President Lincoln proclaimed the first national Thanksgiving Day in 1863.
St. Teresa of Avila is the patron saint of chess-players!!
The Chihuahua was named after the Mexican state where they were discovered
The only predator that polar bears have are humans
In Belgium, 172,000 tons of chocolate are produced in a year
Fortune cookies were invented in 1916 by George Jung, a Los Angeles noodle maker.
The name of the Taco Bell dog is Gidget
Hydrogen solid is the most dense substance in the world, at 70.6g/cc
Research has indicated that indoor pollution is 10 times more toxic than outdoor pollution
Plant seeds that have been stored for more than 200 years can be coaxed into new life.
If you were standing on Mercury, the Sun would appear 2.5 times larger than it appears from Earth
The town of Tidikelt in the Sahara Desert once went ten years without rainfall.
Slinkys were invented by an airplane mechanic; he was playing with engine parts and realized the possible secondary use of one of the springs
Surveys indicate that the number one reason people play BINGO is for leisure
The average human eats 8 spiders in their lifetime at night.
The popular name for the giant sequoia tree is Redwood.
Microsoft made $16,005 in revenue in its first year of operation
Over 4.5 billion sticks have Trident gum have been chewed. If the stick of gum were laid out end to end they could circle the globe approximately 1.8 times
Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.
There are some species of snails that are extremely venomous.
Tomato ketchup is a good conditioner for the hair. It also helps get the greenish tinge that some blonde haired people get after swimming in water with chlorine in it
A famous bullfighter, Lagarijo, killed 4,867 bulls in the 19th century.
Pound for pound, hamburgers cost more than new cars.
Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room
The dumbest dog in the world is the Afghan Hounds
Some of the titles that were considered for the hit T.V. show Friends were Six Of One, Across the Hall, and Insomnia Cafe
Manhattan Island of New York City was purchased for $24 from the Algonquian Indians in 1624.
Native Americans used to use pumpkin seeds for medicine
The first company to mass produce teddy bears was the Ideal Toy Company
Washington State has the longest single beach in the United States.Long Beach, WA
The first fruit eaten on the moon was a peach
Most landfilled trash retains its original weight, volume, and form for 40 years.
In the spring of 1975, a baby in Detroit fell 14 stories and landed on Joseph Figlock, who was walking below. A few years later it happened again. Figlock and both babies survived
The Nike swoosh was invented by Caroline Davidson back in 1971. She received $35 for making the swoosh. The first shoe with the swoosh was introduced in 1972
Following directions off the Internet and chemicals obtained from a mail order company, a team of U.S. scientists created an identical copy of the polio virus.
The movie that grossed the most money that was adapted from a T.V. cartoon is Scooby-Doo
The New York Yankees have won the most champoinships (26 times) in their respected sport (MLB, NBA, NHL, NFL) for any professional sports team.
The ant can lift 50 times its own weight, can pull 30 times its own weight, and always falls over on its right side when intoxicated
In 1888, an Egyptian peasant discovered an estimated three hundred thousand mummified cats in Beni Hassan, Egypt. Of the cats that were not stolen once, the find was made public, the remaining mummified cats were shipped to Great Britain to be used as agricultural fertilizer
There are more Barbie dolls in Italy than there are Canadians in Canada
The first man-made object to circle the earth was Sputnik I, launched in 1957.
When the volcano Krakatoa off the Java islands exploded in 1883, it was so loud that it woke some people up in South Australia
The four highest grossing movies of the 1940s were all animated motion pictures by Disney (Bambi, Pinnochio, Fantasia, and Cinderella).
On average, 150 couples get married in Las Vegas each day
The expression Tying the Knot comes from an old Roman custom where the brides clothes were tied up all in knots and the groom was supposed to untie the knots
The spider used in the 2002 movie Spider-Man was a Steatoda spider, not a black widow. The spider was given anaesthesia, and was then painted blue and red
The second best selling game of all time is Jenga. Jenga is a Swahili word, meaning to build.
The cheetah is the only cat in the world that can't retract its claws.
The coldest capital city in the world is Ulaan Bator, Mongolia.
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Christmas SMS 56
Your friendship is a glowing ember
through the year n each december
from its warm n livin spark
W kindle flame against da dark
with its shining radiance light
our tree of faith on Christmas night.