In 1958, the US sent two mice called Laska and Benjy into space.
Maine is the only state (in USA) whose name is just one syllable.
The word “Highjack” originated during prohibition. When a truck of illegal liquor was taken, the gunman would say “HIGH, JACK”, indicating how the driver should raise his hands.
The 7 Fathers of the Church: St Athanasius, St Gregory of Nazianzus, St John Chrysostom, St John of Damascus, St Basil of Caesarea, St Gregory of Nyssa, St Cyril of Alexandria.
Revelation, written about 95 AD, is the youngest book in the New Testament.
It take 8.5 minutes for light to get from the sun to the earth.
Americans consume 29 billion, or 58 percent, of the 50 billion aspirin tablets which are taken worldwide each year.
Vampire bats really do drink blood. They feed on the blood of birds, cattle, horses, and pigs and the occasional sleeping human. They need to consume a few tablespoons of blood every day. If the vampire bat doesn’t eat for more than a few days it will starve. They can only be found in Central and South America.
Roman Emperor Caligula made his horse a senator. (He actually tried to make his horse, Incitatus, a consul and a priest)
On average a hedgehog’s heart beats 300 times a minute.
The double-helix structure of DNA was discovered in 1953 by James Watson and Francis Crick. The length of a single human DNA molecule, when extended, is 1.7 metres (5 ft 5 in).
The first televised sporting event was a Japanese elementary school baseball game, broadcast in September 1931.
An ant uses its antenna for touch as well as smell.
O is considered to be the oldest vowel in the English language.
The average adolescent girl has 34,000 underdeveloped egg follicles, although only 350 or so mature during her life (at the rate of about one per month).
There are more 100 dollar bills in Russia currently than there are in the United States.
Experiments conducted at the University of Pennsylvania and the USA.
The world’s largest wine cask is in Heidelberg, Germany.
The sun is 330,330 times larger than the earth.
Dunkadoo: A kind of Bittern (bird) found off the coast of New Jersey. The word sounds like the bird’s call.
On December 10th 1901 the first Nobel prizes were awarded. Literature – Rene Sully-Prudhomme; Physiology – Emil von Behring; Chemistly – Jacobus van’t Hoff; Physics – Wilhelm Roentgen; Peace – Jean Henri Dunant Frederic Passy.
America’s best selling ice cream flavor is vanilla.
What is a “clean” smell in South America is not the same as a “clean” smell in Asia. Unlike taste (babies prefer certain tastes to others), smell is largely learned.
In February 2004, a Disney World employee was killed when he fell from a parade float and was trapped between two float sections. OSHA termed this a serious workplace violation, but Disney was fined only $6,300.
The tip of a 1/3 inch long hour-hand on a wristwatch travels at 0.00000275 mph
The opposite sides of a dice cube always add up to seven.
The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one mile in every five must be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips in times of war or other emergencies.
The popular name for the giant sequoia tree is Redwood.
A lump of pure gold the size of a matchbox can be flattened into a sheet the size of a tennis court.
Historians now believe that the Boston Tea Party was not a rebellion against taxes, but a way to steal the tea from the government.
The smallest island with country status is Pitcairn in Polynesia, at just 1.75 square miles.
In the United States, poisoning is the fourth leading cause of death among children.
Recently, animal lovers demanded a switch to fake fur on the Buckingham Palace guard hats to save the bears. But a government spokesperson countered that synthetic fur, when rained on, would make the guards look like they were “having a bad hair day”.
US gold coins used to say “In Gold We Trust”.
Golfers use an estimated $800 million worth of golf balls annually.
The two lines that connect your top lip to the bottom of your nose are known as the philtrum.
Spousal and Domestic Abuse rates are not their highest on Super Bowl Sunday than any other single day of the year. Not all men are into football, as a matter of fact men usually are not with their female partners on that day.
Canada has more lakes that the rest of the world combined.
The U.S. Post Office handles 43 percent of the world’s mail.
Betsy Ross was born with a fully formed set of teeth.
Catnip can affect lions and tigers as well as house cats. It excites them because it contains a chemical that resembles an excretion of the dominant female’s urine.
The Star-Spangled Banner became the US national anthem in 1931. Prior to that, it was My Country ‘Tis of Thee,” which had the same melody as Britian’s national anthem God Save the Queen, which is based on music written by John Bull in 1619. Bull’s melody has been used more than any song in national anthems.
In the movie “The Right Stuff” there is a scene where a government recruiter for the Mercury astronaut program (played by Jeff Goldblum) is in a bar at Muroc Dry Lake, California. His partner suggests ChuckYeager as a good astronaut candidate. Jeff proceeds to badmouth Yeager claiming they need someone who went to college. During the conversation the real Chuck Yeager is playing a bartender who is standing behind the recruiters eavesdropping.
A cricket’s chirps can tell you the temperature. Just count the number of chirps it makes in fourteen seconds and add 40. The result is a good approximation for the temperature in degrees Fahrenheit. Depending on the species of cricket you will have to add or subtract one or two seconds to the chirp count.
George Harrison, with “My Sweet Lord,” was the first Beatle to have a Number 1 hit single following the group’s breakup.
The word “coach” is derived from the village of Kocs, Hungary, where coaches were invented and first used.
Sir Francis Bacon died in 1626 of pneumonia. He was trying to freeze a chicken by stuffing it with snow.
Former basketball superstar Michael Jordan is the most recognized face in the world, more than the pope himself.
On the ground, a group of geese is a gaggle, in the sky it is a skein.