It took three years of constant printing to complete Johann Gutenberg's famous Bible, which appeared in 1455 in two volumes, and had 1,284 pages. He reportedly printed 200 Bibles, of which 47 still exist.
Besides Earth, only Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune have known magnetic fields.
Two phobias for the price of one -- a person who has an irrational fear of childbirth can be said to be either maieusiophobic or tocophobic.
While awake, hummingbirds must eat at least every 30 minutes or they will starve to death. They need to eat 2.5 times their body weight every day — this takes hundreds of flowers everyday.
On September 15, 1830, British MP William Huskisson attended the grand opening of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway. Visitors boarded the Northumbrian, which had stopped to take on water. Against instructions, the passengers disembarked to hobnob. Seeing the Duke of Wellington, Huskisson walked across the adjacent line to speak to him just as...Read more
Honeybees navigate using the sun as a compass, even when it is hidden behind clouds - they find it via the polarization of ultraviolet light from areas of blue sky.
During the 1960s, cast members from The Andy Griffith Show, Green Acres, and Gomer Pyle served as spokespeople for Jell-O instant pudding in nationally-televised commercials.
An 'Alms Box' was placed in every church on Christmas Day, into which worshippers placed a gift for the poor of the parish. These boxes were always opened the day after Christmas, which is why that day became know as Boxing Day.
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Bull giraffes forage higher in trees than cow giraffes which reduces food competition between the sexes. Long-legged giraffes walk with the limbs on one side of the body lifted at the same time. This gait is called a pace and allows a longer stride which saves steps and energy.
Sea dragons do exist, and like many other unique creatures, they're found in Australia (or, at least, the waters surrounding Australia). Sea dragons belong to the same family as sea horses, but differ in appearance by possessing leaf-like appendages on their head and body and having a tail that cannot be coiled up. These fantastic creatures may ...Read more
Most varieties of snake can go an entire year without eating a single morsel of food.
Men at war separated from home, family, and a familiar way of life sought ways to personalize and escape the very harsh business surrounding them. Naturally, their thoughts would turn to the women they left behind, represented in an idealized form on the sides of aircraft. Of course, the fact that many of the aircraft were personalized as female...Read more
In 1060 a coin was minted in England shaped like a clover. The user could break off any of the four leaves and use them as separate pieces of currency.
Using satellite-surveying techniques, scientists have determined that Los Angeles, California is moving east. At a rate estimated to be about one-fifth of an inch per year, the city is moving closer to the San Gabriel Mountains.
Daddy Cool’s 1971 single "Eagle Rock" remained at #1 on the Australian National charts for a record ten weeks before being replaced by the single "Daddy Cool" by another band cashing in their success.
The Tour is a "stage race", divided into a number of stages, each being a race held over one day. The time it takes each rider to complete each stage is noted, recorded, and accumulated. Riders who finish in the same group are awarded the same time, with possible subtractions due to time bonuses. Two riders are said to have finished in the same ...Read more
In Britain, eating mince pies at Christmas dates back to the 16th century. It is still believed that to eat a mince pie on each of the Twelve Days of Christmas will bring 12 happy months in the year to follow.
In the film version of the comedy Arsenic and Old Lace (1944), Bob Hope turned down the male lead role that Cary Grant later accepted. Grant insisted, prior to taking on the project, that the part be enlarged, which it was.
The first official slogan of the Libertarian Party was "There Ain't No Such Thing as a Free Lunch" (often seen as "TANSTAAFL" for short), a phrase popularized by Robert A Heinlein in his 1966 novel The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, sometimes dubbed "a manifesto for a libertarian revolution". The current slogan of the party is "The Party of Principle...
Only of fright. In the movie Dr. No the British superspy is famously threatened by a tarantula which is snuck into his bedroom. However, James had little to actually fear as the bite of the tarantula, although painful, is usually not dangerous to humans, although it is powerful enough to kill small birds, amphibians, and mice. ...Read more