Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Fun facts

1.     The first museum in Moscow that was set up in 1791 was the Natural History Laboratory at Moscow University. This later was changed to the Zoological Museum

2.     A surfer once sued another surfer for "stealing his wave." The case was thrown out because the court was unable to put a price on "pain and suffering" endured by the surfer watching someone else ride "his" wave

3.     Many people in parts of China eat insects. Some common insects are bean worms, scoprions, and locusts

4.     The largest dog in the world is the Irish Wolfhound

5.     Ernest Vincent Wright wrote a fifty thousand-word novel, "Gadsby," without any word containing the letter "e."

6.     The projection light used for IMAX theaters can be seen from space.

7.     The human liver performs over 500 functions

8.     Ballroom dancing is a course at Brigham Young University in Utah

9.     The word "maverick" came into use after Samuel Maverick, a Texan, refused to brand his cattle. Eventually any unbranded calf became known as a Maverick

10. Finnish folklore states that when Santa comes to Finland to deliver gifts, he leaves his sleigh behind and rides on a goat named Ukko instead

11. More than $1 billion is spent each year on neck ties in the United States

12. In the 18th century, potatoes were given out as a dessert. They were served in a napkin, salted and hot

13. The only poisonous birds in the world are the three species of Pitohui. The Hooded Pitohui from Papua New Guinea is the most deadliest out of the three

14. Pretzels were originally invented for Christian Lent. The twists of the pretzels are to resemble arms crossed in prayer

15. The American Airlines Center in Dallas has more toilets per capita than any other sports and entertainment venue in the country

16. After 8 months, babies are more likely to get a diaper rash

17. The first modern toothbrush was invented in China. Its bristles came from hogs hair or the mane of a horse that were then put into ivory handles

18. The New Zealand Kiwi bird cannot fly

19. 66% of wedding cards are hand delivered by people

20. Heavier lemons produce more, and tastier, juice

21. The leading cause of poisoning for children under the age of six in the home is liquid dish soap

22. The same amount of calories are burned by doing 6 sessions that are 5 minutes each of an activity and doing 1 session of that activity for 30 minutes

23. General William Booth is the founder of the Salvation Army

24. Iguanas can stay under water for up to thirty minutes

25. The fastest flying butterfly is the Monarch, which has been clocked with a speed as high as 17 miles per hour

26. Egyptian pyramid builders used to eat a lot of garlic because they thought it would increase their strength

27. The average office document gets copied 19 times

28. In just the first 56 days of life, the larva of the polyphemus moth eats about 86,000 times its birthweight

29. Every hour one billion cells in the body must be replaced

30. American actor Jack Nicholson, and American singer Bobby Darrin were raised believing their grandmothers were their mothers and their mothers were their older sisters

31. The first Ford cars had Dodge engines

32. The average height of an NBA basketball player is 6 feet 7 inches

33. One in five Americans move homes every year

34. The chocolate chip cookie was invented in 1933

35. The capital of Burkina Faso is Ouagadougou

36. A catfish has about 100,000 taste buds

37. The Liberty Bell was the first mechanical slot machine, which was invented by Charles Fey, a car mechanic in 1895.

38. A Russian man who wore a beard during the time of Peter the Great had to pay a special tax

39. The silkworm moth has lost the ability to fly ever since it has been domesticated

40. The first cheerleaders in the U.S. were men

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

42. The odds of having quadruplets are 1 in 729,000

43. In 1965, the price for an issue of TV Guide was 15 cents

44. In 1565 In St. Augustine, Florida the first orange trees were planted

45. Nose prints are used to identify dogs, much like humans use fingerprints

46. In the United States, six tubs of Cool Whip, a brand of whipping cream, are sold every second

47. The most popular chocolate bar in the United Kingdom for the last 15 years has been Kit Kat

48. White-Out was invented by Bette Nesmith Graham, who is the mother of Michael Nesmith from the "The Monkees."

49. There are over 2,000 different types of cheese in the world

50. The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world

51. Owls swallow their prey whole because they have no teeth. After approximately 12 hours they cough up the feathers, bones, and fur in a shape of a football pellet

52. Historically, a blue ribbon has been awarded for first prize

53. Seventy-one percent of households report they have at least one snorer. Forty-five percent of those surveyed admit they snore, 35% said their partner snores, 12% said their child snores and 9% reported their pet snores

54. The original meaning of the word grocer was referring to a person who traded food in wholesale. These people would usually sell in large quantities, or by the "gross."

55. Research indicates that mosquitoes are attracted to people who have recently eaten bananas

56. Actress Michelle Pfeiffer was the first choice to play Clarice Starling in the movie "Silence of the Lambs." She turned down the role because she found it too scary

57. The White House has 35 bathrooms, 3 elevators, 132 rooms, and 412 doors in it

58. Due to the deforestation of the forests in North China, over one million tons of sands blows into Beijing from the Gobi desert. It sometimes causes the sky to turn yellow.

59. Cows are able to hear lower and higher frequencies better than human beings

60. Approximately 60% of the water used by households during the summer is used for watering flowers, and lawns

61. The largest diamond that was ever found was 3106 carats.

62. In 1970, Chip maker Intel purchased a pear orchard to build their corporate headquarters on

63. The mating call of a male toadfish, who are underwater, is so loud that it can be heard by humans above water

64. The most popular jelly belly jellybean flavour is buttered popcorn

65. The Nike swoosh was invented by Caroline Davidson back in 1971. She received $35 for making the swoosh. The first shoe with the swoosh was introduced in 1972

66. Slaves under the last emperors of China wore pigtails so they could be picked out quickly

67. A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out

68. Kiwis are the only known bird to have nostrils located at the tip of their beak

69. An adult esophagus can range from 10 to 14 inches in length and is one inch in diameter

70. A squash ball moving at 150 kilometers per hour has the same impact of a .22 bullet

71. Telephonophobia is the fear of telephones

72. The word alligator comes from the Spanish word El Lagarto, which means "The Lizard."

73. While still in college, Bill Gates and Paul Allen once built a special purpose machine called "Traff-O-Data." It was a machine that would analyze information gathered by traffic monitors. They never found any buyers.

74. The citric acid found in lemon juice is said to be able to dissolve a pearl

75. Robert Southey wrote the story "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" in 1834

76. The tallest woman in the world is American Sandy Allen who is 7 feet 7 inches

77. American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first-class

78. Astronauts get taller when they are in space

79. Only 5 to 10 percent of cheetah cubs make it to adulthood

80. Dentyne gum was invented in 1899 by a druggist from New York named Franklin V. Canning

81. It takes about three hours for food to be broken down in the human stomach

82. When former Texas Governor James Hogg was on his deathbed he made a special request that a pecan tree be planted at the head of his grave instead of a tombstone. The governor passed away on March 2, 1906, which is Texas Independence Day. The pecan tree is now the state tree of Texas

83. In a year, there are 60,000 trampoline injuries that occur in the U.S

84. There is an organization called SCROOGE in Charlottesville, Virginia that stands for Society to Curtail Ridiculous, Outrageous, and Ostentatious Gift Exchanges. This was formed to keep gift giving affordable and simple

85. The first World Series baseball playoffs occurred in 1903

86. Archipelago is the word to describe a large group of islands that are located close together

87. The life expectancy of a garbage disposal is about 5 to 10 years

88. In the original movie "101 Dalmatians," there are exactly 6,469,952 spots on all 101 Dalmatians as they are shown in 113,760 frames of the film combined

89. The average North American car contains 300 pounds of plastics

90. A person who is a specialist in wine making is called an oenologist

91. You can only smell 1/20th as well as a dog

92. The number one cause of rabies in the United States are bats

93. The music for "The Star Spangled Banner" comes from a British drinking song named "Anacreon."
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