The phrase “rule of thumb” is derived from an old English law, which stated that you couldn’t beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.
750ml of blood pumps through your brain every minute which is 15-20% of blood flow from the heart.
Annual global spending on education is $1.1 trillion. Annual global spending on military is $1.3 trillion (45% by USA).
Electric cars were introduced in 1896 and by the end of the century almost 50% of motorcars worldwide were electric. Now that they are in demand again, you can purchase your own electric car with an auto loan at Nationwide and choose the coverage that suits your needs at your price. Yet, by 1905 80% of cars were petrol driven and by 1920 the electric car was, well, almost history.
In 1958 Entomologist W.G. Bruce published a list of Arthropod references in the Bible. The most frequently named bugs from the Bible are: Locust: 24, Moth: 11, Grasshopper: 10, Scorpion: 10, Caterpillar: 9, and Bee: 4.
Louisiana’s capital building is the tallest one of any U.S. state.
Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about 10.
Chinese people (living mainly on a vegetarian diet) consume 20% more calories than Americans but Americans are 20% fatter
What’s unique about the Beatle’s song “Eleanor Rigby”? The Beatles did not play a single note in the song.
At 101, Larry Lewis ran the 100 yard dash in 17.8 seconds setting a new world record for runners 100 years old or older.
Cat urine glows under a black-light.
President Lincoln proclaimed the first national Thanksgiving Day in 1863.
The brain is soft and gelatinous – its consistency is something between jelly and cooked pasta.
In parts of Alaska, it’s illegal to feed alcohol to a moose.
The anemometer is an instrument which measures the force, velocity, or pressure of the wind.
35 meters of hair fiber is produced every day on the average adult scalp.
The first word spoken by an ape in the movie Planet of the Apes was “Smile”.
Because radio waves travel at 186,000 miles per second and sound waves saunter at 700 miles per hour, a broadcast voice can be heard sooner 13,000 miles away than it can be heard at the back of the room in which it originated
The youngest person to receive a driver’s license is a 14 year 8 month year old by the name of Andrezej Makowski.
There are 1,792 steps in the Eiffel Tower
There are 336 dimples on a regulation US golf ball. In the UK its 330.
Defender 2000 on the Atari Jaguar was Jeff Minter’s amazing remake of Eugene Jarvis’s 1980 classic, Defender.
Barbers at one time combined shaving and haircutting with bloodletting and pulling teeth. The white stripes on a field of red that spiral down a barber pole represent the bandages used in the bloodletting.
In 2015, it is estimated that half the federal budget will be spent on programs for the elderly.
Ethernet is a registered trademark of Xerox, Unix is a registered trademark of ATandT.
The stall closest to the door in a bathroom is the cleanest, because it is the least used.
An acre of coffee trees can produce up to 10,000 pounds of coffee cherries. That amounts to approximately 2000 pounds of beans after hulling or milling.
In the 14th century, the Arabs started to cultivate coffee plants. The first commercially grown and harvested coffee originated in the Arabian Peninsula near the port of Mocha.
The first CD pressed in the US was Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA.”
Under the proper conditions of moisture and heat, the flesh of a buried body will turn to soap. Known as adipocere, this strange substance is a chemical much like baking soda mixed with fat (and thus almost identical in composition to soap) and is called ”grave wax” by undertakers. For years the corpse of William von Ellenbogen, a soldier whose body turned to adipocere after he was killed in the Revolutionary War, was on display at the Smithsonian Institution.
There is a monastery in every village in Burma.
Italians do not drink espresso during meals.
When Connecticut outlawed ninepins in the 18th century the locals simply added another pin to give us the familiar ten pins of today.
The “snow” seen on a tv set when there is no signal is a mix of white background (true absence of signal) and wandering black dots (ElectroMagnetic Interference, from pc’s, radio stations, vaccuum cleaners, etc).
The average life span of a major league baseball is 5-7 pitches.
In 1980, a Las Vegas hospital suspended workers for betting on when patients would die.
Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month we know today as the honeymoon.
If the population of China walked past you in single line, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.
Samuel Clemens aka Mark Twain was born on a day in 1835 when Haley’s Comet came into view. When he died in 1910, Haley’s Comet came into view again.
Albert Einstein never knew how to drive a car.
It takes a ton of water to make a pound of refined sugar.
The full name for Los Angeles is El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula
A Cornish game hen is really a young chicken, usually 5 to 6 weeks of age, that weighs no more than 2 pounds.
The world’s termites outweigh the world’s humans 10 to 1.
Airport security agents at Logan Airport in Boston, Massachusetts caught a passenger trying to sneak a severed seal head onto a plane inside a cooler. The man said he was a biology professor and had found the dead animal on the beach.
Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.
For some time Frederic Chopin, the composer and pianist, wore a beard on only one side of his face, explaining: “It does not matter, my audience sees only my right side”.
On average, people fear spiders more than they do death.
The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building.