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2066. Fact
Only 1% of bacteria cause disease in humans!

10033. Fact
The earth is roughly 4600 million years old.

1392. Fact
Bob Dylan's real name is Robert Zimmerman.

5742. Fact
The highest temperature ever recorded in the continental US was 134 degrees on July 10, 1913 in Death Valley, California.

3279. Fact
Every second there are 418 Kit Kat fingers eaten in the world

7965. Fact
Any free moving liquid in outer space will form itself into a sphere, because of its surface tension

3321. Fact
The people in Bali only have one of four names: Wayan, Made, Nyoman, and Ketut

4066. Fact
The average American will eat 35,000 cookies in a lifetime.

9962. Fact
The word Lethologica describes the state of not remembering the word you want to say

9746. Fact
The heart of a mouse beats 650 times per minute.

1585. Fact
Frogs cannot swallow without blinking.

3016. Fact
As late as 1820, the universe was thought to be 6,000 years old. It is now thought to be between 15 and 20 billion years old.

9462. Fact
Between 12%-15% of the population is left-handed

7863. Fact
A company, Warner Communications paid $28 million for the copyright to the song Happy Birthday.

6267. Fact
Cheese is the oldest of all man-made foods.

8707. Fact
The American Airlines Sports Center, in Dallas, has most toilets per capita than any other sports and entertainment venue in the USA

587. Fact
Los angeles's full name is "el pueblo de nuestra senora la reina de los angeles de porciuncula".

4218. Fact
Canada declared national beauty contests canceled as of 1992, claiming they were degrading to women.

3939. Fact
There is zero gravity at the center of the earth.

7893. Fact
Americans eat more bananas than any other fruit: a total of 11 billion a year.

10532. Fact
One pound of maple syrup can make eight pounds of candy or sugar

9036. Fact
The geographic center of the United States is Smith County, KS. The geographic center of North America is Pierre County, ND.

6312. Fact
Black olives contain on average 10 to 30% more oil than green olives

7847. Fact
It's believed that India gets its name from the Indus River. The interesting thing is that none of the river is actually in India...it's in Pakistan.

944. Fact
According to the oxford english dictionary, the longest english word is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanokoniosis. The forty-five-letter word is the name of a special form of silicosis caused by ultramicroscopic particles of silica volcanic dust...

1677. Fact
If you toss a penny 10,000 times, it will come up heads approximately 4950 times because the heads picture weighs more than the tails side, so it ends up on the bottom more often.

10197. Fact
In ancient Greece, children of wealthy families were dipped in olive oil at birth to keep them hairless throughout their lives.

2485. Fact
The opposite sides of a dice cube always add up to seven.

6157. Fact
In 1994, 7-Eleven coined the term brain freeze. The word was developed to explain the feeling people get when drinking a Slurpee.

5540. Fact
In Germany, an official approval is needed before a new born is named.

6118. Fact
The sailfish can swim faster than a horse can gallop.

3177. Fact
The only woman that has appeared on a U.S. paper currency is Martha Washington

3791. Fact
The left lung is smaller than the right lung to make room for the heart.

10646. Fact
The average life expectancy of a leopard in captivity is 12 years.

9172. Fact
The airplane Buddy Holly died in was the American Pie. (Thus the nameof the Don McLean song.)

10276. Fact
On a bingo card of 90 numbers there are approximately 44 million possible ways to make bingo.

10824. Fact
Over 100 million birds die annually by crashing into glass windows in the United States

4527. Fact
Most snakes have six rows of teeth

9278. Fact
Cockroaches break wind every 15 minutes.

4635. Fact
Barbara Bush's book about her English Springer Spaniel, Millie's book, was on the bestseller list for 29 weeks. Millie was the most popular First Dog in history.

2094. Fact
Over one million stray dogs live in the New York City metropolitan area.

7540. Fact
Australia's box jellyfish has toxins more potent than the venom in cobras, and is one of the most dangerous jellyfish in the world.

8372. Fact
An average human drinks about 16, 000 gallons of water in a lifetime.

1412. Fact
Canada is an Indian word meaning "Big Village".

7237. Fact
A seagull can drink salt water because it has special glands that filter out the salt

8450. Fact
The longest Monopoly game ever played was 1,680 hours long, which is seventy straight days

10554. Fact
Studies have proven that it's harder to tell a convincing lie to someone you find attractive.

6013. Fact
The city of Denver was originally chosen to host the 1976 Winter Olympics, but had to withdraw because Colorado voters rejected to finance it

6114. Fact
Laser stands for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation. Developed 1950s 1960s.

7157. Fact
In Las Vegas, casinos do not have any clocks



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Tips to succeed in IELTS Exam

Manage Your Time

Time manage in the exam. Most IELTS candidates run out of time in the third reading section. Each text should take you roughly 20 minutes the examiners will tell you after 20 minutes have passed. Never spend too long on a single question guess the answer or leave it to return to later. Also if you feel you are running out of time, tackle questions like gap-fills before doing easy to guess tasks like YES NO NOT GIVEN questions. Dont forget you also have to have all your answers on your mark sheet by the end of the test. A good tip is to write them on the mark sheet in pencil as you go, correcting where necessary at the end.

Basic English Usage
Onomatopoeic words are those which seem to sound like their meaning. The most obvious examples are verbs relating to the noises which animals make, e.g. cows moo and cats mew or meow.

If the vowel sound in a word is short, an onomatopoeic word usually signifies a short, sharp sound. If it is long (indicated in the International Phonetic Alphabet by ) then the word usually signifies a longer, slower sound. Compare pip /pip/ which is a short sound with peep /piip/ which is a long sound.

Particular combinations of letters have particular sound associations in English.

gr- at the beginning of a word can suggest something unpleasant or miserable, e.g. groan [make a deep sound forced out by pain or despair], grumble [complain in a bad-tempered way], grumpy [bad-tempered], grunt [make a low, rough sound like pigs do, or people expressing disagreement or boredom], growl [make a low, threatening sound].

cl- at the beginning of a word can suggest something sharp and/or metallic, e.g. click [make a short sharp sound], clang [make a loud ringing noise], clank [make a dull metallic noise, not as loud as a clang], clash [make a loud, broken, confused noise as when metal objects strike together], clink [make the sound of small bits of metal or glass knocking together]. Horses go clip-clop on the road.

sp- at the beginning of a word can have an association with water or other liquids or powders, e.g. splash [cause a liquid to fly about in drops], spit [send liquid out from the mouth], splutter [make a series of spitting sounds], spray [liquid sent through the air in tiny drops either by the wind or some instrument], sprinkle [throw a shower of something onto a surface], spurt [come out in a sudden burst].

ash- at the end of a word can suggest something fast and violent, e.g. smash [break violently into small pieces], dash [move or be moved violently], crash [strike suddenly violently and noisily], bash [strike heavily so as to break or injure], gash [a long deep cut or wound].

wh- at the beginning of a word often suggests the movement of air, e.g. whistle [a high pitched noise made by forcing air or steam through a small opening], whirr [sound like a birdís wings moving rapidly], whizz [make the sound of something rushing through air], wheeze [breathe noisily especially with a whistling sound in the chest], whip [one of these or to hit with one of these].

-ckle, -ggle, or -zzle at the end of a word can suggest something light and repeated, e.g. trickle [to flow in a thin stream], crackle [make a series of short cracking sounds], tinkle [make a succession of light ringing sounds], giggle [laugh lightly in a nervous or silly way], wriggle [move with quick short twistings], sizzle [make a hissing sound like something cooking in fat], drizzle [small, fine rain].
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