Friday, April 9, 2010

Cool Facts

Here are some random cool facts from my ipod.

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.

The city of Tokyo was originally called Edo.

Flamingos are able to fly at a speed of approximately 55 kilometers an hour. In one night they can travel about 600 km.

In one day, a human sheds 10 billion skin flakes. This amounts to approximately two kilograms in a year.

The sun's total lifetime as a star capable of maintaining a life-bearing Earth is about 11 billion years. Nearly half that time has passed.

Watermelons can cost up to $100 in Japan.

Celtic warriors sometimes fought their battles naked, their bodies dyed blue from head to toe.

Hummingbirds can weigh less than a penny.

Penguins are not found in the North Pole.

Tipping at a restaurant in Iceland is considered an insult.

Contrary to popular belief, there are no Buddhists in India, nor have there been for about a thousand years.

The deepest underwater penguin dive is 1,772 feet by an Emperor penguin.

In San Salvador, drunk drivers can be punished by death before a firing squad.

To burn off one plain M&M candy, you need to walk the full length of a football field.

Half of the 42 U.S. Presidents are of Irish descent.

A quidnunc is a person who is eager to know the latest news and gossip.

Queen Victoria used marijuana, to help relieve menstrual cramp pain.

Ernest Vincent Wright wrote a novel, "Gadsby", which contains over 50,000 -- none of them with the letter E.

A human embryo is smaller than a grain of rice at four weeks old.

20252 is Smokey the Bear's own zip code.

Daniel Boone hated coonskin caps.


Cheeseboy said...

Ha! Your iPod should be on Jeopardy. $100 for a watermellon? Better be seedless.

Copyboy said...

100 bucks? Jeeze, I can only imagine what it costs to throw a summer BBQ.

TS Hendrik said...

I'm moving to Iceland so I don't have to tip.

Brenda's Arizona said...

Having lived in India, I can assure you that Buddhists have reappeared there. In our area, it was due to the Tibetan Buddhists who were 'displaced' by the Chinese.

Your iPod is very entertaining!

Ally said...

Man that M&M thing is depressing. I remember a sign in the bathroom of my gym saying you had to do some crazy amount of work to burn off 15 Pringles.

Kristy said...

I just ate a small bag of M&Ms. Boy am I screwed.

Jerry said...

Wow $100 for a watermelon. I know what I am giving up for lent! LOL


Lol.... Is your ipod European? What with the metric conversions?

Have you seen those square watermelons they grow in Japan? I wonder how much those cost?

No e's huh? That would be a great challenge.... Try writing a 1,000 word post without using the letter 'e'....

Bossy Betty said...

Love it! Especially the one about the hummingbird! Can you guess why?