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- The playing card company ‘Bicycle’ manufactured a playing card during World War 2. That, when the card was soaked, would reveal an escape route for POWs. These cards were Christmas presents for all POWs in Germany. Source
- There are more than 10 million bricks in the Empire State Building!
- Most German men sit while they pee and are taught that standing to pee is unhygienic. Source
- Thomas Edison, inventor of the first commercially practical incandescent light, was afraid of the dark! When asked once if he were afraid of anything he replied "I am afraid of the dark." Thomas Edison died Oct.18, 1931, with all the lights burning in his New Jersey home. In 1840, British Astronomer and Chemist, Warren de la Rue, enclosed a platinum coil in a vacuum tube and passed an electric current through it, thus creating the world's first light bulb a full 40 years before Edison.
- When you crumple up gift wrapping it makes a shape so complex that it will defeat even the most sophisticated computers. Source
- In 2009 a woman died at age 99 who had 1400 direct descendants. Her children had an averaged of 13 and 14 children each, and her grandchildren had 6-7 each. Source
- Your heart beats over 100,000 times a day!
- You're born with 300 bones, but when you get to be an adult, you only have 206!
- The US Army secretly dumped 64 million pounds of nerve and mustard agents into the ocean, along with 400,000 chemical-filled bombs, land mines and rockets. Source
- In early draftings of Star Wars, storm troopers carried lightsabers, and there were female storm troopers. Source
- An elephant's trunk contains more than 50,000 muscles.
(Source: U.S. Humane Society)
- 142857 is a cyclic number, the numbers of which always appear in the same order but rotated around when multiplied by any number from 1 to 6. 142857 * 2 = 285714 142857 * 3 = 428571 142857 * 4 = 571428 142857 * 5 = 714285 142857 * 6 = 857142
- In Japan there is a family that has run the same hotel for nearly 1,300 years . . . or 46 generations. Source
- A barnacle has the largest penis of any other animal in the world in relation to its size.
- Mid 70s in the bronx there were 120,000 per yr (3 fires every 2 hrs). 40% of all housing was destroyed. Read More
- 11 of the 12 men who have walked on the moon were Boy Scouts. Source
- In the 60s, the CIA sponsored a Harvard study where undergraduate student were humiliated and subjected to “brutalizing psychological experiments”. The student who had the worse reaction to the experiment was Ted Kaczynski who later became the Unabomber. Source
- A fully loaded supertanker traveling at normal speed takes a least twenty minutes to stop.
- "US Wireless Users Send 4.1 billion Texts Daily" Read More
- A ten-gallon hat holds three-quarters of a gallon.
- Traditional cheese makers were so threatened by artificial cheese production that they tried to name it “Embalmed Cheese” to decrease sales. The US government had to step in, and the name was formally made “Processed Cheese” which we still use today. Source
- Never mind aliens in outer space. Some scientists believe we may be sharing the planet with ‘weird’ lifeforms that are so different from our own they’re invisible to us: Prof Cleland calls this ethereal dimension the shadow biosphere. Source
- In Futurama, Bender’s apartment number is 00100100. This is a binary representation of the ASCII character “$”. Source
- 1 in every 100 American adults are in prison, and that the U.S has more people in prison than China. 40% of which are black, despite black people comprising only 12.5% of the population. If you are a black man born in 1991, there is roughly a one in three chance you will go to jail at some point in your life. Source
- The first “emergency” aboard Apollo 13 was when astronaut John Swigert radioed Huston because he had forgotten to file his income taxes. Flight Director Glynn Lunney assured that Americans out of the country got a 60-day extension on filing. Source
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