• The Australian Emu holds the land speed record for birds at 31 mph.
  • The first product to have a bar code was Wrigley’s gum.
  • Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise.

     

  • The world’s smallest mammal is the bumblebee bat of Thailand, weighing less than a penny.

     

  • The ant can lift 50 times its own weight.

     

  • A bowling pin needs to tilt only 7.5 degrees to fall.

     

  • 1 in every 4 Americans has appeared on TV at some point in their lives.

     

  • The study of word origins is called etymology.

     

  • The shortest war in history was between Zanzibar and England in 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes.
  • Mexican jumping beans jump because of a moth larva inside the bean.

     

  • An electric eel produces an average of 400 volts.

     

  • A myrmecologist studies ants.

     

  • To crack a whip, the tip must be traveling faster than the speed of sound.

     

  • Sugar was first added to chewing gum in 1869 by a dentist named William Semple.

     

  • At the nearest point, Russia and America are less than 4 km apart.
  • The Channel between England and France grows about 300 millimeters each year.

     

  • Einstein couldn’t speak fluently when he was age nine.

     

  • You’re more likely to get stung by a bee on a windy day than in any other weather.

     

  • The average person laughs about 5 times a day.

     

  • A sneeze zooms out of your mouth at over 600 mph.

     

  • The average person is about a quarter of an inch taller at night.

     

  • When umbrellas first came into greater use during the 18th century, they were made of oil-soaked cotton cloth that was stretched over a whalebone. The purpose of the oil was to make the cotton cloth water proof, but it also gave the cloth a black-looking color. While this type of umbrella was very waterproof, it wasn’t very durable. Soon, newer and better umbrellas were made, and since the color black was associated with effective waterproofing, most of the newer models were dyed black.
  • A pig’s snout is called a gruntle.

     

  • The chemical pectin, found in ripe fruit, causes jam to set when cooling.

 

 

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