- A captive killer whale at MarineLand discovered it could regurgitate fish onto the surface of the water, attracting seagulls and then eat the birds. Four others then learned to copy the behavior.
2. Fiji Water once ran an ad that stated: “The label says Fiji because it’s not bottled in Cleveland.” The Cleveland water department took offense, so they challenged the statement, commissioned a test, and proved that Fiji water had more impurities in it.
3. Sound changes when it snows. It seems quieter right after a snowfall because a blanket of fresh powder is absorbing the sound waves- but once the snow melts and refreezes, it then creates a reflective surface that amplifies sound by allowing it to travel farther than normal.
4. The official border between Belgium and the Netherlands runs through living rooms, yards and cafés, so it’s possible – indeed, it happens more often than you’d think – to sit across a table having a cup of coffee with someone who is actually in a different country.
For a while, a Dutch law requiring dining establishments to close earlier than they did in Belgium. At closing time in the Netherlands, patrons would have to get up and move tables, over to the Belgian side.
5. Facts about ‘Thanks Giving’
- Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird, not the eagle.
- Americans eat 46 million turkeys each Thanksgiving.
- Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s first meal in space after walking on the moon was foil packets with roasted turkey.
- Tests conducted by St. Lawrence University in New York found that there were more left-handed people with IQs over 140 than right-handed people. Famous left-handed intellectuals include Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, and Benjamin Franklin. Less than 1% of the world’s population can be considered truly ambidextrous.
2. The Melanesians of New Guinea are the only dark-skinned group of humans known to have a high blonde hair rate.
3. Vitamin D is unusual because it is the only vitamin that can be synthesized in the body. Sunlight is the main source of Vitamin D, though sunscreen lotions with high SPF can prevent vitamin D formation. Vitamin D is also the only vitamin that is a hormone.
4. Insects such as termites and ants provide 10% of the protein consumed worldwide. Where insects are an integral part of a diet, they contribute as much as 40% of protein. In the United States, it is estimated that every adult unconsciously consumes one pound of insects each year due to garden produce, poor restaurant and home hygiene, and commercial foods for which the USDA allows a certain amount of insect fragments. Peanut butter, for example, is allowed to have 30 insect fragments per 100 grams.
5. Women are more susceptible to the effects of alcohol especially wine than men partly because they have less of an enzyme in the lining of the stomach that is needed to metabolize alcohol efficiently.
1. Albert Einstein Was Offered The Presidency Of Israel In 1952.
2. Alexander Graham Bell, Never Telephoned His Wife Or Mother. They Both Were Deaf.
3. Augustus Caesar Had Achluophobia–The Fear Of Sitting In The Dark.
4. Benjamin Franklin Lived At 141 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pa.
5. Bill Gates’ First Business Was Traff-O-Data, A Company That Created Machines Which Recorded The Number Of Cars Passing A Given Point On A Road.
6. The French Queen, Catherine De Medici Was The First Woman In Europe To Use Tobacco. She Took It In A Mixture Of Snuff.
7. Cathy Rigby Is The Only Woman To Pose Nude For Sports Illustrated. (August 1972)
8. Charles De Gaulle’s Final Words Were, “It Hurts.”
9. Einstein Couldn’t Speak Fluently When He Was Nine. His Parents Thought He Might Be Retarded.
10. Napoleon Bonaparte Was Afraid Of Cats.