On June 26th, 1945, the charter of the United Nations was signed by 50 countries in San Francisco. (The text of the charter was in five languages: Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.)
The San Diego Zoo in California has the largest collection of animals in the world.
Despite the break up of the USSR, Russia is still the largest country in the world. It�s almost twice the size of Canada, which ranks second.
In the Spanish Pyrenees, when a beekeeper dies, each of his bees is splashed with a drop of Black Ink.
The most common disease in the world is tooth - decay.
The world population of chickens is about equal to the number of people.
Carolyn Bessette Kennedy's pet name for JFK Jr. was "Mouse."
In the US, Delaware, Virginia and Michigan rank as the top three states for Ritalin use, and most of the prescriptions are for elementary and middle school age children. Doctors in these states prescribe at least 33 grams for every 1,000 residents, 56 percent more than the national average, according to figures compiled by the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency.
The furthest point from any ocean would be in China.
Each day, there are over 120 million sexual intercourse taking place all over the world.thanx kim (Now dont you feel more contented each night before you go to sleep ALONE)
The Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from Public Libraries.
Hawaii officially became apart of the US on June 14, 1900.
The average child will eat 1,500 PB sandwiches by high school graduation.
The final score in the game that Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points was Warriors 169 Knicks 147.
Everyone thought Albert Einstein suffered from dyslexia, because he couldn't speak properly until he was 9 years old.
The Sahara desert is larger as Europe and large then the combined areas of next largest 9 deserts.
England and the American colonies adopted the Gregorian calendar on September 14th, 1752. 11 days disappeared.
Sharks are immune to cancer.
The only bird that can fly backwards is the hummingbird.
Jim Delligatti, a McDonald's franchise owner in Uniontown, PA, invented the Big Mac in 1968. He originally named it the Big Mac Super Sandwich. The following year McDonald's sold it nationwide.
Women say that the part of a man's body that they admire the most is his buttocks.
A peanut is not a nut or a pea, it's a legume.
A poem written to celebrate a wedding is called an epithalamium.
Nobody knows where Mozart is buried.
Sunday, July 20, 1969: Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon, Edwin Aldrin was the second. They were members of Apollo 11, and landed in the Sea of Tranquility. The Lunar Excursion Module was named the "Eagle." Michael Collins stayed onboard the mother ship, "Columbia."
In 1931, Charleston, SC was the first city in the United States to pass legislation establishing a historical district. The city has more than 1,000 buildings that predate the Civil War.
In Idaho walking along the street with a red-tipped cane is strictly prohibited.
Every person, including identical twins, has a unique eye and tongue print along with their finger print.
The first product Motorola started to develop was a record player for automobiles. At that time, the most known player on the market was Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola.
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Bubble gum contains rubber.
New York City has 570 miles of shoreline.
Dill seeds are so small that approximately 10,000 dill seeds would be required to make an ounce.
Man O' War lost only one race in his career. It happened in 1919 to a horse named Upset.
Larger Stingrays have the power to drive their stingers or tail-spines through the hulls of wooden boats
Most boat owners name their boats. The most popular boat name is Obsession
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Pearls melt in vinegar.
Vincent van Gogh didn't start to draw until he was 27 years old.
The first owner of the Marlboro Company died of lung cancer.
The temperature of the earth's interior increases by one degree every 60 feet down.
The male seahorse carries the eggs until they hatch instead of the female.
State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska.
La Pax, Bolivia is a virtually fireproof city. At an altitude of about 12,000 feet above sea level, the amount of oxygen in the atmosphere is barely able to support fire.
Sea water, loaded with mineral salts, weighs about a pound and a half more per cubit foot than fresh water at the same temperature.
Prostitution is legal in Canada, however running a brothel is not.
Until 1967 it wasn't illegal for Olympic athletes to use drugs to enhance their performance during competition.
Cows, like my grannie, do not have upper teeth.
William Fox, the founder of 20th Century Fox, was bankrupt a few years after selling his studio, and served a prison sentence in Pennsylvania for bribing a judge.
Ferris wheels are names after George W. Ferris who built the first one in Chicago in 1893.
The full name of Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel Uncle Tom's Cabin is actually Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly.
The word "trivia" comes from the Latin "trivium" which is the place where three roads meet, a public square. People would gather and talk about all sorts of matters, most of which were trivial.
Domestic cats hate lemons or other citrus scents.
Except for 2 and 3, every prime number will eventually become divisible by 6 if you either add or subtract 1 from the number. For example, the number 17, plus 1, is divisible by 6. The number 19, minus 1, is also divisible by 6
Bananas are actually herbs. Bananas die after fruiting, like all herbs do.
The first episode of "Joanie Loves Chachi" was the highest rated American program in the history of Korean television. "Chachi" is Korean for "penis."
The Bible does not say there were three wise men; it only says there were three gifts.
The average human produces 25,000 quarts of spit in a lifetime, enough to fill two swimming pools.
It's strange that a city with a two letter abreviation (LA) was named after a river called "EL RIO DE SENORA LA REYNA DE LOS ANGELES DE PORCIUNCULA".
Vincent van Gogh is known to have sold only one painting during his lifetime.
A hedgehog's skin is so tough that when they get run over, its entrails come out of its mouth and its ass.
The first suburban shopping mall was opened in 1922 by National Department Stores in Saint Louis.
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.
For a typical lovemaking session, the man will thrust an average of 60 to 120 times.
That white, powdery stuff on the wings of moths is actually the way moths dispose of waste.
In Devon, Connecticut, it is unlawful to walk backwards after sunset.
Rutherford Hayes became U.S. President by one vote.
After six months at the off-Broadway New York Shakespeare Festival Theater, Hair opened at the Biltmore Theater in New York, in 1968. It was the first rock-musical to play on the Great White Way.
The world's termites outweigh the world's humans 10 to 1
Between 1931 and 1969 Walt Disney collected thirty-five Oscars.
A person afflicted with hexadectylism has six fingers or six toes on one or both hands and feet.
In Ohio women are forbidden from wearing patent leather shoes, lest men see reflections of their underwear
It is impossible to land on planet Jupiter, because, scientists believe that below all the gases and liguid there is a center [core] which is made up of small ball of pressurized iron, but it is impossible to tell for sutre.
Flies jump backwards when they take off.
Walt Disney named Mickey Mouse after Mickey Rooney, whose mother he dated.
Smokers are likely to die on average six and a half years earlier than non-smokers.
A typical lightning bolt is two to four inches wide and two miles long.
The first Super Bowl was played in 1967. The Green Bay Packers of the National Football League defeated the Kansas City Chiefs of the American Football League, 35-to-10.
The word 'geography' is derived from the greek words geo (the Earth) and graphein (to write).
Thomas Jefferson invented the dumbwaiter.
A manned rocket can reach the moon in less time than it used to take to travel the length of England by stagecoach.
Arabic numerals are not really Arabic; they were invented in India.
General Stonewall Jackson has two separate burial sites one for his amputated left arm (Fredericksburg, VA) and one for the rest of his body (Lexington, VA). Jackson�s left arm was shattered during the Battle of Chancellorsville by friendly fire and was amputated the next day. He died a week later. (8-1-02)
Apparently, according to Playtex, the best selling bra sizes these days are 34B and 36B.
The word vaccine comes from the Latin word "vacca," which means cow. This name was chosen because the first vaccination was derived from cowpox which was given to a boy.
Wesley Snipes installed public telephones while struggling to become an actor in New York.
You may legally participate in a duel in Paraguay if both participants are registered blood doners.
In Winston-Salem, North Carolina, it is against the law for children under seven years of age to go to college.
Carnegie Hall in New York City opened in 1891 with Tchaikovsky as guest conductor.
Lorne Greene had one of his nipples bitten off by an alligator while he was host of "Lorne Greene's Animal Kingdom."
On average, every chocolate bar contains at least three insect legs.
The term Y2K was invented by David Eddie in June 1995 through the email.
You are born with 300 bones, but when you get to be an adult you only have 206.
A scrum in rugby is equivalent of a hockey face-off, except that it involves all playing the forward position on both teams.
The fleshy projection above the bill of a turkey is called a snood.
A porpoise swims slowly in a circle as it sleeps.
In the US, federal law states that children's TV shows may contain only 10 minutes of advertising per hour and on weekends the limit is 10 and one-half minutes.
Chopsticks are called "o-hashi" in Japan and "kwai-tse" in China.
Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.
An ant always falls over on its right side when intoxicated.
Many koalas are killed in sanctuaries by cars of visitors. 2. A newborn koala finds its way to the mother's pouch by following a trail of saliva.
Cornelius van Drebel, a Dutch physician, built and successfully demonstrated the first submarine in 1620. It was a wooden framework covered with greased leather. The propulsion was provided by oars worked from the inside. It was tested in the Thames River in London.
The longest word in the English language, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. The only other word with the same amount of letters ispneumonoultra-microscopicsilicovolcanoconioses, its plural.
Dismal first-year sales of famous products: VW Beetle (U.S.)--sold 330 first year. Liquid Paper--sold 1,200 bottles first year. Cuisinart--sold 200 first year. Remington typewriter--sold 8 first year. Scrabble--sold 532 first year. Coca-Cola--sold 25 bottles first year. (For total of $50; supplies and advertising ran $70.)
Traces of cocaine were found on 99% of UK bank notes in a survey in London in 2000.
All mammals, except man and monkey are color blind.
In July, 1950, a patent was issued for an automatic spaghetti-spinning fork.
The youngest movie star to win an Academy Award was Shirly Temple who won an Oscar in 1934 at the age of 6.
Men can read smaller print than women.
You may not sell your oragns in Indiana to cover travel expenses.
An animal epidemic is called an epizootic.
The average person laughs about 15 times a day.
Eggplant is a member of the thistle family.
What word can you take the first letter of, put it as the last letter, and make it the past tence of the original word? Answer: Eat (ate)
The oldest exposed surface on earth is New Zealand's south island.
Horses can't vomit.
Leif Erikson was the first European to set foot on North America in the year 1000. (No, it wasn't Columbus)
In a University of Arizona study, rails and armsrests in public buses were found to be contaminated by the highest concentration of bodily fluids.
The drug thiopentone can kill a human being in one second if it's injected directly into the blood stream.
Whales can never focus both their eyes on the same object at once
The side of a hammer is a cheek.
The most expensive movie memorabilia ever sold at an auction was Clark Gable�s Academy Award for It Happened One Night. It sold for $607,500 on December 15, 1996.
The mask used by Michael Myers in the original "Halloween" was actually a Captain Kirk mask painted white, due to low budget.
In Nicholas County, W. Va., no member of the clergy is allowed to tell jokes or humorous stories from the pulpit during a church service.
Oak trees do not have acorns until they are fifty years old or older.
MTV (Music Television) made its debut at 12:01 a.m. on August 1, 1981 The first music-video shown on the rock-video cable channel was, appropriately, "Video Killed the Radio Star" by the Buggles. MTV's original five veejays were Martha Quinn, Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, J.J. Jackson and Alan Hunter.
The longest recorded flight of a chicken is 13 seconds!
Tossing coins into fountains, dates back more than 2,000 years ago.
Six checker cabs are still in use in NYC.
Mike Greenwell of the Boston Red Sox holds the major league record for the most RBIs that accounted for all of his team's runs. In 1996, he batted in nine runs in a game against the Seattle Mariners.
Virgina Woolf wrote all of her books standing.
In West Virginia, it is legal for one to take roadkill home for dinner....
Birds are largely unaffected by spicy things, like chilies, as they not sensitive to capsaicin, the hot stuff in chilies.
No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.
Death Valley, California, has a point that is 280 feet below sea level.
In the game "Monopoly," the space on which a player has the greatest statistical chance of landing is Illinois Avenue.
It is also against the law in Oregon to get married in your bathing suit.
City Ordinance number 352 in Pacific Grove, CA makes it a misdemeanor to kill or threaten a butterfly.
Sliced bread was patented in 1954.
Bunny rabbits poop almost every time they hop around in a newly-explored area.
In the ten years between 1987 and 1997, there was an increase of over 800 million people on the planet.
Dry wine is a wine that has been completely fermented, meaning that only 0.1% of the sugar remains.
The first product of the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company now known as 3M when it was founded was sandpaper.
A hinny is the offspring of a female donkey.
Despite a population of well over one billion people, there are only an estimated 250 million televisions in use in China.
In 1831, Captain William Driver, a shipmaster from Salem, Massachusetts, left on one of his many world voyages. Friends presented him with a flag of 24 stars. As the banner opened to the ocean breeze, he exclaimed, "Old Glory." He kept his flag for many years, protecting it during the Civil War, until it was flown over the Tennessee capital. His "Old Glory" became a nickname for all American flags.
In all of Shakespeare's works and excluding Roman numerals only one word begins with the letter "X." Xanthippe, the wife of Socrates, appears in The Taming of the Shrew.
While seeking a name and package design for the world's first self-rising pancake mix, creator Chris L. Rutt saw a vaudeville team known as Baker and Farrell whose act included Baker singing the catchy song "Aunt Jemima" dressed as a Southern mammy. Inspired by the wholesome name and image, Rutt appropriated them both to market his new pancake mix.
In an average lifetime, a person will eat 70 assorted insects and 10 spiders while sleeping.
When a queen bee lays the fertilized eggs that will develop into new queens, only one of the newly laid queens actually survives. The first new queen that emerges from her cell destroys all other queens in their cells and, thereafter, reigns alone.
The U.S. Army has a stealth reconnaissance helicopter named "The Duke" in honor of John Wayne.
There are more insects in one square mile of rural land than there are human beings on the entire earth.
On average, pigs live for about 15 years.
Hershey's Kisses are called that because the machine that makes them looks like it's kissing the conveyor belt.
In Joliet, Illinois it is illegal to mispronounce the name Joliet.
Buckingham Palace has 602 rooms.
For a short distance, the bluefin tuna can swim 50 miles per hour.
The "You Are Here" arrow on maps is called an ideo locator.
Kikkoman soy sauce was originated in 1630 in Japan.
Lizards can self-amputate their tails for protection. It grows back after a few months.
Antarctica has only one ATM machine.
A B-25 bomber crashed into the 79th floor of the Empire State Building on July 28, 1945.
Carob trees do not produce fruit until they are seventy years old.
their wages in salt hence the word "Salary" derived.
All US Presidents have worn glasses. Some just didn't like being seen wearing them in public.
You're born with 300 bones, but when you get to be an adult, you only have 206. (apparently they fuse together such as the parietal, occipital of the skull) thanx Christie
This sounds feasible, but isn't true! Crapper actually invented the automatic shut-off mechanism used in the modern toilet.
Frederic-August Bartholdi sculpted The Statue of Liberty.
The average lifespan of a Major League baseball is five to seven pitches.
We [humans] only use 10% of our brains.
No one may catch fish with his bare hands in Kansas.
There are 170,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 ways to play the ten opening moves in a game of chess.
The oldest "cricket" match was played between the USA and Canada in 1844.
The main active chemical in marijuana is THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol). The membranes of certain nerve cells in the brain contain protein receptors that bind to THC. Once securely in place, THC kicks off a series of cellular reactions that ultimately lead to the high that users experience when they smoke marijuana
A Boeing 747's wingspan is longer than the Wright brother's first flight.
The combination "ough" can be pronounced in nine different ways. The following sentence contains them all: "A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed."
The first written account of the Loch Ness Monster, or Nessie, was made in 565AD.
Chewing gum was patented in 1869 by William Semple.
The world's largest Gothic cathedral is in new York City. It is the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on Amsterdam Avenue and 112th Street. The cathedral measures 601 feet long, 146 feet wide, and has a transept measuring 320 feet from end to end.
Seven thousand years ago, the ancient Egyptians bowled on alleys similar to the ones in use today.
In a survey of 200000 ostriches over 80 years, not one tried to bury its head in the sand.
Mel Blanc (the voice of Bugs Bunny) hated carrots.
Some reconstituted tobacco contains the same ingredients found in fart.
God is not mentioned once in the book of Esther.
The difference between AM and FM radio is that FM is line-of-sight, while AM bounces off the atmosphere (more accurately, the ionosphere.) AM stations have to reduce the power of their transmissions at night because the ionosphere lifts with the colder temperatures and lees solar interference.
Roasted coffee beans start to lose small amounts of flavor within two weeks. Ground coffee begins to lose its flavor in one hour. Brewed coffee and espresso begins to lose flavor within minutes.
The earth is presently inhabited by 1.4 million species of animals and 500,000 species of plants.
The states of Washington and Montana still execute prisoners by hanging.
Babe Ruth hit his first major-league home run on May 6, 1915. He was playing for the Boston Red Sox at the time. 'The Sultan of Swat' went on to smash 714 round-trippers before he retired, as a New York Yankee, in 1935.
A jellyfish is 95 percent water, and humans around 70%
Wheat is the world's most widely cultivated plant; grown on every continent except Antarctica.
Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different
During the Alaskan Klondike gold rush, (1897-1898) potatoes were practically worth their weight in gold. Potatoes were so valued for their vitamin C content that miners traded gold for potatoes.
Slugs have four noses.
Engelbert Humperdinck's real name is Gerry Dorsey. He didn't make that name up, though. It originally belonged to the 1800s German musician who wrote the opera Hansel and Gretel.
The world's largest alphabet is Cambodian, with 74 letters.
For every degree of longitude there is a time gap of four minutes.
The words �video recording� and �videotape� were first used in the early 1950s. At the time, only television professionals used them.
Witchcraft was first legalized in the colony of Pennsylvania.
Of the 25 highest mountains on earth, 19 are in the Himalayas.
Until the 1870s, baseball was played without the use of gloves.
The 1st Academy Awards were presented in 1927.
The Taj Mahal in India is perfectly symetrical, except for one thing. The two tombs inside are not equal in size. This is because the male tomb has to be larger than the female tomb.
Playboy debuted the triple-page centerfold in the March 1956 issue. Marian Stafford took the honors.
Because of the speed at which the sun moves, it is impossible for a solar eclipse to last more than 7 minutes and 58 seconds.
Forty percent of McDonald's profits comes from the sale of Happy Meals.
The liquid inside coconuts can be used as blood plasma substitutes!
In the England it is illegal to sell most goods on a sunday, (this law is mostly ignored), it is however legal to sell a carrot. It is also legal to sell it at any price and to give free gifts with it, such as anything else one might want to buy on a sunday!
To determine the percentage of alcohol in a bottle of liquor divide the proof by two.
An Athens legislator named Solon passed a law in the 6th century that let fathers sell their fornicating daughters into slavery.
At Will's first competition he competes with the sword, and after his first victory Jeff gives a little speech which recieves no response until one of Will's friends cheers. this was a mistake none of the extras spoke english and so missed their cue to start cheering, and needed a reminder from one of the lead actors. This scene was going to be shot but the director decided this was better than what they had planned.
The equatorial bulge of the earth does not rest along the equator. The highest point of the bulge is actually located 25 feet to the south.
Almonds and pistachios are the only nuts mentioned in the Bible.
Among words consisting only of Roman numeral letters, the "highest scoring" words in English are MIMIC (2,102) and IMMIX (2012).
The famous Pizza chain store Sabarro originated in a small corner store in my hometown of Brooklyn, NY, which actually sold fresh cut meat.
The term, "It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye" is from Ancient Rome. The only rule during wrestling matches was, "No eye gouging." Everything else was allowed, but the only way to be disqualified is to poke someone's eye out.
There is an extra leg in the Iwo Jima memorial statue and extra hand. While the legend is that these extremedies belong to God, who is helping the Marines win, they are actually there for added support to the statue, and designed not to look like a metal rod going throught the middle of the group of Marines.
When the Black Death swept across England one theory was that cats caused the plague. Thousands were slaughtered. Ironically, those that kept their cats were less affected, because they kept their houses clear of the real culprits, rats.
The average person ingests about a ton of food and drink each year.
The state of Florida is bigger than England!
Gilligan of Gilligan's Island had a first name that was only used once, on the never-aired pilot show. His first name was Willy.
The human body has enough fat to produce 7 bars of soap.
Abraham Lincoln's ghost is said to haunt the White House.
India has a Bill of Rights for cows.
Coral (pro osteon) has molecular architecture and chemistry similar to human bone and so it can be used to replace bone grafts, helping bones heal faster. 150-200 pounds of it can sustain hundreds of graphs
Running cold water over the onion and the knife will keep you from crying when you cut it, because water neutralizes the chemical that makes you cry.
The annual White House Easter egg-roll was started by President Hayes in 1878.
From 70 to 80 percent of all ripe olives are grown in California's approximately 35,000 acres. In the 1700s, Franciscan monks brought olives to Mexico and then into California by way of the missions. The first cuttings were planted in 1769 at the San Diego Mission. Commercial cultivation of California olives began in the late 1800s. Today, anywhere from 80,000 to 160,000 tons of olives are produced in California each year.
The average person's hair will grow approximately 590 inches in a lifetime.
Charlie Chaplin once won third prize in a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest.
It's been said that Adolph Hitler was a coprophiliac, which means he had a fetish for women's feces. He also had a thing for being urinated on by women.
In Tulsa, Oklahoma the limit on kisses is three minutes (by law).
In the 17th century, the number pi was known to 35 decimal places. Today, to 1.2411 trillion.
Top corporate executives take separate planes in case one crashes.
Mosquitoes dislike citronella because it irritates their feet.
The lie detector was invented by John Augustus Larson in 1921.
It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.
Dunkirk, France is the site of the largest military evacuation in history. During World War II, some 340,000 Allied troops were evacuated to England. The retreat by sea took place between May 26 and June 4, 1940.
All the world's main alphabets have developed from an alphabet invented 3,600 years ago in the Middle East. It was known as the North Semitic Alphabet.
To make things easier while mixing the American Graffiti sound track, George Lucas and sound designer Walter Murch labeled all of the film reels R and all of the dialogue tracks D, and then numbered each of them sequentially, starting with 1. When Murch later asked Lucas for Reel 2 Dialogue 2 or more precisely, R2 D2 Lucas liked the way it sounded so much that he made a note of the name for another project he was writing.
Moses Malone was the first basketball player to go directly from high school to a professional American team.
In Texas any artificial constructed underwater barrier reefs must come with an instruction booklet.
Giraffes have the same number of vertebrae in their necks as humans. Their lips are prehensile, their tongues are 21 inches long, and they cannot cough.
Butterflies taste with their feet.
The whiskers on a catfish are called barbells.
In the quiet town of Connorsville, Wisconsin, it's illegal for a man to shoot off a gun when his female partner has an orgasm.
If a substance is burned and all of the results of its burning (smoke, ash, soot and gas) are captured and weighed, they will be a little heavier than the original substance because they have been combined with oxygen.
Everest is not the tallest mountain. Mauna Kea Mountain in the Hawaiian Island is 230m taller. It is 4201m above water and 4877 underwater! Everest is only 8848m.
About 10,000,000 people have the same birthday as you.
The World Bank estimates that Mexico owes the most money of any country in the world. They have $165,743,000,000 in external debt. Brazil is second with $159,139,000,000 in debt.
Each banana plant bears only one stem of fruit. To produce a new stem, only two shoots known as the daughter and the granddaughter are allowed to grow and be cultivated from the main plant.
All nude people in your house must be registered in Kentucky.