Two U.S. Presidents with the initials J.M. followed each other as president.
In Gulliver's Travels Jonathan Swift described the two moons of Mars, Phobos and Deimos, giving their exact size and speeds of rotation. He did this more that a hundred years before either moon was discovered.
In the United States, about 33% of land is covered by forests
As a defense mechanism, the North American Opossum closes its eyes and becomes totally limp. Basically it plays dead
President George Washington created the Order of the Purple Heart in 1782. It's a decoration to recognize merit in enlisted men and non-commissioned officers.
The blackberry bush is also called the bramble.
In Canada, the $1 and $2 come in the form of coins. The $1 is nicknamed a loonie because it contains a loon on it and the $2 is nicknamed the twonie because it is the equivalent of two loonies.
The rate of condom breakage is between 0.4% and 2.3%, while the rate of condom slippage is between 0.6% and 1.3%.
The full name of Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel Uncle Tom's Cabin is actually Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly.
Queen Elizabeth II has a rubber duck in her private bath with an inflatable crown.
The average human scalp has 100,000 hairs
Seven suicides are recorded in the Bible.
Fourteen years before the Titanic sank, novelist Morgan Robertson published a novel called Futility. The story was about an ocean liner that struck an iceberg on an April night. The name of the ship in his novel was The Titan.
You sit on the biggest muscle in your body, the gluteus maximus a.k.a the butt. Each of the two cheeky muscles tips the scales at about two pounds (not including the overlying fat layer). The tiniest muscle, the stapedius of the middle ear, is just one-fifth of an inch long.
Close to 80% of people who watch the Super Bowl on television, only do so to view the commercials
The eyes of the chameleon can move independently. It can see in two different directions at the same time
In the movie Gandhi 300,000 extras appeared in the funeral scene. Of the 300,000, approximately 100,000 received a small fee, and the other 200,000 did it for free
James Ramsey invented a steam-driven motorboat in 1784. He ran it on the Potomac River in an event witnessed by George Washington.
The Miss America Contest was created in Atlantic City in 1921 with the purpose of extending the tourist season beyond Labor Day.
A man named Charles Osborne had the hiccups for approximately sixty-nine years
Cows can detect odors up to five miles away
The total mileage driven by all U-Haul trucks in a year is enough to move a person from the Earth to the moon five times a day for an entire year
Mules are genetically sterile. i.e. they cannot reproduce.
If you wanted to count from one to one trillion and you started right now, counting twenty-four hours a day, it would take you about 31,688 years.
Sir Isaac Newton, who invented Calculus, had trouble with names to the point where he would forget his brothers' names.
Average people airborne over the US any given hour: 61,000.
Peaches were once known as Persian apples
The Canadian province of New Brunswick had a bloodless war with the US state of Maine in 1839
Americans spend approximately $25 billion each year on beer.
The three most valuable brand names on earth Marlboro, Coca Cola, and Budweiser, in that order.
The expression three dog night originated with the Eskimos and means a very cold night so cold that you have to bed down with three dogs to keep warm.
The electric shaver was patented on November 6, 1928.
For more than 3,000 years, Carpenter ants have been used to close wounds in India, Asia and South America
The average bank teller loses about $250 every year.
The smile is the most frequently used facial expression. A smile can use anywhere from a pair of 5 to 53 facial muscles
Irish Wolfhound dogs have a short lifespan and live about 7-8 years
The first television show to show any portion of a toilet was on Leave it to Beaver. After fighting for ten weeks to show the toilet, CBS would only allow the producers to show the toilet tank, and not the whole toilet
An office desk has 400 times more bacteria than a toilet
The only bone fully grown at birth is located in the ear
Montreal has an underground city, which has over 2,000 shops and 26 kilometres of walkways. This is the largest underground network for any city
The country with the highest rate of cremations is Japan. In 1996, 98.7% of all deaths were cremated.
Dreamt is the only English word that ends in the letters mt
An albatross can sleep while it flies. It apparently dozes while cruising at 25 mph.
In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is
In ancient times, any Japanese who tried to leave his homeland was put to death.
The first patented condom was meant to be reused.
Oral-B is a combination of oral hygiene and the letter B, which stands for the word better
Many men masturbate daily, or even more frequently, well into their 20s and sometimes far beyond.
Every second, 630 steel cans are recycled
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