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* A famous bullfighter, Lagarijo, killed 4,867 bulls in the 19th century.

* Albert Einstein was offered the presidency of Israel in 1952, but he declined.

* During his entire life, Vincent Van Gogh sold exactly one painting, Red Vineyard at Arles.

* In 1281, the Mongol army of Kublai Khan tried to invade Japan but were ravaged by a hurricane that destroyed their fleet.
 

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Milk chocolate was invented by Daniel Peter, who sold the concept to his neighbour Henri Nestlé.

An ounce of chocolate contains about 20 mg of caffeine.

Forks, mostly being two-tined, used to known as "split spoons."

TIP is the acronym for "To Insure Promptness."

The world's oldest existing eatery opened in Kai-Feng, China in 1153.

Coffee is the seed of a cherry from the tree genus Coffea

Melba toast is named after Australian opera singer Dame Nellie Melba (1861-1931).

Three quarters of fish caught are eaten - the rest is used to make things such as glue, soap, margarine and fertilizer.

The world's most expensive jam (jelly) is Confiture de groselles. It is a redcurrant jam (jelly) from a 14th century recipe made in the tiny French town of Bar-Le-Duc.

In September 1999 Dustin Philips of the US set a Guinness World Record by drinking a 400 ml (14-oz) bottle of tomato sauce through a straw in 33 seconds.

To make one kilo of honey bees have to visit 4 million flowers, traveling a distance equal to 4 times around the earth.

Botanically speaking, the banana is a herb and the tomato is a fruit.

Bananas are the world's most popular fruit after tomatoes. In western countries, they could account for 3% of a grocer's total sales.

Bananas consistently are the number one compliant of grocery shoppers. Most people complain when bananas are overripe or even freckled. The fact is that spotted bananas are sweeter, with a sugar content of more than 20%, compared with 3% in a green banana.

Approximately 44 million tons of bananas are produced annually, compared to more than 60 million tomatoes. Apples are the third most popular (36 million tons), then oranges (34 million tons) and watermelons (22 million tons).

The scientific term for the common tomato is lycopersicon lycopersicum, which means "wolf peach."

There are more than 10,000 varieties of tomatoes.

The can opener was invented 48 years after cans were introduced.

Over the last 40 years food production actually increased faster than population.

The number of people who starved to death in the last 25 years of the 20th century is less than the number who starved to death in the last 25 years of the 19th century.

In the Middle Ages, sugar was a treasured luxury costing 9 times as much as milk.

Of the more than $50 billion worth of diet products sold every year, almost $20 billion are spent on imitation fats and sugar substitutes.

Over 90% of all fish caught are caught in the northern hemisphere.

In 1994, Chicago artist Dwight Kalb sent David Letterman a statue of Madonna, made of 180lb of ham.

Wine is sold in tinted bottles because wine spoils when exposed to light.

Approximately one billion snails are served in restaurants annually.

Vitamin A is known to prevent "night blindness," and carrots are loaded with Vitamin A. One carrot provides more than 200% of recommended daily intake of Vitamin A.

Carrots have zero fat content.

Maria Ann Smith introduced the Granny Smith apple in 1838.

Tea is said to have been discovered in 2737 BC by a Chinese emperor when some tea leaves accidentally blew into a pot of boiling water.

The first European to encounter tea was the Portuguese Jesuit Jasper de Cruz in 1560.

Ice tea was introduced in 1904 at the World's Fair in St. Louis.

The tea bag was introduced in 1908 by Thomas Sullivan of New York.

In the 1950's some 80% of chickens in Europe and the US were free-ranging. By 1980, it was only 1%. Today, about 13% of chickens in the West are free-ranging.

An onion, apple and potato all have the same taste. The differences in flavour are caused by their smell.

Americans eat twice as much meat as Europeans, gobbling up some 50kg (110 lb) per capita.

The tall chef's hat is called a toque.

The term "soda water" was coined in 1798.

The soda fountain was patented by Samuel Fahnestock in 1819, with the first bottled soda water available in 1835.

The first ice-cream soda was sold in 1874 in the US.

The first cola-flavoured beverage was introduced in 1881.

Coca-Cola was invented in Atlanta, Georgia by Dr. John S. Pemberton in 1886.

Pepsi-Cola was invented by Caleb Bradham in 1890 as "Brad's Drink" as a digestive aid and energy booster. In was renamed as Pepsi-Cola in 1898.

In 1929, the Howdy Company introduced its "Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Sodas," which became 7 Up. 7 Up was invented by Charles Leiper Grigg.

The first diet soft drink, called the "No-Cal Beverage" was launched in 1952.

Aluminum cans were introduced in 1957 and two years later the first diet cola was sold.

The pull-ring tab was invented in 1962 and the re-sealable top in 1965.

Plastic bottles were first used for soft drinks in 1970.

The Polyethylene Terephthalate bottle was introduced in 1973.

The stay-on tab was invented in 1974.

China uses 45 billion chopsticks per year. 25 million trees are chopped down to make 'em sticks.

Chocolate is the number one foodstuff flavour in the world, beating vanilla and banana by 3-to-1.

Watermelons are 97% water, lettuce 97%, tomatoes 95%, carrots 90%, and bread 30%.
 

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In 1894, Lord Kelvin predicted that radio had no future; he also predicted that heavier-than-air flying machines were impossible.

The word "sneaker" was coined by Henry McKinney, an advertising agent for N.W. Ayer & Son.

Charles Macintosh invented the waterproof coat, the Mackintosh, in 1823.

Air-filled tyres were used on bicycles before they were used on motorcars.

The paperclip was invented by Norwegian Johann Vaaler.

Music was sent down a telephone line for the first time in 1876, the year the phone was invented.

The can opener was invented 48 years after cans were introduced.

Traffic lights were used before the advent of the motorcar.

Optical fibre was invented in 1966 by two British scientists called Charles Kao and George Hockham working for the British company Standard Telecommunication.

The first neon sign was made in 1923 for a Packard dealership.

The first fax process was patented in 1843.

The Monopoly game was invented by Charles Darrow in 1933. He sold the rights to George Parker in 1935, then aged 58. Parker invented more than 100 games, including Pit, Rook, Flinch, Risk and Clue.

One hour before Alexander Graham Bell registered his patent for the telephone in 1876, Elisha Gray patented his design. After years of litigation, the patent went to Bell.

The hair perm was invented in 1906 by Karl Ludwig Nessler of Germany.

The first vending machine was invented by Hero of Alexandria around 215 BC. When a coin was dropped into a slot, its weight would pull a cork out of a spigot and the machine would dispense a trickle of water.

Leonardo da Vinci never built the inventions he designed.

Thomas Edison filed 1,093 patents, including those for the light bulb, electric railways and the movie camera. When he died in 1931, he held 34 patents for the telephone, 141 for batteries, 150 for the telegraph and 389 patents for electric light and power.

Count Alessandro Volta invented the first battery in the 18th century.

During the 1860s, George Leclanche developed the dry-cell battery, the basis for modern batteries.

Joseph Niepce developed the world's first photographic image in 1827.

The very first projection of an image on a screen was made by a German priest. In 1646, Athanasius Kircher used a candle or oil lamp to project hand-painted images onto a white screen.

In 1894 Thomas Edison and W K L Dickson introduced the first film camera.

In 1895 French brothers Auguste and Louis Lumiere demonstrated a projector system in Paris. In 1907 they screened the first public movie.

The first electronic mail, or "email", was sent in 1972 by Ray Tomlinson. It was also his idea to use the @ sign to separate the name of the user from the name of the computer.

In 1889, Kansas undertaker Almon B. Strowger wanted to prevent telephone operators from advising his rivals of the death of local citizens. So he invented the automatic exchange.
 

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Music was sent down a telephone line for the first time in 1876, the year the phone was invented.

Sound travels through water 3 times faster than through air.

A square piece of dry paper cannot be folded in half more than 7 times.

Air becomes liquid at about minus 190 degrees Celsius.

Liquid air looks like water with a bluish tint.

A scientific satellite needs only 250 watts of power, the equivelant used by two hour light bulbs, to operate.

The thin line of cloud that forms behind an aircraft at high altitudes is called a contrail.

Radio waves travel so much faster than sound waves that a broadcast voice can be heard sooner 18,000 km away than in the back of the room in which it originated.

A US ton is equivalent to 900 kg (2000 pounds). A British ton is 1008 kg (2240 pounds), called a gross ton.

Industrial hemp contains less than 1% of THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana.

Since space is essentially empty it cannot carry sound. Therefor there is no sound in space, at least not the sort of sound that we are used to.

The Space Shuttle always rolls over after launch to alleviate structural loading, allowing the shuttle to carry more mass into orbit.

The word "biology" was coined in 1805 by Jean-Baptiste Lamarck.

Most of the air is about 78% nitrogen gas. Only 21% consists of oxygen. The remaining 1% consists of carbon dioxide, argon, neon, helium, krypton, hydrogen, xenon and ozone.

Argon is used to fill the space in most light bulbs. Neon is used in fluorescent signs. Fluorescent lights are filled with mercury gas.

Hydrogen gas is the least dense substance in the world.

Water expands by about 9% as it freezes.

The surface of hot water freezes faster than cold water but the rest of the water will remain liquid longer than in a cold sample.

The smallest transistor is 50-nanometres wide - roughly 1/2000 the width of a human hair.

A compass does not point to the geographical North or South Pole, but to the magnetic poles.

The double-helix structure of DNA was discovered in 1953 by James Watson and Francis Crick. The length of a single human DNA molecule, when extended, is 1.7 metres (5 ft 5 in).

In a desert, a mirage is caused when air near the ground is hotter than air higher up. As light from the sun passes from cooler to warmer air, it speeds up and is refracted upward, creating the image of water.

The typical bolt of lightning heats the atmosphere to 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

An electric oven uses one kilowatt-hour of electricity in about 20 minutes, but one kilowatt-hour will power a TV for 3 hours, run a 100-watt bulb for 12 hours, and keep an electric clock ticking for 3 months.

In the 6th century BC Greek mathematician Pythagoras said that earth is round - but few agreed with him.

Greek astronomer Aristarchos said in the 3rd century BC that earth revolves around the sun - but the idea was not accepted.

In the 2nd century BC Greek astronomer Erastosthenes accurately measured the distance around the earth at about 40,000 km (24,860 miles) - but nobody believed him.

In the 2nd century AD Greek astronomer Ptolemy stated that earth was the centre of the universe - most people believed him for the next 1,400 years.
 

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The Majority of muslims do not live in the middle East. The most populous muslim country is Indonesia, the 4th largest country in the world with 184 million muslims

There are more muslims in India than the combined population of Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Palestine and the whole of the Arabian Peninsula.

The following English words are borrowed from Arabic: Algebra, Zero, Cotton, Sofa, Rice, Candy, Safron, Balcony. And even 'alchohol' derives from Arabic : al-kuhl meaning powder. These are just a few mentioned here.

The first treatise on smallpox and measles was written by Abu Bakr alrazi (c.864-925,known to Europe as Rhazes). (Due to this) Inoculation agianst smallpox became a common practise in muslim lands. Despite this , Scientific text book credit the invention of a smallpox vaccine to Edward Jenner.(1749-1823).

Early Oxbridge students studied books written by muslims on mathematics, medicine, chemistry, optics and astronomy.

Adelard of Bath (a city in the UK) was a leading scholar of the middle ages. what made him famous was translating the word of muslim scientists from Arabic to latin!

The 1860 city records of Cardiff (UK) show a masjid in operation in a converted building at 2 Glynrhondda St. Yemani sea men on their trips between Aden (in Yemen) and Cardiff founded this masjid.

The first purpose built masjid is claimed to be in Woking (South of England) with money provided by the ruler of Bhopal, in India (the Shah Jehan masjid was built in 1889).

The Islamic calender is based on the phases of the moon, with it being approximately 11 days shorter than the 365 days of the year in the Julien calender. Hence, the dates of our festivals move through the year.

The grand doors of our prophets (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) masjid in Medina weigh 2 and half tonnes each! Enormous quantities of "sag wood" was gathered from all over the world and shipped to the united kingdom to be dryed in computerised furnaces (the traditional drying process would have taken many years!). Even then , it took 5 months to dry the wood! the wood was then shipped to Barcelona (Spain), Where the main body of the doors where made. And finally the French even paid their little part, as the brass ornamentation was carried out in the city of Roi (France). Next time you visit the holy masjid, keep this entire in mind!

It was only in 1932 the Kiswah (cloth of the Ka'bah) was wholly made by Saudis (citizens of Saudi Arabia).

The roof top of our prophet's (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) masjid in Madina is designed to be strong enough to carry addtional floors in the future.

 

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1. Music was sent down a telephone line for the first time in 1876, the year the phone was invented.

2. Sound travels through water 3 times faster than through air.

3. A square piece of dry paper cannot be folded in half more than 7 times.

4. Air becomes liquid at about minus 190 degrees Celsius.

5. Liquid air looks like water with a bluish tint.

6. A scientific satellite needs only 250 watts of power, the equivelant used by two hour light bulbs, to operate.

7. The thin line of cloud that forms behind an aircraft at high altitudes is called a contrail.

8. Radio waves travel so much faster than sound waves that a broadcast voice can be heard sooner 18,000 km away than in the back of the room in which it originated.

9. A US ton is equivalent to 900 kg (2000 pounds). A British ton is 1008 kg (2240 pounds), called a gross ton.

10. Industrial hemp contains less than 1% of THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana.

11. Since space is essentially empty it cannot carry sound. Therefor there is no sound in space, at least not the sort of sound that we are used to.

12. The Space Shuttle always rolls over after launch to alleviate structural loading, allowing the shuttle to carry more mass into orbit.

13. The word "biology" was coined in 1805 by Jean-Baptiste Lamarck.

14. Most of the air is about 78% nitrogen gas. Only 21% consists of oxygen. The remaining 1% consists of carbon dioxide, argon, neon, helium, krypton, hydrogen, xenon and ozone.

15. Argon is used to fill the space in most light bulbs. Neon is used in fluorescent signs. Fluorescent lights are filled with mercury gas.

16. Hydrogen gas is the least dense substance in the world.

17. Water expands by about 9% as it freezes.

18. The surface of hot water freezes faster than cold water but the rest of the water will remain liquid longer than in a cold sample.

19. The smallest transistor is 50-nanometres wide - roughly 1/2000 the width of a human hair.

20. A compass does not point to the geographical North or South Pole, but to the magnetic poles.

21. The double-helix structure of DNA was discovered in 1953 by James Watson and Francis Crick. The length of a single human DNA molecule, when extended, is 1.7 metres (5 ft 5 in).

22. In a desert, a mirage is caused when air near the ground is hotter than air higher up. As light from the sun passes from cooler to warmer air, it speeds up and is refracted upward, creating the image of water.

23. The typical bolt of lightning heats the atmosphere to 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

24. An electric oven uses one kilowatt-hour of electricity in about 20 minutes, but one kilowatt-hour will power a TV for 3 hours, run a 100-watt bulb for 12 hours, and keep an electric clock ticking for 3 months.

25. In the 6th century BC Greek mathematician Pythagoras said that earth is round - but few agreed with him.

26. Greek astronomer Aristarchos said in the 3rd century BC that earth revolves around the sun - but the idea was not accepted.

27. In the 2nd century BC Greek astronomer Erastosthenes accurately measured the distance around the earth at about 40,000 km (24,860 miles) - but nobody believed him.

28. In the 2nd century AD Greek astronomer Ptolemy stated that earth was the centre of the universe - most people believed him for the next 1,400 years.


29. In 1750 there were about 800 million people in the world. In 1850 there were a billion more, and by 1950, another billion. Then it took just 50 years to double to 6 billion.

30. Half the world's population earns about 5% of the world's wealth.

31. There are more than 600 million telephone lines, yet almost half the world's population has never made a phone call on a land line. However, more than half the world's population has made a cell phone call. There are more than 2 billion cell phones in use.

32. More personal telephone calls are made on Mother's Day in the USA than on any other day in any other country.

33. One in ten people in the world live on an island.

34. The opposite sides of a dice cube always add up to seven.

35. In the US, murder is committed most frequently in August and least frequently in February.

36. In 1870 there were more Irish living in London than in Dublin.

37. In 1870 there also were more Catholics living in London than in Rome.

38. The chance of being born on Leap Day is about 684 out of a million, or 1 in 1461. Less than 5 million people have their birthday on Leap Day.

39. The odds of being struck by lightning are about 600,000 to one.

40. About 27% of food in developed countries are wasted each year. It's simply thrown away.

41. Almost 1,2 billion people are underfed - the same number of people that are overweight to the point of obesity.

42. The world average of egg consumption per capita is 230.

43. In the US, about 280 million turkeys are sold for the Thanksgiving celebrations.

44. Half the world's population is under 25 years of age.

45. On average in the West, people move house every 7 years.

46. US Post Office handles 43% of the world's mail. Its nearest competitor is Japan with 6%.

47. In the developed countries, the proportion of adults married has declined from 72% in 1970 to 60% in 1996. The chance of a first marriage ending in divorce is between 50% and 67%. The chance that a second marriage will end in divorce is about 10% higher than for the first marriage.

48. The world's average school year is 200 days per year. In the US, it is 180 days; in Sweden 170 days, in Japan it is 243 days.

49. Since 1972, some 64 million tons of aluminum cans (about 3 trillion cans) have been produced. Placed end-to-end, they could stretch to the moon about a thousand times. Cans represent less than 1% of solid waste material.

50. More than a billion transistors are manufactured... every second.

51. 92% of Chinese belong to the Han nationality, which has been China's largest nationality for centuries. The rest of the nation consists of about 55 minority groups.

52. According to the US Census Bureau, 19% of US children live in poverty. (1999)


53. According to the US Weather Service, their one day forecasts are accurate more than 75% of the time. They send out 2 million forecasts a year.

54. There are more than 150 million sheep in Australia, a nation of 17 million people.

55. New Zealand is home to 4 million people and 70 million sheep.
 

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01. Thomas Cook, the world's first travel agency in the world, was founded in 1850.

02. The 16th century Escorial palace of King Phillip II of Spain had 1,200 doors.

03. A dog was the first in space and a sheep, a duck and a rooster the first to fly in a hot air balloon.

04. Music was sent down a telephone line for the first time in 1876, the year the phone was invented.

05. Playing-cards were known in Persia and India as far back as the 12th century. A pack then consisted of 48 instead of 52 cards.

06. Excavations from Egyptian tombs dating to 5,000 BC show that the ancient Egyptian kids played with toy hedgehogs.

07. Accounts from Holland and Spain suggest that during the 1500s and 1600s urine was commonly used as a tooth-cleaning agent.

08. Julius Caesar was the first to encode communications, using what has become known as the Caesar Cipher.

09. The first mention of soap was on Sumerian clay tablets dating about 2,500 BC. The soap was made of water, alkali and cassia oil.

10. The first animal in space was the female Samoyed husky named Laika, launched by the Soviets in 1957.

11. In 1958 the US sent two mice called Laska and Benjy into space.

12. In 1969 the US launched a male chimpanzee called Ham into space.

13. In 1963 the French launched a cat called Feliette into space.

14. Great Britain was the first county to issue postage stamps, on 1 May 1840. Hence, UK stamps are the only stamps in the world not to bear the name of the country of origin.

15. Napoleon's christening name was Italian: Napoleone Buonaparte. He was born on the island of Corsica one year after it became French property. As a boy, Napoleon hated the French.

16. John Rolfe married Pocahontas the Red Indian Princess in 1613.

17. Only one of the Seven Wonders of the World still survives: the Great Pyramid of Giza.

18. The first parachute jump from an airplane was made by Captain Berry at St. Louis, Missouri, in 1912.

19. On 21 June 1913, over Los Angeles, Georgia Broadwick became the first women to parachute from an airplane.

20. The first written account of the Loch Ness Monster, or Nessie, was made in 565AD.

21. The world's first skyscraper was the 10-storey Home Insurance office, built in Chicago in 1885. (During Roman times buildings were up to 8 storeys high.)

22. In ancient times, it was believed that certain colours could combat the evil spirits that lingered over nurseries. Because blue was associated with the heavenly spirits, boys were clothed in that colour, boys then being considered the most valuable resource to parents. Although baby girls did not have a colour associated with them, they were mostly clothed in black. It was only in the Middle Ages when pink became associated with baby girls.


23. In the West the most popular male names are James and John. The most popular female name is Mary.

24. The name Wendy was first used in JM Barrie's Peter Pan.

25. There are about 5,000 prince and princesses in each Saudi Arabian royal.

26. Lady Peseshet of Ancient Egypt (2600-2100 BC) is the world's first known female physician.

27. The 16th century Escorial palace of King Phillip II of Spain had 1,200 doors.

28. Adriaan van der Donck was the first and only lawyer in New York City in 1653.

29. A Duke is the highest rank you can achieve without being a king or a prince.

30. The British royal family changed their surname (last name) from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor, the name of their castle, in 1917.

31. Before writing 007 novels, Ian Fleming studied languages at Munich and Geneva universities, worked with Reuters in Moscow, and then became a banker and stockbroker.

32. Julius Caesar was known as a great swimmer.

33. There are more than 600 million telephone lines today, yet almost half the world's population has never made a phone call.

34. When Alexander Graham Bell passed away in 1922, every telephone served by the Bell system in the USA and Canada was silent for one minute.

35. The people killed most often during bank robberies are the robbers.

36. Orville Wright numbered the eggs that his chickens produced so he could eat them in the order they were laid.

37. On New Year's Day, 1907, Theodore Roosevelt shook hands with 8,513 people.

38. The oldest person on record is Methuselah (969 years old).

39. An exocannibal eats only enemies. An indocannibal eats only friends.

40. Alexander Graham Bell never phoned his wife or mother because they were deaf.

41. Burt Reynold's father was the chief of police in West Palm Beach, Florida.

42. On 5th October 1974, four years, three months and sixteen days after Dave Kunste set out from Minnesota, he became the first man to walk around the world, having taken more than 20 million steps.

43. English sailors came to be called Limeys after using lime juice to combat scurvy.

44. English soldiers were called Tommies because the example name on the soldier forms was Thomas Atkins. (The example name on US forms is John Smith.)

45. The word "Machiavellian" is named after Niccolo Machiavelli, who was friends with Leonardo da Vinci.

46. Queen Isabella of Castile, who dispatched Christopher Columbus to find the Americas, boasted that she had only two baths in her life - at her birth and before she got married.

47. Leonardo da Vinci could write with the one hand and draw with the other simultaneously.

48. Until he was 18, Woody Allen read virtually nothing but comic books but did show his writing skills. He sold one-liners for ten cents each to gossip columnists.

49. In the 18th century Dr Monsey of Chelsea, England tied a piece of catgut around a patient's tooth, threaded the other through a hole drilled in a bullet, loaded the bullet into his revolver and pulled the trigger.

50. Thomas Jefferson wrote his own epitaph without mentioning that he was US President.

51. Winston Churchill was a stutterer. As a child, one of his teachers warned, "Because of his stuttering he should be discouraged from following in his father's political footsteps."

52. The 17th-century French Cardinal Mazarin never traveled without his personal chocolate-maker.

53. King Louis XIV of France established in his court the position of "Royal Chocolate Maker to the King."

54. Napoleon reportedly carried chocolate on all his military campaigns.

55. The word "electric" was first used in 1600 by William Gilbert, a doctor to Queen Elizabeth I.

56. In 1973, Swedish confectionery salesman Roland Ohisson was buried in a coffin made entirely of chocolate.
 

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1.Shakespeare invented the word ' assassination' and 'bump'.

2.Stewardesses is the longest word typed with only the left hand.

3.The ant always falls over on its right side when intoxicated.

4.The electric chair was invented by a dentist.

5.The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet.

6.Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear By 700 times.

7.Ants don't sleep.

8.Owls have eyeballs that are tubular in shape, because of this, they cannot move their eyes.

9.A bird requires more food in proportion to its size than a baby or a cat.

10.The mouse is the most common mammal in the US.

11.A newborn kangaroo is about 1 inch in length.

12.A cow gives nearly 200,000 glasses of milk in her lifetime.

13.The Canary Islands were not named for a bird called a canary. They were named after a breed of large dogs. The Latin name was Canariae insulae - "Island of Dogs."

14.There are 701 types of pure breed dogs.

15.A polecat is not a cat. It is a nocturnal European weasel.

16.The animal responsible for the most human deaths world-wide is the mosquito.

17.The biggest pig in recorded history was Big Boy of Black Mountain, North Carolina, who was weighed at 1,904 pounds in 1939.

18.Cats respond most readily to names that end in an "ee" sound.

19.A cat cannot see directly under its nose. This is why the cat cannot seem to find tidbits on the floor.

20.Pigs, walruses and light-colored horses can be sunburned.

21.Snakes are immune to their own poison.

22.An iguana can stay under water for 28 minutes.

23.Cats have more than one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.

24.The biggest member of the cat family is the male lion, which weighs 528 pounds (240 kilograms).

25.Most lipstick contains fish scales.

26.Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over a million descendants.

27.Each day in the US, animal shelters are forced to destroy 30,000 dogs and cats.

28.A shrimp's heart is in their head.

29.A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.

30.A cockroach will live nine days without its head, before it starves to death.

31.The cat lover is an ailurophile, while a cat hater is an ailurophobe.

32.A woodpecker can peck twenty times a second.

33.It may take longer than two days for a chick to break out of its shell.

34.Dragonflies are one of the fastest insects, flying 50 to 60 mph.

35.Despite man's fear and hatred of the wolf, it has not ever been proved that a non-rabid wolf ever attacked a human.

36.There are more than 100 million dogs and cats in the United States.

37.Americans spend more than 5.4 billion dollars on their pets each year.

38.Cat's urine glows under a black light.

39.The largest cockroach on record is one measured at 3.81 inches in length.

40.It is estimated that a single toad may catch and eat as many as 10,000 insects in the course of a summer.

41.Amphibians eyes come in a variety shapes and sizes. Some even have square or heart-shaped pupils.

42.It would require an average of 18 hummingbirds to weigh in at 1 ounce.

43.Dogs that do not tolerate small children well are the St. Bernard, the Old English sheep dog, the Alaskan malamute, the bull terrier, and the toy poodle.

44.Moles are able to tunnel through 300 feet of earth in a day.

45.Howler monkeys are the noisiest land animals. Their calls can be heard over 2 miles away.

46.A quarter of the horses in the US died of a vast virus epidemic in 1872.

47.The fastest bird is the Spine-tailed swift, clocked at speeds of up to 220 miles per hour.

48.There is no single cat called the panther. The name is commonly applied to the leopard, but it is also used to refer to the puma and the jaguar. A black panther is really a black leopard. A capon is a castrated rooster.

49.The world's largest rodent is the Capybara. It is an Amazon water hog that looks like a guinea pig; it can weigh more than 100 pounds.

50.The poison-arrow frog has enough poison to kill about 2,200 people.

51.The hummingbird, the loon, the swift, the kingfisher, and the grebe are all birds that cannot walk.

52.The poisonous copperhead snake smells like fresh cut cucumbers.

53.A chameleon's tongue is twice the length of its body.

54.Worker ants may live seven years and the queen may live as long as 15 years.

55.The blood of mammals is red, the blood of insects is yellow, and the blood of lobsters is blue.

56.Cheetahs make a chirping sound that is much like a bird's chirp or a dog's yelp. The sound is so intense; it can be heard a mile away.

57.The underside of a horse's hoof is called a frog. The frog peels off several times a year with new growth.

58.The bloodhound is the only animal whose evidence is admissible in an American court. 98% of brown bears in the United States are in Alaska.

59.Before air conditioning was invented, white cotton slipcovers were put on furniture to keep the air cool.

60.The Barbie doll has more than 80 careers.

61.To make one pound of whole milk cheese, 10 pounds of whole milk is needed.

62.99% of pumpkins are sold for decoration.

63.Every 30 seconds a house fire doubles in size.

64.The month of December is the most popular month for weddings in the Philippines.

65.A one ounce milk chocolate bar has 6 mg of caffeine.

66.Carbon monoxide can kill a person in less than 15 minutes.

67.The largest ever hailstone weighed over 1kg and fell in Bangladesh in 1986.
68.Ants can live up to 16 years.

69.In Belgium, there is a museum that is just for strawberries.

70.The sense of smell of an ant is just as good as a dog's.

71.Popped popcorn should be stored in the freezer or refrigerator as this way it can stay crunchy for up to three weeks.

72.Coca-Cola was originally green.

73.The most common name in the world is Mohammed.

74.The name of all the continents ends with the same letter that they start with.

75.The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.

76.TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.

77.Women blink nearly twice as much as men!!

78.You can't kill yourself by holding your breath.

79.It is impossible to lick your elbow.

80.People say "Bless You” when you sneeze because when you sneeze, your heart stops for a millisecond.

81.It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.

82.The "sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick" is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.

83.If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib. If you try to suppress a sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die.

84.Each king in a deck of playing cards represents great king from history. Spades - King David, Clubs - Alexander the Great, Hearts – Charlemagne, Diamonds - Julius Caesar.

85.111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

86.If a statue of a person in the park on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle. If the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.

87.What do bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers all have in common? Ans. - All invented by women.

88.This is the only food that doesn't spoil. What is this? Answer: Honey.

89.A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.

90.A snail can sleep for three years.

91.All polar bears are left handed.

92.American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first-class.

93.Butterflies taste with their feet.

94.Elephants are the only animals that can't jump.

95.In the last 4000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.

96.On average, people fear spiders more than they do death.

97.The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.

98.Most lipstick contains fish scales.

99.Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different.

100.Tapeworms range in size from about 0.04 inch to more than 50 feet in length.

101.A baby bat is called a pup.

102.German Shepherds bite humans more than any other breed of dog.

103.A female mackerel lays about 500,000 eggs at one time.

104.It takes 35 to 65 minks to produce the average mink coat. The numbers for other types of fur coats are: beaver - 15; fox - 15 to 25; ermine - 150; chinchilla - 60 to 100.
 

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Here are some interesting, but true facts, that you may or may not have known.



1.The Statue of Liberty's index finger is eight feet long.

2.Rain has never been recorded in some parts of the Atacama Desert in Chile.

3.A 75 year old person will have slept about 23 years.

4.Boeing 747's wing span is longer than the Wright brother's first flight. The Wright brother's invented the airplane.

5.There are as many chickens on earth as there are humans.

6.One type of hummingbird weighs less than a penny.

7.The word "set" has the most number of definitions in the English language; 192 Slugs have four noses.

8.Sharks can live up to 100 years.

9.Mosquitos are more attracted to the color blue than any other color.

10.Kangaroos can't walk backwards.

11.About 75 acres of pizza are eaten in in the U.S. everyday.

12.The largest recorded snowflake was 15 Inch*wide and 8 Inch thick. It fell in Montana in 1887.

13.The tip of a bullwhip moves so fast that the sound it makes is actually a tiny sonic boom.

14.Former president Bill Clinton only sent 2 emails in his entire 8 year presidency.

15.Koalas and humans are the only animals that have finger prints.

16.There are 200,000,000 insects for every one human.

17.It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery had in it to begin with.

18.The world's largest Montessori school is in India, with 26,312 students in 2002.

19.Octopus have three hearts.

20.If you ate too many carrots, you would turn orange.

21.The average person spends two weeks waiting for a traffic light to change.

22.1 in 2,000,000,000 people will live to be 116 or old.

23.The body has 2-3 million sweat glands.

24.Sperm whales have the biggest brains; 20 lbs.

25.Tiger shark embroyos fight each other in their mother's womb. The survivor is born.

26.Most cats are left pawed.

27.250 people have fallen off the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

28.A Blue whale's tongue weighs more than an elephant.

29.You use 14 muscles to smile and 43 to frown. Keep Smiling!

30.Bamboo can grow up to 3 ft in 24 hours.

31.An eyeball weighs about 1 ounce.
 

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1.Turtles have no teeth.

2.Prehistoric turtles may have weighed as much as 5,000 pounds.

3.Only one out of a thousand baby sea turtles survives after hatching.

4.Sea turtles absorb a lot of salt from the sea water in which they live. They excrete excess salt from their eyes, so it often looks as though they're crying.

5.Helium is a colorless, odorless, tasteless inert gas at room temperature and makes up about 0.0005% of the air we breathe.

6.Helium Balloon Gas makes balloons float. Helium is lighter than air and just as the heaviest things will tend to fall to the bottom, the lightest things will rise to the top.

7.Helium Balloon Gas makes balloons float. Helium is lighter than air and just as the heaviest things will tend to fall to the bottom, the lightest things will rise to the top.

8.Camels can spit.

9.An ostrich can run 43 miles per hour (70 kilometers per hour).

10.Pigs are the fourth most intelligent animal in the world.

11.Dinosaurs didn't eat grass? There was no grass in the days of the dinosaurs.

12.Dolphins can swim 37 miles per hour (60 kilometers per hour).

13.A crocodile's tongue is attached to the roof of its mouth? It cannot move.
It cannot chew but its Digestive juices are so strong that it can digest a steel nail, Glass pieces, etc.

14.Sharks are immune to disease i.e. they do not suffer from any Disease.

15.Animals are either right- or left-handed? Polar bears are always left-handed, and so is Kermit the Frog.

16.Paris, France has more dogs than people.

17.New Zealand is home to 70 million sheep and only 40 million people.

18.Male polar bears weigh 1400 pounds and females only weight 550 pounds, on average.

19.Bison are excellent swimmers? Their head, hump and tail never go below the surface of the water.

20.There are 6 to 14 frog’s species in the world that have no tongues. One of these is the African dwarf frog.

21.A frog named Santjie, who was in a frog derby in South Africa jumped 33 feet 5.5 inches.

22.The longest life span of a frog was 40 years

23.The eyes of a frog flatten down when it swallows its prey

24.The name `India' is derived from the River Indus

25.The Persian invaders converted it into Hindu. The name `Hindustan' combines Sindhu and Hindu and thus refers to the land of the Hindus.

26.Chess was invented in India.

27.The' place value system' and the 'decimal system' were developed in 100 BC in India.

28.The game of snakes & ladders was created by the 13th century poet saint Gyandev. It was originally called 'Mokshapat.' The ladders in the game represented virtues and the snakes indicated vices.

29.India has the most post offices in the world

30.'Navigation' is derived from the Sanskrit word NAVGATIH

31.The word navy is also derived from the Sanskrit word 'Nou'.

32.Until 1896, India was the only source for diamonds to the world

33.The' place value system' and the 'decimal system' were developed in 100 BC in India.

34.A snail can sleep for 3 years.

35.The names of the continents all end with the same letter with which they start

36.Twenty-Four-Karat Gold is not pure gold since there is a small amount of copper in it. Absolutely pure gold is so soft that it can be molded with the hands.

37.Electricity doesn't move through a wire but through a field around the wire.

38.The first bicycle that was made in 1817 by Baron von Drais didn't have any pedals? People walked it along

39.The first steam powered train was invented by Robert Stephenson. It was called the Rocket.

40.A cheetah does not roar like a lion - it purrs like a cat (meow).

41.The original name for the butterfly was 'flutterby'

42.An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

43.Ants don't sleep.

44.Dolphins usually live up to about twenty years, but have been known to live for about forty.

45.Dolphins sleep in a semi-alert state by resting one side of their brain at a time

46.A dolphin can hold its breath for 5 to 8 minutes at a time

47.Bats can detect warmth of an animal from about 16 cm away using its "nose-leaf".

48.Bats can also find food up to 18 ft. away and get information about the type of insect using their sense of echolocation.

49.The eyes of the chameleon can move independently & can see in two different directions at the same time.

50.Cockroach: Can detect movement as small as 2,000 times the diameter of a hydrogen atom.

51.Dragonfly: Eye contains 30,000 lenses.

52.Pig's Tongue contains 15,000 taste buds. For comparison, the human tongue has 9,000 taste buds.

53.The number system was invented by India. Aryabhatta was the scientist who invented the digit zero.

54.Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

55.Earth weighs 5,972,000,000,000,000,000,000 tons

56.Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different.

57.A duck's quack doesn't echo anywhere

58.Man is the only animal who'll eat with an enemy

59.The average woman uses about her height in lipstick every five years.

60.The first Christmas was celebrated on December 25, AD 336 in Rome.

61.A Cockroach will live nine days without its head, before it starves to death.

62.A chimpanzee can learn to recognize itself in a mirror, but monkeys can't

63.A rat can last longer without water than a camel can

64.About 10% of the world's population is left-handed

65.Dolphins sleep with one eye open

66.Snakes have no external ears. Therefore, they do not hear the music of a "snake charmer". Instead, they are probably responding to the movements of the snake charmer and the flute. However, sound waves may travel through bones in their heads to the middle ear.

67.Many spiders have eight eyes.

68.The tongue of snakes has no taste buds. Instead, the tongue is used to bring smells and tastes into the mouth. Smells and tastes are then detected in two pits, called "Jacobson's organs", on the roof of their mouths. Receptors in the pits then transmit smell and taste information to the brain.

69.Birds don't sweat

70.The highest kangaroo leap recorded is 10 ft and the longest is 42 ft

71.Flamingo tongues were eaten common at Roman feasts

72.The smallest bird in the world is the Hummingbird. It weighs 1oz

73.The bird that can fly the fastest is called a White it can fly up to 95 miles per hour.

74.The oldest living thing on earth is 12,000 years old. It is the flowering shrubs called creosote bushes in the Mojave Desert

75.Tea is said to have been discovered in 2737 BC by a Chinese emperor when some tea leaves accidentally blew into a pot of boiling water.

76.A person can live without food for about a month, but only about a week without water. If the amount of water in your body is reduced by just 1%, one will feel thirsty. If it's reduced by 10%, one will die.

77.Along with its length neck, the giraffe has a very long tongue -- more than a foot and a half long. A giraffe can clean its ears with its 21-inch tongue

78.Ostriches can kick with tremendous force, but only forward. Don't Mess with them

79.An elephant can smell water three miles away

80.If you were to remove your skin, it would weigh as much as 5 pounds

81.A hippopotamus can run faster than a man

82.India never invaded any country in her last 10000 years of history

83.The world's known tallest man is Robert Pershing Wadlow. The giraffe is 5.49m (18 ft.), the man is 2.55m (8ft. 11.1 in.).

84.The world's tallest woman is Sandy Allen. She is 2.35m (7 ft. 7 in.).

85.The only 2 animals that can see behind themselves without turning its head are the rabbit and the parrot.

86.The blue whale is the largest animal on earth. The heart of a blue whale is as big as a car, and its tongue is as long as an elephant.

87.The largest bird egg in the world today is that of the ostrich. Ostrich eggs are from 6 to 8 inches long. Because of their size and the thickness of their shells, they take 40 minutes to hard-boil. The average adult male ostrich, the world's largest living bird, weighs up to 345 pounds.

88.Every dolphin has its own signature whistle to distinguish it from other dolphins, much like a human fingerprint

89.The world's largest mammal, the blue whale, weighs 50 tons i.e. 50000 Kg at birth. Fully grown, it weighs as much as 150 tons i.e. 150000 Kg.
90.90 % of all the ice in the world in on Antarctica

91.Antarctica is DRIEST continent. Antarctica is a desert

92.Antarctica is COLDEST continent, averaging minus 76 degrees in the winter

93.Mercury is the closest planet to the sun and it doesn't have a moon. Its atmosphere is so thin that during the day the temperature reaches 750 degrees, but at night it gets down to -300 degrees.

94.Jupiter is the largest planet. If Jupiter were hollow, you could fit 1000 earths inside! It is made up of gas and is not solid. The most famous feature on Jupiter is its Red Spot, which is actually an enormous hurricane that has been raging on Jupiter for hundreds of years! Sixteen moons orbit Jupiter.

95.Saturn is a very windy place! Winds can reach up to 1,100 miles per hour. Saturn is also made of gas. If you could find an ocean large enough, it would float. This planet is famous for its beautiful rings, and has at least 18 moons.

96.Uranus is the third largest planet, and is also made of gas. It's tilted on its side and spins north-south rather than east-west. Uranus has 15 moons.

97.Neptune takes 165 Earth years to get around the sun. It appears blue because it is made of methane gas. Neptune also has a big Spot like Jupiter. Winds on Neptune get up to 1,200 mile per hour! Neptune has 8 moons.

98.Pluto is the farthest planet from the sun... usually. It has such an unusual orbit that it is occasionally closer to the sun than Neptune. Pluto is made of rock and ice.

99.Just about everyone listens to the radio! 99% of homes in the United States have a least one radio. Most families have several radios.

100.Sound is sent from the radio station through the air to your radio by means of electromagnetic waves. News, music, Bible teaching, baseball games, plays, advertisements- these sounds are all converted into electromagnetic waves (radio waves) before they reach your radio and your ears.

101.At the radio station, the announcer speaks into a microphone. The microphone changes the sound of his voice into an electrical signal. This signal is weak and can't travel very far, so it's sent to a transmitter. The transmitter mixes the signal with some strong radio signals called carrier waves. These waves are then sent out through a special antenna at the speed of light! They reach the antenna of your radio. Your antenna "catches" the signal, and the radio's amplifier strengthens the signal and sends it to the speakers. The speakers vibrate, and your ears pick up the vibrations and your brain translates them into the voice of the radio announcer back at the station. When you consider all the places the announcer's voice travels.

102.Every radio station has its own frequency. When you turn the tuning knob on your radio, you are choosing which frequency you want your antenna to "catch."

103.Mountain lions are known by more than 100 names, including panther, catamount, cougar, painter and puma. Its scientific name is Felis concolor, which means "cat of one color." At one time, mountain lions were very common!

104.The large cats of the world are divided into two groups- those that roar, like tigers and African lions, and those that purr. Mountain lions purr, hiss, scream, and snarl, but they cannot roar. They can jump a distance of 30 feet, and jump as high as 15 feet. It would take quite a fence to keep a mountain lion out! Their favorite food is deer, but they'll eat other critters as well. They hunt alone, not in packs like wolves. They sneak up on their prey just like a house cat sneaks up on a bird or toy- one slow step at a time. A lion can eat ten pounds of meat at one time!

105.Queen ants can live to be 30 years old

106.Dragonflies can flap their wings 28 times per second and they can fly up to 60 miles per hour

107.As fast as dragonflies can flap their wings, bees are even faster... they can flap their wings 435 times per second

108.Human thigh bones are stronger than concrete.

109.You can't kill yourself by holding your breath

110.Your heart beats over 100,000 times a day

111.Right handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people

112.The elephant is the only mammal that can't jump!

113.Fingernails grow nearly 4 times faster than toenails!

114.Women blink nearly twice as much as men

115.Honey is the only food that does not spoil. Honey found in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs has been tasted by archaeologists and found edible

116.Coca-Cola would be green if colouring weren't added to it.

117.More people are allergic to cow's milk than any other food.

118.Camels have three eyelids to protect themselves from blowing sand

119.Earth is the only planet not named after a god.

120.It’s against the law to burp, or sneeze in a church in Nebraska, USA.

121.Some worms will eat themselves if they can't find any food!

122.It is impossible to sneeze with your eyes open

123.Queen Elizabeth I regarded herself as a paragon of cleanliness. She declared that she bathed once every three months, whether she needed it or not

124.Slugs have 4 noses.

125.Owls are the only birds that can see the blue colour.

126.Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at only one end

127.More than 1,000 different languages are spoken on the continent of Africa.

128.There was once an undersea post office in the Bahamas.

129.Abraham Lincoln's mother died when she drank the milk of a cow that grazed on poisonous snakeroot

130.After the death of Albert Einstein his brain was removed by a pathologist and put in a jar for future study.

131.Penguins are not found in the North Pole

132.A dentist invented the Electric Chair.

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

134.Alexander Graham Bell's wife and mother were both deaf

135.Cockroaches break wind every 15 minutes.

136.Fish scales are an ingredient in most lipsticks

137.Canada" is an Indian word meaning "Big Village".

138.259200 people die every day.

139.11% of the world is left-handed

140.1.7 liters of saliva is produced each day

141.The world’s oldest piece of chewing gum is 9000 years old!

142.The largest beetle in the Americas is the Hercules beetle, which can be 4 to 6 inches in length. That's bigger than your hand!

143.A full-grown male mountain lion may be 9 feet long, including his tail!

144.There are two kinds of radio stations: AM and FM. That's why there are two dials on your radio. AM is used mostly for stations that specialize in talking, such as Christian stations at have Bible stories and sermons; sports stations that broadcast live baseball and football games; and stations that specialize in news programs and "talk shows," where listeners call the station and discuss various topics. FM is used mostly for stations that specialize in music.

145.The average lead pencil can draw a line that is almost 35 miles long or you can write almost 50,000 words in English with just one pencil

146.The Wright Brothers invented one of the first airplanes. It was called the Kitty Hawk.

147.The worst industrial disaster in India occurred in 1984 in Bhopal the capital of Madhya Pradesh. A deadly chemical, methyl isocyanate leaked out of the Union Carbide factory killing more than 2500 and leaving thousands sick. In fact the effects of this gas tragedy are being felt even today.

148.Mars is nicknamed the "Red Planet," because it looks reddish in the night sky. Mars has 2 moons.

149.Venus is nicknamed the "Jewel of the Sky." Because of the greenhouse effect, it is hotter than Mercury, even though it's not as close to the sun. Venus does not have a moon but it does have clouds of sulfuric acid! If you're going to visit Venus, pack your gas mask!

150.Tens of thousands of participants come from all over the world, fight in a harmless battle where more than one hundred metric tons of over-ripe tomatoes are thrown in the streets.
 

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The world's 10 most powerful brands
1. Google

Google, with a brand value of $66.434 billion, is the world's most powerful brand. The global search engine giant was started as a research project in January 1996 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, two Ph.D students at Stanford University, California. Google Inc was incorporated on September 7, 1998, at a friend's garage in Menlo Park, California. The company, known for its innovations and stupendous growth rate, went public on August 19, 2004.
Page and Brin's search engine was originally called BackRub. The name 'Google' originated from 'googol,' which refers to the number represented by a 1 followed by one-hundred zeros.
Eric E. Schmidt is the CEO of Google, while co-founder Sergey Brin and Larry page are Technology President and Products President, respectively. The company is listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange under the symbol GOOG. 'Google' is now a verb, having found its way into the dictionary. It means 'to use the Google search engine to obtain information on the Internet.'

2. GE

General Electric's brand value has been estimated at $61.880 billion, making it the world's second most powerful brand. GE is a giant US multinational, with headquarters in Fairfield, Connecticut, engaged in technology and services industries. It is the world's second largest company in terms of market capitalisation.
The famous inventor Thomas Alva Edison opened a new laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey in 1876, where the incandescent electric lamp was invented. By 1890, Edison formed the Edison General Electric Company. In 1879, Elihu Thomson and Edwin J. Houston formed the Thomson-Houston Electric Company to rival Edison's firm. However, in 1892, both the companies merged to give birth to the General Electric Company.
GE slowly began to diversify its operations. Today its businesses span information technology, financial services, industrial technology, aviation, healthcare, oil and gas, films and entertainment, theme parks, locomotives, insurance, etc. In India, too, GE's enjoys widespread presence.
Jeffrey Immelt is GE's chairman & CEO; while Keith Sherin is the CFO, and Robert Wright is GE vice chairman.

3. Microsoft

Microsoft Corporation is the world's largest software company, with global annual revenue of over $44.28 billion. With a brand value of $54.951 billion, it also is the planet's third most powerful brand.
Bill Gates, the world's richest man, is the executive chairman of the software giant which he co-founded along with Paul Allen in 1975. On June 25, 1981, the company was incorporated on August 12, 1981, IBM introduced its personal computer with Microsoft's 16-bit operating system, MS-DOS 1.0. On Feb 26, 1986, Microsoft moved to corporate campus in Redmond, Washington, and on March 13, 1986, Microsoft stock went public. On May 22, 1990, Microsoft launched Windows 3.0.
On November 20, 1985, Microsoft released its first retail version of Microsoft Windows, originally a graphical extension for its MS-DOS operating system.
Gates is equally admired for his insight and criticised for his business tactics. Steve Ballmer is the company's CEO, while Ray Ozzie is chief software architect. Microsoft employs 76,000 people across 102 countries.

4. Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola's brand value has been estimated at $44.134 billion, making it the world's foruth most powerful brand. Coca-Cola, a carbonated soft drink, was intended as a patent medicine when it was invented in 1885 by Dr. John Stith Pemberton in Covington, Georgia. It was then called Pemberton's French Wine Coca.
Pemberton's partner and bookkeeper, Frank M Robinson, suggested the name and penned the now famous trademark 'Coca-Cola' in his unique script. Coca-Cola was bought over by businessman Asa Griggs Candler in 1887 and incorporated it as the Coca Cola Company in 1892. Griggs made the brand a force to reckon with through his marketing strategies. Coca-Cola was sold in bottles for the first time on March 12, 1894.
In 1919, a group of investors headed by Ernest Woodruff and W C Bradley purchased The Coca-Cola Company for $25 million. Coca-Cola is also the world's best known brand.
E Neville Isdell is the company's chairman and chief executive officer.

5. China Mobile

China Mobile is the world's 5th most powerful brand with a value of $41.214 billion. China Mobile Communications Corporation, also known as China Mobile or CMCC, is China's largest mobile phone operator.
It is the world's largest mobile phone operator ranked by number of subscribers, with over 296 million customers. By turnover it is second to Vodafone, which owns 3.3% of the China Mobile. A state-owned enterprise, it was spun off from former monopoly China Telecom in 2000, and now has a 65% share of the highly competitive Chinese mobile market. China Mobile is the largest company registered in Hong Kong.
Wang Jianzhou is the telecom major's chairman and CEO.

6. Marlboro

Marlboro's brand value has been estimated at $39.166 billion, making it the 6th most powerful brand. Marlboro, made by Altria, is the world's best selling cigarette brand. It is famous for its billboard advertisements and magazine ads of the Marlboro Man.
Philip Morris, a London-based cigarette manufacturer, created a New York subsidiary in 1902 to sell several of its cigarette brands, including Marlboro. Marlboro then suddenly faltered badly in the market till the 1950s, when it made a rollicking comeback following the introduction of a new cowboy image for the brand. Sales skyrocketed by 5,000%. Marlboro with a filtered tip was launched in 1955.
The brand is named after Great Marlborough Street, the location of its original London factory. Richmond, Virginia, is now the location of the largest Marlboro cigarette manufacturing plant. Altria CEO & chairman is Louis Camilleri.

7. Wal-Mar

The world's 7th most powerful brand, Wal-Mart, is estimated to be worth $36.880 billion.
Wal-Mart Stores is an American public corporation and the world's largest retailer. It is the largest private employer, the largest grocery retailer, and the largest toy seller in the United States.
It was founded by Sam Walton, who opened his first Wal-Mart discount store in Rogers, Arkansas, in 1962. The company was incorporated on October 31, 1969, and listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 1972. Sam Walton died on April 5, 1992 at the age of 74. His widow Helen R Walton, daughter Alice L Walton, and sons Jim C Walton, John T Walton and S Robson Walton, each with a personal wealth of $20.5 billion, have all been ranked among the richest Americans by Forbes.
H Lee Scott is Wal-Mart CEO, while S Robson Walton, is the retail giant's chairman.

8. Citi

Citi is the world's 8th most powerful brand with an estimated value of $33.706 billion. Citigroup Inc was formed following the $140 billion merger of Citicorp and Travelers Group on April 7, 1998 to create the world's largest financial services organisation. The company employs almost 300,000 people around the world.
Travelers was founded in 1864 in Hartford, Connecticut. It dealt in insurance and is noted for many industry firsts: the first automobile policy, the first commercial airline policy, and the first policy for space travel. In the 1990s, it went through a series of mergers and acquisitions. It was bought by Primerica in 1993, but the resulting company retained the Travelers name. In 1995, it became The Travelers Group. It bought Aetna's property and casualty business in 1996.
Citicorp was the descendant of First National City Bank, founded in New York City. It was one of the oldest banks in the United States (founded in 1812), and had the largest international branch presence of any United States headquartered bank. In the 1960s and 1970s, chairman Walter Wriston led the bank into sovereign debt and loan syndication. It was Writsen who led the technology of ATM cards before the the banks. He also spearheaded the name change to Citibank in the late 1970s.
Charles Prince is the company's chairman & CEO.

9. IBM

International Business Machines Corporation, also called IBM or 'Big Blue', is a multinational computer technology corporation headquartered in Armonk, New York, USA.
Till 2006 it was the world's largest computer company, but has now ceded the top spot to Hewlett-Packard. With over 350,000 employees worldwide, IBM is the largest information technology employer in the world.
The company which became IBM was founded in 1888 as Herman Hollerith and the Tabulating Machine Company. It was incorporated as Computing Tabulating Recording Corporation (CTR) on June 15, 1911, and was listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 1916. IBM adopted its current name in 1924, where it became a Fortune 500 company.
Samuel J Palmisano is IBM chairman & CEO.

10. Toyota

Toyota with an estimated brand value of $33.427 billion is the 10th most powerful brand in the world. Toyota Motor Corporation is a Japanese multinational corporation and the world's largest auto company that manufactures automobiles, trucks, buses, and robots. The headquarters of Toyota are located in Toyota, Aichi, Japan. It is the world's eighth largest company by revenue of $179 billion as of 2006.
The company was founded in 1937 by Kiichiro Toyoda as a spinoff from his father's company Toyota Industries to create automobiles. It created, first as a department of Toyota Industries, its first product Type A engine in 1934 and its first passenger car in 1936. Toyota Motor Co. was established as an independent company in 1937. Although the founding family name is Toyoda, the company name was changed in order to signify the separation of the founders' work life from home life, to simplify the pronunciation, and to give the company a happy beginning. Toyota is considered luckier than Toyoda in Japan.
Katsuaki Watanabe is Toyota's president and CEO, while Fujio Cho is chairman. Shoichiro Toyoda is the company's honorary chairman; Hiroshi Okuda is senior advisor; and Katsuhiro Nakagawa is vice chairman.
 

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1. When a person dies, hearing is the last sense to go -- the first is usually sight, followed by taste, smell and touch.

2. A human head remains conscious for about 15 to 20 seconds after it has been decapitated.

3. 100 people choke to death on pens each year. One is more likely to be killed by a champagne cork than by a spider.

4. Alexander's funeral would have cost $600 million today. A road from Egypt to Babylon was built to carry his body.

5. When inventor Thomas Edison died in 1931, his friend Henry Ford captured his last dying breath in a bottle.

6. Over 2500 left-handed people are killed each year from using products made for right-handed people.

7. It takes longer than ever before a body to decompose due to preservatives in the food that we eat these days.

8. An eternal flame lamp at the tomb of a Buddhist priest in Nara, Japan has kept burning for 1,130 years.

9. Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry is the first person to have his ashes put aboard a rocket and 'buried' in space.

10. Japanese factory worker Kenji Urada became the first know fatality caused by a robot in July, 1981, in a car plant.

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worst serial killer:
Behram, an Indian cult leader was the worst serial killer in recorded history. He was found guilty of murdering 931 people between 1790 and 1830. He reportedly strangled his victims with a cloth.

city with the highest murder rate:
Detroit, Michigan is the city with the highest murder rate in the US with a rate of 47.3 murders per 100,000 people in 2006.

oldest living person:
Born March 15, 1891, Ukraine's Hryhoriy Nestor is the world's oldest living person.
 

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1. The largest museum in the world is the American Museum of Natural History.
2. The lowest mountain range in the world is the Buena Bhaile.
3. The country known as the Land of Cakes is Scotland.
4. The place known as the Garden of England is Kent.
5. The tallest tower in the world is the C. N. Tower, Toronto, Canada.
6. The country famous for its fish catch is Japan.
7. The old name of Taiwan was Farmosa.
8. Montreal is situated on the bank of River Ottawa.
9. The city of Bonn is situated in Germany.
10. The literal meaning of Renaissance is Revival.
11. Julius Caesar was killed by Brutus.
12. The title of Desert Fox was given to Field Marshal Erwin Rommel.
13. The largest airport in the world is the King Khalid International Airport, Saudi Arabia.
14. The city in Russia which faced an earthquake in the year 1998 was Armenia.
15. The largest bay in the world is Hudson Bay, Canada.
16. The largest church in the world is Basilica of St. Peter, Vatican City, Rome.
17. The largest peninsula in the world is Arabia.
18. The largest gulf in the world is Gulf of Mexico.
19. The tallest statue in the world is the Motherland, Volgograd Russia.
20. The largest railway tunnel in the world is the Oshimizu Tunnel, Japan.
21. The world's loneliest island is the Tristan da cunha.
22. The word 'Quiz' was coined by Jim Daly Irishman.
23. The original meaning of 'Quiz' was Trick.
24. The busiest shopping centre of London is Oxford Street.
25. The residence of the Queen in London is Buckingham Palace.
26. Adolf Hitler was born in Austria.
27. The country whose National Anthem has only music but no words is Bahrain.
28. The largest cinema in the world is the Fox theatre, Detroit, USA.
29. The country where there are no Cinema theatres is Saudi Arabia.
30. The world's tallest office building is the Sears Tower, Chicago.
31. In the year 1811, Paraguay became independent from Spain.
32. The cross word puzzle was invented by Arthur Wynne.
33. The city which was the capital of the ancient Persian Empire was Persepolis.
34. WHO stands for World Health Organization.
35. WHO (World Health Organization) is located at Geneva.
36. FAO stands for Food and Agriculture Organization.
37. FAO is located at Rome and London.
38. UNIDO stands for United Nations Industrial Development Organization.
39. UNIDO is located at Vienna.
40. WMO stands for World Meteorological Organization.
41. WMO is located at Geneva.
42. International Civil Aviation Organization is located at Montreal.
43. The Angel Falls is located in Venezuela.
44. The Victoria Falls is located in Rhodesia.
45. Ice Cream was discovered by Gerald Tisyum.
46. The number regarded as lucky number in Italy is thirteen.
47. Napoleon suffered from alurophobia which means Fear of cats.
48. The aero planes were used in war for the first time by Italians. (14 Oct.1911)
49. Slavery in America was abolished by Abraham Lincoln.
50. The Headquarters of textile manufacturing in England is Manchester.
51. The famous Island located at the mouth of the Hudson River is Manhattan.
52. The founder of plastic industry was Leo Hendrik Baekeland.
53. The country where military service is compulsory for women is Israel.
54. The country which has more than 10,000 golf courses is USA.
55. The famous painting 'Mona Lisa' is displayed at Louvre museum, Paris.
56. The earlier name for tomato was Love apple.
57. The first President of USA was George Washington.
58. The famous words 'Veni Vidi Vici' were said by Julius Caesar.
59. The practice of sterilization of surgical instruments was introduced by Joseph Lister.
60. The number of countries which participated in the first Olympic Games held at Athens was nine.
61. Mercury is also known as Quick Silver.
62. Disneyland is located in California, USA.
63. Pakistan conducted five nuclear tests on May 28, 1998
64. Sewing Machine was invented by Isaac M. Singer.
65. Adding Machine was invented by Aldrin.
66. The national emblem of Spain is Eagle.
67. Archimedes was born in Sicily.
68. The total area of Vatican City is 0.272 square kilometers.
69. The largest temple in the world is Angkor Wat in Kampuchea.
70. The largest dome in the world is Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, USA.
71. The largest strait in the world is Tartar Strait.
72. The Mohenjo-Daro ruins are found in Larkand District of Sind, Pakistan.
73. The largest city of Africa is Cairo.
74. The founder of KODAK Company was Eastman.
75. The Cape of Good Hope is located in South Africa.
76. The Heathrow Airport is located in London.
77. The neon lamp was invented by Georges Claude.
78. The last letter of the Greek alphabet is Omega.
79. The place known as the land of Lincoln is Illinois.
80. The US state Utah is also known as Beehive state.
81. The Kalahari Desert is located in Africa.
82. The Patagonian desert is located in Argentina.
83. The person known as the father of aeronautics is Sir George Cayley.
84. The most densely populated Island in the world is Honshu.
85. The two nations Haiti and the Dominion Republic together form the Island of
Hispaniola.
86. The largest auto producer in the USA is General Motors.
87. The largest auto producing nation is Japan.
88. The famous ‘General Motors’ company was founded by William Durant.
89. The country that brings out the FIAT is Italy.
90. The first actor to win an Oscar was Emil Jannings.
91. The first animated colour cartoon of full feature length was Snow White and
Seven Dwarfs.
92. The first demonstration of a motion picture was held at Paris.
93. The first country to issue stamps was Britain.
94. The actor who is considered as the biggest cowboy star of the silent movies is
Tom Mix.
95. The Pentagon is located at Washington DC.
96. The world's largest car manufacturing company is General Motors, USA.
97. K-2, the second highest mountain peak in the world, is also known as Godwin
Austen. It is 28,250 ft (8611 m) high, and is located in the Karakorum range in
Pakistan.
98. The world's oldest underground railway is at London.
99. The White House was painted white to hide fire damage.
100. The largest oil producing nation in Africa is Nigeria.
101. The longest river in Russia and Europe is Volga River.
102. The first Emperor of Germany was Wilhelm.
103. The last French Monarch was Louis Napoleon III.
104. "History is Bunk" was said by Henry Ford.
105. The term 'astrology' literally means Star Speech.
106. Togo is situated in Africa.
107. Coal is also known as Black Diamond.
108. The first Boxer to win 3 gold medals in Olympics was Laszlo Papp.
109. The first ruler who started war games for his soldiers was Genghis Khan.
110. The first cross word puzzle in the world was published in 1924 by London
Sunday Express.
111. The lightest known metal is Lithium.

 

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1. Chewing on gum while cutting onions can help a person from stop producing tears. Try it next time you chop onions.

2. Until babies are six months old, they can breathe and swallow at the same time. Indeed convenient!

3. Offered a new pen to write with, 97% of all people will write their own name.

4. Male mosquitoes are vegetarians. Only females bite.

5. The average person's field of vision encompasses a 200-degree wide angle.

6. To find out if a watermelon is ripe, knock it, and if it sounds hollow then it is ripe.

7. Canadians can send letters with personalized postage stamps showing their own photos on each stamp.

8. Babies' eyes do not produce tears until the baby is approximately six to eight weeks old.

9. It snowed in the Sahara Desert in February of 1979.

10. Plants watered with warm water grow larger and more quickly than plants watered with cold water.

11. Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.

12. Grapes explode when you put them in the microwave.

13. Those stars and colours you see when you rub your eyes are called phosphenes.

14. Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.

15. Everyone's tongue print is different, like fingerprints.

16. Contrary to popular belief, a swallowed chewing gum doesn't stay in the gut. It will pass through the system and be excreted.

17. At 40 Centigrade a person loses about 14.4 calories per hour by breathing.

18. There is a hotel in Sweden built entirely out of ice; it is rebuilt every year.

19. Cats, camels and giraffes are the only animals in the world that walk right foot, right foot, left foot, left foot, rather than right foot, left foot.

20. Onions help reduce cholesterol if eaten after a fatty meal.

21. The sound you hear when you crack your knuckles is actually the sound of nitrogen gas bubbles bursting.
 

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01 The first Prime minister of Bangladesh was Mujibur Rehman
02 The longest river in the world is the Nile
03 The longest highway in the world is the Trans-Canada
04 The longest highway in the world has a length of About 8000 km
05 The highest mountain in the world is the Everest
06 The country that accounts for nearly one third of the total teak production of the world is Myanmar
07 The biggest desert in the world is the Sahara desert
08 The largest coffee growing country in the world is Brazil
09 The country also known as "country of Copper" is Zambia
10 The name given to the border which separates Pakistan and Afghanistan is Durand line
11 The river Volga flows out into the Caspian sea
12 The coldest place on the earth is Verkoyansk in Siberia
13 The country which ranks second in terms of land area is Canada
14 The largest Island in the Mediterranean sea is Sicily
15 The river Jordan flows out into the Dead sea
16 The biggest delta in the world is the Ganges Delta
17 The capital city that stands on the river Danube is Belgrade
18 The Japanese call their country as Nippon
19 The length of the English channel is 564 kilometres
20 The world's oldest known city is Damascus
21 The city which is also known as the City of Canals is Venice
22 The country in which river Wangchu flows is Myanmar
23 The biggest island of the world is Greenland
24 The city which is the biggest centre for manufacture of automobiles in the world is Detroit, USA
25 The country which is the largest producer of manganese in the world is China & South Africa
26 The country which is the largest producer of rubber in the world is Malaysia
27 The country which is the largest producer of tin in the world is China
28 The river which carries maximum quantity of water into the sea is the Amazon River
29 The city which was once called the `Forbidden City' was Peking
30 The country called the Land of Rising Sun is Japan
 

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1. Cuba is called The Sugar Bowl of the World.
2. No 13 is considered to be a lucky number in Italy.

3- The first nobel prize was awarded in 1901 to Sully Prudhomme
4- France has the highest number of Nobel laureats with 15 awards
5- The 1921 French nobel laureat (poet and novelist)Anatole France has the same name as his country
6- The oldest woman to win nobel prize of literature is Dorris Lessing
Dorris Lessing was born in iran,moved to zimbabwe with her parents and then in 1949 came to london
7- Boris Pasternak was awarded with literature nobel prize in 1958 but he refused to accept it for he feared that he would annoy the soveit junta but in 1989 his son yevgeny received that award in place of his father
8- V S Naipaul is the writer from Trinidad of indian origin ,married to a pakistani won the booker prize in 1971 and nobel prize in literature 30 years later
9- The Man Booker prize is given to a writer from netherlands and british common wealth countries and not from any other country

10- no one writers of the children s books have won the nobel prize in literature so for
 

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The spring water from a mountain near Russia turns icy cold in summers and boiling hot in winters.

• Rasool Buksh of Pakistan aged 84 hasn’t slept for 45 years due to an accident on the sleeping part of his head 45 years ago.

• Java is one of the islands of Indonesia where flying snakes are found.

• The city of New Jersey in America has a museum which has 5,400 types of spoons.

• Winston Wright wrote a 50,000 letter novel in which the letter ‘E’ was not used even once.

• 12 astronauts walked on the moon between 1969 and 1972. Their footsteps are still seen there because there is no wind on the moon.

• More than one million earths can fit inside the sun.

• Bicycle is the main method of commuting in China. Every year 17 million bicycles are produced in China.

• There are more than 7,500 types of grass.

• Ants and bees recognise members of their own colony by smell.

• The Niagara Falls froze solid as it was extremely cold in the winter of 1932.

• An average American spends six months of his whole life at red traffic lights.

• A snail can sleep for three years without eating.

• Memory span of a goldfish is for three seconds.

• The brain of the ostrich is smaller than its eyes.

• Dolphins don't automatically breathe; they have to tell themselves to do it.

• A lion's roar can be heard from five miles away.

• One in every three people in the country of Israel uses a cell phone.

• 27 per cent of Americans believe we never landed on the moon.
 

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The world's tallest animal is a giraffe and the world's known tallest man is Robert Pershing Wadlow. The giraffe is 5.49m (18 ft.), the man is 2.55m (8ft. 11.1 in.).

The world's tallest woman is Sandy Allen. She is 2.35m (7 ft. 7 in.).

The giant who fought David in the Bible was 2.97m (9ft. 9in.) tall.

The oldest man to reach the Everest (8848 m), the world's highest peak is a venezuelan. He is Ramón Blanco and he did it in september 1993, he was 60 years old.

Kuala Lumpur's Petronas Towers hold the title of the tallest buildings in the world. Both the towers reach a total height of 1,483 feet (452 meters) measured from the ground to the tip of the masts. Is has 29 double-deck passenger elevators in each tower and a total of 76 lifts serve the towers. Each tower has 2 million square feet of office area equal to 48 football fields.

The height of The Empire State Building in New York : 1,250 feet (381 m)
Eiffel Tower, Paris : 984 feet (300 m)
Statue of Liberty, New York : 310 feet (92 m)

Mountain heights...

Mount Everest : 29,028 feet (8,853 m)
Aconcagua (South America) : 22,834 feet (6,960 m)
McKinley / Denali (North America) : 20,320 feet ( m)
Kilimanjaro, Africa : 19,340 feet (5,894m)
Elbrus, Southern Europe : 18,510 feet (5,642 m)
 

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Taipei 101




TAIPEI, Taiwan -- An office tower in Taipei, Taiwan, has overtaken Malaysia's Petronas Towers as the world's tallest building.
The Taipei 101 tower achieved its full 508-meter (1,674 feet) height Friday, with the addition of a huge metal spike capping the 101-floor structure.

Although the building remains under construction and will not officially open until late 2004, the 60-meter spire pushed the tower's height well above the 452-meter high twin towers in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur.

Taipei's Mayor Ma Ying-jeou says he hopes the new structure will become his city's trademark icon.

"I have no doubt that it can bring Taipei to the world and bring the world to Taipei," Ma said at the tower's topping-out ceremony Friday.

The designers of the Taipei 101 tower say it has been built to withstand typhoons and earthquakes, both of which have struck the Taiwan capital in recent years.

Taiwan, which straddles an active fault line of the western Pacific regularly experiences earthquakes.

High ambitions
In September 1999 a powerful quake of magnitude hit the capital, killing more than 2,400 people and destroying or damaging over 50,000 buildings.

The architects behind the new Taipei 101 tower say it will easily ride out a quake of similar strength, or an even more powerful one.


Malaysia's Petronas Towers: The world's tallest -- until Friday.
The completion of the tower's full height comes as many people around the world continue to question the need for soaring skyscrapers in the wake of the September 11 attacks on New York's World Trade Center (WTC).

Indeed, one future contender to unseat the Taipei 101 from its position as the world's tallest building is the proposed Freedom Tower, designed to replace the WTC.

Although that has yet to get the go-ahead, many New Yorkers say they do not want the tower to be built in their city fearing it will prove a target for future attacks.

Meanwhile Shanghai is continuing work on what may take over from the Taipei 101 as the world's tallest building -- the Shanghai World Financial Center, due for completion around 2008.
 

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"I am." is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.

A rhinoceros horn is made of compacted hair.

The shortest war in history was between Zanzibar and England in
1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes.

A polar bear's skin is black. Its fur is not white, but actually clear.

Donald Duck comics were banned in Finland because he doesn't wear pants.

More people are killed by donkeys annually than are killed in plane crashes.

Shakespeare invented the word "assassination" and "bump."

If you keep a Goldfish in the dark room, it will eventually turn white.

Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

The name of all the continents end with the same letter that they start with.

The word "lethologica" describes the state of not being able to remember the word you want.

TYPEWRITER, is the longest word that can be made using the letters on only one row of the keyboard.

If the population of China walked past you in single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction

The word racecar and kayak are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left.

A snail can sleep for 3 years.

China has more English speakers than the United States.

The electric chair was invented by a dentist.

Did you know you share your birthday with at least 9 other million people in the world.

The longest word in the English language is 1909 letters long and it refers to a distinct part of DNA.

Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, dogs only have about ten.

Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.

feb 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.

Cat's urine glows under a black light.

Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.

Babies are born without knee caps. They don't appear until the
child reaches 2-6 years of age.

Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.

Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.

if you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days, you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee.

The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet.

On average, people fear spiders more than they do death.

The strongest muscle in the body is the TONGUE.

it's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.

The ant always falls over on its right side when intoxicated.

Polar bears are left-handed.

The catfish has over 27,000 taste buds, that makes the catfish rank
#1 for animal having the most taste buds.

A cockroach will live nine days without its head, before it starves
to death.

Butterflies taste with their feet. Elephants are the only animals
that can't jump.

An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

Starfish haven't got brains.

Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.

Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.

The average secretary's left hand does 56% of the typing.

A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.

There are more chickens than people in the world.

Two-thirds of the world's eggplant is grown in New Jersey.

The longest one-syllable word in the English language is "screeched."

No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver or purple.

"Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt".

Almonds are members of the peach family.
 
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