Cacao, the main ingredient of chocolate is the most pest-ridden tree in the jungle.
One quarter of the human brain is used to control the eyes.
About 25 percent of all the energy consumed in the US is from natural gas
The placement of a donkey's eyes in its head enables it to see all four feet at all times.
Gibraltar is the only place in Europe were you can find wild monkeys.
Telephonophobia is the fear of telephones
The Spring peeper (a frog) can survive the winter season with 65% of its body water as ice
The lowest point that a person can reach on Earth, outside of riding a submarine or going down a mine shaft, is where the Jordan River enters the Dead Sea. It's 1,290 feet below sea level.
¥ In the southern hemisphere, water always swirl anti-clockwise down into a pipe.
During the time of Peter the Great, any Russian man who had a beard was required to pay a special tax.
New Orleans' first Mardi Gras celebration was held in February, 1826.
Milk as an additive to coffee became popular in the 1680's, when a French physician recommended that cafe au lait be used for medicinal purposes.
The human heart creates enough pressure to squirt blood 30 ft.
Wheel of Fortune star Vanna White holds the record for putting her hands together approximately 140,000 times to clap
Every 238 years, the orbits of Neptune and Pluto change making Neptune at times the farthest planet from the sun
A group of whales is called a pod or gam
Between 1997-2002, there was an increase of 228% in cosmetic procedures in the United States
There are no blossoms on the branches of a fig tree, instead it is inside the fruit
The revenue that is generated from gambling is more than the revenue that comes from movies, cruise ships, recorded music, theme parks, and spectator sports combined
To have your picture taken by the very first camera you would have had to sit still for 8 hours.
The first letter Vanna White ever turned on the game show Wheel of Fortune was the letter T.
More than 90% of plane crashes have survivors.
A B-25 bomber airplane crashed into the 79th floor of the Empire State Building on July 28, 1945
An average city dog lives approximately three years longer than an average country dog
EPCOT stands for Experimental Prototype City Of Tomorrow.
Jupiter's moon Ganymede, is larger than the planet Mercury.
There are about 61,300 pizza restaurants in the United States of America
The average human head weighs about eight pounds.
Minimum wage was 0.25 per hour when it was first enacted in 1938
Elephants are the only animals that cannot jump. (OK, so that would be a good thing....)
You're born with 300 bones, but when you get to be an adult, you only have 206. They fuse together such as the parietal, occipital of the skull.
Airports that are at higher altitudes require a longer airstrip due to lower air density
Ernest Vincent Wright wrote a fifty thousand-word novel, Gadsby, without any word containing the letter e.
The furthest point from any ocean would be in China.
In Ontario, an average household income of a golfer is greater than $60,000
Honorificabilitudinitatibus is the longest word consisting entirely of alternating vowels and consonants.
The Bible is the best selling book of all time with approximately six billion books sold. The second-best selling book is Quotations from the Works of Mao Tse-Tung with about 800 million sales.
The human body makes anywhere from 1 to 3 pints of saliva every 24 hours
The world's first roller coaster opened in 1884 at Coney Island, New York. It was designed by Lemarcus Thompson, a former Sunday school teacher.
Billie Jean by Michael Jackson was the first video to air on MTV by a black artist.
A human head remains conscious for about 15 to 20 seconds after it is been decapitated
A species of earthworm, Megascolides australis, in Australia can grow up to fifteen feet in length
Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite
The Texas Rangers were the first U.S. state police force. They were established in 1835.
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New Year Party Game Ideas
Find your prediction
Fun objects (favors)
Slips of paper
Make up some phony generic predictions like, In the New Year you will shave your head, write them on slips of paper, and attach them to a corresponding items (like a wig).
Hide the predictions with their corresponding items, and tell guests that predictions are hidden around the room, and that they each need to find one, read it aloud to the group, and open it. (These make nice funny favors, too.)