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General Knowledge/ Fun Facts 1.

Andorra, a country sandwiched between Spain and France, is ruled by co-princes, one Spanish, one French. There are two post offices, school systems, and courts. 2. High Seas: The high seas is the area beyond three miles from any nation's territory, where no country has authority. Modern pirates still sail on these waters. 3. There wouldn't be vanilla ice cream without the vanilla bean. More than half the world's vanilla is grown in Madagascar. 4. The world's largest gold mine is in Irian Jaya, Indonesia. 5. Australia is the 6 largest country in the world 6. Canada is the second largest country 7. Vatican City is the smallest country followed by Monaco (highest density populated), then Nauru. Swearword corrupt 8. UN: Five permanent members: the United States, the Russian Federation, Britain, France, and China; and 10 temporary members who serve two-year terms. 9. New Zealand is the least corrupt country, Somalia is the most 10. The world's deadliest recorded earthquake occurred in 1557 in central China, more than 830,000 people were killed. 11. The Persian Gulf is the warmest sea. In the summer its temperature reaches 35.6 degrees centigrade. 12. About 400 billion gallons water is used worldwide each day. 13. Earth travels through space at 66,700 miles per hour. 14. The saltiest sea in the world is the Red Sea with 41 parts of salt per 1,000 parts of water. 15. Chile (Africa) is the driest place on Earth, gets just 0.03 inches (0.76 millimeters) of rain per year. 16. The coldest temperature ever measured on Earth was -129 Fahrenheit (-89 Celsius) at Vostok, Antarctica, on July 21, 1983. 17. Antarctica is the highest, driest, and coldest continent on Earth. 18. "Almost" is the longest word in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order.
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19. "Rhythm" is the longest English word without a vowel. 20. One quarter of the bones in your body, are in your feet!

21. Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different!

22. Months that begin on a Sunday will always have a "Friday the 13th." 23. Coca-Cola would be green if colouring werent added to it

24. Earth is the only planet not named after a god. 25. Prince Charles and Prince William NEVER travel on the same airplane just in case there is a

crash.

26. Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite. 27. The phrase rule of thumb is derived from and old English law which stated that you

couldnt beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.
28. American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in

first-class.
29. Every time you lick a stamp, youre consuming 1/10 of a calorie. 30. Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory workers

in Malaysia combined.
31. In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere. 32. LIFE IN THE 1500'S-The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be. Here are some facts about the 1500s: 33. Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odour. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married. 34. Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children. Last came the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying, Don't throw the baby out with the Bath water. 35. Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof. Hence the saying: Its raining cats and dogs. 36. There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence.

37. The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying: Dirt poor. The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entranceway. Hence the saying a thresh hold. (Getting quite an education, aren't you?) 38. In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme, Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old.. 39. Sometimes the y could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could, bring home the bacon. They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and chew the fat. 40. Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous. 41. Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or the upper crust. 42. Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of holding a wake. 43. England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had d been burying people alive. So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the graveyard shift.) to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be, saved by the bell or was considered a dead ringer. 44.

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