Fun Facts, November 19

As we close in on the weekend, here are some fun facts that I hope you enjoy. Blessings!!!

• The most powerful laser in the world, the Nova laser at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, CA, USA, generates a pulse of energy equal to 100,000,000,000,000 watts of power for .000000001 second to a target the size of a grain of sand.

• Vincent van Gogh, the world’s most valued painter, sold only painting in his entire life – to his brother who owned an art gallery. The painting is titled “Red Vineyard at Arles.”

• An onion, apple and potato all have the same taste. The differences in flavour are caused by their smell.

• To win a gold disc, an album needs to sell 100,000 copies in Britain, and 500,000 in the United States.

• There are 6 versions of Franz Schubert’s “Die Forelle” (“The Trout”), simply because when friends asked him for copies of the song, he wrote out new copies to the best he could remember at the time.

• Julius Caesar was the first to encode communications, using what has become known as the Caesar Cipher.

• King Louis XIV of France established in his court the position of “Royal Chocolate Maker to the King.”

• Porcupines float in water.

• An ostrich’s eye is bigger that its brain.

• An iguana can stay under water for twenty-eight minutes.

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~ by kuiperactive on November 19, 2009.

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