The Australian Emu holds the land speed record for birds at 31 mph.
The average talker sprays about 300 microscopic saliva droplets per minute, about 2.5 droplets per word.
The Earth experiences about 50,000 earthquakes each year.
The lowest temperature ever recorded was 129 degrees below 0 at Vostok, Antarctica, on July 21, 1983.
The largest known kidney stone weighed 2.9 pounds (1.36kg).
In the USA, the federal government collects 18.4 cents per gallon of gasoline sold. That’s not all of the taxes Americans pay, as the individual states also collect a sales / consumption tax for each gallon sold. Combining both the federal and state sales / consumption tax collected per gallon of gasoline, here’ s how much in taxes you are paying per gallon (all amounts in US cents per gallon):
New York: 62.86
North Carolina: 54.65
West Virginia: 53.00
Rhode Island: 51.40
South Dakota: 48.40
New Hampshire: 42.23
Washington, D.C.: 41.90
North Dakota: 41.40
New Mexico: 37.28
South Carolina: 35.15
New Jersey: 32.90
The average human produces 25,000 quarts of spit in a lifetime.
It has been calculated that in the last 3,500 years, there has only been 230 years of total peace throughout the civilized world.
Bamboo, which is the tallest grass in the world, can grow up to 90cm in a day.
Most of the vitamin C in fruits is in the skin.
The human heart creates enough pressure to squirt blood up to 30 feet.
Why do you sometimes see green tint on potato chips?
The green is chlorophyl that was produced when a portion of the potato grew aboveground and was exposed to sunlight. This exposure also caused the production of another substance called solanine, which can be toxic. I’ll bet that will make you think twice about eating Ruffles, huh?
According to an old English system of time units, a moment is one and a half minutes.
In 1855, dentist Robert Arthur was the first to use gold to fill cavities.
The smallest bone in the body is the stirrup.
The average mattress contains 2 million house dust mites.
No other animal gives us more by-products than the pig.
Mexican jumping beans jump because of a moth larva inside the bean.
An electric eel produces an average of 400 volts.
A myrmecologist studies ants.
To crack a whip, the tip must be traveling faster than the speed of sound.
Sugar was first added to chewing gum in 1869 by a dentist named William Semple.
According to a major hotel chain, approximately the same numbers of men and women are locked out of their rooms — 32 percent are less than fully dressed.
The mother of all mothers? The largest number of children born to one woman is recorded at 69. From 1725-1765 a Russian peasant woman gave birth to 16 sets of twins, 7 sets of triplets and 4 sets of quadruplets.
Hoover Dam’s structural volume surpasses the largest pyramid in Egypt, which took 20 years and 100,000 men to complete. It took 4 years and 5,000 workers to complete the Hoover Dam.
A pig’s snout is called a gruntle.
The chemical pectin, found in ripe fruit, causes jam to set when cooling.