Fact Book

8421. Fact
Until 1796, there was a state in the United States called Franklin. Today it's known as Tennessee.

8422. Fact
Mosquitoes are attracted to the color blue more than any other color

8423. Fact
Catfish have tastebuds located on their whiskers

8424. Fact
Sliced bread was patented in 1954.

8425. Fact
A honey bee strokes its wings about 11,500 times a minute

8426. Animal Facts
The female black widow spider eats the male after mating, sometimes eating up to twentyfive partners a day. Now that's a man-eater!

8427. Fact
The main road in Hershey, PA (where Hershey's candy bars are made) is Chocolate Avenue.

8428. Fact
Centipedes always have an uneven pairs of walking legs

8429. Fact
The small intestine in the human body is about 2 inches around, and 22 feet long

8430. Fact
Impotence is grounds for divorce in 26 U.S. states

8431. Fact
The world's number one producer and consumer of fresh pork is China.

8432. Fact
Wet sand weighs less than dry sand.

8433. Fact
The Virginia Code (1930) has a statute: To prohibit corrupt practices or bribery by any person other than candidates.

8434. Fact
India has the most post offices in the world

8435. Fact
Sting got his name from a black and yellow striped sweater he would wear a lot.

8436. Fact
The distress code 'Mayday'comes from the French for help me, M'Aide.

8437. Fact
If you had enough water to fill one million goldfish bowls, you could fill an entire stadium.

8438. Animal Facts
A baby robin eats 4 metres (14 feet) of earthworms a day!

8439. Fact
Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married

8440. Fact
Bats can detect food up to 18 feet away and what type of insect the food may be using their sense of echolocation

8441. Fact
The first telephone call from the White House was from Rutherford Hayes to Alexander Graham Bell

8442. Fact
Taipan snakes have 50 times more toxic than a cobra snake

8443. Fact
The longest acceptance speech in the history of the Oscars was by Greer Garson in 1942. She received an Oscar for Best Actress for the movie Mrs. Miniver, and her speech was five minutes and 30 seconds long

8444. Fact
As of 2006, more than one in eight people in the United States show signs of addiction to the internet.

8445. Fact
Instead of a birthday cake, many children in Russia are given a birthday pie

8446. Fact
Spotted skunks do handstands before they spray

8447. Animal Facts
A chameleon's tongue can be twice as long as its body, and must be kept curled to fit inside it.

8448. Fact
The states of Washington and Montana still execute prisoners by hanging.

8449. Fact
99% of the blueberries that are produced in the United States are produced in the state of Maine

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

8451. Fact
In Australia, there is no death penalty.

8452. Fact
The most popular ethnic food in the United States is Italian food

8453. Fact
The top downhill speed of the Ford Model T was 50 miles per hour.

8454. Fact
Inventor Samuel Colt patented his revolver in 1836.

8455. Fact
The longest word in the English language, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. The only other word with the same amount of letters ispneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconioses, its plural.

8456. Fact
It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month or what we know today as the honeymoon.

8457. Fact
Lipogram refers to writing that does not have certain letter or letters

8458. Fact
In 1976, a Los Angeles secretary named Jannene Swift officially married a fifty pound rock. More than twenty people witnessed the ceremony

8459. Fact
Great Britain has the highest consumption of ice cream than any other European nation

8460. Fact
As part of the original design, the names of 72 French scientists and other famous people is imprinted on the sides of the Eiffel tower

8461. Animal Facts
The turkey vulture excretes faeces onto its legs to keep them cool.

8462. Fact
Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors

8463. Fact
Cows sweat through their noses.

8464. Fact
The smallest frog is the Brazilian baby frog, which is smaller than a dime

8465. Fact
The fastest speed a raindrop had reached when falling is seven miles per hour.

8466. Fact
You can make edible cheese from the milk of 24 different mammals.

8467. Fact
Over 30% of women discover their HIV status after their husbands are diagnosed.

8468. Fact
The country of Losotho is completely surrounded by the country of South Africa.

8469. Fact
Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour. (Do not try this at home...... maybe at work.)

8470. Fact
When a person dies, hearing is generally the last sense to go. The first sense lost is usually sight. Then follows taste, smell, and touch.



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Benefits of Grapefruits

Grapefruit and Drug Interactions

Check with your healthcare practitioner about consuming grapefruit juice if youre taking pharmaceutical drugs. Certain pharmaceutical drugs combined with grapefruit juice become more potent. Compounds in grapefruit juice, including naringenin, slow the normal detoxification and metabolism processes in the intestines and liver, which hinders the bodys ability to breakdown and eliminate these drugs.

Basic English Usage

Weather conditions

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 its pouring or its pouring with rain. This phrase is much more common than its raining cats and dogs, which many students seem to learn.


People round the world have different ideas about temperature:
5C (five degrees centigrade) is freezing for many Brazilians.
-10C (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.
30-35C 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.
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