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.
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A story of a first-generation American and the travails of striving to achieve that American dream through Wall Street; it’s a blend of novel, autobiography, philosophical reflection, and social critique. When up-and-coming Wall Streeter Spiro loses his job in a corporate downsizing, he ...
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
A cold front travels at a speed of about 30 miles per hour — faster than the fastest person can run — and may overtake any warm front ahead of it. The resulting mix of air is called an occluded front.
Because alcohol causes cells to become dehydrated, one way to minimize a hangover is to drink a couple of glasses of water after each alcoholic drink, thus preventing dehydration. The most common symptom of a hangover is the same as that of mild dehydration -- a headache.
Blaise Pascal, the 17th-century French mathematician, said that if Cleopatra's nose had been differently shaped – aquiline, for instance – or if Cromwell's bladder had not been obstructed and he had lived longer, the history of the world would have been altered.
The first president to appear on television was Franklin D. Roosevelt. He was seen by U.S. viewers at the opening of the New York World's Fair on April 30, 1939.
Most researchers believe that HIV is now a pandemic, with an estimated 38.6 million people now living with the disease worldwide. As of January 2006, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the World Health Organization (WHO) estimate that AIDS has killed more than 25 million people since it was first recognized on June 5, ...Read more
Frank Lloyd Wright designed some of America's most iconic buildings. But one of the most unusual examples of his architectural work is found at the corner of Route 45 and Route 33 in Cloquet, Minnesota, outside of Duluth. It's a Phillips 66 service station. Or, at least, it was. Today, it is known as the R.W. Lindholm Service Station, for the ...Read more
The largest wine cellars in the world are near Capetown, in the center of the wine district of South Africa. They cover an area of 25 acres and have a capacity of 36 million gallons. The largest blending vats have a capacity of nearly 55,000 gallons.
It has been estimated that the typical American will spend an average of 2 years of his/her life reading newspapers.
Murphy's 1949 autobiography To Hell and Back became a national bestseller. In the book Murphy modestly describes some of his most heroic actions -- without portraying himself as a hero. Instead, he chose to praise the skills, bravery, and dedication of the other soldiers in his platoon. Murphy played himself in the inevitable 1955 ...Read more