1. Volvo invented the three-point seatbelt, but opened up the patent to save as many lives as possible.
2. The Netherlands sends Canada thousands of flowers every year as thanks for help in WWII.
3. Libraries outnumber McDonald’s in the United States by over 8:1.
4. There are more trees on Earth than there are stars in the galaxy.
5. The British Military has a goat serving as a fusilier.
It is said that the use of goats as members of the military started after a wild one wandered about the battlefield during the American Revolutionary War in 1775, seemingly leading the Welsh regimental colours to victory at the Siege of Boston.
- The French population yearly consumption of butter is around 18lbs per person. Amazing isn’t it considering it has one of the lowest numbers of heart problems.
2. Even before we are born we yawn. Studies have shown that even 11 week old Fetus yawns. The activity of yawning is said to be rejuvenating the brain.
3. Most pilots and copilots on major airlines are not allowed to eat the same food – to avoid the possibility of food poisoning sickening the entire flight crew. Also the risk of being killed in a plane crash for the average American is 1 in 11 million. The risk of being killed in a car accident is 1 in 5,000.
4. Some trees emit chemicals that attract enemies of their enemies. – Trees may look passive and helpless, but they’re savvier than they seem. Not only can they produce chemicals to combat leaf-eating insects, for instance, but some also send airborne chemical signals to each other, apparently warning nearby trees to prepare for an insect attack. Research has shown that a wide range of trees and other plants become more resistant to insects after receiving these signals.
Trees’ airborne signals can even convey information outside the plant kingdom. Some have been shown to attract predators and parasites that kill the insects, essentially letting an embattled tree call for backup. Research has mainly focused on chemicals that attract other arthropods, but as a 2013 study found, apple trees under attack by caterpillars release chemicals that attract caterpillar-eating birds.
5. Our feet are the home to about a quarter of all the bones in our bodies – There are 26 bones in each foot—one less than in each hand. When we’re born, those bones are mostly cartilage. The bones in our feet only completely harden around age 21.
- Interesting fact. There is a question and answer on Reddit which will answer why clouds don’t fall from the sky when they weigh this much.
2. For more factual information on pandas go to Random Facts
It’s not just certain cities in Alaska that will pay you to live there, it’s the whole state. The state of Alaska developed the Permanent Fund Dividend which essentially pays residents of Alaska to permanently live there. Investment earnings on Alaskan mineral royalties are paid to Alaska residents. It is an annual payment, and the state feels that it is an investment in their current population as well investing in future generations in hopes that they stay in Alaska. To be eligible for the dividend, you need to have lived in Alaska for one year, not be a convicted felon and be present in Alaska for at least 190 days in a calendar year. Source
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The man himself explains it all.
This is a very interesting study and demonstration from this scientist. This is what Buddhism teaches, its all about how we are connected in many ways.
A vertical forest is expected to be completed this year in Milan. There are two tower apartment complexes which contain a total of 400 residential units. The facade of the buildings will be covered with 730 trees, 5,000 shrubs, and 11,000 perennial plants. It is expected to have the same ecological impact as 10,000 square meters of forest.
Aside from fighting smog and producing oxygen, the foliage is expected to provide insulation to the residential units.
From 100 To Zero
Author: Lesley Voth
Well here I am ‘ Back in the USA’
Sounds like a Springsteen Song I have to say
I left Australia just last week, very warm and sunny
If my friends could see me now they would think it rather funny
I had a tan that I worked very hard to get
Only to be wrapped up in winter woollies, body not seen the sun yet
Woke up yesterday to icicles on the trees
No sign of spring flowers that are usually covered in bees
But I am grateful as the house is nice and warm
Cold outside, at least now sunny no sign of a storm
I believe, I am told that spring is near, that’s Mother Natures plan
Summer around the corner, will be back at the pool, working hard on that tan
As you can see from the pictures, my Son and Grandson
Loving the warmth, the ocean in Australia and having such fun
I am not really complaining as I love this country and I am with my husband, my hero
Even though I have gone from temperatures of 100 degrees to Zero