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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Interesting Facts About Vehicles

When airplanes were still a novel invention, seat belts for pilots were installed only after the consequence of their absence was observed to be fatal - several pilots fell to their deaths while flying upside down.

Interesting Facts About Vehicles

Interesting!No automobile made after 1924 should be designated as antique.

Facts is that If you drive a VW into water, with one person it floats; two people it sinks.

Henry Ford produced the model T only in black because the black paint available at the time was the fastest to dry.

During World War II, a German U-boat was sunk by a truck. The U-boat in question attacked a convoy in the Atlantic and then rose to see the effect. The merchant ship it sank had material strapped to its deck including a fleet of trucks, one of which was thrown in the air by the explosion, landing on the U-boat and breaking its back.

A German World War II submarine was sunk due to malfunction of the toilet.

SCUBA divers cannot pass gas at depths of 33 feet or below

Interesting Facts is that !The new 787 Boeing was revealed on July 8th, 07.

A Boeing 747s wingspan is longer than the Wright brother's first flight.

The cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth II, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.

Interesting ! Most Americans' car horns beep in the key of F.

Almost a quarter of the land area of Los Angeles is taken up by automobiles.

A jumbo jet uses 4,000 gallons of fuel to take off.

Interesting Facts About Time

Earth is gradually slowing down. Every few years, an extra second is added to make up for lost time.

Interesting !
Millions of years ago, a day on Earth will have been 20 hours long. It is believed that, in millions of years time, a day on Earth will be 27 hours long.

The length of time it takes for Earth to orbit the Sun is 365 and a quarter days. To make up this extra quarter which isn't counted at the end of a year, we have an extra day every four years on 29th February.
This year, 2008, is a Leap Year. The next Leap Year will be in 2012.

Facts is that A day on Mars is about half an hour longer than a day on Earth.

There is no time at the north/south pole as all time zones fall in to one place making it impossible to define the time !!!

Every day is about 55 billionths of a second longer than the day

First of All.

The first beer cans were produced in 1935.

The Chinese made the first wheelbarrow

The first steam powered train was invented by Robert Stephenson. It was called the Rocket.

The first pick-up truck in the world was made by Gottlieb Daimler in 1886. Gottlieb produced the world's
first motorcycle in 1885.

The first bicycle that was made in 1817 by Baron von Drais didn't have any pedals. People walked it along.

The Wright Brothers invented one of the first airplanes. It was called the Kitty Hawk.

The firt commercial text message was sent 1992.

The first Bowie knife was forged at Washington, Arkansas.

The first European to visit the Mississippi River was DeSoto.

In 1893, Chicago hired its first police woman. Her name was Marie Owens. While the city was progressive
in its hiring practices, Chicago's female police officers were not allowed to wear uniforms until 1956.

The first wooden shoe comes from the Netherlands. The Netherlands have many seas so people wanted a shoe that kept their feet dry while working outside. The shoes were called klompen and they had been cut of one single piece of wood. Today the klompen are the favorite souvenir for people who visit the Netherlands.

The first United States coast to coast airplane flight occurred in 1911 and took 49 days.

The first dictionary of American English was published on April 14th, 1828, by Noah Webster.

The first paperback book was printed - by Penguin Publishing in 1935.
In France - Captain Sarret made the first parachute jump from an airplane in 1918.

The first word spoken by an ape in the movie Planet of the Apes was "Smile".

The first man to distill bourbon whiskey in the United States was a Baptist preacher, in 1789.

The first ballpoint pens were made in 1945 and sold for $12.

The first Harley Davidson motorcycle built in 1903 used a tomato can for a carburetor.

The first Wimbledon Tennis Competition took place in 1877 solely as an amateur competition. Men's singles was the only event that took place. There were 22 competitors and the championship was won by Spencer Gore.

The first issue of People Magazine, in 1974, cost 35 cents and featured actress Mia Farrow on the cover.

The 1st personal computer, the Apple II, went on sale in 1977.

The first known heart medicine was discovered in an English garden. In 1799, physician John Ferriar noted the effect of dried leaves of the common foxglove plant, digitalis purpurea, on heart action. Still used in heart medications, digitalis slows the pulse and increases the force of heart contractions and the amount of b lood pumped per heartbeat.

First novel ever written on a typewriter: "Tom Sawyer."

The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time television was Fd and Wilma Flintstone.

Iceland was the first country to legalize abortion in 1935.

The first zoo in the USA was in Philadelphia.

The first Lifesaver flavor was peppermint.

The egg came first.

The first product to have a bar code scanned was Wrigley's gum.

The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin during World War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.

The first toilet ever seen on television was on "Leave It To Beaver."All

The first known contraceptive was crocodile dung, used by Egyptians in 2000 B.C.

The first Ford cars had Dodge engines.

Pamela Anderson Lee is Canada's Centennial Baby, being the first baby born on the centennial anniversary of Canada's independence.

America's first nudist organization was founded in 1929, by 3 men.


Interesting Facts About Technology

A nanosecond (ns or nsec) is one billionth (10-9) of a second and is a common measurement of read or write access time to random access memory.

The first hard drive available for the Apple II had a capacity of 5megabytes.

90% of our technology, upon which we base so much of our modern lifestyle, was created within the last 150 years.

Interesting ! Iceland has the highest concentration of broadband users in the world.

The "save" icon on Microsoft Word shows a floppy disk, with the shutter on backwards.

Back in the mid to late 1980's, an IBM-compatible computer wasn't considered a hundred percent compatible unless it could run Microsoft's Flight Simulator.

1,525,000,000 miles of telephone wire a strung across the U.S.

Interesting isnt it ?

Strange Interesting Facts

Between the months of May-July it rains fish in Honduras.

Grapes explode when you put them in the microwave.

In 1995 a Japanese trawler sank because a Russian cargo plane dropped a living cow from 30,000 feet.
Streets in Japan do not have names.

Interesting ! The only cause of death is birth.

Some schizophrenic people will have periods of time when they drink too much water. No one knows why this happens.

Geller and Huchra have made three-dimensional maps of the distribution of galaxies. In each layer of the map some galaxies are grouped together in such a way that they resemble a human being.

After spending hours working at a computer display, look at a blank piece of white paper. It will probably appear pink.

Brazil last won the world cup in 1994. Before that they won it in 1970. Add 1970 and 1994, it equals 3964.
Germany last won in 1990. Before that they won in 1974. Add 1990 and 1974, it equals 3964. Argentina last won the world cup in 1986. Before that they won it in 1978. Add 1978 and 1986, it equals 3964. So going by this logic, The winner of the 2002 world cup is the same as the 3964 - 2002 = 1962 world cup.
The 1962 world cup was won by Brazil. It was really Brazil who won!!!

A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why. (This was challenged and proved wrong by the TV show "Mythbusters")

Interesting facts!

If you can see a rainbow you must have your back to the sun.

If you put a raisin in a glass of champagne, it will keep floating to the top and sinking to the bottom.

The largest living thing on the face of the Earth is a mushroom underground in Oregon, it measures three and a half miles in diameter.

Interesting Facts About Sports

The maximum weight for a golf ball is 1.62 Oz.

The only openly gay baseball player died at age 42.

Interesting !

Golf was banned in England in 1457 because it was considered a distraction from the serious pursuit of archery.

Before 1850 golf balls were made of leather and stuffed with feathers.

There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.

The only two days of the year in which there are no professional sports games (MLB, NBA, NHL, or NFL) are the day before and the day after the Major League All-Star Game.

Since 1896, the beginning of the modern Olympics, only Greece and Australia have participated in every Games.

Bank robber John Dillinger played professional baseball.

56,000,000 people go to Major League baseball each year.

Interesting right?

Interesting Facts About Physics

A light year is 5,865,696,000,000 miles or about 9,460,800,000,000 kilometers.

The angle at which light reflects off of water to create a rainbow is 42 degrees.

Interesting fact is that Photons have zero mass.

The E. Coli bacterium propels itself with a 'motor' only one-millionth of an inch in diameter, a thousand times smaller than the tiniest motors built to date by man. The rotation of the bacterial motor comes from a current of protons. The efficiency of the motor approaches 100 per cent.

A "jiffy" is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.

Physics is great with interesting facts right?

Interesting Facts About Names

Gabriel, Michael and Lucifer (more commonly known as Satan) are the only 3 angels to be named in the bible.

The original name for the butterfly was 'flutterby'.

Interesting Facts

Names of the three wise monkeys are: Mizaru (See no evil), Mikazaru (Hear no evil), and Mazaru (Speak no evil).

Elton John's real name is Reginald Dwight. Elton comes from Elton Dean, a Bluesology sax player. John comes from Long John Baldry, founder of Blues Inc. They were the first electric white blues band ever seen in England- -1961.

The letters KGB stand for Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti.

ABBA got their name by taking the first letter from each of their first names (Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny, Anni- frid.)

Bingo is the name of the dog on the Cracker Jack box.

The Mongol emperor Genghis Khan's original name was Temujin.

The most popular boat name requested is "Obsession".

The Canary Islands were not named after a bird called the canary. They were named after a breed of dogs!

Ethernet is a registered trademark of Xerox, Unix is a registered trademark of AT&T.

Duddley DoRight's Horses name was "Horse."

The name of the legendary Lady Godiva's horse is Aethenoth.

Abe Silverstein, who headed NASA's Space Flight Development Program, proposed the name Apollo for the space exploration programs in the 1960's. He chose that legendary Greek name because the virile Apollo was a god who rode through the skies in a magnificent golden chariot. The precedent of naming manned spacecraft for mythological gods had been set earlier with Project Mercury, also named by Silverstein.

Trivia is the Roman goddess of sorcery, hounds and the crossroads.

The name "cappuccino" was given to the drink, because the froth peaks resembled the hoods of Capuchin Monks.

Sailor, Dead Leaf, Paper Kite, Blue Striped Crow, Julia and Great Egg Fly are all names of butterflies.

Interesting Facts

The name for insect poop is frass.

It is possible for any American citizen to give whatever name he or she chooses to any unnamed mountain or hill in the United States.

The ship, the Queen Elizabeth 2, should always be written as QE2. QEII is the actual queen.

Jack is the most common name in nursery rhymes.

"Jaws" is the most common name for a goldfish.

In some (maybe all) Asian countries, the family name is written first and the individual name written second.

Barbie's full name is Barbie Millicent Roberts.

Earth is the only planet not named after a pagan God.

The three best-known western names in China: Jesus Christ, Richard Nixon, and Elvis Presley.

Interesting facts About Music

The first CD pressed in the United States for commercial release was Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA."

Interesting facts About Music

At age 47, the Rolling Stones' bassist, Bill Wyman, began a relationship with 13-year old Mandy Smith, with her mother's blessing. Six years later, they were married, but the union only lasted seventeen months. Not long after, Bill's 30-year-old son Stephen married Mandy's mother, age 46. That made Stephen a stepfather to his former stepmother, Mandy.

Shock Rocker, Alice Cooper was once elected Homecoming Queen for the University Of Houston.

Chuck Berry holds a degree in cosmetology.

Interesting Facts

Petula Clark's hit, "This Is My Song" was written by movie actor Charlie Chaplin.

Roy Orbison's trademark look came about when he misplaced his regular glasses and had to rely on a pair of prescription sun-glasses( Music ). His management liked the mysterious look it gave him and soon, they were the only ones he wore.

The piano player on Art Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Waters" is Larry Knechtel of the group "Bread".

At the end of the Beatles' song "A Day in the Life," an ultrasonic whistle, audible only to dogs, was recorded by Paul McCartney for his old English sheepdog "Martha".

Jimi Hendrix was thrown out of high school for holding the hand of a white girl in class.

Even though he has recorded some of the most memorable rock and roll classics, the only gold record that Chuck Berry ever received was for "My Ding-a-ling".

Interesting Facts

The original Eagles, Glen Frey, Don Henley, Randy Meisner and Bernie Leadon first met when they were members of Linda Ronstadt's backup band.

'Billie Jean' by Michael Jackson was the first video to air on MTV by a black artist.

When Pink Floyd's "Dark Side Of The Moon" finally fell off of Billboard's Hot 200 Album list in October 1988, it had set a record of 741 weeks on the chart.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Interesting Facts About Movies

On the cartoon show 'The Jetsons', Jane is 33 years old and her daughter Judy is 15.

over 5000 gallons of oats was used in Jurasic park 3 to stimulate the dinosour's droppings

In the movie "Toy Story", the carpet designs in Sid's hallway is the same as the carpet designs in "The Shining."

The longest film ever released was "****" by Andy Warhol in 1967, which lasted 25 hours. After its utter failure, it was withdrawn and re-released in a 90-minute form as "The Loves of Ondine."

Chocolate syrup was used for blood in the famous 45 second shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's movie, Psycho, which actually took 7 days to shoot.

Interesting Facts

The lion costume in the film Wizard of Oz was made from real lions.

Wilma Flintstone's maiden name was Wilma Slaghoopal, and Betty Rubble's Maiden name was Betty Jean Mcbricker.

Sherlock Holmes never said "Elementary, my dear Watson."

In the movie "Casablanca," Humphrey Bogart never said "Play it again, Sam."

In every episode of "Seinfeld" there is a Superman somewhere.

Interesting Facts

Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn't wear pants.

All of the clocks in the movie "Pulp Fiction" are stuck on 4:20.

101 Dalmatians and Peter Pan (Wendy) are the only two Disney cartoon features with both parents that are present and don't die throughout the movie.

Interesting Facts About Money

The face of a penny can hold about thirty drops of water.

Pocahontas appeared on the back of the $20 bill in 1875.

In the United States, a pound of potato chips cost two hundred times more than a pound of potatoes.

On the new hundred-dollar bill the time on the clock tower of Independence Hall is 4:10.

$644 million was mislaid by the accounting firm Arthur Andersen during their 1999 audit of NASA.

Some people consider the $1 bill unlucky because there are so many 13's on it: 13 stars, 13 stripes, 13 steps, 13 arrows and even an olive branch with 13 leaves on it.

Cost of raising a medium size dog to the age of 11: $6,400.

The car in the foreground on the back of a $10 bill is a 1925 Hupmobile.

There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.

On an American one-dollar bill, there is an owl in the upper left-hand corner of the "1" encased in the "shield" and a spider hidden in the front upper right-hand corner.

On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament Building is an American flag.

Interesting Facts is that More Monopoly money is printed in a year, than real money printed throughout the world.

Money isn't made out of paper, it's made out of cotton.

Lee Harvey Oswald's cadaver tag sold at an auction for $6,600 in 1992.

In 75% of American households, women manage the money and pay the bills.

If you toss a penny 10,000 times, it will not be heads 5,000 times, but more like 4,950. The heads picture weighs more, so it ends up on the bottom.

If you have three quarters, four dimes, and four pennies, you have $1.19. You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a dollar.

Interesting Facts is that America once issued a 5-cent bill.

All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.

About 70% of Americans who go to college do it just to make more money.

A quarter has 119 grooves on its edge, a dime has one less groove.

A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.

Interesting Mistakes Facts

On July 28th, 1945, a US Army bomber crashed into the 79th floor of New York's Empire State Building, killing 14 people.

Interesting Facts is that Ohio is listed as the 17th state in the U.S., but technically it is Number 47. Until August 7, 1953, Congress forgot to vote on a resolution to admit Ohio to the Union.

It's rumored that sucking on a copper penny will cause a breathalyzer to read 0. Myth Busters on the Discovery Channel proved this wrong.

2,500 lefties die each year using products designed for rightists.

Interesting Facts is that Ivory bar soap floating was a mistake. They had been overmixing the soap formula causing excess air bubbles that made it float. Customers wrote and told how much they loved that it floated, and it has floated ever since.

315 entries in Webster's Dictionary will be misspelled.

Interesting Facts About Mathematics or Maths

Interesting Facts is that What five digit number, when multiplied by the number 4, is the same number with the digits in reverse order? 21978; 21978 x 4 = 87912.

When PI is rounded to the third decimal place contains the number 42.

If you add up the numbers 1-100 consecutively (1+2+3+4+5 etc) the total is 5050.
111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

Interesing Facts About Laws

During the eighteenth century, laws had to be brought in to curb the seemingly insatiable appetite for gin amongst the poor. Their annual intake was as much as five million gallons.

In France, it is illegal for a person to kiss another on railways.

Interesting Facts is that By law, employees do not have to wash hands after sneezing.

The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.

It's against the law to catch fish with your bare hands in Kansas.

Interesting Facts is that It's against the law to burp, or sneeze in a certain church in Omaha, Nebraska.

It was once against the law to slam your car door in a city in Switzerland.

It was once against the law to have a pet dog in a city in Iceland.

According to a British law passed in 1845, attempting to commit suicide was a capital offense. Offenders could be hanged for trying.

Interesting Facts About Inventions

Before invention of the thermometer, brewers used to check the temperature by dipping their thumb, to find whether appropriate for adding Yeast. Too hot, the yeast would die. This is where we get the phrase " The Rule of the Thumb".

Sliced bread was patented by a jeweller, Otto Rohwedder, in 1928. He had been working on it for 16 years, having started in 1912.

Joseph Niepce developed the world's first photographic image in 1827. Thomas Edison and W K L Dickson introduced the film camera in 1894. But the first projection of an image on a screen was made by a German priest. In 1646, Athanasius Kircher used a candle or oil lamp to project hand-painted images onto a white screen.

Interesting Facts is that The Sumerians invented writing.

The Sumerians, who lived in the Middle East, invented the wheel in about 3450 BC.

Karl Benz invented the first gas powered car. The car had only three wheels. The first car with four wheels was made in France in 1901 by Panhard et LeVassor.

JOSEPH RECHENDORFER was the first person to think of putting a piece of rubber onto the top of a pencil which makes it real easy to rub out mistakes.

Chess (Shataranja or AshtaPada) was invented in India.

Interesting Facts is that India invented the Number System. Zero was invented by Aryabhatta.

Bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laserbprinters,all were invented by women.

In Scotland, a new game was invented. It was entitled Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden.... and thus the word GOLF entered into the English language.

The first rocket was invented by the Chinese in the 13th century.

False eyelashes were invented by the American film director D.W. Griffith while he was making his 1916 epic, "Intolerance". Griffith wanted actress Seena Owen to have lashes that brushed her cheeks, to make her eyes shine larger than life. A wigmaker wove human hair through fine gauze, which was then gummed to Owen's eyelids. "Intolerance" was critically acclaimed but flopped financially, leaving Griffith with huge debts that he might have been able to settle easily - had he only thought to patent the eyelashes.

Shakespeare invented the word "assassination" and "bump."

The fortune cookie was invented in 1916 by George Jung, a Los Angeles noodlemaker.

Mr. Peanut was invented in 1916 by a Suffolk, Virginia schoolchild who won $5 in a design contest sponsored by Planters Peanuts.

Everyone thinks it was Whitcomb Judson who invented the zipper but it was really Elias Howe. Elias was so busy inventing the sewing machine that he didn't get around to selling his zipper invention which he called a "clothing closure".

Interesting Facts is that The oiuja board was invented by Isaac and William Fuld, and was patented July 1, 1892.

The hamburger was invented in 1900 by Louis Lassen. He ground beef, broiled it, and served it between two pieces of toast.

In 2003, scientists managed to create a material dense enough to stop light mid-way through it, allowing them to observe static light.

The Can opener wasn't invented until 48 years after the can.

Nobel Prize resulted from a late change in the will of Alfred Nobel, who did not want to be remembered as a propagator of violence-he invented dynamite.

Diet Coke was only invented in 1982.

Dry cereal for breakfast was invented by John Henry Kellogg at the turn of the century Inventor Samuel Colt patented his revolver in 1836.

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

Interesting Facts In the past...

Historians have called beer the national drink of ancient Egypt. The pharoahs appointed a "royal chief beer inspector" to protect its quality.

About 4000 years ago, it was the accepted practice in Babylonia 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 calender was lunar based, this period was called the "honey month" or what we know to day as the "Honey moon".

Interesting Facts is that In Ancient Peru, when a woman found an 'ugly' potato, it was the custom for her to push it into the face of the nearest man.

In 1647 the English Parliament abolished Christmas.

Ancient drinkers warded off the devil by clinking their cups.

The Toltecs, Seventh-century native Mexicans, went into battle with wooden swords so as not to kill their enemies.

Because they had no proper rubbish disposal system, the streets of ancient Mesopotamia became literally knee-deep in rubbish.

Interesting Facts is that Many sailors used to wear gold earrings so that they could afford a proper burial when they died.

The Chinese used silk to make their paper.

Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim or handle of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service. "Wet your whistle" is the phrase inspired by this practice.

Human skulls had been used as drinking cups for hundreds of years. The muscles and flesh were scraped away, the bottom was hacked off and then they were suitable to hold any beverage.

Interesting Facts is that According to the Greek historian Herodotus, Egyptian men never became bald. The reason for this, Herodotus claimed, was that as children Egyptian males had their heads shaved, and their scalps were continually exposed to the health-giving rays of the sun.

Limelight was how we lit the stage before electricity was invented. Basically, illumination was produced by heating blocks of lime until they glowed.

The Chinese, in olden days, used marijuana only as a remedy for dysentery.

The ancient Egyptians recommended mixing half an onion with beer foam as a way of warding off death.

The pharaohs of ancient Egypt wore garments made with thin threads of beaten gold. Some fabrics had up to 500 gold threads per one inch of cloth.

More than 5,000 years ago, the Chinese discovered how to make silk from silkworm cocoons. For about 3,000 years, the Chinese kept this discovery a secret. Because poor people could not afford real silk, they tried to make other cloth look silky. Women would beat on cotton with sticks to soften the fibers. Then they rubbed it against a big stone to make it shiny. The shiny cotton was called "chintz." Because chintz was a cheaper copy of silk, calling something "chintzy" means it is cheap and not of good quality.

The Aztec Indians of Mexico believed turquoise would protect them from physical harm, and so warriors used these green and blue stones to decorate their battle shields.

Doors in London in the eighteenth century had up to ten keyholes to confuse burglars.

The British aristocracy suffered its greatest disaster on October 14th 1066 when 50% of its membership was killed at the Battle of Hastings.

For a very brief time in 1964, it seemed that the biggest challenger to the Beatles' phenomenon was the Dave Clark Five.

Ancient Egyptians shaved off their eyebrows to mourn the death of their cats.

Florida was a loyal British colony during the American Revolution.

Black death came to Europe when Mongols threw corpses into a city occupied by Italians that they wanted to get rid of.

Pennsylvania used to be part of Connecticut.

In Queen Victoria's time it was a crime to be a male homosexual. It was not a crime for women because Queen Victoria said "women would never do such a thing".

From 1942 until the end of World War II, Oscars were made out of plaster to conserve metal. After the war, the winners received "real" replacement statues.

The X's that people sometimes put at the end of letters or notes to mean a kiss, actually started back in the 1000's when Lords would sign their names at the end of documents to other important people. It was originally a cross that they would kiss after signing to signify that they were faithful to God and their King.

Over the years though, it slanted into the X.

In ancient Rome it was considered a sign of leadership to be born with a crooked nose.

During the time of Peter the Great, any Russian man who had a beard was required to pay a special tax.

Interesting Facts is that Clocks made before 1687 had only one hand, an hour hand.

In 1221 Genghis Khan killed 1,748,000 people at Nishapur in one hour.

In medieval Thailand, they had moveable type printing presses. The type was made from baked oxen dung.

The Ottoman Empire once had seven emperors in seven months. They died of (in order): burning, choking, drowning, stabbing, heart failure, poisoning and being thrown from a horse.

When Saigon fell, the signal for all Americans to evacuate was Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" being played on the radio.

Roman Emperor Caligula made his horse a senator.

There was once a town in West Virginia called "6."

Interesting Facts is that The Mona Lisa has no eyebrows. It was the fashion in Renaissance Florence to shave them off.

The Mona Lisa used to hang on the wall of Napoleon’s bedroom.

Interesting Facts about Human Body

The human body contains 60,000 miles of blood vessels.

The strongest muscle in the body is the TONGUE.

The human heart creates enough pressure while pumping to squirt blood 30 feet.

The brain of an average adult male weighs 1,375 gm (55 oz). The brain of Russian novelist Turgenev weighed 2021 gm (81 oz), Bismark's weighed 1807 gm (72 oz), while that of French statesman Gambetta was only 1294 gm (51 oz). Einstein's brain was of average size.

Interesting Facts is that Your muscles make up about one-half of your body weight.

About half of the bones in the human body are located in the hands and feet.

An adult human heart weighs about 10 ounces and beats over 100,000 times a day.

Your fingernail has the same ingredients as fly poop.

Your eye will focus on about 50 things per second.

The body has 93,000 miles of nerves in it.

Your eye expands up to 45% when looking at something pleasing.

Interesting Facts is that You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television.

The only bone in the human body not connected to another is the hyoid, a V-shaped bone located at the base of the tongue between the mandible and the voice box. Its function is to support the tongue and its muscles.

In an average lifetime, a person produces 10,000 gallons of saliva.

The human brain is about 85% water.

The human skin weights 6 lbs.

Cholesterol is used to make sex hormones.

Interesting Facts is that When you fart in a pool, it creates a chemical reaction.

Hair is the fastest growing tissue in the body, second only to bone marrow.

It takes about 20 seconds for a red blood cell to circle the whole body.

About 8 million blood cells die in the human body every second, and the same number are born each second.

At - 40 degrees Centigrade a person loses about 14.4 calories per hour by breathing.

There are 35 million digestive glands in the stomach.

A newborn expels its own body weight in waste every 60 hours.

There is a rare condition called Exploding Head Syndrome which you have probably never heard of.

The brain is soft and gelatinous - its consistency is something between jelly and cooked pasta.

Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.

Interesting Facts is that One quarter of the bones in your body, are in your feet.

Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously

It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

Human thigh bones are stronger than concrete.

Human teeth are almost as hard as rocks.

Fingernails grow nearly 4 times faster than toenails.

Every person has a unique tongue print.

During your lifetime, you'll eat about 60,000 pounds of food, that's the weight of about 6 elephants.

Interesting Facts is that Babies are born without knee caps. They don't appear until the child reaches 2-6 years of age.

An average person laughs about 15 times a day.

A sneeze travels out your mouth at over 100 m.p.h.

A hard working adult sweats up to 4 gallons per day. Most of the sweat evaporates before a person realizes it's there.

Interesting Facts about Food

A peanut is not a nut. It is a legume.

1 apple ads 5 minutes to a person's life.

Strawberries have more vitamin C in them than oranges.

The first ring donuts were produced in 1847 by a 15 year old baker's apprentice, Hanson Gregory, who knocked the soggy center out of a fried doughnut.

Coca-cola (or any other cola soda) is good for cleaning the poles on car batteries.
Twinkies have a shelf life of 100 years.

There are more than 1,00 chemicals in a cup of coffee.

The amount American Airlines saved in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first class: $40,000.

Cacao, the main ingredient of chocolate is the most pest-ridden tree in the jungle.

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

Goldfish swallowing started at Harvard in 1939.

Interesting Facts is that The avocado has the most calories of any fruit.

The typical American eats 263 eggs a year.

America's best selling ice cream flavor is vanilla.

The green stuff on the occasional freak potato chip is chlorophyll.

Honey is the only food that does not spoil. Honey found in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs has been tasted by archaeologists and found edible.

Eating a packet of crisps a day is equivalent to drinking five liters of cooking oil a year.

Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning.

Interesting Facts is that The Himalayan gogi berry contains, weight for weight, more iron than steak, more beta carotene than carrots, more vitamin C than oranges.

Non-dairy creamer is flammable.

It takes about a half a gallon of water to cook macaroni, and about a gallon to clean the pot.

Eskimo ice cream is neither icy, or creamy.

Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.

Interesting Facts is that Bubble gum contains rubber.

Almonds are a member of the peach family.

Interesting Facts about Drinks

Beer is one of the least calorific drinks per 100ml. It is the volume in which it is drunk and over time that will add up.

Interesting Facts is that Beer contains no fat and no cholesterol.

Beer is a source of B vitamins and minerals, such as potassium and magnesium, which are good for nerve production, help you concentrate, increase blood circulation and stimulate metabolism.

Interesting Facts is that Drinking a bottle of beer a day helps to reduce the chance of kidney stones by 40%.
Until the middle of the 15th century the majority of brewing was done in the home.

Interesting facts about Countries

Canada has no president. Canada's govenment is a Parliamentary democracy (federal constitutional monarchy) whose Monarch is Queen Elizabeth II. Canada has a Prime Minister.

The smallest country is Nauru with 21,2 square km.

In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts. So in old England, when customers got unruly, the bartender used to yell at themto mind their own pints and quarts and settle down. From where we get "mind your own P's and Q's".

China banned the pigtail in 1911 as it was seen as a symbol of feudalism.
In Britain 70% mothers go to work.

Angel Falls in Venezuela is the worlds highest waterfall, The water of Falls drops 3,212 feet (979 meters).

California has issued at least 6 drivers licenses to people named Jesus Christ.

In India the number of motorized vehicles have increased from 0.2 million in 1947 to 36.3 million in 1997.

India never invaded any country in her last 10000 years of history.

Singapore is one of two cities in the world with a tropical rainforest.

Burma is the only country where the cars are right hand-driven and driven on the right side of the road.

Laos is the most bombed country in the world.

Norway is the world's third largest oil exporter.

Interesting Facts is that The Mini Moke used to be the official transport for the police in Macau.

England's first great industry was wool. Its export had become the nation's largest source of income by the late Middle Ages.

The Republic of San Marino is the world's smallest republic (24 sq. miles) and possibly the oldest state in Europe (founded 4th century AD, according to tradition.)

In Eastern Africa you can buy banana beer. This beer is brewed from bananas.
Colorado is one of only two states in the United States in which ALL the water the state has FLOWS OUT of the state; NONE Flows in! (the other is Hawaii).

In England up until the 1950s attempted suicide was a capital offense.

Tokyo has had 24 recorded instances of people either killed or receiving serious skull fractures while bowing to each other with the traditional Japanese greeting.

Interesting Facts is that Less than one per cent of the 500 Chinese cities have clean air, respiratory disease is China's leading cause of death.

State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska.

City with the most Rolls Royces per capita: Hong Kong.

The principality of Monaco consists of 370 acres.

Florida's beaches lose 20 million cubic yards of sand annually.

Russia has the most movie theaters in the world.

The state of California raises the most turkeys out of all of the states.

Interesting Facts is that France has the highest per capita consumption of cheese.

Japan is the largest exporter of frog's legs.

New Jersey has a spoon museum with over 5,400 spoons from almost all the states.

Maine is the toothpick capital of the world.

Tourists visiting Iceland should know that tipping at a restaurant is not considered an insult! Despite the expensive food, tipping is welcome as in any other country.

Washington State has the longest single beach in the United States.Long Beach, WA

The age limit for marriage in France was, until recently, 15 for girls, but 18 for boys. The age for girls was raised to 18 in 2006.

Interesting Facts is that In Bhutan government policy is based on Gross National Happiness; thus most street advertising is banned, as are tobacco and plastic bags.

Britain is still paying off debts that predate the Napoleonic wars because it's cheaper to do so than buy back the bonds on which they are based.

Until 1965, driving was done on the left-hand side on roads in Sweden. The conversion to right-hand was done on a weekday at 5pm. All traffic stopped as people switched sides. This time and day were chosen to prevent accidents where drivers would have gotten up in the morning and been too sleepy to realize that
this was the day of the changeover.

Until 1796, there was a state in the United States called Franklin. Today it is known as Tennessee.

There is a town in Newfoundland, Canada called Dildo.

Interersting Facts About Blood Donation

Person above 18 years of age and over 50 Kgs. in weight can donate blood once in three months.

Interesting Facts is that A normal adult has five to six liters of blood in his/her body of which only 300 ml is used during blood donation.

This blood is replaced by your body within 24 to 48 hours!

No special diet, rest or medicine is required after blood donation.

The donor should not have taken any medicine in the last 48 hours.

The donor should not have contacted jaundice in the previous three years.

Interesting Facts is that Every donor is given a medical checkup prior to donation to see if he/she is medically fit and doesn't suffer

from anemia, high blood pressure etc.,

The donor cannot contract AIDS or any other disease by donating blood.
Make Blood donation a habit . There are many persons

including females who has donated blood more than 10 -20 times in their life

Interesting Facts is that Start with your B'day or from just today. Your little contribution can save someone's life.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Interesting Facts About Pregnancy

Pregnancy thrills as well as frightens women. It is worthwhile to have a look at some of the crucial facts about this particular stage in a woman's life.


In medical jargon, pregnancy represents the nourishing of one or more embryos inside the bodies of female mammals. In human beings, it usually takes about 9 months for an embryo to develop fully into a baby.

What Are Trimester Periods:
For the sake of simplicity, the pregnancy period is divided into three trimesters. In the first trimester, the likelihood of miscarriage, which means the natural death of the embryo, is very high. In the second trimester, one can follow the progress made by the embryo in a right direction. During the third and the third trimester, the Fetus learns how to survive and also gets ready to face the external world.

How Does A Woman Get Pregnant:
Pregnancy is the result of fertilization or the union of the female egg (oocyte) with the male sperm. This merger of the two takes place when a male ejaculates, releases the sperms inside a female through sexual intercourse. Though conception begins right since implantation of the fertilized egg in the uterine lining, for the sake of convenience, the first day of the last menstrual cycle is used to determine the due date or delivery date of baby. Following the implantation, human chorionic gonadotropinhormone is released. This activates the corpus luteum in the ovary to shoot up the level of progesterone. As a result, the body undergoes changes and symptoms of pregnancy become visible.

What Is A Due Date:

Interesting Facts is that The date when the pregnant woman is expected to deliver her baby is known as due date. According to the Merck Medical Manual, human pregnancy lasts for 266 days, i.e, 38 weeks. However, if one counts from the first day of the last menstrual cycle, it comes to 40 weeks. But these are average figures. The real duration of the Gestation period depends on various factors. For example, the first pregnancy period is usually longer than the subsequent ones.

What Is A Premature Baby:
A baby born before 37 weeks of pregnancy, is considered a premature baby. And if the baby is born after 43 weeks, it is called the post-mature baby. About 90 per cent of babies are born within a couple of weeks after the due date. Only 10 per cent of babies are born exactly on the due date.

Interesting Facts is that The pregnant woman's body experiences a number of changes during pregnancy. These changes also have an emotional and psychological impact on her.


Below are interesting health facts that have been discussed in past issues of Smart Life News. Our readers remain on the cutting edge of health because we bring them research that is often left out of the standard "medical news" or ignored by the medical / pharmaceutical industry.

Ordinary B-vitamins can enhance human mental performance and even increase "happiness"

Interesting Facts is that There are safe pharmaceuticals referred to as smart drugs that can improve memory, enhance learning, increase focus, treat neurodegenerative diseases, and slow aging - with virtually no side effects

A simple test withheld by doctors could reveal why many people have symptoms of hypothyroidism, even though standard tests have shown "normal" blood thyroid hormone levels

"Food allergies" are sky high in patients with "undiagnosable" neurological problems

Interesting Facts is that Just this year, mercury toxicity was implicated as a cause of Alzheimer's Disease? Now, what exactly were those dental fillings made out of again


A mineral found in the diet and present in many multi-vitamin supplements is a potential risk factor for Parkinson's Disease

An inexpensive supplemental hormone, common in the average, healthy human, can help prevent cancer, fight obesity, slow down aging, and enhance brain function?

Taking iron pills for anemia can be very dangerous

Sex drive is positively correlated with longevity in males

Interesting Facts is that Female sex drive responds to a common over-the-counter supplement

Hangovers, skin wrinkles and organ damage from alcohol toxicity can be prevented with a few simple nutritional supplements

80% of mental retardation associated with Down's Syndrome can be prevented

The dose-response curve for melatonin, is larger than almost all other nutrients, so you have to get the dose, timing and form right for melatonin to work properly

3 out of 10 US school kids have nutritional deficiencies that impair IQ and that juvenile delinquency is associated with nutritional deficiencies


Secondary nutritional deficiencies may be as common as primary ones

Throughout the world, it is becoming increasingly harder to obtain dietary supplements like high dose Vitamin C without a prescription from a doctor

Friday, October 3, 2008

Top Most Firing IT Companies in India!

1) IBM --- Right now this is the most firing company for IT professionals. In the last 6 months, this company has fired nearly 20% of their employees because of BG check and performance issues. This is the most insecure company from an IT professional's point of view. They don't have any strategic plans at HR policies regarding employee security. No appraisals (maximum 10%).

2) TCS --- Previously its an government IT Company . Now a days TCS also becoming firing IT company. Recently they fired on 500 people.( the people below 2 years of experience) and TCS lost so many projects recently( especially British Telecom Projects).

3) Accenture --- This is second top most firing company. The firing rate is around 5%. This depends upon outsourced projects; they have a unique system where Accenture development centers around the world bid for a project coming into the company. Currently Philippines centre is taking the cake and the Indian centers are in a firing mode.

4) WIPRO --- Firing people with very frequent back ground checks and firing them with out even experience letters and relieving letters (will mention as terminated from services)but will promise the employees that they will retain them. After the project is over they will fire away. Will threaten of criminal cases against such employees if they oppose the move and has also filed against some.

6) Intel --- Recently joined the league. Running in heavy losses, hence firing 3000 employees in the Bangalore center in a phased out manner.

7) CTS --- Has a steady firing policy (checking the Educational background and previous employment and also employee performance in work). In a Recent HCL walk-in, around 50% attendees were from this company. Sadly the I-pods have not helped them.

CSC --- Excellent package but fires folks in Background check and those on bench regularly. Recently fired 400+ employees from its subsidiary Covansys.

9) Satyam --- Currently stopped firing. The Attrition rate is very high. No firing from 2005 until now when 1000 employees were fired in Hyderabad.

10) Patni ---- They fired so many employees that currently they are facing understaffing and deficiency with number of employees. Very high attrition rate.

11) Keane India ---- This USA based company is always involved in firing employees. Although they proudly say that they don't have hire and fire policy. Recently they fired Java and as400 professionals after which most of the employees have started to pack their bags. Employees change this company within 1 year.

So take care before accepting offers from these companies.

Secure IT companies in India

1) Microsoft --- Has projects till 2050.

2) EDS --- Most secure company in India. Not laid off any of its employees even during 2001. Has lots of projects in Defense and financial areas

3) HP --- Dream Company. In-house and outsourced projects

4) Infosys --- Dream Job. On a way to achieve the status of a secured, stable Govt. company.

5) AOL, Google and Yahoo - Best companies to work with, great job satisfaction as well as great salary and work environment. Rarely fires an employee. As they are internet based companies' they offer lots of opportunities to grow.

6) HCL -- A good company to be in. Called as a "retirement company."

7) HSBC--- This is the most secure company. It has never fired any employee, even when they know that the employee is showing fake experience.

Aricent--- a communication based software company, has never fired any employee and gives great perks & incentives, lot of projects in kitty. Minimal level of attrition.

9) KPIT Cummins Infosystems Limited ---- This is the most secure company not known to many. It has presently acquired CG Smith, Bangalore and has lots of projects in pipe line. Acquisitions plans will continue.

Note: The readers can rely or not upon their own risk.

Infosys Firing, IT Companies firing - An interesting observation in 2009

There has been a buzz in the IT industry about the firings in the top Indian IT Companies. I had an interesting observation to share with you.
Try the following search term in google.

tcs firing
wipro firing
satyam firing
infosys firing

As you can see from the last snapshot by searching Infosys firing in google, you can see a red circle in the snapshot, here google says Did you mean “Infosys Hiring”. ( From Google Help page - Google’s spell checking software automatically checks whether your query uses the most common spelling of a given word. If it thinks you’re likely to generate better results with an alternative spelling, it will ask “Did you mean: (more common spelling)?”. Click the suggested spelling to launch a Google search for that).

It has got very significant meaning that Infosys has never been a hire and fire company, and it is a great achievement for a company and it is not a true news that infy firing

Well infy is not in mood to fire;

And going completely against the tide is Infosys, which is actually planning to hire 25,000 people this year and is also contemplating recruiting about 1,000 more in China over the next two to three years. Infact insosys have lot of project and infy hyderabad is recruiting people like anything; check today times ascent also. Infy hyderabad is all to set its New campus at Uppal hyderabad.
Lets hope that the current situation of firing employees in top companies goes away fast.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

A Few Interesting Health Care Facts And Figures

Almost two trillion dollars wasted on health care every year...

The United States spends, on average, 1.7 trillion dollars annually on its health care system. Apparently, that staggering amount of money can’t buy our nation a ranking within the top twenty listing of western countries providing basic health care services to their citizens.

50 million Americans don’t have access to a Primary Care Provider...

Forty-two million adults and eight million children couldn’t get in to see a Medical Doctor for basic health care services today if they stood at the front door of a medical practice, bleeding or crippled, and banged on the door! This is America I’m talking about.

Doctors are turning more and more patients away daily...

In a recent survey, thirty percent of AMA Doctors indicated that they are seriously considering dropping all Medicare patients or not accepting any further Medicare beneficiaries. The same sentiments are being echoed concerning Medicaid patients.

You could be next to be dropped from your Doctor’s patient load...

If you do have a Primary Care Doctor, there’s nothing to stop your Physician from dropping you as a patient at any time. With the rising cost of patient care, many traditional Providers are beginning to restrict their practices to just private and commercial insurance carriers and to a small percentage of Medicare, Medicaid and cash-paying patients who’ve been with a given Provider for some time. Are you really so sure that you won’t be the next patient to be dropped from your traditional Primary Care Doctor’s practice?

Many of our Traditional and Alternative Medicine Practitioners are not being honest with us...

Many traditional Medical Doctors take nutritional supplements but don’t recommend them to their patients. Believe it or not, quite a few Alternative Medicine Practitioners, who openly denounce traditional medicine to their patients, will occasionally pay a visit to a traditional Doctor’s office about their health issues. This kind of dishonesty needs to stop. Both modalities of health care services delivery – traditional and alternative medicine – have a place in our nation’s health care system. The sooner both camps realize that and start respecting one another, the quicker America can go about the business of cleaning up it’s health care mess.

My purpose here is to give you a brief sampling of the utter nonsense going on daily in the field of health care services availability and delivery.

Are you Angry, Disturbed or Flabbergasted? I certainly hope so. Because until every one of us gets disgusted enough to fix this health care mess, we’ll all be hearing sad and embarrassing stories like these for a long time to come.

10 Interesting Health and Safety Facts

1. About 3.9 million employees are disabled at work in any given year.
2. One work related injury occurs every 8 seconds.
3. Accidental overdose of iron pills is the leading cause of poisoning deaths among children.
4. Fire kills more Americans each year than ALL other natural disasters combined.
5. Nature requires over 5 years to get rid of a cigarette butt.
6. The energy needed to make 1 new aluminum can makes 20 recycled ones.
7. About 8 out of every 10 adults will have a back injury in their lives.
8. On average about 400 people die from excess heat (heat stroke) each year.
9. Occupational skin diseases costs $1 billion annually in worker comp costs claims.
10. Of the 42,000 traffic fatalities in recent years, 41% were alcohol related.

Friday, September 26, 2008


In Islam, fasting is a religious ritual that involves abstaining from all food, drink, sexual activity, and certain other specified activities from dawn until sunset.

Fasting during the Month of Ramadan

This communal religious obligation is one of the five pillars of Islam. It

derives its importance from the saying of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) that Islam stands on five (pillars) : To witness that there is no god but God (Allah) and that Muhammad (pbuh) is His Prophet, to perform the required prayers, to pay the zakat (poor-due), to fast the month of Ramadan, and to perform the pilgrimage (Hajj) to Makkah.

Who Must Fast Fasting is obligatory upon every adult Muslim who is sane, is able to perform it and is not travelling. If he cannot meet any one of these conditions, he is excused from the fast without any penalty.

Those who embrace Islam are not required to make up the fasts that they missed while they were non-Muslims.

Those who are insane, retarded, or somehow mentally impaired so that they do not (or cannot) function like normal people do not have to fast. They are not penalized in any way. The same is true for those who are very elderly and feel that they are unable to fast.

Invalids, such as very elderly people or people suffering from incurable

Illnesses, are not required to fast. However, they must compensate for this by

feeding one needy person for every day of fasting that they miss.

Those who fall ill unexpectedly and feel that their condition would worsen if they observed the fast are excused. After they recover, they must make up the fast by fasting the number of days that they missed.

Pregnant and nursing mothers do not have to fast if they feel that it would cause them undue and unnecessary hardship or that it might harm the unborn child or the nursing infant. After this period of danger has passed, they must fast the number of days that they missed.

Women who are having their menstrual period or experiencing bleeding due to recent child birth are not required to fast. They must make up the days that they have missed when their period or bleeding has stopped.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008



-Love is one of a human being's strongest needs, surpassed only by food and groin-kicking filthy hippies.

-Love is like an unquenchable thirst, though it can be temporarily sated with fluids other than water.

-The easiest way to tell if someone loves you is to tell them they have a nice ass. If they file a sexual harrassment suit, it's love.

-No, I'm NOT a lawyer. Why do you ask?

-The best way to show someone you love them is by buying them expensive gifts. The poor are simply unworthy of love.

-Michael Moore is, technically, poor.

-Love is full of strange, confusing contradictions, and at times makes no sense whatsoever, yet it should not be confused with the UN, since love rarely involves oil-related scandals.

-Despite what you may have been taught in school, love is more than just a few cigars and a stained blue dress

-Love means never having to say you're sorry, mostly because when you screw up, you will need to make a MUCH longer speech than that.

-For best results, include bended-knee grovelling and a lot of diamonds.

-I *told* you love wasn't for the poor.

-The French are reputed to be experts in love, mostly because it's something they can surrender to.

-You never know when love will strike, which makes it similar to terrorists. If you see love, shoot it, just to be safe.

-Some people will need Viagra for this.

-Some types of love are actually unhealthy. For example, if your love involves handcuffs, ostrich feathers, or spankings, it's fine.

-Love is a many-splendored thing, much like the diamond necklace you'll be buying when you screw up.

-Again - not for the poor.

-Money can't buy happiness, but it CAN buy love. Although I've found that the healthy kind usually costs a little extra.

-Love was originally invented by Microsoft, thus explaining its chronic instability.

-In a fight between love and Aquaman, love would conquer all, and Aquaman would confess his secret longing for King Neptune.

-Long-lasting love can be achieved by filling out the on-line registration form and only using fully licensed

versions. In the long run, pirated love will only bring misery, despite requiring fewer diamonds initially.

-For more information on the ins and outs of love (which only SOUNDS dirty) see the Love Notes category at Bad Example. Those with delicate sensibilities are urged to think twice before choosing to view the comments.


When it comes to dating, office romances are a hot subject. Some work out great, some create bigger office problems, and some are banned by company regulations. Here are some fun and interesting facts about office romance:

» The author of the book "The Office Romance" estimates that approximately 8 million people enter into a relationship with a coworker every year.

» A seven year study by a Swedish researcher, Yvonne Aberg, found that coed work environments are dangerous to marriages. Studying 37,000 employees worldwide, the research showed that the divorce rate of couples who work in a coed environment is 70% higher than the divorce rate of couples who work in a same-sex environment. The study also found a "contagious" effect when it comes to divorce. There was a 43% increase of the chance of a married person getting a divorce if 1/3rd of his or her coworkers had recently gotten a divorce.

» More future spouses will meet at work than neighborhood settings, social settings, or school according to a study from the Bureu of National Affairs in the late 1980s.

» Working close to those of the opposite gender affects the potential of an office romance because those you work close with are the ones you share life's information (and confidences with). Over 90% of reported office romances start in the same building versus adjoining offices.


Kissing is a common and sometimes intimate activity for couples. Yet kissing has also been studiedin-depth, creating some fun and interesting facts. For example, did you know:

» Twice as many people turn their heads to the right when kissing than to the left, according to a visual study by German psychologist Onur Güntürkün of Ruhr-Universität-Bochum. He casually (and discreetly) studied kissing couples in the public and counted them as part of his research as long as they had lip contact, were positioned face to face, and weren't holding any objects. 124 couples qualified in his visual study. As babies (in and out the womb), the majority of humans favor turning their head to the right and most are right handed. This was one of the influencial observations that lead to the study.

» Philematology is the scientific name for "kissing".

» Research indicates that there is a much better chance of you catching a cold from shaking hands with someone who has a cold than kissing them.

» There is a huge debate on how many calories are burned, if any, from kissing. Estimates range from an average of one calorie per kiss to 90 calories for a passionate 30-minute kiss. When Snapple put out its Snapple Facts, under the bottle cover, one fact claimed that a one-minute kiss burns 26 calories.


Known as the "Wedding Capitol of the World," Las Vegas is full of some fun and interesting facts. For example, did you know:

» On one day out of the year the Clark County (Las Vegas) Marriage License Bureau is open for a full 24 hours. That day is... February 14.

» There are approximately 120,000 marriages that take place in Las Vegas every year. That averages out to about 328 weddings a day.

» Next to Valentine's Day the busiest day for weddings in Las Vegas is New Year's Eve.

» Las Vegas is home to several drive-thru wedding chapels where you can get married without ever leaving your car! In the entire country of Canada, there is one drive-thru wedding chapel.

The Top 10 Interesting Facts About Dating

"The Top 10 Interesting Facts About Dating," by Susan Dunn, Coach and David M. Buss author of The Evolution of Desire: Strategies of Human Mating is a professor of psychology at the Univ. of Michigan. He and his colleagues interviewed over 10,000 people of all ages from 37 cultures worldwide, and his book is full of interesting facts. Here are a few.

1. The divorce rate among couples where the woman makes more than the man is 50% higher than among couples in which the husband earns more.

2. There are 25,000 to 35,000 polygynous marriages in the U.S.,mostly in western states.

The more polygynous the mating system the greater the differences between the sexes in terms of mortality.

Polygynous mating selects for males who take risks. Risk-taking traits lead to successful mating at the expense of a long life, i.e., the biggest buck wins the mating-fight, but will have more trouble feeding himself in a lean winter.

3. The #1 cause of divorce worldwide is infidelity.

4. The #2 cause of divorce worldwide is infertility.

5. The #3 cause of divorce worldwide is unkindness.

This can take the form of emotional and/or physical abuse,and may be the result of infidelity and infertility, or it can be a personality characteristic that is stable over time, involving lack of consideration for others, cruelty,selfishness, and irresponsibility.

6. Worldwide, wives who are less than 20 years old are morethan twice as likely as women who are more than 20 to be killed by a husband in a jealous age, regardless of the age of the husband.

7. 33% of women who have extramarital affairs consider their marriages to be happy, while 56% of men do.

8. Worldwide, women prefer to marry men who are older than they are and vice versa.

In Finland, Sweden and Norway the man is 1-2 years older. In Nigeria, 6.5 years older. In Zambia, 7.5 years older. In the US, men in their 30s prefer a woman 5 years younger; in their 50s, a woman 10-20 years younger. In the US, on average in the first marriage, the man is 3 years older; in the second marriage 5 years older; in the third marriage, 8 years older.

9. For the lifetime, men on average would like to have 18 sex partners, and women, 4 or 5.

10. Remarriage after death or divorce? In the US, 76% of women aged 14-19 remarry; 56% of women aged 30-39; 32% of women aged 40-49; and 12% of women aged 50-75.

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Christmas Trivia and Fun Facts

There's no other holiday like Christmas. Many of us celebrate the holidays without knowing how our traditions got started or what they signify. Christmas is much more fun when you know some facts behind the holiday

Most of these facts are very interesting and reminds us that there is quite a bit of history behind our family customs. Try using the trivia to make your own Christmas quiz for holiday parties and add a unique touch with personal favorites.

Christmas Holiday Trivia
The word Christmas is Old English, a contraction of Christ's Mass.

The first president to decorate the white house Christmas tree in the United States was Franklin Pierce.

Electric lights for trees were first used in 1895.

The first Christmas cards were vintage and invented in 1843, the Victorian Era.

"It's a Wonderful Life" appears on TV more often than any other holiday movie.

"Rudolph" was actually created by Montgomery Ward in the late 1930's for a holiday promotion. The rest is History.

"The Nutcracker" is the most famous Christmas ballet.

"Jingle Bells" was first written for Thanksgiving and then became one of the most popular Christmas songs.

If you received all of the gifts in the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas", you would receive 364 presents.

The poinsettia plant was brought into the United States from Mexico by Joel Poinsett in the early 1800's.

Holly berries are poisonous.

Contrary to common belief, poinsettia plants are non-toxic.

In 1843, "A Christmas Carol" was written by Charles Dickens in just six weeks.

The first state to recognize the Christmas holiday officially was Alabama

Christmas became a national holiday in America on June, 26, 1870.

coca Cola was the first beverage company to use Santa for a winter promotion.

An angel told Mary she was going to have a baby.

Clearing up a common misconception, in Greek, X means Christ. That is where the word "X-Mas" comes from. Not because someone took the "Christ" out of Christmas.

Traditionally, Christmas trees are taken down after Epiphany.

More diamonds are sold around Christmas than any other time of the year.

In Mexico, wearing red underwear on New Year's Eve is said to bring new love in the upcoming year.


In the Ukraine, if you find a spider web in the house on Christmas morning, it is believed to be a harbinger of good luck! There once lived a woman so poor, says a Ukrainian folk tale, that she could not afford Christmas decorations for her family. One Christmas morning, she awoke to find that spiders had trimmed her children’s tree with their webs. When the morning sun shone on them, the webs turned to silver and gold. An artificial spider and web are often included in the decorations on Ukrainian Christmas trees.

At Christmas, it is traditional to exchange kisses beneath the mistletoe tree. In ancient Scandinavia, mistletoe was associated with peace and friendship. That may account for the custom of "kissing beneath the mistletoe".

'Klaxon' is a name that does not belong to one of Santa’s reindeer. A klaxon is actually a powerful electric horn. Its name comes from a German word meaning "shriek".

In many households, part of the fun of eating Christmas pudding is finding a trinket that predicts your fortune for the coming year. For instance, finding a coin means you will become wealthy. A ring means you will get married; while a button predicts bachelorhood. The idea of hiding something in the pudding comes from the tradition in the Middle Ages of hiding a bean in a cake that was served on Twelfth Night. Whoever found the bean became "king" for the rest of the night.

Frumenty was a spiced porridge, enjoyed by both rich and poor. It was a forerunner of modern Christmas puddings. It is linked in legend to the Celtic god Dagda, who stirred a porridge made up of all the good things of the earth.

In Greek legend, malicious creatures called Kallikantzaroi sometimes play troublesome pranks at Christmas time. In order to get rid of them, salt or an old shoe is burnt. The pungent burning stench drives off, or at least helps discourage, the Kallikantzaroi. Other techniques include hanging a pig’s jawbone by the door and keeping a large fire so they can’t sneak down the chimney.

The poinsettia is a traditional Christmas flower. In Mexico (its original birthplace), the poinsettia is known as the "Flower of the Holy Night".

Louis Prang, a Bavarian-born lithographer who came to the USA from Germany in the 19th century, popularized the sending of printed Christmas cards. He invented a way of reproducing color oil paintings, the "chromolithograph technique", and created a card with the message "Merry Christmas" as a way of showing it off.

The "Urn of Fate" is part of the Christmas celebrations in many Italian households. The Urn of Fate is brought out on Christmas Eve. It holds a wrapped present for everyone. The mother tries her luck first, then the others in turn. If you get a present with your name on it, you keep it; otherwise, you put it back and try

In Sweden, a common Christmas decoration is the Julbukk, a small figurine of a goat. It is usually made of straw. Scandinavian Christmas festivities feature a variety of straw decorations in the form of stars, angels, hearts and other shapes, as well as the Julbukk.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


Why Is a Book of Maps Called an Atlas?

Atlas was a Greek god who supposedly held up the earth on his shoulders.The Greeks usually represented him supporting two huge pillars that held up the earth, and these pillars rested in the sea we call the Atlantic Ocean, named after Atlas.In later centuries, the figure of Atlas holding up the earth was often used at the front of a book of maps. So, a book of maps became known as an atlas!

Where Is There a Country Without Women?

Athos is a 40-mile-long piece of land jutting out from Greece into the Aegean Sea. But Athos is really not part of Greece.It's ruled by a group of monks who represent the 20 monasteries in Athos. Since 1045, the monks have orbidden women to set foot on their land!It isn't only human women who are not permitted in thos, but females of all animal species. Only recently have exceptions been made — in the case of hens
and female cats!

What Is the Most Valuable Book Ever Printed?

In 1455, a German named Johann Gutenberg became the first person to print a book on a printing press with movable letters.He printed 200 copies of the Bible. Of these, only 21 complete copies exist today.And one of them was sold at auction in 1978 for $2,400,000, making it the most expensive book ever printed

Where Are Two Different Alphabets Used in the Same Country?

The most common language in the nation of Yugoslavia is called Serbo-Croatian. But people in Yugoslavia use two different alphabets to write the same language. One alphabet is the Roman, the one we use; the other is called the Cyrillic, and is the same alphabet as the one used in Russia.During the 9th century, a missionary named Cyril taught Christianity to Slavic people in Eastern Europe. But these people had no written language. So, in order to teach them to read the Bible, Cyril invented an alphabet based on the Greek alphabet.

Who Invented Potato Chips?

According to a story that may or may not be true, the first potato chips were 'invented around 1865 by a chef in Saratoga, New York.The chef made a batch of thin-sliced potatoes for the diners at a guest house, but one of the guests kept sending the potatoes back and asking for thinner slices. So the chef cut a potato into the thinnest slices he could, dropped them into oil, and produced America's first potato chips!The first factory in America built solely to produce potato chips opened in Albany, New York, in 1925.

Why Do We Put Chlorine in Swimming Pools?

Chlorine is a deadly poison in its pure form, yet we eat it all the time! How can that be?Chlorine is an element, just like iron or oxygen, but it never occurs in nature by itself. It's most commonly found mixed with the element sodium in a compound called sodium chloride — which is the chemical name for ordinary
table salt! So when we eat chlorine, we eat it mixed with sodium, and in that form chlorine is harmless.

Can a Boat Sail Across the United States?

By following the rivers of the United States that empty into the Atlantic Ocean or the Gulf of Mexico, a boat can travel as far west as the Rocky Mountains, but no farther.An imaginary line — called the Continental Divide — runs through the Rockies. All rivers on the east side of the Divide flow toward the Atlantic, toward
the Gulf, or toward the Great Lakes. But all the rivers on the west side of the Divide flow toward the Pacific Ocean. So there's no way for a boat to travel across America.

Could a Penny Dropped off a Skyscraper Really Kill Someone?

In physics, the momentum, or force, that a moving object can deliver to something it strikes depends on the size of the moving object, its mass, and the speed at which it is moving (its velocity)When we drop a penny from a very high building, its velocity keeps increasing until the penny hits the ground. And even an object
as light as a penny, if dropped from a high enough place, can strike the ground with greater force than a heavy object falling a short distance.So this falling penny, if it hits a person in the right place, can be deadly indeed!

When Was Croquet Popular?

Croquet is a game played outdoors on a lawn.Players use mallets to drive small wooden or rubber balls through hoops, called wickets, that are set in the ground. The winning player or team is the first to drive their balls through the wickets in a certain order.Croquet was first played in France, where it was called paille-maille. In the 17th century, it reached England, where it became known as pall mall. The Pall Mall, a famous street in London, is named after a croquet court that once occupied the site.