Fun Facts, December 2

Sorry I have not written much lately. To make it up to you, and to celebrate the beginning of the best month of the year, here is a double-dose of some fun facts. I hope you enjoy them and have a wonderful December! Blessings!!!

• The heaviest human brain ever recorded weighed 5 lb. 1.1 oz. (2.3 kg.).

• Ernest Vincent Wright’s 1939 novel Gadsby has 50,110 words, none of which contains the letter “e.”

• Americans eat twice as much meat as Europeans, gobbling up some 50kg (110 lb) per capita.

• Music was sent down a telephone line for the first time in 1876, the year the phone was invented.

• In 1952, John Cage composed and presented ‘ 4’33” ‘, a composition consisting of 4 minutes and 33 seconds of silence.

• The first mention of soap was on Sumerian clay tablets dating about 2,500 BC. The soap was made of water, alkali and cassia oil.

• Napoleon reportedly carried chocolate on all his military campaigns.

• The common goldfish is the only animal that can see both infra-red and ultra-violet light.

• The pupil of an octopus’ eye is rectangular.

• The deepest part of the ocean is 35,813 feet (10,916 meters) deep and occurs in the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean. At that depth the pressure is 18,000 pounds (9172 kilograms) per square inch.

• In 1816, Frenchman J.R. Ronden tried to stage a play that did not contain the letter “a.” The Paris audience was offended, rioted and did not allow the play to finish.

• The tall chef’s hat is called a toque.

• The CD was developed by Philips and Sony in 1980.

• The Carpenters signature song, We’ve Only Just Begun, was originally part of a television commercial for a California bank.

• The first animal in space was the female Samoyed husky named Laika, launched by the Soviets in 1957.

• The word “electric” was first used in 1600 by William Gilbert, a doctor to Queen Elizabeth I.

• Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.

• The leg bones of a bat are so thin that no bat can walk.

• Ants cannot chew their food, they move their jaws sideways, like scissors, to extract the juices from the food.

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~ by kuiperactive on December 2, 2009.

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