Fun Facts, November 6

From a warm & sunny Colorado (cold & snowy last week), here are some fun facts that I hope you enjoy. Have a great and blessed day everyone!

• The tentacles of the giant Arctic jellyfish can reach 120 feet (36.6 meters) in length.

• When Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre in 1912, 6 replicas were sold as the original, each at a huge price, in the 3 years before the original was recovered.

• Ice tea was introduced in 1904 at the World’s Fair in St. Louis.

• Only Richard Nixon served two terms as Vice President and also was elected to two terms as President.

• The only guy without a beard in ZZ Top surname (last name) is Beard.

• Playing-cards were known in Persia and India as far back as the 12th century. A pack then consisted of 48 instead of 52 cards.

• Thomas Jefferson wrote his own epitaph without mentioning that he was US President.

• The average ocean floor is 12,000 feet.

• Chimps are the only animals that can recognize themselves in a mirror.

• Starfish don’t have brains.

• The greatest tide change on earth occurs in the Bay of Fundy. The difference between low tide and high tide can be as great as 54 ft. 6 in. (16.6 meters).

• When Auguste Rodin exhibited his first important work, The Bronze Period, in 1878 it was so realistic that people thought he had sacrificed a live model inside the cast.

• The tea bag was introduced in 1908 by Thomas Sullivan of New York.

• The US Presidential candidate with the highest popular vote ever was Ronald Reagan. In 1984 he secured 54,455,075 votes. Reagan was also the candidate with the highest electoral vote: 525, in 1984. In that year he equalled the 49 states that Nixon carried in 1972.

• Since its launch in 1981 the song Memory of the musical Cats has been played on radio more than a million times.

• Excavations from Egyptian tombs dating to 5,000 BC show that the ancient Egyptian kids played with toy hedgehogs.

• Winston Churchill was a stutterer. As a child, one of his teachers warned, “Because of his stuttering he should be discouraged from following in his father’s political footsteps.”

• The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.

• Shrimp’s hearts are in their heads.

• Every time you lick a stamp, you’re consuming 1/10 of a calorie.

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~ by kuiperactive on November 6, 2009.

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