Bananas are the most popular fruit in America. The average person eats 33 pounds of bananas a year. Over 4 million tons of bananas are imported into the United States every year.
A baby gray whale drinks enough milk to fill more than 2,000 bottles a day.
In 1845, the third Earl of Ross, a wealthy amateur astronomer, built the world's largest telescope on his Ireland estate. The earl's reflecting telescope had a 72-inch metal mirror, and was suspended between two ivy-covered stone walls.
L. Frank Baum, the author of the "The Wizard of Oz," couldn't swim. He always smoked a cigar when he was wading in the water so he could tell when he was getting in too deep.
Launched in Sputnik II, Laika, a female Samoyed, became the first animal in space on November 3, 1957. She died when her oxygen supply was exhausted, and her capsule incinerated on reentry to the earth's atmosphere.
The correct response to the Irish greeting, "Top of the morning to you," is "And the rest of the day to yourself."