15 amazing facts you should know


The first McDonald’s restaurant opened for business in 1952 in Edinburgh, Scotland, and featured the McHaggis sandwich.

The Air Force’s F-117 fighter uses aerodynamics discovered during research into how
bumblebees fly.

You *can* get blood from a stone, but only if contains at least 17 percent bauxite.

Silly Putty was “discovered” as the residue left behind after the first latex
condoms were produced. It’s not widely publicized for obvious reasons.

Approximately one-sixth of your life is spent on Wednesdays.

The skin needed for elbow transplants must be taken from the scrotum of a cadaver.

The jai alai sport originated from a game played by Incan priests who held cats
by their tails and swung at leather balls. The cats would instinctively grab at the ball
with their claws, thus enabling players to catch them.

A cat’s purr has the same romance-enhancing frequency as the voice of singer Barry

The typewriter was invented by Hungarian immigrant ‘Qwert Yuiop’, who left his
“signature” on the keyboard.


The volume of water that the Giant Sequoia tree consumes in a 24-hour period
contains enough suspended minerals to pave 17.3 feet of a 4-lane concrete freeway.

King Henry VIII slept with a gigantic ax.

Because printed materials are being replaced by CD-ROM, microfiche and the Internet,
libraries that previously sank into their foundations under the weight of their books
are now in danger of collapsing in extremely high winds.

In 1843, a Parisian street mime got stuck in his imaginary box and consequently died
of starvation.

Touch-tone telephone keypads were originally planned to have buttons for Police and
Fire Departments, but they were replaced with * and # when the project was cancelled in
favor of developing the 911 system.

Human saliva has a boiling point three times that of regular water.