At the equator the Earth spins at about 1,038 miles per hour
The Stanley Cup originally was only seven and a half inches high
The first lighthouse was in Alexandria in 290 B.C
7680. Animal Facts
Some types of baby Australian spider bite limbs off their mother to feed on over several weeks.
The only South East Asian country that has never been colonized by a Western Power is Thailand
The five Olympic rings represent the five continents linked together in friendship
The cashew nut in its natural state contains a poisonous oil. Roasting removes the oil and makes the nuts safe to eat.
Silk was developed in China were it was kept a secret for more than two thousands years. Anyone found trying to smuggle silkworm eggs or cocoons out of the country was immediately put to death
7685. Animal Facts
The Japanese beetle found in Canada and the USA can eat through a human eardrum.
Every year, an igloo hotel is built in Sweden that has the capacity to sleep 100 people
Einstein couldn't speak fluently when he was nine. His parents thought he might be retarded.
7688. Animal Facts
Horn flies attack bulls – as many as 10,000 can land on a bull's back and suck its blood until it dies.
Police dogs were first used in 1816 in Scotland.
El Capitan in Yosemite National Park is the largest visible granite rock in the world. It's twice the size of the Rock of Gibraltar.
Pretzel snacks have been around for over 1300 years. A European monk invented the snack using used leftover bread dough
Those hard, plastic points on the ends of shoelaces are called aglets.
The causes of erectile dysfunction may be psychological or physical.
In 1999, All Nippon Airlines, had one of its jets fully decorated with Pokemon characters from nose to tail on its exterior
66% of home based businesses are owned by women
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 magnolia tree is named after Pierre Magnol, a French scientist.
The murder rate in the United States is about four times greater than in Japan. In Japan, no private citizen can buy a handgun legally
There is a restaurant in Stockholm that only offers all-garlic products. They even have a garlic cheesecake
¥ Nobel Prize resulted from a late change in the will of Alfred Nobel, who did not want to be remembered as a propagator of violence-he invented dynamite.
In 1631, two London bible printers accidentally left the word not out of the seventh commandment, which then read, Thou shalt commit adultery. This legendary book is now known as the Wicked Bible.
7702. Animal Facts
Some leeches can suck enough blood in one meal to keep them alive for nine months.
The Earths core is a ball of Iron-Nickle at 7,000 C and is 80% the size of the moon.
From all the oxygen that a human breathes, twenty percent goes to the brain
Males account for 60% of toy injuries that occur in the U.S
About 26 per cent of all indoor water used by households in Sydney, Australia are for laundry
The first person to die in the electric chair was William Kemmler, an ax murderer from New York on August 6, 1890
The Manta Ray is the largest of all fish.
An individual blood cell takes about 60 seconds to make a complete circuit of the body.
Lake Baikal, in Siberia, is the deepest lake in the world
The Roman Catholic Church did not acknowledge that the earth revolves around the sun until the mid 1990's.
The human body has approximately 37,000 miles of capillaries
The word lethologica describes the state of not being able to remember the word you want.
The average ear grows 0.01 inches in length every year
Hungarian brothers George and Lszlo Biro invented the ball point pen in 1938.
7718. Animal Facts
Scorpions can withstand extremes of temperature and even radiation. A scorpion could be frozen in a block of ice for three weeks and walk away unharmed, and survive 200 times the dose of radiation that would kill a person!
The aorta, the largest artery in the body, is almost the diameter of a garden hose.
Eyebrow hair lasts between 3-5 months before it sheds
There is a Hamburger hall of fame in Seymour, Wisconsin
An estimated $1 million is lost at race tracks each year by people who lose or carelessly throw away winning tickets.
7723. Animal Facts
Locusts, like giant grasshoppers or crickets, travel in swarms of up to 80 million and each eats its own weight in plants every day.
The world's most popular hobby is stamp collecting.
It is common in Israel and Egypt to eat watermelon with feta cheese
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.
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Xmas Lit 101
The author best known for creating the Headless Horseman also created the iconic image of Santa flying in a sleigh. In his 1819 series of short stories The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, New York native Washington Irving described a dream in which St. Nicholas soared across the sky in a weightless wagon. The stories became so popular, they spawned a Christmas revival of sorts in the States, and even Charles Dickens is said to have credited Irvings work for inspiring his classic holiday tale A Christmas Carol.