Until 1896, drivers in Great Britain had to warn of their presence by having a person precede their car on foot, waving a red flag.
Snails eat with a rasping mouth called a radula, which has thousands of teeth
6367. Animal Facts
Owl's eyes are too large to move in their eye sockets, so they've developed the ability to turn their heads round further than other birds can.
James Buchanan was the only unmarried president of the United States
The Pillsbury Bake-off has been held every year since 1948.
The standard blue U.S. Postal Service mailbox can hold approximately 4,000 letters at a time.
Finagle's Law was the one that went, Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. Not Murphy's Law.
French soldiers during World War I had the nickname poilu which translates to hairy one.
When Nylons first went on sale in the United States in 1940, four million pairs were sold in only a few days
There are some hospitals in Shanghai that have issued a rule that a nurse must wear lipstick while on duty
William Henry Harrison (1773-1841) was the first US president to die in office. At 32 days, he also had the shortest term in office.
Analingus refers to oral stimulation of a person's anus.
Marlboro cigarettes sold in New York contain more tar and nicotine than those sold in all other states.
In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. To wear your heart on your sleeve now means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling.
Kissing is good for your teeth; the extra saliva released during kissing helps to keep the mouth clean and reduces the risk of decay.
6380. Animal Facts
Salamander larvae change form, becoming killer predators, if they sense the vibrations created in water by swimming tadpoles. They grow longer, stronger bodies and broader heads so that they can kill and eat the tadpoles.
Eating chocolate three times a month helps people live longer as opposed to people who overeat chocolate or do not eat chocolate at all
The strongest gust of wind was recorded at the Mount Washington Observatory on April 12th, 1934, and measured 231 miles per hour.
It can take up to a month for a rattlesnake to re-supply its venom
Alaska's borders make it the farthest state east, west and north. Its Aleutian Islands extends across the 180th meridian, which puts the islands chain's end in the eastern hemisphere.
Black lemurs are the only primates that can have blue eyes.
The military salute originated during the medieval times. Knights in armor used to raise their visors to reveal their identity, and the motion later evolved into the modern-day salute.
6387. Animal Facts
A planarian worm will regrow its other half if cut in two. If two planarians are cut in half, they can be mixed up and re-attach to the wrong half.
85,000,000 tons of paper are used in the United States each year.
Of all the words Dr. Seuss made up in his storybooks, only one has stuck in the English vocabulary: grinch, which is refers to a killjoy -- and it took more than 20 years
One of the many Tarzans, Karmuala Searlel, was mauled to death by a raging elephant on set.
The Chinese, during the reign of Kublai Khan, used lions on hunting expeditions. They trained the big cats to pursue and drag down massive animals from wild bulls to bears and to stay with the kill until the hunter arrived.
Brazil accounts for almost 1/3 of the world's coffee production, producing over 3-1/3 billion pounds of coffee each year.
Everest is not the tallest mountain. Mauna Kea Mountain in the Hawaiian Island is 230m taller. It is 4201m above water and 4877 underwater! Everest is only 8848m.
The Hollywood sign was first erected in 1923. Conceived as a real estate ad, it originally read Hollywoodland. The sign stands 50 feet tall, stretches 450 feet across, weighs 450,000 pounds.
In 1789, Morocco became the first country to recognize the United States.
Wendel Clark holds the record for the longest span between NHL All-Star appearances, with 13 years (1986-1999)
Medical reports show that about 18% of the population are prone to sleepwalking
Two out of five people end up marrying their first love
When you flush a toilet, an invisible cloud of water shoots six feet in the air.
At one 'feeding', a mosquito can absorb one and a half times its own weight in blood.
During his lifetime, artist Vincent Van Gogh only sold one of his paintings (The Red Vineyard)
In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere.
The United States produces enough plastic film annually to cover the entire state of Texas.
If you are right handed, you will tend to chew food on your right side. If you are left handed, you likely to chew food on your left side
If you were at 0 deg; latitude and 0 deg; longtitude, you would be standing in the Atlantic Ocean.
The Museum of Modern Art in New York City hung Matisse's 'Le Bateau' upside-down for 47 days before an art student noticed the error.
Kermit the Frog was named after Kermit Scott, a childhood friend of creator Jim Henson, who became a professor of philosophy at Purdue University
Humans shed and re-grow outer skin cells about every 27 days almost 1,000 new skins in a lifetime.
Ivory bar soap floating was a mistake. They had been mixing the soap formula causing excess air bubbles that made it float. Customers wrote and told how much they loved that it floated, and it has floated ever since
Britain's first escalator was installed in Harrods in 1878.
The book Little Red Riding Hood was banned in 1990 by two school districts in California. They did this because in the book there was a picture of a basket that had a bottle of wine in it
Bob Dylan's real name is Robert Zimmerman, he changed it in honor of Dylan Thomas.
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