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Friday, December 31, 2010

Fact #61: Coca-Cola was never green

There is a common "did you know" type-thing going around that Coke used to be green - not true. In reality, Coke originally came in green glass bottles, but the color of the soda has remained the same.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Fact #59: The US has the most airports in the world

The United States has more than 15,000 airports, more than any other country in the world. Brazil comes in a distant 2nd, with 4000.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Fact #58: The BIG 12 has the most major football violations in the NCAA's history

The BIG 12 has recorded 39 major football violations since the violations were implemented in 1953, making them the dirtiest conference. A major violation is defined as providing extensive recruiting or competitive advantage. The SEC (Surely Everyone's Cheating) comes in second as 32.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Fact #56: Non-Dairy Creamer is flammable

Many organic substances in powder form can cause a dust explosion. Just a small spark can ignite a large fire.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Fact #55: Oregon produces the most Christmas trees in America

In any given year, Oregon produces about 7 million Christmas trees. Other leading states of Christmas Tree production are North Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Washington, New York and Virginia.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Fact #53: The Jacksonville Jaguars first logo was never used

The Ford Motor Company thought that the initial Jaguars design was too similar to their Jaguar car symbol. Therefore, the organization changed the initial colors of teal, gold and silver with black accents, and they also changed their symbol. In the agreement with Ford, Jaguar was named the official car of the team.

Owner Wayne Weaver credited his wife for the new logo design, which has since been changed in 2009.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Fact #52: Virginia Woolf and Ernest Hemingway wrote their books standing up

During the 19th century it was quite common to write while standing up. Virginia Woolf and Ernest Hemingway were no exception, as was Lewis Carroll and Charles Dickens.

Alternatively, Mark Twain wrote mainly in bed.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Fact #51: The Dallas Cowboys account for 1/4 of all NFL merchandise sales

During the current 2010 season, The Dallas Cowboys accounted for 25% of all NFL merchandise sold.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Fact #50: Every clock in Pulp Fiction is set to 4:20

All of the clocks shown in the movie Pulp Fiction are set to 4:20. In popular culture, the term "420" has been characterized and popularized as a symbolic time to smoke weed.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Fact #49: Max is the most common dog name

Over the past ten years, Max has overwhelmingly been the most popular dog name in America. Molly is the most common name for female dogs.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Friday, December 17, 2010

Fact #47: The 57 on Heinz ketchup represents the 57 different pickle varities the company once had

The 57 on household-favorite Heinz ketchup bottles pays homage to number of varieties of pickle the company once had.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Fact #46: Phil Collins was a child actor

Phil Collins was a child actor. His first role was as The Artful Dodger in a London production of Oliver!

More famously, he appeared in The Beatles - Hard Days Night as a screaming fan and was also an extra in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Fact #45: The Dead Sea is the lowest point on Earth

Well, it actually isn't a sea. The Dead Sea is a salt lake near Jordan and Israel, and at about 1,400 feet below sea level, has the lowest dry land elevation on the Earth's surface.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Fact #44: The CEO of LifeLock has had his identity stolen 13 times since 2006

Todd Davis is that guy who rented billboards in Times Square in 2006 showing his social security number in an advertising campaign for his security company, LifeLock. His company was sued for $12 million for false advertising.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Fact #43: Bill Clinton was born William Jefferson Blythe III

Billy legally changed his name when he was 14 years old, taking the surname of his stepfather. His biological father died three months before he was born in an automobile accident.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Friday, December 10, 2010

Fact #40: American Airlines saved $40,000 by eliminating one olive per first-class meal

Wisely, American Airlines made the first cost-cutting move by airline caterers in 1987 by simply removing one olive from each meal in 1987 and saved $40,000.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Fact #39: The Sahara Desert is bigger than the United States

"The Great Desert" in northern Africa is huge. The name Sahara is Arabic for desert. 12 countries lie within its vast range.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Fact #38: The Nike "Swoosh" logo designer was paid $35 for the symbol

In 1972, Carolyn Davidson was a graphic design student at Portland State University. She charged her accounting teacher Phil Knight $2 an hour for her freelance work on symbol ideas for Knight's company Nike. She came up with the "Swoosh", which has turned out to be one of the most recognizable symbols in the world. He paid her $35 for her work.

Years later, Knight gave Davidson a diamond ring and an envelope with Nike stock to show his appreciation.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Fact #37: Robin Williams was voted "Least Likely to Succeed" in High School

Robin Williams classmates at Redwood High School in Larkspur, CA voted him "Least Likely to Succeed"

Monday, December 6, 2010

Fact #36: Salmon can jump as high as 6 feet out of water

Salmon jump out of the water to swim upstream. Also, female salmon jump in order to loosen their egg sacks while pregnant.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Fact #35: Muggsy Bogues is the shortest, and Manute Bol tallest players in NBA history

Muggsy comes in at 5' 3".

Manute Bol and Gheorghe Muresan were both 7'7", but many say Bol had a hair on him.

Also, it has be reported that the Sudan-born Bol coined the term "my bad"

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Fact #34: Alabama was the first state to legally recognize Christmas

In 1836, Alabama was the first state in the US to legally recognize Christmas as a holiday.

In 1907, Oklahoma became the last state in the US to legally recognize Christmas as a holiday. What were they holding out for?

Friday, December 3, 2010

Fact #33: Pirates wore earrings to improve their eyesight

In the Golden Age of piracy during the 15-17th centuries, Pirates pierced their ears with shiny metals not to look fashionable, but rather, they believed the precious metals of gold and silver improved their eyesight.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Fact #32: For every 70 people there is an AK-47

There are about 100 million manufactured AK-47's on Earth, one for about every 70 citizens.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Fact #31: 1 in 5,000 American Lobsters are blue

One if 5,000 American Lobsters are born blue in color. Their color is a result of an excessive amount of protein.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Fact #30: Chess was invented in India

The earliest forms of chess were played in India in 6 AD, then spread throughout Europe.

Viswanathan Anand of India is currently the number one player in the world.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Fact #29: If two pieces of metal touch in space, they become permanently stuck

Two peices of metal without any coating will become permanently stuck in the vacuum of space through a process called cold welding. This doesn't happen on Earth because our atmosphere puts on a layer of oxidized material on the metal.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Fact #28: Arabic is the most spoken language in Africa

There are over 2000 different languages spoken in Africa. The most common is Arabic with over 170 million speakers, mainly in North Africa and the Horn of Africa. Swahili is a distant second at about 90 million.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Friday, November 26, 2010

Fact #26: Canada means "Big Village"

In the Huron-Iroquois language the word Canada means "Big Village".

I always thought it meant something along the lines of "the loft apartment above a great house party".

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Fact #25: Turkey wasn't a part of the first Thanksgiving meal

In the first Thanksgiving feast, the food included lobster, venison, fruit and vegetables. However, no Turkey of Pumpkin pie was present.

Happy Turkey Day.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Fact # 23: Watermelons in Japan are square

The Japanese have developed a fridge-friendly square watermelon. They are grown in glass boxes to make this shape.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Fact # 22: James Garfield could write in Latin and Greek at the same time

The 20th President of The United States, James Garfield, was ambidextrous. He could write in Latin in one hand and Greek in the other simultaneously.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Fact # 21: People with higher IQ's dream more

Tests have proven that people with higher IQ's dream more than people with lower IQ's. The smarter you are, the more you dream.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Fact # 20: Deion Sanders is the only person to play in both The Super Bowl and World Series

"Prime Time" is the only person to play in both The Super Bowl and World Series. He also coached a woman's pro basketball team in 2004.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Fact # 19: The smaller the pepper, the hotter is it

As a general rule, the smaller the pepper the hotter it is due to the capsaicin per pepper ratio. The color of the chilli is no indication of its spiciness.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Fact # 18: Minnesota has more shoreline than California, Florida and Hawaii combined

Minnesota has 90,000 miles of shoreline, more than California, Florida and Hawaii combined. The Land of 10,000 Lakes, oh yah.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Fact # 17: There is a Superman reference in every Seinfeld episode

Sometimes it was a refrigerator magnet, other times a doll near the stereo, but there is a Superman reference in every episode of Seinfeld.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Fact # 16: Coconut water is really, really good for you

Coconut water, aka "Nature's Gatorade", has recently gained a lot of popularity, and for good reason. It has many benefits, here are some of the most impressive:

-Removes toxins and aids in digestion
-Loaded with anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties
-More nutritious than whole milk, less fat and no cholesterol
-Filled with electrolytes and has low sodium levels
-Naturally sterile

Monday, November 15, 2010

Fact # 15: The Human Body is 2/3 Water

Depending on age, the human body is anywhere from 60% to 80% water. The percentages are higher in babies and lower in adults.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Fact # 13: Iceland consumes more Coca-Cola than anyone else in the world

People in Iceland really like Coke. More Coke is consumed in Iceland, per capita, than anywhere else in the world.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Fact # 12 : Raisins float up and sink down continuously in Champagne

If you put a raisin in a Champagne flute, it will rise up and sink down continuously, pretty much dancing in the glass.

Who figured that one out?

I'm not sure who is more excited, this girl or the raisin?