Fun Facts, June 26

It’s Friday!!!! To celebrate, here is a double dose of fun little facts. As always, please let me know if there is something that is not accurate. Enjoy and have a great weekend everyone! Blessings!!

• The Stegosaurus dinosaur measured up to 30 feet (9.1 meters) long but had a brain the size of a walnut.

• The oldest surviving daily newspaper is the Wiener Zeitung of Austria. It was first printed in 1703.

• Approximately 44 million tons of bananas are produced annually, compared to more than 60 million tomatoes. Apples are the third most popular (36 million tons), then oranges (34 million tons) and watermelons (22 million tons).

• The high jump method of jumping head first and landing on the back is called the Fosbury Flop.

• Annie Lennox holds the record for the most Brit awards (8).

• One hour before Alexander Graham Bell registered his patent for the telephone in 1876, Elisha Gray patented his design. After years of litigation, the patent went to Bell.

• Before writing 007 novels, Ian Fleming studied languages at Munich and Geneva universities, worked with Reuters in Moscow, and then became a banker and stockbroker.

• Super Glue was invented by accident. The researcher was trying to make optical coating materials, and would test their properties by putting them between two prisms and shining light through them. When he tried the cyano-acrylate, he couldn’t get the prisms apart.

• No matter its size or thickness, no piece of paper can be folded in half more than 7 times.

• A car traveling at 80 km/h uses half its fuel to overcome wind resistance.

• The largest meteorite crater in the world is in Winslow, Arizona. It is 4,150 feet across and 150 feet deep.

• The Bible still is the world’s best selling book.

• The scientific term for the common tomato is lycopersicon lycopersicum, which means “wolf peach.”

• Korfball is the only sport played with mixed teams, consisting of 4 men and 4 women.

• The Beatles holds the top spot of album sales in the US (106 million), followed by Garth Brooks second (92 million), Led Zeppelin (83 million), Elvis Presley (77 million), and the Eagles (65 million). Worldwide The Beatles sold more than 1 billion records.

• The hair perm was invented in 1906 by Karl Ludwig Nessler of Germany.

• Julius Caesar was known as a great swimmer.

• Knowledge is growing so fast that ninety per cent of what we will know in fifty years time, will be discovered in those fifty years.

• According to an old English system of time units, a moment is one and a half minutes.

• The typewriter was invented in 1829, and the automatic dishwasher in 1889.

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~ by kuiperactive on June 26, 2009.

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