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Facts

F1 car is made up of 80,000 components, if it were assembled 99.9% correctly; it would still start the race with 80 things wrong!

If a water hose were to blow off, the complete cooling system would empty in just over a second.

A penguin swims at a speed of approximately 15 miles per hour (24 kilometers per hour).

The majority of cats do not have eye lashes.

The trunk of an elephant can hold up to two gallons (7.6 liters) of water.

The sea horse is the slowest fish, drifting at approximately 0.016 km/h.

Attachment of the human skin to muscles causes dimples.

Enamel in the hardest substance in the human body.

Adult human bones account for 14 per cent of the body’s total weight.

Didaskaleinophobia is the fear of going to school.

In an average human life span, the human heart beats 2.5 billion times (approx).

Indonesia consists only of islands – 13,667 altogether.

Gear cogs or ratios are used only for one race, and are replaced regularly to prevent failure, as they are subjected to very high degrees of stress.

9th of September 2009 exactly at 9’o clock 9 minutes 9 seconds the date and time would be 09:09:09:09:09:09. This happens only after 1000 years once.

When thirsty, a camel can swing down 25 gallons (95 liters approx) of water in less than three minutes.

The Mexican Hat dance is the official dance of Mexico.

Potatoes first appeared in Europe in the 17th century, it was thought that they were disgusting, and caused outbreaks of leprosy.

The humming bird’s tiny brain, 4.2 percent of its body weight, is proportionately the largest in the bird kingdom.

The pupil of your eye expands by as much as 45 per cent when you look at something pleasing.

The color blue has a calming effect. It causes the brain to release calming hormones.

Due to ocean’s natural ‘momentum’ salt water fish can’t swim backwards.

The animal with the largest brain in proportion to its size is the ant.

Corals take a long time to grow. Some corals only grow one centimeter in one year.

The fit in the cockpit is so tight that the steering wheel must be removed for the driver to get in or out of the car. A small latch behind the wheel releases it from the column. Levers or paddles for changing gear are located on the back of the wheel. So no gear stick! The clutch levers are also on the steering wheel, located below the gear paddles.

The sailfish can swim at the speed of 109 km/h, making is the fastest swimmer.

As ostrich has a 46-feet-long small intestine.

Never get a camel angry, for he or she will spit at you.

The crocodile’s tongue is unmovable as it is attached to the roof of its mouth.

The only continent without reptiles is Antarctica.

Black olives contain 10-30 per cent more oil than green olives.

Lemon juice helps in reducing the swelling caused by insect bites.

Even if you eat standing on your head, the food will still end up in your stomach.

The human liver performs over 500 functions.

Polar bears can eat as much as ten percent of their body weight in less than one hour.

To give you an idea of just how important aerodynamic design and added downforce can be, small planes can take off at slower speeds than F1 cars travel on the track.

The Sumerians, who lived in the middle east, invented the wheel in about 3450 BC. They also invented writing.

Of all the vegetables, beets contain the most sugar.

Chinese made the first wheelbarrow.

Leopards are said to be seven times stronger than human beings.

Human body creates and kills 15 million red blood cells per second.

The only joint less bone in our body is the hyoid bone in our throat.

Bananas contain a natural chemical which can make a person happy. This chemical is found in Prozac.

Zsa zsa gabor was the first, and only, recipient of Golden Globe Award for Most Glamorous Actress. She won it in 1958, after which the category was deleted.

The penguin is the only bird that can swim, but not fly. It is also the only bird that walks upright.

A baby caribou is so swift, it can easily outrun its mother when it is only three says old.

Without aerodynamic downforce, high-performance racing cars have sufficient power to produce wheel spin and loss of control at 160 kmph. They usually race at over 300 kmph.

Mosquitoes are attracted to the color blue twice as much as to any other color.

The process of a snake shedding its skin or a crustacean casting off its outer shell is called ecdysis.

The first bicycle that was made in 1817 by Baron von Drais didn’t have any pedals. People walked it along.

The roar that we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not of the ocean, but the sound of blood surging through our veins if the ear.

The Kakapo (owl parrot) can’t fly, and builds its nest under the roots.

Every three days the human stomach gets new a lining.

An average city dog lives approximately three years longer than an average country dog.

Of all the ore dug in diamond mines, only one carat in every 23 tons proves to be a diamond.

Millions of trees are accidentally planted by squirrels that bury nuts and they forget where they left them.

A human nose can detect one drop of perfume diffused throughout a three-room apartment.

The amount of aerodynamic downforce produced by the front and rear wings and the car underbody is amazing. Once the car is travelling over 160 kmph, an F1 car can generate enough downforce to equal its own weight. That means it could actually hold itself to the CEILING of a tunnel and drive UPSIDE down!

Native people of South America catch and use piranha’s razor-sharp teeth to make tools and weapons.

The giant African snail grows over a foot in length and weighs more than a pound (0.5 kg approximately).

While playing poker, there is one chance in 500 of drawing a flush.

Midgets and dwarfs almost always have normal-sized children, even if both the parents are midgets or dwarfs.

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.

Galileo had turned totally blind shortly before his death, probably because of the damage done to his eyes over many years of looking at the sun through a telescope.

The world’s deadliest mushroom is the Amanita Phalloides, also known as the Death Cap.

It can take a deep-sea clam up to 100 years to reach 0.3 inches (8 millimeters) in length. The clam is among the slowest, yet longest living spices on planet.

Giant flying foxes, a species of bats found in Indonesia, have wingspan of nearly six feet.

Mosquito repellents don’t repel. They hide you. They spray blocks the mosquito’s sensors so that they don’t know you’re there.

In a street course race like the Monaco grand prix, the downforce provides enough suction to lift manhole covers. Before the race all of the manhole covers on the streets have to be welded down to prevent this from happening!

The ancient Egyptians slept on pillow made of stone.

A honey bee has to gather pollen from two million flowers to make one pound of honey.

A baby grey whale drinks enough milk to fill more than 2,000 bottles day.

Cows do not have any upper front teeth. Instead they have a thick pad on the top jaw.

The word samba means to ‘rub navels together’.

Dipsomania refers to an insatiable craving for alcoholic beverages.

Hippocrates noted the medicinal properties of lettuce in 430 BC.

The fastest moving land snake is the black mamba, which can move up to 7 miles per hour (11 kms per hour approx).

Venus spins once every 243 earth days, since it takes 224 earth days to complete one orbit of the sun; its days are longer than its years.

Winston Churchill was born in a ladies cloakroom in the ancestral castle of Blenheim. His mother was attending a formal ball there when she prematurely delivered.

The refuellers used in F1 can supply 12 liters of fuel per second. This means it would take just 4 seconds to fill the tank of an average 50 liter family car. They use the same refueling rigs used on US military helicopters today.

Martha Washington is the only woman whose portrait has ever appeared on a US currency note.

Honey is the only food that does not spoil. Honey found in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs has been tasted by archaeologists and found edible.

It is estimated that a single toad may catch and eat as many as 10,000 insects in the course of a summer.

To divide something into squares is to “graticulate”.

An average bee hive has 30,000 to 60,000 bees living in it. This population is easily maintained by a queen laying 1,000 to 3,000 eggs per day.

One billion seconds is about 32 years.

The only king without a moustache in a deck of cards is the king of hearts.

A butterfly’s taste sensors are located on its soles.

A butterfly has to have a body temperature greater than 86 degrees to be able to fly.

In the marriage ceremony of ancient Inca Indians if Peru, the couple was considered officially wed when they took off their sandals and handed them to each other.

TOP F1 pit crews can refuel and change tires in around 3 seconds. It took me 8 sec to read above point (no.17).

Ducks’ feet have no nerves or blood vessels. This means duck never feel the cold, even if they swim in icy cold water.

The only bone, fully grown at birth, is located in the ear.

In Russia, when flowers are given for a romantic occasions, flowers are given in odd numbers as even number of flowers is given at funerals only.

The coliseum in Rome was used regularly for about 400 years.

The hand salute originated from the ‘Hail Caesar’ salute of the Roman empire.

There are more than 2,400 flea species in the world.

Australia’s national anthem is called ‘Advance Australia Fair’.

The Nobel prize was first awarded in 1901.

Indian railways employ over 1.5 million people, the largest by a single organization in India or anywhere in the world.

The brain of an ant has about 2,50,000 brain cells.

Race car tires don't have air in them like normal car tires. Most racing tires have nitrogen in the tires because nitrogen has a more consistent pressure compared to normal air. Air typically contains varying amounts of water vapor in it, which affects its expansion and contraction as a function of temperature, making the tire pressure unpredictable.

The hippopotamus’ skin is protected by its own pink oily secretion known as “pink sweat”.

There are no ants in Iceland, Antarctica, and Greenland.

Leopards can leap 20 feet (6 meters) and jump 10 feet (3 meters) straight into the air.

An octopus will eat its own arms if it gets really hungry.

India has most number of post offices in the world.

A housefly can ingest only liquid food.

The hump of a camel can weigh up to 35 kilograms.

The world Nazi is actually an abbreviation for Nationalsoziali-stische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, which refers to the National Socialist German Workers Party.

The Eiffel Tower has 1,665 steps.

The male and female African elephants both have tusks.

F1 car have over a kilometer of cable, linked to about 100 sensors and actuators which monitor and control many parts of the car.

During the race the tires lose weight! Each tire loses about 0.5 kg in weight due to wear.

Ushuaia, Argentina is the world’s southernmost city.

The hardest bone in the human body is the jawbone.

Australia is the only country-continent in the world.

The city of Tokyo was originally called Edo.

Despite being over 27 times smaller, Norway’s total coastline is longer than the USA’s.

In Las Vegas, casinos do not have any clocks.

An average human drinks about 16,000 gallons of water in a lifetime.

The white part of our eye is called the Sclera. At the front, the sclera becomes clear and is called the cornea.

A baby octopus is about the size of a flea when it is born.

A galactic year is 250 million earth-years. This is the time it takes for our solar system to make one revolution around the Milky Way Galaxy.

Normal tires last 60 000 - 100 000 km. Racing tires are designed to last 90 - 120 km (That's Khandala and back from Mumbai).

When a porcupine is born, its quills are soft and mostly white, but harden within hours.

A child is born with 300 bones. But an adult, has 206 bones.

People say ‘bless you’ when you sneeze because your heart actually stops for a millisecond when you sneeze.

There are 293 steps to the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

As a part of the original design, the names of 72 French scientists and other famous people is imprinted on the sides of the Eiffel tower.

The only wild camels in the world are in Australia.

The cornea is the only living tissue in the human body that does not contain any blood vessels.

The sound you hear when you crack your knuckles is actually the sound of nitrogen gas bubbles bursting.

A horse is a member of the ‘equus’ family. This word comes from ancient Greece and means quickness.

A fetus starts developing fingerprints after it is eight weeks old.

A dry-weather F1 tire reaches peak operating performance (best grip) when tread temperature is between 900 C and 1200 C. (Water boils at 100 C remember) at top speed, F1 tires rotate 50 times a second.

Months that begin on a Sunday will always have a Friday the 13th.

The elephant is the only mammal that can’t jump.

A chameleon’s tongue is as long as its body and head can shoot it out as fast as sixteen feet per second.

During World War II, condoms were used to cover rifle barrels from being damaged by salt water as the soldiers swam to shore.

There are over 1800 known species of fleas.

After the death of Albert Einstein his brain was removed by a pathologist and put in a jar for future study.

One female mouse can produce up to 100 babies a year.

Sheep can survive for up to two weeks buried in snow drift.

Tomatina is the legendary Spanish tomato-throwing festival held in Bunol, Spain.

The White House has 35 bathrooms, 3 elevators, 132 rooms, and 412 doors.

Frogs do not need to drink water as their skin absorbs water.

The first coast-to-coast telephone line was established in 1914.

Queen Lydia Liliuokalani was the last reigning monarch of the Hawaiian Islands. She was also the only Queen the United States ever had.

Cupid is associated with Valentine’s day because he was the son of Venus, the goddess of love and beauty.

The Hawaiian alphabet only has 12 letters.

Medical research has found substances in mistletoe that can slow down tumor growth.

The word Spain means ‘The land of rabbits.’

In 1916, Charlie Chaplin was making $10,000 a week, making him the highest paid actor of his time.

The sound made by the Victoria falls in Zimbabwe is so loud that it can be heard 40 miles away.

A group of crows is called a murder.

When fully grown, an ostrich has one of the most advance immune systems known to mankind.

All frogs have poison glands in their skin for self-defense.

A crocodile can run at a speed of 11 miles per hour (17.7 kilometers per hour).

A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

A leech has 32 brains.

Earth is the only planet not named after a god other than Hinduism.

Spider usually have eight eyes, but still they cannot see that well.

It has been suggested that shepherds are responsible for inventing the game golf. It is said that they used to use their staffs to hit the stones.

Honey is used to make antifreeze mixtures and also for the centre of golf balls.

The ocean sunfish can produce thirty million eggs at once.

The word ‘hippopotamus’ comes from the Greek word for river horse.

The anteater has no jaws or teeth.

There are around 2600 known species of frogs found in every continent except Antartica.

The horned toad can shoot blood out of its eyes.

Turtles can breathe through their butts.

Alfred Hitchcock did not have a belly button. It was eliminated when he was sewn up after surgery.

It took approximately 2.5 million (25 lakh) blocks to build the pyramid of Giza, which is one of the Great Pyramids.

A giraffe was called a camelopard in ancient times since people thought it was a mix between a camel and a leopard.

The skeleton of a spider is located on the outside of the body and is called exoskeleton.

Polar bears are excellent swimmers. They have been known to swim more than 60 miles without a rest.

Great Britain was the first country to issue postage stamps in the year 1840.

Pandas are born pink and hairless. They grow fur and develop their black and white coloring in about a month.

Dolphins hear by having sound waves transmit through their skull to their inner ear.

Frogs take between 12 to 16 weeks to go from a tadpole to their fully grown state.

Goats do not have upper front teeth.

Mona Lisa has no eyebrows in Leonardo da Vinci’s painting. It was the fashion in Renaissance Florence to shave them off.

January is names for the roman god Janus. Janus was a temple god who could look forward and backward at the same time.

The Olympic torch weighs about 3 pounds (1.36 kilograms) only.

The snail’s reproductive organs are in its head.

The giraffe is able to clean its ear with its own tongue.

The chicken loses its feathers when it becomes stressed.

Catfish have taste buds located on their whiskers.

Ancient Egyptians used the spice, Thyme, to help preserve mummies.

Every square inch of the human body has about 19,000,000 skin cells.

In 1864, Quebec farmer found a frog inside a hails stone.

Scallops have approximately 100 eyes around the edge of its shell.

Bats emit ultrasonic sounds to communicate with each other.

Dogs and humans are the only animals with prostrates.

The first state to give the right to women to vote was Wyoming.

During the era, of Louis XIV, women used lemons to redden their lips.

The thickness of the arctic ice sheet is on average 10 feet. There are some areas that are thick as 65 feet.

The first African-American to receive a Nobel Peace Prize was Ralph J Bunche in 1950.

There are over 2000 different types of cheese in the world.

The first known contraceptive was crocodile ding used by Egyptians in 2000 BC.

The world’s first test tube twins are Stephen and Amanda Mays, born June 5, 1981.

The "Spring Peeper" frog can survive the winter season with 65 percent of its body water as ice.

The Mongol emperor Genghis Khan’s real name was Temujin.

The first theatre to show motion pictures was the Nickelodeon on June 19, 1905 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was opened by Harry Davis on Smithfield Street.

Humming birds have split tongues which they fold into a tube when feeding.

Beluga whales are born grey, but by the age of six, become completely white.

People drank gold powder mixed in with water in medieval Europe to relieve pain from sore limbs.

Dolphins can swim and sleep at the same time.

Hippos drink almost 250 litres of water in 24 hours.

An egg that is fresh will sink in water, but a stale one won’t.

Blueberries have more anti-oxidants than any other fruits or vegetables.

The greatest mountain range is the Mid-Ocean Ridge, extending 64,374 kilometres from the Arctic Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean.

An average human heart beats 1,03,689 times in 24 hours.

Humpback whales can live for as long as 95 years.

Human hair is made out of the same substance as the fingernails.

A seagull can drink salt water because it has special glands that filters the salt out.

‘Dreamt’ is the only English word that ends with the letters ‘mt’.

A single human blood cell takes only 60 seconds to make a complete circuit of the body.

The loss of eyelashes is referred to as Madarosis.

Gaboon Viper is the snake with the longest fangs that are almost two inches long.

A rabbit’s teeth never stop growing. They are kept worn down by gnawing on food.

The capybara is the world’s largest rodent. It can weigh more than 100 pounds (45 Kilograms approximately).

The only lizard that has a voice is the Gecko.

F1 car can go from 0 to 160 km/h AND back to 0 in FOUR seconds!!!!!!!

An average human lungs respire 23,045 times in 24 hours.

An alligator has about 80 teeth in its mouth at one time.

Some dolphins sleep with one eye open.

Maine is the toothpick capital of the world.

Sharks have upper and lower eyelids, but they do not blink.

The vampire bat has fewer teeth than other bats because it doesn’t chew food.

The USA bought Alaska from Russia for 2 cents an acre.

Early Romans used to use porcupine quills as toothpicks.

Austria was the first country to use postcards, starting in 1869.

The ‘middle finger’ gesture originates back to 423 BC in Aristophanes play ‘The Clouds’.

A butterfly’s taste sensors are located below their feet.

An average human blood flows 16,80,000 miles in 24 hours.

Gorillas have unique nose prints just as humans have unique fingerprints.

The bones of a pigeon weigh less than its feathers.

There is no word in English that rhymes with the word month.

An elephant’s tooth can weigh as much as three kilograms.

The oldest actor to win a Best Actor Oscar is Henry Fonda. He was 76 when he won it.

Charlie Chaplin once lost a contest for a Charlie Chaplin look alike.

James Buchanan was the only unmarried president of the United States.

New York City was briefly the US capital, from 1789 to 1790.

In 1930, Ellen Church became the world’s first airline stewardess.

The Hundred Year War, fought between France and England, lasted for 116 year.

An average human nails grow 0.00007 inches in 24 hours.

From 1526 to 1707, the first six Mughal emperors of India ruled in unbroken succession from father to son.

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

Margaret Sanger established the first birth control clinic, in the year 1917.

The only South East Asian country that has never been colonized by a Western Power is Thailand.

Walt Disney, the creator of Mickey Mouse, had musophobia, the fear of mice.

Adult cats are lactose intolerant as their bodies do not produce enough lactase enzymes that helps digest milk.

Cattle can produce up to 180 liters of saliva in one day.

Sharks can survive without food for up to six weeks.

There are five toes on a tiger’s forefeet and four on its hind feet.

Insect do not make noises with their voices. The noise of bees, mosquitoes and other buzzing insects is caused by them rapidly moving their wings.

An average human hair grows 0.01715 inches in 24 hours.

Squids move through the ocean using a jet of water forced out of the body by a siphon.

Sheep can survive for up to two weeks buried in snow drifts.

Emus and kangaroos cannot walk backwards, and are on the Australian coat of arms for that reason.

Our eyes are composed of more than two million (20,00,00) working parts.

India used to be the richest country in the world until the British invasion in the early 17th century.

The Pacific Ocean covers 28 percent of the Earth’s surface.

Spiders have organs for spinning silk, known as spinnerets.

The Clouded Leopard has the longest canines amongst cat species.

The hydra, related to the jellyfish, can re-grow its body in a couple of days, if it’s cut in half.

Mules have one horse and one donkey for a parent.

An average human intake of water is 2.9 pounds in 24 hours. (including all liquids).

Glass never wears out, it can be recycled forever.

The name ‘leopard’ comes from the Greek works for lion (Leo) and panther (Pardos).

Dolphins hear by transmitting sound waves through their skull to their inner ear region.

The snakehead fish can survive up to three days outside water.

Iguanas can recognize their human handlers and greet them differently, compared with strangers.

A cow has four compartments in its stomach.

People who smoke have 10 times as many wrinkles as a person that does not smoke.

Potato crisps were invented by a North American called George Crum.

The color of a kitten’s eyes changes as it grows older.

When the only queen bee in a hive dies, the entire colony dies as well.

An average human body takes of 3.25 pounds food in 24 hours.

A gold fish can live up to 40 years.

A female eagle is ten to twenty per cent larger than a male eagle.

Female alligators lay about 40 eggs that hatch in 60-70 days.

A single coffee yields only one pound of roasted, ground coffee annually.

A loin feeds once every three to four days.

The first tattoo machine was invented by Samuel O’Reilly.

A cockroach can change directions up to 25 times in a second.

Finger nails for both genders grow faster than toe nails.

The male platypus has poisonous spurs on its legs.

A twillionaire is a twitterrer with a million or more followers.

An average human breathe 438 cubic feet air.

‘Rhythm’ is the longest English word without a vowel.

Climophobia is the fear of beds.

Jupiter is the fastest rotating planet, which can complete one revolution in less than ten hours.

Pigs have no sweat glands, which is why they stay in water or mud to keep cool.

The sport of surfing originated in Hawaii.

Femur is the longest bone in the human body.

Desert snails can stay in their shell for up to three years.

If a lobster loses an eye or a claw, it can grow a new one.

A group of tigers is called a streak.

An Orca whale can hold its breath for up to 15 minutes.

An average human lose 85.60, body temperature.

A worm has no eyes at all.

Sharks can sense a drop of blood from a mile away.

Then hottest Chile in the world is the Habanero.

A baby kangaroo is called a joey.

The original name for the butterfly was “Flutterby”.

Rats can survive for up to 14 days without food.

The only species of turtle that lives in open ocean is the sea turtle.

The tuatara lizard of New Zealand has three eyes, two in the center of its head and one on the top of its head.

A chicken loses its feathers when it becomes stressed.

Lake Malawi has the largest number of fish species in the world.

An average human produce 1.43 pints sweat.

Octopus blood is light blue in color.

The Australian box-jellyfish has eight eyes.

Snake venom is 90 percent protein.

Lizards use their tongues as sense organs.

Reptiles do not perspire and do not have any oil glands.

Foxes can hold up to one kilogram of flesh in their stomachs.

For self-defence, a cobra spits its venom into the eyes of its enemy.

Despite the size of its ears, an elephant’s hearing is poor.

A dime has 118 ridges around edge.

A shark’s teeth are usually replaced every eight days.

An average human speak 4,800 words.

Guinea pigs and rabbits can’t sweat.

Centipedes always have an uneven pair of legs.

Cows can mimic sounds made by other birds and animals.

Sloths take two weeks to digest their food.

Human brain is 80% water.

In a month, fingernails grows an eighth of an inch.

Iran means ‘Land of Aryans’.

An adult blue whale’s heart beat only about 5-6 times a minute.

An octopus can protect itself temporarily by blinding its attacker by squirting ink at it.

Remains of what appears to be cheese has been found in Egyptian tombs over 4,000 years old!

F1 car engines last only for about 2 hours of racing mostly before blowing up, on the other hand we expect our engines to last us for a decent 20 years on an average and they quite faithfully do. That’s the extent to which the engines are pushed to perform.

An average human moves 25.4 times during sleep.

A starfish can turn its stomach inside out.

The words ‘silent’ and ‘listen’ are made up of same letters.

Hair and finger nails are made from same substance, Keratin.

Octopuses are deaf, but have excellent eyesight.

Three consecutive strikes in bowling is called a Turkey.

The largest dog in the world is the Irish Wolfhound.

Vishakapatnam is the only natural harbour in India’s East coast.

The first country to abolish capital punishment was Austria in 1787.

There is only one Q in a game of Scrabble.

A baby giraffe is about six feet tall at birth.

It takes about 50 hours for a snake to digest one frog.

Snail eats with a rasping mouth which has thousands of teeth.

Dogs’ sweat glands are found between their toes.

Our big toes have two bones each while the rest have three.

A pair of human feet have almost 2,50,000 sweat glands.

A rabbit cannot vomit.

A wood pecker can peak twenty times in a second.

Cats can sleep for up to 16 hours a day.

Mocking birds can imitate sounds of other birds.

Bats always turn left when exiting a cave.

The dragonfly has not changed over the last 300 million years.

Among other well-known names, a group of fish can also be called a draught.

The most sensitive cluster of nerves in the human body is at the base of spine.

The only roller skating museum in the world is Lincoln Nebraska.

Karate actually originated in India, but was developed further in China.

Austria was the first country to use post-cards, starting in 1869.

A blue whale’s tongue is so large that fifty people could stand on it.

Snails can sleep for 3 year without eating.

Snails eat with a rasping mouth which has thousands of teeth.

Armadillos can walk underwater.

Our toe thumbs have two bones each while the toe fingers have three.

The colour of a giraffe’s coat tends to become darker with age.

It may take longer than two days for a chick to break out of its shell.

The city of Vince stands on about 120 small islands.

Canadian porcupines kiss one another on the lips.

An elephant’s trunk contains over 50,000 muscles.

Cat’s jaw moves only up and down, there is no side to side grinding.

The tallest snake is the King Cobra, which can rear itself up to six feet and spread its hood nine inches wide.

An octopus has absolutely no bones. The only hard anatomical structure on an octopus is the beak around the mouth, which made of similar tissue to fingernails.

An adult flea can only survive for one to four days but the pupae and larvae can be around for over three months.

Australia’s box jellyfish has toxins more potent than the venom in cobras. A person who is stung can die within minutes.

According to tests, dogs and cats, like people, are either right-handed or left-handed; that is, they favor either their right or left paws.

Ostriches can run up to 70 kilometers per hour and can outpace most pursuers, such as lions, leopards and hyenas.

In 1972, X-rays were used to help people find a fitting shoe. It was known as the shoe-fitting fluoroscope but was later destroyed due to health hazards.

Walt Disney had originally suggested using the name Mortimer Mouse instead of Mickey Mouse.

Close to 50 percent of the bacteria in the mouth lives on the surface of human tongue.

A single ant colony can include over 5 million busy members, soldiers and workers

The longest recorded duration of a total solar eclipse is 7.5 minutes. (2010)

Giraffe’s are the only animals born with Horns. Both males and females are born with bony knobs on the forehead. Both male and female giraffes have horns.

The weighing scale that represents the sun sign, Libra is the inanimate symbol in the zodiac.

The dromedary camel can drink as much as 100 liters of water in just 10 minutes.

One square inch of skin on the human contains some 72 feet of nerve fiber.

Smile is the most frequently used facial expression. It can use anywhere from a pair of 5 to 53 facial muscles.

The pectin that is found in apples aids in lowering cholesterol levels.

The purpose of tonsils is to destroy foreign substances that are swallowed or breathed in.

Humans can detect sweetness in a solution of one part of sugar in to 200 parts water.

Some moths and butterflies can detect sweetness when the ratio is 1 to 300,000.

The finger nails grow faster on the hand you favor. If you are right-handed, your right fingernails will grow faster; likewise the finger nails on the left hand of a lift-handed person.

Roaches can live without food for a month but will only survive a week without water.

The largest living organism ever found is a honey mushroom, Armillaria Ostogae. It covers 3.4 square miles of land in the blue mountains of eastern Oregon, and it’s still growing.

Approximately 50% of all organisms have fractured bones, a result of falling off from trees on a regular basis.

A honeybee kills more people each year worldwide than all the venomous snakes combined.

Some toads make themselves look bigger in self-defence. It stands on tiptoes; take a deep breath and puffs up its whole body.

Electricity doesn’t move through a wire but through a field around the wire.

Lightning strikes about 6,000 times per minute on this planet.

A flea can jump up to eight inches.

A cat can run about 20 kilometers per hour (12 miles per hour) when it grows up.

The sloth (a mammal) moves so slowly that green algae can grow undisturbed on its fur.

The muscle that lets your eye blink is the fastest muscle in your body. On average, you clink 15,000 times a day. Women blink more than men.

A swan has up to 25,000 feathers but a humming bird has the fewest feathers of all birds – only about 1,000 feathers.

Moths are not really attracted to light. Moths fly towards the blackest point which is behind the light.

The only part of the body that has no blood supply is the cornea in the eye. It takes in oxygen directly from the air.

Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million homes and business turned their lights off for one hour to make their stand against climate change.

US president Franklin D Roosevelt is the only man to receive the Time’s Man of the Year award thrice. He received it in the years 1932, 1934 and 1941.

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

The trucking company Elvis Presley worked for at as a young man was owned by Frank Sinatra.

An electric eel can produce a shock up to 650 volts, which it uses to defend itself from predators, and also for hunting its prey.

David Rice Atchinson was president of the United States for exactly one day.

It’s illegal to sell, own or distribute chewing gum in Singapore.

Michael Jackson patented the anti-gravity bend from the Smooth Criminal video.

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

Half of everything bought in American stores is bought on impulse. Supermarkets report very strong sales of almost anything they stock at the check-out line.

Fidel Castro was once a star baseball player for the University of Havana in the 1940s.

An apple, onion and potato all have the same taste. The differences in flavor are caused by their smell. To prove this – pinch your nose and take a bite from each. They will all taste sweet.

In 1897, Bayer, who is the maker of Aspirin, marketed the drug heroin.

Approximately 40 per cent of the paper currency in circulation in America was counterfeit by the end of the civil war.

The sears tower consists of nine frames tubes, which connects nine skyscrapers as one building.

A porcupine heart beats around 190 times per minute, which reduces to around 20 during hibernation.

Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history. Spades: Kind David, Clubs: Alexander the great, Hearts: Charlemagne and Diamonds: Julius Caesar.

Astronaut John Glenn ate the first meal in space when he ate pureed apple sauce squeezed from a tube abroad friendship in 1962.

Albert Einstein was offered the presidency of Israel in 1952, but he declined.

Ramses II a Phoroah of Egypt died in 1225 B.C. At the time of his death, he had fathered 96 sons and 60 daughters.

Elvis Presley made only one television commercial – an ad for a doughnut company, in 1954.

The winning term ‘checkmate’ comes from the Arabic phrase Shahmat, meaning the king is dead.

Large doses of coffee can be lethal, ten grams, or 100 cups over 4 hours, can kill an average human.

Abraham Lincoln, who invented a hydraulic device for lifting ships over shoals, was the only US president ever granted a patent.

In 1969, Midnight Cowboy became the first and only X-rated production to win the Academy Awards for Best Picture (its rating has since been changed to R).

First lady Eleanor Roosevelt ate three chocolate-covered garlic balls every morning. Her doctor recommended this to improve her memory.

Kolas sleep up to 19 hours a day. They get fluids from eucalyptus leaves they eat.

Scatologists are experts who study feces (Crap, dung, dookie, dumps, feces, encrement etc.)

Although identified with Scotland, bagpipes are actually a very ancient instrument, introduced in the British Isles by the Roman.

Laws forbidding the sale of sodas on Sunday prompted William Garwood to invent the ice cream sundae in 1857.

The sandwich is named for fourth Earl of Sandwich (1718-92), for whom sandwiches were made so that he could stay at the gambling table without interruptions for meals.

The Indian epic poem Mahabharatha is eight times longer than the Iliad and The Odessey combined.

The major air-polluting industries are iron, steel and cement.

Alexander the Great was one of the most famous generals in history. He conquered much of the early civilized works, and introduced Greek ideas and ways to the people he conquered.

The length from your wrist to your elbow is the same as the length of your foot.

Less than 2 percent of Indians own a Computer. China is 10 percent according to 2010 census.

India never invaded any country in her last 10000 years of history.

When an F1 driver hits the brakes on his car he experiences retardation or deceleration comparable to a regular car driving through a BRICK wall at 300kmph!!!

Touching and stroking a plant will aid in it growing healthy.

The Industrial Revolution in Europe first saw the beginning of air pollution, which gradually became a major global problem.

By law, in Bourbon, Miss., one small onion must be served with each glass of water in a restaurant.

In ancient Rome it was considered a sign of leadership to be born with a crooked nose.

About 1000 movies are released annually in India, about twice the output of Hollywood.

In Oblong, Illinois, it’s punishable by law to make love while hunting or fishing on your wedding day.

When the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers play football at home, the stadium becomes the state’s third largest city.

The FIRST country to withdraw from the FIFA’s world cup due to the inability to par the entrance fee was Sri Lanka which withdrew from the 1978 World Cup.

Pele from Brazil is the only player who has won the most World Cups: 1958, 1962 and 1970.

During the 18 World Cup tournaments that have been held, seven national teams have won the title. Uruguay was the first country to win the world cup title in 1930.

The first Asian team to progress beyond the first round of the World Cup finals was North Korea in 1966.

To make one pound of butter, 29 cups of milk are needed.

Due to earth’s gravity mountains cannot be higher than 15000 meters.

After his death, Alexander the greats remains were preserved in a huge crock of honey, among the ancient Egyptians, it was common practice to bury the dead in this manner.

John Wilkes Booth was the greatest matinee idol of his era, the man who shot Lincoln was familiar to thousands of theater goers and was especially popular with women, from whom he received a hundred fan letters a week.

The famous Swedish astronomers Tycho Brache had a nose made of gold. It was a replacement for his own, which he lost in a duel with a Danish nobleman in 1566.

A person who is lost in the woods and starving can obtain nourishment by chewing on his shoes. Leather has enough nutritional value to sustain life for a short time.

The Siberian tiger is the largest cat in the world. It weighs up to 300 Kg. (600 lbs) and can eat 27.2 Kg (60 lb) of meat at one meal time.

When killed in battle, Japanese officers were promoted to the next level.

When Harvard college was founded in 1636, it was surrounded by a tall stockade to keep prowling wolves and hostile Red Indians.

The average ear of corn has eight-hundred kennels arranged in sixteen rows.

Forty percent of American adults cannot fill out a bank deposit slip correctly.

The slowest growing finger nail is on the thumb and the fastest growing is the nail on the middle finger.

John Green Wood of New York invented the dental drill in 1790.

The cork crew was invented by M. L Bryn, New York in 1860.

In Idabo, a citizen is forbidden by law to give another citizen a box of candy that weighs more than 50 pounds.

The world’s largest disco was held at the Buffalo convention center, New York, 1970. 13000 danced a place into the Guinness book of world records.

There are 92 known cases of nuclear bombs lost at sea.

If you went out into space, without a space suite, you would explode before you suffocated because there is no air pressure.

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

Elvis Presley was an avid gun collector. His collection of 40 weapons included M-16s and a Thompson Submachine gun.

During lunch breaks in Carlsbad, New Mexico no couple should engage in a sexual act, while parked in their vehicle, unless their car has curtains.

The number of registered vehicles in Delhi is more than the sum total of registered vehicles in Mumbai, Calcutta and Chennai. (2010)

The only flying saucer launch pad in the world is located in St Paul, Alberta, Canada.

Twenty-four-karat Gold is not pure gold since there is a small amount of copper in it. Absolutely pure gold is so soft that it can be moulded with the hands.

Both green tea and black tea are made from the leaves of the same plant Camellia sinensis and both are hand-plucked.

Insects do not make noises with their voices. The noise of bees, mosquitoes and other buzzing insects is caused by rapidly moving their wings.

Alexander the Great was one of the most famous generals in history. He conquered much of the early civilized works, and introduced Greek ideas and ways to the people he conquered.

The names of the continents all end with the same letter with which they start.

Onions, apples and potatoes share the same taste molecules but emit different smell molecules. Their differing “tastes” are the way we experience smells.

Mercedes cars are named after an Austrian girl.

Less than 2 percent of Indians own a Computer. (China is 10 percent)

A cat can run about 20 kilometers per hour (12 miles per hour) when it grows up. This one is going nowhere today – it is too lazy!

The muscle that lets your eye blink is the fastest muscle in your body. On average, you clink 15,000 times a day. Women blink more than men.

Ice cream was invented in china around 2000 BC when the Chinese packed a soft milk-and-rice mixture in snow.

Twenty-four-karat Gold is not pure gold since there is a small amount of copper in it. Absolutely pure gold is so soft that it can be molded with the hands.

The fastest human swimmer can swim at 6 miles per hour. The fastest mammal – the dolphin – can swim up to 35 miles per hour.

Did you know Sailor, Dead Leaf, Paper Kite, Blue Striped Crow, Julia and Great Egg Fly are all names of BUTTERFLIES.

The bird that can fly the fastest is called a White It can fly up to 95 miles per hour.

Colgate faced big obstacle marketing toothpaste in Spanish speaking countries. Colgate translated into the command “go hang yourself”

Alaska has the highest percentage of people who walk to work. (2010)

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

There are about a billion bicycles in the world, twice as many motorcars. Almost 400 million bicycles are in China.

New York is the most linguistically and religiously diverse city in the world. The 8.4 million inhabitants communicate in some 800 different languages across the five boroughs – the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and staten Island..

The muscle that lets your eye blink is the fastest in your body. It allows you to blink 5 times a second and 15000 times a day.

Do you know the appetite of a south American anteater? It eats over 30,000 ants, per day.

The smallest book in the world is called Chemin de la Cruix. It has 119 pages. It is 2 inches height and 11/3 inches wide.

The largest book in the world is an atlas which is in the British Museum. It is 5 feet 10 inches height and 3 feet by 6 inches wide.

Nearly three-fourth of India’s population, which is rural, bears 84% of the burden of exposure to air pollution.

In older people, memory is best early in the morning and the declines during the late afternoon.

Dentists in medieval Japan extracted teeth by pulling them out with their fingers.

Tibetans drink tea made of salt and rancid yak butter.

There are more female than male millionaires in the United States.

Cats cannot taste sweet things.

Each year, about 5000,000 detectable earthquakes occur in the world. About 100,000 of those can be felt and about 100 of them cause damage.

If you could throw a snowball fast enough, it would totally vaporize when it hit a brick wall.

The planet Pluto takes 248 earth years to orbit the sun.

Compulsive shopping was identified be a German psychiatrist almost a hundred years ago. Clinically it is known as Oniomania.

Every human spent about half an hour as a single cell.

No piece of normal-size paper can be folded in half more than 7 times.

Some salamanders can grow up to five feet in length.

When gentlemen in medieval Japan wished to seal an agreement, they urinated together, crisscrossing their streams of urine.

This year in 2010, more than 2.5 million books will be shipped with the wrong cover.

The Mercedes-Benz motto is ‘Das Beste oder Nichits’ meaning ‘the best of nothing’.

Acrons were used as a coffee substitute during the American Civil war

There have been 47 Charlie Chan Movies, with six actors playing the part. None were Chinese.

The average company saves over $ 7,000 for each employee suggestion that is enacted.

Camels have three eye lids.

Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.

In the month of August, two babies are born every second in India and China verses a new baby every 8 seconds I the US

An egg will float if placed in water in which sugar has been added.

The planet in the solar system rotate anticlockwise, except Venus, Uranus and Pluto which rotate clockwise. No one knows why.

Murder is the only crime that does not increase during the full moon. Theft, disorderly conduct, larceny, armed robbery, assault and battery, and rape all statistically increase dramatically during full moon.

Liquid TIDE laundry detergent glows under a blacklight.

Isaac Newton was a bad student who was admitted to Trinity College one the condition that he would do some domestic chores.

The male pray mantis cannot copulate while its head is attached to its body. The female initiates sex by ripping the male’s head off.

Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.

The only two creatures that can see behind themselves without turning there are the rabbit and parrot.

The koala bear is not really a bear, but is related to the kangaroo and the wombat.

The three most common languages in the world are Mandarin Chinese, Spanish and English.

Centuries ago, Oct 31 was called in England “All Hallows’ Eve” hence the name Halloween. People prayed to prayed the souls of the departed for the Catholic All Saints’ Day on November 1st.

The word ‘comet’ comes from the Greek word ‘kometes’ meaning long hair and referring to the tail.

The Pentagon has twice as many toilets as necessary. When it was built, segregation was still in place in Virginia, so separate toilets for blacks and whites were required by law.

The tongue of a blue whale is as long as an elephant.

Sanskrit is the mother of all the European languages. It is the most suitable language for computer software, according to a report in Forbes magazine, 1987.

The first Kannada film Sathi Sulochana released on 3rd March 1934 (but first film made was ‘Bhakta Dhruva’) was made in 40,000 rupees.

One that speaks tow languages – is bilingual – can be said to be a diglot.

That those who dress in red are more confident in themselves.

The smallest island in the world is Bishop Rock. It lies at the most south-westerly part of United Kingdom.

The tusks of elephant grow through their life.

There are 6 words in English with the letters “uu”. Muumuu, vacuum, continuum, duumvirate and duumvir, residuum.

Leonardo Da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other simultaneously.

In ancient Rome, father was the supreme authority. He could even execute a grown son for serious offences like treason.

Our eyes can distinguish up to one million color surfaces and take in more information than the largest telescope known to man.

Worldwide, 20,000 brands of beer are brewed in 180 styles, from ales, lagers, pilsner and stouts to bitters, cream ales and iced beers.

There are 635,013,559,559 possible hands in a game of bridge.

When Coca-cola began to be sold in china, they used characters that would sound like “Coca-Cola” When spoken. Unfortunately, what they turned out to mean was “Bite the wax tadpole”.

The statue of Liberty’s index finger is eight feet long.

US citizens watch the most TV. By age 65, an American would have watched the equivalent of 9 years uninterrupted screening.

Phobtrivaphobia is a fear of trivia about phobias.

An average F1 driver loses about 4 kilograms of weight after just one race due to the prolonged exposure to high G forces and temperatures for little over an hour (Yeah that’s right!!!)

Grown-up kangaroos cover more than 30 feet with each jump.

Tapeworms are hermaphrodite. i.e., each individual is both male and female. They fertilize themselves.

Polygamy refers to both polyandry – marrying more than one man and Polygene – wedding more than one woman.

When you do an eye test, the distance between you and the eye chart is 20 feet. Objects appear parallel at that distance.

Rudolph Diesel invented diesel engine in 1892.

Each year, 500,000 detectable earthquakes occur in the world. About 100,000 of those can be felt and about 100 of them cause damage.

A ‘jiffy’ is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.

Lightning strikes the earth 100 times every second, and there are on average 35 earthquakes per day.

In 1515 coffee from Arabia appears in Europe.

On average, people can hold their breath for about one minute. The world record is 21 minutes 29 seconds, by David Merlini.

The ‘eel’ is the only fish in the world that spawns in the middle of the ocean but spends its adult life in rivers.

The enamel covering our teeth is the hardest element in the human body.

A “sysygy” occurs when all the planets of our solar system line up.

The pharohs of ancient Egypt wore garments made with thin threads of beaten gold. Some fabrics had up to 500 gold threads per one inch of cloth.

Henry Waterman, of New York, invented the elevator in 1850. He intended it to transport barrels of flour.

Horse racing is one of the most dangerous sports. Between 2 and 3 jockeys are killed each year. That’s about how many base ball players have died in baseball’s entire professional history.

Golf was banned in England in 1456 because it was considered a distraction from the serious pursuit of archery.

Mario, of Super Mario Bros. fame, appeared in the 1981 arcade game, donkey Kong. His original name was Jumpman, but was changed to Mario to honor the Nintendo of America’s landlord, Mario Segali.

The short-term memory capacity for most people is between five and nine items or digits. This is one reason that phone numbers were kept to seven digits for so long.

Orchids are grown from seed so small that it would take thirty thousand to weigh as much as one grain of wheat.

The word ‘millionare’ was first used by Benjamin Disraeli in his 1826 novel Vivian Grey.

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

In Ivrea, Italy, thousands of citizens celebrate the beginning of Lent by throwing oranges at one another.

Couples who marry in January, February and March tend to have the highest divorce rates. No one knows why.

Every minute, 24 hours of video is uploaded to youtube, or about 200,000 videos per day. (2010)

In Dante’s “Inferno” the ninth circle of hell is reserved for those who betray family or country. The denizens of this deepest circle, who are frozen in ice, include Judas (betrayer of Christ and Cassius and Brutus (betrayers of Julius Caesar).

People who laugh a lot are much healthier. Doctor Lee Berk at the Loma Linda School of Public Health in California found that laughing lowers levels of stress hormones, and strengthens the immune system.

People who have a tough time handling the stress of money woes are twice as likely to develop severe gum disease, a new study finds.

Australian rules football was originally designed to give cricketers something to play during the off season.

Excessive use of credit is cited as a major cause of non-business bankruptcy, second only to unemployment.

Every year about 98% of atoms in your body are replaced.

The same man who led the attack on the Alamo, Mexican Military General, Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, is also credited with the invention of chewing gum.

On average, men lose about 40 hairs a day. Women lose about 70 hairs a day.

In the Arctic, the sun never sets in the summer and its daylight is all time. In winter; the sun never rises and the days are cold and dark.

Lightning keeps plants alive. The intense heat of lightning forces nitrogen in the air to mix with oxygen, forming nitrogen oxides that are soluble in water and fall to the ground in rain, to be absorbed by plants.

The longest Oscar awards ceremony was in 2000, running for 4 hours and 16 minutes – beating a previous record by 16 minutes.

The NATO attack on Serbia in 1999 during the Kosovo war killed more animals than people.

During American civil war, Gen Ulysses S Grant believed that onions would prevent dysentery and sent a message via wire to the War Department: “I will not move my army without onions” Within a day, the government sent three trainloads of onions to the front.

The term “Blue chip” comes from the color of the poker chip with the highest value, blue.

An apple, onion and potato all have the same taste. The differences in flavor are caused by their smell. To prove this – pinch your nose and take a bite from each. They will all taste sweet.

In July 1934 Babe Ruth paid a fan $20 for the return of the base ball he hit for his 7000th career home run.

There are 1040 islands around Britain, one of which is the smallest island in world: Bishop’s rock.

Half of everything bought in American stores is bought on impulse. Supermarkets report very strong sales of almost anything they stock at the check-out line.

In 1972, X-rays were used to help people find a fitting shoe. It was known as the shoe-fitting fluoroscope but was later destroyed due to health hazards.

Lions cannot roar until they reach the age of two.

Kolas sleep up to 19 hours a day. They get fluids from eucalyptus leaves they eat.

Do you know the appetite of a south American anteater? It eats over 30,000 ants, per day.

In the Arctic, the sun never sets in the summer and its daylight is all time. In winter; the sun never rises and the days are cold and dark.

The water of angel falls in Venezuela drops 3,212 feet (979 meters), making it the highest waterfall. This waterfall is sixteen times the height of Niagara falls.

Arica in Chile is the driest place on earth. It gets just 0.03 inches (0.76 millimeter) of rain per year. At that rate, it would take a century to fill a coffee cup.

Eyebrow hair lasts between 3-5 months before it sheds.

The desert tortoise can live without having to drink any water. It extracts the water it needs from the vegetation it eats.

During the making of the movie “Fight Club,” actor Brad Pitt chipped tooth. However, he didn’t get his tooth capped until after the movie was done filming as he thought it would look better chipped for his character.

During world war II, bakers in the USA were ordered to stop selling sliced bread for the duration of the war on January 18, 1943. Only whole loaves were made available to the public. It was never explained how this action helped the war effort.

A father Emperor penguin withstands the Antarctic cold for 60 days or more to protect its eggs, which he keeps on his feet, covered with feathered flap. During this entire time he doesn’t eat a thing. Afterwards, they feed the chicks a special liquid form their throats. When the mother penguins return to care for the young, the fathers go to sea to eat and rest.

The water of angel falls in Venezuela drops 3,212 feet (979 meters), making it the highest waterfall. This waterfall is sixteen times the height of Niagara falls.

An interesting fact about august 2009. This august has 5 Saturday, 5 Sunday, 5 Monday- all in one month it happens once in 823 years.

A penguin swims at a speed of approximately 15 miles per hour (24 kilometers per hour)

The sea horse is the lowest fish, drifting at approximately 0.016 km/h.

Didakaleinophobia is the fear of going to school.

9th of September 2008 exactly at 9’o clock 9 minutes 9 seconds the date and time would be 09:09:09:09:09:09. This happens only after 1000 years once.

The pupil of your eye expands by as much as 45 percent when you look at something pleasing.

The color blue has a calming effect. It causes the brain to release calming hormones.

Corals take a long time to grow. Some corals only grow one centimeter in one year.

Black olives contain 10-30 percent more oil than green olives.

The Sumerians, who lived in the middle east, invented the wheel in about 3450 BC. They also invented writing.

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

Bananas contain a natural chemical which can make a person happy. This chemical is found in Prozac.

Zsa zsa gabor was the first, and only, recipient of Golden Globe Award for Most Glamorous Actress. She won it in 1958, after which the category was deleted.

The penguin is the only bird that can swim, but not fly. It is also the only bird that walks upright.

Did you know the first bicycle that was made in 1817 by Baron von Drais didn’t have any pedals? People walked it along.

The owl parrot can’t fly, and builds its nest under the roots.

The giant African snail grows over a foot in length and weighs more than a pound (0.5 kg approx).

In 1927, X-rays were used to help people find a fitting shoe. It was known as the shoe-fitting fluoroscope but was later destroyed due to health hazards.

Hippocrates noted the medicinal properties of lettuce in 430 BC

Honey is the only food that does not spoil. Honey found in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs has been tasted by archeologists and found edible.

The only king with out a moustache in a deck of cards is the king if hearts.

Arica in Chile is the driest place on earth. It gets just 0.03 inches (0.76 millimetre) of rain per year. At that rate, it would take a century to fill a coffee cup.

Ducks’ feet have no nerves or blood vessels. This means duck never feel the cold, even it they swim in icy cold water.

Ushuaia, Argentina is the world’s southern most city.

Despite being over 27 times smaller, Norway’s total coastline is longer than the USA’s

You are born with 300 bones. When you get to be an adult, you have 206.

A new born porcupine’s quills are very soft.

Earth is the only planet not named after a god.

It has been suggested that shepherds are responsible for inventing the game golf. It is said that they used to use their staffs to hit the stones.

The spring peeper frog can survive the winter season with 65 percent of its body water as ice.

Alfred Hitchcock did not have a belly button. It was eliminated when he was sewn up after surgery.

Polar bears are excellent swimmers. They have been known to swim more than 60 miles without a rest.

At birth, the white whale is black.

Pandas are born pink and hairless. They grow fur and develop their black and white coloring in about a month.

Mona Lisa has no eyebrows in Leonardo da Vinci’s painting.

January is names for the roman god Janus. Janus was a temple god who could look forward and backward at the same time.

The giraffe is able to clean its ear with its won tongue.

The thickness of the arctic ice sheet is on average 10 feet. There are some areas that are thick as 65 feet.

The first theater to show motion pictures was the Nickelodeon on June 19, 1905 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was opened by Harry Davis on Smithfield Street.

Hippos drink almost 250 liters of water in 24 hours.

The greatest mountain range is the Mid-Ocean Ridge, extending 64,374 kilometers from the Artic Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean.

A rabbit’s teeth never stop growing. They are kept worn down by gnawing on food.

The capybara is the world’s largest rodent. It can weigh more than 100 pounds (45 Kilograms approximately).

Eyebrow hair lasts between 3-5 months before it sheds. It’s also the slowest growing hair on the body.

An elephant’s trunk can hold 2.5 gallons (9.6 liters approx) of water.

Lions can’t roar until they reach the age of two.

Austria was the fist country to use postcards, starting in 1869.

The ‘middle finger’ gesture originates back to 423 BC in Aristophanes play ‘The Clouds’

The bones of a pigeon weight less than its feathers.

The oldest actor to win a Best Actor Oscar is Henry Fonda. He was 76 when he won it.

US president Franklin D Roosevelt is the only man to receive the Time’s Man of the Year award thrice. He received it in the years 1932, 1934 and 1941.

Michael Jackson patented the anti-gravity bend from the Smooth Criminal video

Insect do not make noises with their voices. The noise of bees, mosquitoes and other buzzing insects is caused by them rapidly moving their wings.

Unlike other four-legged mammals, kangaroos cannot walk backwards.

At 550 kg a F1 car is less than half the weight of a Mini.

All babies are color blind when they are born.

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

Approximately 40 per cent of the paper currency in circulation in America, was counterfeit by the end of the civil war.

An octopus has absolutely no bones. The only hard anatomical structure on an octopus is the beak around the mouth, which made of similar tissue to fingernails.

Humpback whales are capable of living up to 95 years.

The spring peeper (a frog) can survive the winter season with 65 percent of its body water as ice.

A single ant colony can include over 5 million busy members, soldiers and workers.

Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history. Spades: Kind David, Clubs: Alexander the great, Hearts: Charlemagne and Diamonds: Julius Creaser

The largest dog in the world is the Frish Wolfhound.

Vishakapatnam is the only natural harbor in India’s East cost.

Both male and female giraffes have horns.

The smallest bones in the human body are the stapes, incus and malleus bones, which are located in the ear.

Smile is the most frequently used facial expression. It can use anywhere from a pair of 5 to 53 facial muscles.

Humans, it they are very sensitive; can detect sweetness in a solution of one part of sugar in to 200 parts water. Some moths and butterflies can detect sweetness when the ratio is 1 to 300,000.

The finger nails grow faster on the hand you favor. If you are right-handed, your right fingernails will grow faster; likewise the finger nails on the left hand of a lift-handed person.

The largest living organism ever found is a honey mushroom, Armillaria Ostogae. It covers 3.4 square miles of land in the blue mountains of eastern Oregon, and it’s still growing.

Laws forbidding the scale of sodas on Sunday prompted William Garwood to invent the ice cream sundae in 1857.

The original name for the butterfly was “Flutterby”

Cats can sleep for up to 16 hours a day

A honeybee kills more people each year world wide than all the venomous snakes combined.

Some toads make themselves look bigger in self-defense. It stands on tiptoes; take a deep breath and puffs up its whole body.

While smiling, we may use anywhere from a pair of five to 53 facial muscles.

‘Judo’ translates as ‘the gentle way’.

People that smoke have 10 times as many wrinkles as a person that does not smoke.

The first tattoo machine was invented by Samuel O’Reilly

It’s illegal to sell, own of distribute chewing gum in Singapore.

In 1930, Ellen Church became the world’s first airline stewardness.

Australia is the smallest flattest, and driest inhabited continent in the world. It is the only country which is also a whole continent.

The shortest war in history was between Zanzibar and England in 1869. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes.

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

A tiger’s night vision is six times greater than a human’s and the placement of their eyes gives them a wide angle view.

Octopi change colors when they become frightened. Normally they are brown in color, but can change to green or blue when scared.

The ice cream cone was invented in the summer of 1904 by Charles Menches. It made its debut later at the Saint Louis World Fair.

Mummy powder was once thought to be a cure for all remedies. English men used to carry the powder with them in a tiny bag wherever they went.

The Mona Lisa has no eyebrows. It was the fashion in Renaissance Florence to shave them off.

Sharks can smell a drop of blood from a mile away

The longest Hollywood kiss was from the 1941 film, “You’re in the Army now”. It lasted for three minutes and three seconds.

An adult flea can only survive fro one to four days but the pupae and larvae can be around for over three months.

Both male and female giraffe have horns.

The spring peeper (a frog) can survive the winter season with 65 per cent of its body water as ice.

In 18th Century Britain, there was insurance against going to hell.

The gold ring that many sailors wore were often used to pay for a decent burial after their deaths.

Snakes uses its tongue to smell, which is used to sense movement, distance, prey and predators too.

The color of a giraffe’s coat tends to become darker with age.

Babies’ eyes do not produce tears until the babies are six to eight weeks old.

The botanical name of the chocolate plant is the Obramba Cacao, which means, Food of the Gods.

Some toads make themselves look bigger in self-defense. They stand on their toes, take a deep breath and puff up their whole body.

Kangaroos cannot walk backwards, and are on the Australian coat of arms for that reason.

The only golf course on the island of Tonga has 15 holes, and there’s no penalty if a monkey steals your golf ball.

Frogs don’t need to drink water as their skin absorbs water.

All frogs have poison glands in their skin for self defense.

60-65 million years ago, humans and dolphins shared a common ancestor.

Cows can detect odors from up to five miles (8 kms) away.

Young cats are lactose intolerant.

The ice cream cone was invented in the year 1904 by Charles Menches.

The ‘funny bone’ is not a bone. It’s the spot where the ulnar nerve touches the humerus.

Monaco’s national orchestra is bigger than its army.

All cats are born blind. The ability to see comes during the first couple of weeks after birth.

The eye of a human can distinguish between 500 shades of grey.

Hippopotamuses have practically no hair. They have very smooth skin, which is quite delicate.

The first bicycle that was made in 1817 by Baron von Drais didn’t have any pedals.

The pygmy mouse, lemur, is the smallest primate in the world.

Fable writer Aesop married and divorced at least fifty women. He even wed his daughter, his sister and his own mother.

The very word Navigation is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Navgath’ the word navy is also derived from Sanskrit ‘Nou’

Blinking helps wash tears over the eyeballs. It helps keep them clean and moist.

In a church in Czechoslovakia, there is a chandelier made of human bones.

Lake Baikal in the south central part of Siberia is the world’s deepest lake. This lake, which is about 20 million years old, contains 20 per cent of the earth’s fresh liquid water.

There are no cemeteries in San Francisco, CA

The shark cornea has been used in eye surgery, since its cornea is similar to a human cornea.

The shell of a turtle is made up of 60 different bones, all connected together.

If your eyes are six feet above the surface of the ocean, the horizon will be about three statute miles away.

Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.

Eyebrows hair lasts between 3-5 months before it sheds.

An ant can detect a movement through five centimeters of earth.

Clinically lycanthropy is the very rare psychological disorder in which the patient thinks that she/he has transformed into an animal.

A leach has 32 brains.

Police dogs were first used in 1816 in Scotland.

The desert tortoise can live without having to drink any water. It extracts the water it needs from the vegetation it eats.

River otters communicate with a variety of squeals, chirps, chatters, chuckles, screams and warning growls.

Wood frog can be frozen solid and then thawed, and they still continue living. They use the glucose in their body to protect their vital organs while they are frozen.

Kite flying is a professional sport in Thailand.

Polar bears can smell seal from 20 miles away.

An ant has two stomachs, in one stomach it stores food for itself and in the other it stores food that is to be shared with other ants.

Blood accounts for 7 percent of a human being’s total body weight.

The average cocoon contains about 300-400 meters of silk.

Crocodiles swallow stones as they help them dive deeper.

Sanskrit is the mother of all the European languages.

In ancient Rome, it was considered a sign of leadership to be born with a crooked nose.

The bubbles in Guinness beer sink to the bottom rather than float to the top as in other beers.

While it took the radio 38 years, and the television a short 13 years, it took the World Wide Web (www) only four years to reach 50 million users.

Steel hinges on refrigerators can support more that 140 pounds of door weight without sagging.

Wolf spiders biologically known as Lycosa Godefforyoi is the most common spider found in the gardens and homes. The wolf spiders got their name from wolves because they catch the pray the same way. They do not make a web for themselves and live on the ground.

Snake venom is 90% protein.

For self-defense, a cobra spits its venom into the eyes of its enemy.

Both Hitler and Napolean were minus a testicle.

Mocha is the name of the sea port that was a route to Mecca, which is where trades of coffee took place. Coffee was a well guarded commodity and no one was allowed to take fertile coffee plants out of the country.

A frilled lizard can run standing up on its hind legs, with its fore legs and tail in the air.

The inner coat of a polar ear is black, and helps it absorb sun-light to keep itself warn in the cold conditions that it lives in.

Cats have 230 bones in their bodies, this is 24 more than humans.

During the making of the movie “Fight Club,” actor Brad Pitt chipped tooth. However, he didn’t get his tooth capped until after the movie was done filming as he thought it would look better chipped for his character.

Baby penguins have soft feathers known as down.

Goats actually discovered the coffee plant. Their shepherd noticed that they were getting very hyper; so, one day, he followed them, and found out that they were eating a berry that was keeping them awake all day and night.

The word ‘queue’ is the only word in English language that is still pronounced the same way when the last four letters are removed.

Color is not an indicator for the taste or ripeness in cranberries.

The fear of animals is called zoophobia.

Snakes use their tongue to smell.

The bony portion of the turtle’s shell is covered with plates (scutes) that are derivatives of skin and offer additional strength and protection.

Penguins use sign language to communicate with each other.

Men can read smaller print better than women; women can hear better than men.

The most dangerous insect in the world is the housefly. It carries and transmits more diseases than any other animal in the world.

In F1 car the engine typically revs up to 18000 rpm, (the piston traveling up and down 300 times a second!!) where cars like the Palio, Maruti 800, Indica rev only up to 6000 rpm at max. That’s 3 times slower.

Cats have more than one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs have only about ten.

Snakes do not have any eyelids. A transparent scale protects their eyes.

Your eyelashes stop growing once you cross adolescence.

If the great horned owl were to be totally stripped of its feathers, the naked bird would weigh less than its features.

Pumice is the only rock that floats in water.

The only two animals that can see behind them, without turning their heads are the rabbit and parrot.

Coffee smellers were discharged wounded soldiers employed as spies to smell out unlicensed coffee roasting during the coffee monopoly in Germany.

The memory span of goldfish is just about 3 seconds. If you keep a goldfish in a darkroom it will eventually turn white. The oldest goldfish died at the age of 43.

The thyroid cartilage is more commonly known as Adam’s Apple.

The Titanic was the first ship to use SOS as a distress call.

Walt Disney’s first cartoon character was called Oswald the rabbit.

During world war II, bakers in the USA were ordered to stop selling sliced bread for the duration of the war on January 18, 1943. Only whole loaves were made available to the public. It was never explained how this action helped the war effort.

Mickey Mouse is known as ‘Topolino’ in Italy.

Donald Duck’s middle name is Fauntleroy.

Bulls are known to be color blind. It’s a black-and-white life for them.

The great wall of china is also known as the “Ten Thousand Li Wall”. One Li is equal to 500 meters. The wall is over 1500 miles in length.

France is considered to be the birthplace of Gothic art and Baroque architectural style. The Gothic art was initially known as French Art.

Canada is an Indian word meaning ‘big village’. A hamlet is a village without a church and a town is not a city until it has a cathedral.

The largest cell in the human body is the female egg and the smallest is the male sperm.

Squirrels hide their extra nuts in the soil, under logs and under leaves in caches.

The rhinoceros’ horn is made of the same stuff found in our hair and fingernails which is called keratin. It also contains something called gelatin.

The first Olympic games were held in 776 BC.

During the Alaskan Klondike gold rush, (1897-1898) potatoes were so valued for their vitamin C content that miners traded gold for potatoes.

A squirrel’s brain is almost the size of a walnut.

Iran means ‘Land of Aryans’

The strongest muscle in the body is tongue.

The Eiffel Tower was the tallest building in the world until the construction of the Chrysler Building in 1930 by William van Aleen in the United States.

The Italian flag is inspired by the French flag introduced during Napoleon’s 1797 invasion of the Peninsula.

Bactrian camels, unlike the Arabian camels, have two humps, instead of a single one.

The oldest inhabited house in Scotland is the Traquair Castle. The castle had 27 kings as visitors.

You use about 200 muscles to take one step.

The average life span of an eyebrow hair is four months. It’s also the slowest growing hair on the body.

The human brain is the fattest organ in the body and may consist of at least 60% fat.

The herring is the most widely eaten fish in the world.

Only 2 per cent of humans are tone deaf, if you cringe when you here a karaoke singer miss notes, or can’t stand a bad violin player, then you are not tone deaf.

Leopards are the best tree climbers amongst big cats and are capable of talking prey that is twice their body weight, up a tree.

The famous Casanova (Giacomo Casanova) was a librarian for many years before he died.

The highest mountain in the Western Hemisphere is Mount Aconcagua in Argentina. It is 22,824 feet above sea level.

People drank gold powder mixed with water in medieval Europe to relieve pain from sore limbs.

Crocodiles can swim up to 40 km per hour, just with the help of their powerful tail and can stand underwater for 2-3.

When Harward college was founded in 1636, it was surrounded by a tall stockade to keep prowling wolves and hostile Red Indians.

If you went out into space, you would explode before you suffocated because there is no air pressure.

Spotted bananas are sweeter than with a sugar content of more than 20% compared with 3% in a green banana.

A crocodile can’t move its tongue and cannot chew. It’s digestive juices are so strong that it can digest a steel nail.

The eyeball of human beings weighs approximately 28 grams.

Lightning strikes men about seven times more often than it does women.

About 50 bibles are sold every minute. It is the world’s best-selling book. Some 1 billion copies of bibles have been sold.

The word encyclopedia comes from two Greek words meaning ‘a circle of learning’. The oldest known encyclopedia was written in Greece about 2000 years ago. It’s no longer in existence.

Small time gamblers who place small bet in-order to prolong the excitement of a game are called “dead fish” by game operators because the longer the playing time, the greater is the chance of losing.

The Chinese, in olden days, used “marijuana” only as a remedy for dysentery.

Vitamin ‘A’ is known to prevent “night blindness” and carrots are loaded with vitamin ‘A’. One carrot provides more than 200 percent of recommended daily intake of vitamin ‘A’.

The world Islam means “submission” derived from the Arab word for peace, salaam.

Tourism is the world’s biggest industry affecting 240 million jobs.

Fishing is the most popular sports in the world. The most watched sports worldwide accumulatively on TV is soccer but the most watched televised single series of sport throughout the year is F1.

Of all the words in the English language the word “set” has the most definitions.

Antarctica is the only land on our planet that is not owned by any country.

A baseball has exactly 108 stitches; a cricket ball has between 65 and 70 stitches.

Tomato is the world’s most popular fruit. More than 60 million tones of tomatoes are produces every year, 16 million tones more than the second most popular fruit, the banana.

A new born baby’s head accounts for one quarter of its weight.

Polygamy refers to both polyandry – marrying more than one man and

Polygene – wedding more than one woman.

During American civil war, Gen Ulysses S Grant believed that onions would prevent dysentery and sent a message via wire to the War Department: “I will not move my army without onions” Within a day, the government sent three trainloads of onions to the front.

A father Emperor penguin withstands the Antarctic cold for 60 days or more to protect its eggs, which he keeps on his feet, covered with feathered flap. During this entire time he doesn’t eat a thing. Afterwards, they feed the chicks a special liquid form their throats. When the mother penguins return to care for the young, the fathers go to sea to eat and rest.

Wolf spiders biologically known as Lycosa Godefforyoi is the most common spider found in the gardens and homes. The wolf spiders got their name from wolves because they catch the pray the same way. They do not make a web for themselves and live on the ground.

During American civil war, Gen Ulysses S Grant believed that onions would prevent dysentery and sent a message via wire to the War Department: “I will not move my army without onions” Within a day, the government sent three trainloads of onions to the front.

A father Emperor penguin withstands the Antarctic cold for 60 days or more to protect its eggs, which he keeps on his feet, covered with feathered flap. During this entire time he doesn’t eat a thing. Afterwards, they feed the chicks a special liquid form their throats. When the mother penguins return to care for the young, the fathers go to sea to eat and rest.

The rarest coffee in the world is Kopi Luwak, which is found in Indonesia.

Wolf spiders biologically known as Lycosa Godefforyoi is the most common spider found in the gardens and homes. The wolf spiders got their name from wolves because they catch the pray the same way. They do not make a web for themselves and live on the ground.

Ernst Vincent Wright’s 1939 novel Gadby has 20,110 words, none of which contains the letter ‘e’

Giraffe’s are the only animals born with Horns. Both males and females are born with bony knobs on the forehead.

In Queensland, Australia, it is still required that all pubs have a railing outside for patrons to tie up their horses.

Anti-modem laws restrict Internet access in Myanmar illegal possession of a modem can lead to a prison term.

Honey is the only food that doesn’t spoil. Honey fount in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs has been tasted by archeologists and found edible.

In 1955, the richest women in the world was Mrs Hetty Green Wilks, who left an estate of $95 million in a will that has found in a tin box with four pieces of soap.

There are more than 600 million telephone lines today, yet almost half the worlds population has never made a phone call.

The Motorola Dyna Tac 8000 X was the first cell phone sold in the US launched on April 11, 1984. It was designed by Rudy Krolpp and weighed 2 pounds.

The oldest existing government body operates in Althing in Iceland. It was established in 930 A D.

A father Emperor penguin withstands the Antarctic cold for 60 days or more to protect its eggs, which he keeps on his feet, covered with feathered flap. During this entire time he doesn’t eat a thing. Afterwards, they feed the chicks a special liquid form their throats. When the mother penguins return to care for the young, the fathers go to sea to eat and rest.

Snails produce a sticky discharge that forms a protective carpet under them as they travel along. The discharge is so effective they can crawl along the edge of a razor without cutting themselves.

Google handles about 1 billion search queries per day, releasing some 200 tons of C02 per day.

In sixteenth century peking, one took revenge against one’s enemies by placing finely chopped tiger’s whiskers in their food, which would get caught in the victim’s digestion track and cause hundreds of painful sores and infections.

Coca-cola would be green if coloring weren’t added to it.

Your heart beats about 70 times a minute, and each time it beats, it pumps about a cupful of blood.

We actually do not see with our eyes we see with our brain. The eyes basically are the cameras of the brain.

In 1386, a pig in France was executed by public hanging for the murder of a child.

The most dangerous animal in the world is the common housefly. Because of their habits of visiting animal waste, they transmit more diseases than any other animal.

Shirley temple is the youngest performer to receive an Academy Award in 1934. She received a special award when she was only five years old.

George Washington was the first president under US constitution of 1789. However, the US was an independent nation for 13 years before the constitution was signed.

Some birds have been known to put ants into their feathers because the ants squirt formic acid, which kills parasites.

Outside the USA, Ireland is the largest software producing country in the world.

Camels have three eyelids to protect themselves from blowing sand.

Sport command the biggest television audiences, led by summer Olympics, world cup, football and formula one racing.

The British royal family changes their surname from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor, the name of their castle in 1917.

Almost 1-2 billion people are underfed – the same number of people that are overweight to the point of obesity.

In August 1983, Peter Stewart of Birmingham, UK, set a world record by disco dancing for 408 hours.

After the French Revolution of 1789, selling sour wine was considered against national interest and the merchant was promptly executed.

To most Americans, the orient is China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam; to Europeans it is the area of India and Pakistan.

The words “naked” and “nude” are not the same. Names implies unprotected. Nude means unclothed.

During American civil war, Gen Ulysses S Grant believed that onions would prevent dysentery and sent a message via wire to the War Department: “I will not move my army without onions” Within a day, the government sent three trainloads of onions to the front.

The word MAP comes from the Latin word, ‘mappa’, which means napkin, cloth or sheet.

A father Emperor penguin withstands the Antarctic cold for 60 days or more to protect its eggs, which he keeps on his feet, covered with feathered flap. During this entire time he doesn’t eat a thing. Afterwards, they feed the chicks a special liquid form their throats. When the mother penguins return to care for the young, the fathers go to sea to eat and rest.

Wolf spiders biologically known as Lycosa Godefforyoi is the most common spider found in the gardens and homes. The wolf spiders got their name from wolves because they catch the pray the same way. They do not make a web for themselves and live on the ground.

The smallest book in the world is called Chemin de la Cruix. It has 119 pages. It is 2 inches height and 11/3 inches wide.

Compulsive shopping was identified by a German psychiatrist almost a hundred years ago. Clinically it is known as Oniomania.

Every human spend about half an hour as a single cell.

This year in 2010, more than 2.5 million books will be shipped with the wrong cover.

Liquid TIDE laundry detergent glows under a black light (Ultraviolet Light).

Isaac Newton was a bad student who was admitted to Trinity College on the condition that he would do some domestic chores.

One that speaks two languages – is bilingual – can be said to be a diglot.

The short-term memory capacity for most people is between five and nine items or digits. This is one reason that phone numbers were kept to seven digits for so long.

The brake discs in an F1 car have an operating temperature of approx 1000 degrees centigrade and they attain that temp while braking before almost every turn. That is why they are not made of steel but of carbon fiber which is much harder and resistant to wear and tear and most of all has a higher melting point.

Just like fingerprints, every cat’s nose pad is different.

During American civil war, Gen Ulysses S Grant believed that onions would prevent dysentery and sent a message via wire to the War Department: “I will not move my army without onions” Within a day, the government sent three trainloads of onions to the front.

In July 1934 Babe Ruth paid a fan $20 for the return of the baseball he hit for his 7000th career home run.

An adult flea can only survive form one to four days but the pupae and larvae can be around for over three months.

Steel hinges on refrigerators can support more than 140 pounds of door weight without sagging.

Wolf spiders biologically known as Lycosa Godefforyoi is the most common spider found in the gardens and homes. The wolf spiders got their name from wolves because they catch the pray the same way. They do not make a web for themselves and live on the ground.

Mocha is the name of the sea port that was a route to Mecca, which is where trades of coffee took place. Coffee was a well-guarded commodity and no one was allowed to take fertile coffee plants out of the country.

The inner coat of a polar bear is black, and helps it absorb sun-light to keep itself warn in the cold conditions that it lives in.

The word encyclopaedia comes from two Greek words meaning ‘a circle of learning’. The oldest known encyclopaedia was written in Greece about 2000 years ago. It’s no longer in existence.

There are more than 600 million telephone lines today, yet almost half the world's population has never made a phone call.

The words “naked” and “nude” are not the same. Naked implies unprotected. Nude means unclothed.

The average lifespan of a taste bud is 10 days.

A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.

Sugarcane belongs to Grass species.

An interesting fact about august 2009. This August has 5 Saturday, 5 Sunday, 5 Monday- all in one month. It happens once in 823 years.

The fastest bird in the world is the Peregrine Falcon, which can cross the speed of 200 miles per hour (322 kilometers per hour approx).

The thyroid cartilage is more commonly known as the Adam’s apple.

The citric acid found in lemon juice is said to be able to dissolve a pearl.

A snail can sleep for 3 years.

A ‘jiffy’ is an actual unit of time and is equal to 1/100th of a second.

Peanut butter is an effective way to remove chewing gum from hair or clothes.

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