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1. All polar bears are left-handed.

2. The Empire State Building in New York City, New York of the country United States, has 6,400 windows.

3. 1961 was the most recent year that could also be read upside down. The next one is 6009.

4. All hospitals in Singapore use Pampers diapers.

5. The only KNOWN creature to have been hit by a meteor that crashed earth is an unlucky dog named Nakhla at Egypt in 1911.

6. There are 336 dimples on a regular golf ball.

7. Bats always turn left when flying out of a cave.

8. Charles Dickens, author of Oliver Twist, A Tale of Two Cities, and A Christmas Carol, always faced north when writing stories and sleeping. He believed this helped him tap into his dreams and to have better writing charactersitics.

9. The tallest lighthouse in the world is a steel tower at Yamashita Park, Yokohama. It stands 106 meters (348 feet) high.

10. J. Sterling Morton, a U.S. Secretary of Agriculture started Arbor Day in 1885.

11. A baseball has exactly 108 stitches.

12. The first e-mail sent was in 1971 from Ray Tomlinson (U.S.A.), an engineer at computer company Bolt, Beranek and Newman, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A., which was the letters "QWERTYUIOP".

13. Pablo Picasso's first word was the Spanish word for pencil. He also could draw before he could walk.

14. The fortune cookie were actually invented in America by Charles Jung in 1918.

15. Judo was devised by Dr. Jigoro Kano in Japan in 1882.

16. Another word for garlic is allium sativum.

17. The Bank of Vernal, in Vernal, Utah is the only bank in the world that was built from bricks sent through the mail. Way back in 1919 the builders realized that it was cheaper to send the bricks through the United States Postal System (seven bricks to a package) than to have them shipped commercially from Salt Lake City.

18. There are 296 steps to the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa in its stairway.

19. The world's first stone lighthouse was the Smeaton Eddystone, built just south of Plymouth, England in 1756 by John Smeaton, the "Father of Civil Engineering." It was lit with only 24 candles.

20. The average lifespan of a cow is 7 years. The oldest cow ever recorded was Big Bertha. She reached 48 in 1993. She also holds the record for producing 39 calves.

21. In nine months, a housefly could lay enough eggs to produce a layer of flies that would cover all of Germany to a depth of 47 feet (14 meters).

22. There are approximately ten million bricks in the Empire State Building.

23. The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher.

24. In 1841, Oberlin College in the U.S. state of Ohio became the first U.S. College to award degrees to women.

25. The stegosaurus had a brain that weighed two ounces and was no bigger than a walnut.

26. An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

27. The highest known score for a single word in competition Scrabble is 392. In 1982, Dr. Saladin Khoshnaw achieved this score for the word "caziques," which means an Indian chief.

28. The oldest known goldfish lived to 41 years of age, and was named Fred.

29. Donald Duck comics were banned from libraries in Finland because he doesn't wear pants. (Finland is a country in Europe).

30. Benjamin Franklin signed the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution with his left hand.

31. The word "electric" was first used in 1600 by William Gilbert, a doctor to Queen Elizabeth I.

32. Albert Einstein's last words were in German. Since the attending nurse did not understand German, his last words will never be known.

33. When the first U.S. Congress set the president's pay at $25,000 per year, they also established the vice president's salary at $5,000.

34. If you were to drop a snowflake from the top of tall buildings such as the World Trade Center when it was up before September 11th, Empire State Building, Sears Tower, etc. (over 1,000 feet), it will take more than 10 minutes for it to hit the ground.

35. There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos.

36. Volleyball was started by William G. Morgan in 1895 at Holyoke, Massachusetts. It became an international sport in 1947 and was recognized as an Olympic sport in 1964.

37. The first words that Thomas A. Edison spoke into the phonograph were, 'Mary had a little lamb'.

38. Assuming Rudolph was in front, there are 40,320 ways to rearrange the other eight reindeers.

39. If all the "Coca-Cola" ever produced were to erupt from "Old Faithful" at a rate of 15,000 gallons per hour, this geyser would flow continually for over 1,577 years.

40. The first 4-wheel drive car was made by Panhard in 1901.

41. Earmuffs were invented in 1873 in Maine by Chester Greenwood.

42. The sport volleyball was actually invented by William Morgan, a Y.M.C.A. instructor in Holyoke, Massachussets, in 1895. He originally called it mintonette.

43. Mocha, considered by many to be the best coffee in the world, comes from Yemen. The coffee was originally grown on the hillsides along the Red Sea.

44. The modern day yo-yo was invented by Pedro Flores of the Philippines.

45. Denmark was the first European country to legalize same-sex marriages and to offer gay couples/lesbian couples the same rights as heterosexual couples.

46. The only deceased jockey to win a horse race was Frank Hayes in 1923. Frank Hayes suffered from a heart attack in the duration of the race, and died while riding the horse. Nevertheless, his horse, Sweet Kiss, was the first horse to cross the finish line.

47. Tennis champion Charlotte Cooper became the first woman to win an Olympic Gold Medal in 1900.

48. The world's largest chimney is the number two stack of the Ekibastuz, Kazakhstan, power plant at 1,378 feet (420 meters) tall.

49. An atomic clock is accurate to within one second in 1.7 million years.

50. It takes about 40 minutes to hard boil an ostrich egg.

51. The tallest building in the world in 1900 was the Park Row Building, in New York City, U.S.A., standing 391 feet high with 30 floors.

52. Austin is home to North America’s largest urban bat population. Up to 1.5 million Mexican free-tail bats fly at there at night.

53. Rainbow Bridge in Rainbow Bridge National monument is the largest known natural arch in the world. It is 290 feet high and spans 275 feet over the waters of Bridge Creek.

54. Baltimore was home of the first U.S. umbrella factory (1828) and the first ice cream freezer (1848).

55. Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza ranked as the tallest human-built structure on Earth for more than 43 centuries. Its original height was 481 feet.

56. The sweet potato originated in South America, where native Americans called it batata.

57. Tulips had been introduced into Europe from Turkey shortly after 1550. The craze, known as the Tulip Mania, reached its peak in Holland in 1633 - 1637.

58. The first color photograph was made in 1861 by James Maxwell. He photographed a tartan ribbon.

59. The U.S. nickname Uncle Sam was derived from Uncle Sam Wilson, a meat inspector in Troy, New York.

60. Big (1988) was the first film by a female director (Penny Marshall), to earn more than 100 million dollars at the box office.

61. The first orangutans to be raised in a zoo were Hella and Bruno, born on February 2, 1969 in Hellabru, the zoo in Munich, West Germany.

62. The electric chair was invented by American dentist Dr. Albert Southwick in 1881.

63. The first person to have been killed by an electric chair is William Lelmer, who murdered his lover Matilda with an ax.

64. The total length of wire used in the two main cables that support the Golden Gate Bridge is equal to approximately 80,000 miles.

65. The first person to fly an airplane over Antarctica was Sir George Hubert Wilkins (Australia) in 1928.

66. The first street lights appeared in Philadelphia in 1757.

67. Queen Liliuokalani of the Hawaiian Islands was America's only queen.

68. Chess was invented in northwest India around 570.

69. Fox hunting developed in England around 1420.

70. Greek writer Julius Pollux describes the game apodidraskinda at around the year 150, later commonly known as hide-and-seek.

71. The earliest known mental hospitals were established in Baghdad and Cairo, in 918.

72. Electric eels can deliver electric shocks with voltages as high as 1,000 volts, enough to jolt a human.

73. The first mango introduction to Florida in 1833 failed, but the second attempt in 1861 was successful.

74. Pineapples spread to India in 1548, the Philippines in Spanish galleons in 1558, and to South Africa in 1660.
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* Ants don't sleep.
* Owls have eyeballs that are tubular in shape, because of this, they cannot move their eyes.
* A bird requires more food in proportion to its size than a baby or a cat.
* The mouse is the most common mammal in the US.
* A newborn kangaroo is about 1 inch in length.
* A cow gives nearly 200,000 glasses of milk in her lifetime.
* The Canary Islands were not named for a bird called a canary. They were named after a breed of large dogs. The Latin name was Canariae insulae - "Island of Dogs."
* There are 701 types of pure breed dogs.
* A polecat is not a cat. It is a nocturnal European weasel.
* Tapeworms range in size from about 0.04 inch to more than 50 feet in length.
* A baby bat is called a pup.
* German Shepherds bite humans more than any other breed of dog.
* A female mackerel lays about 500,000 eggs at one time.
* It takes 35 to 65 minks to produce the average mink coat. The numbers for other types of fur coats are: beaver - 15; fox - 15 to 25; ermine - 150; chinchilla - 60 to 100.
* The animal responsible for the most human deaths world-wide is the mosquito.
* The biggest pig in recorded history was Big Boy of Black Mountain, North Carolina, who was weighed at 1,904 pounds in 1939.
* Cats respond most readily to names that end in an "ee" sound.
* A cat cannot see directly under its nose. This is why the cat cannot seem to find tidbits on the floor.
* Pigs, walruses and light-colored horses can be sunburned.
* Snakes are immune to their own poison.
* An iguana can stay under water for 28 minutes.
* Cats have more than one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.
* The biggest member of the cat family is the male lion, which weighs 528 pounds (240 kilograms).
* Most lipstick contains fish scales.
* Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over a million descendants.
* Each day in the US, animal shelters are forced to destroy 30,000 dogs and cats.
* A shrimp's heart is in their head.
* A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.
* A cockroach will live nine days without its head, before it starves to death.
* The cat lover is an ailurophile, while a cat hater is an ailurophobe.
* A woodpecker can peck twenty times a second.
* It may take longer than two days for a chick to break out of its shell.
* Dragonflies are one of the fastest insects, flying 50 to 60 mph.
* Despite man's fear and hatred of the wolf, it has not ever been proved that a non-rabid wolf ever attacked a human.
* There are more than 100 million dogs and cats in the United States.
* Americans spend more than 5.4 billion dollars on their pets each year.
* Cat's urine glows under a black light.
* The largest cockroach on record is one measured at 3.81 inches in length.
* It is estimated that a single toad may catch and eat as many as 10,000 insects in the course of a summer.
* Amphibians eyes come in a variety shapes and sizes. Some even have square or heart-shaped pupils.
* It would require an average of 18 hummingbirds to weigh in at 1 ounce.
* Dogs that do not tolerate small children well are the St. Bernard, the Old English sheep dog, the Alaskan malamute, the bull terrier, and the toy poodle.
* Moles are able to tunnel through 300 feet of earth in a day.
* Howler monkeys are the noisiest land animals. Their calls can be heard over 2 miles away.
* A quarter of the horses in the US died of a vast virus epidemic in 1872.
* The fastest bird is the Spine-tailed swift, clocked at speeds of up to 220 miles per hour.
* There is no single cat called the panther. The name is commonly applied to the leopard, but it is also used to refer to the puma and the jaguar. A black panther is really a black leopard. A capon is a castrated rooster.
* The world's largest rodent is the Capybara. An Amazon water hog that looks like a guinea pig, it can weigh more than 100 pounds.
* The poison-arrow frog has enough poison to kill about 2,200 people.
* The hummingbird, the loon, the swift, the kingfisher, and the grebe are all birds that cannot walk.
* The poisonous copperhead snake smells like fresh cut cucumbers.
* A chameleon's tongue is twice the length of its body.
* Worker ants may live seven years and the queen may live as long as 15 years.
* The blood of mammals is red, the blood of insects is yellow, and the blood of lobsters is blue.
* Cheetahs make a chirping sound that is much like a bird's chirp or a dog's yelp. The sound is so an intense, it can be heard a mile away.
* The underside of a horse's hoof is called a frog. The frog peels off several times a year with new growth.
* The bloodhound is the only animal whose evidence is admissible in an American court. 98% of brown bears in the United States are in Alaska.
* Before air conditioning was invented, white cotton slipcovers were put on furniture to keep the air cool.
* The Barbie doll has more than 80 careers.
* To make one pound of whole milk cheese, 10 pounds of whole milk is needed.
* 99% of pumpkins that are sold for decoration.
* Every 30 seconds a house fire doubles in size.
* The month of December is the most popular month for weddings in the Philippines.
* A one ounce milk chocolate bar has 6 mg of caffeine.
* Carbon monoxide can kill a person in less than 15 minutes.
* The largest ever hailstone weighed over 1kg and fell in Bangladesh in 1986.
* Ants can live up to 16 years.
* In Belgium, there is a museum that is just for strawberries.
* The sense of smell of an ant is just as good as a dog's.
* Popped popcorn should be stored in the freezer or refrigerator as this way it can stay crunchy for up to three weeks.
* Coca-Cola was originally green.
* The most common name in the world is Mohammed.
* The name of all the continents end with the same letter that they start with.
* The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.
* TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.
* Women blink nearly twice as much as men!!
* You can't kill yourself by holding your breath.
* It is impossible to lick your elbow.
* People say "Bless you" when you sneeze because when you sneeze, your heart stops for a millisecond.
* It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.
* The "sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick" is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.
* If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib. If you try to suppress a sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die.
* Each king in a deck of playing cards represents great king from history.
* Spades - King David
* Clubs - Alexander the Great,
* Hearts - Charlemagne
* Diamonds - Julius Caesar.
* 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987, 654,321
* If a statue of a person in the park on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle. If the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.
* What do bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers all have in common?
* Ans. - All invented by women.
* Question - This is the only food that doesn't spoil. What is this?
* Ans. - Honey.
* A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.
* A snail can sleep for three years.
* All polar bears are left handed.
* American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first-class.
* Butterflies taste with their feet.
* Elephants are the only animals that can't jump.
* In the last 4000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
* On average, people fear spiders more than they do death.
* Shakespeare invented the word 'assassination' and 'bump'.
* Stewardesses is the longest word typed with only the left hand.
* The ant always falls over on its right side when intoxicated.
* The electric chair was invented by a dentist.
* The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet.
* Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.
* The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.
* Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different
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1. Money isn’t made out of paper, it’s made out of cotton.

2. The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.

3. The dot over the letter i is called a “tittle”.

4. A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top.

5. Susan Lucci is the daughter of Phyllis Diller.

6. 40% of McDonald’s profits come from the sales of Happy Meals.

7. 315 entries in Webster’s 1996 Dictionary were misspelled.

8. The ’spot’ on 7UP comes from its inventor, who had red eyes. He was albino.

9. On average,12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents, daily.

10. Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine are brother and sister.

11. Chocolate affects a dog’s heart and nervous system; a few ounces will kill a small sized dog.

12. Orcas (killer whales) kill sharks by torpedoing up into the shark’s stomach from underneath, causing the shark to explode.

13. Most lipstick contains fish scales.

14. Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn’t wear pants.

15. Ketchup was sold in the 1830’s as medicine.

16. Upper and lower case letters are named ‘upper’ and ‘lower’ because in the time when all original print had to be set in individual letters, the ‘upper case’ letters were stored in the case on top of the case that stored the smaller, ‘lower case’ letters.

17. Leonardo DA Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time … hence, multi-tasking was invented.)

18. Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.

19. There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos.

20. The name Wendy was made up for the book Peter Pan; there was never a recorded Wendy before!

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There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with: orange, purple, and silver!

22. Leonardo Da Vinci invented scissors. Also, it took him 10 years to paint Mona Lisa’s lips.

23. A tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion will make it instantly go mad and sting itself to death.

24.
The mask used by Michael Myers in the original “Halloween” was a Captain Kirk’s mask painted white.

25. If you have three quarters, four dimes, and four pennies, you have $1.19. You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a dollar (good to know.)

26. By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you can’t sink in quicksand (and you thought this list was completely useless.)

27. The phrase “rule of thumb” is derived from an old English law,which stated that you couldn’t beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.

28. The first product Motorola started to develop was a record player for automobiles At that time, the most known player on the market was the Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola.

29. Celery has negative calories! It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with. It’s the same with apples!

30. Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying!

31. The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher.

32. Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from Public Libraries.

33. Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space because passing wind in a space suit damages it.

34. George Carlin said it best about Martha Stewart . “Boy, I feel a lot safer now that she’s behind bars. O.J. Simpson and Kobe Bryant are still walking around; Osama Bin Laden too, but they take the ONE woman in America willing to cook, clean, and work in the yard, and haul her butt off to jail.”
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* A famous bullfighter, Lagarijo, killed 4,867 bulls in the 19th century.

* Albert Einstein was offered the presidency of Israel in 1952, but he declined.

* During his entire life, Vincent Van Gogh sold exactly one painting, Red Vineyard at Arles.

* In 1281, the Mongol army of Kublai Khan tried to invade Japan but were ravaged by a hurricane that destroyed their fleet.
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Milk chocolate was invented by Daniel Peter, who sold the concept to his neighbour Henri Nestlé.

An ounce of chocolate contains about 20 mg of caffeine.

Forks, mostly being two-tined, used to known as "split spoons."

TIP is the acronym for "To Insure Promptness."

The world's oldest existing eatery opened in Kai-Feng, China in 1153.

Coffee is the seed of a cherry from the tree genus Coffea

Melba toast is named after Australian opera singer Dame Nellie Melba (1861-1931).

Three quarters of fish caught are eaten - the rest is used to make things such as glue, soap, margarine and fertilizer.

The world's most expensive jam (jelly) is Confiture de groselles. It is a redcurrant jam (jelly) from a 14th century recipe made in the tiny French town of Bar-Le-Duc.

In September 1999 Dustin Philips of the US set a Guinness World Record by drinking a 400 ml (14-oz) bottle of tomato sauce through a straw in 33 seconds.

To make one kilo of honey bees have to visit 4 million flowers, traveling a distance equal to 4 times around the earth.

Botanically speaking, the banana is a herb and the tomato is a fruit.

Bananas are the world's most popular fruit after tomatoes. In western countries, they could account for 3% of a grocer's total sales.

Bananas consistently are the number one compliant of grocery shoppers. Most people complain when bananas are overripe or even freckled. The fact is that spotted bananas are sweeter, with a sugar content of more than 20%, compared with 3% in a green banana.

Approximately 44 million tons of bananas are produced annually, compared to more than 60 million tomatoes. Apples are the third most popular (36 million tons), then oranges (34 million tons) and watermelons (22 million tons).

The scientific term for the common tomato is lycopersicon lycopersicum, which means "wolf peach."

There are more than 10,000 varieties of tomatoes.

The can opener was invented 48 years after cans were introduced.

Over the last 40 years food production actually increased faster than population.

The number of people who starved to death in the last 25 years of the 20th century is less than the number who starved to death in the last 25 years of the 19th century.

In the Middle Ages, sugar was a treasured luxury costing 9 times as much as milk.

Of the more than $50 billion worth of diet products sold every year, almost $20 billion are spent on imitation fats and sugar substitutes.

Over 90% of all fish caught are caught in the northern hemisphere.

In 1994, Chicago artist Dwight Kalb sent David Letterman a statue of Madonna, made of 180lb of ham.

Wine is sold in tinted bottles because wine spoils when exposed to light.

Approximately one billion snails are served in restaurants annually.

Vitamin A is known to prevent "night blindness," and carrots are loaded with Vitamin A. One carrot provides more than 200% of recommended daily intake of Vitamin A.

Carrots have zero fat content.

Maria Ann Smith introduced the Granny Smith apple in 1838.

Tea is said to have been discovered in 2737 BC by a Chinese emperor when some tea leaves accidentally blew into a pot of boiling water.

The first European to encounter tea was the Portuguese Jesuit Jasper de Cruz in 1560.

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

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

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.

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

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

The tall chef's hat is called a toque.

The term "soda water" was coined in 1798.

The soda fountain was patented by Samuel Fahnestock in 1819, with the first bottled soda water available in 1835.

The first ice-cream soda was sold in 1874 in the US.

The first cola-flavoured beverage was introduced in 1881.

Coca-Cola was invented in Atlanta, Georgia by Dr. John S. Pemberton in 1886.

Pepsi-Cola was invented by Caleb Bradham in 1890 as "Brad's Drink" as a digestive aid and energy booster. In was renamed as Pepsi-Cola in 1898.

In 1929, the Howdy Company introduced its "Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Sodas," which became 7 Up. 7 Up was invented by Charles Leiper Grigg.

The first diet soft drink, called the "No-Cal Beverage" was launched in 1952.

Aluminum cans were introduced in 1957 and two years later the first diet cola was sold.

The pull-ring tab was invented in 1962 and the re-sealable top in 1965.

Plastic bottles were first used for soft drinks in 1970.

The Polyethylene Terephthalate bottle was introduced in 1973.

The stay-on tab was invented in 1974.

China uses 45 billion chopsticks per year. 25 million trees are chopped down to make 'em sticks.

Chocolate is the number one foodstuff flavour in the world, beating vanilla and banana by 3-to-1.

Watermelons are 97% water, lettuce 97%, tomatoes 95%, carrots 90%, and bread 30%.
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In 1894, Lord Kelvin predicted that radio had no future; he also predicted that heavier-than-air flying machines were impossible.

The word "sneaker" was coined by Henry McKinney, an advertising agent for N.W. Ayer & Son.

Charles Macintosh invented the waterproof coat, the Mackintosh, in 1823.

Air-filled tyres were used on bicycles before they were used on motorcars.

The paperclip was invented by Norwegian Johann Vaaler.

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

The can opener was invented 48 years after cans were introduced.

Traffic lights were used before the advent of the motorcar.

Optical fibre was invented in 1966 by two British scientists called Charles Kao and George Hockham working for the British company Standard Telecommunication.

The first neon sign was made in 1923 for a Packard dealership.

The first fax process was patented in 1843.

The Monopoly game was invented by Charles Darrow in 1933. He sold the rights to George Parker in 1935, then aged 58. Parker invented more than 100 games, including Pit, Rook, Flinch, Risk and Clue.

One hour before Alexander Graham Bell registered his patent for the telephone in 1876, Elisha Gray patented his design. After years of litigation, the patent went to Bell.

The hair perm was invented in 1906 by Karl Ludwig Nessler of Germany.

The first vending machine was invented by Hero of Alexandria around 215 BC. When a coin was dropped into a slot, its weight would pull a cork out of a spigot and the machine would dispense a trickle of water.

Leonardo da Vinci never built the inventions he designed.

Thomas Edison filed 1,093 patents, including those for the light bulb, electric railways and the movie camera. When he died in 1931, he held 34 patents for the telephone, 141 for batteries, 150 for the telegraph and 389 patents for electric light and power.

Count Alessandro Volta invented the first battery in the 18th century.

During the 1860s, George Leclanche developed the dry-cell battery, the basis for modern batteries.

Joseph Niepce developed the world's first photographic image in 1827.

The very first projection of an image on a screen was made by a German priest. In 1646, Athanasius Kircher used a candle or oil lamp to project hand-painted images onto a white screen.

In 1894 Thomas Edison and W K L Dickson introduced the first film camera.

In 1895 French brothers Auguste and Louis Lumiere demonstrated a projector system in Paris. In 1907 they screened the first public movie.

The first electronic mail, or "email", was sent in 1972 by Ray Tomlinson. It was also his idea to use the @ sign to separate the name of the user from the name of the computer.

In 1889, Kansas undertaker Almon B. Strowger wanted to prevent telephone operators from advising his rivals of the death of local citizens. So he invented the automatic exchange.
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Music was sent down a telephone line for the first time in 1876, the year the phone was invented.

Sound travels through water 3 times faster than through air.

A square piece of dry paper cannot be folded in half more than 7 times.

Air becomes liquid at about minus 190 degrees Celsius.

Liquid air looks like water with a bluish tint.

A scientific satellite needs only 250 watts of power, the equivelant used by two hour light bulbs, to operate.

The thin line of cloud that forms behind an aircraft at high altitudes is called a contrail.

Radio waves travel so much faster than sound waves that a broadcast voice can be heard sooner 18,000 km away than in the back of the room in which it originated.

A US ton is equivalent to 900 kg (2000 pounds). A British ton is 1008 kg (2240 pounds), called a gross ton.

Industrial hemp contains less than 1% of THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana.

Since space is essentially empty it cannot carry sound. Therefor there is no sound in space, at least not the sort of sound that we are used to.

The Space Shuttle always rolls over after launch to alleviate structural loading, allowing the shuttle to carry more mass into orbit.

The word "biology" was coined in 1805 by Jean-Baptiste Lamarck.

Most of the air is about 78% nitrogen gas. Only 21% consists of oxygen. The remaining 1% consists of carbon dioxide, argon, neon, helium, krypton, hydrogen, xenon and ozone.

Argon is used to fill the space in most light bulbs. Neon is used in fluorescent signs. Fluorescent lights are filled with mercury gas.

Hydrogen gas is the least dense substance in the world.

Water expands by about 9% as it freezes.

The surface of hot water freezes faster than cold water but the rest of the water will remain liquid longer than in a cold sample.

The smallest transistor is 50-nanometres wide - roughly 1/2000 the width of a human hair.

A compass does not point to the geographical North or South Pole, but to the magnetic poles.

The double-helix structure of DNA was discovered in 1953 by James Watson and Francis Crick. The length of a single human DNA molecule, when extended, is 1.7 metres (5 ft 5 in).

In a desert, a mirage is caused when air near the ground is hotter than air higher up. As light from the sun passes from cooler to warmer air, it speeds up and is refracted upward, creating the image of water.

The typical bolt of lightning heats the atmosphere to 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

An electric oven uses one kilowatt-hour of electricity in about 20 minutes, but one kilowatt-hour will power a TV for 3 hours, run a 100-watt bulb for 12 hours, and keep an electric clock ticking for 3 months.

In the 6th century BC Greek mathematician Pythagoras said that earth is round - but few agreed with him.

Greek astronomer Aristarchos said in the 3rd century BC that earth revolves around the sun - but the idea was not accepted.

In the 2nd century BC Greek astronomer Erastosthenes accurately measured the distance around the earth at about 40,000 km (24,860 miles) - but nobody believed him.

In the 2nd century AD Greek astronomer Ptolemy stated that earth was the centre of the universe - most people believed him for the next 1,400 years.
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The Majority of muslims do not live in the middle East. The most populous muslim country is Indonesia, the 4th largest country in the world with 184 million muslims

There are more muslims in India than the combined population of Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Palestine and the whole of the Arabian Peninsula.

The following English words are borrowed from Arabic: Algebra, Zero, Cotton, Sofa, Rice, Candy, Safron, Balcony. And even 'alchohol' derives from Arabic : al-kuhl meaning powder. These are just a few mentioned here.

The first treatise on smallpox and measles was written by Abu Bakr alrazi (c.864-925,known to Europe as Rhazes). (Due to this) Inoculation agianst smallpox became a common practise in muslim lands. Despite this , Scientific text book credit the invention of a smallpox vaccine to Edward Jenner.(1749-1823).

Early Oxbridge students studied books written by muslims on mathematics, medicine, chemistry, optics and astronomy.

Adelard of Bath (a city in the UK) was a leading scholar of the middle ages. what made him famous was translating the word of muslim scientists from Arabic to latin!

The 1860 city records of Cardiff (UK) show a masjid in operation in a converted building at 2 Glynrhondda St. Yemani sea men on their trips between Aden (in Yemen) and Cardiff founded this masjid.

The first purpose built masjid is claimed to be in Woking (South of England) with money provided by the ruler of Bhopal, in India (the Shah Jehan masjid was built in 1889).

The Islamic calender is based on the phases of the moon, with it being approximately 11 days shorter than the 365 days of the year in the Julien calender. Hence, the dates of our festivals move through the year.

The grand doors of our prophets (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) masjid in Medina weigh 2 and half tonnes each! Enormous quantities of "sag wood" was gathered from all over the world and shipped to the united kingdom to be dryed in computerised furnaces (the traditional drying process would have taken many years!). Even then , it took 5 months to dry the wood! the wood was then shipped to Barcelona (Spain), Where the main body of the doors where made. And finally the French even paid their little part, as the brass ornamentation was carried out in the city of Roi (France). Next time you visit the holy masjid, keep this entire in mind!

It was only in 1932 the Kiswah (cloth of the Ka'bah) was wholly made by Saudis (citizens of Saudi Arabia).

The roof top of our prophet's (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) masjid in Madina is designed to be strong enough to carry addtional floors in the future.

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

2. Sound travels through water 3 times faster than through air.

3. A square piece of dry paper cannot be folded in half more than 7 times.

4. Air becomes liquid at about minus 190 degrees Celsius.

5. Liquid air looks like water with a bluish tint.

6. A scientific satellite needs only 250 watts of power, the equivelant used by two hour light bulbs, to operate.

7. The thin line of cloud that forms behind an aircraft at high altitudes is called a contrail.

8. Radio waves travel so much faster than sound waves that a broadcast voice can be heard sooner 18,000 km away than in the back of the room in which it originated.

9. A US ton is equivalent to 900 kg (2000 pounds). A British ton is 1008 kg (2240 pounds), called a gross ton.

10. Industrial hemp contains less than 1% of THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana.

11. Since space is essentially empty it cannot carry sound. Therefor there is no sound in space, at least not the sort of sound that we are used to.

12. The Space Shuttle always rolls over after launch to alleviate structural loading, allowing the shuttle to carry more mass into orbit.

13. The word "biology" was coined in 1805 by Jean-Baptiste Lamarck.

14. Most of the air is about 78% nitrogen gas. Only 21% consists of oxygen. The remaining 1% consists of carbon dioxide, argon, neon, helium, krypton, hydrogen, xenon and ozone.

15. Argon is used to fill the space in most light bulbs. Neon is used in fluorescent signs. Fluorescent lights are filled with mercury gas.

16. Hydrogen gas is the least dense substance in the world.

17. Water expands by about 9% as it freezes.

18. The surface of hot water freezes faster than cold water but the rest of the water will remain liquid longer than in a cold sample.

19. The smallest transistor is 50-nanometres wide - roughly 1/2000 the width of a human hair.

20. A compass does not point to the geographical North or South Pole, but to the magnetic poles.

21. The double-helix structure of DNA was discovered in 1953 by James Watson and Francis Crick. The length of a single human DNA molecule, when extended, is 1.7 metres (5 ft 5 in).

22. In a desert, a mirage is caused when air near the ground is hotter than air higher up. As light from the sun passes from cooler to warmer air, it speeds up and is refracted upward, creating the image of water.

23. The typical bolt of lightning heats the atmosphere to 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

24. An electric oven uses one kilowatt-hour of electricity in about 20 minutes, but one kilowatt-hour will power a TV for 3 hours, run a 100-watt bulb for 12 hours, and keep an electric clock ticking for 3 months.

25. In the 6th century BC Greek mathematician Pythagoras said that earth is round - but few agreed with him.

26. Greek astronomer Aristarchos said in the 3rd century BC that earth revolves around the sun - but the idea was not accepted.

27. In the 2nd century BC Greek astronomer Erastosthenes accurately measured the distance around the earth at about 40,000 km (24,860 miles) - but nobody believed him.

28. In the 2nd century AD Greek astronomer Ptolemy stated that earth was the centre of the universe - most people believed him for the next 1,400 years.


29. In 1750 there were about 800 million people in the world. In 1850 there were a billion more, and by 1950, another billion. Then it took just 50 years to double to 6 billion.

30. Half the world's population earns about 5% of the world's wealth.

31. There are more than 600 million telephone lines, yet almost half the world's population has never made a phone call on a land line. However, more than half the world's population has made a cell phone call. There are more than 2 billion cell phones in use.

32. More personal telephone calls are made on Mother's Day in the USA than on any other day in any other country.

33. One in ten people in the world live on an island.

34. The opposite sides of a dice cube always add up to seven.

35. In the US, murder is committed most frequently in August and least frequently in February.

36. In 1870 there were more Irish living in London than in Dublin.

37. In 1870 there also were more Catholics living in London than in Rome.

38. The chance of being born on Leap Day is about 684 out of a million, or 1 in 1461. Less than 5 million people have their birthday on Leap Day.

39. The odds of being struck by lightning are about 600,000 to one.

40. About 27% of food in developed countries are wasted each year. It's simply thrown away.

41. Almost 1,2 billion people are underfed - the same number of people that are overweight to the point of obesity.

42. The world average of egg consumption per capita is 230.

43. In the US, about 280 million turkeys are sold for the Thanksgiving celebrations.

44. Half the world's population is under 25 years of age.

45. On average in the West, people move house every 7 years.

46. US Post Office handles 43% of the world's mail. Its nearest competitor is Japan with 6%.

47. In the developed countries, the proportion of adults married has declined from 72% in 1970 to 60% in 1996. The chance of a first marriage ending in divorce is between 50% and 67%. The chance that a second marriage will end in divorce is about 10% higher than for the first marriage.

48. The world's average school year is 200 days per year. In the US, it is 180 days; in Sweden 170 days, in Japan it is 243 days.

49. Since 1972, some 64 million tons of aluminum cans (about 3 trillion cans) have been produced. Placed end-to-end, they could stretch to the moon about a thousand times. Cans represent less than 1% of solid waste material.

50. More than a billion transistors are manufactured... every second.

51. 92% of Chinese belong to the Han nationality, which has been China's largest nationality for centuries. The rest of the nation consists of about 55 minority groups.

52. According to the US Census Bureau, 19% of US children live in poverty. (1999)


53. According to the US Weather Service, their one day forecasts are accurate more than 75% of the time. They send out 2 million forecasts a year.

54. There are more than 150 million sheep in Australia, a nation of 17 million people.

55. New Zealand is home to 4 million people and 70 million sheep.
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01. Thomas Cook, the world's first travel agency in the world, was founded in 1850.

02. The 16th century Escorial palace of King Phillip II of Spain had 1,200 doors.

03. A dog was the first in space and a sheep, a duck and a rooster the first to fly in a hot air balloon.

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

05. 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.

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

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

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

09. 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.

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

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

12. In 1969 the US launched a male chimpanzee called Ham into space.

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

14. Great Britain was the first county to issue postage stamps, on 1 May 1840. Hence, UK stamps are the only stamps in the world not to bear the name of the country of origin.

15. Napoleon's christening name was Italian: Napoleone Buonaparte. He was born on the island of Corsica one year after it became French property. As a boy, Napoleon hated the French.

16. John Rolfe married Pocahontas the Red Indian Princess in 1613.

17. Only one of the Seven Wonders of the World still survives: the Great Pyramid of Giza.

18. The first parachute jump from an airplane was made by Captain Berry at St. Louis, Missouri, in 1912.

19. On 21 June 1913, over Los Angeles, Georgia Broadwick became the first women to parachute from an airplane.

20. The first written account of the Loch Ness Monster, or Nessie, was made in 565AD.

21. The world's first skyscraper was the 10-storey Home Insurance office, built in Chicago in 1885. (During Roman times buildings were up to 8 storeys high.)

22. In ancient times, it was believed that certain colours could combat the evil spirits that lingered over nurseries. Because blue was associated with the heavenly spirits, boys were clothed in that colour, boys then being considered the most valuable resource to parents. Although baby girls did not have a colour associated with them, they were mostly clothed in black. It was only in the Middle Ages when pink became associated with baby girls.


23. In the West the most popular male names are James and John. The most popular female name is Mary.

24. The name Wendy was first used in JM Barrie's Peter Pan.

25. There are about 5,000 prince and princesses in each Saudi Arabian royal.

26. Lady Peseshet of Ancient Egypt (2600-2100 BC) is the world's first known female physician.

27. The 16th century Escorial palace of King Phillip II of Spain had 1,200 doors.

28. Adriaan van der Donck was the first and only lawyer in New York City in 1653.

29. A Duke is the highest rank you can achieve without being a king or a prince.

30. The British royal family changed their surname (last name) from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor, the name of their castle, in 1917.

31. Before writing 007 novels, Ian Fleming studied languages at Munich and Geneva universities, worked with Reuters in Moscow, and then became a banker and stockbroker.

32. Julius Caesar was known as a great swimmer.

33. There are more than 600 million telephone lines today, yet almost half the world's population has never made a phone call.

34. When Alexander Graham Bell passed away in 1922, every telephone served by the Bell system in the USA and Canada was silent for one minute.

35. The people killed most often during bank robberies are the robbers.

36. Orville Wright numbered the eggs that his chickens produced so he could eat them in the order they were laid.

37. On New Year's Day, 1907, Theodore Roosevelt shook hands with 8,513 people.

38. The oldest person on record is Methuselah (969 years old).

39. An exocannibal eats only enemies. An indocannibal eats only friends.

40. Alexander Graham Bell never phoned his wife or mother because they were deaf.

41. Burt Reynold's father was the chief of police in West Palm Beach, Florida.

42. On 5th October 1974, four years, three months and sixteen days after Dave Kunste set out from Minnesota, he became the first man to walk around the world, having taken more than 20 million steps.

43. English sailors came to be called Limeys after using lime juice to combat scurvy.

44. English soldiers were called Tommies because the example name on the soldier forms was Thomas Atkins. (The example name on US forms is John Smith.)

45. The word "Machiavellian" is named after Niccolo Machiavelli, who was friends with Leonardo da Vinci.

46. Queen Isabella of Castile, who dispatched Christopher Columbus to find the Americas, boasted that she had only two baths in her life - at her birth and before she got married.

47. Leonardo da Vinci could write with the one hand and draw with the other simultaneously.

48. Until he was 18, Woody Allen read virtually nothing but comic books but did show his writing skills. He sold one-liners for ten cents each to gossip columnists.

49. In the 18th century Dr Monsey of Chelsea, England tied a piece of catgut around a patient's tooth, threaded the other through a hole drilled in a bullet, loaded the bullet into his revolver and pulled the trigger.

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

51. 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."

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

53. King Louis XIV of France established in his court the position of "Royal Chocolate Maker to the King."

54. Napoleon reportedly carried chocolate on all his military campaigns.

55. The word "electric" was first used in 1600 by William Gilbert, a doctor to Queen Elizabeth I.

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