Wednesday, 25 April 2012

interesting fact today..

  1. 1,525,000,000 miles of telephone wire a strung across the U.S.
  2. 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.
  3. 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321
  4. 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily.
  5. 123,000,000 cars are being driven down the U.S's highways.
  6. 160 cars can drive side by side on the Monumental Axis in Brazil, the world's widest road.
  7. 166,875,000,000 pieces of mail are delivered each year in the U.S.
  8. 27% of U.S. male college students believe life is "A meaningless existential hell."
  9. 315 entries in Webster's Dictionary will be misspelled.
  10. 5% of Canadians don't know the first 7 words of the Canadian anthem, but know the first 9 of the American anthem.
  11. 56,000,000 people go to Major League baseball each year.
  12. 7% of Americans don't know the first 9 words of the American anthem, but know the first 7 of the Canadian anthem.
  13. 85,000,000 tons of paper are used each year in the U.S.
  14. 99% of the solar systems mass is concentrated in the sun.
  15. A 10-gallon hat barely holds 6 pints.
  16. A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
  17. A cockroach can live several weeks with its head cut off.
  18. A company in Taiwan makes dinnerware out of wheat, so you can eat your plate.
  19. A cow produces 200 times more gas a day than a person.
  20. A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.
  21. A dragonfly has a lifespan of 24 hours.
  22. A fully loaded supertanker travelling at normal speed takes a least twenty minutes to stop.
  23. A giraffe can clean its ears with its 21-inch tongue.
  24. A giraffe can go without water longer than a camel can.
  25. A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.
  26. A hard working adult sweats up to 4 gallons per day. Most of the sweat evaporates before a person realizes it's there.
  27. A hedgehog's heart beats 300 times a minute on average.
  28. A hippo can open its mouth wide enough to fit a 4 foot tall child inside.
  29. A hummingbird weighs less than a penny.
  30. A jellyfish is 95 percent water.
  31. A "jiffy" is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
  32. A jumbo jet uses 4,000 gallons of fuel to take off.
  33. A male emperor moth can smell a female emperor moth up to 7 miles away.
  34. A man named Charles Osborne had the hiccups for 6 years. Wow.
  35. A mole can dig a tunnel 300 feet long in just one night.
  36. A monkey was once tried and convicted for smoking a cigarette in South Bend, Indiana.
  37. A pig's orgasm lasts for 30 minutes.
  38. A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.
  39. A Saudi Arabian woman can get a divorce if her husband doesn't give her coffee.
  40. A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.
  41. A quarter has 119 grooves on its edge, a dime has one less groove.
  42. A shark can detect one part of blood in 100 million parts of water.
  43. A skunk can spray its stinky scent more than 10 feet.
  44. A sneeze travels out your mouth at over 100 m.p.h.
  45. A toothpick is the object most often choked on by Americans!
  46. A walla-walla scene is one where extras pretend to be talking in the background -- when they say "walla-walla" it looks like they are actually talking.
  47. A whale's penis is called a dork.
  48. About 3000 years ago, most Egyptians died by the time they were 30.
  49. About 70% of Americans who go to college do it just to make more money. [The rest of us are avoiding reality for four more years.]
  50. According to a British law passed in 1845, attempting to commit suicide was a capital offense. Offenders could be hanged for trying.
  51. Actor Tommy Lee Jones and former vice-president Al Gore were freshman roommates at Harvard.
  52. Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.
  53. All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.
  54. All of the clocks in the movie "Pulp Fiction" are stuck on 4:20.
  55. All porcupines float in water.
  56. Almonds are a member of the peach family.
  57. Almost a quarter of the land area of Los Angeles is taken up by automobiles.
  58. America once issued a 5-cent bill.
  59. America's first nudist organization was founded in 1929, by 3 men.
  60. Ancient Egyptians slept on pillows made of stone.
  61. An animal epidemic is called an epizootic.
  62. An average person laughs about 15 times a day.
  63. An iguana can stay under water for 28 minutes.
  64. An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.
  65. Armadillos are the only animal besides humans that can get leprosy.
  66. Armadillos have four babies at a time and they are always all the same sex.
  67. Armored knights raised their visors to identify themselves when they rode past their king. This custom has become the modern military salute.
  68. Aztec emperor Montezuma had a nephew, Cuitlahac, whose name meant "plenty of excrement."
  69. Babe Ruth wore a cabbage leaf under is cap to keep him cool. He changed it every 2 innings.
  70. Babies are born without knee caps. They don't appear until the child reaches 2-6 years of age.
  71. Baby robins eat 14 feet of earthworms every day.
  72. 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.
  73. Bank robber John Dillinger played professional baseball.
  74. Barbie's measurements if she were life size: 39-23-33.
  75. Bats always turn left when exiting a cave.
  76. Ben and Jerry's send the waste from making ice cream to local pig farmers to use as feed. Pigs love the stuff, except for one flavor: Mint Oreo.
  77. Bird droppings are the chief export of Nauru, an island nation in the Western Pacific.
  78. Blueberry Jelly Bellies were created especially for Ronald Reagan.
  79. Bubble gum contains rubber.
  80. Camel's milk does not curdle.
  81. Camels have three eyelids to protect themselves from blowing sand.
  82. Canada is an Indian word meaning "Big Village".
  83. Cat's urine glows under a blacklight.
  84. Cats can produce over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs can only produce about ten.
  85. Charles Lindbergh took only four sandwiches with him on his famous transatlantic flight.
  86. Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.
  87. Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without killing them use to burn their houses down - hence the expression "to get fired."
  88. Cleo and Caesar were the early stage names of Cher and Sonny Bono.
  89. Columbia University is the second largest landowner in New York City, after the Catholic Church.
  90. David Prowse was the guy in the Darth Vader suit in Star Wars. He spoke all of Vader's lines, and didn't know that he was going to be dubbed over by James Earl Jones until he saw the screening of the movie.
  91. Did you know that there are coffee flavored PEZ?
  92. Dogs and cats consume almost $7 billion worth of pet food a year.
  93. Dolphins sleep with one eye open.
  94. Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn't wear pants.
  95. Dr. Samuel A. Mudd was the physician who set the leg of Lincoln's assassin John Wilkes Booth... and whose shame created the expression for ignominy, "His name is Mudd."
  96. Dr. Seuss pronounced "Seuss" such that it rhymed with "rejoice."
  97. "Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt."
  98. Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.
  99. During your lifetime, you'll eat about 60,000 pounds of food, that's the weight of about 6 elephants.
  100. Einstein couldn't speak fluently when he was nine. His parents thought he might be retarded.
  101. Emus and kangaroos cannot walk backwards, and are on the Australian coat of arms for that reason.
  102. Eskimo ice cream is neither icy, or creamy.
  103. Even if you cut off a cockroach's head, it can live for several weeks.
  104. Every person has a unique tongue print.
  105. Every time Beethoven sat down to write music, he poured ice water over his head.
  106. Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie.
  107. Facetious and abstemious contain all the vowels in the correct order, as does arsenious, meaning "containing arsenic."
  108. February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.
  109. Fingernails grow nearly 4 times faster than toenails.
  110. Fortune cookies were actually invented in America, in 1918, by Charles Jung.
  111. Gilligan of Gilligan's Island had a first name that was only used once, on the never-aired pilot show. His first name was Willy. The skipper's real name on Gilligan's Island is Jonas Grumby. It was mentioned once in the first episode on their radio's newscast about the wreck.
  112. Giraffes have no vocal cords.
  113. Goethe couldn't stand the sound of barking dogs and could only write if he had an apple rotting in the drawer of his desk.
  114. Hang On Sloopy is the official rock song of Ohio.
  115. Hershey's Kisses are called that because the machine that makes them looks like it's kissing the conveyor belt.
  116. Honeybees have hair on their eyes.
  117. Human teeth are almost as hard as rocks.
  118. Human thigh bones are stronger than concrete.
  119. Hydroxydesoxycorticosterone and hydroxydeoxycorticosterones are the largest anagrams.
  120. Hypnotism is banned by public schools in San Diego.
  121. "I am." is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
  122. If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle; if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.
  123. If NASA sent birds into space they would soon die; they need gravity to swallow.
  124. If you bring a raccoon's head to the Henniker, New Hampshire town hall, you are entitled to receive $.10 from the town.
  125. 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.
  126. 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.
  127. If your eyes are six feet above the surface of the ocean, the horizon will be about three statute miles away.
  128. In 1980, a Las Vegas hospital suspended workers for betting on when patients would die.
  129. In 1980, there was only one country in the world with no telephones - Bhutan.
  130. In 1983, a Japanese artist made a copy of the Mona Lisa completely out of toast.
  131. In 1984, a Canadian farmer began renting ad space on his cows.
  132. In 75% of American households, women manage the money and pay the bills.
  133. In Bangladesh, kids as young as 15 can be jailed for cheating on their finals.
  134. In England, in the 1880's, "Pants" were considered a dirty word.
  135. In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.
  136. In every episode of "Seinfeld" there is a Superman somewhere.
  137. In Kentucky, 50 percent of the people who get married for the first time are teenagers.
  138. In Los Angeles, there are fewer people than there are automobiles.
  139. In most advertisements, including newspapers, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.
  140. In space, astronauts cannot cry, because there is no gravity, so the tears can't flow.
  141. In the 1940s, the FCC assigned television's Channel 1 to mobile services (two-way radios in taxicabs, for instance) but did not re-number the other channel assignments. That is why your TV set has channels 2 and up, but no channel 1.
  142. In the great fire of London in 1666 half of London was burnt down but only 6 people were injured.
  143. In the last 4000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
  144. In the movie "Casablanca," Humphrey Bogart never said "Play it again, Sam."
  145. In the White House, there are 13,092 knives, forks and spoons.
  146. In Tokyo, they sell toupees for dogs.
  147. Isaac Asimov is the only author to have a book in every Dewey-decimal category.
  148. It takes a lobster approximately seven years to grow to be one pound.
  149. It takes about a half a gallon of water to cook macaroni, and about a gallon to clean the pot.
  150. It was discovered on a space mission that a frog can throw up. The frog throws up its stomach first, so the stomach is dangling out of its mouth. Then the frog uses its forearms to dig out all of the stomach's contents and then swallows the stomach back down again.
  151. It was once against the law to have a pet dog in a city in Iceland.
  152. It was once against the law to slam your car door in a city in Switzerland.
  153. It's against the law to burp, or sneeze in a certain church in Omaha, Nebraska.
  154. It's against the law to catch fish with your bare hands in Kansas.
  155. It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open. (Don't try this at home!)
  156. 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.
  157. John Lennon's first girlfriend was named Thelma Pickles.
  158. "Kemo Sabe" means "soggy shrub" in Navajo.
  159. Kotex was first manufactured as bandages, during WWI.
  160. Lee Harvey Oswald's cadaver tag sold at an auction for $6,600 in 1992.
  161. Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.
  162. Lightning strikes about 6,000 times per minute on this planet.
  163. Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different.
  164. Lincoln Logs were invented by Frank Lloyd Wright's son.
  165. Lorne Greene had one of his nipples bitten off by an alligator while he was host of "Lorne Greene's Wild Kingdom."
  166. Los Angeles's full name is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula" and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its original size: "L.A."
  167. Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.
  168. Many hamsters only blink one eye at a time.
  169. Mel Blanc (the voice of Bugs Bunny) was allergic to carrots.
  170. Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.
  171. Millie the White House dog earned more than 4 times as much as President Bush in 1991.
  172. Money isn't made out of paper, it's made out of cotton.
  173. Montpelier, VT is the only U.S. state capital without a McDonalds.
  174. More Monopoly money is printed in a year, than real money printed throughout the world.
  175. More people are killed annually by donkeys than die in air crashes.
  176. More people use blue toothbrushes, than red ones.
  177. Mosquitoes have teeth.
  178. Most Americans' car horns beep in the key of F.
  179. Most cows give more milk when they listen to music.
  180. Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin.
  181. Most lipstick contains fish scales.
  182. Mr. Rogers is an ordained minister.
  183. Murphy's Oil Soap is the chemical most commonly used to clean elephants.
  184. No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, and purple.
  185. Non-dairy creamer is flammable.
  186. Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously
  187. On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament Building looks like an American flag, but is actually the flag that flew over to Dominion of Canada before the Maple Leaf .
  188. 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.
  189. One in every 4 americans has appeared on television.
  190. One of the reasons marijuana is illegal today is because cotton growers in the 1930's lobbied against hemp farmers -- they saw it as competition. It is not as chemically addictive as is nicotine, alcohol, or caffeine.
  191. One quarter of the bones in your body, are in your feet.
  192. Only 55% of all Americans know that the sun is a star.
  193. Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.
  194. Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn't added until 5 years later.
  195. Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.
  196. Over 1000 birds a year die from smashing into windows.
  197. Owls are one of the only birds who can see the color blue.
  198. Pamela Anderson Lee is Canada's Centennial Baby, being the first baby born on the centennial anniversary of Canada's independence.
  199. Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.
  200. Penguins can jump as high as 6 feet in the air.
  201. Pinocchio is Italian for "pine head."
  202. Playing cards were issued to British pilots in WWII. If captured, they could be soaked in water and unfolded to reveal a map for escape.
  203. Polar Bears trying to blend in with the ice will sometimes cover up their black nose with their paws.
  204. Pollsters say that 40 percent of dog and cat owners carry pictures of the pets in their wallets.
  205. Q is the only letter in the alphabet that does not appear in the name of any of the United States.
  206. Recycling one glass jar, saves enough energy to watch T.V for 3 hours.
  207. Reindeer like to eat bananas.
  208. Research indicates that mosquitoes are attracted to people who have recently eaten bananas.
  209. Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.
  210. Sherlock Holmes never said "Elementary, my dear Watson."
  211. Sigmund Freud had a morbid fear of ferns.
  212. Since 1896, the beginning of the modern Olympics, only Greece and Australia have participated in every Games.
  213. Slugs have 4 noses.
  214. Some ribbon worms will eat themselves if they can't find any food.
  215. Some toothpaste's contain antifreeze.
  216. Spotted skunks do handstands before they spray.
  217. "Stewardesses" is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.
  218. Studies show that if a cat falls off the seventh floor of a building it has about thirty percent less chance of surviving than a cat that falls off the twentieth floor. It supposedly takes about eight floors for the cat to realize what is occurring, relax and correct itself.
  219. Sylvia Miles had the shortest performance ever nominated for an Oscar with "Midnight Cowboy." Her entire role lasted only six minutes.
  220. Texas is also the only state that is allowed to fly its state flag at the same height as the U.S. flag.
  221. The airplane Buddy Holly died in was the "American Pie." (Thus the name of the Don McLean song.)
  222. The average American drinks about 600 sodas a year.
  223. The average American will eat about 11.9 pounds of cereal per year.
  224. The average bank teller loses about $250 every year.
  225. The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.
  226. The average person has over 1,460 dreams a year.
  227. The average person is about a quarter of an inch taller at night.
  228. The average person laughs 15 times a day.
  229. The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.
  230. The Baby Ruth candy bar was actually named after Grover Cleveland's baby daughter, Ruth.
  231. The band Duran Duran got their name from an astronaut in the 1968 Jane Fonda movie "Barbarella.
  232. The blesbok, a South African antelope, is almost the same color as grapejuice.
  233. The Boston University Bridge (on Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts) is the only place in the world where a boat can sail under a train driving under a car driving under an airplane.
  234. The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra's "Its A Wonderful Life".
  235. The combination "ough" can be pronounced in nine different ways. The following sentence contains them all: "A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed."
  236. The company providing the liability insurance for the Republican National Convention in San Diego is the same firm that insured the maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic.
  237. The condom - made originally of linen - was invented in the early 1500s.
  238. The cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth II, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.
  239. The Earth weighs around 6,588,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 tons.
  240. The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one mile in every five must be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips in times of war or other emergencies.
  241. The electric chair was invented by a dentist.
  242. The elephant is the only mammal that can't jump.
  243. The first Ford cars had Dodge engines.
  244. The first known contraceptive was crocodile dung, used by Egyptians in 2000 B.C.
  245. The first toilet ever seen on television was on "Leave It To Beaver."
  246. The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.
  247. The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher.
  248. The highest point in Pennsylvania is lower than the lowest point in Colorado.
  249. The housefly hums in the middle octave, key of F.
  250. The international telephone dialing code for Antarctica is 672.
  251. The katydid bug hears through holes in its hind legs.
  252. The "L.L." in L.L. Bean stands for Leon Leonwood.
  253. The longest one-syllable word in the English language is "screeched."
  254. The longest recorded flight of a chicken is thirteen seconds.
  255. 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 is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconioses, its plural.
  256. The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building.
  257. The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
  258. The moon is moving away at a tiny, although measurable distance from the earth every year. Do the math and you will clearly see that 85 million years ago it was orbiting the earth at a distance of about 35 feet from the earth's surface. This would explain the death of the dinosours; the tallest ones, anyway.
  259. The most common name in the world is Mohammed.
  260. The name for Oz in the "Wizard of Oz" was thought up when the creator, Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N, and O-Z, hence "Oz."
  261. The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for the "General Purpose" vehicle, G.P.
  262. The name Wendy was made up for the book "Peter Pan."
  263. The national anthem of Greece has 158 verses. No one in Greece has memorized all 158 verses.
  264. The Neanderthal's brain was bigger than yours is.
  265. The oldest known goldfish lived to 41 years of age. Its name was Fred.
  266. The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable.
  267. The only nation whose name begins with an "A" but doesn't end in an "A" is Afghanistan.
  268. 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.
  269. The penguin is the only bird who can swim, but not fly.
  270. The Pentagon, in Arlington, Virginia, has twice as many bathrooms as is necessary. When it was built in the 1940s, the state of Virginia still had segregation laws requiring separate toilet facilities for blacks and whites.
  271. The phrase, "It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye" is from Ancient Rome. The only rule during wrestling matches was, "No eye gouging." Everything else was allowed, but the only way to be disqualified was to poke someone's eye out.
  272. 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.
  273. The placement of a donkey's eyes in its' heads enables it to see all four feet at all times.
  274. The praying mantis is the only insect that can turn its head.
  275. The Ramses brand condom is named after the great pharaoh Ramses II who fathered over 160 children.
  276. The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days of yore when the engines were pulled by horses. The horses were stabled on the ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight staircases.
  277. The Sanskrit word for "war" means "desire for more cows."
  278. The "save" icon on Microsoft Word shows a floppy disk, with the shutter on backwards.
  279. The saying "it's so cold out there it could freeze the balls off a brass monkey" came from when they had old cannons like ones used in the Civil War. The cannonballs were stacked in a pyramid formation, called a brass monkey. When it got extremely cold outside they would crack and break off... thus the saying.
  280. The sound of E.T. walking was made by someone squishing her hands in Jello.
  281. The starfish is one of the only animals who can turn it's stomach inside-out.
  282. The state of Florida is bigger than England.
  283. The term "the whole 9 yards" came from WWII fighter pilots in the South Pacific. When arming their airplanes on the ground, the .50 caliber machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, it got "the whole 9 yards."
  284. The three best-known western names in China: Jesus Christ, Richard Nixon, and Elvis Presley.
  285. The United States Government keeps its supply of silver at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York.
  286. The United States has never lost a war in which mules were used.
  287. The verb "cleave" is the only English word with two synonyms which are antonyms of each other: adhere and separate.
  288. The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin during World War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.
  289. The word "Checkmate" in chess comes from the Persian phrase "Shah Mat," which means "the king is dead".
  290. The word "modem" is a contraction of the words "modulate, demodulate." (MOdulate DEModulate)
  291. The word "samba" means "to rub navels together."
  292. The world population of chickens is about equal to the number of people.
  293. The worlds oldest piece of chewing gum is 9000 years old.
  294. There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.
  295. There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.
  296. There are over 52.6 million dogs in the U.S.
  297. There are more chickens than people in the world.
  298. There are more plastic flamingos in America than real ones.
  299. There are only four words in the English language which end in "-dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
  300. There are only thirteen blimps in the world. Nine of them are in the United States.
  301. There are two credit cards for every person in the United States.
  302. There is a town in Newfoundland, Canada called Dildo.
  303. There wasn't a single pony in the Pony Express, just horses.
  304. Thomas Edison, lightbulb inventor, was afraid of the dark.
  305. Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
  306. To escape the grip of a crocodile's jaws, push your thumbs into its eyeballs -- it will let you go instantly.
  307. Two-thirds of the world's eggplant is grown in New Jersey.
  308. Until 1796, there was a state in the United States called Franklin. Today it is known as Tennessee.
  309. 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.
  310. When opossums are playing 'possum, they are not "playing." They actually pass out from sheer terror.
  311. When snakes are born with two heads, they fight each other for food.
  312. When the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers play football at home, the stadium becomes the state's third largest city.
  313. White Out was invented by the mother of Mike Nesmith (formerly of the Monkees).
  314. Who's that playing the piano on the "Mad About You" theme? Paul Reiser himself.
  315. Wilma Flintstone's maiden name was Wilma Slaghoopal, and Betty Rubble's Maiden name was Betty Jean Mcbricker.
  316. Windmills always turn counter-clockwise. Except for the windmills in Ireland.
  317. Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.
  318. Women's hearts beat faster than men's.
  319. You blink over 20,000,000 times a year.
  320. You can only smell 1/20th as well as a dog.
  321. You'll eat about 35,000 cookies in a lifetime.
  322. You're born with 300 bones, but when you get to be an adult, you only have 206.
  323. You're more likely to get stung by a bee on a windy day than in any other weather.
  324. Your heart beats over 100,000 times a day.
  325. Your ribs move about 5 million times a year, everytime you breathe.
  326. Your right lung takes in more air than your left one does.
  327. Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks otherwise it will digest itself.


HAEMOLACRIA is a physical condition that causes a person to produce tears that are partially composed of blood. It can manifest as tears that are anything from merely red-tinged to appearing to be entirely made of blood.
Haemolacria is a symptom of a number of diseases, and may also be indicative of a tumor in the lacrimal apparatus. It is most often provoked by local factors such as bacterial conjunctivitis, environmental damage or injuries.
Acute haemolacria(occult mainly) can occur in fertile women and seems to be induced by hormones.

Calvino Inman, 15, weeps tears of blood 3 times each day
Rashida Khatoon, from India, can cry blood up to 5 times a day, and even faint with every weepin

biggest mouth

World's Biggest Mouth

Francisco Domingo Joaquim from Angola has the widest mouth in the world. The lips and cheeks of this 20 year old were measured, at full stretch, to be 17 cm (6.69 in).

tomato benefits...

Health Benefits of Tomato
Abundant Source of Antioxidants: Tomato contains large amount of lycopene, an antioxidant highly effective in scavenging cancer causing free radicals. This benefit can be obtained from even heat-processed tomato products, including ketchup. The lycopene in tomato fights against cancer and has been shown to be particularly effective in fighting prostate cancer, cervical cancer, cancer of the stomach and rectum as well as pharynx and oesophageal cancers. It also protects against breast cancer and cancer of mouth according to studies published by Harvard School of Public Health.

Reduces Cholesterol and Protects Heart: The lycopene in tomato prevents serum lipid oxidation, thus exerting protective effect against cardiovascular diseases. The regular consumption of tomato has proved to decrease the levels of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. These lipids are the key culprits in cardiovascular diseases and lead to deposition of fats in the blood vessels.

Rich Source of Vitamins and Minerals: A single tomato can provide about 40% of daily vitamin C requirement. Vitamin C is a natural antioxidant which acts against cancer-causing free radicals. It also contains abundant vitamin A and potassium as well as iron. Potassium plays a vital role in maintaining nerve health and iron is essential for maintaining normal blood health. Vitamin K which is essential in blood clotting and controls bleeding is abundant in tomatoes.

Counters the Effect of Cigarette Smoke: The two main components of tomatoes, coumaric acid and chlorogenic acid, fight against nitrosamines which are produced in the body and are the main carcinogens found in cigarette smoke.
Improves Vision: Vitamin A, present in tomato aids, aids in improving vision, preventing night-blindness and macular degeneration.

Keeps Gut Healthy: Tomato keeps the digestive system healthy by preventing both constipation and diarrhoea. It also prevents jaundice and effectively removes toxins from the body.
Lowers Hypertension: Daily consumption of tomatoes reduces the risk of developing hypertension.

Alleviates Diabetes: A study conducted by Journal of the American Medical Association shows that daily consumption of tomatoes reduces the oxidative stress in type 2 diabetes.
For Healthy Skin: Tomato aids in maintaining healthy teeth, bones, hair and skin. Topical application of tomato juice is known to cure severe sunburns. Daily consumption of tomato protects the skin against UV-induced erythema. Tomato ranks high in preparation of anti-aging products.
Prevents Urinary Tract Infections: Tomato intake also reduces the incidence of urinary tract infections as well as bladder cancer.
Prevents Gallstones: Regular consumption of tomato can also dissolve gallstones



Lemon is an inexpensive, easily available citrus fruit, popular for its culinary and medicinal uses. It is used to prepare a variety of food recipes such as lemon cakes, lemon chicken and beverages like lemonade and lemon-flavored drinks. It is also used for garnishing. Lemon juice consists of about 5% citric acid that gives a tarty taste to lemon. Lemon is a rich source of vitamin C. It also contains vitamins like vitamin B, riboflavin and minerals like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium as well as proteins and carbohydrates. Lemon is generally consumed in the form of lemon juice or lemon water. Lemon water makes a healthy drink, especially when taken in the morning. Daily consumption of lemon water provides a number of health benefits like:

Good for stomach
Lemon can help relieve many digestion problems when mixed with hot water. These include nausea, heartburn and parasites. Due to the digestive qualities of lemon juice, symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, bloating and belching are relieved. By drinking lemon juice regularly, the bowels are aided in eliminating waste more efficiently. Lemon acts as a blood purifier and as a cleansing agent. The intake of lemon juice can cure constipation. It is even known to help relieve hiccups when consumed as a juice. Lemon juice acts as a liver tonic and helps you digest your food by helping your liver produce more bile. It decreases the amount of phlegm produced by your body. It is also thought to help dissolve gallstones.

Excellent for Skin Care
Lemon, being a natural antiseptic medicine, can participate to cure problems related to skin. Lemon is a vitamin C rich citrus fruit that enhances your beauty, by rejuvenating skin from within and thus bringing a glow on your face. Daily consumption of lemon water can make a huge difference in the appearance of your skin. It acts as an anti-aging remedy and can remove wrinkles and blackheads. Lemon water if applied on the areas of burns can fade the scars. As lemon is a cooling agent, it reduces the burning sensation on the skin.

Aids in Dental Care
Lemon water is used in dental care also. If fresh lemon juice is applied on the areas of toothache, it can assist in getting rid of the pain. The massages of lemon juice on gums can stop gum bleeding. It gives relief from bad smell and other problems related to gums.

Cures Throat Infections
Lemon is an excellent fruit that aids in fighting problems related to throat infections, sore throat and tonsillitis as it has an antibacterial property. For sore throat, dilute one-half lemon juice with one-half water and gargle frequently.

Good for Weight Loss
One of the major health benefits of drinking lemon water is that it paves way for losing weight faster, thus acting as a great weight loss remedy. If a person takes lemon juice mixed with lukewarm water and honey, it can reduce the body weight as well.

Controls High Blood Pressure
Lemon water works wonders for people having heart problem, owing to its high potassium content. It controls high blood pressure, dizziness, nausea as well as provides relaxation to mind and body. It also reduces mental stress and depression.

Assist in curing Respiratory Disorders
Lemon water assists in curing respiratory problems, along with breathing problems and revives a person suffering from asthma.

Good for treating Rheumatism
Lemon is also a diuretic and hence lemon water can treat rheumatism and arthritis. It helps to flush out bacteria and toxins out of the body.

Reduces Fever
Lemon water can treat a person who is suffering from cold, flu or fever. It helps to break fever by increasing perspiration.

Acts as a blood purifier
The diseases like cholera or malaria can be treated with lemon water as it can act as a blood purifie


Holoprosencephaly (HPE, once known as arhinencephaly) is a cephalic disorder in which the prosencephalon (the forebrain of the embryo) fails to develop into two hemispheres. Normally, the forebrain is formed and the face begins to develop in the fifth and sixth weeks of human pregnancy. Hox genes, which guide placement of embryonic structures, fail to activate along the midline of the head, allowing structures that are normally paired on the left and right to merge. The condition also occurs in other species.

The condition can be mild or severe. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), "in most cases of holoprosencephaly, the malformations are so severe that babies die before birth.
When the embryo's forebrain does not divide to form bilateral cerebral hemispheres (the left and right halves of the brain), it causes defects in the development of the face and in brain structure and function.

In less severe cases, babies are born with normal or near-normal brain development and facial deformities that may affect the eyes, nose, and upper lip

dna match


We share 98.4% of our DNA with chimpanzees... :-) :-)

adis syndrome


Adie syndrome, sometimes known as Holmes-Adie Syndrome or Adie's Tonic Pupil, is a neurological disorder characterized by a tonically dilated pupil. It is caused by damage to the postganglionic fibers of the parasympathetic innervation of the eye, usually by a viral or bacterial infection which causes inflammation, and affects the pupil of the eye and the autonomic nervous system.

Signs and symptoms

Adie syndrome presents with three hallmark symptoms, namely at least one abnormally dilated pupil (mydriasis) which does not constrict in response to light, loss of deep tendon reflexes and diaphoresis (excessive sweating).


Pupillary symptoms of Holmes-Adie Syndrome are thought to be the result of a viral or bacterial infection that causes inflammation and damage to neurons in the ciliary ganglion, an area of the brain that provides parasympathetic control of eye constriction. Additionally, patients with Holmes-Aide Syndrome can also experience problems with autonomic control of the body. This second set of symptoms is caused by damage to the dorsal root ganglia of the spinal cord.


Clinical exam may reveal sectoral paresis of the iris sphincter or vermiform iris movements. The tonic pupil may become smaller (miotic) over time which is referred to as "little old Adie's".[Testing with low dose (1/8%) pilocarpine may constrict the tonic pupil due to cholinergic denervation supersensitivity.A normal pupil will not constrict with the dilute dose of pilocarpine. CT scans and MRI scans may be useful in the diagnostic testing of focal hypoactive reflexes.


The usual treatment of a standardised Adie syndrome is to prescribe reading glasses to correct for impairment of the eye(s).Pilocarpine drops may be administered as a treatment as well as a diagnostic measure. Thoracic sympathectomy is the definitive treatment of diaphoresis, if the condition is not treatable by drug therapy



1.80% of the brain is water.This means that it is
important that you remain properly hydrated for
the sake of your mind.

2.Our brain is more active at night as compared to

3. Information travels along neurons at different
speeds. This is why sometimes you can recall
information instantly, and sometimes it takes a little

4.Our brain makes up only 2% of our body weight
yet it requires 20% of oxygen that enters our

5. Alcohol interferes with brain processes by
weakening connections between neurons.

6. Laughing at a joke is no simple task as it require s
activity in five different areas of the brain.

7. Differences in brain weight and size do not equal
differences in mental ability. The weight of Albert
Einstein’s brain was 1,230 grams that is less than
an average weight of the human brain.

8. A living brain is so soft you could cut it with a
table knife.

9. There are about 100,000 miles of blood vessels
in the brain.

10. The brain can live for 4 to 6 minutes without
oxygen, and then it begins to die. No oxygen for 5
to 10 minutes will result in permanent brain

Medicinal properties and health benefits of cloves

The active principles in the clove are known to have antioxidant, anti-septic, local anesthetic, anti-inflammatory, rubefacient (warming and soothing), carminative and anti-flatulent properties.

The spice contains many health benefiting essential oils such as eugenol, a phenyl-propanoids class of chemical compound, which gives pleasant, sweet aromatic fragrances to the clove-bud. Eugenol has local anesthetic and antiseptic properties, hence; useful in dental treatment procedures.

The other important constituents in this spice include:- 
essential oils: acetyl eugenol, beta-caryophyllene and vanillin, crategolic acid;
tannins: gallotannic acid, methyl salicylate (pain-killer);
the flavonoids: eugenin, kaempferol, rhamnetin, and eugenitin;
triterpenoids: like oleanolic acid, stigmasterol and campesterol; 
and several sesquiterpenes.

The active principles in the clove may increase the motility of the gastro-intestinal tract as well as improve the digestion power by increasing gastro-intestinal enzyme secretions. Thus, helps relieve indigestion and constipation problems.

The spice also contains good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, iron, selenium and magnesium. Potassium in an important electrolyte of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase.

It contains very good amounts of vitamin A and beta carotene levels. These compounds are known to have antioxidant properties. Vitamin A is also required by the body for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin and is also essential for vision. Consumption of natural foods rich in flavonoids helps to protect body from lung and oral cavity cancers.

This spice is a good source of vitamin-K, vitamin-B6 (pyridoxine), thiamin (vitamin B-1), vitamin-C and riboflavin. Consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful oxygen free radicals

tsunami rare photo

Picture of the Day:●►

This is a rare and priceless image of the Tsunami in 2004. 
It was taken on the banks of Sumatra Island (the height of waves was of approx. 32 m = 105 ft). 

It was found saved in a digital camera, 1 ½ years after the disaster

Monday, 9 January 2012

Germany: The Melander family of Bargteheide

Germany: The Melander family of Bargteheide

Food expenditure for one week: 375.39 Euros or $500.07
Favorite foods: fried potatoes with onions, bacon and herring, fried noodles with eggs and cheese, pizza, vanilla pudding