Yum-yum! The average American consumes 9 pounds of food additives every year.
Zarf is the holder of a handleless coffee cup
Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over a million descendants.
Men are 6 times more likely to get struck by lightning then women.
The Toronto Maple Leafs used to be called the Toronto Arenas, then the St. Patricks and finally the Maple Leafs
Kissing can aid in reducing tooth decay. This is because the extra saliva helps in keeping the mouth clean
A male emperor moth can smell a female emperor moth up to 7 miles away.
166,875,000,000 pieces of mail are delivered each year in the United States.
The average person's scalp has 100,000 hairs.
The male penguin incubates the single egg laid by his mate. During the two month period he does not eat, and will lose up to 40% of his body weight.
On average, adults watch double the amount of TV as teenagers do.
The first CD pressed in the US was Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA".
At the height of its power (400 BC) the Greek city of Sparta had 500,000 slaves and only 25,000 citizens.
Dismal first-year sales of famous products: VW Beetle (U.S.)--sold 330 first year. Liquid Paper--sold 1,200 bottles first year. Cuisinart--sold 200 first year. Remington typewriter--sold 8 first year. Scrabble--sold 532 first year. Coca-Cola--sold 25 bottles first year.
Lemon juice can aid in reducing the swelling caused by insect bites
The state of Florida is bigger than England.
At one time, Pumpkins were recommended for the removal of freckles and curing snake bites
Compact discs read from the inside to the outside edge, the reverse of how a record works.
About half of all Americans are on a diet on any given day.
Approximate number of facial expressions dogs can make: 100.
Elton John and The Beach Boys are tied for the record for the longest gap between number one hit singles in the United States. Both waited 21 years, 11 months.
It is illegal for tourists to enter Mexico with more than 2 CD's.
Everyone thought Albert Einstein suffered from dyslexia, because he couldn't speak properly until he was 9 years old.
Muhammad is the most common first name in the world.
Energy is being wasted if a toaster is left plugged in after use
About 70 percent of Americans who go to college do it just to make more money
After twenty-seven years, Betty Rubble made her debut as a Flintstones Vitamin in 1996
The first person selected as the Time Magazine Man of the Year - Charles Lindbergh in 1927.
Retail espresso vendors report an increase in decaffeinated sales in the month of January due to New Year's resolutions to decrease caffeine intake.
The longest game of Monopoly played underwater is 45 days
An earthquake on Dec. 16, 1811 caused parts of the Mississippi River to flow backwards.
Slaves under the last emperors of China wore pigtails so they could be picked out quickly
It is estimated that a plastic container can resist decomposition for as long as 50,000 years.
Although identified with Scotland, bagpipes are actually a very ancient instrument, introduced into the British Isles by the Romans.
By raising your legs slowly and laying on your back, you can't sink in quicksand.
During World War II, condoms were used to cover rifle barrels from being damaged by salt water as the soldiers swam to shore
Deep Breathing gives you health benefits similar to aerobics.
England's Stonehenge is 1500 years older than Rome's Colosseum.
Diamonds mined in Brazil are harder than those found in Africa.
Bhutan issued a stamp in 1973 that looked like a record and actually would play the Bhutanese national anthem if placed on a record player
Head lice actually prefer to live on clean heads, not dirty ones.
Enough beer is poured every Saturday across America to fill the Orange Bowl.
In the late 19th century, millions of human mummies were used as fuel for locomotives in Egypt where wood and coal was scarce, but mummies were plentiful.
The big differences between pythons and boa constrictors: pythons are longer and lay eggs. Boas give birth to live babies.
The most common seasonings found in American homes are chili powder, cinnamon, and seasoned salts
Every person, including identical twins, has a unique eye and tongue print along with their finger print.
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Creation of the sculptures
The entire process of creation of the sculptures murti from the collection of clay to the ornamentation is a holy process, supervised by rites and other rituals. On the Hindu date of Akshaya Tritiya when the Ratha Yatra is held, clay for the sculptures is collected from the banks of a river, preferably the Ganges. There is ageold custom of collecting a handful of soil punya mati from the nishiddho pallis of Calcutta, literally forbidden territories, where sex workers live, and adding it to the clay mixture which goes into the making of the Durga sculpture. After the required rites, the clay is transported. An important event is Chakkhu Daan, literally donation of the eyes. Starting with Devi Durga, the eyes of the sculptures are painted on Mahalaya or the first day of the pujas. Before painting on the eyes, the artisans fast for a day and eat only vegetarian food.Many Pujas in and around Kolkata buy their sculptures from Kumartuli also Kumortuli, an artisans town in north Calcutta.