Thursday, June 17, 2010

Miscellaneous Facts 1

Miscellaneous Facts 1

· In 2002, the most popular boat name in the U.S. was Liberty

· One out of 20 people have an extra rib

· 44% of kids watch television before they go to sleep

· In 1865, the U.S. Secret Service was first established for the specific purpose to combat the counterfeiting of money

· Istanbul, Turkey is the only city in the world located on two continents

· In 1967, the IMAX film system was invented by Canadian Ivan Grame Ferguson to premier at Expo 67.

· Approximately 40% of the U.S. paper currency in circulation was counterfeit by the end of the Civil War

· Every three days a human stomach gets a new lining

· In 1873, Colgate made a toothpaste that was available in a jar

· The Kodiak, which is native to Alaska, is the largest bear and can measure up to eight feet and weigh as much as 1,700 pounds

· The three best-known western names in China: Jesus Christ, Richard Nixon, and Elvis Presley

· Mars is the home of Olympus Mons, the largest known volcano in our solar system

· The Gastric Flu can cause projectile vomiting

· The second best selling game of all time is Jenga. Jenga is a Swahili word, meaning "to build."

· Cinderella is known as Rashin Coatie in Scotland, Zezolla in Italy, and Yeh-hsien in China

· The name Wendy was made up for the book "Peter Pan."

· The fur of the binturong, also known as the "Asian Bear Cat," smells like popcorn. The scent is believed to come from a gland located near the tail

· In 1894 the first big Coke sign was found on the side of a building located in Cartersville, Georgia, andstill exists today

· The longest distance a deepwater lobster has been recorded to travel is 225 miles

· Orcas (killer whales), when traveling in groups, breathe in unison

· The Great Pyramids used to be as white as snow because they were encased in a bright limestone that has worn off over the years

· NASCAR stands for National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing

· Percentage of American men who say they would marry the same woman if they had it to do all over again: 80%

· Paul Hunn holds the record for the loudest burp, which was 118.1 decibels, which is as loud as a chainsaw

· A monkey was once tried and convicted for smoking a cigarette in South Bend, Indiana

· There are six million parts in the Boeing 747-400.

· The first TONKA truck was made in 1947

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

· Sugar Bear (the mascot for Golden Crisps cereal) was born in 1963

· The Tonle Sap River in Cambodia flows north for almost half the year and then south for the rest of the year

· Japanese research has concluded that moderate drinking can boost IQ levels

· For more than 3,000 years, Carpenter ants have been used to close wounds in India, Asia and South America

· Baskin Robbins plain vanilla ice cream is the number one selling flavour and accounts for a quarter of their sales

· Elizabeth Taylor has appeared on the cover of Life magazine more than anyone else

· The typical lead pencil can draw a line that is thirty five miles long

· The word "toy" comes from an old English word that means "tool."

· Smokers are twice as likely to develop lower back pain than non-smokers

· Humans are born with 300 bones in their body, however when a person reaches adulthood they only have 206 bones. This occurs because many of them join together to make a single bone

· The reason why hair turns gray as we age is because the pigment cells in the hair follicle start to die, which is responsible for producing "melanin" which gives the hair colour


· In 1960 there were 16,067 gambling slots in Nevada. By 1999, this number rose to 205,726 slots which would be one slot for every 10 people residing there

· It takes the Hubble telescope about 97 minutes to complete an orbit of the Earth. On average, the Hubble uses the equivilent amount of energy as 30 household light bulbs to complete an orbit.

· The two factories of the Jelly Belly Candy Company produces approximately 100,000 pounds of jelly beans a day. this amounts to about 1,250,000 jelly beans an hour

· Pucks hit by hockey sticks have reached speeds of up to 150 miles per hour

· The "naked recreation and travel" industry has grown by 233% in the past decade

· The Planters Peanut Company mascot, Mr. Peanut, was created during a contest for schoolchildren in 1916

· Most lipstick contains fish scales

· The sentence "the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter in the english language


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