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Fact 1. Studies have shown that by putting on slow background music it can make a person eat food at a slower rate.

Fact 2. Studies have shown that classical music helps cows produce more milk.

Fact 3. Studies have shown that the scent of Rosemary can help in better mental performance and make individuals feel more alert.

Fact 4. Studies indicate that listening to music is good for digestion.

Fact 5. Studies indicate that surgeons who listen to music while they operate improve in their performance.

Fact 6. Studies indicate that weightlifters working out in blue gyms can handle heavier weights.

Fact 7. Studies show that couples that smoke during the time of conception have a higher chance of having a girl compared to couples that do not smoke.

Fact 8. Studies show that divorced women have more trouble starting new relationships than divorced men.

Fact 9. Sugar Bear (the mascot for Golden Crisps cereal) was born in 1963.

Fact 10. Superman The Escape rollercoaster, located in California at Six Flags Magic Mountain, goes from 0 to 100 miles per hour in only 7 seconds.

Fact 11. Surveys indicate that the number one reason people play BINGO is for leisure.

Fact 12. Swiss engineer George de Mestral, who got the idea after noticing burrs were sticking to his pants after his regular walks through the woods, invented Velcro.

Fact 13. Sylvia Plath was a famous poet who killed herself at age thirty-one by sticking her head into a gas oven.

Fact 14. Taco Bell serves over 35 million consumers each week in the USA.

Fact 15. Tacoma Narrows Bridge which was located in Washington was nicknamed “Galloping Gertie” because of the unusual way it twisted and swayed with even with the slightest winds when people would drive on it. The bridge collapsed on November 7, 1940, fortunately no humans died, except for a dog.

Fact 16. Taipan snakes have 50 times more toxic than a cobra snake.

Fact 17. Talc was used by cavemen 15,000 years ago as an ingredient added to make paint.

Fact 18. Tarantulas can live up to 30 years.

Fact 19. Tasmania is said to have the cleanest air in the world.

Fact 20. Teenage cosmetic surgeries nearly doubled in the USA between 1996 and 1998.

Fact 21. Teenage suicide is the second cause of death in the state of Wisconsin.

Fact 22. Teflon is the most slipperiest substance in the world.

Fact 23. Teflon was accidently discovered by scientist Dr. Roy Plunkett while he was conducting a coolant gas experiment in 1938.

Fact 24. Telephonophobia is the fear of telephones.

Fact 25. Ten percent of the Russian government’s income comes from the sale of

Fact 26. Ten radishes only contain eight calories.

Fact 27. Termites are roasted and eaten like popcorn in South Africa.

Fact 28. Termites do more damage in the U.S. ever year than all the fires, storms and earthquakes combined. They do an average of $750 million in damage annually.

Fact 29. Termites have been around for over 250 million years.

Fact 30. Termites work 24 hours per day — they do not sleep.

Fact 31. Texas is the only state that is allowed to fly its flag at the same height as the U.S. flag.

Fact 32. Thailand used to be called Siam.

Fact 33. The “Mexican Hat Dance” is the official dance of Mexico.

Fact 34. The “naked recreation and travel” industry has grown by 233% in the past decade.

Fact 35. The “Star Spangled Banner” did not become a national anthem until 1931. It was designated by an Act of Congress.

Fact 36. The #1 peanut producing state is Georgia.

Fact 37. The 1912 Olympics was the last Olympics that gave out gold medals that were made entirely out of gold.

Fact 38. The 1912, a wrestling match in Stockholm between Finn Alfred Asikainen and Russian Martin Klein lasted more than 11 hours. Klein eventually won, but was to tired to participate in the championship match.

Fact 39. The 1960 Summer Olympics were the first Olympics to be aired on television by CBS.

Fact 40. The 1988 move “Big” which was directed by Penny Marshall was the first movie by a female director to gross over $100 million domestically.

Fact 41. The 20th president of the United States James Garfield could write Greek with one hand and Latin with the other at the same time.

Fact 42. The 20th president of the United States, James Garfield, was able to write Greek with one hand and Latin with the other at the same time.

Fact 43. The 3 most valuable brand names on earth: Marlboro, Coca-Cola, and
Budweiser, in that order.

Fact 44. The A.A. Milne character of Winnie the Pooh made his animated film debut in 1966 in Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree.

Fact 45. The abbreviation Xmas for the word Christmas is of Greek origin. Since the word for Christ in the Greek language is Xristos, which starts with the letter “X,” they started putting the X in place of Christ and came up with the short form for the word Christmas.

Fact 46. The accent that Mike Myers used for the character Shrek came from the accent that his mother would use when she was telling him bedtime stories when he was a child.

Fact 47. The act of sneezing is referred to as sternutation.

Fact 48. The act of stretching and yawning is referred to as pandiculation.

Fact 49. The actor who played the T-1000 in Terminator 2 (Robert Patrick) and the lead singer of Filter are brothers.

Fact 50. The actual smallest sovereign entity in the world is the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (S.M.O.M.). It is located in the city of Rome, Italy, has an area of two tennis courts, and as of 2001 has a population of 80, 20 less people than the Vatican. It is a sovereign entity under international law, just as the Vatican is.

Fact 51. The adult electric eel can produce a five hundred volt shock, which is enough to stun a horse.

Fact 52. The adult human body requires about 88 pounds of oxygen daily.

Fact 53. The age of a saguaro cactus is calculated by its height.

Fact 54. The airplane Buddy Holly died in was the “American Pie.” (Thus the name
of the Don McLean song.)

Fact 55. The airplane Buddy Holly died in was the “American Pie.” (Thus the name of the Don McLean song.)

Fact 56. The all-time most nominated Grammy artist with 77 nominations is Quincy Jones.

Fact 57. The American Airlines Center in Dallas has more toilets per capita than any other sports and entertainment venue in the country

Fact 58. The American Airlines Sports Center, in Dallas, has most toilets per capita than any other sports and entertainment venue in the USA.

Fact 59. The American Automobile association was formed in 1905 for the sole purpose of warning motorists of police speed traps.

Fact 60. The American Kestrel hawk weighs only four ounces.

Fact 61. The amount of aluminum that Americans throw out in three months is enough to rebuild all American commercial planes.

Fact 62. The amount of blood a female mosquito drinks per serving is five millionths of a liter.

Fact 63. The amount of Kit Kat chocolate bars that are made at the York factory every 15 minutes are enough to outstack the Eiffel Tower.

Fact 64. The Ancient Greek women made a type of cheek blush by painting their cheeks with herbal pastes which was made out of crushed berries and seeds.

Fact 65. The ancient Greeks had a fascination with the planet Mars. They attributed the planet to Ares, their god of war, because of its red colour.

Fact 66. The Angel Falls in Venezuela were named after an American pilot, Jimmy Angel, whose plane got stuck on top of the mountain while searching for gold.

Fact 67. The ant can lift 50 times its own weight, can pull 30 times its own weight, and always falls over on its right side when intoxicated.

Fact 68. The aorta, which is largest artery located in the body, is about the diameter of a garden hose.

Fact 69. The Apollo 17 crew were the last men on the moon.

Fact 70. The appliance that uses the most use of water in the home is the toilet.

Fact 71. The Arctic Ocean covers an area of about 14,056,000 sq miles.

Fact 72. The Arctic Tern, which is a small bird, can fly a round trip from the Arctic to the Antarctic and back. This can be as long as twenty thousand miles per year. This is the longest migration for a bird.

Fact 73. The artist Vincent Van Gogh sliced part of his ear off in madness.

Fact 74. The Atlantic Ocean is saltier than the Pacific Ocean.

Fact 75. The Australian box-jellyfish has eight eyes.

Fact 76. The average adult has approximately six pounds of skin.

Fact 77. The average America online user spends 70 minutes day online.

Fact 78. The average American drinks 400 glasses of milk in a year.

Fact 79. The average American eats 35,000 cookies in his/her lifetime.

Fact 80. The average American kid will eat approximately 1.500 peanut butter sandwiches by high school graduation.

Fact 81. The average amount of time spent kissing for a person in a lifetime is 20,160 minutes.

Fact 82. The average bank teller loses about $250 every year.

Fact 83. The average cocoon contains about 300-400 metres of silk.

Fact 84. The average cow produces about 2,305 gallons of milk each year.

Fact 85. The average day is actually 23 hours, 56 minutes and 4.09 seconds. We have a leap year every four years to make up for this shortfall.

Fact 86. The average ear grows 0.01 inches in length every year.

Fact 87. The average four year-old child asks over four hundred questions a day.

Fact 88. The average height of an NBA basketball player is 6 feet 7 inches.

Fact 89. The average Hostess Twinkie is 68 percent air as measured by volume according to university researchers.

Fact 90. The average human eats 8 spiders in their lifetime at night.

Fact 91. The average human has about 20 square feet of skin weighing about 6 pounds.

Fact 92. The average human head weighs about eight pounds.

Fact 93. The average human scalp has 100,000 hairs.

Fact 94. The average ice berg weighs 20,000,000 tons.

Fact 95. The average life expectancy of an ant is about 90 days.

Fact 96. The average life span of a mosquito is two weeks.

Fact 97. The average life span of a peasant during the medieval ages was 25 years.

Fact 98. The average life span of a single red blood cell is 120 days.

Fact 99. The average lifespan of a human taste bud is ten days.

Fact 100. The average medium size piano has about 230 strings.

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