Thursday, July 29, 2010


Michigan’s coastline is the longest of the lower 48 states of the US, though it does not border any ocean

A Canadian study in May 2010 found that 97% of people who admitted buying "anti-aging" products did not think they would work but nevertheless confessed their need to hope to defy the aging process

Albert Einstein never learned how to drive a car

Golf courses in America take up as much land space as Rhode Island and Delaware combined

Despite what you may have heard about Bastille Day, the storming of the Bastille wasn’t nearly as heroic as it sounds. For one thing, very few guards were stationed around the place, and there were only seven inmates inside

Fifty years ago in the United States, the average man first became married at 23, and the woman at 20. Today, those ages have increased to 27 and 25, respectively

King County, Washington, USA managed to keep its name while changing its namesake. Originally named for William King, it was “renamed” in 1986 for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Two molecules are called Sonic Hedgehog and Robotnikinin, named after the popular Sega Games characters

President Lincoln’s oldest son was connected to three presidential assassinations. He was invited to Ford’s Theater, but did not go. He rushed to his father’s deathbed in 1865, and was on the scene of Garfield in 1881, and McKinley in 1901

A 17th century children’s game called “dibstones” was similar to what we call “jacks” today, only back then sheep’s knuckles were used instead of little metal or plastic jibs to collect between bounces of the ball

The first cigarettes were rolled by Egyptian soldiers in the 1800s - the men were trying to salvage some discarded cigars

In the 1920’s and early 1930’s, French surgeon Serge Voronoff perfected the technique of transplanting testicle tissue from various primates into men, supposedly to increase longevity and sex drive. Discredited by the 1940’s, the once-fashionable procedure had a cocktail named after it: the ‘Monkey Gland’ (gin, orange juice, grenadine and absinthe)

Director John Landis includes the phrase “See you next Wednesday” in most of his films. It was the title of a script he wrote as a teen

Artificial color additives are prohibited by law, so many farmers add marigold petals to their chicken feed as a natural color enhancer to give their egg yolks that sunny, yellow hue

The second video to air on MTV It was Pat Benetar’s “You Better Run” - The first was The Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star" - MTV launched at Midnight on 1 August 1981 in the US

Vodka was used as an ingredient in early European formulations of gunpowder

The hippopotamus is considered to be the most dangerous animal in Africa. Hippos kill more humans annually than lions, crocodiles or snakes combined

Psychologists generally discount that children at age 6 can form a specific intention to "sexually" molest anyone (as opposed to roughing someone up or being obnoxious), but the principal of Downey Elementary School in Brockton, Mass., nonetheless suspended a first-grade boy in 2006 for "sexual harassment." The boy admitted putting two fingers inside a girl's waistband, but his parents sued--livid that a "sexual" motive had been assumed. In February 2010, Brockton's daily Enterprise reported that the school would pay the boy a $160,000 settlement for the principal's overzealousness)

The Edinburgh (Scotland) Arts Festival announced in June that it would display, beginning in August, an exhibit of images taken by the blind photographer Rosita McKenzie, 56

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