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Which king lacks facial hair?
The king of hearts is the only king without a moustache on a playing card.

How much time do you spend online?
The average wired adult will spend 5.3 percent of the rest of his or her life online, according to research firm Cyber Dialogue, based on an extensive survey of Internet users. The study's results showed that the average adult online today will spend a total of 23.5 months of his or her life online. That's 17,500 hours.

Did the Scots invent the kilt?
Kilts are not native to Scotland. They originated in France.

Why is fish served with lemon?
The custom of serving a slice of lemon with fish dates back to the Middle Ages. It was believed that if a person accidentally swallowed a fish bone, the lemon juice would dissolve it.

Why do snails extrude their goo?
Snails produce a colorless, sticky discharge that forms a protective carpet under them as they travel along. The discharge is so effective that snails can crawl along the edge of a razor without cutting themselves.


What makes Australia unique?
Australia is the smallest, flattest, and driest inhabited continent in the world. It is the only country which is also a whole continent - 18.6 million people live here.

Which state is tops in cheese?
California is the second-largest cheesemaking state after Wisconsin. It is the leader in producing Hispanic-style cheeses such as Monterey Jack.

How did Francis Bacon die?
Francis Bacon (1561-1626), the Elizabethan champion of the scientific method, died in pursuit of a better way of preserving food. He had caught a severe cold while attempting to preserve a chicken by filling it with snow.

Which soap opera was the first to win an Emmy?
The NBC daytime drama, The Doctors, was the first soap opera to win an Emmy series award in 1972. Although the Emmy Awards were launched in 1948 to honor accomplishments in the television industry, the genre of daytime drama was largely ignored. It was finally recognized with its own category 24 years later.

How many flowers are there?
There are 250,000 species of flowering plants on Earth today.

How big is an ostrich egg?
An ostrich egg can make eleven-and-a-half omelets.

How do liquids look in space?
Free-moving liquid in outer space will form itself into a sphere, because of its surface tension.

What made Johnny Bench so special?
The first catcher in major league baseball history to win the Rookie of the Year award was Johnny Bench of the Cincinnati Reds, in 1968.

Who invented ice cream?
Ice cream was invented in China around 2000 B.C. when the Chinese packed a soft milk-and-rice mixture in snow. About 62 A.D., the Roman Emperor Nero sent slaves to the tops of the Apennines Mountains to bring fresh snow down to the royal kitchens, where the snow was then flavored with fruits and honey.

What is a Portmanteau word?
Portmanteau words are descriptive word combinations, such as brunch (from breakfast and lunch), motel (from motor and hotel), and smog (from smoke and fog).

What has happened to the silkworm moth?
Bombyx mori, a silkworm moth, has been cultivated for so long that it can no longer exist without human care. Because it has been domesticated, it has lost the ability to fly.

What made rings so special to medieval peoples?
Rings have perpetuated the talismanic role of the diamond through the ages. During the Middle Ages and Renaissance periods, every ring that was set with a precious stone was not so much a piece of jewelry, but an amulet that conveyed the magical powers of the stone upon the wearer.

Are cashews poisonous?
Cashew nuts are expensive, and never have shells because the shell and skin of the cashew nut contains extremely caustic oil that can painfully blister the skin. This dangerous oil must be completely removed before the nut can be touched or eaten.

What do we use Dr. John's invention for today?
Dr. John Gorrie of Appalachicola, Florida, invented mechanical refrigeration in 1851. He patented his device on May 6, 1851. There is a statue which honors this "Father of Modern Day Air Conditioning" in the Statuary Hall of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

How did the pineapple get its name?
The Spanish explorers thought pineapple looked like a pine cone, so they called it "pina." The English added "apple" to associate it with juicy delectable fruits. South American Indians had a name for pineapple meaning "fragrant excellent fruit," which became the basis for its botanical name: ananas. The scientific name for pineapple is Ananas Cosmosus.

How do elephants talk?
Elephants communicate in sound waves below the frequency that humans can hear.

How well do dogs smell?
Because of their acute sense of smell, dogs are trained to sniff out everything from drugs to bombs to iron ore. In Ontario, Canada, instruments couldn't locate where natural gas was escaping from a pipeline buried 18 feet underground. Trained German shepherds were brought in. The dogs worked in sub-zero temperatures and covered nearly 100 miles of frozen ground, ultimately finding more than 150 gas leaks.

Which product was first with a UPC?
The first product to have a UPC bar code on its packaging was Wrigley's gum.

What makes you snore?
If the roof of your mouth is narrow, you are more prone to snore since you are not getting enough oxygen through your nose.

What's in that haggis you're getting ready to eat?
Haggis, a traditional Scottish dish, is made from the lungs, heart, and liver of a sheep, chopped with onions, seasonings, suet, and oatmeal, and then broiled in a bag made from the sheep's stomach.

Did the punishment fit the crime in ancient China?
In ancient China, the crimes for abduction, armed robbery, treason, and adultery were punished by castration.

Were Romans fond of woodpecker stew?
In ancient Rome, it was considered a sin to eat the flesh of a woodpecker.

Which produces more carbon dioxide - your car or your house?
Cars produce about four times their own weight in carbon dioxide each year. The average home produces 50 tons of carbon dioxide each year.

How much cream filling does Oreo utilize?
The creme filling used in Oreo cookies one year could ice all the wedding cakes served in the United States for two years! That's 4,724,000 three-tier wedding cakes.

When were the first braces constructed?
The first "braces" were constructed by Pierre Fauchard in 1728. Fauchard's "braces" consisted of a flat strip of metal, which was connected to teeth by pieces of thread.

Is rock and roll bad for cows?
In its early years, rock and roll music was believed to make teenagers crazy, drug-deranged, and/or promiscuous. The Los Angeles Mirror printed a story in 1959 that announced that rock music "tightens the cow's glandular system and deters milking," with a strange headline that claimed "Rock 'n' Roll Makes Cows Tighten Up."

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