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    Fast Facts

  • Camera shutter speed B stands for “”bulb.””
  • Less than two percent of the water on Earth is fresh.
  • Rio de Janeiro translates to “”River of January.””
  • The Slinky was invented by an airplane mechanic; he was playing with engine parts and realized the possible secondary use of one of the strings.
  • The nest of the bald eagle can weigh well over a ton.
  • The first Western consumer product sold in the former Soviet Union was Pepsi Cola.
  • Captain Jean-Luc Picard’s fish was named Livingston.
  • Doughnuts originated in Holland.
  • The Old English word for sneeze is fneosam.
  • If you live in Michigan, it is illegal to put a skunk in your boss’s desk.
  • November 19 is Have a Bad Day Day.
  • The armhole in clothing is called an armsaye.
  • Since the 1930s, the town of Corona, Calif., has lost all 17 of the time capsules it originally buried.
  • Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck has been struck by lightning twice in his life.
  • While Jules Verne is often considered the father of science fiction, at the time his stories were referred to as “”scientific
    romances.””
  • A group of goats is called a trip.
  • Roosters cannot crow if they can’t fully extend their necks.
  • Bill Bowerman, founder of Nike, got his first shoe idea after staring at a waffle iron. He got the idea of using squared spikes to make shoes lighter.
  • During World War II, the Navajo language was used successfully as a code by the United States.
  • Two and five are the only prime numbers that end in two or five.
  • The monastic hours are matins, lauds, prime, tierce, sext, nones, vespers and compline.
  • The food of the Greek gods was called ambrosia.
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