Did You Know Interesting Facts
Various did you know interesting facts. Enjoy !!!
Did You Know:
- At latitude 60 degrees south you can sail all the way around the world.
- On a dewy morning, if you look at your shadow in the grass, the dew drops shine light back to your eye creating a halo called a heilgenschein (German for halo.)
- The Pentagon, in Arlington, Virginia, has twice as many bathrooms as is necessary. When it was built in the 1940s, the state of Virginia still had segregation laws requiring separate toilet facilities for blacks and whites.
- Residents of the island of Lesbos are Lesbosians, rather than Lesbians. (Of course, lesbians are called lesbians because Sappho was from Lesbos.)
- The Chinese ideogram for 'trouble' symbolizes 'two women living under one roof'.
- In Chinese, the words for "crisis" and "opportunity" are the same.
- Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without killing them use to burn their houses down - hence the expression "to get fired."
- The cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth II, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.
- The naval rank of "Admiral" is derived from the Arabic phrase "amir al bahr", which means "lord of the sea".
- The word 'byte' is a contraction of 'by eight.'
- Tribeca in Manhattan stands for TRIangle BElow CAnal street. Soho stands for SOuth of HOuston street.
- Columbia University is the second largest landowner in New York City, after the Catholic Church.
- Vincent Van Gogh comitted suicide while painting Wheat Field with Crows.
- The Dodge brothers Horace and John were Jewish, that's why the first Dodge emblem had a star of David in it.
- All swans and all sturgeons in England are property of the Queen. Messing with them is a serious offense.
- Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.
- It takes about a half a gallon of water to cook macaroni, and about a gallon to clean the pot.
- Spiral staircases in medieval castles are running clockwise. This is because all knights used to be right-handed. When the intruding army would climb the stairs they would not be able to use their right hand which was holding the sword because of the difficulties in climbing the stairs. Left-handed knights would have had no troubles except left-handed people could never become knights because it was assumed that they were descendants of the devil.
- Babies are born without knee caps. They don't appear until the child reaches 2-6 years of age.
- Other than fruit, honey is the only natural food that is made without destroying any kind of life! What about milk, you say? A cow has to eat grass to produce milk and grass is living!
I hope the Did You Know Interesting Facts above have enlightened you with some knowledge.
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