Bananas are one of the few fruits that ripen best off the plant. If left on the plant, the fruit splits open and the pulp has a cottony texture and flavor. Even in tropical growing areas, bananas for domestic consumption are cut green and stored in moist shady places to ripen slowly.
When George Washington was elected President, there was a King in France, a Czar in Russia, an Emperor in China, and a Shogun in Japan. Only the office of President remained.
There are more than 40 million Americans that have chronic halitosis, which is bad breath that never goes away
Medical research has found substances in mistletoe that can slow down tumor growth.
Chickens can't swallow while they are upside down.
There are about 6,800 languages in the world
The first recipe for a lasagna type dish was found to be from a British cookbook in the 14th century. Therefore, Italians were not the first ones to come up with the popular dish as believed
Q-Tip Cotton Swabs were originally called Baby Gays.
Mexico City is the oldest capital city in the Americas.
Until the 1870s, baseball was played without the use of gloves.
In 1670, Dorothy Jones of Boston was granted a license to sell coffee, and so became the first American coffee trader.
The catfish has over 27000 taste buds (more than any other animal)
A person will die from total lack of sleep sooner than from starvation. Death will occur about 10 days without sleep, while starvation takes a few weeks.
The most fatal car accidents occur on Saturday.
Alfred Kinsey's studies have shown that 92% of men and 62% of women have masturbated during their lifespan.
In 1976, the first eight Jelly Belly regular flavors were launched: Orange, Green Apple, Root Beer, Very Cherry, Lemon, Cream Soda, Grape, and Licorice.
If all the Oreo cookies ever sold were stacked on top of one another, they would be as high as 13.3 million Sears Towers
Wyoming was the first state to allow women to vote.
If it were removed from the body, the small intestine would stretch to a length of 22 feet.
A chameleon can move its eyes in two directions at the same time.
The regular garden variety caterpillar has 248 muscles in its head.
Pomology is the science of growing an apple
All the coal, oil, gas, and wood on Earth would only keep the Sun burning for a few days.
Blue Jays can imitate the calls of hawks
One of the steepest main streets in Canada is located in Saint John, New Brunswick. Over a distance of two blocks the street rises about 80 feet
Polar bears can smell seals who are 20 miles away
Any modern jet is capable of breaking the sound barrier.
A dragonfly has a lifespan of 24 hours.
Britain is still paying off debts that predate the Napoleonic wars because it's cheaper to do so than buy back the bonds on which they are based.
The oldest major soft drink in America is Dr. Pepper, which originated in Waco, Texas in 1885
The fat that comes from sheep, which is called tallow, can also be used to produce soap and candles
Mel Blanc (voice of Bugs Bunny) is allergic to carrots.
Four different people played the part of Darth Vader (body, face, voice, and breathing).
In India, where hinduism is the biggest religon, they belive that there are about 300 million different gods. Because almost every village has it's own local god.
If you were to spell out numbers, you would have to go to one thousand before you would find the letter "A".
Some arthritis medications contain gold salts, which is used as an anti-inflammatory
A diamond will not dissolve in acid. The only thing that can destroy it is intense heat.
Castor oil is used as a lubricant in jet planes.
In NYC, it is disorderly conduct for one man to greet another on the street by placing the end of his thumb against the tip of his nose and wiggling the extended fingers of that hand.
Even though it is widely attributed to him Shakespeare never actually used the word 'gadzooks'.
The word comet comes from the Greek word kometes meaning long hair and referring to the tail
As much as 80% of microwaves from mobile phones are absorbed by your head.
William Taft is the only man to become President and then chief justice.
In Russia, when flowers are given for a romantic occasions, flowers are given in odds numbers as even number of flowers is given at funerals only
In a year approximately 900 million trees are cut down to make the raw materials needed for American pulp mills and paper.
4,000 people are injured by tea pots every year.
A mother hen turns her egg approximately 50 times in a day. This is so the yolk does not stick to the shell
Blaise Pascal's father was a French tax collector who had trouble keeping track of his collections. So in 1642, young Pascal designed and built a mechanical adding machine to help. It was the first mechanical calculator in history.
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Small boys soon learn the power of running water; swimming or rowing downstream is easy, while swimming or rowing against the current is difficult, and the swifter the water, the easier the one and the more difficult the other; the river assists or opposes us as we go with it or against it. The water of a quiet pool or of a gentle stream cannot do work, but water which is plunging over a precipice or dam, or is flowing down steep slopes, may be made to saw wood, grind our corn, light our streets, run our electric cars, etc. A waterfall, or a rapid stream, is a great asset to any community, and for this reason should be carefully guarded. Water power is as great a source of wealth as a coal bed or a gold mine.
The most tremendous waterfall in our country is Niagara Falls, which every minute hurls millions of gallons of water down a 163-foot precipice. The energy possessed by such an enormous quantity of water flowing at such a tremendous speed is almost beyond everyday comprehension, and would suffice to run the engines of many cities far and near. Numerous attempts to buy from the United States the right to utilize some of this apparently wasted energy have been made by various commercial companies. It is fortunate that these negotiations have been largely fruitless, because much deviation of the water for commercial uses and the installation of machinery in the vicinity of the famous falls would greatly detract from the beauty of this world-known scene, and would rob our country of a natural beauty unequaled elsewhere.