Fun Facts, December 11

From a cold and frosty Colorado, here are some fun facts that you might not know to brighten your day. Have a great weekend everyone! Blessings!

• The largest cave in the world (the Sarawak Chamber in Malaysia) is 2,300 feet (701 meters) long, 980 feet (299 meters) wide, and more than 230 feet (70 meters) high.

• The shortest stage play is Samuel Beckett’s “Breath” – 35 seconds of screams and heavy breathing.

• The term “soda water” was coined in 1798.

• About 2,4 billion CDs are sold annually. The number of recorded CDs and blank CDs sold has been about equal.

• In 1972 Leslie Harvey of Stone the Crows died after being electrocuted onstage in England. In 1976 Keith Relf, who used to play for The Yardbirds, was electrocuted by his guitar while playing in his basement. During a mid-performance in 1994 Ramon Barrero, a Mexican musician famous for playing the world’s smallest harmonica, inhaled the harmonica and choked to death.

• In 1958 the US sent two mice called Laska and Benjy into space.

• In 1961 the US launched a male chimpanzee called Ham into space.

• In 1963 the French launched a cat called Feliette into space.

• In 1973, Swedish confectionery salesman Roland Ohisson was buried in a coffin made entirely of chocolate.

• Hummingbirds are the only animals able to fly backwards.

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~ by kuiperactive on December 11, 2009.

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