Did you Know?

---For almost 15 years, Vermont was technically its own country before joining the United States in 1791. It had its own coins and postal service.

---The name for the shape of Pringles is called a “Hyperbolic Paraboloid”.

---Comets only reflect 4% of the light that falls on them, the rest is absorbed.

---About 25% of all blood from the heart goes into the kidneys.

---Both Motel 6 and Super 8 got their names from the original prices of the rooms. Motel 6 started at $6 in 1962, and Super 8 at $8.88 in 1974.

---The average U.S. household has 300,000 things, from paper clips to ironing boards. U.S. children make up 3.7% of children on the planet but have 47% of all toys and children’s books.

---30 of the first 31 popes were murdered. Most of them were martyred, but not all causes of their deaths are known.

---People who donate blood in Sweden are sent a text message each time their blood saves a life.

---Honey, and items immersed in honey, can be preserved for centuries. The long shelf life is due to an enzyme found in the stomachs of bees.

---Movie theaters make roughly 85% of their profit off concession stands. This is because ticket revenues have to be shared with the movie distributors.

---The first Game Boy could run for a staggering 30 hours on only two AA batteries!

---The world’s most remote ATM is run by Wells Fargo in the Antarctic. The ATMs serve around 1,200 residents at the U.S. scientific facility.

---When written down, the word “almost” is the longest word in the English language to have all of its letters in alphabetical order.

---In the popular film, The Godfather, the word “mafia” is never said because the actual mafia commanded it.

---During the first live iPhone presentation, Steve Jobs had to frequently switch phones behind his desk. Otherwise, it would run out of RAM and crash.

---Spam mail got its name from the canned meat after a Monty Python skit that made fun of Spam as tasting “horrible and being ubiquitous and inescapable”.

---Next to water, tea is the most consumed beverage.

---A Dutch start-up company has been able to start training wild crows so that they pick up cigarette butts and put them in bins for a peanut as a reward.

---Surgeons who play video games at least 3 hours a week perform 27% faster and make 37% fewer errors.

---Martin Van Buren was the only US president who did not speak English as his primary language.

---Chicago O'Hare Airport has 8 runways, more than any other in the world.

--- In every single quarter without error, every single province of China reports that their GDP growth is above the decreed goal and also above the national average.

---New Jersey had 4 Governors in the span of 8 days in early 2002. The shortest term of those was served by John Farmer Jr. for 90 minutes.

---The word robot comes from the Czech “robota”. This translates into forced labor or work.

---Eating grapefruit can restrict the effects of 43 different kinds of medications.

---When water freezes to ice cubes, it will take up 9% more volume.

---1912 saw the last Olympic gold medals made entirely out of gold.

---Alaska is the only state in America that can be typed on one row of a traditional English QWERTY keyboard.

---Eminem’s mother filed an $11 million defamation lawsuit against him because of his lyrics about her. She settled for $25,000 and $23,354.25 of that went to her lawyer.

---A mason in 1700’s Jerusalem left his wooden ladder behind after doing some work on a church and now it can’t be moved without the agreement & permission of six different Christian leaders.

---Walter Hunt, a man from America, invented the safety pin back in 1849.

---The crime rate is so low in the Netherlands that they have closed 23 prisons since 2004 because they don’t have enough criminals to fill them

---The Young America Township in Minnesota has a population of less than 1,000, but more than 20 zip codes.

---An animal’s yawn is based on how large their brain is. The bigger the brain, the longer they will yawn.

---Mr. and Mrs. originated from using the words master and mistress.

---Being so valuable, soldiers in the Roman army were sometimes paid with salt instead of money. Their monthly allowance was called "salarium" ("sal" being the Latin word for salt). This Latin root can be recognized in the French word "salaire" or In Italian “Salario" — and it eventually made it into the English language as the word "salary."

---Soviet Russia needed lighthouses on their uninhabited Northern Coast, so they built automated lighthouses powered by small nuclear reactors.

---The hand and footprints in front of the Chinese Theater tradition started accidentally when silent film actress, Norma Talmadge stepped on wet cement.

---Though most think it’s Italian, pepperoni is an American invention. The first use of the word dates back to 1919.

---A French general gave John Quincy Adams a pet alligator. Adams kept it in one of the White House bathtubs and enjoyed showing it off.

---Canada consumes more macaroni and cheese than any other nation in the world.