When George Washington ran for the Virginia House of Burgesses in 1757, he was accused of trying to win votes by plying voters with 28 gallons of rum, 50 gallons of rum punch, 46 gallons of beer and 34 gallons of wine.
The platypus uses its bill to find animals that it feeds on. Its bill can sense the tiny electric fields that their preys emit
The stage were the television sitcom Friends is shot on is said to be haunted
The ear which the matador slices off the bull is his trophy.
A person uses approximately fifty-seven sheets of toilet paper each day
Madonna suffers from garophobia (the fear of thunder).
Thirteen percent of the human population reside in deserts
Roses generally need around 6 hours of sunlight to grow properly.
An ant can survive for up to two days underwater.
The disease-carrying mosquito, delivering encephalitis, the West Nile virus, malaria, and Dengue fever, is by far the deadliest beast in the animal world. The World Health Organization says mosquitos cause more than 2 million deaths a year worldwide.
The letters in the abbreviation e.g. stand for exempli gratia - a Latin term meaning for example.
The Germans tried to copy Coca-Cola and came up with the drink Fanta.
Basketball was invented in 1891 by James Naismith. He set out to invent a game to occupy students between the football and baseball seasons.
The movie Cleopatra cost $44 million to make in 1963. The same movie would now cost $300 million to make taking inflation into account
¥ The 'You are here' arrow on a map is called the IDEO locator.
Crocodiles never outgrow the pool in which they live.
Police dogs are trained to react to commands in a foreign language; commonly German but more recently Hungarian.
Everyone in the Middle Ages believed -as Aristotle had -that the heart was the seat of intelligence.
Giraffes and rats can last longer without water than camels.
Baseball's home plate is 17 inches wide.
In Alabama it is illegal to stab yourself to gain someone's pity.
Flamingos are able to fly at a speed of approximately 55 kilometers an hour. In one night they can travel about 600 km.
The metric system was to blame for the loss of the Mars Climate orbiter.
Justin Timberlake's half-eaten french toast sold for over $3,000 on eBay.
Almonds are the oldest, most widely cultivated and extensively used nuts in the world.
The average American will eat 35,000 cookies in a lifetime.
There are six U.S. Presidents with the first name James: Madison, Monroe, Garfield, Buchanon, Carter, Polk.
In Canada it's illegal for clear or non-dark sodas to contain caffeine.
The electric chair was invented by a dentist
The bones of a pigeon weigh less than its feathers.
The most dangerous job in the United States is that of a fisherman, followed by logging and then an airline pilot
Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin.
The Stanley Cup came from the Governor General of Canada from 1888 to 1893, Sir Frederick Arthur Stanley. Stanley was a fan of hockey and presented a trophy to the best amateur hockey team in Canada. The amateur HNA would later become to NHL in 1917.
Every three days a human stomach gets a new lining
On November 29, 2000, Pope John Paul II was named an Honorary Harlem Globetrotter.
Lee De Forest, the inventor of the radio tube, was tried for fraud in 1913. He was accused of tricking the public into buying stocks in his company, the Radio Telephone Company, by making absurd and deliberately misleading claims about the possibility of transmitting the human voice across the Atlantic Ocean.
Prague consumes 3 times more beer than all the soft drinks combined.
In the United States, every year about 15 people die from dog bites
The only difference between brown eyes and every other colored eyes is that brown eyes have more pigment.
For the 66% of American's who admit to reading in the bathroom, the preferred reading material is Reader's Digest.
Back in the mid to late '80s, an IBM compatible computer wasn't considered 100% compatible unless it could run Microsoft's Flight Simulator.
The tallest mammal in the world is the giraffe
The shortest war in history was between Zanzibar and England in 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes
In North Caroline it is illegal to make love on the floor of a hotel room between two double beds.
The first movie to ever cost $100 million to make is Terminator 2: Judgment Day in 1991
The Titanic was the first ship to use the SOS signal. It was adopted as the international signal for distress in 1912, and the Titanic struck the iceberg in April of that year.
The water displacement product, WD-40, can be found in 80% of American homes
The average child recognizes over 200 company logos by the time they enters first grade.
Approximately 55% of movies released are Rated R
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Murthy started his career at IIM Ahmedabad as chief systems programmer. There he worked on Indias first time sharing computer system and designed and implemented a BASIC interpreter for Electronics Corporation of India Limited.He started a company named Softronics. When that company failed after about a year and a half, he joined Patni Computer Systems in Pune. Murthy and six software professionals founded Infosys in 1981.with an initial capital injection of Rs 10,000, which was provided by his wife Sudha Murthy. Murthy served as the CEO of Infosys for 21 years from 1981 to 2002 and was succeeded by co founder Nandan Nilekani.At Infosys he articulated, designed and implemented the Global Delivery Model for IT services outsourcing from India.He was Chairman of the Board from 2002 to 2006, after which he became Chairman of the Board and Chief Mentor.In August 2011, he retired from the company, taking the title Chairman Emeritus.
Murthy serves as an independent director on the corporate board of HSBC and has served as a director on the boards of DBS Bank, Unilever, ICICI and NDTV. He also serves as a member of the advisory boards and councils of several educational and philanthropic institutions, including Cornell University, INSEAD, ESSEC, Ford Foundation, the UN Foundation, the Indo British Partnership, Asian Institute of Management, a trustee of the Infosys Prize, and as a trustee of the Rhodes Trust.He is also Chairman of the Governing board of Public Health Foundation of India. He serves on the Asia Pacific Advisory Board of British Telecommunications.In 2005 he co chaired the World Economic Forum in Davos.On 1 June 2013, Murthy returned to Infosys as Executive Chairman and Additional Director. On June 12, 2014 it was announced that Murthy would step down as Executive Chairman effective June 14. He would continue as Non Executive Chairman till October 10. On October 11, Murthy will be designated as Chairman Emeritus.