Tuesday, 30 April 2013

True Facts – Page 5

George Washington spent about 7% of his annual salary on liquor.

One in every 4 Americans has appeared on television.

There are no venomous snakes in Maine.

The wingspan of a Boeing 747 jet is longer than the Wright Brothers' first flight.

Orthodox rabbis warned that New York City drinking water might not be kosher; it contains harmless micro-organisms that are technically shellfish.

Illinois has the most personalised license plates of any state.

Percentage of women who say they are happier: 85

A Costa Rican worker who makes baseballs earns about $2,750 annually. The average American pro baseball player earns $2,377,000 per year.

If you disassembled the Great Pyramid of Cheops, you would get enough stones to encircle the earth with a brick wall twenty inches high.

The youngest pope was 11 years old.

The province of Alberta, Canada is completely free of rats.

Jim Carrey voted in 2004 at the Beverly Hills City Hall. He had an assistant wait in line for him, however.

Most of the deck chairs on the Queen Mary 2 have had to be replaced because overweight Americans were breaking them.

A jellyfish is 95 percent water.

A hippo can open its mouth wide enough to fit a 4 foot tall child inside.

At General Motors, the cost of health care for employees now exceeds the cost of steel.

The "you are here" arrow on maps is called an ideo locator.

The estates of 22 dead celebrities earned over $5 million in 2004. These celebrities include Elvis Presley, Dr. Seuss, Charles Schulz, J.R.R. Tolkien and John Lennon.

Cranberry Jell-O is the only flavor that contains real fruit flavouring.

More people study English in China than speak it in the United States of America (300 million).

If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle; if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.

Armadillos can be housebroken.

When George Lucas was mixing the American Graffiti soundtrack, he numbered the reels of film starting with an R and numbered the dialogue starting with a D. Sound designer Walter Murch asked George for Reel 2, Dialogue 2 by saying "R2D2". George liked the way that sounded so much he integrated that into another project he was working on.

The leg bones of a bat are so thin that no bat can walk.

Abraham Lincoln's dog, Fido, was assassinated too.