Fast Facts

  • Some sharks swim in a figure 8 when frightened.
  • It took the United States only four days to build a ship during World War II.
  • If China imported just 10 percent of its rice needs, the price on the world market would increase by 80 percent.
  • Influenza got its name from the fact that people believed the disease was caused by the evil “”influence”” of stars.
  • A librocubicularist is someone who reads in bed.
  • In 1943, Navy officer Grace Hopper found a glitch in her computer. After investigating, she discovered the system had a bug – a real one. It turned out a moth had made its way into Hopper’s computer. Though the word bug has meant “”fault”” or “”defect”” since as far back as the 1870s, Hopper’s story is credited with making it the synonym of choice in the computer industry.
  • Shirley Temple made $1 million by age 10.
  • Lee Harvey Oswald’s body tag was auctioned off for $6,600.
  • Construction workers’ hard hats were first invented and used in the building of the Hoover Dam in 1933.