fact book

9675. Fact
It is possible to get high by licking a toad. The Cane Toad produces a toxin called bufotenine to ward off predators. When licked, this toxin acts as a hallucinogen

9676. Fact
There is no tipping at restaurants in Japan.

9677. Fact
In Quebec, Canada, an old law states that margarine must be a different colour than butter

9678. Fact
The New York Stock Exchange started as a coffee shop.

9679. Fact
Scientists with high-speed cameras have discovered that rain drops are not tear shaped but rather look like hamburger buns.

9680. Fact
On average, the American household consumes six pounds of peanut butter annually

9681. Fact
Blue and white are the most common school colors.

9682. Fact
Swiss Steak, Chop Suey, Russian Dressing, and a Hamburger all originated in the US.

9683. Fact
The U.S. army packs Tabasco pepper sauce in every ration kit that they give to soldiers

9684. Fact
The Soviet Caucasus mountain actually moved a mile in 1972. Heavy rains swelled an underground river and the whole mountain salied away over the course of eight days.

9685. Fact
People that smoke have 10 times as many wrinkles as a person that does not smoke

9686. Fact
In twins, there is a great chance that one will be left handed

9687. Fact
Of all the restaurants that are opened, 90% of them fail in the first year. Of the remaining ones that survive, 90% of those fail in the second year

9688. Fact
People that suffer from gum disease are twice as likely to have a stroke or heart attack.

9689. Fact
The world's highest railway is in Peru. The Central Railway climbs to 15,694 feet in the Galera tunnel, 108 miles from Lima. Tourists take it to get to the ruins of Machu Picchu.

9690. Fact
Chef Boyardee is actually a real person. His real name is Hector Boiardi and he was born in northern Italy in 1898

9691. Also known as
Original name : s. sathyamurthi
Also known as : firebrand of south india

9692. Fact
Better wine can be produced by the soil being of poor quality. This is because the vines have to work harder

9693. Fact
Before the 17th century, carrots used to be the colour purple

9694. Fact
The human brain is about 85% water.

9695. Fact
The largest stamp was issued by China and measured 210 x 65 mm

9696. Fact
The beeswax that is produced by Honey bees comes from eight paired glands that are located on the underside of their stomach

9697. Fact
The number of births that occur in India each year is higher than the entire population of Australia

9698. Fact
The Niagara Falls moves upstream at an average rate of about 295ft a century.

9699. Fact
75% of all raisins eaten by people in the United States are eaten at breakfast

9700. Fact
Twinkies have a shelf life of about 25 years.

9701. Fact
It is against the law for a monster to enter the corporate limits of Urbana, Illinois.

9702. Fact
Pearls can melt/dissolve in vineger.

9703. Fact
An elephant cannot jump

9704. Fact
Cocaine was sold to cure sore throat, neuralgia, nervousness, headache, colds and sleeplessness in the 1880s.

9705. Fact
Thomas Edison, lightbulb inventor, was afraid of the dark.

9706. Fact
95% of the entire lemon crop produced in the U.S. is from California and Arizona

9707. Fact
There are approximately one hundred million people in the United States that have a chronic illness

9708. Fact
The elephant is the only animal with 4 knees.

9709. Fact
Eliminates odors in dirty laundry. Place an individual sheet of Bounce at the bottom of a laundry bag or hamper

9710. Fact
No evidence of man's evolutionary ancestors has so far been found in either North or South America. Fossils and other remains suggest that the first Americans crossed the Bering Straits (which at the time was dry land) from Asia between 20,000 and 40,000 years ago.

9711. Fact
The official state tree of Illinois is The White Oak

9712. Also known as
Original name : raja rammohan roy
Also known as : father of indian renaissance.

9713. Fact
The first television newscaster was Kolin Hager, who used to broadcast farm and weather reports in 1928

9714. Fact
The Professor on Gilligan's Island was named Roy Hinkley. The Skipper was named Jonas Grumby. Both names were used only once in the entire series, on the first episode.

9715. Also known as
Original name : queen elizabeth I
Also known as : maiden queen

9716. Fact
The oldest living thing in existence is not a giant redwood, but a bristlecone pine in the White Mountains of California, dated to be aged 4,600 years old.

9717. Fact
The bagpipe was originally made from the whole skin of a dead sheep

9718. Fact
It is illegal in Wisconsin to start a riot using a laser pointer.

9719. Fact
The IRS employees tax manual has instructions for collecting taxes after a nuclear war

9720. Fact
After the Krakatoa volcano eruption in 1883 in Indonesia, many people reported that, because of the dust, the sunset appeared green and the moon blue. The moon was said to appear blue for almost two years.

9721. Fact
There are more than 1,000 chemicals in a cup of coffee. Of these, only 26 have been tested, and half-caused cancer in rats

9722. Fact
In the U.S. peanuts account for 66% of all snack nuts

9723. Fact
In 1902, the game table tennis was brought to the U.S. from Europe by Parker Brothers

9724. Also known as
Original name : m.k. gandhi
Also known as : bapu; mahatma; father of the nation.


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An accident

Read the text and use the context and the diagram to help you with the key words.

There was a serious accident on one of the main roads into Stuttgart this morning. An old lorry (AmEng = truck) broke down in the middle of the road, and the driver couldn’t move it. It was eight o’clock, the middle of the rush hour, so it soon created a terrible traffic jam. Drivers got very angry and a man in a Mercedes tried to go round the lorry. Unfortunately another car was coming in the opposite direction. The driver braked hard and tried to stop, but he couldn’t prevent the accident - the Mercedes crashed into the front of his car. The driver of the Mercedes was OK, but the other driver was badly injured and both cars were very badly damaged.

Giving directions

Go along here, turn right into the main road, then take the first turning on your left. Keep going, and then turn left again when you get to the bank.

Important words and phrases

Taxis (AmEng = cab) use the road; pedestrians use the pavement (AmEng = sidewalk).
The speed limit on motorways in Great Britain is 70 mph (120 kph).
Most petrol stations (AmEng = gas station) in Great Britain are self-service.
Get in the car and remember to fasten your seat belt.
The other car was going very slowly, so I decided to overtake (= pass it on the outside lane).
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