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Fact 1. In 1942 the Jello company introduced Cola flavored jello, which only lasted a year.

Fact 2. In 1943, the July issue of “Transportation Magazine” had an article entitled “1943 Guide to Hiring Women.”

Fact 3. In 1945, a seven ounce bathroom cup was the first item Tupperware marketed.

Fact 4. In 1945, the first “floating ice cream parlor” was built for sailors in the western Pacific. This “floating ice cream parlour” could produce ten gallons of ice cream every seven seconds.

Fact 5. In 1946 Danon Yogurt were the first to add fruit to commercially produced yogurt in U.S.

Fact 6. In 1946, the New York Yankees became the first baseball team to travel by plane.

Fact 7. In 1948 and 1950 the oldest ears of popping corn were discovered. They were located in the Bat Cave of west central New Mexico. They ranged in size from smaller than a penny to approximately two inches, and were about 4,000 years old.

Fact 8. In 1949 UNICEF produced the first charity Christmas card. The picture shown on the card was painted by a seven year old girl.

Fact 9. In 1949, forecasting the relentless march of science, Popular Mechanics said “Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.”

Fact 10. In 1952, the first TV toy commercial aired. It was for Mr. Potato Head.

Fact 11. In 1953, racecar driver Tim Flock raced at Nascar with a monkey in the seat beside him.

Fact 12. In 1955, only 330 Volkswagen Beetle’s were sold at a price of $1800 each in the United States.

Fact 13. In 1958 the United States sent three mice into space named, Mia, Laska and Benji.

Fact 14. In 1958, the Crayola crayon color “Prussian Blue” was changed to “Midnight Blue” by the request of teachers as kids could not relate to Prussian history.

Fact 15. In 1958, the United States Coast Guard off western Greenland measured the tallest known iceberg at five hundred and fifty feet.

Fact 16. In 1960 there were 16,067 gambling slots in Nevada. By 1999, this number rose to 205,726 slots which would be one slot for every 10 people residing there.

Fact 17. In 1961, Italian artist Piero Manzoni packed his feces in cans, signed and mounted them, and then sold them as art.

Fact 18. In 1962, the first Wal-Mart opened up in Rogers, Arkansas.

Fact 19. In 1963, Mister Rogers was ordained as a Presbyterian minister.

Fact 20. In 1965, the price for an issue of TV Guide was 15 cents.

Fact 21. In 1967, the first successful heart transplant was performed in Cape Town, South Africa.

Fact 22. In 1967, the IMAX film system was invented by Canadian Ivan Grame Ferguson to premier at Expo 67.

Fact 23. In 1968, Abbie Hoffman played with a yo-yo while testifying before a congressional committee. He was found in contempt.

Fact 24. In 1969, the American side of Niagara Falls was stopped completely for several months.

Fact 25. In 1970, Chip maker Intel purchased a pear orchard to build their corporate headquarters on.

Fact 26. In 1971, the postal code was introduced in Ottawa, Ontario.

Fact 27. In 1972, a gorilla by the name of “Koko” was taught ASL (American Sign Language) for the deaf. By the year 2000, the gorilla could understand approximately 2,000 English words.

Fact 28. In 1976, a Los Angeles secretary named Jannene Swift officially married a fifty pound rock. More than twenty people witnessed the ceremony.

Fact 29. In 1976, fourteen banks merged to form a bank credit card called “Mastercharge.” This was later renamed to what is now know as “Mastercard.”

Fact 30. In 1978, the World Water Speed record was made by Ken Warby from Australia. His average speed was 317.6 mph, and his jet-powered hydroplane was 27 feet long called “Spirit of Australia.” Warby built the boat himself in his back yard.

Fact 31. In 1980, a Las Vegas hospital suspended workers for betting on when patients would die.

Fact 32. In 1980, Saddam Hussein received a key to the city of Detroit.

Fact 33. In 1980, there was only one country in the world with no telephones – Bhutan.

Fact 34. In 1982, a cactus in Phoenix, Arizona killed a man. David Grundman fired two shotgun blasts at a giant saguaro cactus that ended up falling on top of him.

Fact 35. In 1982, Larry Walters tied 24 weather balloons to his lawn chair in Los Angeles and climbed to an altitude of 16,000 feet.

Fact 36. In 1983, a Japanese artist, Tadahiko Ogawa, made a copy of the Mona Lisa completely out of ordinary toast.

Fact 37. In 1984, Ronald Reagan declared the month of July to be “National Ice Cream Month.”

Fact 38. In 1985, a pregnant women was falsely accused of shoplifting a basketball.

Fact 39. In 1986, a drunk fan got into a pace car at Talladega Superspeedway, and started joyriding on the track in front of a nationwide audience. The police cruisers who had to chase him around the track were not amused when they caught and arrested him

Fact 40. In 1988, the largest ice cream sundae in history was made. It was made in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and weighed in at over 24 tons.

Fact 41. In 1989, the space shuttle Discovery carried 32 fertilized chicken eggs into orbit.

Fact 42. In 1989, twenty-three people were hired in Jacksonville Florida just to flush toilets so the pipes would not freeze.

Fact 43. In 1990, the largest watermelon ever grown was 262 pounds, by Bill Carson of Tennesse, USA.

Fact 44. In 1991, during an attempted political coup on Russian President Boris Yelstin, food supplies had dwindled down at the parliament buildings so they ordered Pizza Hut to deliver pizzas.

Fact 45. In 1992, approximately 750 deaths occurred in the United States due to workplace violence.

Fact 46. In 1992, the Antarctic Ozone hole was larger than the continent of North America.

Fact 47. In 1992, when EuroDisney first opened in France, the public beat some of the park characters because at the time most people had been against the park being built.

Fact 48. In 1994, 7-Eleven coined the term “brain freeze.” The word was developed to explain the feeling people get when drinking a Slurpee. .

Fact 49. In 1996, toy company Mattel released a “Harley Davidson” Barbie. This dolls distinctive feature is a birth mark on her face that changes position with every new release of the doll.

Fact 50. In 1997, the record for the highest skydive by a dog at 4,572 feet was established by a dog named Brutus.

Fact 51. In 1998, a law passed in the U.S. state of Virginia allows drivers to keep their road kill, as long as they report it within 12 hours. updated

Fact 52. In 1998, approximately 1.6 billion tree seedlings were planted in the United States. This amounts to about five trees per American.

Fact 53. In 1998, Ten Speed Press publishing company published a book, “The Eat A Bug Cookbook” by David George Gordon that contains over 33 bug recipes.

Fact 54. In 1999, a three headed turtle was discovered by Lin Chi-Fa in his pond in Southern Taiwan.

Fact 55. In 1999, All Nippon Airlines, had one of its jets fully decorated with Pokemon characters from nose to tail on its exterior.

Fact 56. In 2000, there were 1,579,566 drug arrests in the United States. Of those, close to half were for marijuana.

Fact 57. In 2001, the five most valuable brand names in order were Coca-Cola, Microsoft, IBM, GE, and Nokia.

Fact 58. In 2002, dogs have killed more people in the U.S. than the Great White shark has killed in the past 100 years.

Fact 59. In 2002, the most popular boat name in the U.S. was Liberty.

Fact 60. In 2002, the most popular car color in North America was silver.

Fact 61. In 410 A.D. Alaric the Visigoth demanded that Rome give him three thousand pounds of pepper as ransom.

Fact 62. In 75% of American households, women manage the money and pay the bills.

Fact 63. In a day 34,000 children die every day from causes that are related to poverty and hunger.

Fact 64. In a day the blue whale calf drinks approximately 130 gallons of milk.

Fact 65. In a day, a mature oak tree can draw approximately 50 gallons of water.

Fact 66. In a day, an elephant can drink 80 gallons of water.

Fact 67. In a day, kids in the U.S. that are between the ages of 2 – 8 spend 28 minutes of their time coloring.

Fact 68. In a five card poker game there are 2,598,960 possible hands.

Fact 69. In a lifetime, an average driver will release approximately 912 pints of wind inside a car.

Fact 70. In a lifetime, an average human produces 10,000 gallons of saliva.

Fact 71. In a lifetime, an average man will shave 20,000 times.

Fact 72. In a lifetime, on average a honey bee produces 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey.

Fact 73. In a lifetime, the average driver will honk 15,250 times.

Fact 74. In a lifetime, the average house cat spends approximately 10,950 hours purring.

Fact 75. In a lifetime, the heart pumps about one million barrels of blood.

Fact 76. In a month, a fingernail grows an eighth of an inch.

Fact 77. In a pack of Skittles candy, there is an equal 20% distribution of each flavour.

Fact 78. In a study conducted regarding toilet paper usage, Americans are said to use the most toilet paper per trip to the bathroom, which was seven sheets of toilet paper per trip.

Fact 79. In a study that was done by the University of Chicago in 1907, it was concluded that the easiest color to spot is yellow. This is why John Hertz, who is the founder of the Yellow Cab Company picked cabs to be yellow.

Fact 80. In a survey conducted in 2000 by Kimberly-Clark, it was found that men prefer to fold their toilet paper, and women like to wad it.

Fact 81. In a year approximately 900 million trees are cut down to make the raw materials needed for American pulp mills and paper.

Fact 82. In a year, about 90 million jars of Skippy Peanut Butter are sold. This works out to three jars sold every second.

Fact 83. In a year, Americans eat approximately 20 billion pickles.

Fact 84. In a year, an average person uses the toilet 2500 times a year.

Fact 85. In a year, the average Americans eats approximately 18 pounds of Turkey.

Fact 86. In a year, the average person walks four miles to make his or her bed.

Fact 87. In a year, there are 60,000 trampoline injuries that occur in the U.S.

Fact 88. In Alabama, it is against the law to wear a fake mustache that could cause laughter in the church.

Fact 89. In Albania, nodding your head means “no” and shaking your head means “yes.”

Fact 90. In America, 38% of doctors are Indians.

Fact 91. In America, approximately 20% of children between the ages of 2 – 7 have televisions in their rooms.

Fact 92. In America, approximately 25% of kids aged 6-14 have a magaznie subscription.

Fact 93. In America, one out of every two marriages ends up in divorce.

Fact 94. In America, the most common mental illness is Anxiety Disorders.

Fact 95. In an average lifetime, a person will spend 4 years travelling in an automobile and six months waiting at a red light.

Fact 96. In an average lifetime, people spend four years traveling in cars and six months waiting for red light to turn green.

Fact 97. In an episode of the 1962 cartoon The Jestons, Jane Jetson is talking through a video phone. The phone number of The Jetsons was VENUS-1234.

Fact 98. In an year, an average American kid eats 46 slices of pizza.

Fact 99. In an year, an average person makes 1,140 phone calls.

Fact 100. In Ancient Egypt, cats were often buried with their masters, or in a special cemetary for cats.

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