9952. Fact
The word checkmate in chess comes from the Persian phrase Shah-Mat, which means the king is dead

8089. Fact
Another name for a Microsoft Windows tutorial is 'Crash Course'.

9308. Fact
In a lifetime, the average driver will honk 15,250 times

4994. Fact
If your shoes squeak, it simply means that two layers of leather in the sole are rubbing together. Driving a tack through the sole will often remove the squeak.

6371. Fact
Finagle's Law was the one that went, Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. Not Murphy's Law.

4512. Fact
On a Canadian two-dollar bill, the American flag is flying over the Parliament Building.

1327. Fact
Aprrox. 5,600 umbrellas are lost each year on the Toronto transit system

4007. Fact
There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos.

4363. Fact
All the chemicals in a human body combined are estimated to be worth about 6.25 euro.

3170. Fact
Work on St. Peter's Basilica, Rome, began in 1506. Construction took over a century, reaching completion in 1612.

8837. Fact
Close to 80% of people who watch the Super Bowl on television, only do so to view the commercials

4666. Fact
Wild turkeys can run at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour

4712. Fact
About 75% of the people in the U.S. live on 2% land.

3439. Fact
A tuna fish can swim 100 miles in a single day.

4250. Fact
Mangos are valued for their reputation as an aphrodisiac in countries such as Guatemala and India

3543. Fact
In Casablanca, Humphrey Bogart never said Play it again, Sam.

9244. Fact
The average person burns 26 calories when kissing for a minute.

5504. Fact
Apparently 1/3 of people with alarm clocks hit the 'snooze' button every morning, and from 25-34 age group, it is over 1/2.

10709. Fact
The most popular jelly belly jellybean flavour is buttered popcorn

3496. Fact
Pomology is the science of growing an apple

7161. Fact
Dwight D. Eisenhower, an avid golfer, had a putting green installed on the White House lawn.

3438. Fact
The pineapple was symbol of welcome in the 1700-1800's. That is why in New England you will see so many pineapples on door knockers. An arch in Providence RI leading into the Federal Hill neighborhood has a pineapple on it for that very reason. Pineapples were brought home by seafarers as gifts.

8778. Fact
On September 3, 1970, a hailstone was found in Coffeyville, Kansas that was eight inches in diameter and weighed 1.67 pounds.

4382. Fact
In the St. Louis, MO area, the word hoosier is used as a slang term for what the rest of the country would describe as white trash, rednecks, or hillbillies.

3161. Fact
The nation of Monaco on the French Riviera, is smaller than Central Park in New York. Monaco is 370 acres and Central Park is 840 acres.

3703. Fact
Car accidents rise 10% during the first week of daylight savings time.

2221. Fact
Surveys say: nearly 10% of American households dress their pets in Halloween costumes.

2173. Fact
'Second Street' is the most common street name in the U.S.; 'First Street' is the sixth!

3624. Fact
The 3 most valuable brand names on earth: Marlboro, Coca-Cola, andBudweiser, in that order.

3322. Fact
A 1.5 oz. milk chocolate bar has only 220 calories. A 1.75 oz. serving of potato chips has 230 calories.

7801. Fact
Shaquelle O'Neal [AKA Shaq] wears a size 22EEE shoe.

5398. Fact
The warmest temperature ever recorded on Antarctica was 3 degrees F.

9089. Fact
The United States has the highest proportion of males circumcised for non-religious reasons.

6259. Fact
The average number of peanuts in a box of Cracker Jacks is 27.

9689. Fact
The world's highest railway is in Peru. The Central Railway climbs to 15,694 feet in the Galera tunnel, 108 miles from Lima. Tourists take it to get to the ruins of Machu Picchu.

517. Fact
James dean's real name was james byron, and whoopi goldberg was born caryn johnson.

2771. Fact
You inhale about 700,000 of your own skin flakes each day.

4395. Fact
Books on religion outnumbered works of fiction by a 2 to 1 margin in 1870 England. Sixteen years later, novels surpassed religious works.

6801. Fact
Elephants, horses, and camels all descended from animals that originally came from North America, despite their present homes in Eurasia.

10469. Fact
The smallest bone in the human body is the stirrup bone, which is located in the ear

2982. Fact
The states with the most presidential burial sites: Ohio and Virginia (tie).

85. Fact
Every tongue print is unique.

7230. Fact
President Bush and Saddam Hussein both have their shoes made by the same Italian shoemaker.

4047. Fact
Roses generally need around 6 hours of sunlight to grow properly.

4251. Fact
Every 45 seconds, a house catches on fire in the United States.

8931. Fact
Lady Bugs really are not bugs. They are actually beetles and their correct name is The Ladybird Beetle

4544. Fact
One glass of water shuts down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a U-Washington study.

1168. Fact
A group of whales is called a pod.

1772. Fact
In the U.S., for every dollar you spend on gasoline 27 cents of it is in taxes.

3381. Fact
When the temperature drops, the eyesight reaction time of insects (like the dragonfly and some animals like tortoises) decrease and thats why they can be caught early in the morning or at night by predators like birds whose eyesight reaction times are unaffected by temperature.



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    A poker used in stirring a fire becomes hot and heats the hand grasping the poker, although only the opposite end of the poker has actually been in the fire. Heat from the fire passed into the poker, traveled along it, and warmed it. When heat flows in this way from a warm part of a body to a colder part, the process is called conduction. A flatiron is heated by conduction, the heat from the warm stove passing into the cold flatiron and gradually heating it.

    In convection, air and water circulate freely, carrying heat with them; in conduction, heat flows from a warm region toward a cold region, but there is no apparent motion of any kind.

    Heat travels more readily through some substances than through others. All metals conduct heat well; irons placed on the fire become heated throughout and cannot be grasped with the bare hand; iron utensils are frequently made with wooden handles, because wood is a poor conductor and does not allow heat from the iron to pass through it to the hand. For the same reason a burning match may be held without discomfort until the flame almost reaches the hand.

    Stoves and radiators are made of metal, because metals conduct heat readily, and as fast as heat is generated within the stove by the burning of fuel, or introduced into the radiator by the hot water, the heat is conducted through the metal and escapes into the room.

    Hot-water pipes and steam pipes are usually wrapped with a non-conducting substance, or insulator, such as asbestos, in order that the heat may not escape, but shall be retained within the pipes until it reaches the radiators within the rooms.

    The invention of the "Fireless Cooker" depended in part upon the principle of non-conduction. Two vessels, one inside the other, are separated by sawdust, asbestos, or other poor conducting material. Foods are heated in the usual way to the boiling point or to a high temperature, and are then placed in the inner vessel. The heat of the food cannot escape through the non-conducting material which surrounds it, and hence remains in the food and slowly cooks it.

    A very interesting experiment for the testing of the efficacy of non-conductors may be easily performed. Place hot water in a metal vessel, and note by means of a thermometer the rapidity with which the water cools; then place water of the same temperature in a second metal vessel similar to the first, but surrounded by asbestos or other non-conducting material, and note the slowness with which the temperature falls.

    Chemical Change, an Effect of Heat.
    This effect of heat has a vital influence on our lives, because the changes which take place when food is cooked are due to it. The doughy mass which goes into the oven, comes out a light spongy loaf; the small indigestible rice grain comes out the swollen, fluffy, digestible grain. Were it not for the chemical changes brought about by heat, many of our present foods would be useless to man. Hundreds of common materials like glass, rubber, iron, aluminum, etc., are manufactured by processes which involve chemical action caused by heat.

    FIG. - A fireless cooker.

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