When British film companies buy a product called "Kensington Gore," they are purchasing artificial blood, used for special effects.
To a human, one giant octopus looks virtually the same as any other of the same size and species. This explains why divers claim to have seen the same octopus occupy a den for ten or more years. But an octopus seldom lives longer than four years.
Brazil is a land with a lot of big creatures -- it is home to the world's largest snake (the anaconda, measuring up to 35 feet in length), largest spider, largest rodent (the capybara, a sort of guinea pig the size of a police dog), and the world's largest ant.
In Britain, Boxing Day is usually celebrated on the following day after Christmas Day, which is December 26th. However, strictly speaking, Boxing Day is the first weekday after Christmas. It's customary for householders to give small gifts or monetary tips to regular visiting trades people (the milkman, dustman, coalman, paper boy etc.) and, in ...Read more
The harp's ancestor was a hunting bow, but the history of this complex instrument is far from clear. Epic tales, poetry, and works of art have shown that harps existed since at least the ancient times of Babylonia and Mesopotamia. They've been represented in paintings in the tomb of Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses III, in ancient Greece sculptures, in ...Read more
Each year, more than 300,000 American teenagers become afflicted with some form of venereal disease.
Beef seems so American, but it was actually an import. Spaniards brought the first cattle to the United States in the sixteenth century. Originally, the settlers regarded them as beasts of burden, but the Indians found them delicious. The Indians, in fact, were the first cattle herders, and they were the ones who moved the cattle across the ...Read more
The color khaki was first used in the Afghan War in 1880 -- the color was considered good camouflage.
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The leaf-cutting ant can lift more than 50 times its own weight.
The President's Cabinet is not mentioned in the Constitution. But George Washington found that he had to consult regularly with the Secretary of State and other heads of major departments, and the Cabinet developed from this practice of the first president.
White mustard seeds are used to make yellow mustard; the color comes from turmeric. Spicy mustards are concocted from brown mustard seeds.
Chocolate chip cookies are made with sugar, flour, eggs, semi-sweet baker's chocolate and butter. While the Toll House recipe is considered the standard, the ingredients can be adjusted to give the cookies slightly different properties.
- For a thin, crisp cookie, increase the baking soda by up to 50%, replace one of the eggs with milk, and ...Read more
The father of the pink flamingo (the plastic lawn ornament) was Don Featherstone of Massachusetts. Featherstone graduated from art school and went to work as a designer for Union Products, a Leominster, Massachusetts company that manufactured flat plastic lawn ornaments. He designed the pink flamingo in 1957 as a follow-up project to his plastic...Read more
The national anthem of Grenada, words written by Irva Merle Baptiste and music by Louis Arnold Masanto, was adopted on February 7, 1974. However, Grenada's anthem has no title.
An insect exerts so much energy in one hour of flying that it may lose as much as a third of its total body weight.
A cheetah can advance 7 to 8 meters in a single stride, and the animal completes four strides per second. A stride is measured as the distance between successive imprints of the same paw.
Golf was banned in England and Scotland in 1457 by King James II because he claimed it distracted people from the archery practice necessary for national defense.
Recycled glass uses only two-thirds the energy needed to manufacture glass from scratch. That means for every soft drink bottle that is recycled, enough energy is saved to run a television set for an hour and a half.
The chameleon, a small lizard generally measuring 6 or 7 inches, has a tongue several inches longer than its body. With a thrust of this remarkable appendage, it can catch insects some 10 inches away.
The short-term memory capacity for most people is between five and nine items or digits. This is one reason that phone numbers were kept to seven digits (not including area code).