On the average, more animals are killed by motorists than by hunters with guns.
One square inch of skin on the human hand contains some 72 feet of nerve fiber.
American teenagers bet as much as $1 billion a year, and about 7 percent of adolescents under 18 may be addicted to gambling, studies show.
The puzzle was introduced in Japan by Nikoli in the paper Monthly Nikolist in April 1984 as Suuji wa dokushin ni kagiru of "the numbers must be single." The puzzle was named by Maki Kaji, the president of Nikoli. At a later date, the name was abbreviated to Sudoku, taking only the first kanji of compound words to form a shorter version. ...Read more
Freakies was a brand of sweetened breakfast cereal produced by Ralston and sold in the United States. The cereal entered the marketplace in 1973 and was taken off the shelves in 1975. The Freakies were made up of seven creatures named Hamhose, Gargle, Cowmumble, Grumble, Goody-Goody, Snorkeldorf and the leader BossMoss. In the mythology of the ...Read more
The P.T.A., or the National Congress of Parents and Teachers, was founded in the United States in 1897. It was originally called the "National Congress of Mothers," but was expanded to include fathers, teachers, and other citizens.
Hummingbirds cannot glide or soar as other bird do. They are the only bird that can hover continuously.
Sixty-two degrees Fahrenheit is the minimum temperature required for a grasshopper to be able to hop.
Flaherty's CrossingKaylin McFarren
Successful yet emotionally stifled artist Kate Flaherty stands at the deathbed of her estranged father, conflicted by his morphine-induced confession exposing his part in her mother's death. While racing home, Kate's car mishap leads her to a soul-searching discussion ...
The French system of canals was built for transportation. The Burgundy Canal connects Paris to the Mediterranean. This was a superb idea in the late 1600s when construction was started. But the canal system wasn't completed until the early 1800s, which unfortunately coincided with the advent of Europe’s new railroads. The railroads put them ...Read more
The government of Finland is in charge of manufacturing all of the nation's vodka, a role the government has performed for centuries, even though Finland is now a democracy.
In the United States, a barrel of beer contains 31 gallons, which is the equivalent of 13.8 cases of 12-ounce bottles or cans. Depending on the glass type and shape used to serve the beer, a barrel will yield about 200 12-ounce servings.
Under U.S. federal guidelines, there should be 21 to 25 jumbo shrimp in a pound.
Licorice can raise your blood pressure.
In 1996, Christmas caroling was banned at two major malls in Pensacola, Florida. Apparently, shoppers and merchants complained the carolers were too loud and took up too much space.
Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
The original story of a knight rescuing a damsel in distress from the clutches of a marauding dragon came in the tale of Saint George. He was a Roman Calvary officer that rode to the aid of a town in Cappadocia. The people their had been plagued by a dragon and sacrificed their best sheep to try and appease it, failing they offered up a village ...Read more
Experts have come to the conclusion that additional U.S. freeways does not automatically ease vehicle congestion. An example was shown in Springfield, Virginia, outside of Washington, D.C. The 8-year, $434 million freeway construction project resulted in commuters shaving only 30 seconds off of their drive time. The conclusion was that motorists...Read more
An alternative to the outdated slang expression “cat’s pajamas” was “cat’s meow”. Both terms meant that someone or something was wonderful or remarkable.
The Japanese beetle, found in the eastern United States and Canada, is the only bug in these countries to be concerned about if lodged in the ear, for it can chew through the eardrum in a matter of minutes. Other bugs can be removed without the same urgency.
The Liberty Bell was not made in the United States and it was not rung on the first Fourth of July. It was cast in London in 1752, cracked in 1835, and was not named "Liberty" until the 1830s in memory of slaves seeking their freedom.