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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?

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Fact # 11 : Babe Ruth wore cabbage under his baseball hat

Babe Ruth cooled off on hot days by putting a wet piece of cabbage under his hat, and changing it every two innings.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Fact # 10 : A number of cheeses help to prevent cavities

Muenster, Gouda, Swiss, Monterey Jack, Port du Salut and Aged Cheddar are just a few of the cheeses that have been proven to prevent cavities, according to many recent dental studies.

These guys explain it well in the second paragraph.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Fact # 8 : Honey does not spoil

There is strong evidence that honey is the only food that does not spoil - ever. Scientists and archeologists have tasted honey that they have discovered in Egyptian tombs, and they say it's edible.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Fact # 7 : The phrase "Holy Toledo" was coined in and refers to a town in Spain

This exclamation of surprise is a reference to Toledo, a city in central Spain. Toledo became one of the great centers of Christian culture after the Moors were kicked out in 1085. To this day there are many cathedrals and churches in the city.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Fact # 6 : This is (Probably) the Best Football Road Trip Ever

The 1899 University of the South (now Sewanee) football team had a ridiculously amazing season. The team went 12-0, outscoring opponents 322 to 10. A majority of the 12 opponents they faced eventually turned into national powers, including Texas, Tennessee, LSU, Georgia and Auburn. But what sets this team apart was the six day, 2500 mile road trip by train, from November 9th -14th. They played, beat and shutout, Texas on the 9th, Texas A&M on the 10th, Tulane on the 11th, LSU on the 13th, and Ole Miss on the 14th. Granted, football may have been a little different back then than todays game, but without modern medicine and equipment, that is one long road trip.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Fact # 5 : Rhode Island has nearly twice the population of Alaska

The population of Rhode Island is almost twice that of Alaska. Rhode Island could go into Alaska about 546 times, making the population density in Rhode Island a bit more than Alaska.

Say the letters "E S P S" and you have just said ears pierced in a Roe Dylin accent.

Now say "hot", you just said heart - in the ocean state.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Fact #4 : Lake Nicaragua has the only Freshwater Sharks in the World

Lake Nicaragua, the largest lake in Central America and 19th largest lake in the world, is home to worlds only species of freshwater sharks. The aggressive, unpredictable Bull Shark calls the lake home. Other Bull Shark's have been known to enter into freshwater for short periods of time in other areas of the world, however only in Nicaragua do they live their entire lifespan in freshwater.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Fact #3 : Amish Men with Beards are Married

When an Amish man gets married, he is required to grow a beard. However, they shave their mustache because of the association to the military.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Fact #2 : Redheads make up 4% of World's Population

Only 4% of the world's population is born with red hair. Most of these come from Austrailia, Ireland, and the U.K. Also, in Denmark it is an honor to have a redheaded child. However, in Greek Mythology, redheads turn into Vampires when they die.

Famous Redheads: Vincent Van Gogh, Conan O'Brien, Pippi Longstockings and The Little Mermaid

Monday, November 1, 2010

Fact #1 : A U.S. Penny costs more to make than it is worth

As of 2009, it costs about 1.62 cents to make a penny which makes its face value less than what it cost to coin it. Also, it takes about 3 cents to make a U.S. one dollar bill - talk about pennies on the dollar.