Fun Facts, October 8

Two more days to go! Here are some fun facts to put a smile on your face, brighten your day and push you through to the weekend! Have a great day everyone!

• The largest flying animal was the pterosaur which lived 70 million years ago. This reptile had a wing span of 36-39 feet (11-11.9 meters) and weighed 190-250 pounds (86-113.5 kilograms).

• The words “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” were penned in the 17th century by English philospher John Locke.

• George Washington was inaugurated for his first term, on 30 April 1789, at Federal Hall in New York City. His second inauguration took place in Philadelphia. Thomas Jefferson was the first to be inaugurated in Washington DC. Jefferson also was the only one to walk to and from his inauguration.

• The term “disc jockey” was first used in 1937.

• Thomas Cook, the world’s first travel agency in the world, was founded in 1850.

• Queen Isabella of Castile, who dispatched Christopher Columbus to find the Americas, boasted that she had only two baths in her life – at her birth and before she got married.

• The average distance between the Earth & the Moon is 238,857 miles (384,392 km).

• The moon is 27% the size of the Earth.

• The Earth weighs 6.6 sextillion tons, or 5.97 x 1024kg.

• The Atlantic Giant Squid’s eye can be as large as 15.75 inches (40 centimeters) wide.

• To save costs, the body of Shakespeare’s friend and fellow dramatist, Ben Jonson, was buried standing up in Westminister Abbey, London in 1637.

• Maria Ann Smith introduced the Granny Smith apple in 1838.

• The 16th century Escorial palace of King Phillip II of Spain had 1,200 doors.

• Leonardo da Vinci could write with the one hand and draw with the other simultaneously.

• Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the Universe (75%).

• The center of the Sun is about 27 million degrees Fahrenheit (15 million °C).

• Sunlight takes about 8 minutes & 20 seconds to reach the Earth at 186,282 miles/sec (299,792 Km/sec).

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~ by kuiperactive on October 8, 2009.

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