Rembrandt died broke. A friend had to come up with the $5.20 it cost to bury the great master.
In 1983, a Japanese artist, Tadahiko Ogawa, made a copy of the Mona Lisa completely out of ordinary toast
Ted Turner owns about 2% of New Mexico.
Every photograph of the first American atomic bomb detonation was taken by Harold Edgerton
There are an estimated 2,500 collisions between birds and planes each year in the US
Of all the countries, Brazil has the most plant species, with over 56,000
An elephant's tooth can weigh as much as 12 pounds.
There are more kinds of bacteria in your mouth then there are people in the world.
The right side of a boat was called the starboard side due to the fact that the astronavigators used to stand out on the plank (which was on the right side) to get an unobstructed view of the stars. The left side was called the port side because that was the side that you put in on at the port.
The first suburban shopping mall was opened in 1922 by National Department Stores in Saint Louis.
A person infected with the SARS virus, has a 95-98% chance of recovery
There are 691 drinking fountains in the Pentagon
The most used letter in the English alphabet is 'E', and 'Q'is the least used.
Author Dr. Seuss wrote the book Green Eggs and Ham because the editor made him a bet that he could not write a book, which contained less than fifty words
In Chinese, the words 'crisis' and 'opportunity' are the same.
The first fashion house to be set up was in 1858 by Charles Worth. He opened his store in Paris with the idea of having pre-made gowns presented on models to his customers
On average, 749 pounds of paper products is used by an American individual annually
The word umbrella is derived from the Latin root word umbra, which means shade or shadow
The horse shoe crab has blue blood which can be used to kill bacteria
The state official motto of Alaska is North to the Future
The largest hotel in the world is the MGM Grand, which has 5,034 rooms and is located in Las Vegas, Nevada
The rarest chocolate bar in the world is the Porcelana bar. There are only 20,000 of these bars produced a year, and they sell for $90 per pound
On an American one-dollar bill, there is an owl in the upper right-hand corner of the 1 encased in the shield and a spider hidden in the front upper right-hand corner
In the United States, more than 4.2 million couples live together that are not married
Lemons contain more sugar than strawberries
It was the Frisbie Pie Company of Bridgeport, CT, whose name and lightweight pie tins gave birth to the modern Frisbee.
Nintendo was first establish in 1889 and they started out making special playing cards
A rocket-like device can be traced back to Ancient Greece when a flying steam-powered pigeon was built out of wood.
There are 5 calories in a teaspoon of semen.
The training mantra of the SEALs is, 'The only easy day was yesterday.'
In L.A., U.S.A., a man may legally beat his wife with a leather strap, as long as it is less than 2 inches wide
The Gastric Flu can cause projectile vomiting
Paper money is not made from wood pulp but from cotton. This means that it will not disintegrate as fast if it is put in the laundry
There are a million ants for every person on Earth.
To produce a dozen eggs, a hen has to eat about four pounds of feed
When potatoes were brought from South America over to Spain, it took about 200 years before it was recognized as a food.
Richard Henry and Francis Lightfoot Lee are the only brothers who signed the Declaration of Independence. Their cousin, Henry Lee, was a famous Revolutionary War commander and the father of General Robert E. Lee.
There are 122 pebbles per square inch on a Spalding basketball
In a lifetime, an average man will shave 20,000 times
When Thomas Edison died in 1941; Henry Ford captured his last dying breath in a bottle.
Acorns were used as a coffee substitute during the American Civil War
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