Fast Facts

  • A human loses an average of 40-100 strands of hair a day.
  • Wyoming was the first state to give women the right to vote.
  • Pomology is the study of fruit.
  • A cucumber consists of 96 percent water.
  • Time magazine’s “”Man of the Year”” for 1938 was Adolf Hitler.
  • After decaffeinating coffee, processing companies no longer throw away the caffeine. Instead, they sell it to pharmaceutical companies.
  • An old superstition says that keeping an acorn by the window will keep away lightning.
  • The name for fungal remains found in
    coal is sclerotinite.
  • Fingernails grow faster than
  • Private Henry Gunther was the last soldier killed in World War I, on Nov. 11, 1918.
  • The term “”First Lady”” was first used in 1877, in reference to Lucy Ware Webb Hayes.
  • The Lone Ranger’s real name is John Reid.
  • The bola tie is Arizona’s official state neckwear.
  • James Buchanan was the only U.S. president never to marry.
  • In California, it is illegal to eat oranges while bathing.
  • Organized crime is estimated to account for 10 percent of the United States’ national income.
  • “”Quisling”” is the only word in the English language to start with “”quis.””
  • Potatoes were first brought to Europe in the 1500s on Spanish ships returning from Peru.
  • The “”infinity”” character on the keyboard is called a lemniscate.
  • “”Happy as a clam”” is from the expression “”happy as a clam at hide tide.”” Clams are only harvested when the tide is out.
  • The play “”Breath,”” by Samuel Beckett, was first performed in April 1970. The play lasts 30 seconds and has no actors or dialogue.