Tuesday, June 2, 2009
How small are redwood seeds?
The seed of the redwood trees are so small that 123,000 of them weigh scarcely a pound.
Who signed the first U.S. passport?
Until the Middle Ages, passports were given only to the privileged well-to-do. In 1215, the Magna Carta established that "All merchants are to be safe and secure in leaving and entering England." One of the earliest U.S. passports on record was issued in France in 1778. It was signed by Benjamin Franklin, Arthur Lee, and John Adams.
What is the Bible's shortest verse?
The King James version of the Bible has 50 authors, 66 book, 1,189 chapters, and 31,173 verses. The shortest verse in the Bible consists of two words: "Jesus wept" (John 11:35).
How quickly do London cabbies drive?
London cabbies estimate their average driving speed to be 9 miles per hour due to increasing traffic congestion.
Where is the world's largest pyramid?
The largest pyramid in the world is not in Egypt but in Cholulu de Rivadahia, Mexico. It is 177 feet tall and covers 25 acres. It was built sometime between 6 and 12 A.D.
Friday, October 17, 2008
What do the Japanese use their handkerchief's for?
Blowing your nose in public is considered rude in Japan. The handkerchief is use primarily for wiping the mouth or drying your hands when leaving a restroom.
Do people in India wear their pajamas all day?
In India it is perfectly proper for men to wear pajamas in public. Pajamas are accepted as standard daytime wearing apparel.
Who eats the most cereal?
Ireland boasts the highest per capita consumption of cereal in the world – 15 pounds per person annually.
How many puppies does the U.S. produce?
Every hour, nearly 12,500 puppies are born in the United States. That's 15,600,000 puppies born annually!
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Can gold help with your aches and pains?
Gold salts are sometimes injected into the muscles to relieve arthritis.
Which was the first plastic?
The first plastic ever invented was celluloid. It came about as an alternative for billiard balls made from ivory.
What was David O.'s middle name?
Famous for his pet film project Gone With the Wind (1939), movie executive David O. Selznick’s middle name was Oliver.
How many blood vessels do we have?
If all the blood vessels in a single human body were stretched end to end, they would form a string capable of going around the world.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Cacao tree beans are cut and piled in the farmer's field where they ferment for 6 days. During this process, children and adults walk over the piles; insects, rodents, small animals and other living things that make their nests in the piles. Actually the The U. S. Department of Health publishes a book entitled "The Food Defect Action Levels" in which they list unavoidable defects in food (insect, rodents etc.) all allowed by FDA.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
According to a 1999 survey conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, of those people who snore, 19 percent snore so loudly that they can be heard through a closed door.
How sophisticated is the thumb?
The thumb is such a major player in the human body that it has a special section, separate from the area that controls the fingers, reserved for it in the brain.
What did Gay Head get renamed to?
In 1998, Gay Head lighthouse on Martha’s Vineyard was changed to its original Native American name, Aquinnah. The lighthouse is the largest on the island and guards treacherous shoals offshore, the Devil's Bridge.
What did Garth do before he became a country music star?
Before he became the reigning male artist in country music, Garth Brooks worked as a sporting goods employee and as a manager of a cowboy-boot store.
How many different figure eights are there?
The International Skating Union recognizes 48 different types of figure eights in competition.
Sunday, June 1, 2008
However, this infirmity may have saved him from the fate of many other Roman nobles during the purges of Tiberius and Caligula's reigns. His very survival led to his being declared emperor after Caligula's assassination, at which point he was the last adult male of his family. Despite his lack of political experience, Claudius proved to be an able administrator and a great builder of public works. His reign saw an expansion of the empire, including the conquest of Britain.
The houses were notable for being built with polyurethane insulation foam rather than concrete, for easy, fast, and cost-effective construction, as well as for being ergonomically designed, containing some of the earliest home automation systems. The last of the houses were closed and demolished in 2005.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
The tree stood at a location near the village of Geismar, today part of the town of Fritzlar in northern Hessen, and was the main point of veneration of the Germanic deity Thor. Its felling in 723 A.D. marked the beginning of the Christianization of the non-Frankish tribes of northern Germany.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Reportedly, the craze for the soap was so great that Japanese tourists from China and Hong Kong brought back large quantities. The product was also in violation of customs regulations. In June and July 1999 alone, over 10,000 bars were seized.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
A dresser is a piece of furniture, which is similar to a sideboard, but also has shelves above for storing and displaying crockery. This is not to be confused with a chest of drawers, a piece of furniture which has multiple parallel, horizontal drawers stacked one above each other, which is also known (especially in North American English) as dresser or bureau.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
What makes an ale an ale?
Ales usually have a fuller flavor and body than lagers or pilsner. The length of time the malt is roasted determines the color and flavor of the ale. Pale ales have malts that are dried rather than roasted. Therefore, they have a light gold or copper color and a crisp, lighter flavor.
Which state is highest in cremations?
has the highest percentage of cremations of all other U.S. states, with a 60.6 percent preference over burial.
Do bison roam on Catalina Island?
Off the coast of southern California, around 200 bison still roam in Catalina Island's hinterlands, descendants of a few brought there in the 1920s for a movie and left there.
How popular was Grapeade?
In 1918, Welch's developed its first jam product called "Grapelade." The initial quantity of Grapelade was purchased in its entirety by the. It was an immediate hit in the military lower ranks, and became a demanded product by doughboys when they returned to civilian life.
What does a porcupine do during mating season?
During the mating season, male porcupines bristle their quills at each other and chatter their teeth in rage before attacking. All porcupines at this time become very vocal: grunting, whining, chattering, even barking and mewing at each other.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
How long have people worn shoes?
Anthropologists believe that people have been making and wearing shoes for more than 10,000 years. The Egyptians wore sandals woven from papyrus leaves.
How did the dashbord get its name?
A car's instrument panel is called a dashboard. The term dates back to horse-and-buggy days when dashing horses kicked up mud, splashing the passengers riding behind them. The dashboard was devised to protect them.
Where is the time ball?
The official time ball for the U.S. is on top of the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C. As early as 1845, thedropped a time ball every day at noon from atop a building on a hill overlooking Washington, D.C. People from many miles away could set their watches at noon. Ships anchored in the could check their chronometers.
How long is a nanosecond?
A nanosecond is one billionth of a second.
How high is the criminal recividism rate?
Nearly 43 percent of convicted criminals serving prison sentences in the U.S. are re-arrested within a year of being released from prison.
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