WWII fighter pilots in the South Pacific armed their airplanes while stationed with 50 caliber machine gun ammo belts measuring 27 feet before being loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, he went through “the whole 9 yards”, hence the term.
After the French Revolution of 1789 selling sour wine was considered against national interest and the merchant was
Coca-Cola would be green if coloring weren’t added to it.
Hydrogen gas is the least dense substance in the world.
Jim Morrison, of the 60’s rock group The Doors, was the first rock star to be arrested on stage.
Scotland has more redheads than any other part of the world.
The only tie for Best Actor was between Wallace Beery for The Champ and Fredric March for Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, in 1932.
The record for the most NASCAR wins is held by Richard Petty: 200 wins (and 7 championships).
The volume of the earth’s moon is the same as the volume of the Pacific Ocean.
A Crocodiles tongue is attached to the roof of its mouth.
Some baby giraffes are more than six feet tall at birth.
In 2004, she got a call from the local animal shelter. The cat turned up wandering the streets in San Francisco, California. The cat’s identity was proven with a microchip that had been implanted prior to 1997.
In deep space most lubricants will disappear.
Walt Disney’s family dog was named Lady. She was a poodle.
Some people consider the $1 bill unlucky because there are so many 13’s on it: 13 stars, 13 stripes, 13 steps, 13 arrows and even an olive branch with 13 leaves on it.
In Britain, banks are required to accept any check that’s correctly made out, no matter what it’s written on. It took the editor of the humor magazine Punch to put this rule to a test: he made out a check to a writer on the side of a cow.
As of Dec.31, 2000, the number of climbers summiting Mt. Everest reached 1314, and the number of deaths on the mountain reached 167.
The cling film used to wrap meat in supermarkets and butchers contains chemicals linked to falling sperm counts in men
50% of people do not have the enzyme to digest milk properly and milk allergy is related to asthma and eczema.
In God We Trust, the motto of the United States, was adopted on July 30, 1956, and first appeared on US coins in 1864.
The first Soccer World Cup was held in Uruguay in 1930 and attracted 13 competing countries.
In 1976, the first eight Jelly Belly® flavors were launched: Orange, Green Apple, Root Beer, Very Cherry, Lemon, Cream Soda, Grape, and Licorice.
The letter W is the only letter in the alphabet that doesn’t have 1 syllable… it has three.
The English Romantic poet Lord Byron was so devastated upon the death of his beloved Newfoundland, whose name was Boatswain, that he had inscribed upon the dog’s gravestone the following:”Beauty without vanity, strength without insolence, courage without ferocity, and all the virtues of man without his vices”. The English word “soup” comes from the Middle Ages word “sop,” which means a slice of bread over which roast drippings were poured.
Although identified with Scotland, bagpipes are actually a very ancient instrument, introduced into the British Isles by the Romans.
Charles Lindbergh took only four sandwiches with him on his famous transatlantic flight.
In the last 4000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
Emperor Trajan, who ruled from 98–117 A.D. was celebrated as the greatest of Roman emperors. In fact, for the rest of Roman history, new emperors were honored by the Roman senate with the prayer felicior Augusto, melior Traiano, meaning “may he be more fortunate than Augustus and better than Trajan”. In Dante’s Divine Comedy, Trajan is the only emperor allowed into heaven.
Odds are 9:1 for being bitten by a dog rather than a cat.
The biggest pig in recorded history was Big Boy of Black Mountain, North Carolina, who was weighed at 1,904 pounds in 1939.
In 1948, Cadillac introduced the first car model to have exaggerated fins, the design inspired by fighter planes.
The baseball position of shortstop was formalized in 1945.
During the reign of Catherine I of Russia, the rules for parties stipulated that no man was to get drunk before 9 o’clock and ladies weren’t to get drunk at any hour.
A ghost writer pens an anonymous book.
The first suburban shopping mall was opened in 1922 by National Department Stores in Saint Louis.
Deborah Winger did the voice of E.T.
Margaret Higgins Sanger, a pioneer of birth control, was one of 11 children.
Stephen I the patron saint of bricklayers.
Electricity doesn’t move through a wire but through a field around the wire.
A gallon of gasoline produces 8.8 kg of CO2.
Crocodiles and alligators are surprisingly fast on land. Although they are rapid, they are not agile. So, if being chased by one, run in a zigzag line to lose him or her.
More people are killed annually by donkeys than airplane crashes.
The first automobile race ever seen in the United States was held in Chicago in 1895. The track ran from Chicago to Evanston, Illinois. The winner was J. Frank Duryea, whose average speed was 71/2 miles per hour.
About 50% of arms exports go to non-democratic regimes.
Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds; dogs only have about ten.
Hair on the head grows for between two and six years before being replaced. In the case of baldness, the dormant hair was not replaced with new hair.
The longest Oscar awards ceremony was in 2000, running for 4 hours and 16 minutes – beating a previous record by 16 minutes.
The in-house name for the Atari 2600 was “Stella” – hence the appropriately named 2600 emulator.
S.Bach had 20 children, 7 with his first wife and 13 with his second.
The Strawberry flavor Contains 50 Different Chemicals. – In order to copy the flavor of a strawberry, fast food corporations include 50 distinct chemicals like ethyl acetate, phenythyl alcohol, rose, and solvent. So, the next time you get a craving for a strawberry milkshake, take a minute to remember the ingredients.