Upper and lower case letters are named 'upper' and 'lower', because in the time when al original print had to be set in individual letters, the 'upper case' letters were stored in the case on top of the case stored smaller, 'lower case' letters
40% of all indigestion remedies sold in the world are bought by Americans.
A meteor has only destroyed one satellite, which was the European Space Agency's Olympus in 1993.
If you head directly south from the west coast of Florida, you will actually pass South America on the west side of the continent.
The earth rotates more slowly on its axis in March than in September.
Washington, D.C. has one lawyer for every 19 residents.
Alaska's annual 1,149 Iditarod race commemorates the 1925 Race for Life when 20 volunteer mushers relayed medicine from Anchorage to Nome to battle a children's diphtheria epidemic.
In Kansas it is illegal to catch bullfrogs in a tomato patch.
In the 14th century, the Arabs started to cultivate coffee plants. The first commercially grown and harvested coffee originated in the Arabian Peninsula near the port of Mocha.
Female condoms were initially all made of polyurethane, but newer versions may be made of nitrile or latex.
Did you know there was one U.S. state that no longer exists? In 1784 the U.S. had a state called Franklin, named after Benjamin Franklin. But four years later, it was incorporated into Tennessee.
In China, there is a species of yam that is used to make a dye
In the United States, approximately 135 million cars travel every day on the streets, roads, and interstates.
Shridhar Chillal from India is known to have the record for the longest fingernails in the world, which were each at least three feet long
When you walk down a steep hill, the pressure on your knees is equal to three times your body weight.
Hippopotamuses break wind through their mouths.
Gatorade was named for the University of Florida Gators where it was first developed.
China has trained 700,000 ducks and chickens to attack at the sound of a whistle in order to fight a national plague of locusts.
In July 1934, Babe Ruth paid the fan who caught his 700th career home run ball $20 to get it back.
There are approximately 75,000,000 horses in the world
During the chariot scene in Ben Hur, a small red car can be seen in the distance.
The word Thailand means land of the free.
In Britain, one out of every four potatoes is eaten in the form of french fries
On average, a car driver will swear or blashpheme 32,025 times in their lifetime while driving
After the Popeye comic strip was launched in 1931, spinach consumption went up by thirty-three percent in the United States
Arabic numerals are not really Arabic; they were invented in India.
Gilligan of Gilligan's Island had a first name that was only used once, on the never-aired pilot show. His first name was Willy.
Approximately 40% of the U.S. paper currency in circulation was counterfeit by the end of the Civil War.
The animal with the largest brain in proportion to its size is the ant.
In ohio it is illegal to run out of gas.
In Los Angeles, there are fewer people than there are automobiles
George Hancock invented a new game on November 30, 1887. It was played like baseball, except a broomstick was used for a bat and a boxing glove was the ball. Since the game was played indoors, it was originally called indoor. Walter Hakanson later renamed it softball.
Neither Fruit Flies nor May Flies are flies.
Women blink nearly twice as much as men
Niagara Falls actually stopped flowing back in 1848 for about 20 hours because there was ice that was blocking the Niagara River
The adult human body requires about 88 pounds of oxygen daily
There are 35 million digestive glands in the stomach.
An adult esophagus can range from 10 to 14 inches in length and is one inch in diameter
To make one pound of whole milk cheese, 10 pounds of whole milk is needed
The WD in WD-40 stands for Water Displacer.
In one day, 230 marriage licenses are issued in Las Vegas
Ancient Egyptian priests would pluck every hair from their bodies.
In Albania, nodding your head means 'no'and shaking your head means 'yes'.
For a short distance, the bluefin tuna can swim 50 miles per hour.
The first American satellite in orbit, Explorer I, was launched February 1, 1958.
At the 1960 Winter Olympic Games, Walt Disney was head of the committee that organized the opening day ceremonies
Approximately 40% of the states in the U.S. have severe, or extreme pollution problems
Buttermilk does not contain any butter.
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Touch Me Not
While it looks like just another wildflower, what makes the Mimosa pudica, or Touch-Me-Not, so unusual is that the plant will actually close in on itself when something comes in contact with it, says Dr. Ombrello of the Union City College Biology Department, literally seeming to shrivel up when touched.