Ancient Egyptians used to think having facial hair was an indication of personal neglect
At sea level there are 2,000 pounds of air pressure on each square foot of your body area.
An olive tree can live up to 1500 years
Male koalas mark their territory by rubbing their chests on a tree. Male koalas have a dark scent gland in the middle of their chest
If you suffer from iatrophobia, you're afraid of doctors.
An earthquake on Dec. 16, 1811 sent the Mississippi River backwards.
Adolf Hitler's mother seriously considered having an abortion but was talked out of it by her doctor.
A man named Charles Osborne had the hiccups for approximately sixty-nine years.
To manufacture a new car approximately 148,000 liters of water is needed.
In New Jersey it is illegal to delay or detain a homing pigeon.
Dairy cows can produce 20 to 35 gallons of saliva a day
The number of cars on the planet is increasing three times faster than the population growth
London's Pall Mall became the first street lit by gaslight in 1807.
The name Lego came from the Danish word LEg Godt, which means play well.
43.7% of all statistics are made up on the spot.
Babe Ruth wore a cabbage leaf under his hat while playng baseball, and he used to change it every two innings.
Each human generates about 3.5 pounds of rubbish a day, mostly paper.
Animal gestation periods: the shortest is the American opossum, which bears its young 12 to 13 days after conception; the longest is the Asiatic elephant, taking 608 days, or just over 20 months.
The reason most mosquito bites itch is because mosquitoes inject saliva into the persons skin before they suck your blood. They take it out once they are done, but if they are forced to fly away, they don't get a chance to draw the saliva out. And it is their saliva that causes the itch.
The original name for basketball, as invented by Dr. James Naismith, was indoor rugby. It was one of the game's first players that started calling it basketball because of the peach baskets that acted as the original goals.
The chemical name for caffeine is 1,3,7-trimethylzantihine
An ostrich egg would take four hours to hard boil.
Draftsmen have to make 27,000 drawings for the manufacturing of a new car.
Every year, Alaska has about 5,000 earthquakes.
Watermelons are a popular gift to bring to a host in China or Japan
The little circles of paper that are cut out after a paper has been punched by a hole puncher are called chad.
The E. Coli bacterium propels itself with a 'motor' only one-millionth of an inch in diameter, a thousand times smaller than the tiniest motors built to date by man. The rotation of the bacterial motor comes from a current of protons. The efficiency of the motor approaches 100 per cent.
The word Himalayas means the home of snow.
Stilts were invented by French shepherds who needed a way to get around in wet marshes.
October 1st is the official Coffee Day in Japan.
Mickey Mouse is known as Topolino in Italy
One-third pound stalk of broccoli contains more vitamin C than 204 apples
In 1819, the USA purchased Florida from Spain for the cancellation of a $5 million debt
Actress Michelle Pfeiffer was the first choice to play Clarice Starling in the movie Silence of the Lambs. She turned down the role because she found it too scary
The nation of Monaco on the French Riviera, is smaller than Central Park in New York. Monaco is 370 acres and Central Park is 840 acres.
Cranberries are one of just 3 major fruits native to North America. Blueberries and Concord grapes are the other two.
Americans use over 16,000 tons of aspirin a year.
Sir Isaac Newton was an ordained priest in the Church of England.
The Tonle Sap River in Cambodia flows north for almost half the year and then south for the rest of the year
Most cows give more milk when they listen to music.
Twelve men have landed on and explored the moon
Egyptian pyramid builders used to eat a lot of garlic because they thought it would increase their strength
There are 403 steps from the foundation to the top of the torch in the Statue of Liberty.
Work on St. Peter's Basilica, Rome, began in 1506. Construction took over a century, reaching completion in 1612.
In Christian theology there are nine choirs of angels. From highest to lowest, they are: seraphim, cherubim, thrones, dominions, virtues, powers, principalities, archangels, and angels.
The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History houses the world's largest shell collection, some 15 million specimens. A smaller museum in Sanibel, Florida owns a mere 2 million shells and claims to be the worlds only museum devoted solely to mollusks.
The size of a raindrop is around 0.5 mm 2.5 mm, and they fall from the sky on average 21 feet per second.
A deltiologist is someone who collects postcards.
The first computer, the steam-driven calculating machine, was built in 1823 by Charles Babbage. It failed to work due to poor workmanship in the intricate parts. When rebuilt by the London Museum of Science in 1991, it worked.
In the U.S. 7 out of 10 homes use candles
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