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Fact 1. The meaning of Siberia is “sleeping land.”

Fact 2. The Mexican version of the Tooth Fairy is known as the Tooth Mouse, which takes the tooth and leaves treasures in its place.

Fact 3. The MGM lion, whose name was Leo, lived in Memphis until his death.

Fact 4. The microwave oven was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.

Fact 5. The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.

Fact 6. The monogram “RR” for Rolls-Royce has never been altered, except for when Sir Henry Royce passed away in 1933. Then it was changed from red to black.

Fact 7. The month of December is the most popular month for weddings in the Philippines.

Fact 8. The Montreal Canadians hockey team has won the most Stanley Cups with 24.

Fact 9. The more a person struggles to get out of quicksand the faster they will sink. Staying still, and being calm will actually make the body float in the quicksand because the body is less dense than the quicksand is.

Fact 10. The most common injury caused by cosmetics is to the eye by a mascara wand.

Fact 11. The most common name in the world is Mohammed.

Fact 12. The most common pear world-wide is the Bartlett. It is bell-shaped, sweet and soft with a light green colour.

Fact 13. The most common rock on Earth is basalt.

Fact 14. The most common seasonings found in American homes are chili powder, cinnamon, and seasoned salts.

Fact 15. The most dangerous job in the United States is that of a fisherman, followed by logging and then an airline pilot.

Fact 16. The most deadly fires that occur in the home happen between 6pm and 10pm.

Fact 17. The most diners per capita in the world are located in the U.S. state New Jersey.

Fact 18. The most disliked vegetable by Americans is Brussels sprouts.

Fact 19. The most expensive animated movie is “Prince of Egypt”, which cost $70 million to make.

Fact 20. The most expensive perfume in the world is Parfum VI, which was made by Arthur Burnham. A 4 inch bottle which is covered with diamonds and 24-carat gold costs $71,380.

Fact 21. The most expensive shoes in the world are ruby slippers located in Harrods in London, which cost $1.6 million, has a full time security guard. The shoes are made from platinum thread and has 642 rubies in them. It took over 700 hours to produce the shoe.

Fact 22. The most expensive spice in the world is saffron.

Fact 23. The most famous movie theatre is the “Chinese Theatre” located in Los Angeles, USA.

Fact 24. The most frequent season for most suicides to occur is in the spring. The winter months have the lowest number of suicides.

Fact 25. The most overdue book in the world was borrowed from Sidney Sussex College in Cambridge, England and was returned 288 years later.

Fact 26. The most popular American city for Kool-Aid sales is St. Louis, Missouri.

Fact 27. The most popular brand of raisins is Sunmaid.

Fact 28. The most popular chocolate bar in the United Kingdom for the last 15 years has been Kit Kat.

Fact 29. The most popular ethnic food in the United States is Italian food.

Fact 30. The most popular gift that teachers receive in the United States from their students is chocolate.

Fact 31. The most popular grown bulbs are tulips.

Fact 32. The most popular Hot Wheels vehicle sold is the Corvette.

Fact 33. The most popular jelly belly jellybean flavour is buttered popcorn.

Fact 34. The most popular meal ordered at restaurants in the U.S. is fried chicken.

Fact 35. The most popular name for a pet in the United States is Max.

Fact 36. The most popular pickle is the Dill pickle.

Fact 37. The most popular place to burn candles in the house is the living room.

Fact 38. The most popular recipient of Valentine cards are school teachers.

Fact 39. The most popular show amongst baby boomers is Star Trek.

Fact 40. The most popular treat for Halloween trick-or-treaters are candy bars with Snickers being the most popular.

Fact 41. The most popular Twizzler candy flavour is strawberry.

Fact 42. The most popular vacation destinations for Americans in 1956 was Niagara Falls.

Fact 43. The most recycled product in the world is the automobile.

Fact 44. The most reproduced image in the world is Mickey Mouse, which can be found on over 7,500 different items.

Fact 45. The most senior crayon maker Emerson Moser retired after making 1.4 billion crayons for Crayola. It was then that he revealed that he was actually colorblind.

Fact 46. The mother of famous astronomer Johannes Kepler was accused of being a witch.

Fact 47. The Mount Horeb Mustard Museum which is located in Wisconsin has the biggest collection of prepared mustards. They have approximately 4,000 different jars and tubes from all over the world.

Fact 48. The movie “Chicken Run” made in 2,000 had the most plasticine used in an animated movie. They used 2,380 kg of plasticine for the movie.

Fact 49. The movie “Cleopatra” cost $44 million to make in 1963. The same movie would now cost $300 million to make taking inflation into account.

Fact 50. The movie that grossed the most money that was adapted from a T.V. cartoon is Scooby-Doo.

Fact 51. The murder rate in the United States is about four times greater than in Japan. In Japan, no private citizen can buy a handgun legally.

Fact 52. The music band UB40 got its name from an unemployment form in England.

Fact 53. The music for “The Star Spangled Banner” comes from a British drinking song named “Anacreon.”

Fact 54. The music group Simply Red got its name from band member Mick Hucknall, who has red hair.

Fact 55. The mythical Scottish town of Brigadoon appears for one day every one hundred years.

Fact 56. The name “cranberry” comes from German and Dutch settlers. The berry was intially called “crane berry.” The reason it was called this was because when the flowers bloom, the petals of the flowers twist backwards and look very much like the head of a crane. Eventually the name was shortened down to be “cranberry.”

Fact 57. The name “Grey Poupon” used for mustard comes from two people: Maurice Grey and Auguste Poupon. Grey was the inventor of a machine that mass produced fine textured mustard, and Poupon was an already established maker of mustard. In 1886 the Grey-Poupon firm was formed.

Fact 58. The name “Lego” came from the Danish word LEg Godt, which means “play well.”

Fact 59. The name “Muppet” was coined by Jim Henson. The word was made from a combination of the word “marionette” and “puppet.”

Fact 60. The name “Snickers” for the popular candy bar was named after a horse that the Mars family owned.

Fact 61. The name “Tonka” trucks was named after Lake Minnetonka located in Minnesota. Tonka means “great” in Sioux.

Fact 62. The name Aspirin was invented from “A” in acetyl chloride. The “spir” comes from spiraea ulmaria which is the plant that they got the salicylic acid from, and the “in” was used because back then it was popular to end the name of medicines with “in.”

Fact 63. The name for insect poop is frass.

Fact 64. The name for Ivory Soap was inspired by a verse from the Bible. Harley Proctor got though of the name when the minister read from Psalms 45:8, “All thy garments smell of myrrh and aloes and cassia, out of the ivory palaces whereby they have made thee glad.”

Fact 65. The name for Oz in “The Wizard of Oz” was thought up when the creator, Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N, and O-Z, hence “Oz.”

Fact 66. The name for the sign “&” which represents the world “and” is ampersand.

Fact 67. The name Hasbro was invented by the name of the founders: HASsenfeld BROthers.

Fact 68. The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for the
“General Purpose” vehicle, G.P.

Fact 69. The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for the “General Purpose” vehicle, G.P.

Fact 70. The name of the award given to honor the best sites on the Internet is called “The Webby Award.”

Fact 71. The name of the character that is behind bars in the Monopoly board game is Jake the Jailbird.

Fact 72. The name of the famous snack “Twinkies” was invented by seeing a billboard in St. Louis, that said “Twinkle Toe Shoes.”

Fact 73. The name of the first menthol cigarette in the United States was “Spud.”

Fact 74. The name of the popular sports drink Gatorade was named for the University of Florida Gators where it was developed.

Fact 75. The name of the squiggly line “~” is called a tilde.

Fact 76. The name of the Taco Bell dog is Gidget.

Fact 77. The name Reebok was named after the African Gazelle.

Fact 78. The name Santa Claus came from Saint Nicholas who was a bishop in the town of Myra, and was known to be very nice to children.

Fact 79. The name Wendy was made up for the book “Peter Pan.”

Fact 80. The name Wendy was made up for the book “Peter Pan.”

Fact 81. The name Wendy was made up for the book “Peter Pan.”

Fact 82. The names of the two stone lions in front of the New York Public Library are Patience and Fortitude. They were named by then-mayor Fiorello LaGuardia.

Fact 83. The national anthem of Greece has 158 verses.

Fact 84. The national sport of Japan is sumo wrestling.

Fact 85. The New York Stock Exchange started out as a coffee house.

Fact 86. The New York Yankees have appeared in the World Series a league leading 38 times and won 26 titles.

Fact 87. The New Zealand Kiwi bird cannot fly.

Fact 88. The nickname for a Japanese businessmen is “Salarymen.”

Fact 89. The Nike swoosh was invented by Caroline Davidson back in 1971. She received $35 for making the swoosh. The first shoe with the swoosh was introduced in 1972.

Fact 90. The Nile river is 6,690 kilometers long.

Fact 91. The Nobel Peace prize was first awarded in 1901 to Jean Henry Dunant, who was the founder of the Swiss Red Cross.

Fact 92. The Nobel prize was first awarded in 1901.

Fact 93. The number of births that occur in India each year is higher than the entire population of Australia.

Fact 94. The number one cause of blindness in adults in the United States is diabetes.

Fact 95. The number one cause of rabies in the United States are bats.

Fact 96. The nut “filbert” got its name from St. Philbert which is celebrated on August 22nd, which is also when the nut matures.

Fact 97. The ocean sunfish can produce thirty million eggs at once.

Fact 98. The odds of having quadruplets are 1 in 729,000.

Fact 99. The official state mammal of Texas is the armadillo.

Fact 100. The official state tree of Illinois is The White Oak.

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