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Fact 1. Botanically a rhubarb is a vegetable. It was changed to a fruit in 1947 by a U.S. Custom Court.

Fact 2. Both Thomas Jefferson and Jimmy Carter, U.S. presidents, were peanut farmers at one time.

Fact 3. Bourbon was first made by a Baptist minsister from Bourbon County in Kentucky in 1789. That is where it got its name.

Fact 4. Boxing champion Gene Tunney taught Shakespeare at Yale University.

Fact 5. Braces were first invented by Pierre Fauchard in 1728. The braces were made by a flat strip of metal, which was connected to the teeth by thread.

Fact 6. Brain damage will only occur if a fever goes above 107.6 degrees farenheit.

Fact 7. Brazil is the largest producers of oranges in the world.

Fact 8. Brazil produces the most oranges in the world.

Fact 9. British scientists have found evidence that heart attacks increase significantly for people who watch soccer penalty shoot-outs.

Fact 10. Britons eat over 22,000 tonnes of french fries a week.

Fact 11. Broccoli was first introduced into France during the royal marriage of Catherine de Medici to Henry II of France.

Fact 12. Bruce Lee was so fast, that they actually had to slow a film down so you could see his moves. That is the opposite of the norm.

Fact 13. Bubble gum contains rubber.

Fact 14. Buckingham Palace has over six hundred rooms.

Fact 15. Budweiser beer is named after a town in Czechoslovakia.

Fact 16. Buffalo wings, got their name because the spicy chicken wings originated in Buffalo, New York.

Fact 17. Bugs Bunny was originally called “Happy Rabbit.”

Fact 18. Burger King restaurants serve over 400 million ounces of orange juice annually.

Fact 19. is currently the most expensive domain name sold for $7.5 million.

Fact 20. Butterflies taste with their feet.

Fact 21. Buttermilk does not contain any butter, but is a cultured milk product which is usually made from fat free milk.

Fact 22. By donating just one pint of blood, four lives can be saved.

Fact 23. By federal law, for a noodle to actually be a noodle it must have 5.5 percent egg solids in it, otherwise it cannot be called a noodle.

Fact 24. By law, information collected in a U.S. census must remain confidential for seventy-two years.

Fact 25. By partially filling saucers with vinegar and distributing the saucers around a room, you can eliminate odors.

Fact 26. By recycling just one glass bottle, the amount of energy that is being saved is enough to light a 100 watt bulb for four hours.

Fact 27. By walking an extra 20 minutes every day, an average person will burn off seven pounds of body fat in an year.

Fact 28. By weight, the sun is 70% hydrogen, 28% helium, 1.5% carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen, and 0.5% all other elements.

Fact 29. Camel is considered unclean meat in the Bible.

Fact 30. Canada beat Denmark 47-0 at the 1949 world hockey championships. new

Fact 31. Canada has more donut shops per capita than the United States.

Fact 32. Canada has more inland waters and lakes than any other country in the world.

Fact 33. Canada is an Indian word meaning “village” or “settlement.”

Fact 34. Canada is the only country not to win a gold medal in the Summer Olympic games while hosting the event.

Fact 35. Canadians eat more Kraft Dinner (Macaroni and Cheese) per capita than any other country in the world.

Fact 36. Canadians Scott Abbott and Chris Haney invented Trivial Pursuit. They were planning on playing Scrabble and realized that some of the pieces were missing so they came up with the idea of making their own game; Trivial Pursuit.

Fact 37. Canola oil is actually rapeseed oil but the name was changed in Canada for marketing reasons.

Fact 38. Carbon monoxide can kill a person in less than 15 minutes

Fact 39. Carolyn Shoemaker, famous astronomer, has discovered 32 comets and approximately 300 asteroids.

Fact 40. Casey Kasem is the voice of Shaggy on the cartoon show “Scooby-Doo.” Casey Kasem, being a strict vegetarian, also requested that Shaggy follow the same diet on the show.

Fact 41. Cashew nuts contain oil in the shell that is very irritating to the skin.

Fact 42. Castaways Travel, a Houston-area travel agency, offers an all-nude flight to Cancun Mexico. Once the plane reaches cruising altitude, you are allowed to take off all your clothes and roam about the cabin.

Fact 43. Cat’s urine glows under a blacklight.

Fact 44. Cataloupes are named after the gardens of Cantaloupe, Italy where some belive this melon was first grown.

Fact 45. Caterpillar means “hairy cat” in Old French.

Fact 46. Catfish have tastebuds located on their whiskers.

Fact 47. Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, dogs only have about ten.

Fact 48. Cattle can produce up to 180 litres of saliva in one day.

Fact 49. Celtic warriors sometimes fought their battles naked, their bodies dyed blue from head to toe.

Fact 50. Centipedes always have an uneven pairs of walking legs.

Fact 51. Central air conditioners use 98% more energy than ceiling fans.

Fact 52. Central Park located in New York has 125 drinking fountains.

Fact 53. Centuries ago in India, a person could get their nose chopped off for breaking the law.

Fact 54. Certain female species of spiders such as the Australian crab spider, sacrifice their bodies as a food source for their offspring.

Fact 55. Chameleon is derived from the Greek, meaning “little lion.”

Fact 56. Chameleons can move their eyes independently. One eye can be looking forward and one eye backward at the same time.

Fact 57. Chances of a women getting breast cancer are increased by excesseive use of alcohol.

Fact 58. Charles Darwin spent 39 years studying earthworms.

Fact 59. Charlie Chaplin once lost a contest for a Charlie Chaplin look a like.

Fact 60. Chedder cheese is the best selling cheese in the USA.

Fact 61. Cheetahs are the fastest land animal and can reach speeds up to 72mph.

Fact 62. Chef Boyardee is actually a real person. His real name is Hector Boiardi and he was born in northern Italy in 1898.

Fact 63. Chewing gum has rubber as an ingredient.

Fact 64. Chewing on gum while cutting onions can help a person from producing tears.

Fact 65. Chicago has the largest cookie factory, where Nabisco made over 4.6 billion “Oreo” cookies in 1997.

Fact 66. Children grow faster in the springtime than any other season during the year.

Fact 67. Children laugh about 400 times a day, while adults laugh on average only 15 times a day.

Fact 68. Children who are breast fed tend to have an IQ seven points higher than children who are not.

Fact 69. Chili Powder was invented in the 19th century in the American Southwest.

Fact 70. China has more English speakers than the United States.

Fact 71. Chinese Crested dogs can get acne.

Fact 72. Chocolate accounts for less than two percent of the fat in the American diet.

Fact 73. Chocolate can be fatal to dogs. Chocolate contains a chemical theobromine, which is poisonous to dogs.

Fact 74. Chocolate maker Cadbury uses more than sixty thousand tonnes of cocoa each year, in the United Kingdom alone.

Fact 75. Chocolate was used as medicine during the 18th century. It was believed that chocolate could cure a stomach ache.

Fact 76. Chopsticks originated from China approximately 4,000 years ago.

Fact 77. Cimeti?re du P?re Lachaise located in Paris is the most visited cemetery in the world. The cemetery opened in 1805 and has over one million people buried there, including rock star Jim Morrison.

Fact 78. Cinderella is known as Rashin Coatie in Scotland, Zezolla in Italy, and Yeh-hsien in China.

Fact 79. Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people
without killing them used to burn their houses down – hence the
expression “to
get fired.”

Fact 80. Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without killing them would burn their houses down – hence the expression “to get fired.”

Fact 81. Clarence Crane the inventor of “Crane’s Peppermint Life Savers” sold his rights to the popular candy for less than three thousand dollars.

Fact 82. Cleopatra married two of her brothers.

Fact 83. Close to 3 billion movie tickets are sold in India every year.

Fact 84. Close to 50% of the water used in a home originates from the bathroom.

Fact 85. Close to 73% of girls in Bangladesh are married by age 18.

Fact 86. Close to 80% of people who watch the Super Bowl on television, only do so to view the commercials.

Fact 87. Close to fifty percent of Internet shoppers spend over five hours a week online.

Fact 88. Close to fifty percent of the bacteria in the mouth lives on the surface of our tongue.

Fact 89. Club Direct, a travel insurance company in Britain, provides insurance plans for protection from falling coconuts.

Fact 90. Coca-Cola used to contain cocaine when it was initially introduced.

Fact 91. Coca-cola used to use the slogan “Good to the last drop,” in 1908. This slogan was later used by Maxwell House.

Fact 92. Coca-Cola was originally green.

Fact 93. Coca-Cola was the first soft drink to be consumed in outer space.

Fact 94. Coconuts kill more people in the world than sharks do.

Fact 95. Coffee beans were chewed for more than 400 years before the first cup of coffee was brewed.

Fact 96. Coffee has about five times the amount of caffeine as a can of Coke.

Fact 97. Colgate faced a big obstacle marketing toothpaste in Spanish speaking countries. Colgate translates into the command “go hang yourself.”

Fact 98. Colonel Sanders original white suit was auctioned off for $80,000 in February 2002.

Fact 99. Colonel Sanders traveled over 250,000 miles a year visiting various parts of his Kentucky Fried Chicken Empire.

Fact 100. Colour is not an indicator for the taste or ripeness in cranberries.

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