30 years ago Joe Delaney, NFL running back, died trying to rescue three children from drowning... Delaney himself could not swim.
The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra's "Its A Wonderful Life"
An experiment was done to see how long can a person survive without eating (relying only on the body's fat reserves). the 450lb man survived 1 year and 2 weeks without eating, only drinking water and taking vitamins .
Actor Peter Cushing (Star Wars) once attempted suicide by running up and down stairs in hope that it would induce a heart attack.
The deepest hole ever drilled reached 7.6 miles (12.3 km) before drilling was stopped because the temperature at that depth became too high at 356°F (180°C).
Phobatrivaphobia is fear of trivia about phobias.
Until 1796, there was a state in the United States called Franklin. Today it's known as Tennessee!
People in parts of Western China put salt in their tea instead of sugar.
In the 1920s, a Japanese professor used to walk home with his dog from the train station every evening. When the professor died unexpectedly, the dog waited without fail each day at arrival time at the station for nine years until his own death.
Psychologists at the University of Pennsylvania studied data from over 10,000 speed daters and found that most people make a decision regarding a person's attraction within three seconds of meeting.
If melted into liquid form, the amount of water in Mars' southern polar cap would cover the entire planet to a depth of about 36 feet.
The Japanese developed an underwater aircraft carrier in WWII.
Our eyes remain the same size from birth onward, but our noses and ears Never stop growing.
The brain can be kept alive outside the body for days.
Sex burns 360 calories per hour.
After Germany surrendered in WWII, everyone in Moscow partied until the entire city actually ran out of vodka.
Regardless of you're gender, sexual orientation, or experience with anal sex, your anal sphincter relaxes slightly while sexually aroused.
In the original version of Cinderella the slipper was made out of fur, not glass!
In ancient Rome, an infant was placed at the father's feet shortly after birth. If the father took the child into his arms, it showed he accepted responsibility for its upbringing. If the baby was not accepted, it was be abandoned and left to die.
California was the first state to ban the use of race and ethnicity in public university admissions. However, now that affirmative action is banned (Proposition 209), Asian American students have dominated admissions. At UC Berkeley, for example, 46% of those admitted into the 2012 freshman class are Asian; 30% are white.
In Ancient Greece, the common slang for a blow job was "playing the flute".
Decaffeinated coffee is not 100% caffeine free. When coffee is being decaffeinated, up to 3% of the caffeine still remains in it.
The deadliest natural disaster in the U.S. was the Galveston hurricane of 1900, which killed between 8,000-12,000 people.
Before there were clocks, there were candle clocks that burned a set amount of hours. If you wanted a reminder or alarm, you pushed a nail at the desired time length in the candle and when it melted to that point, the nail would fall and clank on the metal holder alerting you.
In 2007, a dog named Rocco discovered a truffle in Tuscany that weighed 3.3 pounds. It sold at auction for $333,000 (USD), a world record for a truffle.
More intelligent people are more likely to binge drink and get drunk.
The national animal of Scotland is the unicorn.
In most advertisements, including newspapers, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.
Approximately 75% of human waste is made of water.
Google offers free legal download of music in China, in a partnership with the largest record labels in the world (since 2009). All of this while they sue children for illegally sharing music in the western world.
Men are able to make better spatial judgments than women because of their higher exposure to testosterone before birth.
Tuesday is the most productive day of the work week.
South African residents can legally attach small flamethrowers to cars to repel carjackers.
Despite initial legislation, abortion rates in the U.S. increased from one abortion for every 30 births during the first three decades of the nineteenth century to one abortion for every five or six live births by the 1850s and 1860s, perhaps due to increased advertisement and commercialization.
Coca Cola was originally green.
You share your birthday with at least 9 million other people in the world.
If it isn?t moving, a frog can?t see it. If the frog can?t see it, he won?t eat it.
The turkey vulture's primary method of defense is to vomit on its assailant.
The average life span of a major league baseball is 5-7 pitches!
Thelma Pickles was John Lennon’s first girlfriend!
The original name for the butterfly was "flutterby"!
2,000 calories of junk food cost just $3.52 a day. 2,000 calories of dense nutritional foods cost $36.32 a day.
A tiger is most likely to win a fight against a lion.
Porcupines float in water!
David O. Selznick was fined $5,000 for the line "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn" in Gone with the Wind (1939). The Catholic Legion of Decency gave the movie a B rating, citing that the film was "morally objectionable in part for all."
An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain!
In older people, memory is best early in the morning and then declines during the late afternoon.
A church in Monroe, Ohio built a 62-foot tall statue of Jesus. The statue was struck by lightning and burned to the ground.
Caffeine makes you more open-minded to viewpoints that contradict your own.
In the late 1980s there was a bloody conflict in Glasgow between ice cream truck drivers over territory. Six people were killed.
A crocodile can't move its tongue and cannot chew. Its digestive juices are so strong that it can digest a steel nail.
Göbekli Tepe is the oldest temple complex in the world, pre-dates Stonehenge by 7,000 years.
A World of Warcraft player had 36 accounts on 11 computers simultaneously and raided by himself.
Early Christian missionaries to Hawaii (circa 1820) were shocked to find that Hawaiian mothers practiced infanticide if the babies were deformed or diseased or if there were already too many children. They were also shocked by the extreme displays of grief (such as knocking out their own teeth or tattooing their own tongues) after the death of a loved one.
In 1910 during the passing of Haley's Comet, people were sold "Anti-Comet" pills at $1 a pop to protect them against the harmful gases in the comet's tail.
There is a haunted island in Mexico covered in dolls. a little girl drowned in the river awhile back, and the owner drowned in the same place in 2001. Natives say the possessed dolls killed him. they also say the dolls open their eyes and move on their own...
Those "stars and colors" you see when you rub your eyes are called phosphenes.
The largest number of fatalities ever in a production of a film occurred during the shooting of the 1931 film Viking. Twenty-seven people died, including the director and cinematographer, when a ship they were shooting from exploded in the ice off the coast of Newfoundland.
The chicken came first! According to Genesis 1:20-22, the chicken came before the egg! Honest!
In 1983 an Israeli pilot successfully landed an F-15 with only one wing. In fact he didn't realize the extent of the damage until after landing, and stated he would have ejected had he known.
In Cleveland, Ohio, its illegal to catch mice without a hunting license.
Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour.
You can injure your brain in such a way that you only want gourmet food.
A small town in Minnesota attempted to secede from the US in 1977 to declare war and lose, thus receiving foreign aid for their failing water system. It worked.
In 1920's the Hollywood-sign was lit by thousands of light bulbs and the guy who changed the burnt ones, lived in a little cabin near the sign.
During supersonic flight the fuselage of the Concorde would extend by as much as 300 mm (almost 1 ft) due to the heat generated by compression of air.
Last year the Star Princess, a Princess cruises ship passed by 3 men drifting in a small boat with no motor in the open sea. The captain confirmed he saw the men through his telescope and then did nothing to help. The boat was later found by the Ecuadorean coast guard with only one survivor. The only survivor is suing the Princess Cruises.
10 of the tributaries flowing into the Amazon river are as big as the Mississippi river.
A shrimps heart is in it's head.
Psychologist Harry Harlow studied maternal bonding in monkeys until his wife died, when he sunk into depression and decided to spend the rest of his career subjecting monkeys to isolation studies using devices that he called the "Pit of despair" and the "Rape rack".
There is so little archaeological and literary evidence from the period in history between 614 and 911 AD that some historians believe those years did not exist at all and that we are currently in the 1700s.
Musician Jim Sullivan recorded an album in 1969 called U.F.O. with cryptic lyrics about desert highways and strange lights. 6 years later he disappeared without a trace, his car abandoned on the desert road.
The Hollywood star who played the most leading roles in feature films was John Wayne (1907-1979), who appeared in 153 movies. The star with the most screen credits is John Carradine (1906-1988), who has been in over 230 movies.
There is a pizza place in Alaska that delivers by plane.
There is a failed Nazi village in the middle of Paraguay with only two old Germans left.
In Japan, women give chocolates on Valentine's day. Men are supposed to return the favor a month later on White Day, March 14.
The first bomb dropped by the Allies on berlin in WW2 killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.
In a study requiring them to write out "door" 30 times in 60 seconds, 68 percent of participants began to doubt that "door" was a real word or showed similar symptoms of 'jamais vu'.
Tickets to President-Elect Obama's inauguration on January 20, 2009, are being sold online for as much as $40,000 each. Entry into an inauguration is always free to anyone who requests and receives a ticket from his or her congressperson or senator.
An orangutan named Fu Manchu repeatedly escaped from his cage using a key he had created from a piece of wire. He would hide the key throughout the entire day in his mouth, prohibiting his zookeepers from finding it.
Unlike most cats tigers love the water.
Dogs have four toes on their hind feet, and five on their front feet.
A Norwegian company in 1959 drove a three-ton block of ice from the Arctic Circle to the Equator, without refrigeration. They lost only 336 kg.
The G in 'g-string' stand for groin.
In the great San Francisco earthquake of 1906, three men were caught alive on the roof of a hotel that was ablaze. Rather than see the men fall and be burned alive, a nearby military officer ordered his men to shoot them.
There is an evangelical church in Dallas, TX that spent $4.7 million on their privately-owned fish aquarium.
A polar bears skin is black. Its fur is actually clear, but like snow it appears white.
The 2011 debt ceiling crisis, which nearly brought the U.S. to the brink of default, has sent disapproval of Congress to the highest levels on record. An estimated 82% of Americans disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job.
Jack-O-Lanterns were originally carved out of large turnips.
Beavers can swim half a mile underwater on one gulp of air.
The President of Turkmenistan commissioned a golden statue of himself which rotated every 24 hours to face the Sun.
50% of the population of Uganda is under the age of 15.
In the year 2000, Pope John Paul II was named an "Honorary Harlem Globetrotter."!
The US Army secretly dumped 64 million pounds of nerve and mustard agents into the ocean, along with 400,000 chemical-filled bombs, land mines and rockets.
Armenian finswimmer Shavarsh Karapetyan was not only a 17-time world champion, was finishing a 12-mile run when he heard a bus crash into the water. He dove down 33 ft, and rescued 20 people, 1 at a time. Oh, and 10 years later he ran into a burning hospital to save more people.
Aldous Huxley author of "Brave New World", was so influenced by the power of LSD that he requested his wife to inject him 100 µg of LSD on his death bed.
If you watch a horror movie before you view abstract art, you will enjoy the art more.
Canada's new flag, with its maple leaf design, was unfurled in 1965 in Ottawa!
The white part of your finger nail is called the "lunula".
The name Joshua is Hebrew for 'Jesus'.

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