Did You Know? - General Info - Part 4
Way back when they were using marble columns, the people selling the columns would carve out the centers and fill it with wax.So the people buying them started asking "Is it without wax?" Or in other words "Are you sincere?"
Zaire is the world leader in cobalt mining, producing two-thirds of the world's cobalt supply.
No modern language has a true concept of "I am." It is always used linked with are in reference of another verb.
Little known Cathedral Caverns near Grant, Alabama has the world's largest cave opening, the largest stalagmite (Goliath), and the largest stalagmite forest in the World.
The only person ever to decline a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction was Sinclair Lewis for his book Arrowsmith.
Maine is the only state that borders on only one state.
There are almost twice as many people in Rhode Island than there are in Alaska.
Kudzu is not indigenous to the South, but in that climate it can grow up to six inches a day.
Did you know that there are coffee flavored PEZ?
The word 'byte' is a contraction of 'by eight.'
The word 'pixel' is a contraction of either 'picture cell' or 'picture element.'
Ralph Lauren's original name was Ralph Lifshitz.
Bananas do not grow on trees, but on rhizomes.
Astronauts in the Space Shuttle are weightless not because there is no gravity in space, but because they are in free fall around the Earth.
St. Augustine was the first major proponent of the "missionary" position.
Lizzie Borden was acquitted.
Alexander Hamilton was shot by Aaron Burr in the groin.
Isaac Asimov is the only author to have a book in every Dewey-decimal category.
Roger Ebert is the only film critic to have ever won the Pulitzer prize.
A scholar who studies the Marquis de Sade is called a Sadian, not a Sadist (of course).
Tribeca in Manhattan stands for TRIangle BElow CAnal street. Soho stands for SOuth of HOuston street.
Columbia University is the second largest landowner in New York City, after the Catholic Church.
Theworld's largest wine cask is in Heidleberg, Germany.
Lorne Greene had one of his nipples bitten off by an aligator while he hosted "Lorne Greene's Wild Kingdom."
Cat's urine glows under a blacklight.
Seven Olympic gold medal winners eventually went on to win the Heavyweight Championship of the World
Kerimski Church in Finland is world's biggest church made of wood.The St. Louis Gateway Arch had a
projected death toll while it was being built. No one died. The average ear of corn has eight-hundred kernels arranged in sixteen rows.
A cat has four rows of whiskers.
Vincent Van Gogh comitted suicide while painting Wheat Field with Crows.
An iguana can stay under water for 28 minutes.
Jelly Belly jelly beans were the first jelly beans in outer space when they went up with astronauts in the June 21, 1983 voyage of the space shuttle Challenger (the same voyage as the first American woman in space, Sally Ride).
Baseballer Connie Mack's real name was Cornelius McGilicuddy.
If you were standing in the northernmost point in the contiguous (48) states, you'd be standing in Minnesota.
Only thirty percent of the famous Maryland blue crabs are actually from Maryland, the rest are from North Carolina and Virginia.
Back in the mid to late 80's, an IBM compatible computer wasn't considered a hundred percent compatible unless it could run Microsoft's Flight Simulator.
Not all of West Virginia voted to go with the North. When the State of West Virginia was formed from Virginia in 1863 the three western counties in Virginia voted to go with West Virginia, but West Virginia didn't take them because they were poor. Instead they took three counties that voted to stay with Virginia, because they were richer and they had the B&O railroad. Those counties since split and are 5 Jefferson, Hampshire, Berkley, Mineral, and Morgan.
The first Ford cars had Dodge engines.
The Dodge brothers Horace and John were Jewish, that's why the first Dodge emblem had a star of David in it.
Studebaker was the only major car company to stop making cars while making a profit from them.
Studebaker still exists, but is now called Worthington.
Chrysler built B-29's that bombed Japan, Mitsubishi built Zeros that tried to shoot them down. Both companies now build cars in a joint plant call Diamond Star.
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