Fun Facts, November 12

Here are some fun facts to make your week go a little quicker and to brighten your day. Have a great one!!!

• The highest temperature produced in a laboratory was 920,000,000 F (511,000,000 C) at the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor in Princeton, NJ, USA.

• The famous sculptor Auguste Rodin died of frostbite in 1917 when the French government refused him financial aid for a flat, yet they kept his statues warmly housed in museums.

• In the 1950’s some 80% of chickens in Europe and the US were free-ranging. By 1980, it was only 1%. Today, about 13% of chickens in the West are free-ranging.

• The candidate who ran for US President the most times was Norman Thomas. He ran six times from 1928 and didn’t win any. Thomas ran for presidency in 1928, 1932, 1936, 1940, 1944 and 1948.

• Paul McCartney was the last bachelor Beatle when he married Linda Eastman in a civil ceremony in London, 1969. Paul’s brother Mike was his best man. No other Beatle attended the wedding.

• Accounts from Holland and Spain suggest that during the 1500s and 1600s urine was commonly used as a tooth-cleaning agent.

• The 17th-century French Cardinal Mazarin never traveled without his personal chocolate-maker.

• The longest recorded flight of a chicken is thirteen seconds.

• Emus and kangaroos cannot walk backwards.

• Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.

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~ by kuiperactive on November 12, 2009.

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