Fun Facts, April 30

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 largest man-made lake in the U.S. is Lake Mead, created by Hoover Dam.

• The first book published is thought to be the Epic of Gilgamesh, written at about 3000 BC in cuneiform, an alphabet based on symbols.

• In September 1999 Dustin Philips of the US set a Guinness World Record by drinking a 400 ml (14-oz) bottle of tomato sauce through a straw in 33 seconds.

• Sports command the biggest television audiences, led by the summer Olympics, World Cup Football and Formula One racing.

• In August 1983, Peter Stewart of Birmingham, UK set a world record by disco dancing for 408 hours.

• Traffic lights were used before the advent of the motorcar.

• Lady Peseshet of Ancient Egypt (2600-2100 BC) is the world’s first known female physician.

• Scientists have discovered that copper pollution of the atmosphere occurred about 2500 years ago. This was discovered by analyzing ice cores from Greenland. The pollution was attributed to the Romans who used copper for military purposes and to produce coins.

• Hydrofluoric acid will dissolve glass.

• A large sunspot can last for about a week.

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~ by kuiperactive on April 30, 2009.

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