- The Slave-Maker ant is so named because it raids the nest of other ants and steals their pupae. Once the pupae hatch, they are made to work as slaves.
2. American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad in first class.
Northwest Airlines saved $500000 per year by cutting its limes.
3. The original name of Bank of America was Bank of Italy.
The Bank of Italy was founded in San Francisco, California, United States, on October 17, 1904  by Amadeo Giannini. It grew by a branch banking strategy to become the Bank of America, the world’s largest commercial bank, with 493 branches in California and assets of $5 billion in 1945
4. Topless saleswomen are legal in Liverpool, England, but only in tropical fish stores.
Weird but true – Liverpudlian bylaw which prohibits women going topless unless they work in a tropical fish store.
5. Thomas Edison designed a helicopter that would work with gunpowder. It ended up blowing up and also blew up his factory.
Had a collection of over 5,000 birds
The light bulb inventor, was afraid of the dark.
The first major invention was the quadruplex telegraph
As a boy, Thomas Edison suffered a permanent hearing loss from head injury
A person sneezing was the first action caught on video by Thomas Edison
I am helping at the Food Bank this morning so not a lot of time to do research so cheated a little and got this info from DidYouKnow.com. Always good for interesting information.
1. San Marino claims to be the world’s oldest constitutional republic – it was founded in 301 by a Christian stonemason fleeing persecution under Emperor Diocletian. Its constitution of 1600 is the oldest written constitution in the world. San Marino is pictured above.
2. The Mid-Atlantic Ridge is the Longest mountain chain on earth (at 40 thousand kilometers). It is located along the middle of the Atlantic. Iceland is the only part of this chain that is above water.
3. In 1811 and 1812, there were three earthquakes measuring around 8 to 8.9 on the Richter scale. These shocks caused the Mississippi River to flow backward for three days, creating Reelfoot Lake in western Tennessee, and ringing church bells on the East Coast.
4. Thousands of leeches are used for medical emergencies every year. The leech’s blood sucking accelerates healing on any deep wound but especially after re-attaching a severed limb or any other deep wound. The leech feeds off the oxygenated blood that would otherwise cause swelling and gangrene. The sucking assists the flow of blood and an anticoagulant in the leech prevents scabbing. The sucking is painless because the leech releases an anesthetic.
Of the 650 types of leeches, only a small number of Hirudo species are used, the most popular being the Hirudo medicinally. They’re usually sold 20 to a pack, at US$7 apiece.
5. Bank of Italy became the Bank Of America – Amedeo Giannini, son of Italian immigrants to the US, started the Bank of Italy in a converted saloon in San Francisco at 9 am on Monday, October 17, 1904. On the first day, 28 deposits totalled $8,780.
When an earthquake struck in 1907, he ran his bank from a plank in the street – the word “bank” is from the Italian “banca”, meaning a bench or counter. Word quickly spread about his service and by 1916 he had several branches. By 1929, the bank was strong enough to withstand the Great Depression stock crash. Giannini changed the name to Bank of America in 1928 and remained chairman until 1963. The Bank of America would become one of the largest banking institutions in the world but by 2008, due to poor management, had to receive government bailout.
The Bank “Swipe Fee”
I was amazed at this piece of information. In my opinion banks never miss a beat to rip some money off you. As you can imagine banks are not my favorite institution.
Did you know when you charge charitable donations to your credit card, the bank “Swipe Fee” may be 3 percent. Debit cards and PayPal take a smaller cut. Capital One offers fee-free donations to nonprofits on its Giving Site. Good for you ‘Capital One‘. Alternatively send a check.