Monday, 23 April 2007
09:37:55 PM (GMT)
Yes, I know, I've got to stop doing this! But I can't help myself, these's are so
1. The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one mile in every five must be
straight. These straight sections are useable as airstrips in times of war or other
2. The cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth 2, QE2, moves only six inches for each gallon of
diesel that it burns.
3. The highest point in Pennsylvania is lower than the lowest point in Colorado.
4. The first airline, DELAG, was established on October 16, 1909, to carry passengers
between German cities by Zeppelin airships. Up to November 1913, more than 34,000
people had used the service.
5. Titanic was running at 22 knots when she hit the iceberg
6. The citrus soda 7-UP was created in 1929; ‘7′ was selected because the
original containers were 7 ounces. ‘UP’ indicated the direction of the bubbles
7. Francis Scott Key was a young lawyer who wrote the poem, ‘The Star Spangled
Banner’, after being inspired by watching the Americans fight off the British
attack of Baltimore during the War of 1812. The poem became the words to the national
8. Because radio waves travel at 186,000 miles per second and sound waves saunter at
700 miles per hour, a broadcast voice can be heard sooner 13,000 miles away than it
can be heard at the back of the room in which it originated
9. Mosquito repellents don’t repel. They hide you. The spray blocks the
mosquito’s sensors so they don’t know your there
10. The bagpipe was originally made from the whole skin of a dead sheep
Inventor Samuel Colt patented his revolver in 1836.
11. It has been recommended by dentists that a toothbrush be kept at least 6 feet
(two meters) away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the
12. In ancient Rome it was considered a sign of leadership to be born with a crooked
13. It is possible to drown and not die. Technically the term ‘drowning’ refers
to the process of taking water into the lungs, not to death caused by that process.
14. The first known heart medicine was discovered in an English garden. In 1799,
physician John Ferriar noted the effect of dried leaves of the common foxglove plant,
purpurea, on heart action. Still used in heart medications, digitalis slows the pulse
and increases the force of heart contractions and the amount of b lood pumped per
15. Dry cereal for breakfast was invented by John Henry Kellogg at the turn of the