Hummingbirds are the only animal that can fly backwards




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A rat can go without water longer than a camel can.
The most common name in the world is Mohammed.
Hummingbirds are the only animal that can fly backwards.
During his life time, the average male eats 50 tons of food.
The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.

Canada is an Indian word meaning "Big Village."
Most heart attacks occur between 6:00 a.m. and noon when blood pressure naturally rises.
Fingernails grow four times faster than toenails.
Your brain uses 10 times more oxygen than the rest of your body.
Albert Einstein didn't talk until he was four years old.
"I am" is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
A lightning bolt heats the air around it to three times the temperature of the sun's surface.
For every shark that takes a bite out of a human being, humans kill about a million sharks.
^ They live an average of 77 years and have the longest lifespan in the United States - nuns.
A giant squid's eye is the largest of any animal's, exceeding 40 cm in diameter.
The life span of a is ten days.
Gymnastics is the only sport more popular with women than with men.
In 1879 a drug was introduced to treat morphine addiction. The drug: cocaine.
Research indicates that mosquitoes are attracted to people who have recently eaten bananas.
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. How they tested this I'm afraid to ask.
^ If you toss a penny 10,000 times, it will not be heads 5000 times, but more like 4950. The heads picture weighs more, so it ends up on the bottom.
Armored knights raised their visors to identify themselves when they rode past their king. This custom has become the modern military salute.
^ Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie.
On average, an adult laughs about 15 times a day; a child laughs 400 times.
In medieval England beer was often served with breakfast.
The Atlantic Ocean is saltier than the Pacific Ocean.
There are more stars in the universe, than grains of sand on all the beaches in the world.
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.
^ The bones of a pigeon weigh less than its feathers.

The average person is about a 5mm taller at night.
If there were ever an ocean big enough, Saturn would be the only planet that could float.
All the coal, oil, gas, and wood on Earth would only keep the Sun burning for a few days.

^ At Old English weddings, guests threw shoes at the groom.
Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.
The longest recorded flight of a chicken is thirteen seconds.
Your hearing is not as sharp on a full stomach.
The last United States train robbery took place in 1933.
A horse eats about seven times its own weight each year.
Einstein couldn’t read until the age of nine.
Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks otherwise it will digest itself.
The housefly hums in the middle octave, key of F.
"J", the youngest letter in the English alphabet, was not added until the 1600s.
It takes around 200,000 frowns to create a permanent brow line.
There are 31,557,600 seconds in a year.
The right lung takes in more air than the left.
On average, Americans buy 1.5 toothbrushes a year.
60% of the swimsuits sold in the U.S. never get wet.
It takes about 30 minutes for an aspirin to fight a headache.
The fastest bullet travels at more than 3 times the speed of sound.
If an octopus is hungry enough, it will eat its own arms.
An ostrich's eye is bigger than it's brain.

The ancient Romans died their hair with bird droppings.
Only pharoahs were allowed to eat mushrooms in ancient Egypt.
What area of your body has the most bacteria? Between your toes.
Jimmy Carter was the first U.S. president to have been born in a hospital.
The Yo-yo is believed to be the second-oldest toy in the world after dolls. The Greeks played with yo-yos as far back as 500 B.C.
^ You use 15 different muscles in your face to laugh.
Only about half of all spiders spin webs.
Niagara Falls was created by a glacier.
5% of Americans let their dishes pile up for a couple of days before washing them.
Clams can live as long as 150 years.
In ancient China, doctors received their fees only if their patients were kept healthy. If the patient's health failed, the doctor sometimes paid the patient.
^ The skin on your eyelid is the thinnest; the skin on your back is the thickest.
According to research, you’ll blow your nose about 250 times this year.
Cows can be identified by noseprints.
70% of house dust consists of human skin.
Elephants breathe 12 times a minute.
It's impossible to snore in the weightlessness of space.
Mosquitos have 47 teeth.
The first tennis balls were stuffed with human hair.
The average blink of an eye lasts one-tenth of a second.
"Stewardesses" is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.
In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.
Tomato ketchup was once sold in the U.S. as a medicine.

Snakes can get malaria.
Only 30% of humans can flare their nostrils.
Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.
Ducks can get the flu.
Siberia means "sleeping land."
In the Leaning Tower of Pisa, 6 of the tower’s eight floors are without safety rails. More than 250 people have fallen to their deaths since 1174.
There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.
^ There are more chickens than people in the world.

The longest one-syllable word in the English language is "screeched."
No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver or purple.
"Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt."
Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.
There are only four words in the English language which end in "-dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
^ A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours.
A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.

A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.

It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
A golden razor removed from King Tut's Tomb was still sharp enough to be used.
Abdul Kassam Ismael, Grand Vizier of Persia in the tenth century, carried his library with him wherever he went. The 117,000 volumes were carried by 400 camels trained to walk in alphabetical order.

^ Acting was once considered evil, and actors in the first English play to be performed in America were arrested.

Before the 1800's there were no separately designed shoes for right and left feet.
Czar Paul I banished soldiers to Siberia for marching out of step.
During 18th century France, visitors to the royal palace in Versailles were allowed to stand in a roped-off section of the main dining room and watch the king and queen eat.
^ During the eighteenth century, books that were considered offensive were sometimes punished by being whipped.
If a family had 2 servants or less in the U.S. in 1900, census takers recorded it as lower middle-class.
If we had the same mortality rate as in the 1900s, more than half the people in the world today would not be alive.

In 1778, fashionable women of Paris never went out in blustery weather without a lightning rod attached to their hats.
^ In ancient Egypt, killing a cat was a crime punishable by death.
In certain parts of India and ancient China, mouse meat was considered a delicacy.
In the 1700's, you could purchase insurance against going to hell, in London, England.
In the 19th century, the British Navy attempted to dispel the superstition that Friday was an unlucky day to embark on a ship. The keel of a new ship was laid on a Friday, she was named H.M.S Friday, commanded by a Captain Friday, and finally went to sea on a Friday. Neither the ship nor her crew were ever heard of again.
^ In the Great Fire of London in 1666, half of London was burnt down but only six people were injured.
In Turkey, in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, anyone caught drinking coffee was put to death.

It has been calculated that in the last 3,500 years, there have only been 230 years of peace throughout the civilized world.
According to British law passed in 1845, attempting to commit suicide was a capital offense.

^ Offenders could be hanged for trying.

A Boeing 747's wingspan is longer than the Wright brother's first flight.
A bolt of lighting can strike the earth with a force as great as 100 million volts.
A cesium atom in an atomic clock beats 9,192,631,770 times a second.
A cubic mile of fog is made up of less than 4 liters of water.
A fierce gust of wind blew 45 year old Vittorio Luise's car into a river in Italy, in 1980. He managed to break a window, climb out and swim to shore--where a tree blew over and killed him.
^ A full loaded supertanker traveling at normal speed takes at least twenty minutes to stop.

A full moon always rises at sunset.
A full moon is nine times brighter than a half moon.
A jumbo jet uses 14,000 liters of fuel to take off.

A lightning bolt generates temperatures five times hotter than those found on the sun's surface.

A normal raindrop falls at about 7 miles per hour.
A rainbow can only occur when the sun is 40 degrees or less above the horizon.
About seven million cars are junked each year in the U.S.
Up until 1896, India was the only source for diamonds to the world.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, one person is killed annually painting stripes on the state's highways and roads.

^ All totalled, the sunlight that strikes Earth at any given moment weighs as much as an ocean liner.

American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first class.
Approximately 98% of software in China is pirated.
The most powerful earthquake to strike the United States occurred in 1811 in New Madrid, Missouri. The quake shook more than one million square miles, and was felt as far as 1,000 miles away.
^ At any given time, there are 1,800 thunderstorms in progress over the earth's atmosphere.
At room temperature, the average air molecule travels at the speed of a rifle bullet.
Bacteria, the tiniest free-living cells, are so small that a single drop of liquid contains as many as 50 million of them.
Bamboo (the world's tallest grass) can grow up to 90 cm in a day.
^ Clouds fly higher during the day than the night.
Did you know you share a birthday with at least nine other million people in the world?
Experts say that microprocessor speed will double every 18 months for at least 10 years.
If you attempted to count the stars in a galaxy at a rate of one every second it would take around 3,000 years to count them all.
^ If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and six days, you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee.
In 1949, forecasting the relentless march of science, Popular Mechanics said computers in the future may weigh no more than 5 tons.
Iron nails cannot be used in aok because the acid in the wood corrodes them.
It takes 8.5 minutes for light to get from the sun to earth.
It takes one fifteen-to-twenty-year-old tree to produce seven hundred paper grocery bags.
It takes the insect-eating Venus Flytrap plant only half a second to shut its trap on its prey.
^ 4,000 people are injured by tea pots every year.
A 60-minute cassette contains 565 feet of tape.
A good typist can strike twenty keys in a second.

A person uses more household energy shaving with a hand razor at a sink (because of the water power, the water pump and so on) than he would by using an electric razor.
^ A toothpick is the object most often choked on by Americans
A typical double mattress contains as many as two million house dust mites.
According to a market research survey done some time ago, 68% of consumers receiving junk mail actually open the envelopes.

An average of 200 million credit cards are used every day in the United States.
^ Colgate faced a big obstacle marketing toothpaste in Spanish speaking countries. Colgate translates into the command "go hang yourself."
Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history. Spades - King David; Clubs - Alexander the Great; Hearts - Charlemagne; and Diamonds - Julius Caesar.
Each of the suits on a deck of cards represents the four major pillars of the economy in the middle ages: heart represented the Church, spades represented the military, clubs represented agriculture, and diamonds represented the merchant class.
^ Each of us generate 5 pounds of rubbish a day; most of it is paper.
Every year, over 8,800 people injure themselves with a toothpick.
How valuable is the penny you found laying on the ground? If it takes just a second to pick it up a person could make $36.00 per hour just picking up pennies.
If done perfectly, any rubix cube combination can be solved in 17 turns.
^ In 1990, there were about 15,000 vacuum cleaner related accidents in the U.S.
In 75% of American households, women manage the money and pay the bills.
In every deck of cards, the King of Hearts is sticking his sword through his head. That's why he's often called the Suicide King.
In order for a deck of cards to be mixed up enough to play with properly, it should be shuffled at least seven times.
^ John F. Kennedy's rocking chair was auctioned off for $442,000.
Ketchup is excellent for cleaning brass, especially tarnished or corroded brass.
Kleenex tissues were originally used as filters in gas masks.
Mosquito repellants do not repel. They hide you.

The spray blocks the mosquito's sensors so they do not know you are there.
It is impossible to lick your elbow.
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