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*  Portion of ice cream sold that is vanilla: 1/3

*  Portion of potatoes sold that are French-fried: 1/3

*  Only food that does not spoil: honey

*  Iceland consumes more Coca-Cola per capita than any other nation

—  Did you know that you are taller in the morning than at night?  This is because you have soft pads (called disks) between the bones of your spine.  They expand slightly overnight, making you taller.


—  Nerve impulses carry messages from your brain at speeds up of up to 180mph (289.6km) – the top speed of a fast car.

—  The moon is about 1/4 the size of earth.  Flying once around the moon is about the same as flying from New York to London and back again.


—  Vatican City in Italy is the world’s smallest state- less than one-quarter square mile (.6 sq km).  Only about 1000 people live there.  It prints its own stamps and money.


—  At Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, USA, the cliffs are being worn away at a rate of about 5 feet (1.5m) a year by waves.  The lighthouse there has been moved inland three times.

—  Professional divers in Acapulco in Mexico dive into water from rocks 118 feet (36m) high- equal to diving from the roof of an 11 story building.


—  A cheetah is the fastest animal in the world.  It has a top speed of 80mph (128.7km) but only over a short distance.  After about 500 yards (457m), it gets hot and breathless and has to lie down for a rest.


—  The fastest fish in the sea is the sailfish.  It has been timed at just over 68mph (109.4km)


Kissing has not always meant love.  The ancient Romans kissed someone on the mouth or eyes as a greeting.  And for centuries, kissing a hand, foot, or the ground a person walked on was a sign of respect.

The highest temperature ever officially recorded in the United States was in the well-named Death Valley, California, in July 1913.  There, about 175 feet (53.3m) below sea level, the thermometer reached 134 degrees (56.7C).

Someone living in a Western country walks about 50,000 miles (80,450km) in a lifetime.  Shoes on the right foot usually wear out faster than shoes on the left foot.  Why this is, no one knows.

Bread was used as a plate in the Middle Ages.  Thick slices of bread, called trenchers, were loaded with meats and other foods for a feast.  After the feast, the fatty, soggy trenchers were given to the poor.


In eighteenth century England, women’s wigs were sometimes 4 feet high. These remarkable headdresses were dusted with flour and decorated with stuffed birds, replicas of gardens, plates of fruit, or even model ships.

In eighteenth century English gambling dens, there was an employee whose only job was to swallow the dice if there was a police raid.

In the 19th century, the British Navy attempted to dispel the superstition that Friday was an unlucky day to embark on a ship. The Keel of a new ship was laid on a Friday, she was named HMS Friday, commanded by a Captain Friday, and finally went to sea on a Friday. Neither the ship nor her crew were ever heard of again.

It has been calculated that in the last 3,500 years, there have only been 230 years of peace throughout the civilized world.


Written by getawaygoastray

July 18, 2010 at 5:43 pm

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