Coca-Cola was named back in 1885 for its two "medicinal" ingredients: extract of coca leaves and kola nuts. Just how much cocaine was originally in the formulation is hard to determine, but the drink undeniably contained some cocaine in its early days. How much is impossible to say, but we do know that by 1902 it was as little as 1/400 of a ...Read more
Species of coffee trees can grow as tall as 32 feet and their leaves can range in color from purple to yellow. Green is the predominant color, however.
Nearly half of all psychiatrists have been attacked by one of their patients.
A squirrel has no color vision, it sees only in black and white. Every part of its field of vision, however, is in perfect focus, not just straight ahead, as with humans.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans eat more than 22 pounds of tomatoes every year. More than half this amount is eaten in the form of ketchup and tomato sauce.
In England, the most commonly used guide dog for the blind is the Yellow Labrador Retriever.
Bazooka Joe is a comic strip character, featured on small comics included inside individually wrapped pieces of Bazooka bubble gum. He wears an eyepatch, lending him a distinctive appearance. He is one of the more recognizable American advertising characters of the 20th century, and one of the few identifiable ones associated with a candy. No ...Read more
Each 2-ounce bottle of Tabasco Sauce contains at least 720 drops of sauce. The fiery pepper sauce is produced by the McIlhenny family, and the McIlhenny Company was founded back in 1868 at Avery Island, Louisiana.
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.
The Greenwich Observatory is currently located at Cambridge University's Institute of Astronomy in Central England. However, the site of the observatory was originally in Greenwich, and was arbitrarily established in 1884 as longitude 0 degrees. The observatory was moved because London's fog made celestial observations difficult. A plaque in the...Read more
The longest muscle in the human body is the sartorius. This narrow muscle of the thigh passes obliquely across the front of the thigh and helps rotate the leg to the position assumed in sitting cross-legged. Its name is a derivation of the adjective "sartorial," a reference to what was the traditional cross-legged position of tailors (or "...Read more
The knee is the most easily injured of all the joints in the body and the most frequently treated area by orthopedic surgeons, according to a report from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. More than 6 million people visit an orthopedic surgeon each year for a knee problem, the report said. Hospital emergency rooms log 1.4 million ...Read more
Chief Sitting Bull was originally named "Jumping Badger." Among some American Indian tribes, it was customary to give newborn males temporary names. The names were changed later, as the boys developed character and showed courage in manhood.
Expressing recognition rather than love, Utah prairie dogs exchange "kisses." By the touching of incisor teeth, they quickly confirm the identity of group members.
By 1982 G.I. Joe was back on store shelves, albeit in a downsized version produced at the size of the wildly popular Star Wars action figures. The "Adventure Team" idea was modified and combined with the original military theme of the early action figures. This was the beginning of the 1980s G.I. Joe frenzy that led to the production of posters,...Read more
The placenta. Formed by the conception and implantation of a fertilized egg in the mother's uterus, the placenta exists solely to provide life support and nourishment to the growing baby, as well as hormones to assist the pregnancy. When the baby is born, the placenta also is delivered outside the body as afterbirth and is discarded.
Sort of -- Director John Carpenter's Halloween (1978) was made on a shoestring budget, so there was no money for elaborate masks and costumes. That's why they went to a costume store and bought a William Shatner mask, from the movie The Devil's Rain. They then painted it white, and teased out the hair.
Thirteen popes were named Leo, including Leo the Great, who prevented the Huns from sacking Rome. Six emperors of Constantinople were also called Leo. The continuing popularity of the name probably stems for it association with the lion, long considered the king of beasts.
The purpose of the indentation at the bottom of a wine bottle is to strengthen the structure of the bottle and to trap the sediments in the wine.
More than 6,000 wrecked ships lay at the bottom of the Great Lakes. One of the better known is The Edmund Fitzgerald. The ship sank on November 10, 1975 during a severe storm on Lake Superior.