income tax. Indeed, the average American pays more in taxes than for food, clothing and shelter put together

· There is cyanide in apple pips

· True spiders always have organs for spinning silk known as spinnerets

· Great Britain has the highest consumption of ice cream than any other European nation

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