France’s King Louis XIV bathed only once a year.
In Portland, Oregon, a priest or a minister is not allowed to perform a wedding ceremony at a skating rink.
Barbers are not allowed to eat onions between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. in Waterloo, Nebraska.
It is against the law to sing out of tune in North Carolina.
The least-liked vegetable of all time is the turnip. Personally, I can’t stand them either!
How does a 401(k) Plan work?
Of all the retirement planning options that are available to most people, 401(k) plans has been said to be one of the best programs for accumulating retirement funds. Unlike a taxable savings vehicle, a 401(k) plan allows you to make annual pre-tax contributions up to a certain amount (Congress sets the maximum each year). Pre-tax contributions are much better for savers than after-tax contributions.
For example, if you are in the 28 percent federal marginal tax bracket, it effectively costs you only $72 of spendable income to save $100 for retirement. And it works out even better for those in higher tax brackets. And like other qualified retirement plans, a 401(k) allows your money to grow tax deferred. This enables you to build capital significantly faster than similar investments outside the shelter of a qualified tax plan.
In colonial Boston, schoolteachers earned about seven cents per day.
Giraffes can’t swim.
The real name of television’s Mister Ed was Bamboo Harvester.
Jim Hogg, the governor of Texas from 1891 to 1895, named his only daughter “Ima.”
In 1930, Fred Newton became the only man to swim the Mississippi River – lengthwise (1,826 miles over a six-month period).
A newborn baby cannot shed tears.
An adult’s skin weighs approximately six pounds.
Only righthanded players can play polo according to the U.S. Polo Association.
The little rubber thingy at the end of a toothbrush is called a “stimulator tip.”
The home team must provide the referee with 24 footballs for each National Football League game.
A gorilla sleeps about 70 percent of its twenty-three year life span.
Your bathroom is the scene of 3 percent of all accidents in the home.
Your bedroom is the scene of about 40 percent of all accidents in the home. No other spot in your home ranks higher.
Lloyd Copeland is credited with developing the microwave oven. His granddaughter is Linda Ronstadt.
Ben Franklin coined the word battery.
When does a pig become a hog?
Good question. In the USA, all swine weighing over 180 pounds are called hogs; all swine weighing less than 180 pounds are called pigs. In the UK, however, there is no difference – the term pig refers to all domestic swine.
40 percent of Americans suffer from shyness.
99 percent of Americans own a television.
70 percent of the earth is covered by water. Less than 1 percent of this water is drinkable.
65 percent of your body is water.
90 percent of a tree is made up of air with the rest being made up of minerals from the soil.