Fun Facts, July 3

Happy Fourth of July everyone! Here are some fun facts to start your holiday weekend off right! As always, if there are any inaccuracies in these facts, please let me know and I will correct them. Blessings!

• The human eye blinks an average of 4,200,000 times a year.

• In 1097, Trotula, a midwife of Salerno, wrote The Diseases of Women – it was used in medical schools for 600 years.

• There are more than 10,000 varieties of tomatoes.

• The Major League Baseball teams use about 850,000 balls per season.

• Klezmer music is derived from two Hebrew words, clay and zimmer, meaning “vessel of music.”

• The first vending machine was invented by Hero of Alexandria around 215 BC. When a coin was dropped into a slot, its weight would pull a cork out of a spigot and the machine would dispense a trickle of water.

• There are more than 600 million telephone lines today, yet almost half the world’s population has never made a phone call.

• The wristwatch was invented in 1904 by Louis Cartier.

• When glass breaks, the cracks move at speeds of up to 3,000 miles per hour.

• By raising your legs slowly and laying on your back, you can’t sink in quicksand.

• Skylab, the first American space station, fell to the earth in thousands of pieces in 1979. Thankfully most over the ocean.

• The world’s longest nonfiction work is The Yongle Dadian, a 10,000-volume encyclopaedia produced by 5,000 scholars during the Ming Dynasty in China 500 years ago.

• The can opener was invented 48 years after cans were introduced.

• A baseball ball has exactly 108 stitches, a cricket ball has between 65 and 70 stiches.

• The Ocarina, a musical wind instrument, is also known as the Sweet Potato.

• Leonardo da Vinci never built the inventions he designed.

• When Alexander Graham Bell passed away in 1922, every telephone served by the Bell system in the USA and Canada was silent for one minute.

• Ten minutes of one hurricane contains enough energy to match the nuclear stockpiles of the world.

• Most gemstones contain several elements. The exception? The diamond. It’s all carbon.

• Diamonds are the hardest substance known to man.


~ by kuiperactive on July 3, 2009.

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