9675. FactIt 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. FactThere is no tipping at restaurants in Japan.
9677. FactIn Quebec, Canada, an old law states that margarine must be a different colour than butter
9678. FactThe New York Stock Exchange started as a coffee shop.
9679. FactScientists with high-speed cameras have discovered that rain drops are not tear shaped but rather look like hamburger buns.
9680. FactOn average, the American household consumes six pounds of peanut butter annually
9681. FactBlue and white are the most common school colors.
9682. FactSwiss Steak, Chop Suey, Russian Dressing, and a Hamburger all originated in the US.
9683. FactThe U.S. army packs Tabasco pepper sauce in every ration kit that they give to soldiers
9684. FactThe 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. FactPeople that smoke have 10 times as many wrinkles as a person that does not smoke
9686. FactIn twins, there is a great chance that one will be left handed
9687. FactOf 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. FactPeople that suffer from gum disease are twice as likely to have a stroke or heart attack.
9689. FactThe 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. FactChef Boyardee is actually a real person. His real name is Hector Boiardi and he was born in northern Italy in 1898
9691. Also known asOriginal name : s. sathyamurthi
Also known as : firebrand of south india
9692. FactBetter wine can be produced by the soil being of poor quality. This is because the vines have to work harder
9693. FactBefore the 17th century, carrots used to be the colour purple
9694. FactThe human brain is about 85% water.
9695. FactThe largest stamp was issued by China and measured 210 x 65 mm
9696. FactThe beeswax that is produced by Honey bees comes from eight paired glands that are located on the underside of their stomach
9697. FactThe number of births that occur in India each year is higher than the entire population of Australia
9698. FactThe Niagara Falls moves upstream at an average rate of about 295ft a century.
9699. Fact75% of all raisins eaten by people in the United States are eaten at breakfast
9700. FactTwinkies have a shelf life of about 25 years.
9701. FactIt is against the law for a monster to enter the corporate limits of Urbana, Illinois.
9702. FactPearls can melt/dissolve in vineger.
9703. FactAn elephant cannot jump
9704. FactCocaine was sold to cure sore throat, neuralgia, nervousness, headache, colds and sleeplessness in the 1880s.
9705. FactThomas Edison, lightbulb inventor, was afraid of the dark.
9706. Fact95% of the entire lemon crop produced in the U.S. is from California and Arizona
9707. FactThere are approximately one hundred million people in the United States that have a chronic illness
9708. FactThe elephant is the only animal with 4 knees.
9709. FactEliminates odors in dirty laundry. Place an individual sheet of Bounce at the bottom of a laundry bag or hamper
9710. FactNo 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. FactThe official state tree of Illinois is The White Oak
9712. Also known asOriginal name : raja rammohan roy
Also known as : father of indian renaissance.
9713. FactThe first television newscaster was Kolin Hager, who used to broadcast farm and weather reports in 1928
9714. FactThe 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 asOriginal name : queen elizabeth I
Also known as : maiden queen
9716. FactThe 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. FactThe bagpipe was originally made from the whole skin of a dead sheep
9718. FactIt is illegal in Wisconsin to start a riot using a laser pointer.
9719. FactThe IRS employees tax manual has instructions for collecting taxes after a nuclear war
9720. FactAfter 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. FactThere 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. FactIn the U.S. peanuts account for 66% of all snack nuts
9723. FactIn 1902, the game table tennis was brought to the U.S. from Europe by Parker Brothers
9724. Also known asOriginal name : m.k. gandhi
Also known as : bapu; mahatma; father of the nation.
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Current Affairs - 01
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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.
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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