Fast Facts

  • Forty-three percent of the cost of a 12-ounce bottle of beer goes to federal and state taxes.
  • Each year U.S. airlines use more than 20 million airsickness bags.
  • In 1962, a bear became the first animal to be ejected from a supersonic jet. It parachuted safely to earth.
  • The federal government owns about 29 percent of the land in the United States.
  • Finland has more islands, 179,854, than any other country.
  • Europe is the most densely populated continent in the world.
  • REM (rapid eye movement) occupies approximately 22 percent of sleeping time.
  • Although it’s only about 0.00012th of an inch in diameter, spider’s silk is stronger than steel of equal diameter. It is more elastic than nylon, more difficult to break than rubber, and is bacteria- and fungi-
  • Schoolhouses were traditionally painted red because it was the cheapest color available.
  • The first e-mail was sent over the Internet in 1972.
  • During his lifetime, Shakespeare’s last name was spelled 83 different ways.
  • While in a feeding frenzy, some sharks bite their own bodies as they twist and turn.
  • In 1952, Albert Einstein called income taxes “”the most difficult thing to understand.””
  • If you never trimmed your fingernails, they’d be about 13 feet long on your 80th birthday.