Burning of forests, grasslands and agricultural waste associated with animal farming releases 50-100,000,000 tons of methane per year
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.
Jaws is the most common name for a goldfish.
In 1883 the explosion of the volcano Krakatoa put so much dust into the earth’s atmosphere that sunsets appeared green and the moon appeared blue around the world for almost two years.
In Massachusetts, it is against the law to put tomatos in clam chowder.
The Cullinan Diamond is the largest gem-quality diamond ever discovered. Found in 1905, the original 3,100 carats were cut to make jewels for the British Crown Jewels and the British Royal family’s collection.
Until the late 1990s, the RAF’s nuclear bombs could be activated using a bicycle lock key.
Babe Ruth hit his first major-league home run on May 6, 1915. He was playing for the Boston Red Sox at the time. ‘The Sultan of Swat’ went on to smash 714 round-trippers before he retired, from the Boston Braves, in 1935.
Gilligan of Gilligan’s Island had a first name that was only used once, on the never-aired pilot show. His first name was Willy. The Skipper’s real name is Jonas Grumby. It was mentioned once in the first episode on their radio’s newscast about the wreck. The Professor’s real name was Roy Hinkley, Mary Ann’s last name was Summers and Mrs. Howell’s maiden name was Wentworth.
Before the first French cafe in the late 1700’s, coffee was sold by street vendors in Europe, in the Arab fashion. The Arabs were the forerunners of the sidewalk espresso carts of today.
An iceberg the size of Long Island, New York, has broken off Antarctica and has blocked sea lanes used by both ships and penguins.
You are more likely to be infected by flesh-eating bacteria than you are to be struck by lightning.
The shortest-ever Best Actor Oscar-winning performance was awarded to David Niven in 1958, having appeared for only 15 minutes and 38 seconds in Separate Tables. The second-shortest winning appearance was made by Anthony Hopkins in 1992, for less than 16 minutes of screen time as Dr Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs.
Honeybees may collect pollen from as many as 500 flowers, all of the same species – in a single trip.
The male praying mantis cannot copulate while its head is attached to its body.
Rosebud was Citizen Kane´s last word on his deathbead in the movie Citizen Kane made in 1941.
Bananas are great for athletic and fitness activity because they replenish necessary carbohydrates, glycogen and body fluids burned during exercise.
The Population of the world can live within the state boundaries of Texas.
One in seven workers in Boston, Massachusetts walks to work.
Some 160 billion emails are sent daily – more than 2 million per second – by 1,2 billion email senders. 97% of it is spam.
Sugar was first added to chewing gum in 1869 by a dentist, William Semple.
The films with the most Oscar wins are Ben-Hur, Titanic and Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, each winning 11 Oscars from 12, 14 and 11 nominations respectively.
When you sneeze, all your bodily functions stop even your heart.
Did you see this 1993 film, said to have the longest title in cinema history?: Night of the Day of the Dawn of the Son of the Bride of the Return of the Revenge of the Terror of the Attack of the Evil, Mutant, Hellbound, Zombified, Flesh-eating, Sub-Humanoid Living Dead – Part 4
In 1927 Barnard printed another, “One picture is worth ten thousand words” for Royal Baking Powder, and called it “a Chinese proverb, so that people would take it seriously”. Since it was said to be Chinese it was immediately credited to Confucious.
The real name of the “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” lady is Edith Fore.
The largest cell in the human body is the female reproductive cell, the ovum. The smallest is the male sperm.
Prairie dogs are not dogs. A prairie dog is a kind of rodent.
Camel’s milk, which is widely drunk in Arab countries, has 10 times more iron than cow’s milk.
10,000 Dutch cows pass through the Amsterdam airport each year.
The most populated city in the world – when major urban areas are included – is Tokyo, with more than 37 million residents.
Women use violence to resolve conflict in intimate relationships just as often as men according to a well-publicized study conducted by Dr. Murray Strauss of the University of New Hampshire.
Kotex was first manufactured as bandages, during WWI
Many birds migrate, but the Arctic tern travels furthest. It flies from the Arctic to the Antarctic, and back again, a trip of 32,000 kilometers.
Golf courses cover 4% of North America.
One quarter of the bones in your body are in your feet.
The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
“Lassie” was played by a group of male dogs; the main one was named Pal.
Americans are responsible for about 1/5 of the world’s garbage annually.
Dolphins can reach 37 mph (60 km/h).
In “Silence of the Lambs”, Hannibal Lector (Anthony Hopkins) never blinks.
Kenneth Edmonds was nicknamed Babyface by funk guitarist Bootsy Collins.
Pong was named for the sound the ball made when it made impact.
A pregnant goldfish is called a wit.
Carnivorous animals will not eat another animal that has been hit by a lightning strike.
Acorns were used as a coffee substitute during the American Civil War.
Since 2010, Amazon sells more e-books than printed books.
In North Carolina, it is against the law for dogs and cats to fight.
If the entire population of earth was reduced to exactly 100 people, 51% would be female, 49% male; 50% of the world’s currency would be held by 6 people, one person would be nearly dead, one nearly born.
One in every 4 Americans has appeared on television.