Monday, July 11, 2011


In 1918, Welch's developed its first jam product called "Grapelade." The initial quantity of Grapelade was purchased in its entirety by the U.S. Army. It was an immediate hit in the military lower ranks, and became a demanded product by doughboys when they returned to civilian life

If Earth was the size of an apple, the atmospheric layer would be no thicker than the skin of the apple

On January 15, 2009 US Airways Flight 1549 made an emergency landing on New York's Hudson River.  All passengers and crew survived uninjured, and by that evening the event had been dubbed "Miracle on the Hudson" - So many New Yorkers played the numbers 1549 the next day in the lottery's "Win Four" that the organization took that number out of play fearing that if it did hit, the New York State Lottery Association would lose millions of dollars in payouts - The winning "Win Four" number on January 16, 2009:  1548

It took 214 crates to transport the Statue of Liberty from France to New York in 1885

Coyotes are extremely loyal to their mates. If one is caught in a trap, the other will bring small game for it to eat; it will soak itself in a river to allow its thirsty mate to chew on its damp fur for water. It has been documented that the free coyote will stay with its captive partner until death

December 1972 U.S. astronaut Eugene Cernan becomes the last person to set foot on the moon

Centipedes, or members of the class Chilopoda, always have an uneven number of pairs of walking legs, varying from 15 to more than 171 pairs. Common house centipedes (Scutigera coleoptrato) have 15 pairs of legs

Lottery officials across the United States sometimes refer to an unclaimed jackpot as a "Clarence Jackson."  In 1996, Mr. Jackson bought the winning ticket for a $5.8 million Connecticut lottery jackpot, but did not know he had won.  A year later he found the ticket, called the phone number on the back, and found out he won - and that he was just three days too late to claim the prize since the tickets expire exactly one year after they are purchased in every state in the US.  Jackson sued the state and lost, and has since filed appeals- and lost

Approximately 66 million cats and 58 million dogs are kept as pets in the US, with parakeets "flying" a distant third at 14 million

The core of a upward lightning stroke is only a few inches across but can carry a current of 100,000 amperes, enough to run nearly 8,000 electric toasters at the same time

The word "four" has four letters. In the English language there is no other number whose number of letters is equal to its value

Roughly 25% of all prescription medicines in the United States are derived from plants, including alkaloids from the rosy periwinkle of Madagascar. This plant has been successful in arresting childhood leukemia and Hodgkin's disease  

The Rufous is the only species of hummingbird to nest in Alaska. They migrate 2,000 miles to Mexico each winter, and then back to Alaska in the spring  

Average length of a coat hanger when straightened: 44 inches

Average number of eggs laid by the female American Oyster per year: 500 million. Usually only one oyster out of the bunch reaches maturity

Average number of hummingbirds required to create the weight of 1 ounce: 18

Average number of squirts from a cow's udder needed to yield a gallon of milk : 345

Cats average 16 hours of sleep a day, more than any other mammal

During pregnancy, the average woman's uterus expands up to five hundred times its normal size

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