Fun Facts, May 21

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!

• A new born blue whale measures 20-26 feet (6.0 – 7.9 meters) long and weighs up to 6,614 pounds (3003 kg).

• The first novel, called The story of Genji, was written in 1007 by Japanese noble woman, Murasaki Shikibu.

• Botanically speaking, the banana is a herb and the tomato is a fruit.

• The very first Olympic race, held in 776 BC, was won by Corubus, a chef.

• The US has the most cinemas (23,662) while India [the country that produces the most movies – about 800 a year, twice as many as Hollywood] has about 9,000 cinemas and China has approximately 5,000 cinemas. – 300,000 people per cinema.

• The first neon sign was made in 1923 for a Packard dealership.

• Adriaan van der Donck was the first and only lawyer in New York City in 1653.

• Boron nitride (BN) is the second hardest substance known to man.

• The female Tarantula Hawk wasp paralyzes a large spider with her sting. She then lays her eggs on the motionless body so that her developing young have a fresh supply of spider meat to feed on.

• The seeds of an Indian Lotus tree remain viable for 300 to 400 years.

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~ by kuiperactive on May 21, 2009.

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