The word limelight that is used in theatre to refer to the performers on the stage originated because before electricity was available lime was burned in a lamp, which created a white light that was directed at the performers
A bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin during World War II killed every animal in the Berlin Zoo except the elephant, which escaped and roamed the city. When a Russian commander saw hungry Germans chasing the elephant and trying to kill it, he ordered his troops to protect it and shoot anyone who tried to kill it
In ancient Greece, children of wealthy families were dipped in olive oil at birth to keep them hairless throughout their lives.
The largest insect egg belongs to the Malaysian jungle nymph, a sticklike insect, and measures about 1.3 centimeters long larger than a peanut! (Some insects, mainly mantises and cockroaches, lay egg cases that are larger, but they contain about 200 individual eggs.)
The Black Death reduced the population of Europe by one third in the period from 1347 to 1351.
In Kentucky, 50 percent of the people who get married for the first time are teenagers
A rainbow can occur only when the sun is 40 degrees or less above the horizon
The drummer for ZZ Top (the only one without a beard) is named Frank Beard.
Most people hear better out of their right ear.
The words moron, imbecile, and idiot are not interchangable. The one with the highest level of intelligence is a moron, followed, by an imbecile, and then idiot
Grasping your ears is a sign of repentance or sincerity in India.
Arnold Palmer was the first player to win $1 million on the PGA Tour
Pancakes are commonly served for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in Australia.
The music group Simply Red got its name from band member Mick Hucknall, who has red hair
Disney World in Orlando, Florida covers 30,500 acres (46 square miles), making it twice the size of the island of Manhattan, New York.
One in fourteen women in America is a natural blonde. Only one in sixteen men is.
The average life expectancy of a kangaroo in captivity is 7 years.
NASCAR stands for National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing.
It is impossible for a solar eclipse to last for more than 7 minutes 58 seconds.
Alloy : rolled gold
Composition : cu(90%), ni (10%)
Use : for making cheap ornaments.
There have been over 600 lawsuits against Alexander Grahm Bell over rights to the patent of the telephone, the most valuable patent in U.S. history.
Isaac Newton used to be a member of parliament
Throughout the South, peanuts were known as Monkey Nuts, and Goober peas, before the civil war
Cleans baked-on food from a cooking pan. Put a sheet in the pan, fill with water, let sit overnight and sponge clean. The anti-static agents apparently weaken the bond between the food and the pan while the fabric softening agents soften the baked-on food.
Babies that are exposed to cats and dogs in their first year of life have a lower chance of developing allergies when they grow older
Everyday, more money is printed for Monopoly than the U.S. Treasury
Most people who read the word 'yawning'will yawn.
Jack is the most common name in nursery rhymes.
The loudest insect in the world is the male cicadas, which are like crickets. When they rub their abdomens, the sound made can be heard from 1300 feet
Mexican jumping beans jump because of moth larvae inside the bean
The heaviest United States President was William Howard Taft who weighed 332 pounds
The greatest snowfall ever in a single storm was 189 inches at the Mount Shasta Ski Bowl in February, 1959.
Jackrabbits can reach a speed of fifty miles per hour and can leap as far as twenty feet
The largest diamond found in the United States was a 40.23 carat white diamond. It was found in 1924 and nicknamed the Uncle Sam.
The first hot air balloon flight traveled for 5.5 miles over Paris and lasted for 23 minutes
Alloy : magnelium
Composition : mg (5%), al (95%)
Use : for making aircraft frame.
On February 7, 1969 a meteorite weighing over 1 ton fell in Chihuahua, Mexico.
Over 96% of American households purchase bananas at least once each month.
Spotted skunks do handstands before they spray.
Tropical rainforests cover about 7% of the Earth and receive over 80 inches of rain every year
Walt Disney provided the voice of Mickey Mouse in Steamboat Willie.
Three consecutive strikes in bowling is called a turkey
The longest town name in the world has 167 letters
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