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Sip on some knowledge. These are the Real Facts.

900

Neckties were first worn in Croatia, which is why they were called cravats.

901

The quartz crystal in your wristwatch vibrates 32,768 times a second.

902

Barbie's full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.

903

The first TV toy commercial aired in 1946 for Mr. Potato Head.

904

If done perfectly, any Rubick's Cube combination can be solved in 17 turns.

905

The side of a hammer is called a cheek.

906

Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.

908

In Athens, Greece, a driver's license can be taken away by law if the driver is deemed either unbathed or poorly dressed.

909

In Texas, it is illegal to graffiti someone's cow.

910

Less than 3% of the water on Earth is fresh.

911

A cubic mile of fog is made up of less than a gallon of water.

912

Meteorologists claim they're right 85% of the time.

913

The Saturn V moon rocket consumed 15 tons of fuel per second.

914

A manned rocket can reach the moon in less time than it took a stagecoach to travel the length of England.

915

At room temperature, the average air molecule travels at the speed of a rifle bullet.

919

The Lollipop was named after one of the most famous Racehorses in the early 1900s, Lolly Pop.

920

Buzz Aldrin was one of the first men on the moon. His mother's maiden name was also Moon.

922

Maine is the only state with a one-syllable name.

923

In Germany, the shhh sound literally means hurry up.

924

The highest denomination issued by the U.S. was the 100,000 dollar bill.

925

The White House was originally called the President's Palace. It became The White House in 1901.

926

George Washington was the only unanimously elected President.

927

John Adams was the only President to be defeated by his Vice President, Thomas Jefferson.

928

New York City has over 800 miles of subway track.

929

Manatees' eyes close in a circular motion, much like the aperture of a camera.

930

Even though it is nearly twice as far away from the Sun as Mercury, Venus is by far the hottest planet.

931

The nothingness of a black hole generates a sound in the key of B flat.

932

Horses can't vomit.

933

A crocodile can't stick out its tongue.

934

Babies are born with about 300 separate bones, but adults have 206.

935

Newborn babies cannot cry tears for at least three weeks.

936

A day on Venus lasts longer than a year on Venus.

937

Squirrels lose more than half of the nuts they hide.

939

The penny was the first U.S. coin to feature the likeness of an actual person.

940

Forty percent of twins invent their own language.

941

In South Korea, it is against the rules for a professional baseball player to wear cabbage leaves inside of his hat.

942

Curly hair follicles are oval, while straight hair follicles are round.

943

George Washington had false teeth made of gold, ivory, and lead - but never wood.

944

Napoleon Bonaparte was actually not short. At 5' 7", he was average height for his time.

945

The Inca built the largest and wealthiest empire in South America, but had no concept of money.

946

It is against the law to use "The Star Spangled Banner" as dance music in Massachusetts.

947

Queen Cleopatra of Egypt was not actually Egyptian.

948

Early football fields were painted with both horizontal and vertical lines, creating a pattern that resembled a gridiron.

949

Two national capitals are named after U.S. presidents: Washington, D.C., and Monrovia, the capital of Liberia.

950

The first spam message was transmitted over telegraph wires in 1864.

951

A pearl can be dissolved by vinegar.

952

Queen Isabella I of Spain, who funded Columbus' voyage across the ocean, claimed to have only bathed twice in her life.

953

The longest attack of hiccups ever lasted 68 years.

955

A bolt of lightning can reach temperatures hotter than 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit - five times hotter than the sun.

956

At the deepest point in the ocean, the water pressure is equivalent to having about 50 jumbo jets piled on top of you.

957

In only 7.6 billion years, the sun will reach its maximum size and will shine 3,000 times brighter.

958

The state of Alabama once financed the construction of a bridge by holding a rooster auction.

959

Federal law once allowed the government to quarantine people who came in contact with aliens.

960

There are 21 "secret" highways that are part of the Interstate Highway System. They are not identified as such by road signs.

961

The aphid insect is born pregnant.

962

John Wilkes Booth's brother saved the life of Abraham Lincoln's son.

964

It is illegal in the United Kingdom to handle salmon in suspicious circumstances.

965

It is illegal to play annoying games in the street in the United Kingdom.

966

Tennis was originally played with bare hands.

968

-40 degrees Fahrenheit is the same temperatures as -40 degrees Celsius.

969

U.S. President John Tyler had 15 children, the last of which was born when he was 70 years old.

970

Dolphins are unable to smell.

971

Charlie Chaplin failed to make the finals of a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest.

972

The name of the city of Portland, Oregon was decided by a coin toss. The name that lost was Boston.

974

All gondolas in Venice, Italy must be painted black unless they are carrying an important person.

975

The letter J is the only letter in the alphabet that does not appear anywhere on the periodic table of the elements.

976

'K' was chosen to stand for a strikeout in baseball because 'S' was being used to denote a sacrifice.

977

The tradition of baseball managers wearing player uniforms started because the first managers were also players.

979

A dimpled golf ball produces less drag and flies farther than a smooth golf ball.

980

When grazing or resting, cows tend to align their bodies with the magnetic north and south poles.

981

President Chester A. Arthur owned 80 pairs of pants, which he changed several times per day.

982

Cows do not have upper front teeth.

983

Between 1979 and 1999, the planet Neptune was farther from the Sun than Pluto. This won't happen again until 2227.

984

When creating a mummy, Ancient Egyptians removed the brain by inserting a hook through the nostrils.

985

All of the major candidates in the 1992, 1996, and 2008 U.S. presidential elections were left-handed.

986

In Switzerland, it is illegal to own only one guinea pig because they are prone to loneliness.

987

The first American gold rush happened in North Carolina, not California.

988

Each year, the Moon moves away from Earth by about four centimeters.

989

To make one pound of honey, a honeybee must tap about two million flowers.

990

Chicago is named after smelly garlic that once grew in the area.

991

The Chicago river flows backwards, the flow reversal project was completed in 1900.

992

The patent for the fire hydrant was destroyed in a fire.

993

Powerful earthquakes can make the Earth spin faster.

994

Baby bunnies are called kittens.

995

A group of flamingos is called a flamboyance.

996

Sea otters hold each other's paws while sleeping so they don't drift apart.

997

Gentoo penguins propose to their life mates with a pebble.

998

Male pups will intentionally let female pups “win” when they play-fight so they can get to know them better.

999

A cat's nose is ridged with a unique pattern, just like a human fingerprint.

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