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PostSubject: FACTS EXPLOSION 201   Mon Dec 27, 2010 1:51 pm

Did you know that you are more likely to be killed by a champagne cork than by a poisonous spider?

"Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt".

111,111,111 x 111,111,111 =12,345,678,987,654,321

A 'jiffy' is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.

A snail can sleep for 3 years.

All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of a $5 bill.

Grape jelly does not melt in hot tea.

In most advertisements, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.

In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. That's where the phrase 'goodnight, sleep tight' came from.

In the english language, the number four is the only number to have the same number of letters as the number itself.

More money is spent world wide on Chicago Bulls merchandise then the entire economy of New Zealand.

More people are killed by donkeys than plane crashes.

No President of the United States was an only child.

Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.

On the new five dollar bills, they cut down on the number of states on the back. Mississippi did not make the cut.

Peanuts are one of the ingredients in dynamite.

Shakespeare invented the words 'assassination' and 'bump'.

Stewardesses is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.

Termites eat wood twice as fast if you play loud music.

The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.

The characters Bert and Ernie were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra's 'Its A Wonderful Life'.

The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year. When it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building.

The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tub and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.

The original color of coca-cola was green.

The phrase 'rule of thumb' is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.

The term "devil's advocate" comes from the Roman Catholic church. When deciding if someone should be sainted, a devil's advocate is always appointed to give an alternative view.

The word 'trivia' comes from latin Tri Via, a newspaper named after a place where three roads came together.

There is 336 dimples on a golf ball

Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.

Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.

To proliferate the species, aphids produce by virgin birth for three generations!

When Heinz ketchup leaves the bottle, it travels at a rate of 25 miles per year.

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PostSubject: Re: FACTS EXPLOSION 201   Mon Dec 27, 2010 1:53 pm

A diamond will not dissolve in acid. The only thing that can destroy it is intense heat.

A lump of pure gold the size of a matchbox can be flattened into a sheet the size of a tennis court.

Absolutely pure gold is so soft that it can be molded with the hands.

An ounce of gold can be stretched into a wire 50 miles long.

Colored diamonds are caused by impurities such as nitrogen (yellow), boron (blue). With red diamonds being due to deformities in the structure of the stone, and green ones being the result of irradiation.

Diamond is the hardest naturally occurring substance, and is also one of the most valuable natural substances. Diamonds are crystals formed almost entirely of carbon. Because of its hardness, the diamond is the most enduring of all gemstones. They are among the most costly jewels in the world, partly because they are rare, Only four important diamond fields have been found - in Africa, South America, India, and the Soviet Union.

In 1957, the Shipping port Atomic Power Station in Pennsylvania, the first nuclear facility to generate electricity in the United States, went on line. (It was taken out of service in 1982.)
In 1982, in the first operation of its kind, doctors at the University of Utah Medical Center implanted a permanent artificial heart in the chest of retired dentist Dr. Barney Clark, who lived 112 days with the device.

Mercury is the only metal that is liquid at room temperature.

Mineral deposits in caves: The ones growing upward are stalagmites, the ones growing downward are stalactites.

Natural gas has no odor. The smell is added artificially so that leaks can be detected.

Prussic acid, in a crystalline powder called Zyklon B, was used to kill in Germany's gas chambers. The gas would paralyze the victim's lungs, causing them to suffocate.

Sea water, loaded with mineral salts, weighs about a pound and a half more per cubit foot than fresh water at the same temperature.

Ten per cent of the salt mined in the world each year is used to de-ice the roads in America.

The air we breathe is 78% nitrogen, 21.5% oxygen, .5% argon and other gases.

The Chinese were using aluminum to make things as early as 300 AD Western civilization didn't rediscover aluminum until 1827.

The Cullinan Diamond is the largest gem-quality diamond ever discovered. Found in 1905, the original 3,100 carats were cut to make jewels for the British Crown Jewels and the British Royal family's collection

The largest gold nugget ever found weighed 172 lbs., 13 oz.

The largest hailstone ever recorded was 17.5 inches in diameter - bigger than a basketball.

The most abundant metal in the Earth's crust is aluminum.

The only rock that floats in water is pumice.

The three most common elements in the universe are 1) hydrogen; 2) helium; 3) oxygen.
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PostSubject: Re: FACTS EXPLOSION 201   Mon Dec 27, 2010 1:57 pm

Q. why can nothing other than light travel at that speed?

The answer is a result of the equations of Einstein's special relativity.

This states that the total energy of an object increases as its speed increases. Specifically, it approaches infinity as it reaches light speed.

Thus it can be seen that it'd take an infinite amount of energy to accelerate an object to light speed.


Refraction is a process that occurs to light, whereby the direction of light is changed.

A typical example is where light hits water, making objects appear higher than they are.

This is due to the different densities of the two media that the light goes through.
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