The painting that won second place in a competition held by the US National Academy of Design was
hanging upside down when it was judged
Everything weighs one percent less at the equator
For every extra kilogram carried on a space flight, 530 kg of excess fuel are needed at lift-off
The letter J does not appear anywhere on the periodic table of the elements
Snake venom is ninety percent protein
Mercury is the only metal that is liquid at room temperature
Pizza Hut is the world's largest pizza restaurant serving close to 1.7 million pizzas a day
Beer foam will go down by licking your finger then sticking it in the beer
Those stars and colors you see when you rub your eyes are called phosphenes
A full-moon is nine times brighter than a half-moon
If all of the blood vessels in your body were placed end to end, they would stretch 12,000 miles
If you were to roll a lung from a human body and out flat it would be the size of a tennis court
Everyone's tongue print is different, like fingerprints
Two-thirds of the people in the world have not made a phone call
Contrary to popular belief, a swallowed chewing gum doesn't stay in the gut. It will pass through the
system and be excreted
The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his
The Nobel Peace Prize medal depicts 3 naked men with their hands on each others shoulders
Earth is traveling through space at 660,000 miles per hour
In 1643, the British Parliament officially abolished the celebration of Christmas
Santa's Reindeers are Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen
In 1875 the director of the US patent office resigned. He said that there was nothing left to invent
The Channel between England and France grows about 300 millimeters each year
The average person's field of vision encompasses a 200-degree wide angle
Offered a new pen to write with, 97% of all people will write their own name
On average, a person has two million sweat glands
Grapes explode when you put them in the microwave.
Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.
Your tongue is germ free only if it is pink. If it is white there is a thin film of bacteria on it.
The attachment of the human skin to muscles is what causes dimples
97% of the earth's water is undrinkable
The Earth gets heavier each day by tons, as meteoric dust settles on it
All babies are color blind when they are born
Babies' eyes do not produce tears until the baby is approximately six to eight weeks old
14 million people were killed in World War I, 20 million died in flu epidemic in the years that followed
There are more than 40,000 characters in the Chinese script
Vision requires more brain power than the other four senses
On average, men are 40% muscle and 15% fat; women are 23% muscle and 25% fat
There are no public toilets in Peru
Urine and tears have the same basic ingredients
The reason honey is so easy to digest is that it's already been digested by a bee.
Every time you sneeze some of your brain cells die.
Historically, a blue ribbon has been awarded for first prize
The motto of M-G-M movie studios is Art for Art's Sake
The lion that roars in the MGM logo is named "Volney"
It cost 7 million dollars to build the Titanic and 200 million to make a film about it
The Titanic was the first ship to use the SOS signal.
The Mercedes-Benz motto is 'Das Beste oder Nichts' meaning 'the best or nothing'.
The color blue has a calming effect. It causes the brain to release calming hormones.
There are more Rolls Royce cars in Hong Kong than anywhere else in the world
X-ray technology has shown there are 3 different versions of the Mona Lisa under the visible one
The pupil of the eye expands as much as 45 percent when a person looks at something pleasing.
It takes only about 8 minutes for the Space Shuttle to accelerate to a speed of more than 27,359 km/hour
Hydroponics is the technique by which plants are grown in water without soil
Time magazine named the computer its "Man of the Year" in 1982
Chewing on gum while cutting onions can help a person from producing tears
Your left lung is smaller in size than your right lung, it is like that in order to make room for your heart.
Until babies are six months old, they can breathe and swallow at the same time
Male human brains are about 10 percent heavier than female brains
Before 1800 there were no separately designed shoes for right and left feet
The glossy look to lipstick comes from fish scales, which are iridescent
To find out if a watermelon is ripe, knock it, and if it sounds hollow then it is ripe
Honey is used as a center for golf balls and in antifreeze mixtures
The original name for the butterfly was 'flutterby'
Your body weight is lower at 9 A.M. than at any other time of the day
The average person is about a quarter of an inch taller at night
40% of McDonald's profits come from the sales of Happy Meals
Without any greenhouse effect, Earth would be cold and lifeless with an average temp of 0.4�F
The primary purpose of growing rice in flooded paddies is to drown the weeds surrounding the young
seedlings. Rice can, in fact, be grown in drained areas
Not a single new livestock animal has been domesticated in the last 4,000 years
Bone China is so called because powdered animal bone is mixed with the clay to give it translucency and
The original reason for tablecloths was as a towel to wipe one's fingers and hands on after eating
Mount Everest moves approximately 2.4 inches (10 cm) in a Northeasterly direction every year
Mickey Mouse has four fingers on each hand
The bark of a redwood tree is fireproof. Fires that occur in a redwood forest take place inside the trees
The storage capacity of human brain exceeds four Terra bytes
There are an average of 178 sesame seeds on a McDonald's Big Mac bun
Because of the rotation of the earth, an object can be thrown farther if it is thrown west
In 2001, the five most valuable brand names in order were Coca-Cola, Microsoft, IBM, GE, and Nokia
After the "Popeye" comic strip started in 1931, spinach consumption went up by 33 percent in the US
A rainbow can only occur when the sun is 40 degrees or less above the horizon
At 40� Centigrade a person loses about 14.4 calories per hour by breathing
Most gemstones contain several elements. Except the diamond it's all carbon
Onions help reduce cholesterol if eaten after a fatty meal