Why do people clink their glasses before drinking a toast?
It used to be common for someone to try to kill an enemy by offering him a poisoned drink. To prove to a guest that a drink was safe, it became customary for a guest to pour a small amount of his drink into the glass of the host. Both men would drink it simultaneously. When a guest trusted his host, he would then touch–or clink–the host’s glass with his own.
It’s impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
You can’t kill yourself by holding your breath.
Americans on average eat 18 acres of pizza every day.
Every time you lick a stamp, if you can still find those kind, you’re consuming 1/10 of a calorie.
Did you know that you are more likely to be killed by a champagne cork than by a poisonous spider?
Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.
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.
Many hamsters only blink one eye at a time.
In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere.
If Barbie were life-size her measurements would be 39-23-33. She would stand seven feet, two inches tall and have a neck twice the length of a normal human’s neck.
China has more English speakers than the United States.
The electric chair was invented by a dentist.
You share your birthday with at least 9 million people.
The Boston University Bridge (on Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts) is one of the few places in the world where a boat can sail under a train driving under a car driving under an airplane.
Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, dogs only have about ten.
The only place in the world where they make Dr. Pepper according to the original formula is in Dublin, Texas.
Deer can abort a pregnancy if there is not enough food to support the deer population. She absorbs the fetus back into her system, or she can hold off giving birth until there are the right conditions.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, one person is killed annually painting stripes on the state’s highways and roads.
The first drive through window at a restaurant was at the McDonald’s in Sierra Vista, AZ. It was put in so the soldiers from Ft. Huachuca could get food since the base had a regulation prohibiting anyone in uniform from entering a business establishment.
1 out of 3 of all cows in the US used for food purposes (beef) are used by the McDonald’s Corp.
The American Red Cross was founded May 21, 1881.
Neil Sadaka’s 1959 hit “Oh Carol” was about singer Carole King.
A gale force wind is a wind blowing between 39 to 26 miles per hour.
Left-handedness is extremely common in twins. It is unusual, however, for both to be left-handed.
There are close to 4,000 known species of frogs, including toads.
The biggest frog is the appropriately named Goliath frog (Conraua goliath) of Cameroon. They reach nearly 30cm (a foot) and weigh as much as 3.3 kilograms.
The smallest frog is the Gold frog (Psyllophryne Didactyla) of Brazil. They grow to only 9.8 mm (3/8 inch).
El Nino was originally recognized by fishermen off the coast of South America in the late 1800’s as the appearance of abnormally warm water in the Pacific Ocean, which usually arrived shortly after the beginning of the year. This localized phenomenon is now known to be part of a very large and complex system of atmospheric and oceanic interactions. El Nino is a disruption of the ocean-atmosphere system in the tropical Pacific.
La nina, is the “sister” of El Nino.
Here’s how it works: normally, trade winds blow from east to west, causing a backup of warm surface water in the western Pacific so that the sea surface is about half a meter higher at Indonesia than at Ecuador. To replace the water which has been blown to the west, cold nutrient-rich water rises up from the depths along the coast of South America. This nutrient-rich water supports a diversity of marine life, and, in turn, supports the fisherman in South America.
Every four years or so an El Nino event takes place. These trade winds relax and the water that once “backed up” in the western Pacific sloshes back toward the west, causing the end of the nutrient-rich upwelled coastal water.
La nina, with its strong east-to-west trade winds, causes exceptionally heavy rainfall in usually rainy areas near the western Pacific, and very dry weather in usually dry areas near the eastern Pacific. The average La nina winter is slightly wetter and cooler, but there are many examples of La nina winters that were warmer and drier, so it is hard to
predict the impact.