Eight Amazing Autumnal Facts to Fascinate Your Friends
1. The Start of Autumn
Autumn as defined by the Earth’s orbit around the sun and starts on the equinox which falls on either 22 or 23 September.
2. The Trees Wind Down
One of the most stunning signs of Autumn is the turning of the leaves. The shorter days are a sign to trees to begin to prepare for winter.
In winter there is not enough light for photosynthesis to occur, so as the days shorten, the trees begin to close their production systems and reduce the amount of chlorophyll in their leaves and have a rest.
3. The Colour Show Begins
As the chlorophyll decreases, other chemicals such as Flavanoids, Carotenoids and Anthocyains are responsible for the vibrant ambers, reds and yellows of autumn.
Did you know some of these chemicals are the same ones that give carrots (beta-carotenes) and egg yolks (luteins) their colours?
4. Autumn Babies Live Longer
A study in the Journal of Aging Research found that babies born during the autumn months are more likely to live to 100 than those born during the rest of the year. The Queen must be busy at this time of year!
5. Nights Get Longer
The word equinox comes from the Latin equi (meaning equal) and nox (meaning night) accounting for the equinox marking the time when day and night are of equal length.
We often notice the nights begin to draw in from this point as after the Autumn equinox, the night longer than the day, until this is reversed at the Spring equinox.
6. 24 September 2303
Generally speaking the autumn equinox always falls on either 22 or 23 September, but not quite always.
As the Gregorian calendar is not quite in perfect symmetry with the Earth’s orbit, the autumn equinox very occasionally falls on September 24. This will next happen in 2303.
7. Persephone’s return
In Greek mythology, autumn began when Persephone was abducted by Hades to be the Queen of the Underworld. In distress Persephone’s mother, Demeter (the goddess of the harvest), caused all the crops on Earth to die until her daughter was returned, marking spring.
8. Autumn or Fall
We often think of ‘Fall’ as the North American version of the word ‘Autumn’, but it was in fact in widespread use in England until relatively recently.
The word autumn entered English from the French automne and didn’t become common usage until the 18th century.
Anyone for Tennis? – 10 Wow your friends with Wimbledon facts!
The summer of sport continues, and Wimbledon is now here as well as the World Cup!
1. Nearly 55,000 tennis balls are used during the Championships period.
2. Each morning, 48 tins of tennis balls are taken onto Centre and No.1 Courts and 24 on all the others.
3. Tennis balls were originally white! They were replaced in 1986 so that they could be seen more easily on television.
4. An estimated TV audience of 1 billion people tune in to watch Wimbledon from across the globe.
5. As the largest sporting catering operation in Europe, 234,000 meals, 330,000 cups of tea and coffee, 140,000 portions of English strawberries, 29,000 bottles of champagne and 10,000 litres of dairy cream are served over the fortnight.
6. The first Wimbledon took place in 1877 at the All England Club in the London suburb of Wimbledon as a Gentlemen’s Single Championship, making it the oldest tennis tournament in the world. Only 22 players participated.
7. It is within the rules of Wimbledon that all players must be dressed almost entirely in white and they can be asked to change if they fail to meet the dress code.
8. Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam that is played on grass courts. The grass is cut to a height of exactly 8 mm.
9. To make sure that the pigeons don’t interrupt play, Wimbledon has its very own Hawk called Rufus. His job is to scare away the pigeons each morning.
10. The repairs team at Wimbledon will string around 2,000 rackets and use over 40 miles of string!
10 Fabulous Festive Facts
1. Speedy Santa
Did you know that Santa has to visit 822 homes per second to ensure he delivers all our presents? This means he travels at 650 miles per second!! With all those mince pies and brandy, let’s hope the police don’t pull him over!
2. World’s Tallest Christmas Tree
Yet to be beaten, the world’s largest Christmas Tree was erected in a Washington shopping mall in 1950!
3. World’s Biggest Snowman
The world’s largest snowman was built in 1999 and he stood at a mighty grand 113ft tall. I would imagine that it would be tricky for him to be walking in the air!
4. Christmas Crackers
THE largest Christmas cracker was a mighty 45.72m long and 3.04m in diameter. This fabulous effort by our friends in Australia was pulled in 1991. Oooft! I bet that went with a BANG!
5. Santa and his many names
SANTA has different names around the world. Here is a little selection:
Chile: Viejo Pascuero (“Old Man Christmas”)
Germany: Kris Kringle or Weihnachtsmann
Mexico: Nino Jesus
Norway: Julenissen (“Christmas gnome”)
Poland: Gwiazdor (Star Man)
Russia: Ded Moroz (“Grandfather Frost”)
Sweden: Jultomten (“Christmas brownie”)
United Kingdom: Father Christmas
Wales: Sion Corn (Chimney John)
6. Christmas Pudding
Originally, Christmas Pudding was a soup made of wine and raisins.
7. Mistletoe Kisses
Frigga, the Norse goddess of love, was associated with the mistletoe plant and it is believed that this is where the tradition of kissing under the mistletoe originates from.
8. Festive Films
THE highest-grossing Christmas movie is How The Grinch Stole Christmas, which has raked in £175m!
9. Santa in Iceland
THERE are 13 Father Christmas in Iceland and each of them leave a gift for children. One by one they come down from the mountain. This begins on December 12 and they have very sinister names such as Sausage swiper, candle stealer, spoon licker and window peeper!
10. The very first Christmas!
Britain celebrated Christmas for the first time in York in 521AD. There’s been a lot of sprouts eaten in that time!
A cabinet full of curiosities
As the whole of the United Kingdom getting ready for a surprising, yet pivotal general election, here are some fun and curious facts you probably never knew about Prime Ministers past.
The first ever prime minister, Sir Robert Walpole, had sixteen brother and sisters, the most of any Prime Minister
The youngest ever Prime Minister, the appropriately-named William “L’Enfant Terrible” Pitt, was one of the first trainspotters in Britain, personally bankrolling Richard Trevithick’s experimental locomotive The Rotten Borough in 1804
Scotsman and first Labour Party Prime Minister, Ramsey MacDonald was, during his suspension, reduced to the life of a common Glaswegian tramp
William Pitt the Younger drank a bottle or more of port every day
Gordon Brown ate four KitKats a day, then switched to nine bananas in a bid to get in shape for 2010 general election
Margaret Thatcher slept for only four hours a night
Winston Churchill spent a large part of one visit to the White House naked
Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey, gave several of his children near-identical names
In 1834, William IV accidentally appointed a loaf of Beef Wellington Prime Minister, and it served for almost a month before anyone noticed…. or ate it
Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, carried a dagger-tipped umbrella
Benjamin Disraeli, who served twice as Prime Minister, kept a lion which was given to Queen Victoria as a gift by African entrepreneur Cecil Rhodes, as a guard-dog at 10 Downing Street
In memorial of his tenure as Prime Minister, in 1945, Topps Commonwealth issued a special set of bubble-gum cards called “Stars of Downing Street” starring Winston Churchill
John Russell, the Earl Russell, moonlighted as an Abraham Lincoln impersonator whilst Prime Minister, delivering comic speeches of the Gettysburg Address to none the wiser British audiences
The popular tea blend Earl Grey was named after the eponymous prime minister, who, when in the Far East investigating the actions of East India Company official Warren Hastings, was given some of the tea by a grateful Chinese man that he had saved from drowning only a few hours earlier
Conservative Politician and past Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, invented the popular billiard-like game of snooker
Wow, the world is truly a bizarre place
The world is such an amazing place, filled with a ton of stuff that we will probably never know. From warehouses so big they have their own weather to unusual facts about goats … there’s a lot of things you don’t know about the world until now.
The bushes and clouds in Super Mario Bros are the same, just coloured differently
There are warehouses so big they have their own weather
Cleopatra lived closer in time to the first Moon landing than to the building of the Great Pyramid
There are more fake flamingos in the world than real flamingos
The adult human has two to nine pounds of bacteria in his or her body
A Blue whales heart is the size of a VW Beetle and is so big that you could swim through some of its arteries
Hydrogen is a light, odourless gas, which, given enough time, turns into people
There are more atoms in a single glass of water, than glasses of water in all the oceans of the Earth
Half of all humans who have ever lived, died from malaria.
If you shuffle a deck of cards, chances are that the new order of playing cards has never existed before
Of all the people in history that have reached 65 years of age, half of them are living right now
Fold over a piece of paper 42 times and it will reach the moon
You replace every particle in your body every seven years. You are literally not the same person you were 7 years ago
A tree is the opposite of your lungs. Physically and functionally
Goats have rectangular pupils
If there was no space between any of its atoms, Earth would be the size of a baseball
A small percentage of static on televisions is actually radioactive resonance from the big bang 13 billion years ago
A pencil has the potential to draw a line 38 miles long
There is a species of jellyfish that is immortal
Horseshoe crabs have eyes on their tail
A Nintendo had over twice the computing power of the first lunar lander
If a man never cut his beard, by the time he dies it would be 30 feet long
100 Presidential Facts to ‘Trump’ Them All
With the eyes of the World fixed on the United States and their newest President, we thought we’d take a look back over the years to bring you some little-known facts of Presidents past.
Thomas Jefferson and John Adams once travelled to Stratford-upon-Avon to visit Shakespeare’s birthplace. While there, they took a knife to one of Shakespeare’s chairs so they could take home some wood chips as souvenirs
Because the KKK was a powerful political force, Truman was encouraged to join the organization. According to some accounts, he was inducted, though he was “never active.” Other accounts claim that though he gave the KKK a $10 membership fee, he demanded it back and was never inducted or initiated
The “S” in Harry S Truman doesn’t stand for anything; therefore, there is no period after his middle initial
The only president to be unanimously elected was George Washington (1732-1799). He also refused to accept his presidential salary, which was $25,000 a year
Lincoln Logs are named after Abraham Lincoln and the log cabin where he was born. John Lloyd Wright, son of famous architect Francis Lloyd Wright, invented them. By carving up Shakespeare’s chair, Jefferson and Adams became some of America’s earliest vandals
Grover Cleveland was the only president in history to hold the job of a hangman. He was once the sheriff of Erie County, New York, and twice had to spring the trap at a hanging
James Madison and Thomas Jefferson were once arrested together for taking a carriage ride in the countryside of Vermont on a Sunday, which violated the laws of that state
Andrew Johnson is the only tailor ever to be president. As president, he would typically stop by a tailor shop to say hello. He would wear only the suits that he made himself
George Washington never lived in the White House. The capital was actually located in Philadelphia and other cities when Washington was president. He is also the only president who didn’t represent a political party
James Abram Garfield (1831-1881) is the first president to ever talk on the phone. When he spoke to Alexander Graham Bell, who was at the other end 13 miles away, he said: “Please speak a little more slowly
Twenty-ninth president Warren Gamaliel Harding (1865-1923) repeatedly made love to a young girl, Nan Britton, in a White House closet. On one occasion, Secret Service agents had to stop his wife from beating down the closet door
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) was the first president to be inaugurated in Washington, D.C
The term “O.K.” derives from President Martin Van Buren (1782-1862) who was known as “Old Kinderhook” because he was raised in Kinderhook, New York. “O.K.” clubs were created to support Van Buren’s campaigns
President Grover Cleveland (1837-1908) is the only president to be elected to two non-consecutive terms. He was the 22nd and 24th president
Bush is the only recorded U.S. president in history to vomit on a foreign dignitary
After President Bush Sr. vomited on the Japanese Prime Minister, a new word entered the Japanese language. Bushusuru means “to do the Bush thing,” or to publicly vomit
John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s (1917-1963) famous inaugural line “Ask not what you your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country” echoes similar directives made by many others, including Cicero, Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. and President Warren G. Harding, who told the 1916 Republican convention: “We must have a citizenship less concerned about what the government can do for it, and more anxious about what it can do for the nation”
Martin Van Buren was the first to be a United States citizen. All previous presidents were born British subjects
Six presidents were named James: Madison, Monroe, Polk, Buchanan, Garfield, and Carter
President Dwight David Eisenhower (1890-1969) was the only president to serve in both WWI and WWII
Richard Milhous Nixon (1913-1994) was the first president to visit all 50 states and the first to visit China. He is the only president to resign
James Earl “Jimmy” Carter (1924-) was the first president to be born in a hospital
Jimmy Carter is the first known president to go on record as seeing a UFO
Before he was president, Lincoln was a licensed bartender
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) is the only U.S. president who was also a licensed bartender. He was co-owner of Berry and Lincoln, a saloon in Springfield, Illinois
George H. W. Bush (1924-) was the first serving vice president to be elected president since Martin Van Buren
William Jefferson “Bill” Clinton (1946-) was the first U.S. Democratic president to win re-election since FDR
Abraham Lincoln was the only presidential candidate who was not a Mason in the 1860 election
President James Buchanan (1791-1868) quietly but consistently bought slaves in Washington, D.C., and then set them free in Pennsylvania
Herbert Clark Hoover (1874-1964) gave his White House servants strict orders to hide from him whenever he passed by. Those who failed to do so were at risk of being fired
James Buchanan is the only bachelor president. He was virtually inseparable from William R. King (1786-1853), a senator from Alabama, earning the pair the nickname “Miss Nancy and Aunt Fancy” and “Mr. Buchanan and his wife”
Ulysses S. Grant (born Hiram Ulysses Grant, 1822-1885) smoked at least 20 cigars a day and, after a brilliant war victory, a nation of well-wishers sent him more than 10,000 cigars. He later died of throat cancer
Dwight D. Eisenhower had an affair with his wartime driver, Kay Summersby (1908-1975). Kay later wrote a book called Past Forgetting: My Love Affair with Dwight D. Eisenhowerin which she claims he was impotent
Every member of Teddy Roosevelt’s family owned a pair of stilts, including the first lady
Sally Hemings (ca. 1773-1885) was not only Jefferson’s slave, but also the half-sister of Jefferson’s dead wife. She is said to have been Jefferson’s mistress for thirty-eight years, and scholars have argued for years whether Jefferson was the father of her children. DNA tests in 1998 revealed that a male in Jefferson’s line was the father of at least one of her children, though it did not prove conclusively that Jefferson himself fathered them
When Martin Van Buren wrote his autobiography after serving as president from 1837-1841, he didn’t mention his wife of 12 years. Not even once
John Tyler (1790-1862) had more children than any other president. He had eight by his first wife and seven by his second. He was 70 when his last child, Pearl, was born. He was also the first president to get married in office, though his eight children form his first wife did not approve of the wedding and did not attend
Ronald Wilson Reagan (1911-2004) won the Most Nearly Perfect Male Figure Award from the University of California in 1940
Thomas Jefferson had a family of plants named after him, Jeffersonia diphylla, which is also known as twin root or rheumatism root
Thomas Jefferson wrote “The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth,” which was discovered after his death by his daughter. It argues that Jesus Christ was a great thinker, but that he was devoid of other worldly qualities that made him the centre of Christianity
James Madison (1751-1836) was the shortest president of the United States, standing at only 5’4”. He never weighed more than 100 pounds
George Washington made the shortest inauguration speech on record—133 words and less than two minutes long
John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) would often skinny dip in the Potomac River
Adams would swim at 5 a.m. in the Potomac River every day to deal with the stress of being president
George Washington, James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, James Polk, James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, James Garfield, William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, William Taft, Warren Harding, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Lyndon Johnson, and Gerald Ford were all Masons, many symbols of which are found on American currency
The body of John Scott Harrison, father of President of Benjamin Harrison, was stolen by grave robbers and sold to Ohio Medical College in Cincinnati for use as a training cadaver. The body was eventually recovered and reburied
Gerald Rudolph Ford’s (1913-2006) name before he was adopted was Leslie Lynch King Jr
The youngest president was Teddy Roosevelt who became president at age 42 when McKinley (1843-1901) was assassinated. JFK was the youngest president elected at the age of 43
As a young man, Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822-1893) fought lyssophobia, or the fear of going insane
Three presidents died on July 4th: Thomas Jefferson (1826), John Adams (1826), and James Monroe (1831). Calvin Coolidge is the only president to have been born on the Fourth (1872)
George Herbert Walker Bush is the only President with four names
James Garfield could write Latin with one hand and Greek with the other hand simultaneously
Roosevelt was also the first President to win a Nobel Peace Prize
“Teddy Bears” were so named when Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt (1858-1919) refused to shoot a small bear cub one day. The incident was reported in the news, which inspired a toy manufacture to come out with the cute stuffed animals
The three best known Western names in China are Jesus Christ, Elvis Presley, and Richard Nixon
James Monroe (1758-1831) once chased his Secretary of State from the White House with a pair of fire tongs
When Mexican general Santa Ana demanded Zachary Taylor (“Old Rough and Ready,” 1784-1850) to surrender, Taylor said, “Tell him to go to hell”
Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) was reportedly involved in over 100 duels, most to defend the honour of his wife, Rachel. He had a bullet in his chest from an 1806 duel and another bullet in his arm from a barroom fight in 1813 with Missouri senator Thomas Hart Benton
Herbert Hoover was an orphan whose first job was picking bugs off potato plants, for which he was paid a dollar per hundred bugs. He also was a mine worker
Gerald Ford worked as a model during college. He also worked as a forest ranger at Yellowstone National Park directing traffic and feeding the bears
In 1945, Congress voted to commemorate the work FDR did for the March of Dimes by putting his profile on the coin
Abraham Lincoln was the first president to ever be photographed at his inauguration. In the photo, he is standing near John Wilkes Booth, his future assassin
Robert Lincoln is the only man in U.S. history known to have witnessed the assassinations of three different presidents, his father, James Garfield, and William McKinley. After he saw anarchist Leon Czolgosz shoot McKinley, he vowed he would never again appear in public with an incumbent president
An anarchist and lawyer named Charles Guiteau shot James Garfield in the back with a five-barrel, 44-caliber pistol called a British Bulldog in 1881. He said he chose the gun because it would look good on a display in a museum someday. No one currently knows where the gun is
Taft was also the only U.S. president to also serve as chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
At 325 pounds, William Howard Taft (1857-1930), who was dubbed “Big Bill,” was the largest president in American history and often got stuck in the White House bathtub. His advisors had to sometimes pull him out
The first attempt to assassinate a president was on Andrew Jackson by Richard Lawrence, a house painter. Both of his guns misfired, however—an event that statisticians say could occur only once in 125,000 times. Andrew Jackson then chased Lawrence with his walking stick
James Garfield didn’t die from the gunshot wounds from his assassin’s gun; he died of blood poisoning after doctors and experts (including Alexander Graham Bell) tried to remove the bullet from his back with their dirty fingers and instruments, causing him to linger in pain for 80 days before dying. His assassin, Charles Guiteau, later claimed that he didn’t kill the president, the doctors had
Harding was obsessed with poker and once bet an entire set of priceless White House China and lost it
During his second run for presidency, Teddy Roosevelt was shot by a would-be assassin while giving a speech in Milwaukee. He continued to deliver his speech with the bullet in his chest
Woodrow Wilson (born Thomas Woodrow Wilson, 1856-1924) would paint his golf balls black during the winter so he could continue playing in the snow
Thomas Jefferson was convinced that if he soaked his feet in a bucket of cold water every day, he’d never get a cold
Teddy Roosevelt’s last request before dying was “Please put out the light.” Thomas Jefferson’s last words were “This is the Fourth?” John Adam’s dying words were “Thomas Jefferson still survives,” unaware that Jefferson had passed away a few hours earlier
George Washington didn’t have enough money to get to his own inauguration so he had to borrow $600 from his neighbour
Washington, Jackson, Van Buren, Taylor, Fillmore, Lincoln, A. Johnson, Cleveland, and Truman did not attend college. Harry Truman is the only twentieth-century president without a college degree
On his epitaph, which he composed, Jefferson mentions that he was the author of the Declaration of Independence and the Statuette of Virginia for Religious Freedom and that he was the father of the University of Virginia. He neglected to mention he had been the President of the United States
No man who ever held the office of president would congratulate a friend on obtaining it
The capital of Liberia is called Monrovia after President James Monroe
In 1978, President Jimmy Carter, the first Southerner elected to the presidency following the Civil War, restored U.S. citizenship to Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America
Samuel Mudd, the doctor who treated the broken ankle of Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth, received a presidential pardon in 1869 from Ulysses S. Grant
No president has ever been an only child
Historians argue whether George Washington actually added the phrase ““so help me God” to the end of presidential oath. As far as can be determined, the first President who is known to have appended the phrase to the oath was Chester Alan Arthur. He added the phrase when he was sworn into office on September 22, 1881, after the death of President Garfield
John Adams’ campaign propaganda against Jefferson said that if Jefferson was elected, “murder, robbery, rape, adultery, and incest will be openly taught and practiced.” They later resolved their differences and wrote many letters to each other
It was so cold at Ulysses S. Grant’s presidential inauguration that the canaries that were supposed to sing at the inaugural ball froze to death
Calvin Coolidge liked to have his head rubbed with petroleum jelly while eating his breakfast in bed. He believed rubbing the jelly on his head was good for his health
Every so often, Calvin Coolidge would press all the buttons on the President’s desk and hide and watch his staff run in. He would then pop out from behind the door and say that he was just seeing if everyone was working
The first president to be born outside the original 13 States was Lincoln
Jimmy Carter was a wealthy peanut farmer in Plains, Georgia. A farming accident left one of his fingers permanently bent
William McKinley, Grover Cleveland, and James Madison are on the $500, $1000, and $5000 bill, respectively. The bills are still used as legal tender but are no longer being printed
Abraham Lincoln is the only president to receive a patent (# 6469). He was the first president to have a beard, at the request from a little girl named Gracie Bedell. The first child to die in the White House was Abraham Lincoln’s 12-year old son, Willie
Abraham Lincoln was the tallest president at 6′ 4
Several of his descendants and a few historians claim that John Hanson (1721-1783) is actually the forgotten first president of the United States because he was the first president under the Articles of Confederation
William McKinley was the first to ride in a self-propelled vehicle—the electric ambulance that took him to the hospital after he had been shot
The presidential faces on Mount Rushmore are as high as a five-story building, about 60′ from chin to top of the head. The pupils of eyes are 4′ across and the mouths are 18′ wide. The carving took 14 years, from 1927-1941. The total cost was about $990,000. A total 450,000 tons of stone was removed
George Washington’s original ancestral name was de Wessyngton, from a certain William de Hertburn, a twelfth-century noble knight of the manor and village of Wessyngton who later changed his name to de Wessyngton (which is the Norman spelling of Washington)
Woodrow Wilson was the first to show a motion picture in the White House: The Birth of Nation, which has become the most banned film in American history
JFK died younger than any other U.S. president to date
JFK was the first Roman Catholic to be president, the first Boy Scout to become president, and the first president to be born in the twentieth century
Warren Harding was the first president to own a radio, the first to make speech over the radio, and the first to ride to his inauguration in a car. When women got the right to vote, he was the first president they could elect
Here’s a rather bizarre, but fabulous collection of 20 strange laws from across the world. Most of these laws still remain in the books today, even if rarely enforced.
In Texas, it’s against the law for anyone to have a pair of pliers in his or her possession
In Philadelphia, you can’t put pretzels in bags based on an Act of 1760
Alaska law says that you can’t look at a moose from an airplane
It is against the law to mispronounce the name of the State of Arkansas in that State
California law prohibits a woman from driving a car while dressed in a housecoat
In Singapore, it is illegal to chew gum
In West Virginia, only babies can ride in a baby carriage
In Georgia, it is against the law to slap a man on the back or front
In Michigan, it is against the law for a lady to lift her skirt more than 6 inches while walking through a mud puddle.
In Kentucky, it’s the law that a person must take a bath once a year
In Utah, birds have the right of way on any public highway
In the state of Colorado, a pet cat, if loose, must have a tail-light
In Tennessee, a law exists which prohibits the sale of bologna (sandwich meat) on Sunday
In the State of Kansas, you’re not allowed to drive a buffalo through a street
In Florida, it is against the law to put livestock on a school bus
In Virginia, chickens cannot lay eggs before 8:00 a.m., and must be done before 4:00 p.m
In Michigan, married couples must live together or be imprisoned
In California, a law created in 1925 makes it illegal to wiggle while dancing
The law states that more than 3000 sheep cannot be herded down Hollywood Blvd. at any one time
In Phoenix, Arizona, you can’t walk through a hotel lobby with spurs on
Gee, I Never Knew this Stuff
The only two days of the year in which there are no professional sports games (MLB, NBA, NHL, or NFL) are the day before and the day after the Major League All-stars Game
Coca-Cola was originally green
Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the US Treasury
Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better
The state with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska
The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28%, (now get this…)
The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%
The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $6,400
The average number of people airborne over the US any given hour: 61,000
Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair
The world’s youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910
The youngest pope was 11 years’ old
The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer
Those San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments
Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history:
Spades – King David, Hearts – Charlemagne, Clubs -Alexander, the Great, Diamonds – Julius Caesar
111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321
If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle. If the horse has one front leg in the air the person died as a result of wounds received in battle. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes
Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn’t added until 5 years later
“I am.” is the shortest complete sentence in the English language
Hershey’s Kisses are called that because the machine that make them looks like it’s kissing the conveyor belt.
No NFL team which plays its home games in a domed stadium has ever won a Super bowl