The word lethologica describes the state of not being able to remember the word you want
Studies have shown that classical music helps cows produce more milk
The weight of air in a milk glass is about the same as the weight of one aspirin.
There are no ants in Iceland, Antarctica and Greenland
Jellyfish have been on Earth for over 650 million years. This is before sharks and dinosaurs
When a person dies, hearing is usually the last sense to go.
Tourists visiting Iceland should know that tipping at a restaurant is considered an insult.
The study of the iris of the eye is called iridology
The famous Indian epic Mahabharata contains almost three million words.
The word earthling was first found in print in 1593.
The Olympics were originally held for the Greek god Zeus
Each year the Pentagon estimates their computer network is hacked about 250,000 times annually
Central air conditioners use 98% more energy than ceiling fans.
There was once a country called Prussia. After World War II, it was divided among Poland, Germany, and the USSR
There is an automobile model called Stutz Bearcat.
The planet Venus spins opposite to the other planets in the solar system
If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle; if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes
In 1999, a three headed turtle was discovered by Lin Chi-Fa in his pond in Southern Taiwan
The average four year-old child asks over four hundred questions a day
41% of women apply body or hand moisturizer a minimum three times a day
Studies show that divorced women have more trouble starting new relationships than divorced men
Milk chocolate was invented in Switzerland by David Peter in 1876
Mice, whales, elephants, giraffes and man all have seven neck vertebra.
Europeans in the Middle Ages used to call coffee the Arabic Wine
One ton of grapes can produce 720 bottles of wine
It cost the soft drink industry $100 million a year for thefts committed involving vending machines
Lenny Kravitz's mother played the part of 'Helen'on 'The Jeffersons'.
In ancient Rome it was considered a sign of leadership to be born with a crooked nose.
The hippopotamus has the capability to remain underwater for as long as twenty-five minutes
The turbot fish lays approximately 14 million eggs during its lifetime.
96% of people put the peanut butter on first when making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich
A common drink for Tibetans is Butter Tea which is made out of butter, salt, and brick tea
There are approximately 2,700 different species of mosquitoes.
Pitcher Darold Knowles once pitched all seven games of one World Series
There are over 1,800 known species of fleas
The rumble that is created when a Harley's engine runs has been patented by the company
Louisa Adams, wife of John Quincy Adams, was the first and only foreign-born first lady.
The water in the Great Salt Lake of Utah is more than four times as salty as any ocean.
Marie Owen was the first policewoman in the United States. She started her career in Detroit in 1893.
Aztec emperor Montezuma had a nephew, Cuitlahac, whose name meant plenty of excrement.
Octopus and squid are thought to be the most intelligent of all invertebrates
In the U.S., over 35 million people have used some sort of illegal drug in the last year
The average life expectancy of a leopard in captivity is 12 years.
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Look at this list of common weather words. Notice that it is very common to form adjectives by adding ‘-y’.Note:
When it rains for a short period of time, we call it a shower, e.g. We had several showers yesterday afternoon.
When it is raining a lot we often say it’s pouring or it’s pouring with rain. This phrase is much more common than ‘it’s raining cats and dogs’, which many students seem to learn.
People round the world have different ideas about temperature:
5°C (five degrees centigrade) is freezing for many Brazilians.
-10°C (minus ten degrees or ten degrees below zero) is very cold but quite normal in the mountains in Switzerland during the winter when it usually snows a lot.
30-35°C is boiling for England and very unusual, but it is very common in parts of Spain during the summer.
The first word here is very gentle; the last is more than 100 km per hour and can be very dangerous.
a breeze a wind a strong wind a gale a hurricane
It was a hot day but there was a lovely breeze.
The wind blew my hat off.
The hurricane in Florida destroyed trees and buildings.
A spell (= period) of very hot weather often ends with a thunderstorm. First it becomes very humid (= hot and wet), then you get thunder and lightning, and finally, very heavy rain (= it pours with rain). Afterwards, it is usually cooler and it feels fresher.