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The oldest living animal ever found was a 405 year-old clam, named Ming by researchers.
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Animals that lay eggs don't have belly buttons.
Beavers can hold their breath for 45 minutes under water.
Slugs have four noses.
Camels have three eyelids.
A honey bee can fly at 15mph.
A queen bee can lay 800-1,500 eggs per day.
A bee has five eyelids.
The average speed of a housefly is 4.5 mph.
Mosquitoes are attracted to people who just ate bananas.
Flamingos turn pink from eating shrimp.
Emus and kangaroos cannot walk backward.
Cats have over 100 vocal cords.
Camel's milk does not curdle.
All porcupines float in water.
The world's termites outweigh the world's humans about 10 to 1.
A hummingbird weighs less than a penny.
A jellyfish is approximately 95% water.
Children tend to grow faster in the spring.
Broccoli is the only vegetable that is also a flower.
Peaches are members of the almond family.
Alaska has the highest percentage of people who walk to work.
The San Francisco cable cars are the only mobile national monument.
The Hawaiian alphabet has only 12 letters.
A ball of glass will bounce higher than a ball of rubber.
On average a human being will spend up to 2 weeks kissing in his/her lifetime.
Fish have eyelids.
Termites eat through wood two times faster when listening to rock music!
If you keep a goldfish in a dark room it will eventually turn white.
A snail breathes through its foot.
An ant's sense of smell is stronger than a dog's.
It is possible to lead a cow up stairs but not down.
Frogs cannot swallow with their eyes open.
A cat's lower jaw cannot move sideways.
The bullfrog is the only animal that never sleeps.
Elephants are capable of swimming 20 miles per day.
Elephants are the only mammals that can't jump.
Giraffes have no vocal cords.
Cats can hear ultrasound.
Despite its hump, a camel has a straight spine.
Mosquitoes have 47 teeth.
There are 63,360 inches in a mile.
About 11% of the people in the world are left-handed.
The average smell weighs 760 nanograms.
A human brain weighs about three pounds.
1/4 of the bones in your body are in your feet.
You blink over 10,000,000 times a year.
A sneeze travels out of your mouth at over 100 miles an hour.
Brain waves can be used to power an electric train.
The tongue is the fastest healing part of the body.
Pigs can get sunburn.
The life span of a taste bud is about ten days.
The average human produces 10,000 gallons of saliva in a lifetime.
Strawberries contain more vitamin C than oranges.
A one-day weather forecast requires about 10 billion math calculations.
Americans, on average, eat 18 acres of pizza a day.
There are 18 different animal shapes in the animal cracker zoo.
The longest one-syllable word is "screeched."
No word in the English language rhymes with month.
There is a town called "Big Ugly" in West Virginia.
The average person spends 2 weeks over his/her lifetime waiting for a traffic light to change.
You share your birthday with at least 9 million other people in the world.
No piece of paper can be folded more than seven times.
Alaska is the most eastern and western state in the U.S.
There are 119 grooves on the edge of a quarter.
About 18 percent of animal owners share their bed with their pet.
Alaska has more caribou than people.
Googol is a number (1 followed by 100 zeros).
Oysters can change from one gender to another and back again.
The Mona Lisa has no eyebrows.
Until the 19th century, solid blocks of tea were used as money in Siberia.
A mile on the ocean and a mile on land are not the same distance.
A ten gallon hat holds less than one gallon of liquid.
The average raindrop falls at seven mph.
Fish can drown.
A kangaroo can jump 30 feet.
Lizards communicate by doing push-ups.
Squids can have eyes the size of a volleyball.
The average American will eat 35,000 cookies in his/her lifetime.
A turkey can run at 20 mph.
When the moon is directly overhead, you weigh slightly less.
You burn about 20 calories per hour chewing gum.
A one-minute kiss burns about 26 calories.
You would weigh less on the top of a mountain than at sea level.
You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching TV.
Smelling apples and/or bananas can help you lose weight.
Frogs never drink.
Only male turkeys gobble.
At birth, a Dalmatian is always pure white.
The largest fish is the whale shark – it can be over 50 feet long and weigh two tons.
Honeybees are the only insects that create a form of food for humans.
The hummingbird is the only bird that can fly backwards.
The only continent without reptiles or snakes is Antarctica.
The only bird that can swim and not fly is a penguin.
A duck can't walk without bobbing its head.
Beavers were once the size of bears.
Seals sleep only one and a half minutes at a time.
Pigeons have been trained by the U.S. Coast Guard to spot people lost at sea.
A pigeon's feathers are heavier than its bones.
A hummingbird's heart beats 1,400 times a minute.
Dragonflies have six legs but cannot walk.
Koalas and humans are the only animals with unique fingerprints.
Penguins have an organ above their eyes that converts seawater to fresh water.
A crocodile cannot move its tongue.
Honeybees navigate by using the sun as a compass.
Strawberries are the only fruits whose seeds grow on the outside.
The city of Los Angeles has about 3x more automobiles than people.
Hawaii is the only U.S. state that grows coffee commercially.
Hawaii is the only state with one school district.
The square dance is the official dance of the state of Washington.
Hawaii is the only U.S. state never to report a temperature of zero degrees F or below.
"Q" is the only letter in the alphabet not appearing in the name of any U.S. state.
Texas is the only state that permits residents to cast absentee ballots from space.
Lake Superior is the world's largest lake.
The smallest county in America is New York County, better known as Manhattan.
Panama is the only place in the world where you can see the sun rise on the Pacific and set on the Atlantic.
The tallest man was 8 ft. 11 in.
Theodore Roosevelt was the only president who was blind in one eye.
The first sport to be filmed was boxing in 1894.
The speed limit in NYC was eight mph in 1895.
In 1926, the first outdoor mini-golf courses were built on rooftops in NYC.
Swimming pools in the U.S. contain enough water to cover San Francisco.
The first MTV video was "Video Killed the Radio Star" by the Buggles.
The first TV show to ever be put into reruns was "The Lone Ranger."
One alternate title that had been considered for NBC's hit "Friends" was "Insomnia Café."
The temperature of the sun can reach up to 15 million degrees Fahrenheit.
The first penny had the motto "Mind your own business."
The first vacuum was so large, it was brought to a house by horses.
Your eye expands up to 45% when looking at something pleasing.
Before mercury, brandy was used to fill thermometers.
You'd have to play ping-pong for about 12 hours to lose one pound.
One brow wrinkle is the result of 200,000 frowns.
The first human-made object to break the sound barrier was a whip.
In 1878, the first telephone book ever issued contained only 50 names.
The most sensitive parts of the body are the mouth and the fingertips.
The eye makes movements 50 times every second.
The world's biggest pyramid is not in Egypt, but in Mexico.
In 1634, tulip bulbs were a form of currency in Holland.
The first bike was called a hobbyhorse.
The first sailing boats were built in Egypt.
The first ballpoint pens were sold in 1945 for $12.00.
The first VCR was made in 1956 and was the size of a piano.
A rainbow can only be seen in the morning or late afternoon.
The Capitol building in Washington, D.C. has 365 steps to represent every day of the year.
The most used letters in the English language are E, T, A, O, I and N.
A male kangaroo is called a boomer.
A female kangaroo is called a flyer.
Antarctica is the driest, coldest, windiest, and highest continent on earth.
The Sahara Desert stretches farther than the distance from California to New York.
Thailand means "Land of the Free."
Popcorn was invented by the American Indians.
Jupiter spins so fast that there is a new sunrise nearly every 10 hours.
The year that read the same upside down was 1961. That won't happen again until 6009.
You don't have to be a lawyer to be a Supreme Court Justice.
Eleven of the 50 U.S. states are named after an actual person.
If you doubled one penny every day for 30 days, you would have $5,368,709.
The first person crossed Niagara Falls by tightrope in 1859.
The U.S. is the largest country named after a real person (Amerigo Vespucci).
The only one-syllabled U.S. state is Maine.
Atlantic salmon are capable of leaping 15 feet high.
Over 1 million Earths would fit inside the Sun.
Before 1687 clocks were made with only an hour hand.
Add up opposing sides of a dice cue and you'll always get seven.
The average koala sleeps 22 hours each day.
Galapagos turtles can take up to three weeks to digest a meal.
Tennessee banned the use of a lasso to catch fish.
Blackboard chalk contains no chalk.
A jackrabbit can travel more than 12 feet in one hop.
An electric eel can release a charge powerful enough to start 50 cars.
Porcupines each have 30,000 quills.
The game of basketball was first played using a soccer ball and two peach baskets.
America's 1st roller coaster was built in 1827 to carry coal from a mine to boats below.
There is a town in South Dakota named Tea.
The Caspian Sea is actually a lake.
Caterpillars have over 2,000 muscles.
The blue whale's heart is the size of a small car.
There are seven letters that look the same upside down as right side up.
The biggest pig in recorded history weighed almost one ton.
Cows give more milk when they listen to music.
The number of times a cricket chirps in 15 seconds, plus 37, will give you the current air temperature.
An ostrich's brain is smaller than its eye.
"Challenger Deep" is the deepest point on Earth and can hold 25 Empire State Buildings end to end.
The only cactus plantation in the world is in Mississippi.
If you put all the streets in New York City in a straight line, they would stretch to Japan.
The watermelon seed-spitting world record is about 70 feet.
The first typewriter was called the "literary piano."
The "silk" of a spider is stronger than steel threads of the same diameter.
Snoopy is the most common dog name beginning with the letter S.
The 1st public message to be transmitted via Morse code was "A patient waiter is no loser."
Mongolians invented lemonade around 1299 A.D.
There are more French restaurants in New York City than in Paris.
The first TV remote control, introduced in 1950, was called Lazy Bones.
The only bird who can see the color blue is the owl.
Among North Atlantic lobsters, about 1 in 5,000 is born bright blue.
There are more saunas than cars in Finland.
The first food eaten in space by a U.S. astronaut was applesauce.
The original recipe for chocolate contained chili powder instead of sugar.
Underwater hockey is played with a 3-pound puck.
Bowling pins need to tip over a mere 7 1/2 degrees to fall down.
Your breathing rate increases when you start to type.
About 90% of all garlic consumed in the U.S. comes from Gilroy, CA.
Double Dutch jump rope is considered a cross-training sport.
One lemon tree will produce about 1,500 lemons a year.
Horseback riding can improve your posture.
Colors like red, yellow and orange make you hungry.
Dim lights reduce your appetite.
At birth a human has 350 bones, but only 206 bones when full grown.
Each year, the average American eats about 15 pounds of apples.
It took the first man to walk around the world four years, three months and 16 days to complete his journey.
Grizzly bears run as fast as the average horse.
China only has one time zone.
Canada has the longest coastline of any country in the world.
The amount of concrete used in the Hoover Dam could build a highway from New York to California.
The original name of Nashville, Tennessee was Big Salt Lick.
If you drive from Los Angeles to Reno, NV, you will be heading west.
A compass needle does not point directly north.
Mt. Everest has grown one foot over the last 100 years.
In ancient Rome, lemons were used as an antidote to all poisons.
The height of the Eiffel Tower varies by as much as 6 inches depending on the temperature.
Wisconsin has points located farther east than parts of Florida.
Four Corners, AZ, is the only place where a person can stand in 4 states at the same time.
Africa is divided into more countries than any other continent.
Heavier, not bigger lemons, produce more juice.
Vermont is the only New England state without a seacoast.
No only child has been a U.S. President.
Leonardo da Vinci could draw with one hand while writing with the other.
In 1860, Abraham Lincoln grew a beard at the suggestion of an 11-year-old girl.
David Rice Atchison was President of the United States for only one day.
The sail fish has been clocked at speeds of over 60 miles per hour.
The Library of Congress has over 600 miles of shelves.
Pennsylvania is misspelled on the Liberty Bell, because that is how they spelled it in the 18th century.
William Shakespeare was born and died on the same day: April 23.
Ketchup was once sold as a medicine.
Napoleon suffered from a fear of cats.
In 1900, 1/3 of all automobiles in New York City were powered by electricity.
The 4th Earl of Sandwich invented the sandwich so he could eat and gamble at the same time.
In the Middle Ages, chicken soup was considered an aphrodisiac.
Ancient Egyptians believed the "vein of love" ran from the third finger on the left hand to the heart.
The word "facetious" features all the vowels in alphabetical order.
The standard Chinese typewriter has 1,500 characters.
A flea can jump 30,000 times without stopping.
"O" is the oldest letter of the alphabet, dating back to 3000 B.C.
The Japanese word "judo" means "the gentle way."
No two lip impressions are the same.
It took Leonardo da Vinci 12 years to paint the lips of Mona Lisa.
Top-performing companies are called "blue chips" after the costliest chips in casinos.
The name for the space between your eyebrows is "nasion."
The word "purple" does not rhyme with any other word in the English language.
The legs of bats are too weak to support their weight, so they hang upside down.
75% of people wash from top to bottom in the shower.
On average, you'll spend a year of your life looking for misplaced objects.
Chewing gum was invented in New York City in 1870 by Thomas Adams.
The Statue of Liberty features 7 points in her crown- one for each of the continents.
The world's first escalator was built in Coney Island, NY, in 1896.
The top of the Empire State Building was originally built as a place to anchor blimps.
The area code in Cape Canaveral, Fl, is 321.
Ohio is the only U.S. state that does not have a rectangular flag.
Long Island is the largest island in the Continental U.S.
Maine produces more toothpicks than any other state in the U.S.
The last letter to be added to our alphabet was J.
There are more doughnut shops per capita in Canada than in any other country.
There is an underground mushroom in Oregon that measures 3.5 miles across.
Of the 92 counties in Indiana, only 5 observe daylight savings time.
California and Arizona grow approximately 95% of the fresh lemons in the U.S.
The term 007 was derived from 20007, the home zip code of many Washington, D.C. agents.
Leonardo da Vinci discovered that a tree's rings reveal its age.
The popsicle was invented in 1905 by an 11-year-old boy.
The medical term for writer's cramp is graphospasm.
A male firefly's light is twice as bright as a female's.
It is estimated that the world's oceans contain 10 billion tons of gold.
Cold water weighs less than hot water.
Storm clouds hold about 6 trillion raindrops.
The weight of the moon is 81 billion tons.
Bamboo can grow three feet in one day.
A tune that gets stuck in your head is called an earworm.
You exhale air at 15 m.p.h.
A baboon is a variety of lemon.
Butterflies were formerly known by the name Flutterby.
Mexican jumping beans jump to get out of sunlight.
"Arachibutlphobia" is the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth.
Pearls dissolve in vinegar.
Borborygmi is the noise that your stomach makes when you are hungry.
The center of some golf balls contain honey.
International tug of war rules state that the rope must be over 100-feet long.
In 2003, a 6-year-old from Naples, FL was ticketed for not having a permit for her lemonade stand.
On Valentine's Day, there is no charge to get married in the Empire State Building's chapel.
Heat, not sunlight, ripens tomatoes.
A housefly hums in the key of F.
Endocarp is the edible pulp inside a lemon.
Thomas Edison coined the word "hello" and introduced it as a way to answer the phone.
"Way" is the most frequently used noun in the English language.
The "high five" was introduced by a professional baseball player in 1977.
"Disco" means "I learn" in Latin.
It costs the U.S. government 2.5 cents to produce a quarter.
Baboons were once trained by Egyptians to wait on tables.
The official state gem of Washington is petrified wood.
Mount Katahdin in Maine is the first place in the U.S. to get sunlight each morning.
Each year, the average person walks the distance from NY to Miami.
New York City's public school students represent about 188 different countries.
In the U.S., all interstate highways that run east to west are even-numbered.
Three out of every six Americans live within fifty miles of where they were born.
The raised bump reflectors on U.S. roads are named "Botts dots."
Nearly 9,000 people injure themselves with a toothpick each year.
It is impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
The dragonfly can reach speeds of up to 36 mph.
Hippos can open their mouths 180 degrees.
Christopher Columbus brought the first lemon seeds to America.
The East Antarctic Ice Sheet is as thick as the Alps Mountains are high.
The deepest place in the ocean is about seven miles deep.
Panda bears eat up to 16 hours a day.
Bald eagles can swim using a stroke similar to the butterfly stroke.
Lifejackets used to be filled with sunflower seeds for flotation.
Two trees can create enough oxygen for a family of four.
The T-rex’s closest living relative is the chicken.
Chameleons can move both their eyes in different directions at the same time.
Many butterflies and moths are able to taste with their feet.
A jiffy is an actual time measurement equaling 1/100th of a second.
Greyhounds can reach speeds of 45 miles per hour.
Apples, peaches and raspberries are all members of the rose family.
U.S. paper currency isn’t made of paper – it’s actually a blend of cotton and linen.
The ZIP in the ZIP code stands for Zone Improvement Plan.
Kangaroos can’t walk backwards.
The Empire State Building has 73 elevators.
Lemons ripen after you pick them, but oranges do not.
There are 118 ridges on the edge of a United States dime.
There are 336 dimples on a regulation American golf ball.
One acre of peanuts will make about 30,000 peanut butter sandwiches.
A twit is the technical term for a pregnant goldfish.
In the U.S. a pig has to weigh more than 180 lbs to be called a hog.
Bloodhounds can track a man by smell for up to 100 miles.
Beavers have orange teeth.
The woodpecker can hammer wood up to 16 times per second.
Mount Everest rises a few millimeters every year.
Snails can sleep for up to three years.
The pupils in goats’ eyes are rectangular.
Jousting is the official sport in the state of Maryland.
Bees’ wings beat about 11,400 times per minute.
The pound sign, or #, is called an octothorp.
The Statue of Liberty wears a size 879 sandal.
If there are two full moons in a month, the second one is called a blue moon.
You breathe in about 13 pints of air every minute.
Sound travels quicker in water than in air.
A group of cats is called a clowder.
Human eyes have over two million working parts.
There are approximately 9,000 taste buds on your tongue.
Raindrops can fall as fast as 20 miles per hour.
Polar bear fur is transparent, not white.
Lobsters can live up to 50 years.
The first traffic light was in use in London in 1868, before the advent of cars.
Fresh cranberries can be bounced like a rubber ball.
A group of a dozen or more cows is called a ‘flink.’
Astronauts actually get taller when in space.
A fifteen-year-old boy invented earmuffs in 1873.
There is a ranch in Texas that is bigger than the entire state of Rhode Island.
The dot over the letter i is called a tittle.
The great white shark can go up to three months between meals.
During the Boston Tea Party, 342 chests of tea were thrown into the harbor.
Pluto takes 248 years to orbit the sun once.
Camels have three eyelids.
454 U.S. dollar bills weigh exactly one pound.
Dairy cows drink up to 50 gallons of water per day.
A nautical mile is 800 feet longer than a land mile.
Antarctica has as much ice as the Atlantic Ocean has water.
Candles will burn longer and drip less if they are placed in the freezer a few hours before using.
Over 50 percent of your body heat is lost through your head and neck.
Smile more – every two thousand frowns creates one wrinkle.
New York taxi drivers collectively speak about 60 languages.
New York City is made up of 50 islands.
The strike note of The Liberty Bell is E flat.
Pigs were banished from Philadelphia's city streets in 1710.
About 40% of America's population lives within a one day drive to Philadelphia.
It is against the law to put pretzels in bags in Philadelphia.
In the game Monopoly, the properties are named after streets in Atlantic City.
The oldest living animal ever found was a 405 year-old clam, named Ming by researchers.
More than 180 countries celebrate Earth Day together every April 22nd.
At 5 feet, the whooping crane is the tallest bird in North America.
A full-grown tree produces enough oxygen to support a family of four.
Unlike your housecat, the Siberian tiger actually loves to swim!
A tiger’s night vision is six times better than a human’s.
More Siberian tigers live in zoos than in the wild.
The jaguar, the largest cat in the Western Hemisphere, once lived all over the southern U.S.
The giant panda can eat up to 83 lbs of bamboo a day.
Wildlife Forever has helped plant more than 132,000 trees in America since its founding in 1987.
Manhattan Island was once home to as many different species as Yellowstone National Park.
Dogs can make about 10 sounds, while cats make about 100.
A Pelican can hold more food in its beak than its belly.
The average cat can jump 5 times as high as its tail is long.
Flying fish leap out of the water at 20 mph or more, and can glide for over 500 feet.
The roadrunner chases after its prey at a blurring speed of up to 25 mph.
The archer fish can spit water up to 7 feet to shoot down bugs from overhanging leaves.
The spotted skunk does a handstand to warn off its enemies before it sprays its stench.
A male cricket's ear is located on the tibia of its leg.
Spiny lobsters migrate in groups of 50 or more, forming a conga line on the ocean floor.
The National Park Service manages over 350 parks on 80 million acres of public land.
Stepping out for a walk every day can actually help you sleep better at night.
Recycled paper is made using 40% less energy than normal paper.
Every ton of recycled paper saves about 17 trees.
Steel is 100% recyclable.
Most rechargeable batteries can be recharged up to 1,000 times.
An egg that is fresh will sink in water, but a stale one won't.
A camel can drink 25 gallons of water in less than three minutes.
In one day, a full-grown oak tree expels 7 tons of water through its leaves.
There is a museum of strawberries in Belgium.
Mangoes are the most-consumed fruit in the world.
Strawberries have an average of 200 seeds.
A strawberry is not an actual berry, but a banana is.
Fresh apples float because 25 percent of their volume is air.
The peach was the first fruit to be eaten on the moon.
A pineapple is neither an apple or a pine. It is, in fact, a large berry.
Only female mosquitoes bite.
A polar bear cannot be seen by an infrared camera, due to its transparent fur.
A spider’s silk is stronger than steel.
The planet Saturn's density is lower than water; in fact, it would float if placed in water.
Twins have a very high occurrence of left handedness.
The fear of vegetables is called lachanophobia.
There are over 2,000 different species of cactuses.
The chicken is the closest living relative of Tyrannosaurus Rex.
All scorpions glow.
Potatoes have more chromosomes than humans.
A full moon is nine times brighter than a half moon.
The human brain takes up 2% of human body weight but uses 20% of its energy.
Poison Ivy is not Ivy and Poison Oak is not an Oak. They are both part of the Cashew family.
Plants, like humans, can run a fever if they are sick.
Over half of the world's geysers are found in Yellowstone National Park.
A group of geese on the ground is a gaggle, a group of geese in the air is a skein.
Polar bears can smell a seal from 20 miles away.
Armadillos have four babies at a time and they are always all the same sex.
The only insect that can turn its head is a praying mantis.
Alaska was bought from Russia for about 2 cents an acre.
A dog's average body temperature is 101 degrees Fahrenheit.
The common garden worm has five pairs of hearts.
Flamingos can only eat with their heads upside down.
A group of twelve or more cows is called a flink.
A group of goats is called a trip.
An alligator can go through 3,000 teeth in a lifetime.
There are more chickens than people in the world.
Penguins can jump 6 feet.
There are approximately 7,000 feathers on an eagle.
The only lizard that has a voice is the Gecko.
A rhinoceros horn is made of compacted hair.
Dolphins sleep with one eye open.
A duck has three eyelids.
Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
The muzzle of a lion is like a fingerprint - no two lions have the same pattern of whiskers.
The hippopotamus has the capability to remain underwater for as long as five minutes.
Most elephants weigh less than the tongue of a blue whale.
If a sheep and a goat mate the offspring is called a geep.
Pistol shrimp can make a noise loud enough to break glass.
Mountain goats aren't actually goats. They are antelopes.
Koalas only drink water in extreme heat or drought.
Bees are born fully grown.
Ferret comes from the Latin word for little thief.
Cats have 2 sets of vocal cords: one for purring and one for meowing.
Some bears build nests in trees to sunbathe and rest.
A group of jellyfish is called a smack.
The indentation between the nose and the upper lip is called the philtrum.
The human jaw can generate a force up to 200 pounds on the molars.
The human brain is about 80% water.
The middle finger has the fastest growing nail.
The brain operates on the same amount of power as a 10-watt light bulb.
Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different.
Your big toe only has 2 bones and the rest have 3.
The average person takes 23,000 breaths a day.
It is illegal to run out of gas in Youngstown, Ohio.
Tennessee was previously named Franklin after Benjamin Franklin.
The official color of California's Golden Gate Bridge is International Orange.
It is not possible to tickle yourself.
Antarctica is the only continent with no owls.
There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.
Shakespeare invented the word assassination and bump.
French author Michel Thayer published a 233 page novel which has no verbs.
Australia is the only continent without an active volcano.
The dots on a domino are called pips.
111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321
Tug-of-war was an Olympic sport in the early 1900's.
The name of the city we call Bangkok is 115 letters long in the Thai language.
In Ancient Greece, throwing an apple to a woman was considered a marriage proposal.
Karate originated in India.
The infinity sign is called a lemniscate.
Children grow faster during springtime.
It takes an interaction of 72 muscles to produce human speech.
Sailors once thought wearing gold earrings improved eyesight.
Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.
Your skull is made up of 29 different bones.
Every hour more than one billion cells in the body must be replaced.
Women's hearts typically beat faster than men's hearts.
Adults laugh only about 15 to 100 times a day, while six-year-olds laugh an average of 300 times a day.
Children have more taste buds than adults.
Right handed people tend to chew food on the right side and lefties chew on the left.
A cucumber consists of 96% water.
Vanilla is used to make chocolate.
One lump of sugar is equivalent to three feet of sugar cane.
A lemon contains more sugar than a strawberry.
Until the nineteenth century, solid blocks of tea were used as money in Siberia.
Wild camels once roamed Arizona's deserts.
New York was the first state to require cars to have license plates.
Miami installed the first ATM for rollerbladers.
Hawaii has its own time zone.
Oregon has more ghost towns than any other US state.
Cleveland, OH is home to the first electric traffic lights.
South Carolina is home to the first tea farm in the U.S.
The term rookies comes from a Civil War term, reckie, which was short for recruit.
Taft was the heaviest U.S. President at 329lbs; Madison was the smallest at 100lbs.
Harry Truman was the last U.S. President to not have a college degree.
Abraham Lincoln was the tallest U.S. President at 6'4", while James Madison was the shortest at 5'4".
Franklin Roosevelt was related to 5 U.S. Presidents by blood and 6 by marriage.
Thomas Jefferson invented the coat hanger.
Theodore Roosevelt had a pet bear while in office.
President Warren G. Harding once lost white house china in a poker game.
Ulysses Simpson Grant was fined $20.00 for speeding on his horse.
President William Taft weighed over 300 lbs and once got stuck in the white house bathtub.
President William McKinley had a pet parrot that he named “Washington Post.”
Harry S. Truman's middle name is S.
The youngest U.S. president to be in office was Theodore Roosevelt at age 42.
Most Koala bears can sleep up to 22 hours a day.
In 1859, 24 rabbits were released in Australia. Within 6 years, the population grew to 2 million.
Butterflies can taste with their hind feet.
A strand from the web of a golden spider is as strong as a steel wire of the same size.
The bumblebee bat is one of the smallest mammals on Earth. It weighs less than a penny.
The Valley of Square Trees in Panama is the only known place in the world where trees have rectangular trunks.
The original Cinderella was Egyptian and wore fur slippers.
The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets.
Neckties were first worn in Croatia, which is why they were called cravats.
Barbie's full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.
The first TV toy commercial aired in 1946 for Mr. Potato Head.
If done perfectly, any Rubik's Cube combination can be solved in 17 turns.
The side of a hammer is called a cheek.
In Athens, Greece, a driver's license can be taken away by law if the driver is deemed either unbathed or poorly dressed.
In Texas, it is illegal to graffiti someone's cow.
Less than 3% of the water on Earth is fresh.
A cubic mile of fog is made up of less than a gallon of water.
The Saturn V moon rocket consumed 15 tons of fuel per second.
A manned rocket can reach the moon in less time than it took a stagecoach to travel the length of England.
At room temperature, the average air molecule travels at the speed of a rifle bullet.
The lollipop was named after one of the most famous Racehorses in the early 1900s, Lolly Pop.
Buzz Aldrin was one of the first men on the moon. His mother's maiden name was also Moon.
Maine is the only state with a one-syllable name.
The highest denomination issued by the U.S. was the 100,000 dollar bill.
The White House was originally called the President's Palace. It became The White House in 1901.
George Washington was the only unanimously elected President.
John Adams was the only President to be defeated by his Vice President, Thomas Jefferson.
New York City has over 800 miles of subway track.
Manatees' eyes close in a circular motion, much like the aperture of a camera.
Even though it is nearly twice as far away from the Sun as Mercury, Venus is by far the hottest planet.
The nothingness of a black hole generates a sound in the key of B flat.
Horses can't vomit.
Babies are born with about 300 separate bones, but adults have 206.
Newborn babies cannot cry tears for at least three weeks.
A day on Venus lasts longer than a year on Venus.
Squirrels lose more than half of the nuts they hide.
The penny was the first U.S. coin to feature the likeness of an actual person.
Forty percent of twins invent their own language.
In South Korea, it is against the rules for a professional baseball player to wear cabbage leaves inside of his hat.
Curly hair follicles are oval, while straight hair follicles are round.
George Washington had false teeth made of gold, ivory, and lead - but never wood.
Napoleon Bonaparte was actually not short. At 5' 7", he was average height for his time.
The Inca built the largest and wealthiest empire in South America, but had no concept of money.
It is against the law to use "The Star Spangled Banner" as dance music in Massachusetts.
Queen Cleopatra of Egypt was not actually Egyptian.
Early football fields were painted with both horizontal and vertical lines, creating a pattern that resembled a gridiron.
Two national capitals are named after U.S. presidents: Washington, D.C., and Monrovia, the capital of Liberia.
The first spam message was transmitted over telegraph wires in 1864.
A pearl can be dissolved by vinegar.
Queen Isabella I of Spain, who funded Columbus' voyage across the ocean, claimed to have only bathed twice in her life.
The longest attack of hiccups ever lasted 68 years.
A bolt of lightning can reach temperatures hotter than 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit - five times hotter than the sun.
At the deepest point in the ocean, the water pressure is equivalent to having about 50 jumbo jets piled on top of you.
In only 7.6 billion years, the sun will reach its maximum size and will shine 3,000 times brighter.
The state of Alabama once financed the construction of a bridge by holding a rooster auction.
Federal law once allowed the government to quarantine people who came in contact with aliens.
There are 21 "secret" highways that are part of the Interstate Highway System. They are not identified as such by road signs.
The aphid insect is born pregnant.
John Wilkes Booth's brother saved the life of Abraham Lincoln's son.
It is illegal in the United Kingdom to handle salmon in suspicious circumstances.
It is illegal to play annoying games in the street in the United Kingdom.
Tennis was originally played with bare hands.
-40 degrees Fahrenheit is the same temperatures as -40 degrees Celsius.
U.S. President John Tyler had 15 children, the last of which was born when he was 70 years old.
Dolphins are unable to smell.
Charlie Chaplin failed to make the finals of a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest.
The name of the city of Portland, Oregon was decided by a coin toss. The name that lost was Boston.
The letter J is the only letter in the alphabet that does not appear anywhere on the periodic table of the elements.
'K' was chosen to stand for a strikeout in baseball because 'S' was being used to denote a sacrifice.
A dimpled golf ball produces less drag and flies farther than a smooth golf ball.
When grazing or resting, cows tend to align their bodies with the magnetic north and south poles.
President Chester A. Arthur owned 80 pairs of pants, which he changed several times per day.
Cows do not have upper front teeth.
Between 1979 and 1999, the planet Neptune was farther from the Sun than Pluto. This won't happen again until 2227.
When creating a mummy, Ancient Egyptians removed the brain by inserting a hook through the nostrils.
All of the major candidates in the 1992, 1996, and 2008 U.S. presidential elections were left-handed.
In Switzerland, it is illegal to own only one guinea pig because they are prone to loneliness.
The first American gold rush happened in North Carolina, not California.
To make one pound of honey, a honeybee must tap about two million flowers.
Chicago is named after smelly garlic that once grew in the area.
The Chicago river flows backwards; the flow reversal project was completed in 1900.
The patent for the fire hydrant was destroyed in a fire.
Powerful earthquakes can make the Earth spin faster.
Baby bunnies are called kittens.
A group of flamingos is called a flamboyance.
Sea otters hold each other’s paws while sleeping so they don’t drift apart.
Gentoo penguins propose to their life mates with a pebble.
Male pups will intentionally let female pups “win” when they play-fight so they can get to know them better.
A cat’s nose is ridged with a unique pattern, just like a human fingerprint.
A group of porcupines is called a prickle.
99% of our solar system's mass is the sun.
More energy from the sun hits Earth every hour than the planet uses in a year.
If two pieces of the same type of metal touch in outer space, they will bond together permanently.
Just a sugar cube of neutron star matter would weigh about one hundred million tons on Earth.
A soup can full of neutron star material would have more mass than the Moon.
Ancient Chinese warriors would show off to their enemies before battle, by juggling.
OMG was added to dictionaries in 2011, but its first known use was in 1917.
In the state of Arizona, it is illegal for donkeys to sleep in bathtubs.
The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher.
Rats and mice are ticklish, and even laugh when tickled.
Norway once knighted a penguin.
The King of Hearts is the only king without a mustache.
It is illegal to sing off-key in North Carolina.
Forty is the only number whose letters are in alphabetical order.
One is the only number with letters in reverse alphabetical order.
Strawberries are grown in every state in the U.S. and every province in Canada.
The phrase, “You’re a real peach” originated from the tradition of giving peaches to loved ones.
At latitude 60° south, it is possible to sail clear around the world without touching land.
Interstate 90 is the longest U.S. Interstate Highway with over 3,000 miles from Seattle, WA to Boston, MA.
DFW Airport in Texas is larger than the island of Manhattan.
Benjamin Franklin invented flippers.
Miami installed the first ATM for inline skaters.
Indonesia is made up of more than 17,000 islands.
Giraffes have the same number of vertebrae as humans: 7.
The official taxonomic classification for llamas is Llama glama.
Remove all the space between its atoms and Earth would be the size of a baseball.
The soil on Mars is rust color because it's full of rust.
Sound travels up to 15 times faster through steel than air, at speeds up to 19,000 feet per second.
Humans share 50% of their DNA with bananas.
Maine is the closest U.S. state to Africa.
An octopus has three hearts.
Only 12 U.S. presidents have been elected to office for two terms and served those two terms.
Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected to office for four terms prior to the 22nd Amendment.
John F. Kennedy, at 43, was the youngest elected president, and Ronald Reagan, at 73, the oldest.
James Buchanan is the only bachelor to be elected president.
Eight presidents have died while in office.
Bill Clinton was born William Jefferson Blythe III, but took his stepfather’s last name when his mother remarried.
Prior to the 12th Amendment in 1804, the presidential candidate who received the second highest number of electoral votes was vice president.
George Washington was a successful liquor distributor, making rye whiskey, apple brandy, and peach brandy in his Mount Vernon distillery.
Thomas Jefferson and John Adams chipped off a piece of Shakespeare's chair as a souvenir when they visited his home in 1786.
George Washington started losing his permanent teeth in his 20s and had only one natural tooth by the time he was president.
George Washington had false teeth made from many different materials, including an elephant tusk and hippopotamus ivory.
George Washington protected his beloved horses from losing their teeth by making sure they were brushed regularly.
John Quincy Adams regularly skinny-dipped in the Potomac River.
Calvin Coolidge was so shy, he was nicknamed “Silent Cal.”
Calvin Coolidge loved to wear a cowboy hat and ride his mechanical horse.
President Herbert Hoover invented “Hooverball” (a cross between volleyball and tennis using a medicine ball), which he played with his cabinet members.
Andrew Jackson was involved in as many as 100 duels, many of which were fought to defend the honor of his wife, Rachel.
Martin Van Buren's nickname was "Old Kinderhook" because he was raised in Kinderhook, N.Y.
James Buchanan bought slaves in Washington, D.C., and quietly freed them in Pennsylvania.
Abraham Lincoln was only defeated once in about 300 wrestling matches, making it to the Wrestling Hall of Fame with honors as "Outstanding American."
In his youth, President Andrew Johnson apprenticed as a tailor.
Ulysses S. Grant smoked at least 20 cigars a day; citizens sent him at least 10,000 boxes in gratitude after winning the Battle of Shiloh.
Not only was James Garfield ambidextrous, he could write Latin with one hand and Greek with the other at the same time.
Benjamin Harrison was the first president to have electricity in the White House; however, he was so scared of getting electrocuted, he’d never touch the light switches himself.
William McKinley almost always wore a red carnation on his lapel as a good-luck charm.
Herbert Hoover's son had two pet alligators that were occasionally permitted to run loose throughout the White House.
Jimmy Carter filed a report for a UFO sighting in 1973, calling it “the darndest thing I’ve ever seen.”
Bill Clinton's face is so symmetrical that he ranked in facial symmetry alongside male models.
In 1916, Jeannette Rankin of Montana became the first woman elected to Congress.
Gerald Ford was the only president and vice president never to be elected to either office.
Victoria Woodhull, in 1872, was the first woman to run for the U.S. presidency.
James Monroe received every electoral vote but one in the 1820 election.
There are only three requirements to become U.S. president: must be 35, a natural-born U.S. citizen, and have resided in the U.S. for at least 14 years.
To cut groundskeeping costs during World War I, President Woodrow Wilson brought a flock of sheep to trim the White House grounds.
Rutherford B. Hayes was the first president to use a phone, and his phone number was extremely easy to remember – simply “1.”
Martin Van Buren was the first president born a U.S. citizen; all presidents before him were British.
Andrew Jackson's pet parrot Poll was removed from his funeral for cursing.
There has never been a U.S. president whose name started with the common letter S.
Abraham Lincoln is the only U.S. president who was also a licensed bartender.
Barack Obama is called the 44th president, but is actually the 43rd because Grover Cleveland is counted twice, as he was elected for two terms.
Four times in U.S history has a presidential candidate won the popular vote but lost the election.
President Herbert Hoover and his wife were fluent in Mandarin Chinese and would use it in the White House to speak privately to each other.
November was chosen to be election month because it fell between harvest and brutal winter weather.
Six of the last 12 U.S. presidents have been left-handed, far greater than the national average of lefties (10%).
William Henry Harrison owned a pet goat while in office.
John Adams had a horse named Cleopatra.
James Madison had a pet parrot who outlived him and his wife.
John Quincy Adams' wife raised silkworms.
Martin Van Buren was given two tiger cubs while he was president.
William Harrison had a billy goat at the White House.
Franklin Pierce was gifted two small "sleeve dogs" – he kept one and gave the other to Jefferson Davis.
Abraham Lincoln's son had a pet turkey, which he gave a pardon so it wasn't killed and eaten.
James Garfield had a dog appropriately named Veto.
William Taft liked milk so much that he had cows graze on the White House lawn, Pauline being the last in history to graze there.
Calvin Coolidge had a bulldog named Boston Beans, a terrier named Peter Pan, and a pet raccoon.
John Kennedy had a pony named Macaroni.
Lyndon Johnson had two beagles, named Him and Her, for which he was criticized for picking up by their ears.
Jimmy Carter had a dog named Grits, a gift given to his daughter Amy.
Bill Clinton had a cat named Socks, which was the first presidential pet to have its own website.
Woodrow Wilson passed the Georgia Bar Exam despite not finishing law school; he also has a PhD.
President Zachary Taylor's nickname was "Old Rough and Ready" because of his famed war career.
Andrew Jackson was once given a 1,400-pound cheese wheel as a gift, which he served at his outgoing President's Reception.
Blueberry jelly beans were created for Ronald Reagan’s presidential inauguration in 1981.
Dwight D. Eisenhower was the first Texas-born president.
Lyndon Johnson's family all had the initials LBJ.
Thomas Jefferson was convinced that if he soaked his feet in a bucket of cold water every day, he’d never get sick.