Ballistics is the science that deals with the motion of projectiles.
A woodchuck only breathes 10 times during hibernation.
The telescope on Mount Palomar, California, can see a distance of 7,038,835,200,000,000,000,000 miles.
Heavyweight tire manufacturer Goodyear is in no way affiliated with Charles Goodyear, the inventor of vulcanized rubber. They merely admired his inventiveness and his process that was so easy to duplicate that competitors simply stole it.
It wasn't until 1913 that sports teams started using numbers on players' jerseys for identfication. It first happened during a football game between the University of Chicago and the University of Wisconsin.
The closest star to the sun, Alpha Centauri, is never visible in the sky north of about 30 degrees Northern Lattitude.
There are approximately 100 million acts of sexual intercourse each day.
Coffee sacks are usually made of hemp and weigh approximately 132 pounds when they are full of green coffee beans. It takes over 600,000 beans to fill a coffee sack.
The term "white chocolate" is a misnomer. Under Fedaral Standards of Identity, real chocolate must contain chocolate liquor. "White" chocolate contains no chocolate liquor.
Rin Tin Tin was born to a war-dog mother in a German trench in France during World War I. Deserted when the Germans retreated, the German shepherd puppy was found by an American officer who happened to be a police-dog trainer from California. During Rin Tin Tin's training after the war, the dog's intelligence came to the attention of Warner Brothers, which signed the dog up for what turned out to be a long career as one of the biggest box-office draws of the silent screen era.
In Greene, New York, it is illegal to eat peanuts and walk backwards on the sidewalks when a concert is on.
Until the time of Michelangelo, many sculptors colored their statues. Most of the statues from ancient Greece and Rome at one time had been painted or polychromed. Rain through the ages washed off the paint and the statues were left in their natural marble.
The average family will spend $250,000 (thats a quarter million dollars) on each child from the time he/she is born until he/she turns 18.
Marseilles is the oldest city in France. It was settled in about 6,000 B.C. by Ionian Greeks, who called it Massilia.
If the entire population of the world were moved to Texas, it would still be less densely populated than New York City.
Stars come in different colors; hot stars give off blue light, and the cooler stars give off red light.
Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history. Spades King David, Clubs Alexander the Great, Hearts Charlemagne, and Diamonds Julius Caesar.
No president of the United states was an only child.
In Arkansas it is illegal to buy or sell blue lightbulbs.
Nobody is buried in Grant's tomb. President & Mrs. Grant are entombed there. A body is buried only when it is placed in the ground and covered with dirt.
There has never been a time in Super Bowl history where a punt return resulted in a touchdown.
Sir Barton won the Belmont Stakes in New York in 1919, to become the first horse to capture the Triple Crown. This was the first time that the Belmont Stakes had been run as part of thoroughbred racing's most prestigious trio of events. Sir Barton had already won the first two jewels of the Triple Crown -the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Kentucky and the Preakness Stakes in Maryland.
Neil Shoen, the guitarist from Journey got his start playing in San Francisco with Santana.
Neck ties were first worn in Croatia.
Smith is the most common last name in the United States. A little over 1% of all Americans share that last name.
An elephant has 4 knees
Thomas Edison, lightbulb inventor, was afraid of the dark
Stag beetles have stronger mandibles than humans.
If you go blind in one eye, you only lose about one fifth of your vision, but all your sense of depth.
A giraffe and rat can go longer without water than a camel can.
In 1957, the Shipping port Atomic Power Station in Pennsylvania, the first nuclear facility to generate electricity in the United States, went on line. (It was taken out of service in 1982.)
Jessica Tandy is the oldest winner of an Academy Award. She won the 1989 Best Actress award for Driving Miss Daisy at the age of 80 years and 9 months. She beat George Burns for that distinction by just a few months.
The word 'byte' is a contraction of 'by eight.'
There are 13,678 McDonald's fast food joints in the United States.
Giraffes have no vocal chords.
The Apollo 11 plaque left on the Moon says, "Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon July 1969, A.D. / WE CAME IN PEACE FOR ALL MANKIND."
On average, people fear spiders more than they do dying. However, statistically you are more likely to be killed by a champagne cork than by the bite of a poisonous spider.
The first toy product ever advertised on television was Mr. Potato Head�. Introduced in 1952.
The search engine "Lycos" is named for Lycosidae, the Latin name for the wolf spider family. Unlike other spiders that sit passively in their web, wolf spiders are hunters, actively stalking their prey.
If you wear headphones for one hour, it increases bacteria in your ear 700 times.
While sailing along the Caribbean coast of South America in 1499, the Spanish explorer Alonso de Ojedo saw Indian houses built on stilts over the water. The area reminded him of Venice, and he named it Little Venice, which in Spanish is Venezuela.
The Hundred Year War actually lasted 116 years (1337 to 1453).
Koala bears also have finger prints that are almost identical to ours
False eyelashes were invented by film director D.W. Griffith while he was making the 1916 epic, "Intolerance." He wanted actress Seena Owen to have lashes that brushed her cheeks.
The word "queue" is the only word in the English language that is still pronounced the same way when the last four letters are removed.
In 1992, the best selling American-produced car in Japan was the Honda Accord. It was built in Ohio and exported to Japan.
The trainees are thrown into a pool with their hands and feet tied wearing snorkeling masks. They are then harassed by their instructors who knock their masks off, spin their bodies, and pull them under in an effort to disorient the student.
In Rochester, Michigan, anyone bathing in public must have his or her bathing suit inspected by a police officer.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the single-seeded fruit of the giant fan palm, or Lodoicea maldivica, can weigh 44 lbs. Commonly known as the double coconut or coco de mer, it is found wild only in the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean.
The word "set" has more definitions than any other word in the English language.
The first Wimbledon Tennis Competition took place in 1877 solely as an amateur competition. Men's singles was the only event that took place. There were 22 competitors and the championship was won by Spencer Gore.
G.I. Joe was introduced at the annual American International Toy Fair in New York on Feb. 9, 1964.
Quinine, one of the most important drugs known to man, is obtained from the dried bark of an evergreen tree native to South America.
It is against the law in Texas, NJ, Iowa, and 25 other states for gay men to have sex of any kind. The result of a man having sex with another man is punishable by fines and up to 6 months in jail. it is, however, LEGAL for a male in Texas to have sex with his sheep.
Americans consumed over 3.1 billion pounds of chocolate in 2001, which is almost half of the total world's production.
In Broken Arrow, Oklahoma pigs less than 32 inches in length may be kept as pets provided there are no more than two in a house.
Joseph Priestley not only discovered oxygen, but he also discovered ammonia, carbon monoxide, hydrogen chloride, sulphur dioxide, and nitrous oxide. He was also the first person to isolate chlorine.
The Hollywood sign was first erected in 1923. Conceived as a real estate ad, it originally read Hollywoodland. The sign stands 50 feet tall, stretches 450 feet across, weighs 450,000 pounds.
In Florida, unmarried women who parachute on Sundays may be jailed.
The highest temperature ever recorded in the world was 136.4 degrees Fahrenheit at El Azizia, Lybia, on September 13, 1922.
William Taft is only man to become President and then chief justice.
George Harrison, with "My Sweet Lord," was the first Beatle to have a Number 1 hit single following the group's breakup.
Sea water is approximately 3.5 percent salt.
A Kentucky statute states, "No female shall appear in a bathing suit on any highway within this state unless she is escorted by at least two officers or unless she be armed with a club." Later, an amendment proposed: "The provisions of this statute shall not apply to any female weighing less than sixty pounds nor exceeding 200 pounds; nor shall it apply to female horses."
US Dollar bills are made out of cotton and linen.
Canada's national sport is lacrosse not hockey.
The precise geographical center of the North American continent is in a town called Rugby, North Dakota.
A sneeze can exceed the speed of 100 mph.
Walter Huston and his son John become the first father-and-son team to win Oscars as director of and an actor in "Treasure of Sierra Madre" in 1949.
The 1st unattended, 24-hour self-service laundromat in the United States was opened by Nelson Puett in 1949 on North Loop in Austin, Texas.
When you give someone roses, the color can have a meaning. The meaning of rose colors: Red = Love and respect, Deep pink = Gratitude, appreciation, Light pink = Admiration, sympathy White = Reverence, humility, Yellow = Joy, gladness,Orange = Enthusiasm, desire, Red & yellow blend = Gaiety, joviality,Pale blended tones = Sociability, friendship
President George Washington created the Order of the Purple Heart in 1782. It's a decoration to recognize merit in enlisted men and non-commissioned officers.
The oldest recorded document on paper made from fibrous material was a deed of King Roger of Sicily, in the year 1102.
The sun is about three million miles closer to the earth on January 1st than it is on June 1st.
You cannot sneeze with your eyes open.
The US city with the highest murder rate is Detroit, with 45.3 homicides per 100,000 people.
An ounce of gold can be stretched into a wire 50 miles long.
Average number of squirts from a cow's udder needed to yield a gallon of milk : 345.
In 1964, Tanganyika and Zanzibar joined together to become Tanzania.
The word quisling comes from the name of Major Vidkun Quisling, a Norwegian who collaborated with the Germans during their occupation of Norway. The word now means "traitor."
Dominique Larrey, Napoleon's chief surgeon, could amputate a leg in 13 seconds.
The first US Marines wore high leather collars to protect their necks from sabres, hence the name "leathernecks."
Seoul, the South Korean capital, just means "the capital" in the Korean language.
Honorificabilitudinitatibus is the longest word consisting entirely of alternating vowels and consonants.
Even if you cut off a cockroach's head, it can live for several weeks.
The California grape and wine industries were started by Count Agoston Haraszthy de Moksa, who planted Tokay, Zinfandel, and Shiras varieties from his native Hungary in Buena Vista in 1857.
The blood of mammals is red, the blood of insects is yellow, and the blood of lobsters is blue.
Manta Rays have no external organs for urination, therefore they release the urine from their pores
A honey bee travels an estimated 43,000 miles to gather one pound of honey. A pound of honey consists of 29,184 drops.
The low frequency call of the humpback whale is the loudest noise made by a living creature. The call of the humpback whale is louder than Concorde and can be heard from 500 miles away.
On the old Canadian 2 dollar bill,the flag flying over the Parliament Building is NOT an American flag.
Elephants, horses, and camels all descended from animals that originally came from North America, despite their present homes in Eurasia.
On a clear night in the Northern Hemisphere the naked eye can discern some 5000 stars.
The oldest tennis court in the world is the one built at Hampton Court in 1530 for Henry VIII.
Bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers were all invented by women.
The citrus industry started in the United States in 1873 when two Riverside, CA ranchers obtained some orange saplings from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Two years earlier, the government had secured a dozen saplings from Brazil.
A giraffe can clean its ears with its 21-inch tongue. i know some people who can do some amazing stuff too.
A honeybee can fly at fifteen miles per hour.
From the Middle Ages up until the end of the 19th century, barbers performed a number of medical duties including bloodletting, wound treatment, dentistry, minor operations and bone-setting. The barber's striped red pole originated in the Middle Ages, when it was a staff the patient would grip while the barber bled the patient.
Carpet slippers were created by thrifty housewives who found other uses for old, worn-out pieces of carpet.
The most widely accepted legend associated to the discovery of coffee is of the goatherder named Kaldi of Ethiopia. Around the year 800-850 A.D., Kaldi was amazed as he noticed his goats behaving in a frisky manner after eating the leaves and berries of a coffee shrub. And, of course, he had to try them!
The pineapple was symbol of welcome in the 1700-1800's. That is why in New England you will see so many pineapples on door knockers. An arch in Providence RI leading into the Federal Hill neighborhood has a pineapple on it for that very reason. Pineapples were brought home by seafarers as gifts.
Bees and dogs can smell fear
In English, "four" is the only digit that has the same number of letters as its value.
There are just over 7 million millionaires in the world (more than 1/1000th of the population).
New Hampshire law forbids you to tap your feet, nod your head, or in any way keep time to the music in a tavern, restaurant, or cafe.
Fourteen years before the Titanic sank, novelist Morgan Robertson published a novel called "Futility". The story was about an ocean liner that struck an iceberg on an April night. The name of the ship in his novel was The Titan.
Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over million descendants.
Bourbon whiskey gets its name from Bourbon County, Kentucky, where local distillers developed the drink around 1800.
Haggis, the national dish of Scotland: take the heart, liver, lungs, and small intestine of a calf or sheep, boil them in the stomach of the animal, season with salt, pepper and onions, add suet and oatmeal. Enjoy!
When Catherine de Medici married Henry II of France (1533) she brought forks with her, as well as several master Florentine cooks. Foods never before seen in France were soon being served using utensils instead of fingers or daggers. She is said to have introduced spinach (which "� la Florentine" usually means) as well as aspics, sweetbreads, artichoke hearts, truffles, liver cr�pinettes, quenelles of poultry, macaroons, ice cream, and zabagliones.
Women wear engagement and wedding rings on the third finger of the left hand because an ancient belief held that a delicate nerve runs directly from that finger to the heart.
Citrus has been added to coffee for several hundred years.
Harrison Ford is the only actor whose ten highest grossing movies have each earned at least $200 million.
The gender of Reptiles are determined not by the sex genes, but by the temperature in which the egg is incubated. A certain temperature will produce a male and vice versa for a female.
The bones of a pigeon weigh less than its feathers.
Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin.
The only bone in the human body not connected to another is the hyoid, a V-shaped bone located at the base of the tongue between the mandible and the voice box. Its function is to support the tongue and its muscles.
The herring is the most widely eaten fish in the world. Nutritionally its fuel value is that equal to that of a beefsteak.
Hong Kong has the world's largest double-decker tram fleet in the world.
Although construction of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Strasbourg started in 1015, it was not until 1439 that the spire was completed.
Mt. Athos, in northern Greece, likes to call itself an independent country. It has a population of about 4,000...all men. No females of any kind, including animals, are allowed. There are twenty monasteries within a space of twenty miles.
A pound of grasshoppers is three times as nutritious as a pound of beef.
The movie As Good As It Gets is called Mr. Cat Poop in China.
Planet Jupiter spins so fast that there are 2 sunrises and 2 sunsets every 24 hours by earth time.
The town of Tidikelt in the Shara Desert once went ten years without rainfall.
The word 'cappuccino' is the result of several derivations, the original of which began in 16th century. The Capuchin order of friars, established after 1525, played an important role in bringing Catholicism back to Reformation Europe. Its Italian name came from the long, pointed cowl, or cappuccino, derived from cappuccino, "hood," that was worn as part of the order's habit. The French version of cappuccino was capuchin, from which came English Capuchin. In Italian cappuccino went on to describe espresso coffee mixed or topped with steamed milk or cream, so called because the color of the coffee resembled the color of the habit of a Capuchin friar. The first use of cappuccino in English is recorded in 1948 in a work about San Francisco. There is also the story line that says that the term comes from the fact that the coffee is dark, like the monk's robe, and the cap is likened to the color of the monk's head.
Coffee trees are self-pollinating.
A googol is a 1 followed by 100 zeros. Mathematician Edward Kasner supposedly asked his nephew Milton Sirotta to suggest a name for the number, and he came up with this word.
Penicillin was first produced synthetically in a laboratory in 1946.
When a man was hanged in Mississippi in 1894 the noose came undone and the prisoner fell to the ground. He was set free and and since his innocence was later established he was granted ,$5000.
One of the largest carriers of hepitius B is diner mints.
There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.
There is air in space, but very little of it. In fact, it is equivalent to a marble in a box 5 miles wide. Most of the gas is captured by the gravitational pull of other celestial bodies.Thanx M.Lerner
Betsy Ross is the only real person to ever have been the head on a Pez dispenser.
Moon was Buzz Aldrins mothers maiden name. (Buzz Aldrin was the second man on the moon).
Some frogs use sugars as an antifreeze for vital organs
Mark Twain was the first to have written a novel [Tom Sawyer] on a typewriter.
The smallest breed of dogs are the Chihuahuas.
An Estee Lauder perfume called "Country Mist" had disappointing sales in Germany where the word "Mist" was slang for manure!