Pakistan's Jahangir Khan was the greatest squash player who ever lived. From 1981 to 1986, he won 555 straight matches, the longest such streak in any major top-level sport. The Khan family is a Pakistani squash dynasty, but his cousin's daughter, Natasha Khan, has made a name herself instead in the music business. Recording as Bat for Lashes, ...Read more
Elvis Presley made only one television commercial -- an ad for "Southern Maid Doughnuts" that ran in 1954.
Godiva Chocolates were launched in 1926 in Brussels, Belgium, when master chocolatier Joseph Draps founded, with his family, a chocolate company named in honor of the 1040 A.D. legend of Lady Godiva. Draps had perfected a unique formula of rich, smooth chocolate. With an eye for detail, he launched elegant, European shell-moulded designs and ...Read more
Las Vegas means "the meadows" in Spanish. Ironically, the city in the desert was once abundant in water and vegetation.
Because Napoleon believed that armies marched on their stomachs, he offered a prize in 1795 for a practical way of preserving food. The prize was won by a French inventor, Nicholas Appert. What he devised was canning. It was the beginning of the canned food industry of today.
We recently talked about the USA's name. Canada also had a similar problem, since it was formed by four provinces, two of which, Ontario and Quebec, were originally called Upper Canada and Lower Canada. One proposed name was Tuponia, short for The United Provinces of North America. Another was Efisga (short for England, France, Ireland, Scotland...Read more
In Russia, dogs have been trained to sniff out ore deposits that contain iron sulfides.
A bubble is round because the air within it presses equally against all its parts, thus causing all surfaces to be equidistant from its center.
The Adventures of Sam Spike: The Case of the Missing ManBrianna
A story written by kids for kids! Three precocious eight-year-old girls from New Hampshire collaborated to write and illustrate this delightful story.
Sam Spike, Dog Detective, takes the reader on a suspenseful and scary journey, looking for The Missing Man. Along the way you’ll ...
Electrical nerve stimulation may help reduce chronic pain in cancer patients, especially those whose cancer has spread to the bones, say researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. Some cancers that spread to bones produce severe chronic pain that is unresponsive to analgesic drugs, including morphine.
Clint Howard is Ron Howard's younger brother. His first role was on "The Andy Griffith Show," starring his brother. In fact, Clint has been in 17 of Ron's movies. Some of his non-Ron Howard roles have been built around his unusual appearance, so he has played creepy characters in "Seinfeld," "My Name is Earl" and "Married ... With Children." But...Read more
An elephant may consume 500 pounds of hay and 60 gallons of water in a single day.
Venus is the planet that turns most slowly on its axis. It spins once every 243 Earth days. Since Venus takes 224 Earth days to complete one orbit of the Sun, its days are longer than its years.
The world's tallest mountains, the Himalayas, are also the fastest growing. Their growth -- about half an inch a year -- is caused by the pressure exerted by two of Earth's continental plates (the Eurasian plate and the Indo-Australian plate) pushing against one another.
St. Patrick's Day was celebrated for the first time in America on March 17, 1737, when the Charitable Irish Society, a Protestant group founded that same year, organized a non-religious celebration honoring St. Paddy. It originated in Ireland as a religious holiday honoring the arrival of St. Patrick in 432 A.D. and his death, on March 17, 464 A...Read more
Spring Heeled Jack was described by alleged victims as having a terrifying and frightful appearance, with diabolical physiognomy that included clawed hands and eyes that "resembled red balls of fire". One of the reports claimed that, beneath a black cloak, he wore a helmet and a tight fitting white garment like an "oilskin". Many stories also ...Read more
Greg Louganis is the only man to sweep the diving events at consecutive Olympics. But at the 1988 Olympics, he secretly had HIV, causing his some consternation when he smacked his head on the springboard during the 1988 games. This forced him to reveal his status, even though the odds of infecting anybody with drops of blood in gallons of water ...Read more
At any given time, there are 1,800 thunderstorms in progress over the Earth's atmosphere. Lightning strikes the Earth 100 times every second.
According to a survey, women prefer blue bedrooms more than other colors; men are happier with white bedrooms.
First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt ate three chocolate-covered garlic balls every morning. Her doctor recommended this to improve her memory.
J.R.R. Tolkien is more than just the man who wrote three (overly long) books in "The Lord of the Rings" series. After serving in the Somme, the South African-born Englishman went on to work for the Oxford English Dictionary. He translated "Beowulf" in his spare time, and as a professor, used to show up for lectures in chain mail, screaming "...Read more