Pocahontas appeared on the back of the $20 bill in 1875.
Sleeping on the job is tolerated in Japanese work culture, as long as you remain upright and obey certain other rules. It’s called inemuri.
David McConnell used to sell sets of Shakespeare door-to-door. In order to make books more appealing, he offered free perfume to his customers. Realizing the perfume was more popular he began selling cosmetics door-to-door. And so began Avon.
The day after Thanksgiving is the busiest day for plumbers in the US
The wristwatch was invented in 1904 by Louis Cartier.
The katydid has supersonic hearing. It can hear sounds up to 4-5,000 vibrations per second
The typical American eats 263 eggs a year.
Chocolate contains phenylethylamine (PEA), a natural substance that is reputed to stimulate the same reaction in the body as falling in love.
There are only four words in the English language which end in “-dous”: tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
Insects outnumber humans 100,000,000 to one.
The practice of burying the dead bodies dates back 350,000 years, fossils even older than Neanderthal Man have been found by archaeologists.
In Bahrain, a male gynecologist can only examine a woman’s private parts through a mirror.
The U.S economy suffers a loss of up to $100 Million Dollars a year in Medical Expenses and between $3 and $5 Billion Dollars in missing work or sick days annually.
A zebra is white with black stripes.
The Antartic notothenia fish has a protein in its blood that acts like antifreeze and stops the fish freezing in icy sea.
The Brimstone butterfly (Gonepterix rhamni) has the longest lifetime of the adult butterflies: 9-10 months.
Japan has the oldest surviving monarchy in the world. The first historical emperor of Japan was Ojin, reigning from year 270 to 310, and deified as Hachiman. Legend has it that the very first emperor was Jinmu, who would have reigned 1000 years earlier. This is very unlikely though, for Japan did not become an agricultural and sedentary society before 300 BCE (and only then in western Japan).
In Madagascar, dead people’s families dig up the bones of the deceased bones parade them around the village during their ‘famadihana’ ceremony . The remains are then wrapped in a new shroud and buried again. Meanwhile, the old shroud is given to a newly married, childless couple. They use it to cover to cover the marriage bed.
Human lungs are about 100 times easier to inflate than balloons.
The first reference to a handgun was made in an order for iron bullets in 1326.
Reading right to left started when the ancient Greeks adopted a style known as “boustrophedon,” a reference to turning the way an ox turns a plow. This super efficient style went from left to right and right to left on alternate lines, saving the eyeballs the trip back to the right side to start a new line. Around 500 BC, the Greeks began to write exclusively from left to right. The reasons for the change are uncertain, but may have to do with a new-split reed pen that was easier to move in that direction.
Fertilizer, weedkiller and pesticides sprayed on crops enter the atmosphere creating a noxious carcinogenic cocktail
Cows naturally produce 5 litres of milk per day for their calves – under the intensified systems of modern farming they produce 25-40 litres per day – resulting in swollen and inflamed udders – at this rate they are soon worn out
Hawaii officially became apart of the US on June 14, 1900.
Sows are kept tethered in stalls 1.3 x 1 metre on concrete or slatted floors – they can not even turn around
The first brand of Wrigley’s chewing gum was called “Vassar”, after the New England woman’s college. Next were “Lotta” and “Sweet Sixteen Orange”.
Talking on a cellular phone while driving is against the law in Israel.
The American Heart Association recommends that daily cholesterol intake not exceed 300 mg. A chocolate bar is actually low in cholesterol. A 1.65 oz.bar contains only 12 mg. A one oz piece of cheddar cheese contains 30 mg of cholesterol – more than double the amount found in a chocolate bar.
X-ray technology has shown there are 3 different versions of the Mona Lisa under the visible one.
The placement of a donkey’s eyes in its head enables it to see all four feet at all times.
It is believed that Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.
Representations of butterflies are seen in Egyptian frescoes at Thebes, which are 3,500 years old.
Fairchild‘s Video Entertainment System (VES), released in 1976, was the first console with a cabled joystick/dial controller and a cartridge slot.
It is illegal to own a dog in Reykjavik.
Napoleon’s 7 laws are so impressive that by 1960 more than 70 governments had patterned their own laws after them or used them verbatim.
One third of the land in the United States is owned by the government.
Conception occurs more often in December than any other month.
Nessie, the Loch Ness monster is protected by the 1912 Protection of Animals Acts of Scotland. With good reason – Nessie is worth $40 million annually to Scottish tourism.
Your middle fingernail grows the fastest.
Alaska, with 8, is the US state with the most national park sites.
In a nod to astronauts, Texas is the only state that permits residents to cast absentee ballots from space.
A body decomposes four times as fast in water than on land.
A family of four eating beef for a year uses enough petrol to run a car for 6 months (obviously depending on how far you drive!)
E is the most common letter while Q is the least common used letter in the alphabet.
The 1st unattended, 24-hour self-service laundromat in the United States was opened by Nelson Puett in 1949 on North Loop in Austin, Texas
John Milton used 8,000 different words in his poem, “Paradise Lost”.
The largest stained-glass window in the world is at Kennedy International Airport in New York City. It can be seen on the American Airlines terminal building and measures 300 feet long by 23 feet high
The most requested picture from the US National Archives is that of Elvis Presley meeting (then) President Nixon. During their meeting Elvis asked Nixon if he could be an honorary drug enforcement agent, which Nixon granted.
White-Out was invented by the mother of Mike Nesmith, formerly of The Monkees.
The Swiss consume more chocolate per capita than any other nation on earth.