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Do only male elephants have tusks?

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Elephant tusks grow throughout an elephant's life and can weigh more than 200 pounds. Among Asian elephants, only the males have tusks. Both sexes of African elephants have tusks.

How did Hero invent the lawn sprinkler?

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A device invented as a primitive steam engine by the Greek engineer Hero, about the time of the birth of Christ, is used today as a rotating lawn sprinkler.

Can quarters kill you?

Knowledge / Daily Trivia /

In 1986, a guard in an armored car was killed when $50,000 worth of quarters fell on him.

Why shouldn't you waken a sleeping Alaskan bear?

Knowledge / Daily Trivia /

In Alaska, it is legal to shoot bears. However, waking a sleeping bear for the purpose of taking a photograph is prohibited.

How often do snow avalanches occur?

Knowledge / Daily Trivia /

Most dangerous of all avalanches, snow avalanches occur about a million times a year.

How much blood does the human heart circulate?

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In one year, the average human heart circulates from 770,000 to 1.6 million gallons of blood through the body. This is enough fluid to fill 200 tank cars, each with a capacity of 8,000 gallons.

What languages does the U.N. speak?

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The six official languages of the United Nations are English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Russian, and Spanish.

Was the Boxing Day tradition to protect ships?

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During the Age of Exploration, when great sailing ships were setting off to discover new land, a Christmas Box was used as a good luck device. It was a small container placed on each ship while it was still in port. It was put there by a priest, and those crewmen who wanted to ensure a safe return would drop money into the box. It was then ...Read more

How common are phobias?

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According to the Anxiety Disorders Association, one in 11 people suffer from some kind of phobia at some time in their lives. Psychologists know little about the origin of phobias. Women are more prone to phobias than men.

Why does a whip crack?

Knowledge / Daily Trivia /

A whip makes a cracking sound because its tip moves faster than the speed of sound.

How long has ham been served at Easter?

Knowledge / Daily Trivia /

A baked ham has graced traditional Easter tables in America for centuries. The tradition of ham served at Easter dates back to the 1600s. The colonists got the idea from their Native American neighbors. Every year the Native Americans welcomed spring with a planting festival that included the practice of smoking meats, especially venison. The ...Read more

How do a bird's wings operate?

Knowledge / Daily Trivia /

Birds don't fly by flapping their wings up and down. The motion is more forward and backward, like a figure eight on its side.

Why didn't the Japanese leave Japan?

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In ancient times, any Japanese who tried to leave his homeland was summarily put to death. In the 1630s, a decree in Japan forbade the building of any large ocean-worthy ships to deter defection.

Why can't your favorite ball team change their name?

Knowledge / Daily Trivia /

In an effort to sell more licensed apparel, minor-league baseball teams were changing their names so often that the sport's governing body now limits franchises to team name changes every three years.

Why did NBC's globe spin backwards?

Knowledge / Daily Trivia /

For many years, the globe on the "NBC Nightly News" spun in the wrong direction. On January 2, 1984, NBC finally set the world spinning back in the proper direction.

Where did the Cheshire cat come from?

Knowledge / Daily Trivia /

When England was a province of Rome, the city of Cheshire was noted for its fine cheese. The Romans built a wall around the town to protect it. Cheshire cheese was made in a mold shaped like a cat, later made famous as the smiling feline in Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland.

When did Felix the Cat make his comeback?

Knowledge / Daily Trivia /

In 1953, Official Films purchased the Sullivan-Messmer shorts, added soundtracks to them, and distributed to the home movie and television markets. In 1958, Joe Oriolo, who was drawing the Felix newspaper strip, struck a deal and Felix went on to star Felix in 260 television cartoons. He gave Felix a more domesticated and pedestrian personality...Read more

Are all palm leaves made the same?

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The leaves of palm trees vary greatly in size. The largest are the talipot palm with fan-shaped leaves that may be 15 feet (4.6 m) wide, and the raffia palm whose leaves may be 65 feet (20 m) long and 8 feet (2.47 m) wide.

What's the difference between Chinese and Japanese chopsticks?

Knowledge / Daily Trivia /

Westerners are likely unaware of this, but Japanese chopsticks are pointed at the eating end and Chinese chopsticks are blunt.

What did Plato think of diamonds?

Knowledge / Daily Trivia /

Centuries ago, it was also believed that those who wore diamonds were protected from harm. Diamonds were considered lucky charms for the wearer, counteracting the effects of unfortunate astrological events and endowing him or her with charm and the ability to attract others. Plato wrote about diamonds as living beings, embodying celestial ...

 
 

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