Wednesday, June 27, 2012

50+ Interesting facts

·         In 2001, the five most valuable brand names in order were Coca-Cola, Microsoft, IBM, GE, and Nokia
·         Milk chocolate was invented in Switzerland by David Peter in 1876
·         In November 1999, two women were killed by a lightning bolt. The underwire located in their bras acted as a electrical conductors, and when the lightning bolt hit the bra they left burn marks on their chest
·         Basketball was invented by Canadian James Naismith in 1891
·         Over 100,000 birds and sea animals are killed every year due to plastic garbage
·         The big toe is the foot reflexology pressure point for the head
·         85% of weddings are held in a synagogue or church
·         The sport of surfing originated in Hawaii
·         It is possible to lead a cow upstairs...but not downstairs
·         Before soccer referees started using whistles in 1878, they used to rely on waving a handkerchief
·         Tobacco kills more Americans each year than alcohol, cocaine, crack, heroin, homicide, suicide, car accidents, fire and AIDS combined
·         The best time for a person to buy shoes is in the afternoon. This is because the foot tends to swell a bit around this time
·         Dead cells in the body ultimately go to the kidneys for excretion
·         Americans, on average, spend 18% of his or her income on transportation as compared to only 13% spent on food
·         There are some species of snails that are venomous. Their venom can be fatal to humans
·         The first box of Crayola that was ever sold had the same eight colours that are sold in the box today consisting of red, blue, yellow, green, violet, orange, black and brown. The box was sold for a nickel in 1903
·         A turtle can breathe through its butt.
·         The rarest coffee in the world is Kopi Luwak, which is found in Indonesia. It cost about $300 a pound
·         The average America online user spends 70 minutes day online
·         The song with the longest title is "I?m a Cranky Old Yank in a Clanky Old Tank on the Streets of Yokohama with my Honolulu Mama Doin? Those Beat-o, Beat-o Flat-On-My-Seat-o, Hirohito Blues" written by Hoagy Carmichael in 1945. He later claimed the song title ended with ?Yank? and the rest was a joke
·         People of Ancient China believed that swinging your arms could cure a headache
·         In 1938, Cliquot Club ginger ale was the first soft drink to be canned
·         The largest apple pie ever baked was forty by twenty three feet
·         Roughly 44% of junk mail is thrown away unopened
·         Catfish have tastebuds located on their whiskers
·         The laundry detergent Tide, has a market share of about forty percent market
·         A Canadian, Troy Hurtubise, spent $100,000 and almost went bankrupt building a RoboCop style suit so that he could withstand a bear attack
·         The 3 most valuable brand names on earth: Marlboro, Coca-Cola, andBudweiser, in that order.
·         The only two days of the year in which there are no professional sports games (MLB, NBA, NHL, or NFL) are the day before and the day after the Major League all-stars Game
·         In the United States, 8.5 million cosmetic surgical and non-surgical procedures were done in the year 2001
·         The Bible has been translated into Klingon.
·         Ian Fleming named his character "James Bond" after real-life ornithologist and author
·         Most dinosaurs walked on their toes.
·         On December 17 1991, the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Miami Heat 148-80, the largest margin of victory in an NBA game
·         There are mirrors on the moon. Astronauts left them so that laser beams could be bounced off of them from Earth. These beams help give us the distance to the moon give or take a few metres.
·         The U.S. army packs Tabasco pepper sauce in every ration kit that they give to soldiers
·         The trunk of an elephant can hold up to two gallons of water
·         Every year, an igloo hotel is built in Sweden that has the capacity to sleep 100 people
·         During the holiday season, approximately $220 million worth of Poinsettias are sold
·         A newborn kangaroo weighs approximately 0.03 ounces and is small enough to fit in a teaspoon
·         When Scott Paper Co. first started manufacturing toilet paper they did not put their name on the product because of embarrassment
·         The most senior crayon maker Emerson Moser retired after making 1.4 billion crayons for Crayola. It was then that he revealed that he was actually colorblind
·         The highest point in Pennsylvania is lower than the lowest point inColorado.
·         Scientists have determined that having guilty feelings may actually damage your immune system
·         "Go." is the shortest complete sentence in the English language
·         There are more than 250,000 rivers in the United States, which amounts to 3.5 million miles of rivers
·         Forty-one percent of women apply body and hand moisturizer at least three times a day
·         Pretzel that have no salt on them are called "baldies."
·         The 1912 Olympics was the last Olympics that gave out gold medals that were made entirely out of gold
·         Monopoly is the best-selling board game in the world
·         There was a book written fourteen years before the sinking of the Titanic happened titled "Futility" by Morgan Robertson. This book was remarkably similar to the tragedy that happened to the Titanic in 1912
·         One ounce of chocolate has about 20 mg of caffeine in it
·         A giraffe can go longer without water than a camel
·         Vikings, after killing their enemies, used their skulls as drinking vessels
·         Studies have shown that classical music helps cows produce more milk
·         Two out of five people end up marrying their first love
·         The Hawaiian alphabet only has 12 letters
·         The name "Muppet" was coined by Jim Henson. The word was made from a combination of the word "marionette" and "puppet."
·         In the Sahara Desert, there is a town named Tidikelt, which did not receive a drop of rain for ten years
·         The Christmas season begins after sunset on December 24th and lasts until January 5th. This is also known as the Twelve Days of Christmas
·         Mosquitoes are attracted to the color blue more than any other color
·         In Italy, Santa Claus is known by the name Babbo Natale
·         Two objects have struck the earth with enough force to destroy a whole city. Each object, one in 1908 and again in 1947, struck regions of Siberia. Not one human being was hurt either time
·         When blue whales are first born, they gain as much as 200 pounds a day while they are calves
·         Families who do turn off the television during meals tend to eat healthier. This was regardless of family income, or education
·         About 25 percent of all the energy consumed in the US is from natural gas
·         American novelist Mark Twain was the first known author to submit a typed manuscript
·         If you fart consistently for 6 years and 9 months, enough gas is produced to create the energy of an atomic bomb
·         Canada is the only country not to win a gold medal in the Summer Olympic games while hosting the event
·         The sound made by the toadfish when mating underwater is so loud that it can be heard by humans on the shore
·         In America, approximately 20% of children between the ages of 2 - 7 have televisions in their rooms
·         Traveling by air is the safest means of transportation.
·         In 1996, toy company Mattel released a "Harley Davidson" Barbie. This dolls distinctive feature is a birth mark on her face that changes position with every new release of the doll
·         The most common injury caused by cosmetics is to the eye by a mascara wand
·         There have been close to 200 coups and counter-coups in the country of Bolivia
·         On average, pigs live for about 15 years
·         Roughly 42% of people in the United Kingdom snore
·         No NFL team which plays its home games in a domed stadium has ever won a Superbowl
·         Beluga whales which are also called "white whales" are not born white. They are born grey in color, and by the age of six become completely white
·         Tiger Woods is the first athlete to has been named "Sportsman of the Year" by magazine Sports Illustrated two times
·         The eight most popular foods to cause food allergies are: milk, eggs, wheat, peanuts, soy, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish
·         Club Direct, a travel insurance company in Britain, provides insurance plans for protection from falling coconuts
·         There are some bananas that are red instead of yellow
·         Only one out of every three people wash their hands when leaving a public bathroom
·         570 gallons of paint would be needed to paint the outside of the White House
·         Baby robins eat 14 feet of earthworms every day
·         Every three seconds a baby is born somewhere in the world
·         The total mileage driven by all U-Haul trucks in a year is enough to move a person from the Earth to the moon five times a day for an entire year
·         The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one mile in every fivemust be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips intimes ofwar or other emergencies.
·         Pluto was discovered on February 10, 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh
·         Termites have been around for over 250 million years 

1 comment:

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