Cool, strange and interesting facts page 3

Fact 1. The Ice Cream cone was invented in the summer of 1904 by Charles Menches. It made its debut one year later at the St. Louis World Fair.

Fact 2. The idea of Christmas cards was invented by Englishman Henry Cole in 1843.

Fact 3. The incidents of immune system diseases has increased over 200% in the last five years.

Fact 4. The Indian election in 1984 was the largest election of any country. Over 379,000,000 voters were eligible to vote at over 480,000 polling stations.

Fact 5. The iron disulfide (Pyrite) is considered “fool’s gold” because it looks very similar to gold.

Fact 6. The IRS employees tax manual has instructions for collecting taxes after a nuclear war.

Fact 7. The itch from a mosquito bite can be soothed by cutting open a clove of garlic and rubbing it on the bite.

Fact 8. The kidneys filter over 400 gallons of blood each day.

Fact 9. The King Cobra has enough venom in its bite that it can kill up to 13 adults.

Fact 10. The king of hearts is the only king without a mustache

Fact 11. The Koala bear is not really a bear, but is really related to the kangaroo and the wombat.

Fact 12. The Kodiak, which is native to Alaska, is the largest bear and can measure up to eight feet and weigh as much as 1,700 pounds.

Fact 13. The Kool Aid Man used to be known as “Pitcher Man” when he was first introduced in 1975.

Fact 14. The Kraft company produces enough Cool Whip, a brand of whipping cream, in one year to fill the entire Grand Canyon.

Fact 15. The labels for Crayola crayons come in 18 different colors.

Fact 16. The largest apple pie ever baked was forty by twenty three feet.

Fact 17. The largest bill U.S. bill made is for $100,000.

Fact 18. The largest cereal company in the world is Quaker Oats, located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA.

Fact 19. The largest chicken egg ever laid weighed a pound and had a double yolk and shell.

Fact 20. The largest coral reef in the world is the Great Barrier Reef located in Australia. The reef is approximately 2023 kilometers long.

Fact 21. The largest cultivated crop in the United States is corn.

Fact 22. The largest diamond found in the United States was a 40.23 carat white diamond. It was found in 1924 and nicknamed the “Uncle Sam.”

Fact 23. The largest diamond that was ever found was 3106 carats.

Fact 24. The largest dog in the world is the Irish Wolfhound

Fact 25. The largest earthworm on record was found in South Africa and measured 22 feet.

Fact 26. The largest employer in Central Florida is Walt Disney World. There are approximately 50,000 people working there.

Fact 27. The largest employer in the world is the Indian railway system in India, employing over 1.6 million people.

Fact 28. The largest fish in the world is the whale shark. It can weigh several tons and grow to more than fifty feet in length.

Fact 29. The largest hamburger cooked in the world weighed in at 6,040 pounds.

Fact 30. The largest hotel in the world is the MGM Grand, which has 5,034 rooms and is located in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Fact 31. The largest ice cream sundae was made with 4,667 gallons of ice cream, was 12 feet high and had 7000 pounds of toppings on it. This was made in Anaheim, California in 1985.

Fact 32. The largest ketchup bottle in the world is a 170 feet tall and is located in Collinsville, Illinois, USA. It was built in 1949 by the W.E. Caldwell Company as a water tower.

Fact 33. The largest known hailstone to have fallen was in Germany in 1925, which weighed close to four and a half pounds.

Fact 34. The largest LEGO castle that was ever built was built with 400,000 LEGO bricks and was 4.45 m x 5.22 m.

Fact 35. The largest member of the dolphin family are orcas.

Fact 36. The largest number of children born to one woman, who was a Russian peasant is 69.

Fact 37. The largest pig on record was a Poland-China hog named Big Bill, who weighed 2,552 lbs.

Fact 38. The largest school in the world is City Montessori School in India and has over 25,000 students in grade levels ranging from kindergarten to college.

Fact 39. The largest shopping mall in the world is the West Edmonton Mall located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Fact 40. The largest spider ever was the Megarachne which had a diameter of 50 cm. The fossil was found in Argentina.

Fact 41. The largest stamp was issued by China and measured 210 x 65 mm.

Fact 42. The largest type of penguin is the Emperor Penguin which can stand to be almost 3.5 feet tall and weigh more than 90 pounds.

Fact 43. The largest volcano known is on Mars: Olympus Mons, 370 miles wide and 79,000 feet high, is almost three times higher than Mount Everest.

Fact 44. The largest wedding chapel in Las Vegas is the Viva Las Vegas Chapel, which can seat 100 people.

Fact 45. The last land battle of the U.S. Civil War was fought in Texas.

Fact 46. The last thing Elvis Presley ate before he died was four scoops of ice cream and 6 chocolate chip cookies.

Fact 47. The laundry detergent Tide, has a market share of about forty percent market.

Fact 48. The leading cause of deaths for children between the ages of 1 and 4 are motor vehicle crashes.

Fact 49. The leading cause of poisoning for children under the age of six in the home is liquid dish soap.

Fact 50. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is 58.36 metres above the ground.

Fact 51. The least likely day to eat out in the United States is Monday.

Fact 52. The Lemon shark grows about 24,000 new teeth a year. A new set of teeth grow approximately every 14 days.

Fact 53. The length of a human esophagus is 25 centimeters.

Fact 54. The length of brink of the Canadian “Horseshoe” Falls located in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada is 2600 feet.

Fact 55. The letter J does not appear anywhere on the periodic table of the elements.

Fact 56. The Liberty Bell was the first mechanical slot machine, which was invented by Charles Fey, a car mechanic in 1895.

Fact 57. The Library of Congress, located in Washington D.C., is the largest library in the world.

Fact 58. The life expectancy of a $100 bill is nine years.

Fact 59. The life expectancy of a garbage disposal is about 5 to 10 years.

Fact 60. The lifespan of a firefly is about seven days. During these days, they are busy trying to find a mate.

Fact 61. The lifespan of a rhinoceros is generally 50 years.

Fact 62. The Lion King is the top grossing Disney movie of all-time with domestic gross intake of $312 million.

Fact 63. The liquid inside young coconuts can be used as substitute for blood plasma.

Fact 64. The list of ingredients that make up lipstick include fish scales.

Fact 65. The little circles of paper that are cut out after a paper has been punched by a hole puncher are called “chad.”

Fact 66. The long fibres that are found in bananas are excellent in making paper. The long fibres that are found in the banana plant can make the banana fibre paper approximately 3000 times stronger than regular paper.

Fact 67. The longer white infants from low-income families are breast-fed, the less likely they will be overweight as young children, researchers said on Monday.

Fact 68. The longest acceptance speech in the history of the Oscars was by Greer Garson in 1942. She received an Oscar for Best Actress for the movie Mrs. Miniver, and her speech was five minutes and 30 seconds long.

Fact 69. The longest bout of sneezing recorded was by Donna Griffith. It began in January 13 1981 and continued until September 16 1983 and lasted for 978 days.

Fact 70. The longest chapter in the Bible is Psalm 119, which is 176 verses.

Fact 71. The longest distance a deepwater lobster has been recorded to travel is 225 miles.

Fact 72. The longest engagement lasted 67 years, and the couple ended up marrying when they were 82 years old.

Fact 73. The longest fangs of a snake are found on the Gaboon Viper (Bitis gabonica), and can reach over 2 inches in length.

Fact 74. The longest freshwater shoreline in the world is located in the state of Michigan.

Fact 75. The longest game of Monopoly played underwater is 45 days.

Fact 76. The longest hiccups on record was by an American pig farmer whose hiccups persisted from 1922 to 1987.

Fact 77. The longest human beard on record is 17.5 feet, held by Hans N. Langseth who was born in Norway in 1846.

Fact 78. The longest kiss on record lasted 30 hours and 45 minutes. Dror Orpaz and Carmit Tsubara recorded it on April 5, 1999 at a kissing contest held in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Fact 79. The longest Monopoly game ever played was 1,680 hours long, which is seventy straight days.

Fact 80. The longest one-syllable word in the English language is “screeched.”

Fact 81. The longest punt return for a touchdown was 103 yards.

Fact 82. The longest recorded duration of a total solar eclipse was 7.5 minutes.

Fact 83. The longest recorded flight of a chicken is thirteen seconds.

Fact 84. The longest town name in the world has 167 letters.

Fact 85. The longest U.S. highway is Route 20, which is over 3,365 miles.

Fact 86. The longest word in the English language is 1909 letters long and it refers to a distinct part of DNA.

Fact 87. The loss of eyelashes is referred to as madarosis.

Fact 88. The loudest insect in the world is the male cicadas, which are like crickets. When they rub their abdomens, the sound made can be heard from 1300 feet.

Fact 89. The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building.

Fact 90. The majority of American models are skinnier than 98% of American women.

Fact 91. The majority of burglaries occur during the daytime when people are not home.

Fact 92. The majority of cats do not have any eyelashes.

Fact 93. The makers of Crayola produce over 2 billion crayons in a year.

Fact 94. The male howler monkey of Central and South America is the noisiest land animal, which can be heard clearly from a distance of ten miles away.

Fact 95. The male platypus has poisonous spurs on its legs.

Fact 96. The male praying mantis cannot copulate while its head is attached to its body. The female initiates sex by ripping the males head off.

Fact 97. The Mall of America, located in Bloomington, Minnesota is so big that it can hold 24,336 school buses.

Fact 98. The markings that are found on dice are called “pips.”

Fact 99. The material to build the Taj Mahal was brought in from various parts of India by a fleet of 1000 elephants.

Fact 100. The mating call of a male toadfish, who are underwater, is so loud that it can be heard by humans above water.

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