When you're using the computer keyboard, your left hand does 56% of the typing.
The actual meaning of the word turkey is "cock from calicut".
The zipper would not have become the success it did if it hadn't been for world war one. Originally, it wasn't used on clothing but on money belts that the amercian solders brought to europe.
Many hamsters blink only one eye at a time.
The pacemaker was invented in the 1950's by sweden's rune elmqvist at the pacesetter company.
The chance of surviving a plane crash is better in seats found in the back of a plane where you have the best protection during take offs and landings. This is when the risk of an accident is at its greatest.
If barbie had been a real human being, her measurements would have been 97-58-97.
It's often warmer in cities than in the countryside. The reason being asphalt absorbs more energy from the sun than grass, trees and plants do.
The longest border between two states in europe is the border between sweden and norway. It's 1,000 miles long.
John rhys-davies, who played gimli the dwarf in the three lord of the rings movies had a tough time during filming. His armament weighed 66 pounds and he was also allergic to the prosthetic glue.
At first, cinderella's shoes were made of leather but when the folktale was written down in the 16th century, the french words "vair" and "verre" were mixed up. The first means skin and the latter means glass.
On average, a hurricane produces more energy than all of the world's power plants put together.
In 1899, the eiffel tower was built by gustave eiffel for the paris exhibition and was suppose to be demolished afterwards.
One day - the time it takes our planet to rotate around its axis - would take only 9 hours and 55 minutes on the planet jupiter.
The african ostrich is not only the largest bird in the worldit also lays the largest eggs. On average, one egg weighs 2 to 4 pounds. That's equivalent to the weight of 45 normal-sized eggs.
If you never cut your hair and lived to be 77-years old, your hair could grow 690 miles long.
A newborn kangaroo weighs approximately one gram (0.035 ounces).
Hurricanes are always given names in order to make them easier to track. Their names always start with an "a" at the beginning of each year. In 1979, the women's movement pressured meteorologists to use both male and female names instead of just female names. Today, boy names are used on even numbered years and girl names on uneven ones.
Volvo means "i am rolling" in latin.
Production suffered a severe catastrophe one-day while filming diamonds are forever. Unexpectedly, all of the tropical fish in the aquarium died. The solution was to freeze the fish and suspend them in the tank from invisible thread that could be moved; making them appear alive.
It is impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
An ice cream headache occurs when the coldness of the ice cream comes in contact with a spider-shaped web of nerves on the roof of the mouth. When the temperature of these nerves cools down, the brain believes that it's about to freeze and unnecessarily sends warm blood to the area. Instead of warming the area, it causes a headache.
The face of the alien e.t in the film with the same name, was modelled after the poet carl sandburg, the physicist albert einstein and a pug.
The plane buddy holly crashed in was named "american pie". Don mclean adopted this name for a song he released a couple of years later.
The sloth moves so slow algae can grow unhinderred on it. That is why its skin is sometimes green.
It's not only the tiger's fur that is striped. The skin is striped as well.
The expression "checkmate" comes from the arabic expression "shah mat", which means "the king is dead".
Do you think "big ben" is a tower or a clock face? Well, both are wrong guesses. This well-known name actually belongs to the bell that sounds every hour behind the famous clock face in london, england.
When the north american possum is threatened, it not only plays dead to escape the danger, it also faints from fear!
Sesame street puppet characters bert and ernie's namesakes are the policeman, bert and the taxi driver, ernie, from the classic film it's a wonderful life starring jimmy stewart.
Did you know that camels have three eyelashes to protect their eyes from the blowing sand?
A donkey's eyes are positioned so that it can see all of its hooves at the same time.
When you are born, you have 300 bones in your body but when you die, you only have 206.
The only known month to not have a full moon is february 1865.
According to the author ian fleming, james bond's father was from scotland and his mother from france.
An ostrich's eye is larger than its brain.
The toaster was introduced by general electric in the usa in 1909.
The leaning tower of pisa, one of italy's greatest tourist attractions, leans in a southerly direction.
The latin inscription i.n.r.i. stands for "iesus nazarenus, rex iudaeorum" which means "jesus of nazareth, king of the jews".
During the second world war, queen elizabeth ii studied to become a car mechanic.
In paraguay, duelling is only legal if both fighters are registered blood donors.
A diamond's weight is measured in carats. Originally, one carat equalled the weight of one seed from a loaf of st. John's bread. It was changed in 1931 that the exact weight was to be 0.2 grams.
South africa has eleven main languages, which explains why you can sometimes find really long road signs. Everyone must be able to read them!
The earth weighs about 5,924,000,000,000,000,000,000 metric tons.
Contrary to popular belief, thomas alva edison did not invent the lightbulb. Many had done this before him. What he did, however, was modify the lightbulb and patent it.
An angry male hummingbird has a pulse of up to 1,000 beats per minute while, at the same time, drawing about 500 breaths.
In 1820, scientists believed the universe to be 6,000 years old. Today, experts date it between 15 to 20 billion years old.
A black hole is a collapsed star that has turned into a tiny black globe. The hole is black because of its enormous force of gravity that won't let any light out.
Some male spiders have very interesting survival techniques. To avoid being eaten by a female, the male spider will entwine her in a cobweb before mating.
In london, england's fire of 1666, half of the city burned down, but miraculously only six people were injured.
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