55.1% of all US prisoners are in prison for drug offenses.
7 out of 10 people believe in life after death
Over 200 varieties of watermelons are grown in the U.S
Germany produces more than 5,000 varieties of beer and has about 1,300 breweries in country
At the beginning of the year 2001 all Canadian cigarette packaging will depict graphic images of rotting teeth and deteriorating organs.
When Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone back in 1876, only six phones were sold in the first month.
Annually, approximately 46 millions Cokes, five million pounds of French fries, and seven million hamburgers are consumed at Walt Disney World Resort.
The average number of bridesmaids at a wedding is four
70% of the poor people in the world are female
5423. Animal Facts
Electric eels can deliver a shock of 500 volts to stun their dinner into submission.
Chameleons can reel in food from a distance as far away as more than two and a half times their body lengths.
The wheelbarrow was invented by the Chinese.
Lake Malawi has the largest number of fish species in the world
In ancient Egypt, the only person who was allowed to wear cotton was the High Priest
Cotton crops can be sprayed up to 40 times a year making it the most chemical-intensive crop in the world
Hockey pucks were originally made from frozen cow dung
Behram, an Indian thug, holds the record for most murders by a single individual. He strangled 931 people between 1790-1840 with a piece of yellow and white cloth, called a ruhmal. The most murders by a woman are 612, by Countess Erzsebet Bathory of Hungary
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.
There are more telephones than people in Washington, D.C.
In August 1999, Lori Lynn Lomeli set a record by spinning 82 Hula Hoops at the same time for three full revolutions
Barbie's full name is Barbie Millicent Roberts.
The tallest tree recorded is located in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, California. It is a coast redwood and has been measured at 117 metres high
Arthur Giblin was the inventor of the first flushable toilet
A sneeze zooms out of your mouth at over 600 m.p.h
In 1982, in the first operation of its kind, doctors at the University of Utah Medical Center implanted a permanent artificial heart in the chest of retired dentist Dr. Barney Clark, who lived 112 days with the device.
You forget 80% of what you learn each day.
Only eight men were killed in the battle of lexington.
Of the 206 bones in the human body, 52 are in the feet.
Florida's beaches lose 20 million cubic yards of sand annually.
The first TV commercial advertisement was by the Bulova Watch company on July 1, 1941. The watch company paid $9.00 for an announcement that was 10 seconds long
The number of atoms in a pound of iron is nearly five trillion trillion: 4,891,500,000,000,000,000,000,000.
Chicago has hosted the most presidential conventions with 25. Fourteen have been Republican and 11 Democratic.
A hedgehog's skin is so tough that when they get run over, its entrails come out of its mouth and its butt.
There are an equivalent number of cows and people in Friesland, Netherlands
A monkey was once tried and convicted for smoking a cigarette in South Bend, Indiana.
It was once against the law to slam your car door in a city in Switzerland.
A rattlesnake's fangs fold inward when its mouth is closed so it doesn't bite itself.
Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable
It is illegal to purchase or consume Jack Daniel's Whiskey in the town in which it is produced.
Paul Hunn holds the record for the loudest burp, which was 118.1 decibels, which is as loud as a chainsaw
Murder is the only crime that does not increase during the full moon. Theft, disorderly conduct, larceny, armed robbery, assault and battery, and rape all statistically increase dramatically during the full moon.
5456. Animal Facts
The angler fish has a glowing blob attached to a spike at the front of its head. In the dark, deep sea the glowing blob attracts small prey which the angler fish then sucks in and gobbles up.
In deep space most lubricants will disappear.
The fragrance of flowers is due to the essences of oil which they produce.
5460. Animal Facts
Mosquitoes have been around for 200 million years.That's so long that even dinosaurs could have been bitten by them!
Bananas trees are not really trees. They are considered to be giant herb plants
Franklin Pierce was the first U.S. President to have a Christmas tree in the White House
If all numbers are arranged in alphabetical order, eight would be the first number. Zero would be the last number.
Benefits of Gooseberry
The Highest Speed Cars in the world
Most Creative Beds
Benefits of Leek
The Preservation of Wood and Metal
Chemicals as Disinfectants and Preservatives
The decaying of wood and the rusting of metal are due to the action of air and moisture. When wood and metal are surrounded with a covering which neither air nor moisture can penetrate, decay and rust are prevented. Paint affords such a protective covering. The main constituent of paint is a compound of white lead or other metallic substance; this is mixed with linseed oil or its equivalent in order that it may be spread over wood and metal in a thin, even coating. After the mixture has been applied, it hardens and forms a tough skin fairly impervious to weathering. For the sake of ornamentation, various colored pigments are added to the paint and give variety of effect.
Railroad ties and street paving blocks are ordinarily protected by oil rather than paint. Wood is soaked in creosote oil until it becomes thoroughly saturated with the oily substance. The pores of the wood are thus closed to the entrance of air and moisture, and decay is avoided. Wood treated in this way is very durable. Creosote is poisonous to insects and many small animals, and thus acts as a preservation not only against the elements but against animal life as well.