Steve Young, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback, is the great-great-grandson of Mormon leader Brigham Young.
The American Automobile Association was founded for the sole purpose of warning motorists of police speed traps.
Nearly 50% of the world s scientists are assigned to military projects.
The reason why bubble gum is pink is because the inventor only had pink colouring left. Ever since then, the colour of bubble gum has been predominantly pink
Only President to win a Pulitzer: John F. Kennedy for Profiles in Courage
Giraffes have the same number of vertebrae in their necks as humans. Their lips are prehensile, their tongues are 21 inches long, and they cannot cough.
X-ray technology has shown there are 3 different versions of the Mona Lisa under the visible one.
Pilgrims did not eat potatoes for Thanksgiving as they thought they were poisonous
The Academy Award was rumored to have gotten its nickname of Oscar for its resemblance to a film librarian's Uncle Oscar.
The praying mantis is the only insect that can turn its head.
An average adult produces about half a litre of flatulent gas per day, resulting in an average of about fourteen occurrences of flatulence a day
There are approximately 2000 thunderstorms that are active at the same time which results in 100 lightning flashes a second.
Prevents musty suitcases. Place an individual sheet of Bounce inside empty luggage before storing.
There are more coffee drug addicts in the US than drug addicts of any other kind.
Automobile building is the largest manufacturing industry in the world.
The Pacific Ocean fills nearly a complete hemisphere of the earth's surface.
Sylvia Plath was a famous poet who killed herself at age thirty-one by sticking her head into a gas oven
The driest place on earth is Calama, in the Atacama Desert in Chile
Poor whites in Florida and Georgia are called crackers. They got the name from their principal staple food, cracked corn. Another theory states that the name comes from the days when they would drive cattle southward using the crack of their bullwhips to keep the animals in line and moving.
Carbon monoxide can kill a person in less than 15 minutes
There are no clocks or windows in any casino.
Bees can communicate with other bees by dancing. Their dance can alert other bees as to which direction and the distance nectar and pollen is located
The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one mile in every five must be straight. These straight sections are useable as airstrips in times of war or other emergencies.
In 1865 opium was grown in the state of Virginia and a product was distilled from it that yielded 4 percent morphine. In 1867 it was grown in Tennessee: six years later it was cultivated in Kentucky. During these years opium, marijuana, and cocaine could be purchased legally over the counter from any druggist.
A Connecticut Toy maker, Herobuilders, sells action figures of President George W. Bush, Islamic militant Osama bin Laden, New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and British Prime Minister Tony Blair, which are all major figures tied to the September 11, 2001 WTC attacks
The average person's hair will grow approximately 590 inches in a lifetime.
When the Statue of Liberty was moved from France to the United States, 214 crates were used to transport it. The Statue was also reduced to 350 pieces
In China, pancakes are generally served as side dishes. They are stuffed with meat, bean sprouts, and other vegetables
Large kangaroos can cover more than 30 feet with each jump.
The YKK on the zipper of your Levis stands for Yoshida Kogyo Kabushibibaisha, the worlds largest zipper manufacturer
A species of dolphin is born naturally blind in the Indus and Ganges rivers in South Asia. These dolphins have a highly sophisticated sonar system and swim on only one side of their body
Coca-cola used to use the slogan Good to the last drop, in 1908. This slogan was later used by Maxwell House
The largest living organism ever found is a honey mushroom, Armillaria ostoyae. It covers 3.4 square miles of land in the Blue Mountains of eastern Oregon, and it's still growing.
Raw coffee beans, soaked in water and spices, are chewed like candy in many parts of Africa.
Jacksonville, Florida has the largest total area of any city in the United States. It takes up 460 square miles, almost twice the area of Los Angeles.
Contrary to popular beliefs, chocolate does not cause acne.
55,700 people in the US are injured by jewelry each year
Canadians Scott Abbott and Chris Haney invented Trivial Pursuit. They were planning on playing Scrabble and realized that some of the pieces were missing so they came up with the idea of making their own game; Trivial Pursuit
The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $6,400.
The tallest freestanding sculpture in the world is Chief Crazy Horse in South Dakota, USA
Shirly Temple received 135,000 presents on her 8th birthday.
There are four main Blood types: A, B, AB and O and each Blood type is either Rh positive or negative. Blood types in the US Type O positive 38.4%, O negative 7.7%, A positive 32.3%, A negative 6.5%, B positive 9.4%, B negative 1.7%, AB positive 3.2%, AB negative 0.7%
Thomas Alva Edison patented almost 1,300 inventions in his lifetime.
The city of Chicago has the only post office in the world where you can drive your car through
It takes 12 honeybees to make one teaspoon of honey
The U.S. Post Office handles 43 percent of the world's mail.
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What says Christmas more than a gingerbread house? If you re not a dab hand in the kitchen, dont worry reach for your plastic and buy a cheap DIY gingerbread house kit. To make your gingerbread house that bit more special create it with your partner, friend or child and make it personal to you and your lives. Remember though, this Christmas activity can be tricky so stick to having a two to three person gingerbread house team to avoid creative hissy fits and a food fight.