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Fact 1. The cross bow was invented by the Chinese and records of its usage goes back to as far as the Three Kingdom Period (220 a.d.-280 a.d.).

Fact 2. The cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth II, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.

Fact 3. The cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth II, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.

Fact 4. The Danish company Lego, which began in 1932, first manufactured ironing boards, and stepladders.

Fact 5. The Dead Sea has been sinking for last several years.

Fact 6. The decomposition point of Olive Oil is 220 degrees Celsius.

Fact 7. The deepest cave in the world is the “Lamprechtsofen-Vogelshacht” cave which can be found in Salzburg, Austria. The cave is 5,354 feet deep.

Fact 8. The deepest mine in the world is the East Rand mine, which goes to a depth of about 3,585 metres.

Fact 9. The deepest underwater penguin dive is 1,772 feet by an Emperor Penguin.

Fact 10. The desert tortoise can live without having to drink any water. It extracts the water it needs from the vegetation it eats.

Fact 11. The designated instrument for the city of Detroit is the accordion.

Fact 12. The destruction of the Berlin Wall began when private citizens began to demolish entire sections of the Wall without interference from government officials on November 9, 1989.

Fact 13. The difference between horns and antlers is that horns never stop growing and antlers shed and grow every year.

Fact 14. The DNA of humans is closer to a rat than a cat.

Fact 15. The dot that appears over the letter “i” is called a tittle.

Fact 16. The dragonfly has not changed over the last 300 million years.

Fact 17. The driest place on earth is Calama, in the Atacama Desert in Chile.

Fact 18. The dromedary camel can drink as much as 100 litres of water in just 10 minutes.

Fact 19. The dumbest dog in the world is the Afghan Hounds.

Fact 20. The Dutch people are known to be the tallest people in Europe.

Fact 21. The earliest known example of an organized market for equities dates from Rome, second century B.C.

Fact 22. The early occurrence of a fetus yawning is at eleven weeks after conception.

Fact 23. The Earth orbits the Sun at a speed of about 108,000 km per hour.

Fact 24. The Eiffel Tower was the tallest structure in the world before the construction of the Empire State Building in 1930.

Fact 25. The Eiffel Tower weight is approximately 9441 tons.

Fact 26. The eight most popular foods to cause food allergies are: milk, eggs, wheat, peanuts, soy, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish.

Fact 27. The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one mile in every five
must be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips in
times of
war or other emergencies.

Fact 28. The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one mile in every five must be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips in times of war or other emergencies.

Fact 29. The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one-mile in every five must be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips in times of war or other emergencies.

Fact 30. The electric chair was invented by a dentist.

Fact 31. The elephant is the national animal of Thailand.

Fact 32. The expression “Tying the Knot” comes from an old Roman custom where the brides clothes were tied up all in knots and the groom was supposed to untie the knots.

Fact 33. The expression cooked “al dente” means “to the tooth.” What this means is that the pasta should be somewhat firm, and offer some resistance to the tooth, but should also be tender.

Fact 34. The external tank on space shuttles is not painted. It is the only part of the shuttle that is lost after launch, so it is not necessary to worry about metal corrosion.

Fact 35. The eye of a human can distinguish 500 shades of the gray.

Fact 36. The eyeball of a human weighs approximately 28 grams.

Fact 37. The Faberge, “Winter Egg” was sold in 1994 for $5.6 million. This is the most expensive decorative egg that has ever been sold.

Fact 38. The famous Casanova (Giacomo Casanova) was a librarian for many years before he died.

Fact 39. The famous Christmas song “Jingle Bells” was written for a Thanksgiving program in 1857 by James Pierpont. At the time, the song was called “The One-Horse Open Sleigh.”

Fact 40. The famous jewelry store Tiffany & Co. was established on September 18, 1837 in New York City. The amount of sales that were made the first day were $4.98.

Fact 41. The fastest bird in the world is the Peregrine Falcon, which can reach speeds in excess of two hundred miles per hour.

Fact 42. The fastest flying butterfly is the Monarch, which has been clocked with a speed as high as 17 miles per hour.

Fact 43. The fastest growing tissue in the human body is hair.

Fact 44. The fastest moving land snake is the Black Mamba, which can move up to 7 miles per hour.

Fact 45. The fastest running bird is the Ostrich, which has been clocked at 97.5 kilometres per hour.

Fact 46. The fastest shark is the “Shortfin Mako,” which can swim as fast as sixty miles per hour.

Fact 47. The fastest speed a raindrop had reached when falling is seven miles per hour.

Fact 48. The fat from sheep, which is called tallow can be used to make soap and candles.

Fact 49. The fat that comes from sheep, which is called tallow, can also be used to produce soap and candles.

Fact 50. The favorite honeymoon place is Hawaii.

Fact 51. The fear of Halloween is called Samhainophobia.

Fact 52. The fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth is called Arachibutyrophobia.

Fact 53. The feet have approximately 250,000 sweat glands.

Fact 54. The fins of the Spiny Dogfish Shark are sometimes used as sandpaper for wood products.

Fact 55. The first African-American to receive a Nobel Peace Prize was Ralph J. Bunche in 1950.

Fact 56. The first American astronaut in space was Alan B. Shepard Jr.

Fact 57. The first American celebration of St. Patricks Day was at Boston in 1737.

Fact 58. The first American president to deliver a speech over the radio was Warren G. Harding.

Fact 59. The first automobile racetrack in America was the ‘Indianapolis Motor Speedway,’ which had 3 million cobblestones.

Fact 60. The first box of Crayola that was ever sold had the same eight colours that are sold in the box today consisting of red, blue, yellow, green, violet, orange, black and brown. The box was sold for a nickel in 1903.

Fact 61. The first British ship to use the SOS distress signal was the Titanic.

Fact 62. The first cheerleaders in the U.S. were men.

Fact 63. The first commercial chewing gum was sold in 1848 by John B. Curtis, who also made the gum. He called the gum “State of Maine Pure Spruce Gum.”

Fact 64. The first commercial microwave oven was called the “1161 Radarange” and was the size of a refrigerator.

Fact 65. The first company to mass produce teddy bears was the Ideal Toy Company.

Fact 66. The first couple to be shown on a sitcom sleeping in the same bed was “Mary Kay and Johnny.”

Fact 67. The first domain name ever registered was on March 15, 1985.

Fact 68. The first domain name ever registered was

Fact 69. The first drug to be sold in the form of a tablet is Aspirin.

Fact 70. The first email was sent out by Ray Tomlinson in 1971.

Fact 71. The first episode of the popular television sitcom Happy Days was titled “All The Way.”

Fact 72. The first ever “World Summit on Toilets” was held in Singapore in November 2001.

Fact 73. The first fashion house to be set up was in 1858 by Charles Worth. He opened his store in Paris with the idea of having pre-made gowns presented on models to his customers.

Fact 74. The first female guest host of Saturday Night Live was actress Candace Bergen.

Fact 75. The first flavour of a cheese ball was called “Cheddy Blue.”

Fact 76. The first Ford cars had Dodge engines.

Fact 77. The first formal rules for playing the sport of baseball required the winning team to score 21 runs.

Fact 78. The first fruit eaten on the moon was a peach.

Fact 79. The first German car to be built solely outside of Germany is the BMW Z3.

Fact 80. The first hair dryer was a vacuum cleaner that was used for drying hair.

Fact 81. The first hot air balloon flight traveled for 5.5 miles over Paris and lasted for 23 minutes.

Fact 82. The first human heart transplant happened on December 3, 1967. Unfortunately the patient only lived for eighteen days, succumbing in the end to pneumonia.

Fact 83. The first ice hotel was built in Swedish Lapland.

Fact 84. The first jet engine was invented by Frank Whittleof of England in 1930.

Fact 85. The first jigsaw puzzle was created by map maker John Splisbury who mounted one of his maps on a sheet of hardwood. He proceeded to cut around the borders of each country use a fine saw.

Fact 86. The first known American novelist to hand in a manuscript that was typed was Mark Twain. His typewriter was a Remington No.1, which was invented by Christopher Sholes and Carlos Glidden.

Fact 87. The first known contraceptive was crocodile dung, used by Egyptians in 2000 B.C.

Fact 88. The first known contraceptive was crocodile dung, used by Egyptians in 2000 B.C.

Fact 89. The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City.

Fact 90. The first letter Vanna White ever turned on the game show Wheel of Fortune was the letter “T.”

Fact 91. The first Life Saver flavour, which was peppermint, was invented in 1912 and it was called Pep-O-Mint.

Fact 92. The first lighthouse built in the USA was in Boston, MA in 1716.

Fact 93. The first lighthouse was in Alexandria in 290 B.C.

Fact 94. The first modern toothbrush was invented in China. Its bristles came from hogs hair or the mane of a horse that were then put into ivory handles.

Fact 95. The first movie to ever cost $100 million to make is Terminator 2: Judgment Day in 1991.

Fact 96. The first museum in Moscow that was set up in 1791 was the Natural History Laboratory at Moscow University. This later was changed to the Zoological Museum.

Fact 97. The first music video ever played on MTV Europe was by Dire Straits, “Money For Nothing.”

Fact 98. The first Olympic games only had one event – a foot race.

Fact 99. The first open heart surgery was performed by Dr. Daniel Hall Williams in 1893.

Fact 100. The first owner of the Marlboro Company died of lung cancer.

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