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5001. Fact
Upper and lower case letters are named 'upper' and 'lower', because in the time when al original print had to be set in individual letters, the 'upper case' letters were stored in the case on top of the case stored smaller, 'lower case' letters

5002. Fact
40% of all indigestion remedies sold in the world are bought by Americans.

5003. Fact
A meteor has only destroyed one satellite, which was the European Space Agency's Olympus in 1993.

5004. Fact
If you head directly south from the west coast of Florida, you will actually pass South America on the west side of the continent.

5005. Fact
The earth rotates more slowly on its axis in March than in September.

5006. Fact
Washington, D.C. has one lawyer for every 19 residents.

5007. Fact
Alaska's annual 1,149 Iditarod race commemorates the 1925 Race for Life when 20 volunteer mushers relayed medicine from Anchorage to Nome to battle a children's diphtheria epidemic.

5008. Fact
In Kansas it is illegal to catch bullfrogs in a tomato patch.

5009. Fact
In the 14th century, the Arabs started to cultivate coffee plants. The first commercially grown and harvested coffee originated in the Arabian Peninsula near the port of Mocha.

5010. Fact
Napoleon was terrified of cats.

5011. Fact
Female condoms were initially all made of polyurethane, but newer versions may be made of nitrile or latex.

5012. Fact
Did you know there was one U.S. state that no longer exists? In 1784 the U.S. had a state called Franklin, named after Benjamin Franklin. But four years later, it was incorporated into Tennessee.

5013. Fact
In China, there is a species of yam that is used to make a dye

5014. Fact
In the United States, approximately 135 million cars travel every day on the streets, roads, and interstates.

5015. Fact
Shridhar Chillal from India is known to have the record for the longest fingernails in the world, which were each at least three feet long

5016. Fact
When you walk down a steep hill, the pressure on your knees is equal to three times your body weight.

5017. Fact
Hippopotamuses break wind through their mouths.

5018. Fact
Odontophobia is the fear of teeth.

5019. Fact
Gatorade was named for the University of Florida Gators where it was first developed.

5020. Fact
China has trained 700,000 ducks and chickens to attack at the sound of a whistle in order to fight a national plague of locusts.

5021. Fact
In July 1934, Babe Ruth paid the fan who caught his 700th career home run ball $20 to get it back.

5022. Fact
There are approximately 75,000,000 horses in the world

5023. Fact
During the chariot scene in Ben Hur, a small red car can be seen in the distance.

5024. Fact
The word Thailand means land of the free.

5025. Fact
In Britain, one out of every four potatoes is eaten in the form of french fries

5026. Fact
On average, a car driver will swear or blashpheme 32,025 times in their lifetime while driving

5027. Fact
After the Popeye comic strip was launched in 1931, spinach consumption went up by thirty-three percent in the United States

5028. Fact
Arabic numerals are not really Arabic; they were invented in India.

5029. Fact
Gilligan of Gilligan's Island had a first name that was only used once, on the never-aired pilot show. His first name was Willy.

5030. Fact
Approximately 40% of the U.S. paper currency in circulation was counterfeit by the end of the Civil War.

5031. Fact
The animal with the largest brain in proportion to its size is the ant.

5032. Fact
In ohio it is illegal to run out of gas.

5033. Fact
In Los Angeles, there are fewer people than there are automobiles

5034. Fact
George Hancock invented a new game on November 30, 1887. It was played like baseball, except a broomstick was used for a bat and a boxing glove was the ball. Since the game was played indoors, it was originally called indoor. Walter Hakanson later renamed it softball.

5035. Fact
Neither Fruit Flies nor May Flies are flies.

5036. Fact
Women blink nearly twice as much as men

5037. Fact
Niagara Falls actually stopped flowing back in 1848 for about 20 hours because there was ice that was blocking the Niagara River

5038. Fact
The adult human body requires about 88 pounds of oxygen daily

5039. Fact
There are 35 million digestive glands in the stomach.

5040. Fact
An adult esophagus can range from 10 to 14 inches in length and is one inch in diameter

5041. Fact
To make one pound of whole milk cheese, 10 pounds of whole milk is needed

5042. Fact
The WD in WD-40 stands for Water Displacer.

5043. Fact
In one day, 230 marriage licenses are issued in Las Vegas

5044. Fact
Ancient Egyptian priests would pluck every hair from their bodies.

5045. Fact
In Albania, nodding your head means 'no'and shaking your head means 'yes'.

5046. Fact
For a short distance, the bluefin tuna can swim 50 miles per hour.

5047. Fact
The first American satellite in orbit, Explorer I, was launched February 1, 1958.

5048. Fact
At the 1960 Winter Olympic Games, Walt Disney was head of the committee that organized the opening day ceremonies

5049. Fact
Approximately 40% of the states in the U.S. have severe, or extreme pollution problems

5050. Fact
Buttermilk does not contain any butter.

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