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- The first couple to be shown in bed together
on prime time television were Fred and Wilma Flintstone.
- Coca-Cola was originally green.
- Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the US Treasury.
- The Hawaiian alphabet has 12 letters.
can read smaller print than women; women can hear better.
- City with the most Rolls Royce's
per capita: Hong Kong
- State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska
- Percentage of
Africa that is wilderness: 28%
- Percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%
measurements if she were life size: 39-23-33
- Cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $6,400
- Average number of people airborne over the US any given hour: 61,000.
- Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
- The world's
youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China
- The youngest pope was 11 years old.
- First novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.
- The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.
- Each king in a deck of playing
cards represents a great king from history:
Spades - King David
Clubs - Alexander the Great,
Diamonds - Julius Caesar.
- 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 causes.
- 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321
- Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest
signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn't
added until 5 years later.
- 'I am'. Is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
- 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.
- The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for the 'General Purpose'
cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth II, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.
See also the Queen's
- In just one year, each and every American on average consumes enough
wood and paper to construct a tree 100 feet tall and 16 inches in diameter.
- Over three million Americans stutter. Stuttering is gender related
and affects three to four times
as many males as females.
- The tomato is the world's most popular fruit.
- The largest flower in the world is Rafflesia arnoldi.
Surprisingly, it is a a parasitic plant that grows only on Sumatra, Indonesia.
The genus Rafflesia was named after Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, the great
- The maximum speed that raindrops can fall at is around 18mph. The
precise speed depends on
- Because of thermal expansion the Eiffel Tower is 15cm taller in summer than in
- A bolt of lightning contains enough energy to toast 160,000 pieces of bread.
Unfortunately, the bolt only takes 1/10,000 of a second - so turning the bread
over might prove difficult!
Its petals can reach a foot and half long, if you were to touch one the leaves
are 1 inch thick. See picture
- In 1313, King Edward II stated that, 'You are forbidden from dying in
- In Melbourne, Australia it is illegal for men to parade in strapless dresses,
however, they are allowed to cross-dress in anything with sleeves.
- Worldwide, 20,000 brands of beer are brewed in 180 styles, from ales, lagers,
pilsner and stouts to bitters, cream ales and iced beers.
- The human head contains 22 bones.
- King George V changed the name of the British royal family from the
German sounding Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to
Windsor in 1917. As the great war was at its height King George V wanted
to distance himself from his cousin Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany.
- Ravens are kept in the Tower of London because, according to myth, the British
throne will come to a fall if the ravens leave the tower. The wings of the
ravens are clipped to prevent them from flying away.
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