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3421. Fact
The turkey was once nominated to be the official bird of the United States

3422. Fact
A can of SPAM opened every four seconds.

3423. Fact
The music for The Star Spangled Banner comes from a British drinking song named Anacreon.

3424. Fact
The Stanley Cup originally was only seven and a half inches high.

3425. Fact
George Washington named Washington D.C. Federal City. It was changed to Washington D.C. after his death.

3426. Fact
Turkeys can have heart attacks. When the Air Force was conducting test runs and breaking the sound barrier, fields of turkeys dropped dead because of heart attacks

3427. Fact
The most deadly fires that occur in the home happen between 6pm and 10pm

3428. Fact
The average American/Canadian will eat about 11.9 pounds of cereal per year.

3429. Fact
Cats can hear ultrasound.

3430. Fact
Penguins can jump as high as 6 feet in the air

3431. Fact
The human heart beast roughly 35 million times a year

3432. Fact
If you had $10 billion in $1 bills and spent one every second, it would take 317 years to spend them all.

3433. Fact
Honeybees have hair on their eyes.

3434. Fact
The first Soccer World Cup was held in Uruguay in 1930 and attracted 13 competing countries.

3435. Fact
People say that cracking your bones will cause arthritis when you get older. Actually all you are doing is popping air pockets, and does not cause arthritis.

3436. Fact
Women who drink more than two cups of coffee a day have a higher chance of developing osteoporosis

3437. Fact
Phobatrivaphobia is fear of trivia about phobias.

3438. Fact
The pineapple was symbol of welcome in the 1700-1800's. That is why in New England you will see so many pineapples on door knockers. An arch in Providence RI leading into the Federal Hill neighborhood has a pineapple on it for that very reason. Pineapples were brought home by seafarers as gifts.

3439. Fact
A tuna fish can swim 100 miles in a single day.

3440. Fact
Basketball great Wilt Chamberlain never fouled out of a game.

3441. Fact
Cats average 16 hours of sleep a day, more than any other mammal.

3442. Fact
In India, pickled ginger, minced mutton, and a cottage cheese like substance are popular pizza toppings.

3443. Fact
Semen has a neutral or slightly alkaline pH of 7.1 to 8.0.

3444. Fact
A common name for pincurls is also spitcurls because woman sometimes wet their hair with their saliva before curling it

3445. Fact
The words "womanizer", "player", "skirt-chaser", and "rake" refer to a man who has love affairs with women but will not marry or commit to them.

3446. Fact
We lose half a litre of water a day through breathing. This is the water vapour we see when we breathe onto glass.

3447. Fact
Ketchup originated in China as a pickled fish sauce called ke-tsiap

3448. Fact
The majority of cats do not have any eyelashes

3449. Fact
Tossing coins into fountains, dates back more than 2,000 years ago.

3450. Fact
Every year, $1.5 billion is spent on pet food. This is four times the amount spent on baby food.

3451. Fact
In the movie Babe, the piglet was played by over 30 different piglets they outgrew the part so quickly during the production of the film

3452. Fact
The Bible was written by over 40 authors over a period of 1500 years

3453. Fact
A person who is lost in the woods and starving can obtain nourishment by chewing on his shoes. Leather has enough nutritional value to sustain life for a short time.

3454. Fact
Only female mosquitoes bite and drink blood.

3455. Fact
U.S. bills are 2.61 inches wide, 6.14 inches long, and are .0043 inches thick and weigh 1 gram

3456. Fact
The symbols used on playing cards were supposed to represent the four classes of men: hearts represented the clergy; spades (from the Spanish word espada, or sword) represented the warriors; clubs were originally leaves and represented the peasants; and citizens and merchants were recognized in the diamonds.

3457. Fact
In the 1920's, Q-Tips were invented by Leo Gerstenzang who got the idea after watching his wife clean their baby's ears with cotton stuck onto a toothpick.

3458. Fact
Babies are born without knee caps.

3459. Fact
The cockroach has a high resistance to radiation and is the creature most likely to survive a nuclear war.

3460. Fact
The name Santa Claus is a corruption of the Dutch dialect name for Saint Nicholas Sint Klass.

3461. Fact
Another word to refer to old age is senectitude

3462. Fact
BDSM is an acronym for bondage-dominance & sado-masochism.

3463. Fact
The average medium size piano has about 230 strings

3464. Fact
Humans shed about 600,000 particles of skin every hour about 1.5 pounds a year. By 70 years of age, an average person will have lost 105 pounds of skin.

3465. Fact
On average, 42,000 balls are used and 650 matches are played at the annual Wimbledon tennis tournament

3466. Fact
Ever wonder how Swiss cheese is made? As the cheese ferments, a bacterial action generates gas. As the gas is liberated, it bubbles through the cheese, leaving all those holes.

3467. Fact
In ancient Japan, public contests were held to see who could fart the loudest and longest.

3468. Fact
The food that is digested in your stomach is called chyme.

3469. Fact
Less than 3% of the water produced at a large municipal water treatment plant is used for drinking purposes.

3470. Fact
Swiss engineer George de Mestral, who got the idea after noticing burrs were sticking to his pants after his regular walks through the woods, invented Velcro.

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    Acetylene

    Artificial Lighting:
    In 1892 it was discovered that lime and coal fused together in the intense heat of the electric furnace formed a crystalline, metallic-looking substance called calcium carbide. As a result of that discovery, this substance was soon made on a large scale and sold at a moderate price. The cheapness of calcium carbide has made it possible for the isolated farmhouse to discard oil lamps and to have a private gas system. When the hard, gray crystals of calcium carbide are put in water, they give off acetylene, a colorless gas which burns with a brilliant white flame. If bits of calcium carbide are dropped into a test tube containing water, bubbles of gas will be seen to form and escape into the air, and the escaping gas may be ignited by a burning match held near the mouth of the test tube. When chemical action between the water and carbide has ceased, and gas bubbles have stopped forming, slaked lime is all that is left of the dark gray crystals which were put into the water.

    When calcium carbide is used as a source of illumination, the crystals are mechanically dropped into a tank containing water, and the gas generated is automatically collected in a small sliding tank, whence it passes through pipes to the various rooms. The slaked lime, formed while the gas was generated, collects at the bottom of the tanks and is removed from time to time.

    The cost of an acetylene generator is about $50 for a small house, and the cost of maintenance is not more than that of lamps. The generator does not require filling oftener than once a week, and the labor is less than that required for oil lamps. In a house in which there were twenty burners, the tanks were filled with water and carbide but once a fortnight. Acetylene is seldom used in large cities, but it is very widely used in small communities and is particularly convenient in more or less remote summer residences.

    Electric Lights.
    The most recent and the most convenient lighting is that obtained by electricity. A fine, hairlike filament within a glass bulb is raised to incandescence by the heat of an electric current. This form of illumination will be considered in connection with electricity.


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