The word honcho comes from a Japanese word meaning squad leader and first came into usage in the English language during the American occupation of Japan following World War II.
The Pentagon, in Arlington, Virginia, has twice as many bathrooms as is necessary. When it was built in the 1940s, the state of Virginia still had segregation laws requiring separate toilet facilities for blacks and whites
A baby eel is called an elver, a baby oyster is called a spat.
On average, there is about three molecules of ozone for every 10 million air molecules.
Over 80% of professional boxers have suffered brain damage.
In the United States, you are more likely to be killed by a bee sting than a shark attack
Contrary to popular belief, London Broil is not a cut of beef but rather a method of cooking.
A swordfish can live as long as 25 years and weigh up to 1,200 pounds
Tokyo is the largest city by population (35million), followed by New York (21 million), then by Seoul (21 million), then Mexico City (20 million).
It was during World War II that clothes with elastic waists were introduced. This is because the metal used in zippers was badly needed for the war
Mushrooms have no chlorophyll so they don't need sunshine to grow and thrive. Some of the earliest commercial mushroom farms were set up in caves in France during the reign of King Louis XIV (1638-1715).
Paper bags are outlawed in grocery stores in Afghanistan. They believe paper is sacred.
A giant squid has eyes that can grow up to 20 inches in diameter.
The reason why locusts swarm are because when they are in groups, a hot-spot behind their hind legs is stimulated, which in turn causes their destructive nature. A large swarm of locusts can eat eighty thousand tons of corn in a day
Cinderella's slippers were originally made out of fur. The story was changed in the 1600's by a translator.
Saudi Arabia covers an area of 830,000 sq. miles, yet there is not a single river in the whole country.
Research indicates that people prefer the colour blue for their casual clothing
Until 1990, the deadly poison mercury was used in about 30% of latex paints.
During World War II, the very first bomb dropped on Berlin by the Allies killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo
Bumping foreheads with a hand shake is the traditional greeting in Tibet.
Marie Curie, the Nobel prize winning scientist who discovered radium, died on July 4, 1934 of radiation poisoning.
The first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel was Anna Edson Taylor. She made the journey on October 24, 1901, and escaped unhurt.
Famous billionaire Howard Hughes stored his own urine in large bottles.
In Detroit, Michigan it is illegal to sleep in a bathtub.
Surgeons who listen to music during operations perform better than those who don't .
A female mackerel lays about 500,000 eggs at one time.
In Florida, Penalty for horse theft is death by hanging.
Over it's lifetime a shark will loose as many as 50,000 teeth.
When Leonardo Da Vinci was young he drew a picture of a horrible monster and placed near a window in order to surprise his father. Upon seeing the picture his father believed it to be real and set out to protect his family until the boy showed him it was just a picture. Da Vinci's father then enrolled his son in an art class.
If you pet a cat 70 million times, you will have developed enough static electricity to light a 60-watt light bulb for one minute.
Two-thirds of Canadians live in Quebec and Ontario
New Mexico is known as the Land of Enchantment.
An ant's sense of smell is as good as a Dog's.
The metal instrument used in shoe stores to measure feet is called the Brannock device.
Less than one per cent of the 500 Chinese cities have clean air, respiratory disease is China's leading cause of death.
In 75% of American households, women manage the money and pay the bills.
Of all the words in the English language, the word set has the most definitions.
In 1949, forecasting the relentless march of science, Popular Mechanics said Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.
All the pet hamsters in the world are descended from a single wild golden Hamster found in Syria in 1930.
The Honda Accord has the highest stolen rate in the US according to NCIB.
The earth is not perfectly round. Technically, it's a triaxial ellipsoid, which is to say that it's nearly spherical, but flattened at the top and bottom.
In the United States only 80 miles separate the highest point of land and the lowest point in the lower 48 states. Mount Whitney on the eastern border of Sequoia National Park in California is 14,496 feet high, and a pool called Badwater in Death Valley is 280 feet below sea level.
The shallowest sea is the sea of Azov. It is 13 meters at its deepest.
It snows more in the Grand Canyon than it does in Minnesota.
Morphine was given its name in 1803 by the discoverer, a 20 year old German pharmacist named Friedrich Saturner. He named it after Morpheus, the Greek god of dreams.
Some asteroids have other asteroids orbiting them
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