The first shopping bag with handles was invented in 1918 by Walter Deubener.
Apples are actually part of the rose family.
Amtrak is the combination of the words American and Track
The Roman emperor Commodus was at one time going to change the name of Rome to Colonia Commodiana
In a day, an elephant can drink 80 gallons of water
The average Super Bowl party has 18 people
A humming bird flaps its wings up to 90 times in one second or over 5000 times a minute.
It is not possible to tickle yourself. The cerebellum, a part of the brain, warns the rest of the brain that you are about to tickle yourself. Since your brain knows this, it ignores the resulting sensation
A Citreon 2CV with an oil leak once travelled 500 miles through Italy after its gearbox was filled with bananas.
The world record for the number of body piercings on one individual is 702, which is held by Canadian Brent Moffat
Tasmania is said to have the cleanest air in the world.
Minnows have teeth located on a bone in their throat
The sport of surfing originated in Hawaii
North America was called Turtle Island by the Delaware Indians.
Octopi change colours when they become frightened. Normally they are a brownish colour, but can change to green or blue when fear sets in
A Canadian, Troy Hurtubise, spent $100,000 and almost went bankrupt building a RoboCop style suit so that he could withstand a bear attack
During his entire life, Vincent Van Gogh sold exactly one painting, "Red Vineyard at Arles."
The first American president to deliver a speech over the radio was Warren G. Harding
The Aztecs of Mexico roasted and ground up the cacao bean, mixed it with water, added peppers and other spices, stirred it up to a froth and drank the pungent mixture they called chocolate.
In 1917, Margaret Sanger was jailed for one month for establishing the first birth control clinic
In Scotland, Irn-Bru is a soft drink that is more popular than Coca-Cola. When McDonalds opened in Glasgow and did not sell Irn-Bru, it was considered an insult, and the restaurant was subsequently boycotted.
It takes a sloth up to six days to digest the food it eats
Henry Ford produced the model T only in black because the black paint available at the time was the fastest to dry.
Canada is the only country not to win a gold medal in the Summer Olympic games while hosting the event
When potatoes first appeared in Europe in the seventeenth century, it was thought that they were disgusting, and they were blamed for starting outbreaks of leprosy and syphilis. As late as 1720 in America, eating potatoes was believed to shorten a person's life.
The fastest shark is the Shortfin Mako, which can swim as fast as sixty miles per hour
The Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from Public Libraries.
The Top 10 grossing movies of the 1990s each earned at least $500 million worldwide and brought in a combined total of over $7 billion.
If the population of China walked past you in single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction
Jacksonville, Florida, has the largest total area of any city in the United States.
There are dolphins that live in the Amazon River that are the colour pink
Rice is the chief food for half the people of the world.
In Ireland, a prime minister is a called a Taoiseach
Of married couples, 70% of men and 60% of women have cheated on their spouse
Traditionally, wild cabbage was used as an aphrodisiac
In 1920, 57% of Hollywood movies billed the female star above the leading man. In 1990, only 18% had the leading lady given top billing.
In 1980, the city of Detroit presented Saddam Hussein with a key to the city.
All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill
In approximately 18 months, the papaya tree can grow to be 20 feet tall
One of the Bond girls in the James Bond movie, For Your Eyes Only, used to be a man
There is over 70,000,000 rats in New York, That is an average of about 9 rats per person
An elephant can smell water 3 miles away.
When ants find food, they lay down a chemical trail, called a pheromone, so that other ants can find their way from the nest to the food source.
There is a way of writing 1 by using all ten single-digit numbers at once: 148/296 + 35/70 = 1.
The largest cultivated crop in the United States is corn
Mexico City is sinking at a rate of 18 inches per year.
In an authentic Chinese meal, the last course is soup because it allows the roast duck entree to swim toward digestion.
98% of houses in the United States have at least one television set
In Florida it is illegal to fish while driving across a bridge.
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