The red circle on the japanese flag symbolizes the rising sun.
Vincent van gogh created over 800 paintings and 700 sketches yet only succeded in selling one painting in his lifetime.
In 1970, soviet scientists tried to train cats to control robots. The attempt failed.
In the usa, 13 people die every year from vending machines falling on them.
An elephant's brain is five times larger than a human brain.
Egyptian mummies were not originally embalmed. They were laid out on the hot desert sand to dry without rotting.
Petroleum is colorless. Red dye is added so that it is not confused with other fuels.
The first massage device was invented in 1869 and powered by steam.
Peanuts are not true nuts but are a member of a family of legumes related to peas, lentils, chickpeas and other beans.
The hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy by douglas adams was first released as a radio series, then a book.
On a hot day, up to ten tons of water can evaporate from the leaves of a large tree.
You suffer from dendrophobia if you don't like to be near trees or are deadly afraid of them.
A baby's cry can reach 90 decibels. A normal conversation measures around 60 decibels and a car horn 110 decibels.
Do you get headaches when eating ice cream? One third of the world's population suffers from it. It's called "spheno palatine gangleoneuralgia."
The great white whale in moby dick by herman meville was in fact a sperm whale.
Two million mites live in your bed.
When steve buscemi played mass murderer, garland green, in the movie con air, he asked the director whether or not he needed a wig or any specific makeup to make him look scarier. The director told him it would be enough to just look like himself.
In 1994, 36,021 wrongly parked cars were towed away in new york city.
Tom hanks, who played the lead character in forrest gump has his eyes closed in every still photo shown in the movie of forrest's life.
A lightning bolt is not very wide - usually between 1 to 2 inches but it can be up to 6 inches in width. Its length is much more dazzling - often between 328 yards and 2 miles long.
A more fitting word for writer's cramp is "migiography".
The producers, of the film seven, wanted kevin spacey's name among the credits at the beginning of the movie. But spacey didn't want this. He wanted to surprise the audience and not give away the fact that he was the murderer. The producers did as he wished and placed his name first among the credits at the end of the movie.
Approximately 100 people die each year choking on ballpoint pens.
American dentists recommend that you keep your toothbrush at least 6 feet from a flushing toilet. This will help prevent uninvited airbourne particles from alighting onto your toothbrush and ending up in your mouth.
The abbreviation "dvd" can stand for either "digital video disc" or "digital versatile disc".
The shortest movie review is leonard maltin's review of the film isn't it romantic? (1948) his review simply said, "no".
Another more complicated word for squinting is "strabismus".
In toy story 2, a calendar from a bug's life is briefly displayed. Both computer animated films were produced by pixar.
In greek mythology, eros is the god of love. In roman mythology, his name is amor.
When monty python's film life of brian was released in 1979, it was forbidden in norway but released there one year later.
According to legend, aztec ruler montezuma drank 50 cups of chocolate every day from goblets made of pure gold.
Los angeles's full name is "el pueblo de nuestra senora la reina de los angeles de porciuncula".
Heavy water is actually 10 % heavier than ordinary water.
Danny devito got the part of martini in the film one flew over the cuckoo's nest because he had played this same role on broadway a couple of years earlier.
In 1984, the belgian adventurer bruno leunen bought the longest ticket in the world for his journey around the world. It included 80 airline companies and 109 intermediate landings. When the ticket was printed out, it was 40 feet long!
The cigarette lighter was invented before matches were.
Women blink almost twice as often as men do.
You can lead a cow upstairs but not downstairs.
Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 years or older.
Elephants are the only animals that can't jump.
Your spinal marrow measures approximately 17 inches in length and only weighs about 1 ounce.
Genuine pearls melt when put into vinegar.
The tastebuds of butterflies are on their feet.
The latin word for seals is "pinnipedia", which means fin footed.
If a turkey looks up with its mouth open when it's raining, it could drown.
The world's longest unit of time is the hindus kalpa. It is equivalent to 4,000,000,032 years, the time it takes to flatten the himalaya mountain range by scraping away at it with a silk thread.
In every episode of seinfeld, you can see something with superman on it.
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