Thursday, June 21, 2012

100 Cool Facts


·         The average person changes their career every 13 years
·         The New York Yankees have appeared in the World Series a league leading 38 times and won 26 titles
·         Approximately 18 billion disposable diapers end up in landfills each year. These diapers can takes as long as 500 years to finally decompose
·         Over 4.5 billion sticks have Trident gum have been chewed. If the stick of gum were laid out end to end they could circle the globe approximately 1.8 times
·         Oak trees can live 200 or more years
·         The brain of an ant has about 250,000 brain cells
·         About 26 per cent of all indoor water used by households in Sydney, Australia are for laundry
·         A rainbow can occur only when the sun is 40 degrees or less above the horizon
·         If you spray an antiseptic spray on a polar bear, its fur will turn purple
·         Over $7 billion a year is spent on chocolates by consumers
·         During World War II, Russians used dogs strapped with explosives to blow up German tanks. They trained the dogs to associate the tanks with food and ended up destroying about 25 German tanks using this method
·         Butterflies taste with their feet
·         St. Louis, Missouri was the first U.S. city to host the summer Olympics in 1904
·         The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.
·         Every year Alaska has about 5,000 earthquakes, 1,000 of which measure above 3.5 on the Richter scale
·         A fetus develops fingerprints at eighteen weeks
·         The cornea is the only living tissue in the human body that does not contain any blood vessels
·         In the U.S. peanuts account for 66% of all snack nuts
·         There are approximately 7,000 feathers on an eagle
·         Sharks can sense a drop of blood from a mile away
·         As a defense mechanism, the North American Opossum closes its eyes and becomes totally limp. Basically it plays dead
·         The longest town name in the world has 167 letters
·         A sneeze zooms out of your mouth at over 600 m.p.h
·         A cesium atom in an atomic clock that beats over nine billion times a second.
·         The mythical Scottish town of Brigadoon appears for one day every one hundred years
·         Kermit the frog delivered the commencement address at Southampton College located in the state of New York in 1996
·         In World War II, the German submarine U-120 was sunk by a malfunctioning toilet
·        The phrase "Often a bridesmaid, but never a bride," actually originates from an advertisement for Listerine mouthwash from 1924
·         Over 50% of lottery players go back to work after winning the jackpot
·         The largest cultivated crop in the United States is corn
·         Walt Disney holds the record for the most Oscar nominations with sixty-four
·       As an iceberg melts, it makes a fizzing sound because of the compressed air bubbles popping in the ice
·         The Arctic Ocean covers an area of about 14,056,000 sq miles
·         The first known contraceptive was crocodile dung, used by Egyptians in 2000 B.C
·         Bile produced by the liver is responsible for making your feces a brownish, green colour
·         At one time the group "Grateful Dead" were called "The Warlocks."
·         Bats can detect food up to 18 feet away and what type of insect the food may be using their sense of echolocation
·         At the equator the Earth spins at about 1,038 miles per hour
·         People whose mouth has a narrow roof are more likely to snore. This is because they have less oxygen going through their nose
·      In one day, a human sheds 10 billion skin flakes. This amounts to approximately two kilograms in a year
·         On average, an American home has 3-10 gallons of hazardous materials
·         On average, 35 meters of hair fibre is produced on the adult scalp
·         Dalmatian puppies do not have any spots on them when they are born. They actually develop them as they get older
·         Male goats will pee on each other in order to attract mates
·         A dog by the name of Laika was launched into space aboard the Russian spacecraft Sputnik 2 in 1957
·         In 2002, dogs have killed more people in the U.S. than the Great White shark has killed in the past 100 years
·         The study of twins is known as gemellology
·         On an American one-dollar bill, there is an owl in the upper right-hand corner of the "1" encased in the "shield" and a spider hidden in the front upper right-hand corner
·         During one seven year period, Thomas Edison obtained approximately three hundred patents. In is whole life he obtained over one thousand patents.
·         When Black Jack Ketchum was hung back in 1901 in Clayton New Mexico, the noose actually ended up taking his head off. The head had to be sewn back on so Black Jack could be buried properly
·         Every 40,000 children are killed by fires
·         In 1985, a pregnant women was falsely accused of shoplifting a basketball
·         In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere
·         The adult electric eel can produce a five hundred volt shock, which is enough to stun a horse
·         When they are in danger, kangaroos will beat the ground loudly with their hind feet
·         To manufacture a new car approximately 148,000 liters of water is needed.
·         In 410 A.D. Alaric the Visigoth demanded that Rome give him three thousand pounds of pepper as ransom
·         Actress Jamie Lee Curtis invented a special diaper for babies that has a pocket
·         Honeybees use the sun as a compass which helps them navigate
·         An average driver spends approximately 2 hours and 14 minutes kissing in their car in a lifetime
·         In gangster slang, a boxing match that is fixed is called a "barney."

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