Thomas Edison designed a helicopter that would work with gunpowder. It ended up blowing up and also blew up his factory.
Flushable toilets were in use in ancient Rome.
Popped popcorn should be stored in the freezer or refrigerator as this way it can stay crunchy for up to three weeks
A father sea catfish keeps the eggs of his young in his mouth until they are ready to hatch. He will not eat until his young are born, which may take several weeks.
Donald Rumsfeld was both the youngest and the oldest defense secretary in US history.
Townsend Speakman of Philadelphia mixed fruit flavor with soda water in 1807, creating the first flavored soda pop, he called it Nephite Julep.
Cows release 50 million metric tonnes of methane gas a year.
Little Miss Muffet was a girl from the 16th century whose name was really Patience
55.1% of all US prisoners are in prison for drug offenses.
7 out of 10 people believe in life after death
Over 200 varieties of watermelons are grown in the U.S
Germany produces more than 5,000 varieties of beer and has about 1,300 breweries in country
At the beginning of the year 2001 all Canadian cigarette packaging will depict graphic images of rotting teeth and deteriorating organs.
When Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone back in 1876, only six phones were sold in the first month.
Annually, approximately 46 millions Cokes, five million pounds of French fries, and seven million hamburgers are consumed at Walt Disney World Resort.
The average number of bridesmaids at a wedding is four
70% of the poor people in the world are female
5423. Animal Facts
Electric eels can deliver a shock of 500 volts to stun their dinner into submission.
Chameleons can reel in food from a distance as far away as more than two and a half times their body lengths.
The wheelbarrow was invented by the Chinese.
Lake Malawi has the largest number of fish species in the world
In ancient Egypt, the only person who was allowed to wear cotton was the High Priest
Cotton crops can be sprayed up to 40 times a year making it the most chemical-intensive crop in the world
Hockey pucks were originally made from frozen cow dung
Behram, an Indian thug, holds the record for most murders by a single individual. He strangled 931 people between 1790-1840 with a piece of yellow and white cloth, called a ruhmal. The most murders by a woman are 612, by Countess Erzsebet Bathory of Hungary
The largest movie theater in the world, Radio City Music Hall in New York City, opened in December, 1932. It originally had 5,945 seats.
There are more telephones than people in Washington, D.C.
In August 1999, Lori Lynn Lomeli set a record by spinning 82 Hula Hoops at the same time for three full revolutions
Barbie's full name is Barbie Millicent Roberts.
The tallest tree recorded is located in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, California. It is a coast redwood and has been measured at 117 metres high
Arthur Giblin was the inventor of the first flushable toilet
A sneeze zooms out of your mouth at over 600 m.p.h
In 1982, in the first operation of its kind, doctors at the University of Utah Medical Center implanted a permanent artificial heart in the chest of retired dentist Dr. Barney Clark, who lived 112 days with the device.
You forget 80% of what you learn each day.
Only eight men were killed in the battle of lexington.
Of the 206 bones in the human body, 52 are in the feet.
Florida's beaches lose 20 million cubic yards of sand annually.
The first TV commercial advertisement was by the Bulova Watch company on July 1, 1941. The watch company paid $9.00 for an announcement that was 10 seconds long
The number of atoms in a pound of iron is nearly five trillion trillion: 4,891,500,000,000,000,000,000,000.
Chicago has hosted the most presidential conventions with 25. Fourteen have been Republican and 11 Democratic.
A hedgehog's skin is so tough that when they get run over, its entrails come out of its mouth and its butt.
There are an equivalent number of cows and people in Friesland, Netherlands
A monkey was once tried and convicted for smoking a cigarette in South Bend, Indiana.
It was once against the law to slam your car door in a city in Switzerland.
A rattlesnake's fangs fold inward when its mouth is closed so it doesn't bite itself.
Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable
It is illegal to purchase or consume Jack Daniel's Whiskey in the town in which it is produced.
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