Friday, February 25, 2011

Amazing Fun Facts - Part 1

The storage capacity of human brain exceeds four Terra bytes 
There are an average of 178 sesame seeds on a McDonald's Big Mac bun
Because of the rotation of the earth, an object can be thrown farther if it is thrown west
In 2001, the five most valuable brand names in order were Coca-Cola, Microsoft, IBM, GE, and Nokia
After the "Popeye" comic strip started in 1931, spinach consumption went up by 33 percent in the US
A rainbow can only occur when the sun is 40 degrees or less above the horizon
At 40° Centigrade a person loses about 14.4 calories per hour by breathing
Most gemstones contain several elements. Except the diamond it's all carbon
Onions help reduce cholesterol if eaten after a fatty meal
It has been calculated that in the last 3,500 years, there have only been 230 years of peace throughout the civilized world
Feb 1865 and Feb 1999 are the only months in recorded history not to have a full moon
The citrus soda 7-UP was created in 1929; "7" was selected because the original containers were 7 ounces. "UP" indicated the direction of the bubbles
The "crack" from a whip is actually the tip of the whip traveling faster than the speed of sound, emitting a small sonic boom
If the information contained in the DNA could be written down, it would fill a 1000 volume encyclopedia
It would take 13 years and eight months to stay one night in every room at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas
Brain damage occurs at an internal temperature of 105 degrees Fahrenheit
The sound you hear when you crack your knuckles is actually the sound of nitrogen gas bubbles bursting
If you gave each human on earth an equal portion of dry land, (including the uninhabitable areas) everyone would get roughly 100sqft
Just twenty seconds worth of fuel remained when Apollo 11's lunar module landed on the moon
There are more than 1,000 chemicals in a cup of coffee
Pearls melt in vinegar

There is about 200 times more gold in the worlds oceans, than has been mined in our entire history
Human hair and finger nails continue to grow after death

Windmills always turn counter-clockwise. Except for the windmills in Ireland
Eighteen per cent of all global carbon dioxide emissions are from cars
Onions get their distinctive smell by soaking up sulfur from the soil
Mango is the number one selling fruit in the World. India is the biggest producer of mangoes in the World
The only part of the body that has no blood supply is the cornea in the eye. It takes in oxygen directly from the air
No nation has ever won the Miss Universe, Miss World, and Miss International Pageant in the same year?
About 85% of the plant life on earth is in the oceans
In most watch advertisements the time displayed on the watch is 10:10 because then the arms frame the brand of the watch and make it look like it's smiling
If a person counted at the rate of 100 numbers a minute and kept counting for 8 hrs a day, 5 days a week, it would take a little over 4 weeks to count to one million and just over 80 years to reach a billion
An average person perspires a gut-wrenching 278 gallons of sweat each year
Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made out of wood
A banana is about 75% water. They grow on a rhizome, not a tree. You are more likely to be a target for mosquitoes if you consume bananas.
Iceland is the world's oldest functioning democracy
Mongolia is the largest landlocked country
Because heat expands the metal, the Eiffel Tower always leans away from the Sun
There are 1,792 steps to the top of the Eiffel Tower
In Calama, a town in the Atacama Desert of Chile, it has never rained
Birth-control campaigns in Egypt in the late 1970s failed because village women ended up wearing the pills in lockets, as talismans
Niagara Falls has moved about ten miles upstream in the last 10,000 years. The falls are eroding at the rate of 5 feet per year
The Sahara desert is expanding half a mile south every year
The Channel between England and France grows about 300 millimeters each year
The Hudson River along the island of Manhattan flows in either direction depending on the tide.
There is now an ATM at McMurdo Station in Antarctica, which has a winter population of 200 people
The Australian term for extras in cricket are 'sundries'
In early Rome, March 1 was New Year's Day. Later, the ancient Romans made January 1 the beginning of the year
Ancient Persians gave New Year's gifts of eggs, symbolizing productivity
Due to precipitation, for a few weeks K2 is bigger than Mt Everest
Vietnamese currency consists only of paper money; no coins
Canada declared national beauty contests canceled as of 1992, claiming they were degrading to women
There are more Rolls Royce cars in Hong Kong than anywhere else in the world
Until 1896, India was the only source for diamonds to the world
It snowed in the Sahara Desert in February of 1979
Australia's national anthem is called Advance Australia Fair
The only nation whose name begins with an A, but doesn't end in an A is Afghanistan
The Atlantic Ocean gets wider by a little more than one inch every year
The world's only city whose name consists solely of vowels is Aiea, in Hawaii, USA.
Soldiers in the Netherlands are not required to salute officers.


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