Fun Facts, October 2

It’s Fun Facts Friday! Enjoy these little pieces of trivia and HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!!

• The Hubble Space Telescope weighs 12 tons (10,896 kilograms), is 43 feet (13.1 meters) long, and cost $2.1 billion to originally build.

• The largest statue in the world is Mount Rushmore, the heads of four US Presidents carved into the Black Hills near Keystone. The heads are 60 ft tall.

• Vitamin A is known to prevent “night blindness,” and carrots are loaded with Vitamin A. One carrot provides more than 200% of recommended daily intake of Vitamin A.

• A badminton shuttle easily travels 112 mph.

• A piano covers the full spectrum of all orchestra instruments, from below the lowest note of the double bassoon to above the top note of the piccolo.

• Queen Elizabeth of Britain sent her first email in 1976.

• English soldiers were called Tommies because the example name on the soldier paperwork was Thomas Atkins. (The example name on US forms is John Smith.)

• Hawaii is moving toward Japan 4 inches every year.

• The rocket engine has to supply its own oxygen so it can burn its fuel in outer space.

• The North Atlantic gets 1 inch wider every year.

• The longest living cells in the body are brain cells which can live an entire lifetime.

• The largest horse statue in the world, the Zizkov Monument in Prague, stands 30 ft tall.

• It is said that if a statue of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle; if the horse has all four legs on the ground, like the Zizkov Monument, the person died of natural causes.

• Ferenc Szisz from Romania, driving a Renault, won the first Formula One Grand Prix held at Le Mans, France in 1906.

• The harmonica is the world’s best-selling music instrument.

• In 1889, Kansas undertaker Almon B. Strowger wanted to prevent telephone operators from advising his rivals of the death of local citizens. So he invented the automatic exchange to transfer calls automatically.

• The word “Machiavellian” is named after Niccolo Machiavelli, who was friends with Leonardo da Vinci.

• Oxygen is the most abundant element in the Earth’s crust, waters, and atmosphere (about 49.5%).

• A stroke of lightning discharges from 10 to 100 million volts & 30,000 amps of electricity.

• A bolt of lightning is about 54,000°F (30,000°C); six times hotter than the Sun.

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~ by kuiperactive on October 2, 2009.

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