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GENERAL FACTSNo piece of normal-size paper can be folded in half more than 7 times.The first product to have a bar code scanned was Wrigley's gum.Earth is the only planet not named after a pagan God.A Boeing 747s wingspan is longer than the Wright brother's first flight.The new 787 Boeing was revealed on 7/8/07 or July 8th, 07.Every day is about 55 billionths of a second longer than the day before itVenus is the only planet that rotates clockwise.Footprints of astronauts who landed on the moon should last at least 10 millionyears since the moon has no atmosphere.The national orchestra of Monaco (a nation in Europe) has more individuals thanits army.Earthworms have five heartsThe Himalayan gogi berry contains, weight for weight, more iron than steak, morebeta carotene than carrots, more vitamin C than orangesFingerprints of koalas are similar (in pattern, shape and size) to thefingerprints of humansGenetically-engineered babies were born first in 2001.If an Amish man has a beard, he is married.If a native Hawaiian woman places the flower on her right ear, she is available.(The bigger the flower, the more desperate)Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning.Pope Pius II wrote an erotic book "Historia de duobos amantibus" in 1444.SCUBA divers cannot pass gas at depths of 33 feet or belowPele has always hated his nickname, which he says sounds like "baby-talk inPortuguese".As of 2006, 200 million blogs were left without updatesUrban birds have developed a short, fast "rap style" of singing, different fromtheir rural counterparts.The lion costume in the film Wizard of Oz was made from real lions.Fathers tend to determine the height of their child, mothers their weight.The Pope's been known to wear red Prada shoes.Donald Rumsfeld was both the youngest and the oldest defense secretary in UShistory.
Coco Chanel started the trend for sun tans in 1923 when she got accidentally burnton a cruise.Up to 25% of hospital keyboards carry the MRSA infection.In ancient Greece, children of wealthy families were dipped in olive oil at birthto keep them hairless throughout their lives.Ghandi didn't allow his wife to take penicillin to save her life from pneumoniabut took quinine to save himself from malaria.Sex workers (Prostitutes) in Roman times charged the equivalent price of eightglasses of red wine.As of 2006, more than one in eight people in the United States show signs ofaddiction to the internet.More than 90% of plane crashes have survivors.The Mona Lisa used to hang on the wall of Napoleon’s bedroom.Barbie's full name is Barbie Millicent Roberts.Eating a packet of crisps a day is equivalent to drinking five liters of cookingoil a year.Plant seeds that have been stored for more than 200 years can be coaxed into newlife.For every 10 successful attempts to climb Mount Everest there is one fatality. (Asof 2006)Watching television can act as a natural painkiller for childrenForty-one percent of English women have punched or kicked their partners,according to a study.The more panels a football has - and therefore the more seams - the easier it isto control in the air.Music can help reduce chronic pain by more than 20% and can alleviate depressionby up to 25%.The egg came first.Modern teenagers are better behaved than their counterparts of 20 years ago,showing "less problematic behavior" involving sex, drugs and drink.Britain is still paying off debts that predate the Napoleonic wars because it'scheaper to do so than buy back the bonds on which they are based.In Bhutan government policy is based on Gross National Happiness; thus most streetadvertising is banned, as are tobacco and plastic bags.The best-value consumer purchase in terms of the price and usage is an electrickettle.Camel's milk, which is widely drunk in Arab countries, has 10 times more iron thancow's milk
.Iceland has the highest concentration of broadband users in the world.Native Hawaiian women were not allowed to cook.The age limit for marriage in France was, until recently, 15 for girls, but 18 forboys. The age for girls was raised to 18 in 2006.The brain is soft and gelatinous - its consistency is something between jelly andcooked pasta.The Himalayas cover one-tenth of the Earth's surface.A "lost world" exists in the Indonesian jungle that is home to dozens of hithertounknown animal and plant species.The two most famous actors who portrayed the “Marlboro Man” in the cigarette adsdied of lung cancer.All US Presidents have worn glasses. Some just didn't like being seen wearing themin public.The Mona Lisa has no eyebrows. It was the fashion in Renaissance Florence to shavethem off.Walt Disney was afraid of mice.The first known marketer of the flushing toilet was Thomas Crapper.The average bed is home to over 6 billion dust mites.The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.The average chocolate bar has 8 insect legs in it.The average American consumes 1.2 pounds of spider eggs a year and eat 2.5 poundsof insect parts a year. (This fact and the one prior to it have been judged asurban legends by many)Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed peopledo. (Makes you think about ambidextrous people) This fact is based on a studythat had errors in it, thus it might not be a fact.Its impossible to smoke oneself to death with weed. You won\'t be able to retainenough motor control and consciousness to do so after such a large amount.Every drop of seawater contains approximately 1 billion gold atoms.The US national anthem actually has three verses, but everyone just knows thefirst one.During World War II, IBM built counting machines the Nazis used to manage theirdeath/concentration camps.During World War II, the British Intelligence used the Colossus Machines(precursor to computers) at Bletchley Park to help decode the enigma code of theNazis.

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