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* Blood type is inherited, just like eye color.

* Certain blood types are more common in certain countries. In China, over 99% of the population has Rh+ blood.

* Different kinds of animals have different kinds of blood. Dogs have 4 blood types; cats have 11; cows have about 800.

* Some people think blood type tells about personality. Legend has it that Type A is calm and trustworthy; Type B is creative and excitable; Type AB is thoughtful and emotional; and Type O is a confident leader.

* In Japan, the idea of blood type as personality type is so popular that Japanese ask “What's your blood type?” about as often as Americans ask “What's your sign?”
 

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  • There are more than 2,700 languages in the world. In addition, there are more than 7,000 dialects. A dialect is a regional variety of a language that has a different pronunciation, vocabulary, or meaning.
  • The most difficult language to learn is Basque, which is spoken in northwestern Spain and southwestern France. It is not related to any other language in the world. It has an extremely complicated word structure and vocabulary.
  • All pilots on international flights identify themselves in English.
  • Somalia is the only African country in which the entire population speaks the same language, Somali.
  • The language in which a government conducts business is the official language of that country.
  • More than 1,000 different languages are spoken on the continent of Africa.
  • Many languages in Africa include a “click” sound that is pronounced at the same time as other sounds. You must learn these languages in childhood to do it properly.
    • Euouae, a medieval music term, is the longest word in English that contains only vowels. It’s also the word with the most consecutive vowels.
    • Screeched, which means to make a harsh sound, is the longest one-syllable word in English.
    • Unprosperousness, meaning not wealthy or profitable, is the longest word in English in which each letter is used at least two times.
    • The words facetiously, abstemiously, and arseniously each contain all six vowels (including “y”) in alphabetical order. The word duoliteral contains all five vowels (not including “y”) in reverse alphabetical order.
    • At 45 letters, pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis, which refers to a lung disease, is often considered the longest word in English.
    • Feedback is the shortest word in English that has the letters a, b, c, d, e, and f.
    • Floccinaucinihilipilification, is the longest word in English that does not contain letter “e”
    • No words in English rhyme with: month, orange, silver, or purple
    • “Q” is the only letter that does not occur in any of the U.S. state names.
    • Maine is the only U.S. state whose name is just one syllable.
    • Bookkeeper is the only English word that has three consecutive double letters.
    • The word “therein” contains only seven letters, but it contains 10 words that can be formed using consecutive letters: the, there, I, he, in, rein, her, here, ere, herein.
    • The sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” is a pangram, which is a sentence that uses every letter of the alphabet.
    • United Arab Emirates, a small country in the Middle East, is made up of alternating vowels and consonants. It is the longest name of a country whose letters do that.
 

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1. All polar bears are left-handed.

2. The Empire State Building in New York City, New York of the country United States, has 6,400 windows.

3. 1961 was the most recent year that could also be read upside down. The next one is 6009.

4. All hospitals in Singapore use Pampers diapers.

5. The only KNOWN creature to have been hit by a meteor that crashed earth is an unlucky dog named Nakhla at Egypt in 1911.

6. There are 336 dimples on a regular golf ball.

7. Bats always turn left when flying out of a cave.

8. Charles Dickens, author of Oliver Twist, A Tale of Two Cities, and A Christmas Carol, always faced north when writing stories and sleeping. He believed this helped him tap into his dreams and to have better writing charactersitics.

9. The tallest lighthouse in the world is a steel tower at Yamashita Park, Yokohama. It stands 106 meters (348 feet) high.

10. J. Sterling Morton, a U.S. Secretary of Agriculture started Arbor Day in 1885.

11. A baseball has exactly 108 stitches.

12. The first e-mail sent was in 1971 from Ray Tomlinson (U.S.A.), an engineer at computer company Bolt, Beranek and Newman, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A., which was the letters "QWERTYUIOP".

13. Pablo Picasso's first word was the Spanish word for pencil. He also could draw before he could walk.

14. The fortune cookie were actually invented in America by Charles Jung in 1918.

15. Judo was devised by Dr. Jigoro Kano in Japan in 1882.

16. Another word for garlic is allium sativum.

17. The Bank of Vernal, in Vernal, Utah is the only bank in the world that was built from bricks sent through the mail. Way back in 1919 the builders realized that it was cheaper to send the bricks through the United States Postal System (seven bricks to a package) than to have them shipped commercially from Salt Lake City.

18. There are 296 steps to the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa in its stairway.

19. The world's first stone lighthouse was the Smeaton Eddystone, built just south of Plymouth, England in 1756 by John Smeaton, the "Father of Civil Engineering." It was lit with only 24 candles.

20. The average lifespan of a cow is 7 years. The oldest cow ever recorded was Big Bertha. She reached 48 in 1993. She also holds the record for producing 39 calves.

21. In nine months, a housefly could lay enough eggs to produce a layer of flies that would cover all of Germany to a depth of 47 feet (14 meters).

22. There are approximately ten million bricks in the Empire State Building.

23. The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher.

24. In 1841, Oberlin College in the U.S. state of Ohio became the first U.S. College to award degrees to women.

25. The stegosaurus had a brain that weighed two ounces and was no bigger than a walnut.

26. An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

27. The highest known score for a single word in competition Scrabble is 392. In 1982, Dr. Saladin Khoshnaw achieved this score for the word "caziques," which means an Indian chief.

28. The oldest known goldfish lived to 41 years of age, and was named Fred.

29. Donald Duck comics were banned from libraries in Finland because he doesn't wear pants. (Finland is a country in Europe).

30. Benjamin Franklin signed the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution with his left hand.

31. The word "electric" was first used in 1600 by William Gilbert, a doctor to Queen Elizabeth I.

32. Albert Einstein's last words were in German. Since the attending nurse did not understand German, his last words will never be known.

33. When the first U.S. Congress set the president's pay at $25,000 per year, they also established the vice president's salary at $5,000.

34. If you were to drop a snowflake from the top of tall buildings such as the World Trade Center when it was up before September 11th, Empire State Building, Sears Tower, etc. (over 1,000 feet), it will take more than 10 minutes for it to hit the ground.

35. There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos.

36. Volleyball was started by William G. Morgan in 1895 at Holyoke, Massachusetts. It became an international sport in 1947 and was recognized as an Olympic sport in 1964.

37. The first words that Thomas A. Edison spoke into the phonograph were, 'Mary had a little lamb'.

38. Assuming Rudolph was in front, there are 40,320 ways to rearrange the other eight reindeers.

39. If all the "Coca-Cola" ever produced were to erupt from "Old Faithful" at a rate of 15,000 gallons per hour, this geyser would flow continually for over 1,577 years.

40. The first 4-wheel drive car was made by Panhard in 1901.

41. Earmuffs were invented in 1873 in Maine by Chester Greenwood.

42. The sport volleyball was actually invented by William Morgan, a Y.M.C.A. instructor in Holyoke, Massachussets, in 1895. He originally called it mintonette.

43. Mocha, considered by many to be the best coffee in the world, comes from Yemen. The coffee was originally grown on the hillsides along the Red Sea.

44. The modern day yo-yo was invented by Pedro Flores of the Philippines.

45. Denmark was the first European country to legalize same-sex marriages and to offer gay couples/lesbian couples the same rights as heterosexual couples.

46. The only deceased jockey to win a horse race was Frank Hayes in 1923. Frank Hayes suffered from a heart attack in the duration of the race, and died while riding the horse. Nevertheless, his horse, Sweet Kiss, was the first horse to cross the finish line.

47. Tennis champion Charlotte Cooper became the first woman to win an Olympic Gold Medal in 1900.

48. The world's largest chimney is the number two stack of the Ekibastuz, Kazakhstan, power plant at 1,378 feet (420 meters) tall.

49. An atomic clock is accurate to within one second in 1.7 million years.

50. It takes about 40 minutes to hard boil an ostrich egg.

51. The tallest building in the world in 1900 was the Park Row Building, in New York City, U.S.A., standing 391 feet high with 30 floors.

52. Austin is home to North America’s largest urban bat population. Up to 1.5 million Mexican free-tail bats fly at there at night.

53. Rainbow Bridge in Rainbow Bridge National monument is the largest known natural arch in the world. It is 290 feet high and spans 275 feet over the waters of Bridge Creek.

54. Baltimore was home of the first U.S. umbrella factory (1828) and the first ice cream freezer (1848).

55. Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza ranked as the tallest human-built structure on Earth for more than 43 centuries. Its original height was 481 feet.

56. The sweet potato originated in South America, where native Americans called it batata.

57. Tulips had been introduced into Europe from Turkey shortly after 1550. The craze, known as the Tulip Mania, reached its peak in Holland in 1633 - 1637.

58. The first color photograph was made in 1861 by James Maxwell. He photographed a tartan ribbon.

59. The U.S. nickname Uncle Sam was derived from Uncle Sam Wilson, a meat inspector in Troy, New York.

60. Big (1988) was the first film by a female director (Penny Marshall), to earn more than 100 million dollars at the box office.

61. The first orangutans to be raised in a zoo were Hella and Bruno, born on February 2, 1969 in Hellabru, the zoo in Munich, West Germany.

62. The electric chair was invented by American dentist Dr. Albert Southwick in 1881.

63. The first person to have been killed by an electric chair is William Lelmer, who murdered his lover Matilda with an ax.

64. The total length of wire used in the two main cables that support the Golden Gate Bridge is equal to approximately 80,000 miles.

65. The first person to fly an airplane over Antarctica was Sir George Hubert Wilkins (Australia) in 1928.

66. The first street lights appeared in Philadelphia in 1757.

67. Queen Liliuokalani of the Hawaiian Islands was America's only queen.

68. Chess was invented in northwest India around 570.

69. Fox hunting developed in England around 1420.

70. Greek writer Julius Pollux describes the game apodidraskinda at around the year 150, later commonly known as hide-and-seek.

71. The earliest known mental hospitals were established in Baghdad and Cairo, in 918.

72. Electric eels can deliver electric shocks with voltages as high as 1,000 volts, enough to jolt a human.

73. The first mango introduction to Florida in 1833 failed, but the second attempt in 1861 was successful.

74. Pineapples spread to India in 1548, the Philippines in Spanish galleons in 1558, and to South Africa in 1660.
 

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1. Turtles have no teeth.

2. Prehistoric turtles may have weighed as much as 5,000 pounds.

3. Only one out of a thousand baby sea turtles survives after hatching.

4. Sea turtles absorb a lot of salt from the sea water in which they live. They excrete excess salt from their eyes, so it often looks as though they`re crying.

5. Helium is a colorless, odorless, tasteless inert gas at room temperature and makes up about 0.0005% of the air we breathe.

6. Helium Balloon Gas makes balloons float. Helium is lighter than air and just as the heaviest things will tend to fall to the bottom, the lightest things will rise to the top.


7. Camels can spit.

8. An ostrich can run 43 miles per hour (70 kilometers per hour).

9. Pigs are the fourth most intelligent animal in the world.

10. Dinosaurs didn`t eat grass? There was no grass in the days of the dinosaurs.

11. Dolphins can swim 37 miles per hour (60 kilometers per hour).

12. A crocodile`s tongue is attached to the roof of its mouth? It cannot move. It cannot chew but its Digestive juices are so strong that it can digest a steel nail, Glass pieces, etc.

13. Sharks are immune to disease i.e. they do not suffer from any Disease.

14. Animals are either right- or left-handed? Polar bears are always left-handed, and so is Kermit the Frog.

15. Paris, France has more dogs than people.

16. New Zealand is home to 70 million sheep and only 40 million people.

17. Male polar bears weigh 1400 pounds and females only weight 550 pounds, on average.

18. Bison are excellent swimmers? Their head, hump and tail never go below the surface of the water.

19. There are 6 to 14 frog’s species in the world that have no tongues. One of these is the African dwarf frog.

20. A frog named Santjie, who was in a frog derby in South Africa jumped 33 feet 5.5 inches.

21. The longest life span of a frog was 40 years

22. The eyes of a frog flatten down when it swallows its prey

23. The name "India" is derived from the River Indus

24. The Persian invaders converted it into Hindu. The name "Hindustan" combines Sindhu and Hindu and thus refers to the land of the Hindus.

25. The "place value system" and the "decimal system" were developed in 100 BC in India.

26. The game of snakes & ladders was created by the 13th century poet saint Gyandev. It was originally called "Mokshapat". The ladders in the game represented virtues and the snakes indicated vices.

27. India has the most post offices in the world

28. "Navigation" is derived from the Sanskrit word NAVGATIH

29. The word navy is also derived from the Sanskrit word "Nou".

30. Until 1896, India was the only source for diamonds to the world

31. A snail can sleep for 3 years.

32. The names of the continents all end with the same letter with which they start.

33. Twenty-Four-Karat Gold is not pure gold since there is a small amount of copper in it. Absolutely pure gold is so soft that it can be molded with the hands.

34. Electricity doesn`t move through a wire but through a field around the wire.

35. The first bicycle that was made in 1817 by Baron von Drais didn`t have any pedals? People walked it along.

36. The first steam powered train was invented by Robert Stephenson. It was called the Rocket.

37. A cheetah does not roar like a lion - it purrs like a cat (meow).

38. The original name for the butterfly was 'flutterby"

39. Ants don`t sleep.

40. Dolphins usually live up to about twenty years, but have been known to live for about forty.

41. Dolphins sleep in a semi-alert state by resting one side of their brain at a time.

42. A dolphin can hold its breath for 5 to 8 minutes at a time.

43. Bats can detect warmth of an animal from about 16 cm away using its "nose-leaf".

44. Bats can also find food up to 18 ft. away and get information about the type of insect using their sense of echolocation.

45. The eyes of the chameleon can move independently can see in two different directions at the same time.

46. Cockroach Can detect movement as small as 2,000 times the diameter of a hydrogen atom.

47. Dragonfly Eye contains 30,000 lenses.

48. Pig`s Tongue contains 15,000 taste buds. For comparison, the human tongue has 9,000 taste buds.

49. The number system was invented by India. Aryabhatta was the scientist who invented the digit zero.

50. Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

51. Earth weighs 5,972,000,000,000,000,000,000 tons.

52. Like fingerprints, everyone`s tongue print is different.

53. A duck`s quack doesn`t echo anywhere

54. Man is the only animal who`ll eat with an enemy

55. The average woman uses about her height in lipstick every five years.

56. The first Christmas was celebrated on December 25, AD 336 in Rome.

57. A Cockroach will live nine days without its head, before it starves to death.

58. A chimpanzee can learn to recognize itself in a mirror, but monkeys can`t.

59. A rat can last longer without water than a camel can.

60. About 10% of the world`s population is left-handed.

61. Dolphins sleep with one eye open.

62. Snakes have no external ears. Therefore, they do not hear the music of a "snake charmer". Instead, they are probably responding to the movements of the snake charmer and the flute. However, sound waves may travel through bones in their heads to the middle ear.

63. Many spiders have eight eyes.

64. The tongue of snakes has no taste buds. Instead, the tongue is used to bring smells and tastes into the mouth. Smells and tastes are then detected in two pits, called "Jacobson`s organs", on the roof of their mouths. Receptors in the pits then transmit smell and taste information to the brain.

64. Birds don`t sweat.

65. The highest kangaroo leap recorded is 10 ft and the longest is 42 ft.

66. Flamingo tongues were eaten common at Roman feasts.

67. The smallest bird in the world is the Hummingbird. It weighs 1oz .

68. The bird that can fly the fastest is called a White it can fly up to 95 miles per hour.

69. The oldest living thing on earth is 12,000 years old. It is the flowering shrubs called creosote bushes in the Mojave Desert.

70. Tea is said to have been discovered in 2737 BC by a Chinese emperor when some tea leaves accidentally blew into a pot of boiling water.

71. A person can live without food for about a month, but only about a week without water. If the amount of water in your body is reduced by just 1%, you`ll feel thirsty. If it`s reduced by 10%, you`ll die.

72. Along with its length neck, the giraffe has a very long tongue -- more than a foot and a half long. A giraffe can clean its ears with its 21-inch tongue.

73. Ostriches can kick with tremendous force, but only forward. Don`t Mess with them.

74. An elephant can smell water three miles away.

75. If you were to remove your skin, it would weigh as much as 5 pounds.

76. A hippopotamus can run faster than a man

77. India never invaded any country in her last 10000 years of history.

78. The world`s known tallest man is Robert Pershing Wadlow. The giraffe is 5.49m (18 ft.), the man is 2.55m (8ft. 11.1 in.).

79. The world`s tallest woman is Sandy Allen. She is 2.35m (7 ft. 7 in.).

80. The only 2 animals that can see behind themselves without turning its head are the rabbit and the parrot.

81. The blue whale is the largest animal on earth. The heart of a blue whale is as big as a car, and its tongue is as long as an elephant.

82. The largest bird egg in the world today is that of the ostrich. Ostrich eggs are from 6 to 8 inches long. Because of their size and the thickness of their shells, they take 40 minutes to hard-boil. The average adult male ostrich, the world`s largest living bird, weighs up to 345 pounds.

83. Every dolphin has its own signature whistle to distinguish it from other dolphins, much like a human fingerprint.

84. The world`s largest mammal, the blue whale, weighs 50 tons i.e. 50000 Kg at birth. Fully grown, it weighs as much as 150 tons i.e. 150000 Kg.

85. 90 % of all the ice in the world in on Antarctica.

86. Antarctica is DRIEST continent. Antarctica is a desert

87. Antarctica is COLDEST continent, averaging minus 76 degrees in the winter.

88. Mercury is the closest planet to the sun and it doesn`t have a moon. Its atmosphere is so thin that during the day the temperature reaches 750 degrees, but at night it gets down to -300 degrees.


89. Jupiter is the largest planet. If Jupiter were hollow, you could fit 1000 earths inside! It is made up of gas and is not solid. The most famous feature on Jupiter is its Red Spot, which is actually an enormous hurricane that has been raging on Jupiter for hundreds of years! Sixteen moons orbit Jupiter.

90. Saturn is a very windy place! Winds can reach up to 1,100 miles per hour. Saturn is also made of gas. If you could find an ocean large enough, it would float. This planet is famous for its beautiful rings, and has at least 18 moons.

91. Uranus is the third largest planet, and is also made of gas. It`s tilted on its side and spins north-south rather than east-west. Uranus has 15 moons.

92. Neptune takes 165 Earth years to get around the sun. It appears blue because it is made of methane gas. Neptune also has a big Spot like Jupiter. Winds on Neptune get up to 1,200 mile per hour! Neptune has 8 moons.

93. Pluto is the farthest planet from the sun... usually. It has such an unusual orbit that it is occasionally closer to the sun than Neptune. Pluto is made of rock and ice.

94. Just about everyone listens to the radio! 99% of homes in the United States have a least one radio. Most families have several radios.


95. Sound is sent from the radio station through the air to your radio by means of electromagnetic waves. News, music, Divine teaching, baseball games, plays, advertisements- these sounds are all converted into electromagnetic waves (radio waves) before they reach your radio and your ears.

96. At the radio station, the announcer speaks into a microphone. The microphone changes the sound of his voice into an electrical signal. This signal is weak and can`t travel very far, so it`s sent to a transmitter. The transmitter mixes the signal with some strong radio signals called carrier waves. These waves are then sent out through a special antenna at the speed of light! They reach the antenna of your radio. Your antenna "catches" the signal, and the radio`s amplifier strengthens the signal and sends it to the speakers. The speakers vibrate, and your ears pick up the vibrations and your brain translates them into the voice of the radio announcer back at the station. When you consider all the places the announcer`s voice travels.

97. Every radio station has its own frequency. When you turn the tuning knob on your radio, you are choosing which frequency you want your antenna to "catch."

98. Mountain lions are known by more than 100 names, including panther, catamount, cougar, painter and puma. Its scientific name is Felis concolor, which means "cat of one color." At one time, mountain lions were very common!

99. The large cats of the world are divided into two groups- those that roar, like tigers and African lions, and those that purr. Mountain lions purr, hiss, scream, and snarl, but they cannot roar. They can jump a distance of 30 feet, and jump as high as 15 feet. It would take quite a fence to keep a mountain lion out! Their favorite food is deer, but they`ll eat other critters as well. They hunt alone, not in packs like wolves. They sneak up on their prey just like a house cat sneaks up on a bird or toy- one slow step at a time. A lion can eat ten pounds of meat at one time!

100. Queen ants can live to be 30 years old

101. Dragonflies can flap their wings 28 times per second and they can fly up to 60 miles per hour .

102. As fast as dragonflies can flap their wings, bees are even faster... they can flap their wings 435 times per second

103. Human thigh bones are stronger than concrete.

104. Right handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people

105. The elephant is the only mammal that can`t jump!

106. Fingernails grow nearly 4 times faster than toenails!

107. Women blink nearly twice as much as men

108. Honey is the only food that does not spoil. Honey found in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs has been tasted by archaeologists and found edible.

109. Coca-Cola would be green if colouring weren`t added to it.

110. More people are allergic to cow`s milk than any other food.

111. Camels have three eyelids to protect themselves from blowing sand.

112. Earth is the only planet not named after a god.

113. It’s against the law to burp, or sneeze in a church in Nebraska, USA.

114. Some worms will eat themselves if they can`t find any food.

115. It is impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

116. Slugs have 4 noses.

117. Owls are the only birds that can see the blue colour.

118. Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at only one end.


119. Penguins are not found in the North Pole.

120. A whip makes a cracking sound because its tip moves faster than the speed of sound.

121. Alexander Graham Bell`s wife and mother were both deaf.

122. Cockroaches break wind every 15 minutes.

123. Fish scales are an ingredient in most lipsticks

124. 1.7 liters of saliva is produced each day.

125. The world’s oldest piece of chewing gum is 9000 years old!

126. The largest beetle in the Americas is the Hercules beetle, which can be 4 to 6 inches in length. That`s bigger than your hand!

127. A full-grown male mountain lion may be 9 feet long, including his tail!

128. The average lead pencil can draw a line that is almost 35 miles long or you can write almost 50,000 words in English with just one pencil.

129. The Wright Brothers invented one of the first airplanes. It was called the Kitty Hawk.

130. Mars is nicknamed the "Red Planet," because it looks reddish in the night sky. Mars has 2 moons.

131. Venus is nicknamed the "Jewel of the Sky." Because of the greenhouse effect, it is hotter than Mercury, even though it`s not as close to the sun. Venus does not have a moon but it does have clouds of sulfuric acid.

132. Tens of thousands of participants come from all over the world, fight in a harmless battle where more than one hundred metric tons of over-ripe tomatoes are thrown in the streets.
 

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1. When a person dies, hearing is the last sense to go -- the first is usually sight, followed by taste, smell and touch.


2. A human head remains conscious for about 15 to 20 seconds after it has been decapitated.


3. 100 people choke to death on pens each year. One is more likely to be killed by a champagne cork than by a spider.


4. 4. Alexander`s funeral would have cost $600 million today. A road from Egypt to Babylon was built to carry his body.


5. When inventor Thomas Edison died in 1931, his friend Henry Ford captured his last dying breath in a bottle.


6. Over 2500 left-handed people are killed each year from using products made for right-handed people.


7. It takes longer than ever before a body to decompose due to preservatives in the food that we eat these days.


8. An eternal flame lamp at the tomb of a Buddhist priest in Nara, Japan has kept burning for 1,130 years.


9. Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry is the first person to have his ashes put aboard a rocket and buried in space.

10. Japanese factory worker Kenji Urada became the first know fatality caused by a robot in July, 1981, in a car plant.
 

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World Population Facts
1. The world's population hit one billion people in the year 1804. The world hit 2 billion people only 123 years later (1927). Today's world population minus one billion people was only a bit more than a decade ago. Now that's 3 facts for just number 1.

2.According to the World Overpopulation Awareness, there are twice as many people alive as there were in 1960.

3.According to the Houston Chronicle, 3 day's worth of babies born around the world is equivalent to the entire land area of San Francisco, a city in the U.S. state of Califronia. So every baby born around the world can have a spot in San Francisco up to 3 days, or the city will be full.

4.Since the first human being, there has been an estimate of over 100 billion people born on this Earth up to 1995. So people like Aristotle, Beethoven, and Leonardo da Vinci are a part of this 100 billion people, because they are humans that have been born on this Earth since the beginning of time.

5.Since the first man was born on Earth, till today, you get about 100 billion people right? Well of all the human beings that have been born on this Earth, what percent of them is alive? 6%. So from the beginning of time, 6% of every human that has been born is alive today. This includes Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, and King Henry VIII. You see, back in the old times, there were times where only a thousand people lived on the Earth, and times where only a million people live on this Earth. The city of Chicago itself today is has a population greater than that, but as of today, 6 billion people are alive in the year 1999.

6.Every second 3 people are born and 2 people die, a net gain of 3 people.

7.At the beginning of the year 1000, (second millenium), there were 400 million people. There was 800 million people in the year 1750. That's when the population began to speed up, immensely.

8.One out of 10 people live on an island (600 million).

9.According to Zero Population Growth, the planet contained 32 acres of land per living human being. Today there are fewer than 5 acres.

10.In the year 1, there is an estimated 200 to 300 million people.

11.Of the world's estimated population of 6.157 bilion at midyear 2001, 38.9%, or some 2.393 billion, were 19 years old or younger.

12.The world's population hit 4 billion in 1874 and 5 billion in 1987.

13.World population increased from 48% from 1975 to 2000, compared with 64% from 1950 to 1975.

14.The world's population hit 500 million by 1650.
World Population Facts
 

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1.In 1961, Matisse's Le Bateau (The Boat) hung upside-down for 2 months in the Museum of Modern Art, New York (none of the 116,000 visitors had noticed).

2.The first history book, the Great Universal History, was published by Rashid-Eddin of Persia in 1311.

3.The first novel, called The story of Genji, was written in 1007 by Japanese noble woman, Murasaki Shikibu.

4.The world's longest nonfiction work is The Yongle Dadian, a 10,000-volume encyclopaedia produced by 5,000 scholars during the Ming Dynasty in China 500 years ago.

5.The first novel sold through a vending machine
(at the Paris Metro) was Murder on the Orient Express.

6.Jean-Dominique Bauby, a French journalist suffering from "locked-in" syndrome, wrote the book "The Driving Bell and the Butterfly" by blinking his left eyelid, the only part of his body that could move.

7.Vincent van Gogh, a valued painter, sold only one painting in his whole entire life. It was to his brother who owned an art gallery. The painting was "Red Vineyards at Arles."

8.Ernest Vincent Wright's 1939 novel Gadsby has 50,110 words, none of which contains the letter "e."

9.The first English dictionary was written by Samuel Johnson in 1755.

10.In Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's attempt to give his famous detective character an outlandish first name, Sherlock Holmes was almost called Sherrinford Holmes. Ultimately, Doyle named him after the Yorkshire bowler whom he played cricket against, Mordecai Sherlock.

11.Rembrandt van Rijn painted about 700 pictures.

12.Reportedly, Louisa May Alcott didn't want to write her classic novel, Little Women. She despised young girls and wrote the bestseller for the money.

13.Life on the Mississippi, written by Mark Twain in 1883, was the first novel ever to be written on a typewriter. Some of you may have thought Tom Sawyer, but good o Mark Twain remembered it wrong, since careful research by Twain historians has proven otherwise.

14.The name for Oz in the "The Wizard of Oz" was thought up when the creator, Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N and O-Z, hence "Oz."

15.The largest book in the world is known to be "The Golden Book of Cleveland," measuring five feet by seven feet, containing 6,000 pages for signatures and weighs about 2 and a half tons.

16.The author who wrote the most novels is a woman named Barbara Cartland, who wrote 723 novels.

17.The first children's book that was published in the United States was called Spiritual Milk for Boston Babes in wither England Drawn from the Breast of Both Testaments for Their Soul's Nourishment.

18.When the Titanic sank, the book that went down with it was "A gem encrusted copy," by Omar Khayyam.

19.The first American novel is The Power of Sympathy or the Triumph Founded in Truth, printed in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1798, written by William Hill Brown.

20.The world's largest art gallery is the Winter Palace and Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia. Visitors would have to walk 15 miles to see the 322 galleries which house nearly 3 million works of art.

21.The first American novel to sell one million copies was Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin," published in March 20, 1852.

22.A grand piano can be played faster than an upright piano.

23.Music notes come from Greek signs called neumes.

24.Peter Pan was first played as a play in London, England in December 27, 1904.

25.Bambi was first published in 1923 in Germany by Siegmund Salzmann written under the pen name of Felix Salten.

26.The world's smallest guitar is around 10 micrometers long, or about the length of a human cell. It has 6 strings about 50 nanometers wide, and when plucked, it would make a sound, unable to be heard with the human ear. It was made out of crystalline silicon in 1997 at Cornell University by Professor Harold Craighead and graduate student Dustin Carr.

27.A grand piano can open it's top in varying heights depending on the props. The highest top of a grand piano held open by props makes an angle of 57 degrees.

28.The fourth book in the popular series, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" holds the world record for the largest first-run printing at 4.8 million copies.

29.Before publishing Robert Louis Stevenson's story "Treasure Island", he orginally called it "The Sea Cook."

30.The oldest bookstore in the U.S. is thought to be the Moravian Book Shop in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, found in 1745. It occupies around 14,000 square feet and conatins roughly between 10,000 to 15,000 books.

31.Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) wrote a total of 46 childrens' books. His first book, "And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street" (1937) was rejected 28 times before finding a publisher at Random House.

32.The first piano patent was granted to James Sylvanus McLean of New Jersey on May 27, 1796, for an "improvement in piano fortes."

33.The first American-born composer was Francis Hopkinson, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, who graduated in 1757 from the College of Philadelphia.

34.The first book for the blind was the Gospel of St. Mark, published in 1833 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by the Pennsylvania Institution for the Instruction of the Blind.

35.Leonardo da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa on a piece of pinewood, 77 centimeter x 53 centimeter (30 inches x 20 7/8 inches) in the year 1506. It took him 4 years to finish it.

36.In 1473, just a few decades after the invention of the printing press by Johannes Gutenberg, the first mechanically printed music, the Constance Gradual, is published in southern Germany.

37.John Calvin once ordered all organs (the musical instrument) to be removed from churches in the city of Geneva in 1536.

38.You all would know that the inventor of the grand piano is Bartolomeo Cristofori in the early 1700s, but it wasn't to around 1800 that Philadelphia instrument-maker John Isaac Hawkins invented the upright piano.

39.The first book auction in record was held in the Netherlands in 1599.

40.The first encyclopedic dictionary was the Lexicon Technicum, published in 1704.

41.The highest painting sold (at an auction) was The Portrait of Dr. Gachet, an oil paiting by Dutch Impressionist Vincent van Gogh, which was sold to Ryaei Saito at a Christie's auction in 1990 for $82.5 million.

42.The fairy story "The Sleeping Beauty" was wrote by French poet Charles Perrault in 1697, and was originally called "La Belle au bois dormant."

43.The largest collection of incunabula is in the Huntington Library in San Marinos, California, U.S.A.

44.A total of 23.3 million Harry Potter books were sold in the U.S. in the year 2000.

45.Grandma Moses, whose real name was Anna Mary Robertson, started painting in her late 70s. She was 80 years old when her first solo public show, at a New York City gallery, launched her career as a major artist. She died at age 101.

46.It has been speculated that when King James I of Englang hired 54 of the best writers and scholars in the country for a new English version of the Bible in 1604, William Shakespeare may have been among them. Although there is no conclusive evidence for participation in the project, it is nevertheless intriguing that the 46th word of the 46th psalm is "shake," and the 46th word from the end of the Psalm is "spear." Shakespeare, who was fond of cryptograms, was 46 years old at the time the version was completed. Either way, this is probably pure coincidence.

47.Yamaha, established in 1887, was the first piano manfacturer in Japan.

48.The worlds largest piano is a Challen Concert Grand, made by Challen. This piano is 11 foot 8 inch long, has a total string tension of over 30 tons, and weighs more than a ton.

49.The four strings of a violin, from left to right (thickist string to thinnest) is G, D, A, and E.

50.There are over 10 million pianos in American homes, businesses, and institutions.

51.The first violin was created by Andrea Amati in Cremona, Italy, around 1564.

52. The most expensive paintings ever stolen happened on April 14, 1991, in which 20 paintings, estimated to be worth $500 million dollars, were stolen from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 35 minutes later, they were found in an abandoned car not far from the museum.

53.The oldest known bible is the Codex Vaticanus, written in Greek ante 350 A.D. and is preserved in the Vatican Museum, Rome.

54.Chopin's famous Waltz No. 3 in F Major is said to have been inspired by a cat walking over piano keys.

55.Victor Hugo's Les Miserables, there is a sentence that contains 823 words, containing 93 commas, 51 semicolons and 4 dashes.

56.Benjamin Disraeli, one of England's most influential prime ministers, wrote his first novel Vivian Grey in 1826 in order to pay off large debts he incurred in the stock market.

57.In China, the first printed book, a copy of the Buddhist Diamond Sutra is produced using carved wooden blocks to print the text on paper.

58.The first book on deaf education, by Juan Pablo Bonet, is published in 1620, inaugurating the field of special education.

59.Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote "Crossing The Bar" while crossing to Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, from Lymington, Dorset, jotting down the 16 lines (almost unchanged in the final version) on an old envelope.

60.The fastest time in which a book has been published is 46.5 hours from receipt of manuscript to finished copies, titled Miracle on Ice, by the staff of the New York Times from Feburary 17 to February 29 of 1980. The book is 96 pages and published by Bantam Books.

61.Pablo Picasso's 78 year career had finished 13,500 paintings, 100,000 prints and engravings, 34,000 book illustrations, and 300 sculptures and ceramics.

62.Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's last 3 major symphonic works were the Symphony No. 39 in E flat major, the Symphony in G minor, and the 'Jupiter' Symphony in C, were written in 6 weeks flat in 1788.

63.A French literary paper "Le Constitutionel" managed in 1844-1845 had increased its readership from 3,000 to 40,000, an arise that seems to have been brought out by the serialisation of Eugene Sue's novel Juif Errant.

64.The longest encyclopedia was written by China's Yu-Hai, published in 1738 at 240 volumes.

65.When Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was 13, he heard the secret song of the Sistine Choir and copied it out from memory.

66.The first American dictionary was Noah Webster's A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language, at 408 pagesm published in 1806 at New Haven, Connecticut by Sidney's press for Hudson and Goodwin.

67.The first dictionary compiled by a woman was The Language of Fashion, edited by Mary Brooks Picken, published February 2, 1940, in New York City, containing 8,000 term and 600 illustrations relating to wearing apparel.

68.The first novel written by a black was William Wells Brown's Clotel, or the President's Daughter, a Narrative of Slave Life in the United States, published in London, England, in 1853, at 403 pages and sold for ten cents.
 

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1.The world's tallest living tree to date is the Mendocino Tree (Sequoia sempervirens), which is 367 feet and 6 inches tall (112.014 meters), located at the Montgomery Woods State Reserve, in California, U.S.A. It has a diameter of 10.3 feet, or 3.139 meters.

2.The first Welwitschia plant was discovered by Austrian botanist Friedrich Welwitsch in 1860 in the Namib desert in the southern part of Angola.

3.One molecule of sucrose is actually one molecule of glucose and one molecule of fructose bonded together (covalently linked). So one glucose and one fructose combined makes one sucrose.

4.The poinsettia flower is named after a
19th-century ambassador, Joel Roberts Poinsett, who first brought the poinsettia plant to America.

5.There is a fish that can climb trees, called the mudskipper. It spends about 3/4th of its time out of water. Malaysian mudskippers live in swamps where they climb among tangled stem roots, and sometimes into branches.

6.The world's oldest living plant is estimated to be the Tasmanian king's holly, Loamtia tasmanica, a member of the Proteaceae family, which has survived for about 43,600 years.

7.A single corn plant has been estimated to transpire about 54 gallons (245 liters) of water in one growing season.

8.The family Marantaceae (Arrowroot Family) was named after Bartolomeo Maranta, an Italian botanist.

9.In the poison ivy plant, an oil called urushiol, found in the leaves, vines, and even the roots of the plant, causes the poison ivy rash. (As little as one nanogram of urushiol [billionth of a gram], causes the rash).

10.Frogs can jump up to 20 times their body length. The longest jump on record is 33 feet 5.5 inch.

11.Dolphins can empty and refill their lungs in less than 0.2 seconds (one fifth of a second).

12.The family Pontederiaceae (Water Hyacinth Family) was named after Giulio Pontedera.

13.There are two types of poison ivy: a climbing plant (toxicodendron radicans) and a shrub (toxicodendron rydbergii). Don't bother trying to tell them apart since they look similar and often grow in the same place.

14.The sacred lotus Nelumbo nucifera heats up when it is ready for pollination. For up to four days it maintains steamy temperatures of 86-95 degrees Fahrenheit (30-35 degrees Celsius) to attract insects and encourage them to move from one flower to another.

15.The country believe to have the most amount of plant species is Brazil, around or over 56,000.

16.The Compositae (Asteraceae) have more species than any other family of flowering plants with over 20,000 species recognized, mostly in the tropics.

17.Another word for fructose is laevulose.

18.When at 200 degrees Celsius, sucrose will melt into caramel.

19.One molecule of glucose with one molecule of galactose makes one molecule of lactose.

20.The first enzyme to be discovered was diastase (amylase), discovered by French chemist Anselme Payen.

21.Food storage in seeds occurs either in the cotyledon or the endosperm.

22.Lysosomes contain enzymes for breaking down macromolecules (lysozymes).

23.The animal kingdom is the largest kingdoms in terms of number of species.

24.The main function of water in photophosphorylation is to provide electrons which are energized by light energy.

25.Members of the phylum Cnidaria, whichs contains hydrozoans, jellyfish, and sea anemones, have radial symmetry.

26.Nematodes don't have a true coelom, but a psudocoelom.

27.Glucagon is a hormone secreted by the pancreas that stimulates the liver to break down glycogen into glucose (glycogen hydrolysis) and to release glucose into the blood.

28.The xylem contains many cells including fibers called schlerenchyma.

29.In most cells, the cytoplasm is divided into two parts: the ectoplasm (plasmagel), and the endoplasm (plasmasol).

30.A newly discovered frog species is so tiny that it can sit comfortably on the human fingernail. The frog, Psyllophryne didactyla, was discovered in Cuba in 1996.

31.A handful of soil contains up to 5,000 different species of bacteria.

32.Earthworms produce nitrous oxide as a by-product from digesting soil nitrates and nitrites. Soil with earthworms contains five times as much nitrous oxide as soil without.

33.The slowest-growing tree is a white cedar (Thuja occidentalis) located in Canada. After 155 years, it grew to a height of 4 inches (10.2 centimeters), and weighed only 0.6 ounces (17 grams).

34.Psilocybin (C12H17N2O4P), a hallucinogenic crystalline solid, are obtained from the mushroom Psilocybe mexicana.

35.Glycolysis is a subdivision of cellular respiration in which glucose molecules are broken down to form pyruvic acid molecules.

36.The amino acid tryptophan was discovered by Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins in 1901.

37.The amino acid histine was discovered by Albrecht Kossel.

38.The most powerful health-promoting compounds in blueberries are anthocyanins, and have been proven to improve brain power, especially with rats.

39.The monera kingdom is the smallest kingdom in terms fo number of species.

40.The Miocene ape (Proconsul africanus) was discovered by Kenyan anthropologist Louis Leakey in 1948, a possible ancestor of both monkeys and apes.

41.Scottish botanist Robert Brown discovered the nucleus in plant cells, in 1831.

42.The first textbook on botany was written by U.S. botanist Asa Gray "Elements of Botany" in 1836.

43.All mushrooms are classified under the phylum Basidiomycota (kingdom Fungi).

44.There are around 65,000 different species of protists.

45.All protists are eukaryotes.

46.There are 4,765 different species of frogs.

47.The species with the most known pair of chromosomes is the Ophioglossum reticulatum, a species of fern, with more than 630 pairs (1,260 total).

48.An old, still healthy, mature oak tree is estimated to have approximately 250,000 leaves (one fourth of a million).

49.The birds appeared on the Earth a little more than 60 million years ago.

50.The rate at which glycolysis occurs in a cell is stimulated by the concentration of adenosine diphosphate (ADP). (The control of the rate of glycolysis depends upon the activity of the allosteric enzyme, phosphofructokinase. The enzyme is activated by adenosine diphosphate and inhibited by adenosine triphosphate (ATP)).

51.Carotenoids that do not contain oxygen are called carotenes and are deep orange in color. Carotenoids that do contain oxygen are called xanthophylls, and are yellow in color.

52.Phytochromes are the pigments in plants that allows the plant to discern whether or not it's at day or night (more specifically light or dark).

53.Ferredoxin is an iron containing protein that functions in capturing energy rich electrons from excited chlorophyll molecules.

54.The three different kinds of kidneys found in vertebrates are the pronephros, mesonephros, and metanephros.

55.A 14-leafed red clover (the clover with the most leaves known to date)
(Trifolium pratense) was reported by Paul Haizlip, located in Bellevue, Washington, U.S.A., on June 22,1987. There is also a 14-leafed white clover (Trifolium repens), found by Randy Farland near Sioux Falls, South Dakota, U.S.A., on June 16, 1975.

56.The highest chlorophyll content found in a plant is in the Kirin Chlorella M-207A7 (Chlorella vulgaris), a type of algae. It has been measured on a dry weight basis to be 6.7%. This percentage rate was discovered by Dr. Kouichi Nakanishi of Kirin Brewery Company Ltd., Japan.

57.The world's heaviest cabbage was grown by Bernard Lavery of Llanharry, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Wales, in 1989. It weighed 124 pounds (56.24 kilograms).

58.There are two types of cells, prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Prokaryotes are more simpler than eukaryotes, but they both posses a plasma membrane and cytoplasm.

59.The world's oldest vine, the Old Vine, in Maribor, Slovenia, is around 400 years old. A scientific measurement of the vine carried out in 1972 established that it was between 350 and 400 years old. Now it is rougly 380 to 480 years old, and produces about 100 bottles of wine, or 35 to 55 kilograms of grapes, yearly.

60.The world's tallest sunflower, grown in 1986 by Martien Heijms in Oirschot, The Netherlands, grew to be 25 foot 5 inches (7.76 meters).

61.The four stomachs of a cow are the rumen, reticulum, omasum, and abomasum.

62.The neck of a giraffe has 7 vertebras.

63.There are around less than 10,000 different species of monera.

64.There are around 500,000 different species of plants.

65.There are around 100,000 different species of fungi.

66.There are around less than 795,000 different species of animals.

67.The producer of penicillin is Penicillium, an organism in the class Ascomycetes of the phylum Eumocyta, of the Fungi kingdom.

68.The zylem of a plant conducts water and transports minerals upwards from the roots.

69.The phloem transports sugars and other nutrients from the leaves to the other parts of the plant.

70.The plant hormone abscisic acid (C15H20O4) inhibits the growth of leaves and germinating seeds.

71.Red blood cells are the only cells in the human body that do not have a nucelus.

72.The first animal to be successfully cloned was a frog, done by British molecular biologist John B. Gurdon in 1933.

73.The first mammal to be successfully cloned was an ewe named Dolly, born in July of 1996, led by Ian Wilmut.

74.If the deoxyribonucleic acid in a single human cell were stretched out and laid end to end, it would measure approximately 6.5 feet (2 meters).

75.The amino acid asparagine was discovered by French chemist Nicolas-Louis Vauquelin in 1806.

76.The bacteria Epulopiscium fishelsoni, which lives in the gut of surgeonfish, was first identified in 1985 and mistakenly classified as a protozoan, but was measured to be overly huge, at 0.015 inches (0.38 millimeters) in diameter.

77.The study of fungi is called mycology.

78.The upper shell (back) of a turtle is the dorsal carapace. The lower shell (front) of a turtle is the ventral plastron.

79.The cell walls of archaebacteria lack peptidoglycans.

80.Red algae contain red accessory pigments called phycobilins.

81.The largest group of living seedless vascular plants are the ferns, at about 12,000 different species, in which around 2/3rd are tropical.

82.The first plant patent was issued to Henry F. Bosenberg, a landscape gardener, who received U.S. Plant Patent 1 on August 18, 1931 for a climbing or trailing rose.

83.The earliest vertebrate, Anatolepsis, was a jawless fish from China that lived at least 500 million years ago.

84.The earliest bird, Archaeopteryx, was a pigeon sized bird with a long tail, toothed beak, and real feathers, that appeared about 160 million years ago.

85.Mycoplasma genitalium has the smallest number of genes of any organism yet known on Earth. Sequenced in 1995, it has 480 genes.

86.Two molecules of glucose bonded together makes one molecule of maltose.

87.The four nitrogen bases in deoxyribonucleic acid nuleotides are adenine, cytosine, guanine, and thymine.

88.Ribosomes assemble amino acids into proteins in the cytoplasm.

89.The source of electrons used in making a molecule of glucose is photolysis, which splits H2O to provide the electrons for photophosphorylation, which are incorporated in nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate hydrogen.

90.The world's oldest known tree is a bristlecone pine named Methuselah, located in Californoa's White Mountains at just over 4,760 years old.

91.The first trees that lived were the scale trees, that grew during the Devonian period.

92.The smallest flowering plant in the world belong to the genus Wolffia of the Duckweed family, at between .3 to .5 millimeters in diameter.

93.Sharks have to keep swimming in order to survive. The great white shark must swim constantly at 2.2 miles per hour (3.5 kilometers per hour) to ensure oxygen reaches its bloodstream.

94.The sensors on the feet of a red admiral butterfly are 200 times more sensitive to sugar than the human tongue.

95.Common frogs can live for about six years but only 1 in 10,000 will successfully evade predators and disease to live to 6.

96.The deep-sea fish Malecosteus niger has chlorophyll in the retina of its eye. This is the only known instance of chlorophyll being found in an organism that is not a plant or bacteria.

97.The tallest tree ever measured was an Australian eucalyptus (Eucalyptus regnans), reported in 1872 at 435 feet (132 meters) high.

98.The world's smallest winged insect is smaller than the eye of a house fly. It is the Tanzanian parasitic wasp, which has a wingspan of 0.008 inch (0.2 millimeter).

99.The bark tree of the cork tree (Quercus suber, a type of oak tree) is made up of many unique cells. Each cell has 14 sides, and, in a cubic centimeter of cork tree bark, there are about 40 million of them. Cork cells are separated from each other by a layer of air. All the air in this intercellular space is what makes cork float.
 

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1. Our blood is on a 60,000-mile journey.

2. Our eyes can distinguish up to one million color surfaces and take in more information than the largest telescope known to man.

3. Our lungs inhale over two million liters of air every day, without even thinking. They are large enough to cover a tennis court.

4. Our hearing is so sensitive it can distinguish between hundreds of thousands of different sounds.

5. Our sense of touch is more refined than any device ever created.

6. Our brain is more complex than the most powerful computer and has over 100 billion nerve cells.

7. We give birth to 100 billion red cells every day.

8. When we touch something, we send a message to our brain at 124 mph.

9. We have over 600 muscles.

10. We exercise at least 30 muscles when we smile.

11. We are about 70 percent water.

12. We make one liter of saliva a day.

13. Our nose is our personal air-conditioning system ; it warms cold air, cools hot air and filters impurities.

14. In one square inch of our hand we have nine feet of blood vessels, 600 pain sensors, 9000 nerve endings, 36 heat sensors and 75 pressure sensors.
 

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1. Coca-Cola was originally green.

2. The most common name in the world is Mohammed.

3. The name of all the continents ends with the same letter that they start with.

4. The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.

5. There are two credit cards for every person in the United States.

6. TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.

7. Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

8. You can`t kill yourself by holding your breath.

9. It is impossible to lick your elbow.

10. People say "Bless you" when you sneeze because when you sneeze, your heart stops for a millisecond.

11. It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.

12. The "sixth sick sheik`s sixth sheep`s sick" is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.

13. If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib. If you try to suppress a sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die.

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

15. 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

16. If a statue of a person in the park on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle.

17. If the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle.

18. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.

19. What do bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers all have in common? They are all invented by women.

20. This is the only food that doesn`t spoil. What is this? It is Honey.

21. A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.

22. A snail can sleep for three years.

23. All polar bears are left handed.

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

25. Butterflies taste with their feet.

26. Elephants are the only animals that can`t jump.

27. In the last 4000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.

28. On average, people fear spiders more than they do death.

29. Shakespeare invented the word "assassination" and "bump".

30. Stewardesses are the longest word typed with only the left hand.

31. The ant always falls over on its right side when intoxicated.

32. The electric chair was invented by a dentist.

33. The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet.

34. Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over million descendants.

35. Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.

36. The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.

37. Most lipstick contains fish scales.
38. Like fingerprints, everyone`s tongue print is different

39. There is a Butterfly in Brazil which has the color of chocolates and also smells like chocolate.

40. Giraffee can clean there ears with their tongue.

41. Both Humans and Giraffee have the same number of bones in the neck.
 

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1. If you are right handed, you will tend to chew your food on your right side. If you are left handed, you will tend to chew your food on your left side.

2. If you stop getting thirsty, you need to drink more water. For when a human body is dehydrated, its thirst mechanism shuts off.

3. Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.

4. Your tongue is germ free only if it is pink. If it is white there is a thin film of bacteria on it.

5. The Mercedes-Benz motto is "Das Beste oder Nichts" meaning "the best or nothing".

6. The Titanic was the first ship to use the SOS signal.

7. The pupil of the eye expands as much as 45 percent when a person looks at something pleasing.

8. The average person who stops smoking requires one hour less sleep at night.

9. Laughing lower levels of stress hormones and strengthen the immune system. Six-year-olds laugh an average of 300 times a day. Adults only laugh 15 to 100 times a day.

10. The roar that we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound of blood surging through the veins in the ear.


11. Dalmatians are born without spots.

12. Bats always turn left when exiting a cave.

13. The "V" in the name of a court case does not stand for "versus", but for "and" (in civil proceedings) or &#39against&#39 (in criminal proceedings).

14. Men`s shirts have the buttons on the right, but women`s shirts have the buttons on the left.

15. The owl is the only bird to drop its upper eyelid to wink. All other birds raise their lower eyelids.

16. The reason honey is so easy to digest is that it`s already been digested by a bee.

17. Roosters cannot crow if they cannot extend their necks.

18. The color blue has a calming effect. It causes the brain to release calming hormones.

19. Every time you sneeze some of your brain cells die.

20. Your left lung is smaller than your right lung to make room for your heart.


21. The verb "cleave" is the only English word with two synonyms which are antonyms of each other: adhere and separate.

22. When you blush, the lining of your stomach also turns red.

23. When hippos are upset, their sweat turns red.

24. The first Harley Davidson motorcycle was built in 1903, and used a tomato can for a carburetor.

25. The lion that roars in the MGM logo is named Volney.

26. Google is actually the common name for a number with a million zeros.

27. Switching letters is called spoonerism. For example, saying jag of Flapan, instead of flag of Japan.

28.. It cost 7 million dollars to build the Titanic and 200 million to make a film about it.

29. The attachment of the human skin to muscles is what causes dimples

30. There are 1,792 steps to the top of the Eiffel Tower.

31. The sound you hear when you crack your knuckles is actually the sound of nitrogen gas bubbles bursting.

32. Human hair and fingernails continue to grow after death.

33. It takes about 20 seconds for a red blood cell to circle the whole body.

34. The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets.

35. Most soccer players run 7 miles in a game.

36. The only part of the body that has no blood supply is the cornea in the eye. It takes in oxygen directly from the air.

37. Every day 200 million couples make love, 400,000 babies are born, and 140,000 people die.

38. In most watch advertisements the time displayed on the watch is 10:10 because then the arms frame the brand of the watch (and make it look like it is smiling).

39. Colgate faced big obstacle marketing toothpaste in Spanish speaking countries. Colgate translates into the command "go hang yourself.”

40. The only 2 animals that can see behind themselves without turning its head are the rabbit and the parrot.

41. Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

42. The average person laughs 13 times a day.

43. Do you know the names of the three wise monkeys? They are: Mizaru (See no evil), Mikazaru (Hear no evil), and Mazaru (Speak no evil).

44. Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

45. German Shepherds bite humans more than any other breed of dog.

46. Large kangaroos cover more than 30 feet with each jump.

47. Whip makes a cracking sound because its tip moves faster than the speed of sound.

48. Two animal rights protesters were protesting at the cruelty of sending pigs to a slaughterhouse in Bonn. Suddenly the pigs, all two thousand of them, escaped through a broken fence and stampeded, trampling the two hapless protesters to death.

49. If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle; if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural cause.

50. The human heart creates enough pressure while pumping to squirt blood 30 feet.
 

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In 1783 an Icelandic eruption threw up enough dust to temporarily block out the sun over Europe.

About 20 to 30 volcanoes erupt each year, mostly under the sea.

A huge underground river runs underneath the Nile, with six times more water than the river above.

Lake Bosumtwi in Ghana formed in a hollow made by a meteorite.

Beaver Lake, in Yellowstone Park, USA, was artificially created by beaver damming.

Off the coast of Florida there is an underwater hotel. Guests have to dive to the entrance.

Venice in Italy is built on 118 sea islets joined by 400 bridges. It is gradually sinking into the water.

The Ancient Egyptians worshipped a sky goddess called Nut.

The world`s windiest place is Commonwealth Bay, Antartica.

In 1934, a gust of wind reached 371 km/h on Mount Washington in New Hampshire , USA.

American Roy Sullivan has been struck by lighting a record seven times.

The desert baobab tree can store up to 1000 litres of water in its trunk.

The oldest living tree is a California bristlecone pine name "Methuselah". It is about 4600 years old. The largest tree in the world is a giant sequoia growing in California. It is 84 meters tall and measures 29 meters round the trunk. The fastest growing tree is the eucalyptus. It can grow 10 meters a year.

The Antartic notothenia fish has a protein in its blood that acts like antifreeze and stops the fish freezing in icy sea.

The USA uses 29% of the world`s petrol and 33% of the world`s electricity.

The industrial complex of Cubatao in Brazil is known as the Valley of Death because its pollution has destroyed the trees and rivers nearby.

Tibet is the highest country in the world. Its average height above sea level is 4500 meters.

Some of the oldest mountains in the world are the Highlands in Scotland . They are estimated to be about 400 million years old.

Fresh water from the River Amazon can be found up to 180 km out to sea.

The White Sea, in Russia, has the lowest temperature, only -2 degrees centigrade. The Persian Gulf is the warmest sea. In the summer its temperature reaches 35.6 degrees centigrade.

There is no land at all at the North Pole, only ice on top of sea. The Arctic Ocean has about 12 million sq km of floating ice and has the coldest winter temperature of -34 degrees centigrade.

The Antarctic ice sheet is 3-4 km thick, covers 13 million sq km and has temperatures as low as -70 degrees centigrade.

Over 4 million cars in Brazil are now running on gasohol instead of petrol. Gasohol is a fuel made from sugar cane.
 

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1. When a person dies, hearing is the last sense to go -- the first is usually sight, followed by taste, smell and touch.

2. A human head remains conscious for about 15 to 20 seconds after it has been decapitated.

3. 100 people choke to death on pens each year. One is more likely to be killed by a champagne cork than by a spider.

4. Alexander`s funeral would have cost $600 million today. A road from Egypt to Babylon was built to carry his body.

5. When inventor Thomas Edison died in 1931, his friend Henry Ford captured his last dying breath in a bottle.

6. Over 2500 left-handed people are killed each year from using products made for right-handed people.

7. It takes longer than ever before a body to decompose due to preservatives in the food that we eat these days.

8. An eternal flame lamp at the tomb of a Buddhist priest in Nara, Japan has kept burning for 1,130 years.

9. Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry is the first person to have his ashes put aboard a rocket and buried in space.

10. Japanese factory worker Kenji Urada became the first know fatality caused by a robot in July, 1981, in a car plan.
 

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· Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise.

· Every drop of seawater contains approximately 1 billion gold atoms.

· The number of people alive on Earth right now is higher than the number of all the people that have died ever.

· Apples are more effective at keeping people awake in the morning than
caffeine.

· There was one a town in west Virginia called "6"

· Ten tons of space dust falls on Earth every day.

· A new book is published every 13 minutes in America.

· Every year the sun loses 360 million tons.

· Russia has the most movie theatres in the world.

· The Eiffel Tower has 1792 steps.

· Right-handed people live on; average, nine years longer than left handed people do.

· At 40 degrees centigrade a person loses about 14.4 calories per hour by breathing.

· More than 2500 left handed people are killed every year from using right handed products.

· Pearls melt in vinegar.

· There are more than 100 chemicals in a cup of coffee.

· If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee.
 

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· 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

· The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from and old English law which stated
that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.

· Marilyn Monroe had six toes on one foot.

· If you keep a Goldfish in the dark room, it will eventually turn white.

· Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

· The average chocolate bar has 8 insects' legs in it.

· The average human eats 8 spiders in their lifetime at night.

· It is impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

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

· In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.

· The longest one-syllable word in the English language is "screeched."

· On a Canadian two-dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament Building is
an American flag.

· No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver or
purple.

· Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.

· Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.

· The youngest pope was 11 years old.

· The world's youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910.

· China has more English speakers than the United States.

· The shortest war in history was between Zanzibar and England in 1896.
Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes.

· A polar bear's skin is black. Its fur is not white, but actually clear.

· Elvis had a twin brother named Garon, who died at birth, which is why Elvis'
middle name was spelled Aron; in honor of his brother.
 

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The order of the planets, starting closest to the sun: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune.

The one place where a flag flies all day, never goes up or comes down, and does not get saluted, is the moon.

Earth is not round; it is slightly pear-shaped. The North Pole radius is 44mm longer than the South Pole radius.

A green diamond is the rarest diamond.

The ozone layer averages about 3 millimeters (1/8 inch) thick.

A diamond will break if you hit it with a hammer.

The crawler, the machine that takes the Space Shuttle to the launching pad moves at 3km/h (2 mph).

Summer on Uranus lasts for 21 years - but so does winter.

The Sahara desert expands at about 1km per month.

Oceanography, the study of oceans, is a mixture of biology, physics, geology and chemistry.

More than 70% of earth's dryland is affected by desertification.

The US has one of the highest fire death rates in the industrialised world, with more than 2 million fires reported each year.

The sun is 330,330 times larger than the earth.

The largest iceberg ever recorded was 335km (208 miles) long and 97km (60 miles) wide.

Luke Howard used Latin words to categorize clouds in 1803.

Hurricanes, tornadoes and bigger bodies of water always go clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere and counterclockwise in the Northern Hemisphere. This directional
spinning has to do with the rotation of the earth and is called the Coriolis force.

Winds that blow toward the equator curve west.

Organist William Herschel discovered the planet Uranus in 1781 with the first reflecting telescope that he built. He named it Georgium Sidium in honour of King George III of England but in 1850 it was renamed Uranus in accordance with the tradition of naming planets for Roman gods.

Planets, meaning wanderers, are named after Roman deities: Mercury, messenger of the gods; Venus, the god of love and beauty; Mars, the god of war; Jupiter, king of the gods; and Saturn, father of Jupiter and god of agriculture; Neptune, god of the sea.

During a total solar eclipse the temperature can drop by 6 degrees Celsius (about 20 degrees Fahrenheit).

The tallest waterfalls in the world are Angel Falls in Venezuela. At 979 m (3,212 ft), they are 19 times taller than the Niagara Falls, or 3 times taller than the Empire State Building.

Although the Angel Falls are much taller than the Niagara Falls, the latter are much wider, and they both pour about the same amount of water over their edges - about 2,8 billion litres (748 million gallons) per second.

There are 1040 islands around Britain, one of which is the smallest island in the world: Bishop's Rock.

All the planets in the solar system rotate anticlockwise, except Venus. It is the only planet that rotates clockwise.

Earth is the densest planet in the solar system and the only one not named after a god.

Earth orbits the sun at an average speed of 29.79 km/s (18.51 miles/sec), or about 107 000 km/h (about 67,000 miles/hour).

One year on earth is 365.26 days long. One day is 23 hours, 56 minutes, and 4 seconds long. The extra day in a leap year was introduced to compensate for the discrepancy in the Georgian calendar.

Plates carrying the continents migrate over the earth's surface a few centimetres (inches) per year, about the same speed that a fingernail grows.

On average, 13,000 earthquakes are located each year.

The magnetic north pole is near Ellef Ringes Island in northern Canada.

The magnetic south pole was discovered off the coast of Wilkes Land in Antarctica.

There is zero gravity at the centre of earth.
the deepest mine in the world is Western Deep Levels near Charletonville, South Africa. It is 4,2km (2.6 miles) deep.

The deepest point in the sea: the Mariana Trench off Guam in the Pacific Ocean; it is 10,9 km (6.77 miles) below sea level.

Earth is slowing down - in a few million years there won't be a leap year.

The tail of the Great Comet of 1843 was 330 million km long. (It will return in 2356.)

There are more than 326 million trillion gallons of water on Earth.

About 500 small meteorites fall to earth every year but most fall in the sea and in unpopulated areas.

There is no record of a person being killed by a meteorite but animals are occasionally hit.

The Dead Sea is 365 m (1,200 ft) below sea level.

A storm officially becomes a hurricane when cyclone winds reach 119 km/h (74 mph).
 

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*Automobiles didn't have radios until 1923.

*After English and Spanish, Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the United States.

*The word 'wedding,' when people 'pledge' to marry each other stems from the same Germanic root as the modern word 'wager,' meaning 'a gamble.'

*Americans eat 1.2 billion pounds of potato chips a year - more than any other snack food.

* Fairview is the most common place name in the United States.

*Skiing isn't new. A four-thousand-year-old rock found in Norway far north of the Arctic Circle depicts a hunter on skis.

*The first practical, mechanical cash register, invented in 1883, was nicknamed the “Incorruptible Cashier.”

*Kool-Aid is Nebraska's official soft drink.


*In 1894, Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., a school for deaf people, originated the football huddle to keep opposing teams from reading their hand signals.


*Tobacco smoke contains more than four thousand chemicals.


* An average of nine million people share the same birthday.

*The character Mother Goose was inspired by the mother of Charlemagne, the 8th Century Queen Goosefoot.

*Ahead of its time: in 1968, Canada Dry produced the flop caffeine-free soda Sport-Cola.

*The name of the mad computer HAL in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey is one letter down from IBM.

*When it was discovered that Dr. Bunting’s Remedy “knocked eczema,” it was renamed Noxema.

*Despite the success of the Harry Potter series and The Da Vinci Code, the best-selling author of all time is still mystery writer Agatha Christie, with over two billion novels sold.

*The best-selling single record of all-time is “White Christmas.” The Bing Crosby recording has sold fifty million copies.

*Though thought to have been inspired by the German word for ‘water’ -- wasser -- the name Vaseline comes from the number of vases used to store the ingredients used in its development.

*Superstar Barry Manilow began his career writing jingles for McDonald’s and State Farm Insurance.

*In pop culture mythology, the Green Hornet – Britt Reid – is the son of Dan Reid who is the nephew of John Reid – the Lone Ranger.

*Though he is usually played by an Englishman, the character Captain Nemo in Jules Verne’s novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea is actually the son of an Indian rajah.

*The man traditionally referred to as Buddha was actually named Siddhartha Guatama (circa 563 – 410 B.C.).

*Norman Rockwell was just nineteen when he became the art editor of Boy’s Life Magazine.

*By profession, author Arthur Conan Doyle – creator of Sherlock Holmes – was originally an ophthalmologist
 

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1. All polar bears are left-handed.

2. The Empire State Building in New York City, New York of the country United States, has 6,400 windows.

3. 1961 was the most recent year that could also be read upside down. The next one is 6009.

4. All hospitals in Singapore use Pampers diapers.

5. The only KNOWN creature to have been hit by a meteor that crashed earth is an unlucky dog named Nakhla at Egypt in 1911.

6. There are 336 dimples on a regular golf ball.

7. Bats always turn left when flying out of a cave.

8. Charles Dickens, author of Oliver Twist, A Tale of Two Cities, and A Christmas Carol, always faced north when writing stories and sleeping. He believed this helped him tap into his dreams and to have better writing charactersitics.

9. The tallest lighthouse in the world is a steel tower at Yamashita Park, Yokohama. It stands 106 meters (348 feet) high.

10. J. Sterling Morton, a U.S. Secretary of Agriculture started Arbor Day in 1885.

11. A baseball has exactly 108 stitches.

12. The first e-mail sent was in 1971 from Ray Tomlinson (U.S.A.), an engineer at computer company Bolt, Beranek and Newman, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A., which was the letters "QWERTYUIOP".

13. Pablo Picasso's first word was the Spanish word for pencil. He also could draw before he could walk.

14. The fortune cookie were actually invented in America by Charles Jung in 1918.

15. Judo was devised by Dr. Jigoro Kano in Japan in 1882.

16. Another word for garlic is allium sativum.

17. The Bank of Vernal, in Vernal, Utah is the only bank in the world that was built from bricks sent through the mail. Way back in 1919 the builders realized that it was cheaper to send the bricks through the United States Postal System (seven bricks to a package) than to have them shipped commercially from Salt Lake City.

18. There are 296 steps to the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa in its stairway.

19. The world's first stone lighthouse was the Smeaton Eddystone, built just south of Plymouth, England in 1756 by John Smeaton, the "Father of Civil Engineering." It was lit with only 24 candles.

20. The average lifespan of a cow is 7 years. The oldest cow ever recorded was Big Bertha. She reached 48 in 1993. She also holds the record for producing 39 calves.

21. In nine months, a housefly could lay enough eggs to produce a layer of flies that would cover all of Germany to a depth of 47 feet (14 meters).

22. There are approximately ten million bricks in the Empire State Building.

23. The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher.

24. In 1841, Oberlin College in the U.S. state of Ohio became the first U.S. College to award degrees to women.

25. The stegosaurus had a brain that weighed two ounces and was no bigger than a walnut.

26. An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

27. The highest known score for a single word in competition Scrabble is 392. In 1982, Dr. Saladin Khoshnaw achieved this score for the word "caziques," which means an Indian chief.

28. The oldest known goldfish lived to 41 years of age, and was named Fred.

29. Donald Duck comics were banned from libraries in Finland because he doesn't wear pants. (Finland is a country in Europe).

30. Benjamin Franklin signed the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution with his left hand.

31. The word "electric" was first used in 1600 by William Gilbert, a doctor to Queen Elizabeth I.

32. Albert Einstein's last words were in German. Since the attending nurse did not understand German, his last words will never be known.

33. When the first U.S. Congress set the president's pay at $25,000 per year, they also established the vice president's salary at $5,000.

34. If you were to drop a snowflake from the top of tall buildings such as the World Trade Center when it was up before September 11th, Empire State Building, Sears Tower, etc. (over 1,000 feet), it will take more than 10 minutes for it to hit the ground.

35. There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos.

36. Volleyball was started by William G. Morgan in 1895 at Holyoke, Massachusetts. It became an international sport in 1947 and was recognized as an Olympic sport in 1964.

37. The first words that Thomas A. Edison spoke into the phonograph were, 'Mary had a little lamb'.

38. Assuming Rudolph was in front, there are 40,320 ways to rearrange the other eight reindeers.

39. If all the "Coca-Cola" ever produced were to erupt from "Old Faithful" at a rate of 15,000 gallons per hour, this geyser would flow continually for over 1,577 years.

40. The first 4-wheel drive car was made by Panhard in 1901.

41. Earmuffs were invented in 1873 in Maine by Chester Greenwood.

42. The sport volleyball was actually invented by William Morgan, a Y.M.C.A. instructor in Holyoke, Massachussets, in 1895. He originally called it mintonette.

43. Mocha, considered by many to be the best coffee in the world, comes from Yemen. The coffee was originally grown on the hillsides along the Red Sea.

44. The modern day yo-yo was invented by Pedro Flores of the Philippines.

45. Denmark was the first European country to legalize same-sex marriages and to offer gay couples/lesbian couples the same rights as heterosexual couples.

46. The only deceased jockey to win a horse race was Frank Hayes in 1923. Frank Hayes suffered from a heart attack in the duration of the race, and died while riding the horse. Nevertheless, his horse, Sweet Kiss, was the first horse to cross the finish line.

47. Tennis champion Charlotte Cooper became the first woman to win an Olympic Gold Medal in 1900.

48. The world's largest chimney is the number two stack of the Ekibastuz, Kazakhstan, power plant at 1,378 feet (420 meters) tall.

49. An atomic clock is accurate to within one second in 1.7 million years.

50. It takes about 40 minutes to hard boil an ostrich egg.

51. The tallest building in the world in 1900 was the Park Row Building, in New York City, U.S.A., standing 391 feet high with 30 floors.

52. Austin is home to North America’s largest urban bat population. Up to 1.5 million Mexican free-tail bats fly at there at night.

53. Rainbow Bridge in Rainbow Bridge National monument is the largest known natural arch in the world. It is 290 feet high and spans 275 feet over the waters of Bridge Creek.

54. Baltimore was home of the first U.S. umbrella factory (1828) and the first ice cream freezer (1848).

55. Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza ranked as the tallest human-built structure on Earth for more than 43 centuries. Its original height was 481 feet.

56. The sweet potato originated in South America, where native Americans called it batata.

57. Tulips had been introduced into Europe from Turkey shortly after 1550. The craze, known as the Tulip Mania, reached its peak in Holland in 1633 - 1637.

58. The first color photograph was made in 1861 by James Maxwell. He photographed a tartan ribbon.

59. The U.S. nickname Uncle Sam was derived from Uncle Sam Wilson, a meat inspector in Troy, New York.

60. Big (1988) was the first film by a female director (Penny Marshall), to earn more than 100 million dollars at the box office.

61. The first orangutans to be raised in a zoo were Hella and Bruno, born on February 2, 1969 in Hellabru, the zoo in Munich, West Germany.

62. The electric chair was invented by American dentist Dr. Albert Southwick in 1881.

63. The first person to have been killed by an electric chair is William Lelmer, who murdered his lover Matilda with an ax.

64. The total length of wire used in the two main cables that support the Golden Gate Bridge is equal to approximately 80,000 miles.

65. The first person to fly an airplane over Antarctica was Sir George Hubert Wilkins (Australia) in 1928.

66. The first street lights appeared in Philadelphia in 1757.

67. Queen Liliuokalani of the Hawaiian Islands was America's only queen.

68. Chess was invented in northwest India around 570.

69. Fox hunting developed in England around 1420.

70. Greek writer Julius Pollux describes the game apodidraskinda at around the year 150, later commonly known as hide-and-seek.

71. The earliest known mental hospitals were established in Baghdad and Cairo, in 918.

72. Electric eels can deliver electric shocks with voltages as high as 1,000 volts, enough to jolt a human.

73. The first mango introduction to Florida in 1833 failed, but the second attempt in 1861 was successful.

74. Pineapples spread to India in 1548, the Philippines in Spanish galleons in 1558, and to South Africa in 1660.
 

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* Ants don't sleep.
* Owls have eyeballs that are tubular in shape, because of this, they cannot move their eyes.
* A bird requires more food in proportion to its size than a baby or a cat.
* The mouse is the most common mammal in the US.
* A newborn kangaroo is about 1 inch in length.
* A cow gives nearly 200,000 glasses of milk in her lifetime.
* The Canary Islands were not named for a bird called a canary. They were named after a breed of large dogs. The Latin name was Canariae insulae - "Island of Dogs."
* There are 701 types of pure breed dogs.
* A polecat is not a cat. It is a nocturnal European weasel.
* Tapeworms range in size from about 0.04 inch to more than 50 feet in length.
* A baby bat is called a pup.
* German Shepherds bite humans more than any other breed of dog.
* A female mackerel lays about 500,000 eggs at one time.
* It takes 35 to 65 minks to produce the average mink coat. The numbers for other types of fur coats are: beaver - 15; fox - 15 to 25; ermine - 150; chinchilla - 60 to 100.
* The animal responsible for the most human deaths world-wide is the mosquito.
* The biggest pig in recorded history was Big Boy of Black Mountain, North Carolina, who was weighed at 1,904 pounds in 1939.
* Cats respond most readily to names that end in an "ee" sound.
* A cat cannot see directly under its nose. This is why the cat cannot seem to find tidbits on the floor.
* Pigs, walruses and light-colored horses can be sunburned.
* Snakes are immune to their own poison.
* An iguana can stay under water for 28 minutes.
* Cats have more than one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.
* The biggest member of the cat family is the male lion, which weighs 528 pounds (240 kilograms).
* Most lipstick contains fish scales.
* Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over a million descendants.
* Each day in the US, animal shelters are forced to destroy 30,000 dogs and cats.
* A shrimp's heart is in their head.
* A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.
* A cockroach will live nine days without its head, before it starves to death.
* The cat lover is an ailurophile, while a cat hater is an ailurophobe.
* A woodpecker can peck twenty times a second.
* It may take longer than two days for a chick to break out of its shell.
* Dragonflies are one of the fastest insects, flying 50 to 60 mph.
* Despite man's fear and hatred of the wolf, it has not ever been proved that a non-rabid wolf ever attacked a human.
* There are more than 100 million dogs and cats in the United States.
* Americans spend more than 5.4 billion dollars on their pets each year.
* Cat's urine glows under a black light.
* The largest cockroach on record is one measured at 3.81 inches in length.
* It is estimated that a single toad may catch and eat as many as 10,000 insects in the course of a summer.
* Amphibians eyes come in a variety shapes and sizes. Some even have square or heart-shaped pupils.
* It would require an average of 18 hummingbirds to weigh in at 1 ounce.
* Dogs that do not tolerate small children well are the St. Bernard, the Old English sheep dog, the Alaskan malamute, the bull terrier, and the toy poodle.
* Moles are able to tunnel through 300 feet of earth in a day.
* Howler monkeys are the noisiest land animals. Their calls can be heard over 2 miles away.
* A quarter of the horses in the US died of a vast virus epidemic in 1872.
* The fastest bird is the Spine-tailed swift, clocked at speeds of up to 220 miles per hour.
* There is no single cat called the panther. The name is commonly applied to the leopard, but it is also used to refer to the puma and the jaguar. A black panther is really a black leopard. A capon is a castrated rooster.
* The world's largest rodent is the Capybara. An Amazon water hog that looks like a guinea pig, it can weigh more than 100 pounds.
* The poison-arrow frog has enough poison to kill about 2,200 people.
* The hummingbird, the loon, the swift, the kingfisher, and the grebe are all birds that cannot walk.
* The poisonous copperhead snake smells like fresh cut cucumbers.
* A chameleon's tongue is twice the length of its body.
* Worker ants may live seven years and the queen may live as long as 15 years.
* The blood of mammals is red, the blood of insects is yellow, and the blood of lobsters is blue.
* Cheetahs make a chirping sound that is much like a bird's chirp or a dog's yelp. The sound is so an intense, it can be heard a mile away.
* The underside of a horse's hoof is called a frog. The frog peels off several times a year with new growth.
* The bloodhound is the only animal whose evidence is admissible in an American court. 98% of brown bears in the United States are in Alaska.
* Before air conditioning was invented, white cotton slipcovers were put on furniture to keep the air cool.
* The Barbie doll has more than 80 careers.
* To make one pound of whole milk cheese, 10 pounds of whole milk is needed.
* 99% of pumpkins that are sold for decoration.
* Every 30 seconds a house fire doubles in size.
* The month of December is the most popular month for weddings in the Philippines.
* A one ounce milk chocolate bar has 6 mg of caffeine.
* Carbon monoxide can kill a person in less than 15 minutes.
* The largest ever hailstone weighed over 1kg and fell in Bangladesh in 1986.
* Ants can live up to 16 years.
* In Belgium, there is a museum that is just for strawberries.
* The sense of smell of an ant is just as good as a dog's.
* Popped popcorn should be stored in the freezer or refrigerator as this way it can stay crunchy for up to three weeks.
* Coca-Cola was originally green.
* The most common name in the world is Mohammed.
* The name of all the continents end with the same letter that they start with.
* The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.
* TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.
* Women blink nearly twice as much as men!!
* You can't kill yourself by holding your breath.
* It is impossible to lick your elbow.
* People say "Bless you" when you sneeze because when you sneeze, your heart stops for a millisecond.
* It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.
* The "sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick" is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.
* If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib. If you try to suppress a sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die.
* Each king in a deck of playing cards represents great king from history.
* Spades - King David
* Clubs - Alexander the Great,
* Hearts - Charlemagne
* Diamonds - Julius Caesar.
* 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987, 654,321
* If a statue of a person in the park on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle. If the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.
* What do bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers all have in common?
* Ans. - All invented by women.
* Question - This is the only food that doesn't spoil. What is this?
* Ans. - Honey.
* A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.
* A snail can sleep for three years.
* All polar bears are left handed.
* American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first-class.
* Butterflies taste with their feet.
* Elephants are the only animals that can't jump.
* In the last 4000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
* On average, people fear spiders more than they do death.
* Shakespeare invented the word 'assassination' and 'bump'.
* Stewardesses is the longest word typed with only the left hand.
* The ant always falls over on its right side when intoxicated.
* The electric chair was invented by a dentist.
* The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet.
* Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.
* The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.
* Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different
 

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1. Money isn’t made out of paper, it’s made out of cotton.

2. The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.

3. The dot over the letter i is called a “tittle”.

4. A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top.

5. Susan Lucci is the daughter of Phyllis Diller.

6. 40% of McDonald’s profits come from the sales of Happy Meals.

7. 315 entries in Webster’s 1996 Dictionary were misspelled.

8. The ’spot’ on 7UP comes from its inventor, who had red eyes. He was albino.

9. On average,12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents, daily.

10. Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine are brother and sister.

11. Chocolate affects a dog’s heart and nervous system; a few ounces will kill a small sized dog.

12. Orcas (killer whales) kill sharks by torpedoing up into the shark’s stomach from underneath, causing the shark to explode.

13. Most lipstick contains fish scales.

14. Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn’t wear pants.

15. Ketchup was sold in the 1830’s as medicine.

16. Upper and lower case letters are named ‘upper’ and ‘lower’ because in the time when all original print had to be set in individual letters, the ‘upper case’ letters were stored in the case on top of the case that stored the smaller, ‘lower case’ letters.

17. Leonardo DA Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time … hence, multi-tasking was invented.)

18. Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.

19. There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos.

20. The name Wendy was made up for the book Peter Pan; there was never a recorded Wendy before!

21.
There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with: orange, purple, and silver!

22. Leonardo Da Vinci invented scissors. Also, it took him 10 years to paint Mona Lisa’s lips.

23. A tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion will make it instantly go mad and sting itself to death.

24.
The mask used by Michael Myers in the original “Halloween” was a Captain Kirk’s mask painted white.

25. If you have three quarters, four dimes, and four pennies, you have $1.19. You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a dollar (good to know.)

26. By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you can’t sink in quicksand (and you thought this list was completely useless.)

27. 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.

28. The first product Motorola started to develop was a record player for automobiles At that time, the most known player on the market was the Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola.

29. Celery has negative calories! It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with. It’s the same with apples!

30. Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying!

31. The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher.

32. Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from Public Libraries.

33. Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space because passing wind in a space suit damages it.

34. George Carlin said it best about Martha Stewart . “Boy, I feel a lot safer now that she’s behind bars. O.J. Simpson and Kobe Bryant are still walking around; Osama Bin Laden too, but they take the ONE woman in America willing to cook, clean, and work in the yard, and haul her butt off to jail.”
 
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