Random Factshttp://facts.randomhistory.comRecent 10 fact listsTue, 24 Nov 2015 22:10:34 -0600en-us95 Fun Facts about Baseballhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/baseball-facts.html<ol> <li>The base most stolen in a baseball game is second base.<sup>f</sup></li> <li>The unofficial anthem of American baseball, Take Me Out to the Ballgame, is traditionally sung during the middle of the 7th inning. It was written in 1908 by Jack Norworth and Albert von Tilzer, both of whom had never been to a baseball game.<sup>c</sup></...Mon, 23 Nov 2015 15:01:25 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/baseball-facts.html73 Lucrative Facts about Stockshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/stock-facts.html<ol> <li>Simply stated, a stock is a share in the ownership of a company. In other words, it is a claim on the companys assets and earnings. Stocks are also known as shares or equity.<sup>b</sup></li> <li>A shadowy former Enron executive and mathematical genius, Lou Pai (1946 ), cashed in approximately $270 million in Enron stock before it ...Mon, 16 Nov 2015 14:35:06 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/stock-facts.html73 Expressive Facts about Pablo Picassohttp://facts.randomhistory.com/pablo-picasso-facts.html<ol> <li>Pablo Picasso, along with Georges Braque (1882-1963), is considered the inventor of the modern art movement called Cubism, a style that reduces subjects to geometric forms. The pair was influenced by Iberian sculpture, African masks, and Post-Impressionist painter Paul Czanne, among others.<sup>f</sup></li> <li>French art critic Lo...Mon, 09 Nov 2015 16:50:50 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/pablo-picasso-facts.html37 Interesting Facts about Doctorshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/doctor-facts.html<ol> <li>In the United States alone there are nearly 700,000 physicians. In appreciation of doctors and physicians, National Doctor's Day is celebrated on March 30 every year, commemorating the day that general anesthesia was used in surgery for the first time.<sup>j</sup></li> <li>Medical errors are counted as one of the leading causes of death ...Mon, 02 Nov 2015 17:11:51 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/doctor-facts.html55 Savory Facts about Sushihttp://facts.randomhistory.com/sushi-facts.html<ol> <li>Sushi did not originate in <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/japan-facts.html">Japan</a> but in the rice-growing region of Southeast Asia over 2,000 years ago along the Mekong River. The technique then spread to other regions, specifically appearing in Japan around the 8th century AD.<sup>m</sup></li> <li>In AD 8th-century Japan, sus...Tue, 27 Oct 2015 16:45:54 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/sushi-facts.html80 Interesting Facts about South Koreahttp://facts.randomhistory.com/south-korea-facts.html<ol> <li>The name Korea comes from <em>Goryeo</em>, which was the name given to the dynasty established by General Wang Geon in AD 918. Goryeo means high and clear. Some poetic interpretations of the name Korea are Land of High Mountains and Sparkling Streams and Land of the Morning Calm.<sup>g</sup></li> <li>South Korea is home to Haesindang Park,...Wed, 14 Oct 2015 17:39:24 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/south-korea-facts.html30 Interesting Facts about Multiplicationhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/multiplication-facts.html<ol> <li>The word multiply is from the Latin <em>multus</em>, meaning multi + <em>plex</em>, meaning foldwhich, in turn, is from the Proto-Indo-European <em>plek</em>, which means to plait.<sup>i</sup></li> <li>The word math is from the Proto-Indo-European word <em>*me</em>, which means to cut grass and is related to the word mow.<sup>e</sup></li> ...Wed, 07 Oct 2015 16:37:04 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/multiplication-facts.html63 Fascinating Facts about Hungaryhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/hungary-facts.html<ol> <li>The name Hungary may very well come from the Medieval Latin <em>Hungaria</em>, which translates as Land of the Huns. Another source states that the name is derived from the Turkish words <em>on ogur</em>, meaning ten arrows, or ten peoples.<sup>f</sup></li> <li>Hungary is one of the oldest countries in Europe. It was founded in A.D...Fri, 02 Oct 2015 16:46:56 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/hungary-facts.html54 Interesting Facts about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)http://facts.randomhistory.com/amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-facts.html<ol> <li>Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a rapidly progressing and always fatal neurological disease that attacks the nerve cells responsible for controlling voluntary muscles.<sup>o</sup></li> <li>Most people who develop ALS are between the ages of 40 and 75, with the majority showing symptoms after age 60. The disease can occur at a younge...Fri, 25 Sep 2015 15:50:02 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-facts.html60 Tragic Facts about Poachinghttp://facts.randomhistory.com/poaching-facts.html<ol> <li>The difference between poaching and hunting is the law. In other words, poaching is hunting without legal permission from whoever controls the land.<sup>r</sup></li> <li>Legal hunters kill tens of millions of animals per year. For each of those animals, another animal is illegally killed.<sup>k</sup></li> <li><a hr...Mon, 21 Sep 2015 16:19:20 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/poaching-facts.html71 Interesting Facts about Child Developmenthttp://facts.randomhistory.com/child-development-facts.html<ol> <li>Child development refers to the changes that occur as a child grows and develops in relation to being physically healthy, mentally alert, and emotionally and socially healthy.<sup>g</sup></li> <li>The first fiveand especially the first three yearsof a childs life are the most important. They shape the <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.co...Tue, 15 Sep 2015 16:41:17 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/child-development-facts.html40 Interesting Facts about Guinea Pigshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/guinea-pig-facts.html<ol> <li>Guinea Pigs are not pigs but, rather, rodents. They are also not from Guinea; they originated in the Andes.<sup>m</sup></li> <li>The guinea pig was domesticated as early as 5000 B.C. in South America as a source of <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/2008/12/06_food.html">food</a>. They were also used in religious ceremonies an...Wed, 09 Sep 2015 16:51:43 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/guinea-pig-facts.html55 Interesting Facts about Kazakhstanhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/kazakhstan-facts.html<ol> <li><em>Stan</em> is an ancient Persian word meaning land or nation, and <em>Kazakh</em> means wanderer, adventurer, or outlaw. Therefore, the name Kazakhstan translates as Land of the Wanderers.<sup>o</sup></li> <li>Kazakhstan is the 9th largest country by area in the world, but it has one of the lowest population densities at 6 peopl...Mon, 24 Aug 2015 17:05:48 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/kazakhstan-facts.html41 Illuminating Facts about Telescopeshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/telescope-facts.html<ol> <li>Telescopes not only help magnify far-away objects but they also allow humans to see parts of the light spectrum beyond visible light, including gamma rays, <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/x-ray-facts.html">X-rays</a>, ultraviolet rays, infrared rays, microwaves, and radio waves.<sup>b</sup></li> <li>Galileo did not invent the teles...Mon, 17 Aug 2015 15:15:33 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/telescope-facts.html40 Cultivating Facts about Gardeninghttp://facts.randomhistory.com/gardening-facts.html<ol> <li>The earliest gardens were strictly practical and were used to grow <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/2008/12/06_food.html">food</a> and medicinal herbs. Around 1500 B.C. in <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/interesting-facts-about-egypt.html">Egypt</a>, the first decorative gardens appeared.<sup>j</sup></li> <li>The first green...Mon, 10 Aug 2015 16:53:44 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/gardening-facts.html72 Interesting Facts about Airplaneshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/airplane-facts.html<ol> <li>The wings of the airplane are just one component of flight. There are actually four forces of flight that push the plane up, down, forward, or slow it down. These four forces of flight are lift, thrust, drag, and weight.<sup>b</sup></li> <li>The Wright brothers invented and flew the first airplane in 1903. It is considered the worlds fir...Mon, 03 Aug 2015 16:42:25 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/airplane-facts.html66 Interesting Facts about Ethiopiahttp://facts.randomhistory.com/ethiopia-facts.html<ol> <li>The name Ethiopia comes from the Greek words <em>aitho</em> and <em>ops</em>, which together mean burnt face. This was how the ancient Greeks referred to the dark-skinned people of eastern <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/07/23_africa.html">Africa</a>.<sup>n</sup></li> <li>Ethiopia is the only country in Africa that was never f...Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:03:23 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/ethiopia-facts.html63 Interesting Facts about Feminismhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/feminism-facts.html<ol> <li>The term feminism appeared in the English language in the 1890s, though <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/04/30_women.html">women</a>s conscious struggle against discrimination and sexism is much older.<sup>b</sup></li> <li>The definition of feminism is fraught with controversy and challenges, such as whom to include, what to le...Thu, 23 Jul 2015 17:19:27 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/feminism-facts.html63 Interesting Facts about Argentinahttp://facts.randomhistory.com/argentina-facts.html<ol> <li>The name Argentina comes from the Latin word for silver, <em>argentum</em>. The original European settlers believed the country was full of silver, and there was a legend about a mountain made of silver in Argentina that reached <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/bird-facts.html">Spain</a> in 1524.<sup>l</sup></li> <li>Argenti...Mon, 20 Jul 2015 16:36:04 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/argentina-facts.html45 Furry Facts about Ferretshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/ferret-facts.html<ol> <li>The word ferret is from the Latin <em>fur</em>, meaning little thief. Indeed, one of the ferrets favorite activities is stealing and hiding things.<sup>d</sup></li> <li>The ferret was domesticated several thousand years ago to help hunters flush rabbits from their holes (ferreting out) and also to catch small animals such as rats and mice....Mon, 13 Jul 2015 16:41:37 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/ferret-facts.html61 Epic Facts about Surfinghttp://facts.randomhistory.com/surfing-facts.html<ol> <li>A hang eleven is when a male surfer rides his board naked.<sup>n</sup></li> <li>Captain James Cook was the first person to describe surfing (or <em>heenalu</em> in Hawaiian), in 1778. He saw a surfer whom he described as someone who had the most supreme pleasure while he was driven so fast and smoothly by the seas.<sup>b</sup></li> ...Thu, 09 Jul 2015 16:49:00 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/surfing-facts.html54 Explosive Facts about Fireworkshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/firework-facts.html<ol> <li>The craft of making and setting of fireworks is called pyrotechnics, from the Greek <em>pyro</em>, fire,+ <em>techne</em>, art.<sup>l</sup></li> <li>During the 4th of July, Americans light about 175 million pounds of fireworks, which is equivalent to about 100,000 lightening bolts.<sup>g</sup></li> <li>Consumers sp...Mon, 29 Jun 2015 17:07:11 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/firework-facts.html65 Interesting Facts about Turkeyhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/turkey-facts.html<ol> <li>The name of the country Turkey may come from <em>Turchia</em>, which is the word Italian observers used to refer to AnatoliaTurkeys Asian portionas early as the 12th century. The Turks didnt use the name <em>Trkiye</em> (Land of the Turks) officially until the republic was established in 1923.<sup>c</sup></li> <li>Gaziantep, Turkey...Mon, 22 Jun 2015 18:06:52 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/turkey-facts.html49 Fascinating Facts about Fathershttp://facts.randomhistory.com/father-facts.html<ol> <li>Sonora Dodd (1882-1978) from Spokane, Washington, first suggested a Fathers Day in 1909 after listening to a Mothers Day sermon. She hoped to establish a day to similarly honor her father, William Smart, who was a widowed <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/civil-war-facts.html">Civil War</a> veteran with 6 children and a farm. Finally, in 1972, President Nixo...Tue, 16 Jun 2015 16:20:47 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/father-facts.html75 Striking Facts about Snakeshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/snake-facts.html<ol> <li>The fear of snakes (ophiophobia or herpetophobia) is one of the most common phobias worldwide. Approximately 1/3 of all adult humans are ophidiophobic, which suggests that humans have an innate, evolutionary fear of snakes.<sup>h</sup></li> <li>The inland taipan is the worlds most toxic snake, meaning it has both the most toxic venom and i...Tue, 09 Jun 2015 17:08:03 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/snake-facts.html74 Interesting Facts about Switzerlandhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/switzerland-facts.html<ol> <li>Switzerland was originally called Helvetia by Julius Caesar when he conquered the Helvetii, a group of Celtic tribes, who lived in the area between the Alps and the Jura Mountains. Switzerland calls itself <em>Eidgenossenschaft</em> (Society of the Oath) after the word <em>Eidgenossen </em>(Oath Fellowship), which recalls the pact signed by three lords in 1291...Tue, 02 Jun 2015 17:07:27 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/switzerland-facts.html78 Interesting Facts about the United Kingdomhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/united-kingdom-facts.html<ol> <li>The word Britain is derived from the name of a Celtic tribe, the Brythons.<sup>t</sup></li> <li>The word England comes from Angle-land, or land of the Angli, or Angles, a Viking tribe that came across the North Sea and settled in the east and north. The French name for England, Angleterre, also literally means Land of the Angles."<sup>t</s...Tue, 26 May 2015 17:47:12 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/united-kingdom-facts.html70 Interesting Facts about Malaysiahttp://facts.randomhistory.com/malaysia-facts.html<ol> <li>One of Malaysias oldest names, Aurea Chersonesus, means peninsula of <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/03/09_gold.html">gold</a>. It was given by Greco-Roman geographer Ptolemy in his book <em>Geographia</em>, written about A.D. 150. Malaysia is actually more famous as the worlds second largest producer of refined tin.<sup>n</sup></li> ...Mon, 18 May 2015 21:30:44 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/malaysia-facts.html50 Fun Facts about Summerhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/summer-facts.html<ol> <li>The word summer is from the Proto-Indo-European root *s<em>am</em>-, meaning summer. The root *<em>sam</em> is a variant from the Proto-Indo-European root *<em>sem</em>-, which means together/one.<sup>bb</sup></li> <li>The <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/02/15_dogs.html">dog</a> days of summer refer to the weeks between July 3...Fri, 15 May 2015 16:20:24 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/summer-facts.html40 Addicting Facts about Doughnutshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/doughnut-facts.html<ol> <li>Over 10 billion doughnuts are made in the U.S. each year.<sup>n</sup></li> <li>The origin of the name doughnut is unclear. Some researchers suggest the name refers to the nuts that were placed inside the ball of dough to compensate for the uncooked center. Other researchers claim it refers to dough knots, which was the shape for early doug...Tue, 12 May 2015 16:02:08 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/doughnut-facts.html56 Enlightening Facts about Mothershttp://facts.randomhistory.com/mother-facts.html<ol> <li>Gaia, or Mother Earth, was the first goddess in Greek mythology. She created herself out of primordial chaos. She also created <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/09/17_earth.html">Earth</a> and the universe.<sup>s</sup></li> <li>The African Black Eagle typically will lay two eggs. After they hatch, the mother will just fe...Mon, 04 May 2015 17:09:13 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/mother-facts.html78 Interesting Facts about Japanhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/japan-facts.html<ol> <li>In Japanese, the name Japan is Nihon or Nippon<em>, </em>which means Land of the Rising Sun. It was once believed that Japan was the first country to see the <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/07/06_sun.html">sun</a> rise in the East in the morning.<sup>t</sup></li> <li>Japan has the third longest life expectancy in the w...Tue, 28 Apr 2015 21:20:02 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/japan-facts.html50 Interesting Facts about Utahhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/utah-facts.html<ol> <li>In Utah, it is illegal to hire trombone players to play on the street to advertise an auction. Additionally, it is illegal to <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/fish-facts.html">fish</a> while on horseback and to hunt <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/whale-facts.html">whales</a>. In Salt Lake City it is illegal to walk down the street carrying a paper b...Tue, 21 Apr 2015 17:16:26 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/utah-facts.html71 Interesting Facts about Indonesiahttp://facts.randomhistory.com/indonesia-facts.html<ol> <li>The name Indonesia is derived from the Latin word <em>Indus</em> meaning Indian and the Greek word <em>nesos</em> meaning island. Indonesia was originally called Indian Archipelago or East Indies Islands.<sup>n</sup></li> <li>The name Indonesia was coined in the 1850s by James Logan, editor of the Singapore-published <em>Journal of the India...Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:02:34 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/indonesia-facts.html75 Enlightening Facts about Weight Losshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/weight-loss-facts.html<ol> <li>During the 19th century, a diet called Fletcherism became popular. Introduced by American Horace Fletcher (the Great Masticator), the diet promoted chewing a mouthful of food at least 32 times or until it was turned into liquid. He argued his method of eating could help people avoid disease and lose weight.<sup>a</sup></li> <li>Energy levels...Thu, 09 Apr 2015 16:56:20 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/weight-loss-facts.html94 Interesting Facts about Native Americanshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/native-american-facts.html<ol> <li>The term Native American does not usually refer to Native Hawaiians or Alaskan Natives, such as Aleut, Yupik, or Inuit peoples.<sup>b</sup></li> <li>Most indigenous people in the U.S. use American Indian, while most indigenous people in <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/01/15_canada.html">Canada</a> use First Nations. Native Ameri...Mon, 06 Apr 2015 16:57:03 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/native-american-facts.html63 Interesting Facts about the Philippineshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/philippines-facts.html<ol> <li>The Philippines are named after King Philip II of <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/interesting-facts-about-spain.html">Spain</a>. Explorer Ruy Lpez de Villalobos named the Eastern Visayas <em>Felipenas</em> first, and the name was later applied to the entire archipelago. The countrys official name is the Republic of the Philippines.<sup>g</sup></li> ...Fri, 27 Mar 2015 17:54:10 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/philippines-facts.html65 Interesting Facts about Germanyhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/germany-facts.html<ol> <li>The name Germany comes from the Latin <em>Germania</em>, the Roman name for the lands north of the Alps, where the Barbarian tribes lived. The French, Spanish, and Turkish call it Allemagne, Alemania<em>, and </em>Almanya, respectively, after the Alemanni tribe. Italians call the country Germania, but the German language in Italian is called Tedesco.<sup>bb</sup></li> ...Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16:50:02 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/germany-facts.html66 Interesting Facts about Evolutionhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/evolution-facts.html<ol> <li>Ultimately every living thing can trace its ancestry to a bacterium that lived billions of years ago.<sup>g</sup></li> <li><a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/bear-facts.html">Bears</a>, seals, and <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/02/15_dogs.html">dogs</a> are closely related carnivores but are on a different branch of the evolutiona...Mon, 16 Mar 2015 17:09:09 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/evolution-facts.html73 Interesting Facts about Swedenhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/sweden-facts.html<ol> <li>Despite being a military power in the 17th century and one of the worlds largest producers of weapons, Sweden has not participated in any war for almost two centuries, including both world wars.<sup>q</sup></li> <li>Around 2,000 years ago, the Svear people gave Sweden its name. In their language, <em>svear</em> meant us and <em>rike</em> mea...Mon, 09 Mar 2015 17:35:23 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/sweden-facts.html50 Interesting Facts about South Carolinahttp://facts.randomhistory.com/south-carolina-facts.html<ol> <li>South Carolina was one of the original 13 colonies that formed the United States.<sup>f</sup></li> <li>While the British originally established Carolina as one settlement, they divided it in 1729 into North and South Carolina to make governing easier. To this day, surveyors walk through the landscape to figure out exactly where the lines are...Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:14:48 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/south-carolina-facts.html43 Stirring Facts about Springhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/spring-facts.html<ol> <li>The first day of spring is called the vernal equinox. The term <em>vernal</em> is Latin for spring and <em>equinox </em>is Latin for equal night.<sup>m</sup></li> <li>According to a Facebook study, couples are most likely to break up in the spring and two weeks before <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/christmas-facts.html">Christmas</a...Tue, 24 Feb 2015 16:23:42 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/spring-facts.html70 Interesting Facts about New Zealandhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/new-zealand-facts.html<ol> <li>When it was determined by Dutch explorers that New Zealand was not attached to the South American continent, they changed its name from <em>Staten Landt</em> (South America) to <em>Nova</em> <em>Zeelandia </em>(New Zealand), after the Dutch province of Zeeland.<sup>k</sup></li> <li>The Mori name for New Zealand is <em>Aotearoa</em>, which me...Fri, 20 Feb 2015 17:08:48 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/new-zealand-facts.html43 Interesting Facts about Olympic Finances/Costshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/olympic-finances-facts.html<ol> <li>In 1936, the German government paid about US$25 million, raised through <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/tax-facts.html">taxes</a>, to stage the Olympics in Berlin. In 1972, when the Olympics were held in Munich, it cost almost 70 times that amount.<sup>j</sup></li> <li>Mismanagement of the 1976 Montreal Games left the city with a US$...Tue, 17 Feb 2015 16:51:08 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/olympic-finances-facts.html43 Interesting Facts about Heroinhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/heroin-facts.html<ol> <li>When Dorothy collapses in the field of poppies in the <em>Wizard of Oz</em>, she has fallen under the influence of an opium. Treatment with a few chemicals can isolate morphine, the active ingredient in opium. Morphine can further be refined into diacetylmorphine, which is commonly known as heroin.<sup>b</sup></li> <li>The word heroine is de...Thu, 12 Feb 2015 17:04:12 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/heroin-facts.html83 Amazing Facts about Spidershttp://facts.randomhistory.com/spider-facts.html<ol> <li>There are approximately 38,000 known species of spiders. Scientists believe there are probably as many more to be discovered.<sup>b</sup></li> <li>Spiders are found on every continent except Antarctica.<sup>g</sup></li> <li>An estimated 1 million spiders live in one acre of land. The number might be closer to 3 millio...Thu, 05 Feb 2015 16:41:03 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/spider-facts.html70 Interesting Facts about Mozarthttp://facts.randomhistory.com/mozart-facts.html<ol> <li>In 2002, on the one-year anniversary of the September 11th attacks, choirs around the world sang Mozarts <em>Requiem Mass in D minor</em> for 24 hours in a global effort to honor those who died.<sup>k</sup></li> <li>By the age of 3, Mozart had learned to play a clavier, which was an old-fashioned stringed instrument that had a keyboard. By the age o...Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:52:24 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/mozart-facts.html50 Interesting Facts about Housewiveshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/housewife-facts.html<ol> <li>According to Salary.com, the average nonworking housewife in the U.S. in 2014 spent 94 hours a week working at jobs in the home that would earn a salary of $113,568.<sup>n</sup></li> <li>Women in Turkey and the Middle East are expected to solely fulfill the traditional roles of mother, wife, and housewife. But researchers note that empowering women ...Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:49:16 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/housewife-facts.html68 Interesting Facts about Denmarkhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/denmark-facts.html<ol> <li>Denmark most likely means Land of the Danes. The first mention of the name of the kingdom Denmark comes from about A.D. 900 in King Alfred the Great of Englands translation of Orosius <em>Geography</em>.<sup>l</sup></li> <li>In Denmark, it rains or snows every second day. On average, Denmark has 171 days with precipitation of more than 0.004...Tue, 20 Jan 2015 17:03:35 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/denmark-facts.html50 Fun Facts about Chinese New Yearhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/chinese-new-year-facts.html<ol> <li>The start of Chinese New Year depends on the phases of the <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/moon-facts.html">moon</a>, or on a lunar or lunisolar calendar rather than on the Gregorian calendar. While the date changes yearly, it usually begins between January 21 and February 10.<sup>d</sup></li> <li>The Chinese New Year lands on the fi...Thu, 15 Jan 2015 16:32:47 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/chinese-new-year-facts.html40 Interesting Facts about Tanninghttp://facts.randomhistory.com/tanning-facts.html<ol> <li>Tanning can cause skin <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/cancer-facts.html">cancer</a>, such as melanoma (the deadliest type of skin cancer), basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma. It can also cause cataracts and eye cancers (ocular melanoma).<sup>f</sup></li> <li>Radiation from just 10 indoor tanning sessions in two weeks ...Thu, 08 Jan 2015 16:22:09 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/tanning-facts.html71 Interesting Facts about Peruhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/peru-facts.html<ol> <li>Perus name may come from the Spanish misapplication of the Quechua word <em>pelu</em>, meaning a river.<sup>s</sup></li> <li>Spaniards may have brought potato starts from Peru to Europe as early as 1562. Ancient Peruvians domesticated the potato as far back as 8,000 years ago. Today, it is the worlds fourth-largest food crop. There are over ...Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:02:40 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/peru-facts.html70 Interesting Facts about Norwayhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/norway-facts.html<ol> <li>Norways formal name is <em>Kongeriket Norge</em> (Kingdom of Norway).<sup>m</sup></li> <li>Norway was originally called <em>Nordweg</em>, meaning the Northern Way.<sup>f</sup></li> <li>Norways national symbol is the lion.<sup>m</sup></li> <li>Norway has a total area of 125,021 square miles (323...Thu, 11 Dec 2014 17:26:06 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/norway-facts.html45 Interesting Facts about Nappinghttp://facts.randomhistory.com/napping-facts.html<ol> <li>Most Europeans, except the Germans, usually snooze or relax in the middle of the day. <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/05/04_china.html">China</a>, <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/07/21_india.html">India</a>, and parts of the Middle East are also big napping territories.<sup>k</sup></li> <li>Napping offers several be...Mon, 08 Dec 2014 17:56:51 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/napping-facts.html45 Enlightening Facts about Teachershttp://facts.randomhistory.com/teacher-facts.html<ol> <li>A University of Pennsylvania study found that 33% of teachers leave within the first three years of beginning their careers and 46% leave within the first five. The numbers have been increasing since the late 1980s.<sup>c</sup></li> <li>A teachers contract day does not include time spent at home planning lessons or grading student work. Work...Thu, 04 Dec 2014 17:03:18 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/teacher-facts.html59 Cold Facts about Winterhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/winter-facts.html<ol> <li>Every winter, at least one septillion (thats 1 followed by 24 zeros) snow crystals fall from the sky.<sup>d</sup></li> <li>Winter cold kills more than twice as many Americans as summer heat does.<sup>r</sup></li> <li>In one study, <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/06/11_men.html">men</a> rated pictures of womens breast...Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:13:26 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/winter-facts.html32 Interesting Facts about Chivalryhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/chivalry-facts.html<ol> <li>The term chivalry is from the Latin word <em>caballus</em>, meaning nag, pack-horse, and is related to the word cavalier.<sup>d</sup></li> <li>A 2013 MSN survey found that while nearly two-thirds of <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/04/30_women.html">women</a> 35 and younger say they offer to pay for dates, 39% hope the guy will t...Mon, 17 Nov 2014 16:25:03 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/chivalry-facts.html46 Interesting Facts about Crabshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/crab-facts.html<ol> <li>Both crabs and lobsters are decapods, or crustaceans with 10 limbs. Other decapods include crayfish, prawns, and shrimp.<sup>e</sup></li> <li>While lobsters have a long, segmented abdomen that sticks out at the back of their bodies, crabs have a similar but smaller abdomen that is curled up underneath the main shell.<sup>c</sup></li> ...Thu, 13 Nov 2014 16:46:02 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/crab-facts.html93 Revealing Facts about Body Languagehttp://facts.randomhistory.com/body-language-facts.html<ol> <li>Body language is the means by which humans (and some other animals) convey information through conscious or subconscious body movements or facial expressions. Body language is officially known as kinesics (kin-EE-siks).<sup>f</sup></li> <li>Body language seems to have three major uses: 1) as a conscious replacement for speech, 2) to reinforce sp...Mon, 10 Nov 2014 17:04:53 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/body-language-facts.html70 Interesting Facts about Costa Ricahttp://facts.randomhistory.com/costa-rica-facts.html<ol> <li>From northwest to southwest, Costa Rica measures only 285 miles (460 km) and at its narrowest, it is only 74 miles (120 km). It is smaller than Lake Michigan.<sup>c</sup></li> <li>In 1539, officials in Panama used the name <em>Costa Rica</em> (Rich Coast) for the first time to distinguish the territory between Panama and Nicaragua.<sup>c</sup></...Mon, 03 Nov 2014 17:05:26 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/costa-rica-facts.html67 Interesting Facts about Mongoliahttp://facts.randomhistory.com/mongolia-facts.html<ol> <li>The country the world knows as Mongolia is actually the historic Outer Mongolia; Inner Mongolia is still an autonomous region of China.<sup>z</sup></li> <li>Mongolias capital is Ulaanbaatar, or Ulan Bator, which comes from the Mongolian <em>Ulayanbayatur</em>, which means Red Hero. The city is not part of any Mongolian <em>aimag</em>, or provinc...Mon, 27 Oct 2014 16:30:57 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/mongolia-facts.html95 Interesting Facts about McDonalds Foodhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/mcdonalds-food-facts.html<ol> <li>McDonalds has sold well over 100 billion hamburgers.<sup>i</sup></li> <li>McDonalds serves up over 30 million chickens in Great Britain alone every year. Of this total, 60% of the chicken is important frozen from <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/brazil-facts.html">Brazil</a>, 9% comes from Thailand, and 30% from Holland. Just 1% of th...Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:54:25 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/mcdonalds-food-facts.html74 Interesting Facts about Scientologyhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/scientology-facts.html<ol> <li>The Church of Scientology was established in 1954 and is based on the teachings of American author L. Ron Hubbard.<sup>c</sup></li> <li>While the Church of Scientology claims it has over 10 million members, its critics argue that it has just about 500,000 members, mostly in the U.S., South Africa, and Australia.<sup>j</sup></li> ...Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:30:55 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/scientology-facts.html68 Interesting Facts about Chilehttp://facts.randomhistory.com/chile-facts.html<ol> <li>Chile may derive its name from the indigenous Mapuche word <em>chilli</em>, which may mean where the land ends. Another meaning attributed to Chiles name is the onomatopoeic cheele-cheelethe Mapuche imitation of a bird call. The Spanish heard about Chilli from the Incas in Peru, who had failed to conquer the land inhabited by the Araucanians, of which the Mapuche wer...Thu, 09 Oct 2014 19:00:45 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/chile-facts.html66 Interesting Facts about Sugarhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/sugar-facts.html<ol> <li>Sugar is one of the worlds oldest ingredients. The people of New Guinea were most likely the first to domesticate sugar cane around 8000 B.C.<sup>j</sup></li> <li>In the 16th century, a teaspoon of sugar cost the equivalent of five dollars in London.<sup>j</sup></li> <li>The word sugar originates from the Sanskrit word <em>...Mon, 06 Oct 2014 17:30:07 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/sugar-facts.html70 Interesting Facts about Saudi Arabiahttp://facts.randomhistory.com/saudi-arabia-facts.html<ol> <li>Saudi Arabia is the birthplace of <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/islam-facts.html">Islam</a> and home to the religions holiest shrines, Mecca and Medina.<sup>m</sup></li> <li>The Saudi kings official title is Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques. King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has been king since January 2015.<sup>m</sup></li> ...Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:32:38 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/saudi-arabia-facts.html50 Amazing Facts about the Milky Wayhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/milky-way-facts.html<ol> <li>In <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/05/04_china.html">China</a>, the Milky Way is called The Silver River. In ancient Chinese myth, the river was placed in the heavens by the gods trying to separate a weaver who made their clothes and the herdsman who loved her.<sup>d</sup></li> <li>The Romans called our galaxy the Milky Road because...Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:00:53 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/milky-way-facts.html65 Interesting Facts about Affairshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/affairs-facts.html<ol> <li>A 2011 study found that in half of the patients admitted to the hospital for fractured <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/penis-facts.html">penises</a>, they occurred during an affair. Researchers believe that a man may be extra excited during an affair and he may be having sex in an awkward place.<sup>q</sup></li> <li>A 2012 study reports ...Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:57:42 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/affairs-facts.html42 Colorful Facts about Fall/Autumnhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/fall/autumn-facts.html<ol> <li>Autumn has been called the hectic beauty of death.<sup>h</sup></li> <li>Levels of testosterone in both men and women are at their highest in the fall. Scientists speculate the surge may be a result of ancient mating instincts (e.g., the fall rutting season) or that decreasing daylight somehow triggers it.<sup>i</sup></li> <...Mon, 08 Sep 2014 17:41:37 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/fall/autumn-facts.html65 Interesting Facts about Austriahttp://facts.randomhistory.com/austria-facts.html<ol> <li>It is estimated that over 60% of Austrian adults are either overweight or <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/obesity-facts.html">obese</a>; this is the highest rate in the European Union.<sup>s</sup></li> <li>Austria is the only European Union nation that is not a member of NATO.<sup>a</sup></li> <li>Austro-Hungarian B...Thu, 04 Sep 2014 18:15:45 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/austria-facts.html56 Interesting Facts about Serial Killershttp://facts.randomhistory.com/serial-killer-facts.html<ol> <li>A serial killer is someone who has murdered three or more people over a period of more than a month, with a cooling-off period between murders. The motive is usually based on psychological (often sexual) gratification, though the motives may also include anger, thrill, <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/money-facts.html">money</a>, and attention seeking.<sup>a</...Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:21:49 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/serial-killer-facts.html64 Interesting Facts about Moroccohttp://facts.randomhistory.com/morocco-facts.html<ol> <li>An Arabic name for Morocco, <em>al-Magrib al-Aqsa</em>, means the extreme west and attests to Moroccos place as the westernmost country in the Arab world.<sup>f</sup></li> <li>Morocco is only 8 miles (13 km) from Europe, across the Strait of Gibraltar.<sup>c</sup></li> <li>Morocco is one of the worlds largest producers of illicit...Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:00:45 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/morocco-facts.html86 Disgusting Facts about Human Parasiteshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/human-parasites-facts.html<ol> <li>Parasites are the most common form of life on <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/09/17_earth.html">Earth</a>. Scientists believe that over 80% of all living things are parasites.<sup>d</sup></li> <li>Modern parasitologists recognize that they have not found all human parasites. They estimate that hundreds if not t...Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:29:29 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/human-parasites-facts.html40 Interesting Facts about 911 Emergency Callshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/911-emergency-calls-facts.html<ol> <li>Over 240 million calls are made to 911 in the U.S. each year.<sup>c</sup></li> <li>Over 70% of 911 calls in the United States are placed from wireless phones, and the rate is increasing.<sup>c</sup></li> <li>The telephone number 911 is for emergency calls in North America. To use it for any ...Wed, 13 Aug 2014 17:59:53 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/911-emergency-calls-facts.html39 Fun Facts about Flirtinghttp://facts.randomhistory.com/flirting-facts.html<ol> <li>People flirt to bond or to express sexual interest. Flirting is a universal and essential form of human interaction.<sup>i</sup></li> <li>Flirting is a series of nonverbal and verbal actions we do when expressing our interest in or <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/human-attraction-facts.html">attraction</a> to anothe...Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:14:11 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/flirting-facts.html66 Interesting Facts about Catholicismhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/catholicism-facts.html<ol> <li>Catholicism has been a moving force in the development of Western culture. It continues to be influential in religious issues, social institutions, art, education, medicine, science, music, philosophy, literature, and politics.<sup>g</sup></li> <li>The Catholic Churchs Vatican has diplomatic relations with almost every coun...Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:30:16 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/catholicism-facts.html69 Glamorous Facts about Makeup and Cosmeticshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/makeup-and-cosmetics-facts.html<ol> <li>Roman philosopher Plautus once quipped, A woman without paint is like food without salt.<sup>c</sup></li> <li>Cosmetics are symbolic of a civilizations practical concerns, such as class hierarchies and conventions of beauty.<sup>j</sup></li> <li>In ancient <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/i...Thu, 17 Jul 2014 23:08:12 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/makeup-and-cosmetics-facts.html72 Interesting Facts about Polandhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/poland-facts.html<ol> <li>Polands formal name is <em>Rzeczpospolita Polska</em> (Republic of Poland).<sup>o</sup></li> <li>Poland has 120,562 square miles (312,255 km2) of area, which makes the country slightly smaller than New Mexico.<sup>o</sup></li> <li>Polands highest point is Mt. Rysy at 8,199 feet (2,499 m); it...Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:48:08 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/poland-facts.html47 Radioactive Facts about X-Rayshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/x-ray-facts.html<ol> <li>X-rays were discovered by accident when German scientist Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen (27 March 184510 February 1923) was experimenting with vacuum tubes in 1895.<sup>e</sup></li> <li>Wilhelm Roentgen, the scientist who discovered X-rays, was awarded the very first Nobel Prize in Physics in 1901. He refused to take patents out relat...Sat, 21 Jun 2014 11:31:59 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/x-ray-facts.html91 Interesting Facts about Birth Controlhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/birth-control-facts.html<ol> <li>The typical U.S. woman wants two children. To achieve this goal, she must use birth control for about three decades.<sup>c</sup></li> <li>There are 62 million U.S. <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/04/30_women.html">women</a> in their childbearing years (15-44).<sup>c</sup></li> <li>In the de...Thu, 12 Jun 2014 17:27:49 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/birth-control-facts.html79 Fascinating Facts about Francehttp://facts.randomhistory.com/france-facts.html<ol> <li>Frances formal name is <em>La Rpublique Franaise</em> (French Republic).<sup>j</sup></li> <li>The name France comes from the Latin <em>Francia</em>, which means land or kingdom of the Franks.<sup>h</sup></li> <li>France is the largest country by size in Europe at 248,573 m2 (643,801 km2), and that...Thu, 05 Jun 2014 18:27:59 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/france-facts.html62 Interesting Facts about Birth Orderhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/birth-order-facts.html<ol> <li>The first theorist to suggest that birth order can affect human psychology was Alfred Adler (1870-1937). In short, he argued that firstborns are dethroned by a second child, which permanently affects the firstborns personality. Additionally, younger and older children may be spoiled and pampered, which also permanently affects their later personalities.<sup>...Mon, 19 May 2014 16:43:18 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/birth-order-facts.html55 Interesting Facts about the Number 12http://facts.randomhistory.com/the-number-12.html<ol> <li>The word twelve is from the old English <em>twelf,</em> literally two left (over 10).<sup>i</sup></li> <li>As early as 1500 B.C., the ancient Egyptians developed a sundial that was calibrated to divide the interval between sunrise and sunset into 12 parts. This system reflects their use of a duodecimal system. They used this system...Mon, 12 May 2014 17:51:22 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/the-number-12.html66 Interesting Facts about Credit Cardshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/credit-card-facts.html<ol> <li>Initially, American Express was a freight shipper as a competitor to the U.S. Postal Service in New York during the 1850s. It specialized in delivering money orders and travelers checks (which they invented in 1891). Two of their founders, Wells and Fargo, later moved to California.<sup>d</sup></li> <li>The inventor of the first ba...Wed, 30 Apr 2014 15:48:42 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/credit-card-facts.html66 Interesting Facts about Virginityhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/virginity-facts.html<ol> <li>During the 7th century B.C., ancient Roman priestesses called the vestal virgins were required to keep their <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/hymen-facts.html">hymens</a> intact as proof of virginity until age 30 or they would be buried alive.<sup>m</sup></li> <li>The vestal virgins allegedly were able to carry water in a si...Tue, 29 Apr 2014 19:29:53 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/virginity-facts.html56 Interesting Facts about Yellowstonehttp://facts.randomhistory.com/yellowstone-facts.html<ol> <li>President Ulysses S. Grant established Yellowstone as the worlds first National Park on March 1, 1872.<sup>b</sup> <li>Yellowstones present area is 3,472 square miles (2,221,766 acres), occupying the northwest corner of Wyoming and slivers of land in Montana and Idaho.<sup>b</sup></li> <li>Y...Mon, 28 Apr 2014 18:59:33 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/yellowstone-facts.html74 Interesting Facts about Christopher Columbushttp://facts.randomhistory.com/christopher-columbus-facts.html<ol> <li>Christopher Columbus (c. 1450-51May 20, 1506) was born in the Republic of Genoa, <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/05/14_italy.html">Italy</a>, although the exact location of his birth is not known with certainty. His father was a wool weaver who also owned a cheese stand.<sup>b</sup></li> <li>Columbus mother was Susanna...Sat, 26 Apr 2014 21:33:58 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/christopher-columbus-facts.html53 Interesting Facts about Credit Scoreshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/credit-score-facts.html<ol> <li>According to a recent study by Experian, Gen Yers have the lowest Vantage Scores of the four generations (the Vantgage Score was established in 2006 by the three main credit bureaus to compete with Fair Isaacs FICO score). Gen Y has a credit score of 672, Gen X (ages 30-46) has an average score of 718, Baby Boomers (47-65) have a 782, and the Greatest Generation...Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:04:40 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/credit-score-facts.html50 Interesting Facts about Alaskahttp://facts.randomhistory.com/alaska-facts.html<ol> <li>Alaska has 591,000 square miles (375,000,000 acres) and is double the size of the next largest state, <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/texas-facts.html">Texas</a>.<sup>a</sup></li><li>Alaska boasts both the highest point (Mount Denali at 20,306 feet [6,189 m]), and the lowest point (the Aleutian Trench at 25,000 feet [7,620 m] below sea level) in North Am...Fri, 14 Mar 2014 19:00:18 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/alaska-facts.html65 "Pinspiring" Facts about Pinteresthttp://facts.randomhistory.com/pinterest-facts.html<ol> <li>Pinterest has been called Digital Crack for women.<sup>h</sup></li> <li>The idea for Pinterest grew from Pinterests CEO and cofounder Ben Silbermanns love for collecting bugs. He says his bug collection is Pinterest 1.0.<sup>a</sup></li> <li>Pinterest was initially launched in 2009 as a closed-beta, invitation-only...Tue, 04 Mar 2014 16:49:51 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/pinterest-facts.html100 Interesting Facts about Islamhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/islam-facts.html<ol> <li>Islam is the name of the religion. A person who practices Islam is known as a Muslim. The adjective Islamic usually refers to objects and places, not people. The term Mohammedanism is an outdated term for the faith and is usually considered insulting.<sup>e</sup></li> <li><em>Islam</em> is an Arabic word that means peace, security, and surrend...Thu, 20 Feb 2014 14:58:46 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/islam-facts.html46 Important Facts about Obamacarehttp://facts.randomhistory.com/obamacare-facts.html<ol> <li>Obamacare is officially known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACAP). It also known as Obama care, Affordable Care Act (ACA), and health care reform.<sup>l</sup></li> <li>President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law on March 23, 2010, and after several court challenges, it was upheld by the Supreme Court on Ju...Sun, 09 Feb 2014 03:25:04 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/obamacare-facts.html97 Fab Facts about the Beatleshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/beatles-facts.html<ol> <li>As of 2012, the Beatles have sold over 2 billion albums.<sup>a</sup></li> <li>The total number of Beatles albums sold on iTunes as of July 2012 is 585,000. The total amount of their iTunes singles is 2.8 million.<sup>a</sup></li> <li>John Lennon started a band in 1957 called the Quarry Men and later asked Paul McCartney to joi...Thu, 06 Feb 2014 00:50:18 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/beatles-facts.html58 Interesting Facts about Brazilhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/brazil-facts.html<ol> <li>Brazils official name is <em>Repblica Federativa do Brasil</em> (Federative Republic of Brazil).<sup>o</sup></li> <li>The word Brazil, meaning red like an ember, comes from <em>pau brasil</em> (brazilwood), a tree that once grew abundantly along the Brazilian coast that produced a deep, red dye. Brazilwood was valued by European traders who came from ...Tue, 04 Feb 2014 16:26:55 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/brazil-facts.html96 Super-Sized Facts about Obesityhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/obesity-facts.html<ol> <li>Over 300,000 deaths in the U.S. a year are attributed to obesity. Obesity is second only to smoking as a cause of premature death in the United States.<sup>n</sup></li> <li>Obesity is the abnormal accumulation of body fat, usually 20% or more over an individuals ideal body weight. Obesity is associated with increased risk of illness, disability, and death...Tue, 21 Jan 2014 01:08:45 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/obesity-facts.html58 Fun Facts about Footballhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/football-facts.html<ol> <li>American Football grew out of English sports such as rugby and soccer and became popular on American college campuses in the late 1800s.<sup>m</sup></li> <li>In 1876, a coach named Walter Camp, who is considered the Father of American Football, helped produce the first rules of American football. Among important changes were the introduction of line scrimma...Fri, 17 Jan 2014 23:21:02 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/football-facts.html46 Interesting Facts about Knittinghttp://facts.randomhistory.com/knitting-facts.html<ol> <li>No one knows how old knitting really is, though it is generally thought to be older than handcrafts (rug hooking) but not as old as weaving.<sup>d</sup></li> <li>Many ancient textile fragments thought to be knitting have turned out to be <em>nlebinding</em> (Danish for literally binding with a needle), an ancient form of needlecraft that is sometimes referr...Fri, 03 Jan 2014 22:58:06 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/knitting-facts.html57 Out-of-This-World Facts about UFOshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/ufo-facts.html<ol> <li>An unidentified flying object (UFO) is an unexplained anomaly in the sky. It can also be on the ground, as long as it is observed hovering, landing, or departing into the sky.<sup>I</sup></li> <li>The first published book to use the term UFO was Donald E. Keyhoes 1953 book, <em>Flying Saucers from Outer Space</em>.<sup>g</sup></li> <li>The ...Sun, 08 Dec 2013 01:58:30 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/ufo-facts.html67 Interesting Facts about Farming & Agriculturehttp://facts.randomhistory.com/farming-facts.html<ol> <li>Farming began around 10,000 B.C. during the First Agricultural Revolution, when nomadic tribes began to farm. Additionally, this is when the eight so-called founder crops of agriculture appeared: 1) emmer wheat, 2) einkorn wheat, 3) hulled barley, 4) peas, 5) lentils, 6) bitter vetch, 7) chick peas, and 8) flax.<sup>n</sup></li> <li>The Indust...Sat, 16 Nov 2013 14:21:13 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/farming-facts.html98 Interesting Facts about Adoptionhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/adoption-facts.html<ol> <li>From 1854-1929, homeless children (especially Catholics and Jews) were placed on trains and taken to rural sites in the Midwest and West in search of homes. At each stop, children were put up on platforms to see if anyone would want to take them, which led to the phrase put up for adoption. Criticism of the Orphan Train movement sparked new agencies and laws, such as ...Fri, 08 Nov 2013 22:07:36 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/adoption-facts.html50 Interesting Facts about Organic Foodhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/organic-food-facts.html<ol> <li>Organic food is food that has been grown or processed without synthetic pesticides, chemical fertilizers, irradiation, industrial solvents, or chemical food additives.<sup>h</sup></li> <li>The organic food movement began in the 1940s in response to the Green Revolution. The Green Revolution marked a significant increase in food production due to the introduction of hig...Fri, 18 Oct 2013 11:04:07 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/organic-food-facts.html62 Interesting Facts about the Korean Warhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/korean-war-facts.html<ol> <li>The Korean War began on June 25, 1950, when 75,000 North Korean soldiers poured over the 38th parallel into South Korea to impose communism on its neighbor.<sup>l</sup></li> <li>The Korean War was the first military action of the Cold War.<sup>d</sup></li> <li>The Korean War began at 4:30 a.m. on June 25, 1950, and ended on July 27, 1953....Mon, 23 Sep 2013 16:49:30 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/korean-war-facts.html42 Interesting Facts about Raw-Food Juicinghttp://facts.randomhistory.com/raw-food-juicing-facts.html<ol> <li>Eating 6 large carrots is equivalent to drinking 8 ounces of carrot juice.<sup>b</sup></li> <li>For best juicing results, use fresh crisp, precooled vegetables. If you need to freeze fresh produce, use frozen produce within 2 to 3 months for best juice flavor.<sup>f</sup></li> <li>There are two basic juicers available on the market: centrifugal...Sun, 15 Sep 2013 09:53:12 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/raw-food-juicing-facts.html96 Cosmic Facts about Spacehttp://facts.randomhistory.com/space-facts.html<ol> <li>The first person to look into space with a telescope was Galileo, nearly 400 years ago.<sup>e</sup></li> <li>Because fragrance is dependent on several environmental factors, such as temperature, humidity, and a flowers age, flowers smell differently in space than they do on Earth. The fragrance of a variety of roses grown on the space shuttle Discovery was later ...Mon, 02 Sep 2013 12:17:21 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/space-facts.html80 Revealing Facts about YouTubehttp://facts.randomhistory.com/youtube-facts.html<ol> <li>YouTube was founded by Chad Hurley, Steven Chen, and Jawed Karim, former employees of PayPal, an online commerce website. They registered the domain name in February 2005. It was officially launched in December of that year.<sup>s</sup></li> <li>In October 2006, Google bought YouTube for $1.65 billion in stocks, just18 months after YouTubes creation. Karim received $...Tue, 27 Aug 2013 17:17:05 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/youtube-facts.html52 Interesting Facts about the War of 1812http://facts.randomhistory.com/war-of-1812-facts.html<ol> <li>The war of 1812 began on June 18, 1812, and ended December 24, 1814, with the Treaty of Ghent. However, the final battle of the war was fought on January 8, 1815, after the Treaty had already been signed. President Madison finally signed his name on the Senate ratified treaty on February 16, 1815.<sup>a</sup></li> <li>On September 10, 1813, Oliver Hazard Perry le...Thu, 08 Aug 2013 18:14:02 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/war-of-1812-facts.html71 Interesting Facts about HIV/AIDShttp://facts.randomhistory.com/hiv-facts.html<ol> <li>Globally, 40 million people are infected with AIDS. Approximately 2.1 million of those are under the age of 15.<sup>d</sup></li> <li>HIV is the worlds leading infectious killer. To date, approximately 25 million people have died of AIDS around the world.<sup>h</sup></li> <li>French Canadian flight attendant Gaetan Dugas (1953-1984) is notorious for being i...Tue, 06 Aug 2013 13:09:10 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/hiv-facts.html48 Interesting Facts about Missing Peoplehttp://facts.randomhistory.com/missing-persons-facts.html<ol> <li>Every 40 seconds, a child goes missing in the U.S.<sup>b</sup></li> <li>When a child goes missing, the first 3 hours are the most crucial in finding the child safely. Approximately 76.2% of abducted children who are murdered are dead within three hours of the abduction.<sup>b</sup></li> <li>It can take over 2 hours to get information about a missing child from a...Mon, 05 Aug 2013 14:17:51 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/missing-persons-facts.html99 Valuable Facts about Moneyhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/money-facts.html<ol> <li>Cattle (which include sheep, camels, and other livestock) are the first and oldest form of money. In parts of Africa, cows were used as money until the mid-1900s. Each head of cattle was called a <em>caput</em>, which is Latin for head. So, a person with a lot of cattle had lots of caput or capital, a word still used today to describe money.<sup>b,g</sup></li> <li>Throughout...Fri, 02 Aug 2013 09:19:28 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/money-facts.html101 Interesting Facts about the Civil Warhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/civil-war-facts.html<ol> <li>The Civil War was the bloodiest war ever fought on American soil. During an average day during the war, approximately 600 people were killed. By the end of the war, over 618,000 people had died. This is more Americans than <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/world-war-i-facts.html">WWI</a>, <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/world-war-ii-facts.html">WWII</a>, the Korean War,...Tue, 30 Jul 2013 13:40:23 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/civil-war-facts.html66 Sip-a-licious Facts about Teahttp://facts.randomhistory.com/tea-facts.html<ol> <li>There is an estimated 1,500 different types of tea.<sup>j</sup></li> <li>There are two different words for tea: <em>te</em>-derived (Min, a historical Chinese language) and <em>cha</em>-derived (Cantonese and Mandarin). The word a specific country uses for tea reveals where the country first acquired its tea.<sup>k</sup></li> <li>Tea is the national drink in Ira...Wed, 26 Jun 2013 14:58:01 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/tea-facts.html84 Sobering Facts about Shooting Deaths and Gun Controlhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/facts-about-shooting-deaths-and-gun-control.html<ol> <li>Almost 2/3 of all murders in the United States involve guns.<sup>a</sup></li> <li>The CDC Injury Prevention and Control Center notes that <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/07/15_suicide.html">suicide</a> firearm injuries were the 4th leading cause of injury deaths in the US in 2006. Motor vehicle accident injuries were the first leading cause of injury death in that year,...Mon, 24 Jun 2013 09:14:23 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/facts-about-shooting-deaths-and-gun-control.html49 Mouth-Watering Facts about Popcornhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/popcorn-facts.html<ol> <li>Americans eat around 17 billion quarts of popcorn every year. This amount would fill the Empire State Building 18 times.<sup>d</sup></li> <li>Nebraska produces an estimated 250 million pounds of popcorn per yearmore than any other state. This is equivalent to a quarter of all the popcorn the United States produces every year.<sup>d</sup></li> <li>Popcorn is the official sna...Fri, 24 May 2013 10:55:52 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/popcorn-facts.html75 Radical Facts about Tattooshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/tattoo-facts.html<ol> <li>In the U.S., more women than men are tattooed (23% vs. 19%), according to a 2012 survey.<sup>h</sup></li> <li>A 2006 survey revealed that 36% of those ages 18-25 and 40% of those ages 26-40 have at least one tattoo.<sup>f</sup></li> <li>The Latin word for tattoo is <em>stigma</em>.<sup>e</sup></li> <li>The National Geographic states that in April 2000, 15% of Americans (40 mil...Tue, 14 May 2013 16:48:33 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/tattoo-facts.html82 Giant Facts about Dinosaurshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/dinosaur-facts.html<ol> <li>Dinosaurs were reptiles that lived on Earth from about 230 million years ago to about 65 million years ago.<sup>b</sup></li> <li>Dinosaurs lived during a period of Earths history called the Mesozoic (middle life) Era. They lived during all three periods of this era: the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous.<sup>a</sup></li> <li>Meat-eating dinosaurs are known as theropods, which means be...Tue, 30 Apr 2013 16:52:30 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/dinosaur-facts.html99 Colorful Facts about Birdshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/bird-facts.html<ol><li>There are over 9,500 species of birds in the world. Scientists typically group them into 30 categories. Birds are the most widespread of all animals around the world.<sup>j</sup></li><li>Characteristics that are unique to birds are 1) feathers, 2) bills, and 3) a furcula (fused collarbone, or wishbone).<sup>h</sup></li><li>Approximately 2/3 of all the bird species are found in tropical rai...Tue, 23 Apr 2013 21:35:51 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/bird-facts.html98 Important Facts about Animal Crueltyhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/animal-cruelty-facts.html<ol> <li>To make a 40-inch fur coat it takes between 30 and 200 chinchilla or 60 mink, 50 sables, 50 muskrats, 45 opossums, 40 raccoons, 35 rabbits, 20 foxes, 20 otters, 18 lynx, 16 coyotes, 15 beavers, or 8 seals.<sup>e</sup></li> <li>Many animals killed for fur come from fur farms, where animals are kept in tiny cages and are killed around 6 months old. Females might be kept longer. In nature,...Mon, 22 Apr 2013 19:38:30 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/animal-cruelty-facts.html71 Interesting Facts about Taxeshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/tax-facts.html<ol><li>The word tax is from the Latin <em>taxo</em>, meaning I estimate.<sup>b</sup></li><li>Approximately 90% of people who employ housekeepers and babysitters cheat on their taxes.<sup>f</sup></li><li>If someone reports their company for tax evasion in the U.S., he or she will receive 30% of the amount collected.<sup>f</sup></li><li>The federal tax code was 400 pages in 1913. In 2010 it was 70,...Tue, 02 Apr 2013 17:45:55 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/tax-facts.html54 Interesting Facts about Vegetarianism and Veganismhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/facts-about-vegetarianism-and-veganism.html<ol> <li>Several studies show that a plant-based diet increases the bodys metabolism, causing the body to burn calories up to 16% faster than the body would on a meat-based diet for at least the first 3 hours after meals.<sup>j</sup></li> <li>A number of researchers argue that while the human body is capable of digesting meat, our bodies are actually designed to be herbivor...Wed, 13 Mar 2013 14:44:00 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/facts-about-vegetarianism-and-veganism.html50 Interesting Facts about North Dakotahttp://facts.randomhistory.com/north-dakota-facts.html<ol> <li>At 3.2%, North Dakota has the lowest unemployment rate in the United States.<sup>c</sup></li> <li>In 2012, North Dakota was the fastest-growing state in the United States. The growth was largely due to an oil boom in the Bakken fields in the western part of the state. The state became the 2nd-highest oil-producing state behind Texas. Despite its oil boom, agriculture or ...Sun, 10 Mar 2013 14:57:31 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/north-dakota-facts.html69 Fun Facts about Penguinshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/penguin-facts.html<ol> <li>Penguins are one of about 40 species of flightless birds. Other flightless birds include rheas, cassowaries, kiwis, ostriches, and emus. Most flightless birds live in the Southern Hemisphere.<sup>a</sup></li> <li>Most scientists agree that there are 17 species of penguins. Of the 17 species, 13 are either threatened or endangered, with some on the brink of extinction.<sup>f<...Mon, 25 Feb 2013 22:29:54 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/penguin-facts.html65 Stinging Facts about Jellyfishhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/jellyfish-facts.html<ol> <li>Jellyfish are found in every ocean of the world. They are even found in some freshwater lakes and ponds.<sup>g</sup></li> <li>Jellyfish range from the size of a thimble or the eraser tip of pencil to approximately 8 feet in diameter and tentacles that reach 200 feet. That is as long as two blue whales.<sup>a</sup></li> <li>Each jellyfish tentacle is armed with thousands of ...Thu, 07 Feb 2013 18:07:51 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/jellyfish-facts.html29 Valuable Facts about Millionaires and Billionaireshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/millionaires-facts.html<ol> <li>The average millionaire goes bankrupt at least 3.5 times.<sup>h</sup></li> <li>In the United States, approximately 7% of households are millionaires.<sup>h</sup></li> <li>A 2010 study argues that millionaires (those in the top 1% of earners) pay approximately 40% of all taxes in the United States.<sup>e</sup></li> <li>According to the book <em>The Millionaire Next Door</em>, onl...Thu, 07 Feb 2013 13:12:19 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/millionaires-facts.html51 Fun Facts about Walkinghttp://facts.randomhistory.com/walking-facts.html<ol> <li>Brisk walking helps reduce body fat, lower blood pressure, and increase high-density lipoprotein.<sup>h</sup></li> <li>The longest walk around the world was completed by a former neon-sign salesman, Jean Beliveau. He walked 46,600 miles around 64 countries. The trip took him 11 years.<sup>l</sup></li> <li>Fire walking, or the act of walking over hot stones or embers with bare feet,...Mon, 21 Jan 2013 15:06:03 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/walking-facts.html45 Interesting Facts about Fiberhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/fiber-facts.html<ol> <li>Fiber is a nondigestible, plant-derived carbohydrate that includes the storage and cell wall parts of the plant. Fiber passes through the human digestive tract essentially intact and has little to no caloric value.<sup>c</sup></li> <li>The Father of Medicine, Hippocrates (4th century B.C.) was one of the first physicians to argue for the benefits of fiber in the form bran to help keep t...Mon, 07 Jan 2013 09:27:39 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/fiber-facts.html54 Interesting Facts about Divorcehttp://facts.randomhistory.com/divorce-facts.html<ol><li>Only one U.S President is known to have been divorced: Ronald Reagan.<sup>s</sup></li><li>In New York and Mississippi, a spouse can sue a third party for being responsible for the failure of a marriage in cases of whats called alienation of affection.<sup>n</sup></li><li>Its a law in Wichita, Kansas, that if a man mistreats his mother-in-law, it cannot be used as grounds for a divorce.<sup...Wed, 19 Dec 2012 16:55:28 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/divorce-facts.html39 Interesting Facts about Proteinhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/protein-facts.html<ol> <li>Protein is in each of the trillions of cells in the human body. There could be no life without protein. The only other substance more plentiful in the body is water. Approximately 18-20% of the body is protein by weight.<sup>m</sup></li> <li>The word protein is from the Greek word <em>proteios</em>, which means primary or holding t...Mon, 19 Nov 2012 23:22:25 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/protein-facts.html71 Gnawing Facts about Zombieshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/zombie-facts.html<ol> <li>The word zombie is related to the African word <em>nzambi</em>, which means god. The Grand Serpent, the Le Grand Zombi, was the father of all laos, or other gods, and appeared in the shape of a python.<sup>b</sup></li> <li>October 8th is World Zombie Day.<sup>a</sup></li> <li>There are basically two theories on t...Fri, 26 Oct 2012 13:31:04 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/zombie-facts.html63 Fun Facts about Underwearhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/underwear-facts.html<ol> <li>The average American woman owns approximately 21 pairs of underwear. Approximately 10% of women own over 35 pairs.<sup>k</sup></li> <li>Ten-year-old Jack Singer of Warwick, New York, wore 215 pairs of underwear simultaneously on June 13, 2010. He broke the previous record of 200 pairs.<sup>b</sup></li> ...Thu, 11 Oct 2012 13:37:56 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/underwear-facts.html72 Interesting Facts about Adolf Hitlerhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/hitler-facts.html<ol> <li>Historians note that, more so than Stalin or Maos regime, Hitlers dictatorship stands as a paradigm of the 20th century. It reflects unforeseen levels of state repression and violence, unparalleled manipulation of the media to control and mobilize the masses, acute dangers of ber-nationalism, the destructive power of ideologies of racial superiority and racism, and a pe...Thu, 04 Oct 2012 17:22:50 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/hitler-facts.html79 Interesting Facts about Spainhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/interesting-facts-about-spain.html<ol> <li>Many different groups of people have settled in Spain throughout history, including Iberians, Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Visigoths, Celts, Basques, and the Moors (Muslims who came from North Africa).<sup>f</sup></li> <li>The quill pen is thought to have originated in Spain about 1,400 years ago.<sup>f</sup></li> <li>The most end...Thu, 20 Sep 2012 13:48:38 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/interesting-facts-about-spain.html68 Interesting Facts about Pandashttp://facts.randomhistory.com/giant-panda-facts.html<ol> <li>The life span of giant pandas in the wild is approximately 20 years. Captive pandas may live to be 25-30 years old.<sup>e</sup></li> <li>The eyespots of a giant panda cub are initially in the shape of a circle. As the cub grows, the circles become shaped like a teardrop.<sup>b</sup></li> <li>Giant pandas are on the brink of extinction, ...Sun, 09 Sep 2012 15:14:26 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/giant-panda-facts.html55 Interesting Facts about Nuclear Powerhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/nuclear-energy-facts.html<ol> <li>In 1905, Einstein discovered that mass could be changed into energy and vice versa. In 1918, Sir Ernest Rutherford showed that atoms could be split. By 1942, the world had its first nuclear reactor.<sup>g</sup></li> <li>Today, 104 nuclear plants supply about 20% of the United States electricity. The oldest plants have been operating since before 1979. There h...Thu, 30 Aug 2012 01:28:03 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/nuclear-energy-facts.html45 Rich Facts about Coffeehttp://facts.randomhistory.com/coffee-facts.html<ol> <li>According to legend, coffee was discovered in the 9th century when an Ethiopian goat herder named Khaldi noticed that his normally lethargic goats were more excitable after they had nibbled the red berries from an evergreen tree. Khaldi took the berries to a Muslim holy man, who turned the raw fruit of the coffee tree into the delicious beverage.<sup>h</sup></li> ...Mon, 13 Aug 2012 09:47:07 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/coffee-facts.html41 Interesting Facts about Human Emotionshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/facts-about-human-emotions.html<ol> <li>Emotion is typically defined as a response to stimuli that involves physiological changes (increased pulse rate, increased body temperature, activity of certain glands, increased or decreased breathing rate), which motivate a person to act. Simply put, emotions are the feelings of the mind, the equivalent of what physical sensations are to the body.<sup>c</sup></li> ...Sun, 29 Jul 2012 12:10:06 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/facts-about-human-emotions.html55 Interesting Facts about the Human Mindhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/human-mind-facts.html<ol> <li>The mind is typically defined as the organized totality or system of all mental processes or psychic activities of an individual.<sup>c</sup></li> <li>Many philosophers hold that the brain is a detector of the mind and that the mind is an inner, subjective state of consciousness.<sup>h</sup></li> <li>Philosophers have used a variety of metaphors to describe th...Mon, 23 Jul 2012 13:03:42 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/human-mind-facts.html99 Golden Facts about Urinehttp://facts.randomhistory.com/facts-about-urine.html<ol> <li>The word urine is from the Latin <em>urina</em>, which is from the variant of the Proto-Indo-European root *<em>awer</em>, meaning to moisten, flow.<sup>e</sup></li> <li>Some women in ancient Rome drank turpentine (which can be poisonous) because it made their urine smell like roses.<sup>a</sup></li> <li>In ancient <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/interesting...Tue, 10 Jul 2012 18:02:40 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/facts-about-urine.html64 Interesting Facts about Osteoporosishttp://facts.randomhistory.com/osteoporosis-facts.html<ol> <li>Over 40 million people in the United States either already have osteoporosis or are at high risk for developing osteoporosis due to low bone mass.<sup>a</sup></li> <li>Worldwide, the International Osteoporosis Foundation says that one in three women and one in five men have osteoporosis, for a total of more than 200 million people.<sup>a</sup></li> <li>A University of Ark...Thu, 05 Jul 2012 01:18:08 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/osteoporosis-facts.html40 Flaxen Facts about Blonde Hairhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/blonde-hair-facts.html<ol> <li>Hair color is based on how much melanin, or pigmentation, is in the hair. Two types of melanin create hair color: 1) eumelanin and 2) phaeomelanin. The more eumelanin a person has, the darker their hair will be. Phaeomelanin works in a similar way, except instead of causing hair to be blacker, it causes hair to be more red. Low levels of both eumelanin and phaeomelanin characterize blond...Sun, 17 Jun 2012 21:07:18 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/blonde-hair-facts.html75 Interesting Facts about World War Ihttp://facts.randomhistory.com/world-war-i-facts.html<ol> <li>Germans were the first to use flamethrowers in WWI. Their flamethrowers could fire jets of flame as far as 130 feet (40 m).<sup>c</sup></li> <li>More than 65 million men from 30 countries fought in WWI. Nearly 10 million died. The Allies (The Entente Powers) lost about 6 million soldiers. The Central Powers lost about 4 million.<sup>f</sup></li> <li>There were...Sun, 03 Jun 2012 13:11:51 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/world-war-i-facts.html50 Interesting Facts about Race and Racismhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/facts-about-race.html<ol> <li>The concept of race is a modern concept. In the ancient world, the Greeks, Romans, Jews, Christians, and Muslims did not have racial categories. Rather people were divided according to religion, class, language, etc.<sup>e</sup></li> <li>While humans differ genetically in some ways, such as blood type and skin pigmentation, most anthropologists and biologists believe categor...Sun, 13 May 2012 13:11:10 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/facts-about-race.html54 Important Facts about Eating Disordershttp://facts.randomhistory.com/eating-disorders-facts.html<ol><li>An eating disorder is characterized by abnormal eating patterns that attempt to satisfy a psychological rather than physical need. The three most common disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. Anorexia nervosa is characterized by self-starvation, weight loss, an irrational fear of gaining weight, and a distorted body image. Bulima nervosa is characterize...Sun, 06 May 2012 18:22:53 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/eating-disorders-facts.html46 Interesting Facts about Cancerhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/cancer-facts.html<ol> <li>Several factors increase the risk of cancer (officially known as <em>malignant neoplasm</em>), including <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/pollution-facts.html">pollutants</a>, <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/02/17_smoking.html">tobacco</a> use, certain infections, radiation, obesity, and lack of physical exercise.<sup>e</sup></li> <li>An estimated 5 to 10% of can...Fri, 27 Apr 2012 07:57:35 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/cancer-facts.html65 Interesting Facts about Iranhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/facts-about-iran.html<ol><li>In Persian, the word <em>Iran</em> means Land of the Aryans.<sup>n</sup></li> <li>In 2012, Irans police chief announced that Google is a tool for spying. Additionally, the Iranian government wants to form a national Internet that would be under state control.<sup>k</sup></li> <li>In Iran, couples that want a marriage license are required to take an hour-long lecture on contracept...Sun, 15 Apr 2012 02:24:31 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/facts-about-iran.html60 Interesting Facts about Fishhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/fish-facts.html<ol> <li>Most fish reproduce by laying eggs, though some fish, such as great white sharks, give birth to live babies called pups.<sup>d</sup></li> <li>Starfish are not fish. Neither are jellyfish.<sup>a</sup></li> <li>Although the fangtooth fish is only a few inches long, it has teeth about the size of a humans.<sup>f</sup></li> <li>The mudskipper is a fish that spends most of its ti...Sun, 08 Apr 2012 00:01:59 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/fish-facts.html55 Interesting Facts about Energyhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/energy-facts.html<ol> <li>Only 10% of energy in a light bulb is used to create light. Ninety percent of a light bulbs energy creates heat. Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), on the other hand, use about 80% less electricity than conventional bulbs and last up to 12 times as long.<sup>g</sup></li> <li>Refrigerators in the U.S. consume about the same energy as 25 large power plants produce each year.<su...Thu, 29 Mar 2012 17:32:46 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/energy-facts.html61 Interesting Facts about Thailandhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/interesting-facts-about-thailand.html<ol> <li>Thailands name in the Thai language is Prathet Thai, which means Land of the Free. It is the only country in Southeast Asia that was never colonized by a European nation.<sup>b</sup></li> <li>Thailand has had several names over the centuries. For hundreds of years it was known by the names of its dominant cities, such as Sukhothai, Ayutthaya, and Thonburi. Since the 1800s, it has repeat...Sun, 25 Mar 2012 04:50:41 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/interesting-facts-about-thailand.html35 Interesting Facts about Plutohttp://facts.randomhistory.com/pluto-facts.html<ol><li>The dwarf planet Pluto is named for the ancient Roman god of the underworld. In Roman mythology, Pluto was the son of Saturn who, with his three brothers, controlled the world: Jupiter controlled the sky, Neptune controlled the sea, and Pluto ruled the underworld.<sup>g</sup></li><li>Pluto takes the longest time of the eight planets (248 Earth years) to orbit around the <a href="http://fac...Mon, 12 Mar 2012 00:19:10 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/pluto-facts.html80 Interesting Facts about Bearshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/bear-facts.html<ol> <li>The largest mammalian carnivore that ever lived on land was the giant short-faced bear. Twice the size of the biggest modern bear, it was 6' 5" tall at the shoulder when standing on all fours. Scientists believe it had very long legs and chased antelope on the North American prairies. It died around 12,000 years ago.<sup>a</sup></li> <li>The sloth bear has the shaggiest fur. The sun...Sun, 11 Mar 2012 22:07:39 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/bear-facts.html45 European & U.S. Debt Crisis Factshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/debt-crisis-facts.html<ol> <li>The euro is the sole currency of 17 European Union members and six non-EU members.<sup>r</sup></li> <li>The Eurozoneor euro area is a fiscal union made up of 17 EU countries that have adopted the euro as their national currency.<sup>r</sup></li> <li>The biggest single-day loss ever in the history of the Dow occurred on September 29, 2008, when it dropped 777.68 points, or a...Wed, 29 Feb 2012 19:16:00 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/debt-crisis-facts.html65 Startling Facts about Pollutionhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/pollution-facts.html<ol> <li>Approximately 1/3 of male fish in British rivers are in the process of changing sex due to pollution. Hormones in human sewage, including those produced by the female contraceptive pill, are thought to be the main cause.<sup>q</sup></li> <li>Americans buy over 29 million bottles of water every year. Making all those bottles uses 17 million barrels of crude oil annually, which would ...Sun, 12 Feb 2012 10:17:47 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/pollution-facts.html89 Interesting Facts about Iraqhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/interesting-facts-about-iraq.html<ol> <li>Researchers claim that most Irish and Britons can trace their roots to Iraq and Syria.<sup>g</sup></li> <li>The Martyrs Monument (al-Shaheed Monument) in Baghdad was constructed in the memory of the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi soldiers who died in the Iran-Iraq War. Shaped like an egg split open with an eternal flame in the middle, it houses the names, weapons, and clothing of some...Sun, 05 Feb 2012 12:11:08 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/interesting-facts-about-iraq.html65 Interesting Facts about Googlehttp://facts.randomhistory.com/interesting-facts-about-google.html<ol> <li>The Google Guys, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, first met at Stanford University in 1995 when Sergey (21) was assigned to show Larry (22) around the school. Google was first incorporated as a private company on September 4, 1998, and held its initial public offering on August 19, 2004.<sup>y</sup></li> <li>According to its website, Googles mission is to organize the worlds information ...Sun, 15 Jan 2012 13:04:27 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/interesting-facts-about-google.html50 Interesting Facts about Apple Inc. and Machttp://facts.randomhistory.com/interesting-facts-about-apple-and-mac.html<ol><li>Apple was founded as a partnership on April Fools Day 1976 by three people who originally worked at Atari: Steven Gary Wozniak (1950- ), Steven Paul Jobs (1955-2011), and Ronald Gerald Wayne (1934- ). Apple was incorporated on January 3, 1977, without Wayne, who sold his shares back for $800. Wayne wrote the Apple I manual, drafted the partnership agreement, and drew the first Apple logo.<...Mon, 26 Dec 2011 09:32:11 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/interesting-facts-about-apple-and-mac.html69 Interesting Facts about the Human Brainhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/human-brain-facts.html<ol> <li>The human brain weighs approximately 3.0 pounds. Human skin (all three layers) weighs approximately 20 pounds, intestines 7.5 pounds (large intestine: 4.0 lbs., small intestine: 3.5 lbs.), lungs 5 pounds (2.5 lbs. each), the liver 3.2 pounds, and the heart 0.6 pounds.<sup>e</sup></li> <li>Dj vu (French for already seen) has never been fully explained, though some scientists ...Tue, 13 Dec 2011 11:12:06 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/human-brain-facts.html75 Interesting Facts about Batshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/bat-facts.html<ol> <li>The Bracken Bat Cave in Texas is the largest known bat colony in the world. Over 20 million bats live in the cave, which is more bats than there are people living in Mumbai, Indiaone of the worlds largest human cities. When the bats leave the cave, the group is so large that it looks like a huge storm on radar. The bats will eat over 200 tons of bugs in one night.<sup>f</s...Mon, 28 Nov 2011 16:04:16 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/bat-facts.html55 Random Facts about Hurricaneshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/hurricane-facts.html<ol> <li>A single hurricane stirs up millions of miles of air and can dump more than 2.4 trillion gallons (9 trillion liters) of rain a day.<sup>f</sup></li> <li>Hurricane-generated waves frequently toss tons of fish onto beaches. The eyes of many of the fish have popped out because of sudden changes in pressure.<sup>a</sup></li> <li>Hurricanes produce enough energy in one day to run the lights...Sun, 20 Nov 2011 12:31:33 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/hurricane-facts.html35 Heart-Stopping Facts about Cholesterolhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/cholesterol-facts.html<ol> <li>Cholesterol is a type of lipid (fat) that is essential for all animal lifein the right amounts. It performs three essential functions: 1) Helps make the outer coating of cells, 2) Makes up the bile acids that work to digest food in the intestine, and 3) Allows the body to make Vitamin D and hormones, such as testosterone in men and estrogen in women.<sup>e</sup></li> <li>Because cholest...Sun, 13 Nov 2011 04:31:09 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/cholesterol-facts.html50 Interesting Facts about Mitt Romneyhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/mitt-romney-facts.html<ol> <li>In 2009, Romneys 70-year-old cousin, Meredith Romney, was kidnapped in Mexico and held for ransom in a cave for three days.<sup>k</sup></li> <li>The Romney family can be traced back to 17th-century Great Britain to William Romney, who served as lord mayor of London.<sup>k</sup></li> <li>Polls consistently find that Democrats are more opposed to a Mormon president than Republicans are.<...Wed, 02 Nov 2011 10:58:06 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/mitt-romney-facts.html50 Interesting Facts about Texashttp://facts.randomhistory.com/texas-facts.html<ol> <li>The term maverick is derived from the name Samuel A. Maverick (1803-1870), an early Texas lawyer and pioneer.<sup>b</sup></li> <li>The bowie knife is named after the Alamo hero Jim Bowie (1796-1836). His brother, Rezin, designed the hefty weapon.<sup>c</sup></li> <li>It is still a hanging offense in Texas to steal cattle or to put graffiti on someone elses cow. It is also illegal to in...Mon, 24 Oct 2011 09:39:55 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/texas-facts.html70 Delicious Facts about Chocolatehttp://facts.randomhistory.com/chocolate-facts.html<ol> <li>Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa once wrote, There is no metaphysics on earth like chocolate.<sup>l</sup></li> <li>Hersheys produces over 80 million chocolate Kisses--every day.<sup>i</sup></li> <li>The English chocolate company Cadbury made the first chocolate bar in the world in 1842.<sup>f</sup></li> <li>In the film <em>Psycho</em>, Alfred Hitchcock used Bosco chocolate syrup for bl...Sun, 09 Oct 2011 23:12:10 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/chocolate-facts.html50 Interesting Facts about Rick Perryhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/rick-perry-facts.html<ol> <li>James Richard Rick Perry was born March 4, 1950, in Paint Creek, Texas. His parents were ranchers and his father, Ray Perry, was a Haskell County Commissioner, school board member, Democrat, and a WWII tail gunner.<sup>a1</sup></li> <li>Rick Perry has never lost an election during his three decades of working in government.<sup>r</sup></li> <li>While Rick Perry hasnt been associated wi...Mon, 03 Oct 2011 05:19:23 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/rick-perry-facts.html39 Interesting Facts about Yogahttp://facts.randomhistory.com/interesting-facts-about-yoga.html<ol><li>The word yoga is derived from the Sanskrit root <em>yuj</em> meaning to yoke or join together. It most often refers to the yoking of a conscious subject (<em>jiva-atman</em>) with a Supreme Spirit (<em>parama ta man</em>) in order to reach an ecstatic condition (<em>Samadhi</em>, a placing or putting together). It is derived from the Proto-Indo-European base *<em>yeug-</em>, meaning t...Mon, 19 Sep 2011 10:45:00 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/interesting-facts-about-yoga.html82 Interesting Facts about LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender)http://facts.randomhistory.com/facts-about-lgbt.html<ol> <li>The planet Mercury is a symbol used by the transgendered community. The sign for Mercury is a crescent shape and a cross, which represents the male and female principles in harmony in an individual. Additionally, the god Mercury fathered Hermaphroditus, who had both male and female sex organs.<sup>f</sup></li> <li>The labrys, a double-edged hatchet or axe, is a symbol of strength and un...Tue, 13 Sep 2011 12:16:52 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/facts-about-lgbt.html99 Fascinating Facts about Babieshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/baby-facts.html<ol><li>A baby cannot taste salt until it is 4 months old. The delay may be related to the development of kidneys, which start to process sodium at about that age.<sup>l</sup></li><li>In medieval Europe, leeches were commonly used to treat babies illnesses. For example, leeches were placed on a babys windpipe for croup. Additionally, teething babies were commonly purged or bled.<sup>l</sup></li><l...Thu, 01 Sep 2011 07:05:09 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/baby-facts.html60 Eye-Opening Facts about Sleephttp://facts.randomhistory.com/facts-about-sleep.html<ol> <li>Humans spend a third of their life sleeping (25 years or more).<sup>h</sup></li> <li>Humans can survive longer without food than they can without sleep.<sup>e</sup></li> <li>During the first two years of a babys life, new parents will miss six months of sleep on average.<sup>e</sup></li> <li>In 1894, Russian scientist Marie Mikhalovna de Manacne conducted one of the earliest exp...Tue, 09 Aug 2011 03:49:54 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/facts-about-sleep.html56 Facts about Left-Handedness & Left-Handed Peoplehttp://facts.randomhistory.com/facts-about-left-handedness.html<ol><li>Between 10-12% of people on earth are lefties. Women are more likely to be right-handed than men by about 4 percentage points.<sup>i</sup></li><li>August 13th is Left-Handers Day. Launched in 1996, this yearly event celebrates left-handedness and raises awareness of the difficulties and frustrations left-handers experience every day in a world designed for right-handers.<sup>e</sup></l...Sat, 30 Jul 2011 08:39:14 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/facts-about-left-handedness.html90 Important Facts about the Holocausthttp://facts.randomhistory.com/holocaust-facts.html<ol><li>The Holocaust began in January 1933 when Hitler came to power and technically ended on May 8, 1945 (VE Day).<sup>i</sup></li><li>Between 1933 and 1945, more than 11 million men, women, and children were murdered in the Holocaust. Approximately six million of these were Jews.<sup>f</sup></li><li>Over 1.1 million children died during the Holocaust.<sup>c</sup></li><li>Young children were par...Sun, 17 Jul 2011 13:43:46 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/holocaust-facts.html55 Interesting Facts about Bullyinghttp://facts.randomhistory.com/facts-about-bullying.html<ol><li>Research shows that half of all children are bullied at some time during their school years. More than 10% are bullied regularly.<sup>d</sup></li><li>More parents are allowing their young children to undergo plastic surgery to combat bullying. For example, Samantha Shaw, a 1st grader, underwent surgery to get her ears pinned back to prevent her from being bullied.<sup>m</sup></li><li>Th...Wed, 29 Jun 2011 23:24:10 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/facts-about-bullying.html55 Interesting Facts about Advertisinghttp://facts.randomhistory.com/interesting-facts-about-advertising.html<ol> <li>The most complained about ad in Australia in 2010 was an ad from the Advanced Medical Institute about erectile dysfunction. To advertise the effectiveness of the drug, the ad showed a wife using her husbands erection as a step stool to reach something out of a high cupboard.<sup>m</sup></li> <li>Ice cubes in beverage advertisements are typically made of acrylic so they wont ...Mon, 13 Jun 2011 12:03:19 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/interesting-facts-about-advertising.html99 Interesting Facts about Egypthttp://facts.randomhistory.com/interesting-facts-about-egypt.html<ol> <li>The shape of ancient Egyptian pyramids is thought to have been inspired by the spreading rays of the sun.<sup>a</sup></li> <li>An Egyptian father named his newborn daughter Facebook to commemorate the role <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/interesting-facebook-facts.html">Facebook</a> played in the 2011 Egyptian revolution. Her full name is Facebook Jamal Ibrahim.<sup>g</...Sun, 15 May 2011 07:10:46 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/interesting-facts-about-egypt.html60 Fascinating Facts about Earthquakeshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/earthquake-facts.html<ol> <li>Earthquakes kill approximately 8,000 people each year and have caused an estimated 13 million deaths in the past 4,000 years.<sup>d</sup></li> <li>The moment magnitude scale (MMS) replaced the 1930s-era Richter scale in the 1970s as the method of measuring the size of earthquakes in terms of energy released.<sup>a</sup></li> <li>In Japan mythology, a giant catfish called Namaz...Thu, 14 Apr 2011 06:45:22 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/earthquake-facts.html50 Interesting Facts about Tsunamihttp://facts.randomhistory.com/tsunami-facts.html<ol> <li>A tsunami is usually caused by an earthquake but can also be caused by a volcanic eruption, landslide, rapid changes in atmospheric pressure, or a meteorite.<sup>b</sup></li> <li>A tsunami is not just one big wave, but a series of waves called a wave train. The time period between waves is called the wave period and can be between a few minutes and two hours. The first wave ...Fri, 25 Mar 2011 21:46:25 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/tsunami-facts.html99 Fascinating Facts about World War IIhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/world-war-ii-facts.html<ol> <li>World War II was the most destructive conflict in history. It cost more money, damaged more property, killed more people, and caused more far-reaching changes than any other war in history.<sup>a</sup></li> <li>The country with the largest number of WWII causalities was Russia, with over 21 million.<sup>i</sup></li> <li>For every five German soldiers who died in WWII, four of ...Sat, 19 Mar 2011 01:31:46 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/world-war-ii-facts.html53 Little Known Facts about Breast Cancerhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/breast-cancer-facts.html<ol><li>The youngest known survivor of breast cancer is Aleisha Hunter from Ontario, <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/01/15_canada.html">Canada</a>. At only three years old, Aleisha underwent a complete mastectomy in 2010 to treat her juvenile strain of breast cancer.<sup>k</sup></li><li>Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among American women after skin cancer. It is th...Sun, 06 Feb 2011 04:43:41 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/breast-cancer-facts.html61 Lovely Facts about Valentine's Dayhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/facts-about-valentines-day.html<ol> <li>In 2011, Iran banned Valentine cards, gifts, teddy bears, and other Valentine tokens as part of an Islamic republic backlash against the spread of Western culture. Additionally, some religious activists in India and Pakistan protest Valentines Day as a day of shame of lust. They view it as a Western holiday in which Westerners satisfy their sex thirst.<sup>d,f</sup></li> <l...Sun, 23 Jan 2011 11:29:52 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/facts-about-valentines-day.html55 Little Known Facts about Human Traffickinghttp://facts.randomhistory.com/human-trafficking-facts.html<ol><li>Approximately 75-80% of human trafficking is for sex.<sup>a</sup></li><li>Researchers note that sex trafficking plays a major role in the spread of HIV.<sup>b</sup></li><li>There are more human slaves in the world today than ever before in history.<sup>l</sup></li><li>There are an estimated 27 million adults and 13 million children around the world who are victims of human trafficking.<su...Sun, 02 Jan 2011 06:14:11 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/human-trafficking-facts.html61 Little Known Facts about North Koreahttp://facts.randomhistory.com/facts-about-north-korea.html<ol> <li>North Korea is slightly smaller than Mississippi. It constitutes almost 55% of the Korean Peninsula, covering 46,540 square miles (120,538 km.) of the peninsulas 85,052 square miles (220,283 square km.).<sup>d</sup></li> <li>Founded in 1948, the official name of North Korea is the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK). The local name for North Korea is <em>Choso...Mon, 20 Dec 2010 02:07:11 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/facts-about-north-korea.html50 Interesting Facts about Christmashttp://facts.randomhistory.com/christmas-facts.html<ol> <li>Norwegian scientists have hypothesized that Rudolphs red nose is probably the result of a parasitic infection of his respiratory system.<sup>g</sup></li> <li>The Germans made the first artificial Christmas trees out of dyed goose feathers.<sup>f</sup></li> <li>Each year more than 3 billion Christmas cards are sent in the U.S. alone.<sup>f</sup></li> <li>All the gifts in the Twel...Tue, 07 Dec 2010 15:02:02 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/christmas-facts.html38 Fascinating Facts about Holiday Shoppinghttp://facts.randomhistory.com/holiday-shopping-facts.html<ol> <li>In 2009, consumers spent on average $740 on Christmas presents.<sup>s</sup></li> <li>In 2010, consumers can expect higher holiday prices for t-shirts and jeans due to natural disasters in major cotton-producing countries such as Pakistan. Holiday shoppers in 2010 plan to spend more on clothes (57%) than anything else, including toys (41%)<sup>v</sup>.</li> <li>Consumers use of...Tue, 30 Nov 2010 07:36:34 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/holiday-shopping-facts.html36 Little Known Facts about Thanksgivinghttp://facts.randomhistory.com/thanksgiving-facts.html<ol> <li>The famous pilgrim celebration at Plymouth Colony Massachusetts in 1621 is traditionally regarded as the first American Thanksgiving. However, there are actually 12 claims to where the first Thanksgiving took place: two in Texas, two in Florida, one in Maine, two in Virginia, and five in Massachusetts.<sup>d</sup></li> <li>President Jefferson called a federal Thanksgiving pr...Sat, 13 Nov 2010 08:50:33 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/thanksgiving-facts.htmlGingers and Titians: 38 Red Hair and Redheadhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/redhead-facts.html<ol> <li>Approximately 1-2% of humans, or about two in 100 people in the world, have red hair.<sup>k</sup></li> <li>The ancient Greeks believed that redheads would turn into <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/05/02_vampires.html">vampires</a> after they died.<sup>i,j</sup></li> <li>Otherwise dark hair may turn red or blond in cases of severe protein deficiency due...Sat, 30 Oct 2010 20:33:27 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/redhead-facts.htmlStrange and Funny: 53 Crazy Lawshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/crazy-laws.html<div style="padding-bottom: 20px;"><em>**Many of these laws were established during the end of the 1800s and early 1900s, when the United States was rapidly changing from an agricultural to industrial nation. Some of the laws went out of date or were repealed. Many are still on the books but not enforced.</em></div><ol> <li>Before 1920, it was illegal for women in the United States to vote. Whe...Sun, 17 Oct 2010 10:45:13 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/crazy-laws.html40 Fun Facts about Halloweenhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/halloween-facts.html<ol> <li>Because the movie <em>Halloween</em> (1978) was on such a tight budget, they had to use the cheapest mask they could find for the character Michael Meyers, which turned out to be a William Shatner <em>Star Trek</em> mask. Shatner initially didnt know the mask was in his likeness, but when he found out years later, he said he was honored.<sup>h</sup></li> <li>The first Jack O...Mon, 04 Oct 2010 23:35:51 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/halloween-facts.html25 Interesting Facts about Inflationhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/inflation-facts.html<ol><li>A dollar from 1950 is now worth only $0.12.<sup>a</sup></li><li>The term inflation is from the Latin term <em>inflare</em>, meaning to blow up or inflate, and it was first used in a monetary sense to describe an increase in the amount of money in 1838.<sup>f</sup> Today, economists argue over the definition of inflation but generally agree that it means a continued rise in prices while...Sun, 22 Aug 2010 09:34:25 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/inflation-facts.html99 Interesting Facts about Catshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/interesting-facts-about-cats.html<ol> <li>Every year, nearly four million cats are eaten in Asia.<sup>h</sup></li> <li>On average, cats spend 2/3 of every day sleeping. That means a nine-year-old cat has been awake for only three years of its life.<sup>i</sup></li> <li>Unlike dogs, cats do not have a sweet tooth. Scientists believe this is due to a mutation in a key taste receptor.<sup>d</sup></li> <li>When a cat chases...Sun, 25 Jul 2010 14:22:35 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/interesting-facts-about-cats.html20 Little Known Facts about Tap Waterhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/tap-water-facts.html<ol> <li>The average African family uses about 5 gallons (23 liters) of water a day. The average American family uses more than 250 gallons (946 liters) a day.<sup>e</sup></i> <li>One billion people worldwide do not have access to safe drinking water.<sup>c</sup></i> <li>According to the World Water Development Report (WWDR), many girls in developing countries cannot attend school because...Sat, 10 Jul 2010 02:59:55 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/tap-water-facts.html77 Out-of-This-World Facts about the Moonhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/moon-facts.html<ol> <li>On average, the moon is 238,750 miles (384,400 km) from Earth, or about 30 Earth widths away.<sup>b</sup></li> <li>Most scientists believe the moon formed as a result of a Giant Impact, or Giant Whack. According to this theory, a Mars-sized planet struck a glancing blow to early Earth. The impact splashed off rocks and debris into space, forming a huge ring around Earth that...Sat, 05 Jun 2010 12:37:09 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/moon-facts.html50 Interesting Facts about Saturnhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/interesting-facts-facts-about-saturn.html<ol> <li>Many astronomers consider Saturn the most beautiful planet in the solar system because of its stunning rings. In fact, Saturns nickname is the jewel of the solar system.<sup>a</sup></li> <li>Saturn is the second-largest planet in our solar system after Jupiter, which is about 20% larger than Saturn. <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/09/17_earth.html">Earth</a> is the...Sun, 02 May 2010 03:21:26 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/interesting-facts-facts-about-saturn.html85 Interesting Facts about Greecehttp://facts.randomhistory.com/interesting-facts-about-greece.html<ol> <li>With an area of 50,949 square miles (131,958 square kilometers), Greece is roughly the size of Alabama. The population of Greece is more than 10 million people.comparatively, the population of Alabama is around 4.5 million.<sup>f</sup></li> <li>Approximately 16.5 million tourists visit Greece each year, more than the countrys entire population. Tourism constitutes near...Sun, 18 Apr 2010 18:00:46 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/interesting-facts-about-greece.html88 Little Known Facts about Haitihttp://facts.randomhistory.com/haiti-facts.html<ol> <li>Native Haitians were pre-Columbian Amerindians called Tano, the good people. The Tano named their land Ayiti<em>,</em> meaning Land of Mountainsa term that evolved into Haiti.<sup>a</sup></li> <li>More than 10% of Haitian children die before age five.<sup>b</sup></li> <li>Eighty percent of Haitians live under the poverty line and 54% live in abject poverty. The ...Mon, 12 Apr 2010 07:06:58 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/haiti-facts.html68 Random Facts about Menstruationhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/random-facts-about-menstruation.html<ol> <li>Approximately 70% of women of menstruating age use tampons. A woman may use nearly 11,400 tampons in her life.<sup>d</sup></li> <li>A woman will spend approximately 3,500 days menstruating.<sup>d</sup></li> <li>Walt Disney made a movie about menstruation titled The Story of Menstruation in 1946. It most likely is the first film to use the word vagina.<sup>n</su...Mon, 29 Mar 2010 18:14:28 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/random-facts-about-menstruation.html38 Random Facts about Venushttp://facts.randomhistory.com/random-facts-about-venus.html<ol> <li>Venus is often called <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/09/17_earth.html">Earth</a>s twin because it is the closest planet in size to Earth. Scientists estimate the diameter of Venus at about 7,520 miles, making it approximately 400 miles smaller in diameter than Earth.<sup>a</sup></li> <li>Although it is called Earths twin, the surface conditions of Venus are very d...Sun, 28 Mar 2010 16:31:11 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/random-facts-about-venus.html70 Interesting Facts about U.S. Collegeshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/facts-about-us-colleges.html<ol> <li>In the United States, there is little difference between the terms college and university. However, the term college in other countries, such as Canada, refers to a junior college or trade college, where as a university is larger, more research focused, and usually contains multiple colleges.<sup>l</sup></li> <li>Typically, the worst paying majors are Social Work, The...Wed, 17 Mar 2010 22:17:26 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/facts-about-us-colleges.html54 Random Facts about Heart Diseasehttp://facts.randomhistory.com/heart-disease-facts.html<ol> <li>Heart disease is the number one cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Cancer and stroke round out the top three.<sup>b</sup></li> <li>Heart disease is an umbrella term that includes conditions such as coronary artery disease, heart attack, cardiac arrest, congestive heart failure, and congenital heart diseases.<sup>b</sup></li> <li>Heart disease accounts ...Mon, 15 Mar 2010 13:44:43 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/heart-disease-facts.html60 Interesting Facts about Swimsuitshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/swimwear-facts.html<ol> <li>In Australia, Speedos are called Budgy Smugglers, a term which is derived from the name of a small parrot, the domestic budgerigar. Apparently, the body-hugging swimwear looks as if it is attempting to conceal a parrot when viewed from the front.<sup>f</sup></li> <li>The most expensive swimsuit in the world is a bikini that is worth $30 million dollars. Designed by Susan Ros...Tue, 09 Mar 2010 00:08:56 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/swimwear-facts.html38 Random Facts about Whaleshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/whale-facts.html<ol><li>Whales belong to the order cetacean, meaning they are mammals that are fully adapted to aquatic life. Like <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/2008/11/20_dolphins.html">dolphins</a> and porpoises, whales are believed to have descended from land animals that returned to the water roughly 50 million years ago after living millions of years on land.<sup>b</sup></li><li>Ther...Thu, 25 Feb 2010 03:27:45 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/whale-facts.html41 Random Facts about Stresshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/stress-facts.html<ol> <li>Stress has been called the silent killer and can lead to <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/heart-disease-facts.html">heart disease</a>, high blood pressure, chest pain, and an irregular heartbeat.<sup>d</sup></li> <li>While it is a myth that stress can turn hair gray, stress can cause hair loss. In fact, <em>telogen effluvium</em> (hair loss) can begin up to three months ...Fri, 19 Feb 2010 06:24:15 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/stress-facts.html87 Random Facts about Hollywood Movieshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/random-facts-about-hollywood-movies.html<ol> <li>Originally, the term movies did not mean films, but the people who made them. It was generally used with disdain by early Hollywood locals who disliked the invading Easterners.<sup>a</sup></li> <li>The first film ever made in Hollywood was D.W. Griffiths 1910 <em>In Old California,</em> a Biograph melodrama about a Spanish maiden (Marion Leonard) who has an illegiti...Mon, 08 Feb 2010 11:25:19 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/random-facts-about-hollywood-movies.html36 Interesting Facts about the Human Hearthttp://facts.randomhistory.com/human-heart-facts.html<ol> <li>The average adult heart beats 72 times a minute; 100,000 times a day; 3,600,000 times a year; and 2.5 billion times during a lifetime.<sup>f</sup></li> <li>Though weighing only 11 ounces on average, a healthy heart pumps 2,000 gallons of blood through 60,000 miles of blood vessels each day.<sup>c</sup></li> <li>A kitchen faucet would need to be turned on all the way for at least ...Wed, 27 Jan 2010 13:43:12 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/human-heart-facts.html65 Important Facts about Diabeteshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/facts-about-diabetes.html<ol> <li>The word diabetes is Greek for siphon, which refers to the copious urine of uncontrolled diabetes. Mellitus is Latin for honey or sweet, a name added when physicians discovered that the urine from people with diabetes is sweet with glucose.<sup>h</sup></li> <li>Scientists predict that there may be 30 million new cases of diabetes in <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.c...Wed, 13 Jan 2010 14:57:27 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/facts-about-diabetes.html76 Interesting Facts about Dating and Relationshipshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/dating-and-relationship-facts.html<ol> <li>Couples usually wait until six to eight dates before they are willing to enter into an exclusive relationship.<sup>c</sup></li> <li>Speed dating, invented by a rabbi from Los Angeles in 1999, is based on a Jewish tradition of chaperoned gatherings of young Jewish singles.<sup>a</sup></li> <li>The most common time for breakups is around three to five months.<sup>c</sup></li> <li>...Fri, 08 Jan 2010 11:56:18 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/dating-and-relationship-facts.html50 Interesting Facebook Factshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/interesting-facebook-facts.html<ol> <li>Facebook has over 350 million active users. More than 35 million users update their status each day, with more than 55 million status updates each day.<sup>f</sup></li> <li>More than 2.5 billion pictures are uploaded to Facebook each month.<sup>f</sup></li> <li>The average Facebook user has 130 friends and sends eight friend requests per month.<sup>f</sup></li> <li>Among chil...Tue, 05 Jan 2010 07:45:50 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/interesting-facebook-facts.html77 Interesting Facts about Weddingshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/interesting-facts-about-weddings.html<ol><li>In the United States, there is no law or religious dictate that says the bride must take the grooms last name. However, approximately 70% of Americans agree that a bride should change her last name.<sup>b</sup></li> <li>The Fijians believe that the god Nangganangga, who watches over married couples, will not let a bachelor enter Fijian paradise and will turn him to ash if he d...Wed, 23 Dec 2009 20:38:36 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/interesting-facts-about-weddings.html50 Interesting Facts about Sarah Palinhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/interesting-facts-about-sarah-palin.html<ol> <li>Sarah Louis Palin (ne Heath) was born in Sandpoint, Idaho, on February 11, 1964. She was the third of four children. Her family moved to Alaska when she was two months old.<sup>a</sup></li> <li>Todd and Sarah Palin met at a high school basketball game. When she first saw him, she whispered to herself, Thank you, God.<sup>m</sup></li> <li>In her book <em>Going Rogue</em>, Palin...Thu, 03 Dec 2009 08:45:22 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/interesting-facts-about-sarah-palin.html99 Interesting Facts about the U.S. Presidentshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/interesting-facts-about-us-presidents.html<ol> <li>Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) is the only U.S. president who was also a licensed bartender. He was co-owner of Berry and Lincoln, a saloon in Springfield, Illinois.<sup>b</sup></li> <li>The only president to be unanimously elected was George Washington (1732-1799). He also refused to accept his presidential salary, which was $25,000 a year.<sup>b</sup></li> <li>Because the KKK w...Sun, 29 Nov 2009 21:48:45 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/interesting-facts-about-us-presidents.html63 Interesting Facts about Marriagehttp://facts.randomhistory.com/interesting-facts-about-marriage.html<ol> <li>The term marriage derives from the Latin word <em>mas</em> meaning male or masculine. The earliest known use of the word in English dates from the thirteenth century.<sup>a</sup></li> <li>Due to jobs, kids, TV, the Internet, hobbies, and home and family responsibilities, the average married couple spends just four minutes a day alone together.<sup>g</sup></li> <li>The Talmud...Wed, 18 Nov 2009 20:29:27 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/interesting-facts-about-marriage.html62 Interesting Facts about Wolveshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/interesting-facts-about-wolves.html<ol> <li>In order for a new wolf cub to urinate, its mother has to massage its belly with her warm tongue.<sup>e</sup></li> <li>The Vikings wore wolf skins and drank wolf blood to take on the wolfs spirit in battle. They also viewed real wolves as battle companions or <em>hrgifr</em> (corpse trolls).<sup>f</sup></li> <li>The earliest drawings of wolves are in caves in southern Europe a...Sat, 14 Nov 2009 10:47:30 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/interesting-facts-about-wolves.html99 Interesting Facts about Dreamshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/interesting-facts-about-dreams.html<ol> <li>The word dream is most likely related to the West Germanic <em>draugmus</em>, (meaning deception, illusion, or phantom) or from the Old Norse <em>draugr</em> (ghost, apparition) or the Sanskrit <em>druh</em> (seek to harm or injure).<sup>e</sup></li> <li>You cannot snore and dream at the same time.<sup>c</sup></li> <li>Adults dream off and on, for a total of about an hour and hal...Fri, 06 Nov 2009 21:02:30 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/interesting-facts-about-dreams.html60 Random Facts about Depressionhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/random-facts-about-depression.html<ol> <li>The main risk factors of depression include past abuse (physical, sexual, emotional), certain medications (drugs that treat high blood pressure), conflict with family members or friends, death or loss, chronic or major illness, and a family history of depression.<sup>a</sup></li> <li>Even positive events such as graduating, getting married, a new job can lead to depression.<sup>b</su...Tue, 27 Oct 2009 01:59:37 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/random-facts-about-depression.html52 Interesting Facts about Operahttp://facts.randomhistory.com/interesting-facts-about-opera.html<ol> <li>The term opera comes from the Latin <em>opus</em>, or work. The term soap opera was first recorded in 1939 as a derogatory term for daytime radio shows that were sponsored by soap manufacturers.<sup>f</sup></li> <li>The famous proverb the opera aint over til the fat lady sings in reference to buxom Brunhildes 10-minute aria at the end of Wagners <em>Ring</em> cycle oper...Mon, 26 Oct 2009 18:16:24 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/interesting-facts-about-opera.html38 Interesting Facts about Junk Foodhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/interesting-facts-about-junk-food.html<ol> <li>Junk food is typically defined as foods with little nutritional value that are high in calories, fat, sugar, salt, or caffeine. Junk food can include breakfast cereals, candies, chips, cookies, French fries, gum, hamburgers, hot dogs, ice cream, sodas, and most sweet desserts.<sup>b</sup></li> <li>The term junk food was initially used in the 1960s but was popularized du...Sat, 24 Oct 2009 04:56:06 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/interesting-facts-about-junk-food.html46 Random Facts about Autismhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/09/21_autism.html<ol> <li>Eugen Bleuler (1857-1939), a Swiss psychiatrist, first termed autism but applied it to adult schizophrenia. In 1943, the term was redefined by Leo Kanner (1894-1981) who dissociated autism from schizophrenia to create the modern understanding of the disorder.<sup>b</sup></li> <li>Autism affects one in every 150 children born in the United States.<sup>c</sup></li> <li>If one id...Mon, 21 Sep 2009 13:49:45 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/09/21_autism.html45 Amazing Facts about Earthhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/09/17_earth.html<ol> <li>Earth can be seen as a living, breathing organism: it regulates temperature, burns energy, continually renews its skin, and experiences changes to its face as it ages with time.<sup>b</sup></li> <li>Researchers in the the field of astrobiology have found that Earths current conditions are temporary and that Earths stable climate is an anomaly that will end in the next billion year...Thu, 17 Sep 2009 07:17:42 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/09/17_earth.html78 Little Known Facts about STIs/STDshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/09/07_std.html<ol> <li>An STI (sexually transmitted infection) is a germ (virus, bacteria, parasite) that can cause an illness inside a person even though the person doesnt have any symptoms. An STD (sexually transmitted disease) refers to infections that are causing symptoms or problems.<sup>j</sup></li> <li>A Brazilian Web site lets people send their partners e-cards informing them they have an ...Mon, 07 Sep 2009 10:57:02 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/09/07_std.html34 Random Facts about Drunk Drivinghttp://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/08/28_drunk-driving.html<ol> <li>Drunk driving causes approximately one-third of all traffic fatalities in the United States.<sup>a</sup></li> <li>During the year 2007, alcohol-impaired driving was involved in the deaths of nearly 13,000 Americans.<sup>b</sup></li> <li>On average, someone in the U.S. is killed by a drunk driver every 40 minutes.<sup>a</sup></li> <li>Roughly three in every 10 Americans will be i...Fri, 28 Aug 2009 06:25:49 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/08/28_drunk-driving.html82 Delicious Facts about Winehttp://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/08/21_wine.html<ol> <li>The smell of young wine is called an aroma while a more mature wine offers a more subtle bouquet.<sup>a</sup></li> <li>In ancient Greece, a dinner host would take the first sip of wine to assure guests the wine was not poisoned, hence the phrase drinking to ones health. Toasting started in ancient Rome when the Romans continued the Greek tradition but started dropping a...Fri, 21 Aug 2009 01:52:59 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/08/21_wine.html85 Galactic Facts about Star Trekhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/08/11_star-trek.html<ol> <li>Lieutenant Uhuras name means freedom in Swahili.<sup>g</sup></li> <li>Martin Luther King Jr. talked Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura) out of leaving <em>Star Trek: The Original Series </em>(<em>TOS</em>).<sup>l</sup></li> <li>The popular line Beam me up, Scotty, was never said exactly in this way in the Star Trek series or film.<sup>d</sup></li> <li>An alternate juror for the 1996 ...Tue, 11 Aug 2009 04:50:46 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/08/11_star-trek.html52 Fascinating Facts about Lovehttp://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/08/04_love.html<ol> <li>Historically, sweat has been an active ingredient in perfume and love potions.<sup>g</sup></li> <li>In Bali, men believed a woman would fall in love if her suitor fed her a certain kind of leaf incised with the image of a god who sported a very large penis.<sup>e</sup></li> <li>The Mexican chief Montezuma considered chocolate a love drug and drank 50 cups of chocolate a day be...Tue, 04 Aug 2009 03:59:50 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/08/04_love.html50 Random Facts about Carpethttp://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/08/03_carpet.html<ol> <li>The Norwalk virus or Norovirus (the virus that causes the stomach <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/07/19_flu.html">flu</a>) can survive on an uncleaned carpet for a month or more.<sup>d</sup></li> <li>The term carpet derives from the Latin <em>carpere, </em>to pluck, probably because carpets were made from unraveled plucked fabric. Carpet has the same Lati...Mon, 03 Aug 2009 22:21:47 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/08/03_carpet.html51 Random Facts about Africahttp://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/07/23_africa.html<ol> <li>Africa is the second largest of the earths seven continents and makes up approximately 22% of the earths total land area.<sup>g</sup></li> <li>With the inclusion of the disputed Western Sahara territory and the island nations off the continental coast, there are a total of 54 independent nations in Africa.<sup>a</sup></li> <li>The current population of Africa is nearly one bil...Thu, 23 Jul 2009 12:03:49 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/07/23_africa.html61 Interesting Facts about Indiahttp://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/07/21_india.html<ol><li>India is about 1/3 the size of the United States, yet it is the second most populous country in the world, with a population of 1,166,079,217. India is the seventh largest country in the world, at 1.27 million square miles.<sup>g</sup></li><li>India is the largest democracy in the world.<sup>i</sup></li><li>The Kumbh Mela (or Grand Pitcher Festival) is a huge Hindu religious...Tue, 21 Jul 2009 01:03:52 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/07/21_india.html55 Interesting Facts about the Fluhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/07/19_flu.html<ol><li>The word influenza comes from the Italian <em>influentia</em> because people used to believe that the influence of the planets, stars, and moon caused the flufor only such universal influence could explain such sudden and widespread sickness.<sup>b</sup></li><li>The English adopted the word influenza in the mid-eighteenth century, while the French called it <em>la gripp...Sun, 19 Jul 2009 11:10:24 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/07/19_flu.html99 Little Known Facts about Suicidehttp://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/07/15_suicide.html<ol><li>The word suicide comes from two Latin roots, <em>sui</em> (of oneself) and <em>cidium</em> (killing or slaying).<sup>i</sup></li><li>People have committed suicide in an endless variety of ways, including swallowing poisonous spiders, power-drilling holes in their heads, sticking hot pokers down their throats, choking on underwear, injecting peanut butter into their veins, crushing ...Wed, 15 Jul 2009 14:18:45 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/07/15_suicide.html41 Random Facts about Cocainehttp://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/07/09_cocaine.html<ol> <li>Cocaine is an extraction of the leaves of the <em>Erythroxylon coca</em> bush, which is indigenous to the Andean highlands of South America. Most of the cocaine available in the U.S. is transported from the country of Colombia.<sup>e</sup></li> <li>Cocaine comes in two main forms, powder and crystalline. The crystal rock form, commonly known as crack or freebase, is cocaine tha...Thu, 09 Jul 2009 14:58:17 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/07/09_cocaine.html29 Interesting Facts about the Sunhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/07/06_sun.html<ol> <li>The sun is orbited by nine major planets: Mercury, <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/random-facts-about-venus.html">Venus</a>, <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/09/17_earth.html">Earth</a>, <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/2008/12/22_mars.html">Mars</a>, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto (no longer an official planet).<sup>h</sup></li> <li>The ...Mon, 06 Jul 2009 20:56:56 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/07/06_sun.html50 Interesting Facts about Pihttp://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/07/03_pi.html<ol><li>Pi is the most recognized mathematical constant in the world. Scholars often consider Pi the most important and intriguing number in all of mathematics.<sup>e</sup></li><li>In the <em><a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/08/11_star-trek.html">Star Trek</a></em> episode Wolf in the Fold, Spock foils the evil computer by commanding it to compute to last digit the value...Fri, 03 Jul 2009 07:58:11 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/07/03_pi.html55 Juicy Facts about Fast Foodhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/06/27_fast-food.html<ol> <li>Every month, approximately nine out of 10 American children visit a McDonalds restaurant.<sup>f</sup></li> <li>In 1970, Americans spent about $6 billion on fast food. In 2006, the spending rose to nearly $142 billion.<sup>e</sup></li> <li>During the early 1900s, the hamburger was thought to be polluted, unsafe to eat, and food for the poor. Street carts, not restaurants, typicall...Sat, 27 Jun 2009 14:22:12 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/06/27_fast-food.html32 Random Facts about Menhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/06/11_men.html<ol> <li>In Old English, human men were referred to as <em>wer</em>, while the term <em>man</em> was used to describe humanity as a whole. During the thirteenth century, <em>man</em> gradually replaced <em>wer</em> as the term for an adult human male while also maintaining its use as an expression for the entire human species.<sup>c</sup></li> <li>Worldwide, there are approximately 107 ...Thu, 11 Jun 2009 21:27:15 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/06/11_men.html41 Interesting Facts about the Black Deathhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/06/09_black-death.html<ol><li>A plague epidemic swept through Europe from 1348 through 1351, killing an estimated 2560% of Europeans. Some estimates are as high as 2/3 of the population.<sup>b</sup></li><li>The exact death toll is difficult to measure from medieval sources. The number of deaths varied considerably by area and depending on the source. Current estimates are that between 75 and 200 million people died f...Tue, 09 Jun 2009 13:55:50 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/06/09_black-death.html62 Magical Facts about Harry Potterhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/05/24_harry-potter.html<ol> <li>As of 2008, Harry Potter books have sold over 400 million copies and have been translated into 67 languages.<sup>i</sup></li> <li>A picture of Gandalf the Grey (from <em>The Lord of the Rings</em>) can be seen in the collection of great wizards in Professor Dumbledores study in <em>Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets</em>.<sup>f</sup></li> <li>Author J. K. Rowling recently...Sun, 24 May 2009 18:32:17 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/05/24_harry-potter.html62 Interesting Facts about Italyhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/05/14_italy.html<ol><li>The name Italy comes from the word <em>italia,</em> meaning calf land, perhaps because the bull was a symbol of the Southern Italian tribes.<sup>f</sup></li> <li>Italy is approximately 116,400 square miles (including Sicily and Sardinia), which is slightly larger than Arizona.<sup>b</sup></li><li>Italy is one of the most crowded nations in Europe.<sup>a</sup> Its population...Thu, 14 May 2009 00:20:42 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/05/14_italy.html74 Interesting Facts about Chinahttp://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/05/04_china.html<ol><li>The modern word China most likely derives from the name of the Qin (pronounced chin) dynasty. First Emperor Qin Shi Huang (260-210 B.C.) of the Qin dynasty first unified China in 221 B.C., beginning an Imperial period which would last until A.D. 1912.<sup>k</sup></li> <li>China is often considered the longest continuous civilization, with some historians marking 6000 B...Mon, 04 May 2009 21:54:46 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/05/04_china.html40 Interesting Facts about Vampireshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/05/02_vampires.html<ol><li>Many scholars argue the word vampire is either from the Hungarian <em>vampir </em>or from the Turkish <em>upior, upper, upyr </em>meaning witch. Other scholars argue the term derived from the Greek word to drink or from the Greek <em>nosophoros</em> meaning plague carrier. It may also derive from the Serbian <em>Bamiiup</em> or the Serbo-Crotian <em>pirati.</em> There ...Sat, 02 May 2009 01:50:13 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/05/02_vampires.html36 Random Facts about Womenhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/04/30_women.html<ol> <li>The word woman is believed to have derived from the Middle English term <em>wyfman</em>, broken down simply as the wife (<em>wyf</em>) of man. In Old English, women were described simply as <em>wyf</em>, while the term <em>man</em> was used to describe a human person, regardless of gender.<sup>c</sup></li> <li>The English word girl was initially used to describe a young p...Thu, 30 Apr 2009 09:46:19 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/04/30_women.html39 Interesting Facts about the Great Wall of Chinahttp://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/04/18_great-wall.html<ol><li>While the Great Wall of China is not one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, it is typically included in the Seven Wonders of the Medieval World.<sup>c</sup></li><li>In 1987, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) placed the Great Wall on its list of the worlds great national and historical sites.<sup>a</sup></li><li>That the Gre...Sat, 18 Apr 2009 04:12:54 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/04/18_great-wall.html50 Random Facts about the Great Depressionhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/04/12_great-depression.html<ol><li>Herbert Hoover (1874-1964), a Republican, was president when the Great Depression began. He infamously declared in March 1930 that the U.S. had passed the worst and argued that the economy would sort itself out. The worst, however, had just begun and would last until the outbreak of WWII (1939).<sup>f</sup></li><li>People who lost their homes often lived in what were ca...Sun, 12 Apr 2009 22:56:47 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/04/12_great-depression.html28 Random Facts about Lifehttp://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/04/04_life.html<ol> <li>Life is broadly defined as the condition of an organism that exhibits growth through metabolism, reproduction, and adaptation to its environment. These characteristics separate living organisms from inanimate objects.<sup>i</sup></li> <li>The cell is the basic unit of life, and an organism must be composed of at least one cell to qualify as a living thing.<sup>i</sup></li> <li...Sat, 04 Apr 2009 19:38:43 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/04/04_life.html50 Random Facts about Hawaiihttp://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/04/03_hawaii.html<ol><li>Hawaiis nickname is the Aloha State. The word <em>aloha</em> is derived from the Proto-Polynesian, <em>alofa</em>, and its meanings include <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/08/04_love.html">love</a>, compassion, and mercy. Aloha is used both as hello and goodbye.<sup>e</sup></li><li>The word <em>Hawaii</em> is from the Proto-Polynesian <em>hawaiki</em>, meaning p...Fri, 03 Apr 2009 17:46:01 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/04/03_hawaii.html80 Random Facts about Sharkshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/03/11_sharks.html<ol><li>The first sharks lived more than 400 million years ago200 million years before the first dinosaurs. They have changed very little over the eons.<sup>b</sup></li><li>Sharks belong to a group of fish known as the <em>elasmobranchs</em>, or cartilaginous fishes. Rays and skates, which may have evolved from sharks, also belong to this group.<sup>a</sup></li><li>Because shar...Wed, 11 Mar 2009 09:33:18 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/03/11_sharks.html50 Interesting Facts about Hillary Clintonhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/03/10_hillary.html<ol><li>Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton was born on October 26, 1947, in Chicago, Illinois, and was raised in Park Ridge, Illinois. She has two brothers, Hugh (1950) and Anthony (1957). They were raised with traditional Midwestern values: family, church on Sunday, respect your elders, do well in school, do well in sports, as her brother Hugh once said.<sup>g</sup></li><li>Hillary ...Tue, 10 Mar 2009 04:34:46 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/03/10_hillary.html50 Random Facts about Goldhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/03/09_gold.html<ol><li>The term gold is the from the Proto-Indo-European base *<em>ghel / *ghol</em> meaning yellow, green, or possibly bright.<sup>b</sup></li><li>Gold is so rare that the world pours more steel in an hour than it has poured gold since the beginning of recorded history.<sup>b</sup></li><li>Gold has been discovered on every continent on earth.<sup>b</sup></li><li>Gold melts at ...Mon, 09 Mar 2009 10:56:43 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/03/09_gold.html93 Random Facts about Romehttp://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/03/07_rome.html<ol><li>With nearly 3,000 years of rich history, Rome is often called the Eternal City. Though Rome dates back to possibly 625 B.C., the oldest continuously populated city in the world is widely to be considered Byblos in present-day Lebanon dating back to 5000 B.C.<sup>j</sup></li> <li>Some linguistic possibilities for the origin of the word Rome include the Etruscan word <em...Sat, 07 Mar 2009 01:32:08 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/03/07_rome.html37 Interesting Facts about the Human Bodyhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/03/02_human-body.html<ol> <li>In the average adult, the skin covers 12-20 square feet and accounts for 12% of body weight.<sup>b</sup></li> <li>There are more than 600 individual skeletal muscles in the human body.<sup>c</sup></li> <li>An adult skeleton has 206 bones.<sup>a</sup></li> <li>Cartilage is one of the few tissues that grows throughout life. Between ages 30 and 70, a nose might grow half an inch, a...Mon, 02 Mar 2009 01:53:50 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/03/02_human-body.html31 Random Facts about Marijuanahttp://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/02/27_marijuana.html<ol> <li>Marijuana is created from the dried, shredded flowers and leaves of the hemp plant <em>Cannabis sativa</em>.<sup>b</sup></li> <li>Marijuana is the most common illegal drug used in the United States. Approximately 100 million Americans have tried marijuana at least once, and more than 25 million have smoked it in the last year.<sup>f</sup></li> <li>According to one national sur...Fri, 27 Feb 2009 13:25:40 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/02/27_marijuana.html40 Random Facts about Smokinghttp://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/02/17_smoking.html<ol><li>Smoking tobacco emerged from religious ceremonies in the Americas and was probably initially restricted to only shamans, priests, and medicine men. Both in ancient America and in sixteenth-century Europe, holy smoke from tobacco was thought to help cure illness and drive out evil spirits.<sup>c</sup></li><li>Ramon Pane, a monk who accompanied Christopher Columbus to the...Tue, 17 Feb 2009 06:06:12 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/02/17_smoking.html99 Fun Facts about Dogshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/02/15_dogs.html<ol><li>All dogs can be traced back 40 million years ago to a weasel-like animal called the Miacis which dwelled in trees and dens. The Miacis later evolved into the Tomarctus, a direct forbear of the genus Canis, which includes the wolf and jackal as well as the dog.<sup>g</sup></li><li>Ancient Egyptians revered their dogs. When a pet dog would die, the owners shaved off their eyebrows, smea...Sun, 15 Feb 2009 07:04:16 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/02/15_dogs.html51 Random Facts about Volcanoeshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/01/30_volcanoes.html<ol><li>The term volcano is from the Latin <em>Volcanus</em> or Vulcan, the Roman god of fire. The Romans first used the term to describe Mt. Etna, a volcanic mountain they believed was the forge of Vulcan.<sup>b</sup></li><li>The ancient Greeks thought that the god of Fire, Hephaestus, lived beneath Mt. Etna. The Titan god Prometheus is said to have stolen fire from Hephaestuss ...Fri, 30 Jan 2009 21:42:06 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/01/30_volcanoes.html35 Critical Facts about Global Warminghttp://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/01/29_global-warming.html<ol> <li>The <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/09/17_earth.html">earth</a> is a natural greenhouse and is kept warm by water vapors, carbon dioxide (CO<sub>2</sub>), and other gases in the atmosphere, which absorb the suns energy and radiate it back toward the earth. This type of warming is called natural greenhouse effect. Enhanced greenhouse effect, on the other hand, cau...Thu, 29 Jan 2009 05:42:05 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/01/29_global-warming.html43 Fun Facts about Kissinghttp://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/01/22_kissing.html<ol><li>Kiss is from the Old English <em>cyssan </em>from the proto-Germanic <em>kussijanan</em> or <em>kuss</em>, which is probably based on the sound kissing can make.<sup>e</sup></li><li>A woman in <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/05/04_china.html">China</a> partially lost her hearing after her boyfriend reportedly ruptured her eardrum with a passionate kiss. Apparently, the ki...Thu, 22 Jan 2009 23:31:20 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/01/22_kissing.html43 Interesting Facts about Canadahttp://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/01/15_canada.html<ol> <li><em>Kanata</em> is the St. Lawrence-Iroquoian word for "village" or "settlement."<sup>n</sup></li> <li>O Canada, originally named Chant national, was written by Adolphe-Basile Routhier (French lyrics) and Calixa Lavalle (music) and first performed in Quebec City in 1880. The song was approved by the Parliament of Canada in 1967 as the unofficial national anthem and adop...Thu, 15 Jan 2009 15:03:10 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/01/15_canada.html51 Random Facts about William Shakespearehttp://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/01/11_shakespeare.html<ol> <li>Other than what is found in a few church records and legal documents and in a few contemporary documents such as playgoers' diaries, most evidence of Shakespeare's life is circumstantial. Very little is known for certain.<sup>a</sup></li> <li>More than 80 spelling variations are recorded for Shakespeare's name, from Shappere to Shaxberd.<sup>a</sup></li> <li>In the few signa...Sun, 11 Jan 2009 09:35:45 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/01/11_shakespeare.html50 Interesting facts about Barack Obamahttp://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/01/02_obama.html<ol><li>Barack Hussein Obama is named after his father, Barack Hussein Obama, Sr. (1936-1982). Barack means blessing/blessed/to bless in Swahili and Semitic languages, and Hussein is a Semitic word meaning good or beautiful. Swahili was Obama Sr.s native language.<sup>a</sup></li><li>On an episode of TVs <em>Will & Grace</em>, Grace dreamed she showered with a man whom she...Fri, 02 Jan 2009 11:10:00 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/01/02_obama.html50 Interesting Facts about Marshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/2008/12/22_mars.html<ol><li>The Egyptians gave Mars its first recorded name: <em>Har dcher</em> (The red one). The Babylonians called it <em>Nergal</em> (Star of death). The Greeks and Romans named the planet after their respective gods of war, Ares and Mars. The Hebrews called it <em>Maadim</em>, or One who blushes. Many ancient people believed the reddish color came from actual blood on the plan...Mon, 22 Dec 2008 07:27:29 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/2008/12/22_mars.html22 Interesting Facts about Recyclinghttp://facts.randomhistory.com/2008/12/21_recycling.html<ol><li>Used condoms were recycled into hair bands in Southern China. They sold quite well, although several physicians voiced concerns about potential hygiene problems.<sup>d</sup></li><li>It is more likely that Americans will recycle than vote.<sup>e</sup></li><li>In the U.S. alone, 18 billion diapers are thrown out a year.<sup>h</sup></li><li>Burying coffins also means that 90,272 ton...Sun, 21 Dec 2008 00:55:18 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/2008/12/21_recycling.html40 Random Facts about Monkeyshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/2008/12/15_monkeys.html<ol><li>The origins of the word "monkey" are unclear. It could come from Moneke, the name of the son of Martin the Ape in a medieval animal story. It appears also to be related to manikin, from the Dutch <em>manneken</em> ("little man").<sup>b</sup></li><li>Monkeys make up two of the three groups of simian primates, Old World monkeys and New World monkeys. The other group is the apes.<sup>c</s...Mon, 15 Dec 2008 08:10:58 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/2008/12/15_monkeys.html30 Random Facts about Foodhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/2008/12/06_food.html<ol><li>Several ancient cultures viewed the apple as a feminine symbol and found a resemblance between the two halves of a vertically cut apple to the female genital system. Alternatively, an apple cut horizontally resembled a pentagram, which was considered key in revealing knowledge of good and evil.<sup>g</sup></li><li>The banana tree is not a true fruit at all but a giant herb and the banan...Sat, 06 Dec 2008 04:45:39 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/2008/12/06_food.html25 Random Facts about Plastic Surgeryhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/2008/12/05_plastic.html<ol><li>Plastic is derived from the Greek <em>plasikos</em>, meaning to mold. The term surgery is derived from the Greek <em>kheirourgos</em>, from <em>kheir</em> - hand + <em>ergon</em> - work.<sup>d</sup></li><li>The first recorded nose job is found in ancient Indian Sanskrit texts (600 B.C.).<sup>c</sup> Physicians would reconstruct noses by cutting skin from either the cheek or forehead, t...Fri, 05 Dec 2008 11:09:14 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/2008/12/05_plastic.html42 Random Facts about Nutritionhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/2008/12/02_nutrition.html<ol><li> Nutrition is derived from nourish, which is from the Latin <em>nutrire</em>, meaning to feed, nurse, support, and preserve--literally, she who gives suck. Essentially, nutrition refers to the variety of ways the body makes use of food.<sup>i</sup></li><li>Anthropophagites, or cannibals, are humans who eat human meat. While human flesh itself contains high-quality protein, cannibalism ...Tue, 02 Dec 2008 03:21:43 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/2008/12/02_nutrition.html46 Interesting Facts about Mexicohttp://facts.randomhistory.com/2008/11/25_mexico.html<ol><li>The official name of Mexico is Estados nidos Mexicanos (United Mexican States).<sup>d</sup></li><li>A Mexican tamale called the<em> zacahuil </em>is three feet long and weighs about 150 pounds.<sup>c</sup></li><li>Mexico introduced chocolate, corn, and chilies to the world.<sup>f</sup></li><li>Mexico is home to a very rare rabbit called the volcano rabbit which lives near Me...Tue, 25 Nov 2008 18:19:17 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/2008/11/25_mexico.html40 Random Facts about Dolphinshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/2008/11/20_dolphins.html<ol><li>There are 32 species of marine dolphins, four types of river dolphins, and six types of porpoises. The distinction between dolphin and porpoises is often blurred, but generally porpoises have spade-shaped teeth and blunt rounded faces. Dolphins have teeth shaped like rounded cones set in jaws that extend in a snout or beak.<sup>c</sup></li><li>The term dolphin is from t...Thu, 20 Nov 2008 14:24:49 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/2008/11/20_dolphins.html31 Random Facts about Horseshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/2008/11/12_horses.html<ol><li>Emerging 60 million years ago, the first horse was called <em>Eohippus</em> (The Dawn Horse) and was tiny, weighing only 12 pounds and standing just 14 inches high. In contrast to the modern one-toed horse, the Eohippus had four toes on its front feet and three on its hind feet.<sup>b</sup></li><li>The term horse is derived from the Old English <em>hors</em>, which is related to the Pr...Wed, 12 Nov 2008 17:55:41 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/2008/11/12_horses.html24 Random Facts about Pregnancyhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/2008/11/10_pregnancy.html<ol><li>Each year in the United States, there are approximately six million pregnancies. This means that at any one time, about 4% of women in the U.S. are pregnant.<sup>a</sup></li><li>Only 25% of couples actively trying to conceive will experience pregnancy within the womans first cycle. However, 90% of couples will achieve pregnancy within the first 12 months of actively trying.<sup>a</sup></li...Mon, 10 Nov 2008 00:03:01 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/2008/11/10_pregnancy.html25 Facts about the Presidential Electionhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/2008/10/20_election.html<ol><li> The first official presidential election in the United States took place in 1789 with George Washington becoming the first president. However, only 10 of the 13 states participated in the election, as New York had chosen no electors, and North Carolina and Rhode Island had not yet ratified the Constitution.<sup>a</sup></li><li>The Antimasonic Party was the first to hold an official party ...Mon, 20 Oct 2008 03:33:39 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/2008/10/20_election.html