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Fact 1. Columbia University is the second largest landowner in New York City, after the Catholic Church.

Fact 2. Common pesticides such as roach, termite and flea insecticide can be found in the bodies of majority of Americans.

Fact 3. Constipation is caused when too much water is absorbed in the large intestine and the feces become dry.

Fact 4. Construction on the Leaning Tower of Pisa began on August 9th, 1173.

Fact 5. Construction on the White House began in October of 1792.

Fact 6. Construction workers hard hats were first invented and used in the building of the Hoover Dam in 1933.

Fact 7. Consuming chocolate was once considered a sin during the 16th and 17th century. During that time it was provided in the form of a drink and since drinking wine during lent was a sin, so was drinking chocolate.

Fact 8. Contrary to popular beliefs, chocolate does not cause acne.

Fact 9. Copper is the second most used metal in the world.

Fact 10. Corals take a long time to grow. Some corals only grow one centimeter in one year.

Fact 11. Corn Flakes were invented after Will Keith Kellogg and his brother Dr. John Harvey Kellogg set about developing a nutritious cereal for the patients of a health resort in 1890.

Fact 12. Corned beef got its name because this beef was preserved with pellets of salt that were the size of corn kernels, which was also referred to as “corns” of salt.

Fact 13. Cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $6,400

Fact 14. Cotton crops can be sprayed up to 40 times a year making it the most chemical-intensive crop in the world.

Fact 15. Coupons were introduced in 1894 when Asa Candler bought the Coca-Cola formula for $2,300 and gave people coupons that he had written out to receive a free glass of coke.

Fact 16. Cow is a Japanese brand of shaving foam.

Fact 17. Cows are able to hear lower and higher frequencies better than human beings.

Fact 18. Cows can detect odors up to five miles away.

Fact 19. Cows do not have any upper front teeth. Instead they have a thick pad on the top jaw.

Fact 20. Cows drink anywhere from 25-50 gallons of water each day.

Fact 21. Crabs have very small hairs on their claws and other parts of their body to help detect water currents and vibrations.

Fact 22. Crayola Crayons currently has over 120 different crayon colours.

Fact 23. Crayola is a French word that means “Oily chalk.”

Fact 24. Cricket chirping can tell the temperature outside. Counting how many times a cricket chirps in 15 seconds and then adding 40 to that number will approximately tell you what the temperature is in Fahrenheit.

Fact 25. Cubic Zirconia is 55% heavier than real diamonds.

Fact 26. Dairy cows can produce 20 to 35 gallons of saliva a day.

Fact 27. Dalmatian puppies do not have any spots on them when they are born. They actually develop them as they get older.

Fact 28. Dandelion root can be roasted and ground as a coffee substitute.

Fact 29. Davao City, located at the Southern state of Philippines, is the largest city in the world in terms of area.

Fact 30. David McConnell started the California Perfume Company (CPC) in 1886. Today the company is known as Avon, which he named after his favorite playwright William Shakespeare, and Stratford on Avon.

Fact 31. David Rice Atchinson was President of the United States for exactly one day. This happened due to a glitch in American law at the time. new

Fact 32. Daytime dramas are called Soap Operas because they were originally used to advertise soap powder. In America in the early days of TV, advertisers would write stories around the use of their soap powder.

Fact 33. DC-10, the name of an airplane stands for “Douglas Commercial.”

Fact 34. Dead cells in the body ultimately go to the kidneys for excretion.

Fact 35. Decaffeinated coffee is not 100% caffeine free. When coffee is being decaffeinated, 2% of the caffeine still remains in it.

Fact 36. Deliberately infecting people with malaria has been used to cure different viral infections. The high fever will strengthen the immune system and fight the virus. In recent times this has been considered as a treatment to HIV.

Fact 37. Dentists have recommended that a toothbrush be kept at least 6 feet away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush.

Fact 38. Dentyne gum was invented in 1899 by a druggist from New York named Franklin V. Canning.

Fact 39. Depending on the size, it can take an oyster anywhere from few months to many years to form a pearl.

Fact 40. Desert snails can stay in their shell for up to three years.

Fact 41. Detroit, Michigan has more registered bowlers than any other city in the USA.

Fact 42. Devon, England has about 33,000 miles of hedgerows, more hedgerows than any other country.

Fact 43. Dexter is the smallest type of cow. This cow was bred to be a small size for household living.

Fact 44. Diabetes is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S., accounting for about 180,000 deaths per year.

Fact 45. Diamonds were first discovered in the riverbeds of the Golconda region of India over 4,000 years ago.

Fact 46. Did you know that there are coffee flavored PEZ?

Fact 47. Did you know you share your birthday with at least 9 other million people in the world.

Fact 48. Dieting can cause bad breath since less saliva is produced which leads to dry mouth.

Fact 49. Dill seeds are so small that approximately 10,000 dill seeds would be required to make an ounce.

Fact 50. Dipsomania refers to an insatiable craving for alcoholic beverages.

Fact 51. Doctors in Canada use an adhesive similar to Krazy Glue instead of stitches, lowering the possibility of bacterial infection and minimizing scarring.

Fact 52. Dogs can be trained to detect an upcoming epileptic seizure.

Fact 53. Dolphins can swim and sleep at the same time.

Fact 54. Dolphins hear by having sound waves transmit through their skull to their inner ear region.

Fact 55. Dolphins sleep with one eye open.

Fact 56. Donkeys can live between 30 to 50 years in captivity.

Fact 57. Donkeys kill more people annually than plane crashes.

Fact 58. Due to eating habits in the USA, one in three children born in the year 2000 have a chance of getting type II diabetes.

Fact 59. Due to sugar shortages to make candy during World War II, movie theatre owners turned to popcorn, which is now the best selling snack at movie theatres today.

Fact 60. Due to the deforestation of the forests in North China, over one million tons of sands blows into Beijing from the Gobi desert. It sometimes causes the sky to turn yellow.

Fact 61. Due to the shortages of lead and metals during World War II, toothpaste was packaged in plastic tubes and have been ever since.

Fact 62. Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.

Fact 63. Dumbest Dog: Afghan hound.

Fact 64. Duracell, the battery-maker, built parts of its new international headquarters using materials from its own waste.

Fact 65. During a typical human life span, the human heart will beat approximately 2.5 billion times.

Fact 66. During his entire life, Vincent Van Gogh sold exactly one painting, Red Vineyard at Arles.

Fact 67. During his lifetime, artist Vincent Van Gogh only sold one of his paintings (The Red Vineyard).

Fact 68. During one seven year period, Thomas Edison obtained approximately three hundred patents. In is whole life he obtained over one thousand patents.

Fact 69. During the Easter season, 600 million Marshmallow Peeps are bought my Americans. The Marshmallow Peep is the most popular Easter candy besides chocolate.

Fact 70. During the era of Louis XIV, women used lemons to redden their lips.

Fact 71. During the female orgasm, endorphines are released, which are powerful painkillers. So headaches are in fact a bad excuse not to have sex.

Fact 72. During the First World War, cigarettes were handed out to soldiers along with their rations.

Fact 73. During the Gold Rush in 1849, some people paid as much as $100 for a simple glass of water.

Fact 74. During the high feeding season, it has been estimated that an adult blue whale can eat up to 40 million krill in one day. (Krill are shrimp like creatures)

Fact 75. During the holiday season, approximately $220 million worth of Poinsettias are sold.

Fact 76. During the making of the the movie “Fight Club,” actor Brad Pitt chipped his tooth. However, he did not get his tooth capped until after the movie was done filming as he thought it would look better chipped for his character.

Fact 77. During the Roman times, people used urine, called lotium in Latin, as a hair product.

Fact 78. During World War II, condoms were used to cover rifle barrels from being damaged by salt water as the soldiers swam to shore.

Fact 79. During World War II, Kit Kat was unavailable due to milk shortages, so the chocolate bar was made without milk.

Fact 80. During World War II, Russians used dogs strapped with explosives to blow up German tanks. They trained the dogs to associate the tanks with food and ended up destroying about 25 German tanks using this method.

Fact 81. During World War II, the 2nd Polish Corps had a brown bear named Wojtek, who helped move boxes of ammunition during the battle of Monte Cassino.

Fact 82. During World War II, the very first bomb dropped on Berlin by the Allies killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.

Fact 83. During World War II, there was not enough sugar in the U.S. to make candy as it was sent to the troops overseas. At this time, popcorn was consumed three times more than its usual amount.

Fact 84. During WWII, because a lot of players were called to duty, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles combined to become The Steagles.

Fact 85. Dustin Phillips of the U.S. has the record for ketchup drinking. He drank a 14-ounce bottle of tomato ketchup through a ? inch straw in 33 seconds on September 23, 1999.

Fact 86. Each day 400 gallons of recycled blood are pumped through the kidneys.

Fact 87. Each day Americans 15 and over spend an average of 55 minutes of driving.

Fact 88. Each day the sun causes about one trillion tons of water to evaporate.

Fact 89. Each day, anywhere from 35-150 species of life go extinct.

Fact 90. Each honeycomb in Honeycomb cereal has seven holes.

Fact 91. Each Jelly Belly jelly belly bean has 4 calories.

Fact 92. Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from
history. Spades – King David; Clubs – Alexander the Great; Hearts –
and Diamonds – Julius Caesar.

Fact 93. Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history. Spades – King David, Clubs – Alexander the Great, Hearts – Charlemagne, Diamonds – Julius Caesar.

Fact 94. Each nostril of a human being register smell in a different way. Smells that are made from the right nostril are more pleasant than the left. However, smells can be detected more accurately when made by the left nostril.

Fact 95. Each year 96 billion pounds of food is wasted in the U.S.

Fact 96. Each year all of the Hostess bakeries combined bake 500 million Twinkies a year. (A twinkie is a sponge cake with a creamy filling.)

Fact 97. Each year approximately half of billions dollars is spent on bubble gum by the kids in North America.

Fact 98. Each year in America there are about 300,000 deaths that can be attributed to obesity.

Fact 99. Each year the Pentagon estimates their computer network is hacked about 250,000 times annually.

Fact 100. Each year there are approximately 20 billion coconuts produced worldwide.

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