Why are so many umbrellas black?
When umbrellas first came into greater use during the 18th century, they were made of oil-soaked cotton cloth that was stretched over a whalebone. The purpose of the oil was to make the cotton cloth water proof, but it also gave the cloth a black-looking color. While this type of umbrella was very waterproof, it wasn’t very durable. Soon, newer and better umbrellas were made, and since the color black was associated with effective waterproofing, most of the newer models were dyed black.
Catherine the Great of Russia suffered from nymphomania. So do most men.
Most people don’t know that the second national city is Port Angeles, WA, designated by Abe Lincoln. That’s where they would move the capital if something happened to Washington D.C.
George Washington did not take care of his teeth. He was left with one bicuspid before he had dentures made. The dentures were not made of wood (as common myth goes). They were hippopatomus, deer, horse, and human teeth screwed into an ivory base.
Daffy Duck’s middle name is ‘Dumas.’
On the average, there are 8 peas in a pod.
The first subway was built in London (1860-63) by the cut and cover method. Other notable subways: Paris (the Metro 1898), New York (1900)
Which ancient city was buried by a volcanic eruption? The answer: Pompeii
The sari has been used continuously and relatively unchanged for thousands of years.
Harry Schielack Of Rockdale, Texas holds the record for the most chicken eaten by one person in a life time (estimated 1 Million Chickens In Only 40 Years).
The duckbill platypus (male) is the only venomous mammal in the world.
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A garter snake can give birth to 85 babies.
If you unfolded and laid out the delicate membranes from inside a dog’s nose, the membranes would be larger than the dog itself.
Kangaroos can hop as fast as 40 miles per hour.
The mudskipper is a fish that can actually walk on land.
The historic Ford 1,100-acre facility near the Rouge River was once the world’s largest auto plant. Henry Ford built the plant in 1918 because he dreamed of building a car from start to finish in one location.
The University of Calgary offers a two-day course in igloo building.
Mailing an entire building has been illegal in the U.S. since 1916 when a man mailed a 40,000-ton brick house across Utah to avoid high freight rates.
The zoo in Tokyo closes for two months of the year so animals can have a holiday from visitors.
Methane gas can often be seen bubbling up from the bottom of ponds. It is produced by the decomposition of dead plants and animals in the mud.
The world’s smallest mammal is the bumblebee bat of Thailand, weighing less than a penny.
Goose bumps are a carryover from the days when humans’ bodies were covered with fur. They are caused by the contraction of tiny muscles at the base of each strand of your body hair, and when those muscles contract they cause the hair to puff up. This action served two purposes:
1. It created an insulating layer of air next to the skin that helped keep a body warm in cold weather. This is why you get goose bumps whenever you are cold.
2. It gave your furry ancestors (of course, my ancestors weren’t furry) a larger and more menacing appearance in the face of danger; this is why you get goose bumps when you are scared or frightened.