The name cranberry comes from German and Dutch settlers. The berry was intially called crane berry. The reason it was called this was because when the flowers bloom, the petals of the flowers twist backwards and look very much like the head of a crane. Eventually the name was shortened down to be cranberry.
Istanbul, Turkey is the only city in the world located on two continents
A McDonald's straw will hold 7.7 ml, or just over one-and-a-half teaspoons of whatever you are drinking.
Average life span of a major league baseball: 7 pitches
If you fart consistently for 6 years and 9 months, enough gas is produced to create the energy of an atomic bomb.
Americans are responsible for generating roughly 20% percent of the garbage in the world.
The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for theGeneral Purpose vehicle, G.P.
The Taj Mahal took 20 years and 20 thousand men to finish.
¥ 35 meters of hair fiber is produced every day on the average adult scalp.
Astronaut Neil Armstrong first stepped on the moon with his left foot.
"Canada" is an Indian word meaning "Big Village".
An average adult produces about half a liter of flatulent gas per day, resulting in an average of about fourteen occurrences of flatulence a day.
In the Holocaust between 5.1 and 6 million of Europe's 10 million Jews were killed. An additional 6 million 'unwanted' people were also executed, including more than half of Poland's educated populace.
Polar bear fur is not white, it's clear.
During its entire life time a housefly never travels more than a hundred feet from the place where it was born.
Ten percent of the salt mined in the world each year is used to de-ice the roads in America.
In Los Angelos, California it is legal for a man to beat his wife with a leather strap as long as it is less than two inches in width, or she gives him permission to use a wider strap.
In 1900 the average age at death in the US was 47.
James Bond is also known as Mr. Kiss-Kiss-Bang-Bang.
The Greek National anthem has 158 verses.
The herring is the most widely eaten fish in the world. Nutritionally its fuel value is that equal to that of a beefsteak.
Ellen Macarthur, yachtswoman, had a total of 891 naps in 94 days that were each 36 minutes long while on her Vendee Round the Globe yacht race
The O when used as a prefix in Irish surnames means descendant of.
When pitched, the average Major League baseball rotates 15 times before being hit.
It is illegal to hunt camels in the state of Arizona.
Leonardo DiCaprio got his first onscreen kiss from a man.
In 1936, the first practical helicopter was invented. It was the German Focke-Wulf Fw 61.
Kissing is healthier than shaking hands
The longest fangs of a snake are found on the Gaboon Viper (Bitis gabonica), and can reach over 2 inches in length
In 1657, the first chocolate house was opened in London, England
Flamingos pee on their legs to cool themselves off.
Dave Matthews relocated to the United States to avoid service in the South African Military.
During the mid-1800s, less than half of the newborn babies lived more than ten years. Today, over 90 percent do.
A coffee tree yields about one pound of coffee in a year.
Sliced bread was introduced under the Wonder Bread label in 1930.
There is a word in the English language with only one vowel, which occurs five times: indivisibility.
The phrase sleep tight originated when mattresses were set upon ropes woven through the bed frame. To remedy sagging ropes, one would use a bed key to tighten the rope.
The longest river in the world, the Nile, is 4,145 miles long.
250 to 300 million cell phones are being used in the U.S
About 20% of bird species have become extinct in the past 200 years, almost all of them because of human activity.
Until 1857, any foreign coins made of precious metal were legal tender in the United States.
There was a post office on the Russian space station Mir. Visiting cosmonauts would use unique postal markers to stamp envelopes and other items as having flown aboard the Mir space station
Brazil is the location of the worlds widest road. 160 cars can drive side by side.
In Greene, New York, it is illegal to eat peanuts and walk backwards on the sidewalks when a concert is on.
In Miami, it's illegal for men to be seen publicly in any kind of strapless gown.
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