Fun Facts, March 19

OK, here’s your next installment of Thoughtless Trivia Thursday to impress your friends and belittle your enemies….and, as always, please let me know if there is something that is not accurate. Enjoy!

• The smallest bone in the human body is the stapes or stirrup bone located in the middle ear. It is approximately .11 inches (.28 cm) long.

• The word “cappuccino” comes from the 16th century Capuchin order of friars, whose hoods were called cappuccinos.

• Coffee is the seed of a cherry from the tree genus Coffea

• The record for the most Olympic medals ever won is held by Soviet gymnast Larissa Latynina. Competing in three Olympics, between 1956 and 1964, she won 18 medals.

• Bob Dylan’s first professional performance was as opening act for John Lee Hooker at Gerde’s Folk City in New York, 1961.

• The world’s first skyscraper was the 10-story Home Insurance office, built in Chicago in 1885. (During Roman times buildings were up to 8 storeys high.)

• The pull-ring soda can tab was invented in 1962 and the re-sealable top in 1965.

• Plastic bottles were first used for soft drinks in 1970.

• The Polyethylene Terephthalate bottle was introduced in 1973.

• The stay-on soda can tab was invented in 1974.

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~ by kuiperactive on March 19, 2009.

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