11.18.00 AMAmazing fact 23
The flag of the Philippines is the only national flag that is flown differently during times of peace or war. A portion of the flag is blue, while the other is red. The blue portion is flown on top in time of peace and the red portion is flown in war time.
The flavor we think of as bubblegum is a combination of wintergreen, vanilla and cassia, a form of cinnamon.
The flea can jump 350 times its body length. It's like a human jumping the length of a football field.
The fleshy projection above the bill of a turkey is called a snood.
The following is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language: "sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick".
The football huddle started at Gallaudet University (the world's only accredited four-year liberal arts college for the deaf) in the 19th century when the football team found that opposing teams were reading their signed messages and intercepting their plays.
The forth railway bridge is a meter longer in summer than in winter due to thermal expansion.
The Four Freedoms by Norman Rockwell are the most widely reproduced and distributed paintings in history.
The four highest grossing movies of the 1940s were all animated motion pictures by Disney (Bambi, Pinnochio, Fantasia, and Cinderella).
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, named in the Bible's Book of Revelation, are Conquest, Slaughter, Famine, and Death.
The Four Horsemen of the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame played together for the last time in 1925, as the Irish downed Stanford in the Rose Bowl, 27-10. The Four Horsemen were Jim Crowley, Elmer Layden, Don Miller and Harry Stuhldreher.
The four principal characters from the cartoon series "The Chipmunks" are Alvin, Simon, Theodore, and Dave.
The fragrance of flowers is due to the essences of oil which they produce.
The French philosopher, Voltaire, reportedly drank fifty cups of coffee a day.
The Fresh Kills Landfill on Staten Island, NY opened in 1948 and is the world's largest landfill. It covers 3,000 acres and receives 14,000 tons of garbage a day. It's scheduled to close in 2002.
The Fresh Kills Landfill site on Staten Island, New York, opened in 1948, is the world's largest. It covers 3,000 acres and receives up to 14,000 tons of garbage a day. It is scheduled to reach capacity and close by the year 2002.
The fruit of the Cacao tree grow directly from the trunk. They look like small melons, and the pulp inside contains 20 to 50 seeds or beans. It takes about 400 beans to make a pound of chocolate.
The full name of Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel Uncle Tom's Cabin is actually Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly.
The full Spanish name of the city of Los Angeles is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Angeles de la Porciuncula." Translated, it means "The town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels of the Little Portion.”
The fungus called truffles can cost $800 to $1,500 per pound. They are sniffed out by female pigs, which detect a compound that is in the saliva of male pigs as well. The same chemical is found in the sweat of human males.
The furthest point from any ocean would be in China.
The fuzz on a tennis ball is intentionally included as a way to give the ball some definite action when it hits the court. It also slows the flight of the ball through the air.
The game of volleyball was invented in 1895 by William G. Morgan.
The Garfish has green bones.
The gases emitted from a banana or an apple can help an orange ripen. (Not sure which fruits are concerned).
The gazelle is a kind of antelope.
The gender of Reptiles are determined not by the sex genes, but by the temperature in which the egg is incubated. A certain temperature will produce a male and vice versa for a female.
The genre of art known as Cubism derived its name from a belittling remark made by Matisse in reference to a Graque painting. Matisse said that the landscape looked as though it were wholly made up of little cubes.
The Genus and species of a gorilla are Gorilla gorilla.
The geographic center of the United States is Smith County, KS. The geographic center of North America is Pierre County, ND.
The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.
The giant squid is the largest creature without a backbone. It weighs up to 2.5 tons and grows up to 55 feet long. Each eye is a foot or more in diameter.
The gila monster is the only poisonous lizard in the United States.
The giraffe has a black tongue which is 14 inches long.
The giraffe has the highest blood pressure of any animal.
The giraffe is the only animal born with horns.
The glue on Israeli postage is certified kosher.
The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher.
The Gothic-style Washington National Cathedral contains the remains of the only US president buried in Washington: Woodrow Wilson. William Howard Taft and John F. Kennedy are buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.
The great Gothic cathedral of Milan was started in 1386, and wasn't completed until 1805.
The Great Lakes are Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake Superior, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.
The Great Lakes are the most important inland waterway in North America. All the lakes, except Lake Michigan, which lies entirely in the United States, are shared by the United States and Canada and form part of the border between these countries.
The Great Lakes contain 6 quadrillion gallons of fresh water, one-fifth of the world's fresh surface water. The Great Lakes are the largest group of freshwater lakes in the world.
The Great Lakes have a combined area of 94,230 square miles larger than the states of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Vermont combined.
The greatest snowfall ever in a single storm was 189 inches at the Mount Shasta Ski Bowl in February, 1959.
The Gregorian calendar was introduced by Pope Gregory in 1582 AD, and was adopted by Great Britain and the English colonies in 1752.
The Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from Public Libraries.
The hair of man's beard are about as strong as copper wire of the same dimensions.
The hair on a polar bearis not white, but clear. They reflect light, so they appear white.
The hamburger was invented in 1900 by Louis Lassen. He ground beef, broiled it, and served it between two pieces of toast.
The harmless Whale Shark, holds the title of largest fish, with the record being a 59 footer captured in Thailand in 1919.
The Hawaiian alphabet has only 12 letters.
The heart of a blue whale is the size of a small car. The tongue of a blue whale is as long as an elephant.
The heart of an astronaut actually gets smaller when in outer space.
The heavy tea tax imposed on the colonies in 1773, which caused the "Boston Tea Party," resulted in America switching from tea to coffee. Drinking coffee was an expression of freedom.
The height of the Eiffel Tower in France varies , depending on the temperature, by as much as 6 inches.
The herring is the most widely eaten fish in the world. Nutritionally its fuel value is that equal to that of a beefsteak.
The high jump method of jumping head first and landing on the back is called the Fosbury Flop.
The high level of unemployment in Canada makes it one of the least popular destinations for illegal immigrants.
The highest man-made temperature 70 million degrees Celsius was generated at Princeton University in a fusion-power experiment.
The highest point of the earth, with an elevation of 29,141 feet, is the top of Mt. Everest in Tibet.
The highest recorded temperature in the US was 134 Fahrenheit in Death Valley, California.
The highest temperature ever recorded in the continental US was 134 degrees on July 10, 1913 in Death Valley, California.
The highest temperature ever recorded in the world was 136.4 degrees Fahrenheit at El Azizia, Lybia, on September 13, 1922.
The highest waterfall in the world, Angel Falls in Venezuela, has a total drop of 3,121 feet.
The Himalayas are the fastest growing mountains in the world. Already the tallest, the mountain range is growing at a rate of about a half an inch each year.
The Hindu holy day begins at sunrise, the Jewish holy day begins at sunset, and the Christian holy day begins at midnight.
The Hollywood sign was first erected in 1923. Conceived as a real estate ad, it originally read Hollywoodland. The sign stands 50 feet tall, stretches 450 feet across, weighs 450,000 pounds.
The homan mouth contains more bacteria than any other orifice in the body.
The Honda Accord has the highest stolen rate in the US according to NCIB.
The honeybee kills more people world-wide than all the poisonous snakes combined.
The Hoover Dam was built to last 2,000 years. The concrete in it will not even be fully cured for another 500 years.
The horned owl is the only animal stupid enough to attack a skunk.
The horse shoe crab has blue blood which can be used to kill bacteria
The hottest chile in the world is the habanero.
The House of Lancaster, symbolized by the red rose, won England's 'War of the Roses.'
The 'huddle' in football was formed due to a deaf football player who used sign language to communicate and his team didn't want the opposition to see the signals he used and in turn huddled around him.
The human body contains enough phosphorus to make the heads of 200 matches, enough fat for seven bars of soap, and enough iron to make one nail.
The human body has enough fat to produce 7 bars of soap.
The human body has over 45 miles of nerves.
The human body has over 600 muscles, 40% of the body's weight.
The human brain is about 85% water.
The human eyes can distinguish about 17,000 different colors.
The human head weighs 7 pounds.
The human heart creates enough pressure in the bloodstream to squirt blood 30 feet.
The human heart creates enough pressure to squirt blood 30ft.
The human heart pumps 1.5 million gallons of blood a year.
The hummingbird is the only bird that can hover and fly straight up, down, or backward!
The hummingbird, the loon, the swift, the kingfisher, and the grebe are all birds that cannot walk.
The Hundred Year War actually lasted 116 years (1337 to 1453).
The ice cream soda was invented in 1874 by Robert Green. He was serving a mixture of syrup, sweet cream and carbonated water at a celebration in Philadelphia. He ran out of cream and substituted ice cream.
The idiom "pillar of salt" means to have a stroke, or to become paralyzed and dead.
The Iditarod Dogsled Race got its name from Iditarod, a small mining village along the race's route. The race commemorates an emergency operation in 1925 to get medical supplies to Nome, Alaska following a diphtheria epidemic.
The Imperial torte, a square chocolate cake with five thin layers of almond paste, was created by a master pastry chef at the court of Emperor Franz Joseph (1830 1916).
The infamous "Red Baron" was German World War I pilot Manfred von Richthofen.
The infinite sign is called a lemniscate.
The International Space Station weighs about 500 tons and is the same size as a football field.
The international telephone dialing code for Antarctica is 672.
The internet is NOT FREE, a group of companies actually own the internet.
The Jazz Singer, 1927, was the first movie with audible dialogue.
The Jordanian city Amman was once called Philadelphia.
The Kama Sutra was written by Mallanga Vatsyayana, who was rumored to be celibate.
The kangaroo and the emu are shown supporting the shield on Australia's coat of arms.
The kangaroo rat can cover ground at a rate of 17 feet per second. It can leap as much as 18 inches straight up and can switch directions at the peak of its jump.
The katydid bug hears through holes in its hind legs.
The kilt was invented by a English gentleman who came to Scotland to open a factory because he got tired of his Scottish workers showing up in a long tunic with a belt (they couldn't afford pants). Rather than raise wages so they could afford pants he invented the kilt which is just a lot of fabric and they could afford that. The kilt did not become a symbol of clan pride until the English banned the kilt in Scotland. Then it became part of national pride to wear the newly invented clan plaids.
The king of hearts is the only king without a moustache.
The kiss that is given by the bride to the groom at the end of the wedding ceremony originates from the earliest times when the couple would actually make love for the first time under the eyes of half the village!
The kissing under the missletoe tradition originated from the Druids.
The kiwi has nostrils near the tip of its bill that allows it to sniff the ground for food.
The Kiwi, national bird of New Zealand, can't fly. It lives in a hole in the ground, is almost blind, and lays only one egg each year. Despite this, it has survived for more than 70 million years.
The Kwoma of New Guinea consider it proper for the girl to make sexual advances rather than the boy in order to help the men avoid upsetting the girl's parents.
The largest amount of money you can have without having change for a dollar is $1.19 (3 quarters, 4 dimes, and 4 pennies cannot be divided into a dollar).
The largest antique ever sold is the London Bridge. It was sold and moved Lake Havasu City, AZ in 1971.
The largest baseball card collection, 200,000 cards, is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The largest bell in the world is the Tsar Kolokol in the Kremlin in Moscow. It’s 20’ 2” high and 21’ 8” in diameter. Cast in 1735, it weighs 222.56 tons and has never been wrung...it cracked before it was installed.
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 largest body of fresh water in the world is Lake Superior.
The largest cell in the human body is the female ovum, or egg cell. It is about 1/180 inch in diameter. The smallest cell in the human body is the male sperm. It takes about 175,000 sperm cells to weigh as much as a single egg cell.
The largest cell in the human body is the female reproductive cell, the ovum. The smallest is the male sperm.
The largest cockroach on record is one measured at 3.81 inches in length.
The largest coffee importer center in the U.S. is located in the city of New Orleans, LA.
The largest desert in the world, the Sahara, is 3,500,000 square miles.
The largest gold nugget ever found weighed 172 lbs., 13 oz.
The largest Great White Shark ever caught measured 37 feet and weighed 24,000 pounds. It was found in a herring weir in New Brunswick in 1930.
The largest hailstone ever recorded was 17.5 inches in diameter bigger than a basketball.
The largest human organ is the liver, which weighs about 55 ounces in a person weighing 150 pounds. By some definitions, the skin is an organ, in which case skin would be the largest organ at 384 ounces.
The largest human organ is the skin, with a surface area of about 25 square feet.
The largest insect egg belongs to the Malaysian jungle nymph, a sticklike insect, and measures about 1.3 centimeters long larger than a peanut! (Some insects, mainly mantises and cockroaches, lay egg cases that are larger, but they contain about 200 individual eggs.)
The largest item on any menu in the world is probably the roast camel, sometimes served at Bedouin wedding feasts. The camel is stuffed with a sheep's carcass, which is stuffed with chickens, which are stuffed with fish, which are stuffed with eggs.
The largest living organism ever found is a honey mushroom, Armillaria ostoyae. It covers 3.4 square miles of land in the Blue Mountains of eastern Oregon, and it's still growing.
The largest movie theater in the world, Radio City Music Hall in New York City, opened in December, 1932. It originally had 5,945 seats.
The largest painting in the world is The Battle of Gettysburg, painted in 1883 by Paul Philippoteaux and sixteen of his assistants. The painting took two and a half years to create and is 410 feet long, 70 feet high, and weighs 11,792 pounds.
The largest pig on record was a Poland-China hog named Big Bill, who weighed 2,552 lbs.
The largest sculpture ever made are the faces of Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson and Roosevelt on Mt. Rushmore.
The largest ship in the world is the French oil tanker that is nearly 415 mts. long, almost as long as Sydney harbour bridge.
The largest single flower is the Rafflesia or "corpse flower". They are generally 3 feet in diameter with the record being 42 inches.
The largest single-ticket jackpot winner in history is Jack Whittaker Jr. of West Virginia. In December 2002 he had the sole winning ticket for a $314.9 million jackpot in the U.S. Powerball lottery.
The largest stained-glass window in the world is at Kennedy International Airport in New York City. It can be seen on the American Airlines terminal building and measures 300 feet long by 23 feet high
The largest stained-glass window in the world is at Kennedy International Airport in New York City. It can be found in the American Airlines terminal building and measures 300 feet long by 23 feet high.
The largest US city in area is Juneau, Alaska, which covers 3,108 square miles. Los Angeles covers only 458.2 square miles.
The last member of the famous Bonaparte family, Jerome Napoleon Bonaparte, died in 1945, of injuries sustained from tripping over his dog's leash.
The last thing to happen is the ultimate. The next-to-last is the penultimate, and the second-to-last is the antepenultimate.
The lead in a normal pencil would draw a line of 35 miles.
The leading cause of deaths for children between the ages of 1 and 4 are motor vehicle crashes.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa was built on the site of a river estuary. The land under the town has several layers of silt and soft clay. The 15,000-ton tower tilts to the south because the subsoil is too unstable.
The left lung is smaller than the right lung to make room for the heart.
The left side of your brain controls the right side of your body and vice versa.
The left testicle usually hangs lower than the right for right-handed men. The opposite is true for lefties.
The lemur of Madagascar is one of very few of the human species' ancestors that has survived unchanged down the long corridors of evolution. Having developed after the first primates, it is classified as a prosimian, meaning "before monkey," and is one of the ancestors common to both monkeys and men.
The letter "I" is used exactly 109 times in Act IV of Shakespeare's Macbeth.
The letter "W" is the only letter in the alphabet that doesn't have just one syllable – it has three.
The letter J does not appear ANYWHERE in the periodic table of elements.
The letter most in use in the English language is "E" and the letter "Q" is least used.
The letters in the abbreviation e.g. stand for exempli gratia – a Latin term meaning "for example."
The Library of Congress has approx. 327 miles of bookshelves.
The lie detector was invented by John Augustus Larson in 1921.
The light from your computer screen streams at you at almost 186,000 miles per second.
The lights of Las Vegas at night can be seen from outer space.
The linen bandages that were used to wrap Egyptian mummies averaged 1,000 yards in length.
The liquid inside coconuts can be used as blood plasma substitutes!
The little bags of netting for gas lanterns (called 'mantles') are radioactive, so much so that they will set off an alarm at a nuclear reactor.
The little lump of flesh just forward of your ear canal, right next to your temple, is called a tragus.
The little overhang of bone and feathers over an eagle's eye is there to protect the sensitive eyeball from the mountain and desert sun. It's not meant to make the bird look fierce.
The Lone Ranger's "real" name is John Reid.
The longest movie ever screened was a 1970 British film that lasted 48 hours, 0 minutes. Believe it or not, its name is The Longest and Most Meaningless Movie in the World.
The longest muscle in the human body is the sartorius. This narrow muscle of the thigh passes obliquely across the front of the thigh and helps rotate the leg to the position assumed in sitting cross-legged. Its name is a derivation of the adjective "sartorial," a reference to what was the traditional cross-legged position of tailors (or "sartors") at work.
The longest name in the Bible Mahershalalbaz (Isaiah 8:1).
The longest one syllable word in he English language is "screeched".
The longest Oscar acceptance speech was made by Greer Garson for 1924's "Mrs. Miniver." It took an hour.
The longest place-name still in use is Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiw en uaitnatahu, a New Zealand hill.
The longest railway in the world is the Trans-Siberian Railway or Trans-Siberian Railroad, built 1891-1916, a network of railways connecting European Russia with Russian Far East provinces. It is 9,288.2 kilometres (5,787 miles) long and spans 8 time zones.
The longest recorded flight of a chicken is 13 seconds!
The longest recorded gloved boxing match took place in 1893. Andy Bowen and Jack Burke fought for more than 7 hours. After 110 rounds, the fight was declared a draw because both Bowen and Burke were too exhausted to continue.
The longest reign in the history of the world was that of Pepi II of the sixth Egyptian dynasty. He ruled from the age of 6 until his death at age 94.
The longest reigning monarch in history was Pepi II, who ruled Egypt for 90 years; 2566 to 2476 BC. The second longest was France's Louis XIV, who ruled for 72 years, 1643 to 1715.
The longest river in the world, the Nile, is 4,145 miles long.
The longest single-word name of a place on Earth is: Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipuakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu. This place is a Moari name for a hill in New Zealand and consists of 85 letters. By the way, the name means "The place where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, who slid, climbed, and swallowed mountains, known as land-eater, played on the flute to his loved one."
The longest war between two nations in history, The Hundred Years War between England and France, really lasted for 115 years(1338-1453).
The longest word in the dictionary with only one vowel is "STRENGTHS."
The longest word in the English language is 1909 letters long and it refers to a distinct part of DNA.
The longest word in the english language is pneaumonaultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis...It's a lung disease contracted from breathing in too much volcanic dust settlement.
The longest word in the English language, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. The only other word with the same amount of letters ispneumonoultra-microscopicsilicovolcanoconioses, its plural.
The longest word in the Finnish language, that isn't a compound word, is 'epaejaerjestelmaellistyttaemaettoemyydellaensaekaeaen'. In English it means 'even with their lack of ability to disorganize'.
The longest word that can be typed on the top row of letters on a "Qwerty" keyboard is TYPEWRITER.
The Looney Tunes song is actually called "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down."
The low frequency call of the humpback whale is the loudest noise made by a living creature. The call of the humpback whale is louder than Concorde and can be heard from 500 miles away.
The lowest point that a person can reach on Earth, outside of riding a submarine or going down a mine shaft, is where the Jordan River enters the Dead Sea. It's 1,290 feet below sea level.
The lowest temperature ever recorded in the world was 129 degrees below 0 at Vostok, Antarctica, on July 21, 1983.
The lowest valued note in the world is the Hong Kong 1 cent note of which
The magician's words "hocus-pocus" were taken from the name of a mythological sorcerer, Ochus Bochus, who appeared in Norse folktales and legends.
The magnetic North Pole shifts by about 7 meters a day.
The magnolia tree is named after Pierre Magnol, a French scientist.
The Mai Tai cocktail was created in 1945 by Victor Bergeron, the genius of rum, also known as Trader Vic. The drink got its name when he served it to two friends from Tahiti, who exclaimed "Maitai roa ae!," which in Tahitian means "Out of this world the best!"
The main active chemical in marijuana is THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol). The membranes of certain nerve cells in the brain contain protein receptors that bind to THC. Once securely in place, THC kicks off a series of cellular reactions that ultimately lead to the high that users experience when they smoke marijuana
The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because when it was built, the engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building.
The main road in Hershey, PA (where Hershey's candy bars are made) is Chocolate Avenue.
The major side effects from abusing anabolic steroids can include liver tumors and cancer, jaundice (yellowish pigmentation of skin, tissues, and body fluids), fluid retention, high blood pressure, increases in LDL (bad cholesterol), and decreases in HDL (good cholesterol). Other side effects include kidney tumors, severe acne, and trembling.
The male gypsy moth can "smell" the virgin female gypsy moth from 1.8 miles away.
The male penguin incubates the single egg laid by his mate. During the two month period he does not eat, and will lose up to 40% of his body weight.
The male praying mantis cannot copulate while its head is attached to its body. The female initiates sex by ripping the males head off.
The male scorpion fly gets other males to bring him food by imitating a female fly.
The male seahorse carries the eggs until they hatch instead of the female.
The man who commissioned the Mona Lisa refused it.
The Manta Ray is the largest of all fish.
The mask used by Michael Myers in the original "Halloween" was actually a Captain Kirk mask painted white, due to low budget.
The maximum length allowed for a baseball bat in the major leagues is 42 inches.
The melting point of cocoa butter is just below the human body temperature -which is why it literally melts in your mouth.
The Mesopotamians were the first people to keep records of lunar eclipses. The earliest records show that they started sometime around 2200 B.C.
The metal instrument used in shoe stores to measure feet is called the Brannock device.
The metric system was to blame for the loss of the Mars Climate orbiter.
The Michelin man is known as Mr. Bib. His name was Bibendum in the company's first ads in 1896.
The military salute originated during the medieval times. Knights in armor used to raise their visors to reveal their identity, and the motion later evolved into the modern-day salute.
The Mills Brothers have recorded the most songs of any artist: about 2,250.
The minarets ofthe Taj Mahal in India are angled at 88 degrees outwards so that they would not collapse into the structure should an earthquake occur
The minimum number of darts that need to be thrown to complete a single in, double out game of 501 is nine.
The Miss America Contest was created in Atlantic City in 1921 with the purpose of extending the tourist season beyond Labor Day.
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