INTERESTING FACTS


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Great Wall is built agains Turkish Invaders by the Chinese.

 

Glasses have been worn for about 700 years.

 

About 300 years ago, people used toothbrushes made from hog bristles.

 

During the Middle Ages, people used spider webs to try to cure warts.

 

Rockets were first made by the Chinese more than 750 years ago.

 

The 100 years war lasted 116 years.

 

During Martin Luther’s Reformation, he claimed the Catholic Church to be the anti-christ, and in response, they claimed he was the anti-christ. The common people, assuming one must be the anti-christ, believed that the acopalypse was coming. It never did.

 

The first sound recording ever made: "Mary Had a Little Lamb" in 1877.

 

In 1848, Niagara Falls stopped flowing for 30 hours because of an ice jam blocking the Niagara River.

 

In Victorian times, estate gardeners never planted grape vines without first burying a dead donkey underneath the plot.

 

In the 1800’s anyone in England who unsucessfully attempted suicide faced the death penalty.

 

In England, in the 1880’s, "Pants" was considered a dirty word.

 

"Wanted: Young, skinny, wiry fellows not over 18. Must be excellent riders, willing to risk death daily. Orphans preferred. Wages are $25.00 a week." This is a mid 1800’s help wanted sign for the Pony Express.

 

Amount American Airlines saved in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first class: $40,000.

 

In 1960, an estimated 4,000 people were over 100 years old in the U.S. By 1995 the number had jumped to 55,000.

 

In 1921 76 inches of snow fell over Silver Lake, Colorodo, the heaviest snowfall ever recorded.

 

The first minimum wage to be established in America was 25 cents an hour, it was in 1938.

 

In 1980 the yellow pages listed a funeral Home under "frozen foods".

 

In 1962 an outbreak of contagious laughter in Tanganyika lasted for six months and caused schools to be closed.

 

In 1980, a Las Vegas hospital suspended workers for betting on when patients would die.

 

Sunglasses became popular in the 1920’s when movie stars began wearing them to cut the camera’s bright lights.

  

Bubonic plague killed millions of people throughout Europe in the Dark Ages, and in 1996, five cases of plague were reported in the U.S.

 

Talk is cheap compared to what it used to be; in 1915 a telephone call from New York to San Francisco cost $20.70 for the first three minutes.

 

Seventy percent of the soldiers who served on U-boats for Germany in World War II lost their lives during the war.

 

The Spanish – American War was started when an American vessel, the Maine, sunk in Havana harbor. Contrary to popular belief, an internal fire that spread to the ammo storage caused the initial explosion, not a sea mine.

 

Nearly 3000 merchant vessels were sunk by U-boats in World War II

 

Police in Hong Kong stopped a man because he seemed to be ‘oddly shaped’. He was found to be wearing 18 bras and 45 pairs of ladies’ panties.

 

There is a lawsuit every 30 seconds in the U.S.

 

More than 50% of time spent in U.S courtrooms is over automobile cases.

 

The U.S. Government will not allow portraits of living persons to appear on stamps.

 

The first novel ever written on a typewriter was "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"

 

Dr. Seuss coined the word "nerd" in his 1950 book "If I Ran the Zoo".

The World Cup is truly an international event. (Soccer World Cup)

 

The average adult male shaves off 1 lb of beard per year.

  

A hard working adult sweats up to 4 gallons per day. Most of the sweat evaporates before a person realizes it’s there though!

  

Men get hiccups more often than women do. 

 

54% of Americans fold toilet paper neatly. 35% wad it. What about the other 11%?

 

Nearly all boys grow at least as tall as their mothers.

  

A person would die if all of the toxic ingredients of one cigarette were directly injected into the bloodstream.

 

55,700 people in the US are injured by jewelry each year.

 

Men can read smaller print than women; women can hear better.

 

An estimated one in five Americans – some 38 million – don’t like sex.

 

On average, people spend more than five years of their lives dreaming.

 

In the course of a lifetime the average person will grow 2 meters of nose hair.

 

The average American makes six trips to the bathroom every day; that’s about 2 1/2 years of your life down the drain.

 

The average American spends six months at red lights throughout his or her life.

 

By the age of 75, the average American has created about 110,000 pounds of garbage.

 

Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.

 

More people use blue toothbrushes than red ones.

 

The average person has over 1,460 dreams a year.

 

On average, 100 people choke to death on ballpoint pens every year.

  

Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

 

According to the World Heath Organization, there are approximately 100 million acts of sexual intercourse each day.

 

On average, humans have 9,000 taste buds in their mouths, tongues, and throats.

 

The average person will swallow 295 times while eating.

 

In your lifetime your body will produce more thatn 25,000 quarts of saliva.

 

Over 2,500 left handed people a year are killed from using products made for right handed people.

 

The average American eats at McDonalds 1,811 times in their life.

 

On male shirts the buttons are on the right side, on female shirts the left side. This is due to wealthy women using slaves many years ago to dress them. The buttons were on the right side to the slaves who buttoned up the shirts…

 

Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.

 

It’s impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

 

Right handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left handed people do.

 

Quebec is the world’s leading exporter of asbestos.

 

The wingspan of a Boeing 747 jet is longer than the Wright Brothers’ first flight.

 

Each day, 14,000 tons of garbage are dumped into Fresh Kills, NY, the largest landfill in the world.

 

Astronaut Shannon Lucis spent 188 days in a row in space. That’s the American record.

 

The world record for passing gas was set on Japanese television, 3,000 times in a row.

 

The tallest man in the world was 8’11" Robert Wadlow. He was just 22 when he died in 1949 from an infection caused by leg braces he needed to keep him on his feet.

 

A man named Charles Osborne had the hiccups for 69 years! Wow!

 

The world’s oldest piece of chewing gum is over 9000 years old!

 

A ‘jiffy’ is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.

 

If you yelled for over 8 and a half years, you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee.

 

Top Six reasons for being late for work: 1) traffic. 2) oversleeping. 3) procrastination. 4) Chores. 5) Car Trouble. 6) Having Sex.

 

If you pet a cat 70 million times, you will have developed enough static electricity to light a 60-watt light bulb for one minute.

 

Car accidents rise 10% during the first week of daylight savings time.

 

85,000,000 tons of paper are used each year in the U.S!

 

An attosecond is one billionth of a billionth of a second.

 

National Pi Day is March 14, at 1:59. (3/14 1:59)

 

The billionth digit of pi is 9.

 

The odds of a mother having twins are 90 to 1.

 

Right now, this very second, 70% of the people driving on U.S. highways are speeding.

 

There are 74 lobbyists for every one senator in Washington D.C.

 

If you counted for 24 hours a day, it would take over 31,000 years to reach one trillion.

 

Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour.

 

Every time you lick a stamp, you’re consuming 1/10 of a calorie.

 

Plymouth Rock weighs seven tons.

 

A one degree rise in temperature equals a 2% increase in peak electricity consumption.

 

The Mayan calender, the most accurate in the world, ends in the year 2012.

 

 A telephone signal travels a 100,000 miles per second.

 

There’s 31,622,400 seconds in a leap year.

 

America once issued a 5-cent bill!

 

Every 45 seconds, a house catches on fire in the United States!

 

In the U.S. the average bride is 21 years old, the average groom is 23.

 

There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.

 

In the White House, there are 13,092 knives, forks and spoons!

 

Recycling one glass jar saves enough energy to watch T.V for 3 hours!

 

During your lifetime, you’ll eat about 60,000 pounds of food, that’s the weight of about 6 elephants!

 

7% of Americans don’t know the first 9 words of the American anthem, but know the first 7 of the Canadian anthem!

 

5% of Canadians don’t know the first 7 words of the Canadian anthem, but know the first 9 of the American anthem!

 

The average person has over 1,460 dreams a year!

 

One in every 4 Americans has appeared on television!

 

A quarter has 119 grooves on its edge, a dime has one less groove!

 

Over 2500 left handed people a year are killed from using products made for right handed people!

 

No piece of square dry paper can be folded in half more than 7 times!

 

The word electricity derives from the Greek word "elektron" meaning amber.

  

The Greeks noted that rubbing amber produced a static charge.

 

Alcoholics are twice as likely to confess a drinking problem to a computer than to a doctor, say researchers in Wisconsin.

 

Scientists have identified and described about 1.4 million species of an estimated ten to 100 million on earth.

 

Scientists estimate up to 20 percent of the world’s plant and animal species may be extinct by the year 2000.

 

There are more collect calls on father’s Day than any other day of the year.

 

There is now an ATM at McMurdo Station in Antarctica, which has a winter population of 200.

 

The estimated value of services provided by the global ecosystem (water, food, materials etc.) runs between $16 and $54 trillion per year.

 

Japanese lead the world in vending machines, selling $100 Armani ties, $30 bottles of whiskey, and $5 glasses of beer, right next to soft drink machines. It is possible because of low vandalism and petty theft.

 

In 1995, Toys R Us sold more than $9 billion of goods in the U.S. alone.

 

The average one-dollar bill wears out in less than two years.

  

A lump of pure gold the size of a matchbox can be flattened into a sheet the size of a tennis court!

  

The 3 most valuable brand names on earth: Marlboro, Coca-Cola, and Budweiser, in that order.

  

It takes 3,000 folds to wear out a dollar bill.


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