Did you Know?

---It is illegal to play a musical instrument in the Northern Territory, Australia, for the purpose of annoying other people.

---In the original Psycho movie, the blood in the famous shower scene was actually chocolate syrup.

---“Darth Vader” is derived from Old Dutch, meaning “Dark Father”.

---Sunflowers can help clean radioactive soil. Japan is using this to rehabilitate Fukashima. Almost 10,000 packets of sunflower seeds have been sold to the people of the city.

---The maximum recommended consumption for Monster Energy Drink is 16oz in Australia, but 48oz in the U.S.A.

---All of the sweaters Mister Rogers wore on his show were hand-knitted by his mother. He said he loved wearing them because they always made him think of her.

---The entire world population could fit in Texas allotting 330 square feet per person. The area of Texas is about 262,000 square miles.

---The Danish flag is the oldest current flag of a sovereign state. It was adopted in 1370 or earlier. The second oldest is the Netherlands at 1572.

---In Halden prison in Norway, guards are encouraged to interact, play sports, and eat with the inmates. This is to prevent aggression and create a sense of family.

---Originally, cigarette filters were made out of cork, the look of which was incorporated into today’s pattern.

---President Ulysses S. Grant was arrested while in office. He was charged, booked, and released for speeding on a horse, and had to pay a fine.

---In Cambodia, rats are being trained to sniff out land mines. They can clear 200 square meters in less than 35 minutes, which usually takes 2-3 days with a de-miner.

---The average person takes 12 seconds to count to 24.

---The EU didn’t want to showcase any country over another, so the architecture on each EU banknote was created by a computer to make neutral designs.

---15% of iPhone users use an iPhone with a broken screen.

---During the Prohibition era, the U.S. Government allowed Whiskey to be sold through pharmacies. As a result, Walgreens grew from 20 retail stores to almost 400.

---Apple seeds, cherry, apricot, and peach pits contain cyanide, but it takes a large amount of each to actually make you sick or kill you.

---In the US, overwhelmingly, red states have the highest rate of dog ownership while residents of blue states are more likely to keep a cat as a pet.

---In Indonesian, there is a word, “Jayus”, that means “A joke told so poorly, and so unfunny that one cannot help but laugh”.

---In 2013, a plant was genetically spliced that grew tomatoes above ground, and potatoes underground. It is called the TomTato.

---Contrary to popular belief, only 45% of the London Underground is actually underground.

---It costs almost $290,000 per year in fees to run a hot dog cart near the Central Park Zoo in New York City. This does not include cart incurred costs.

---The longer you spend dating somebody before marrying, the less likely the marriage is to end in divorce.

---Mickey Mouse was the first-ever cartoon character to talk. In the 1929 episode, The Karnival Kid, Mickey’s first words were “Hot dogs!”

---It was Nicholas Cage who first advised Johnny Depp to pursue a career in acting, during the mid-1980s.

---Alongside Sudoku, chess has been named as one of the best ways to improve the mind and the memory.

---A group of horses will not go to sleep at the same time – at least one of them will stay awake to look out for the others.

---The word “barbarian” originally referred to people who don’t speak Greek. The Greeks thought people who spoke a foreign tongue sounded like they were saying “bar bar bar” all the time.

---The front paws of a cat are different from the back paws. They have five toes on the front but only four on the back.

---The first spacecraft to visit Mars was Mariner 4 in 1965.

---At one point, 50% of the CD’s produced worldwide had an AOL logo on it. The cost for the marketing campaign was in the billions – and it worked.

---The first roller coaster was used to transport coal down a hill. After people found that it could reach speeds up to 50 miles per hour, tourists asked to ride on it for a few cents.

---Using a hands-free device to talk on the phone while driving is shown to be equally or more dangerous than driving drunk.

---Your earlobes line up with your nipples.

---Arctic and Antarctic trace their names to the simple meanings of “Bears” and “Opposite the Bears”.

---In Japan, many families eat a KFC for Christmas Dinner. Many people order their meals months in advance and queue for hours to collect them.

---7% of all American adults believe that chocolate milk comes from brown cows. That works out to 16.4 million people.

---The average human heart beats 3.6 million times a year.

---Dogs with pointed and long faces tend to live longer than those which have flatter faces, such as pugs.

---In English, twelve is the largest number that has just one syllable.

---“Infantry” sounds like “infant” as typically in ancient times an army’s infantry consisted of soldiers too young or too inexperienced to ride a horse and be part of the cavalry.

---The famous Lacoste crocodile symbol was created in 1933, and was the first designer logo ever.

---The average temperature of a beehive is the same as a human body. Bees flap their wings to regulate heat.

---Steven Spielberg and George Lucas wanted to make an animated Calvin and Hobbes movie. The author declined because he wanted to protect the integrity of the comic.

---The 6th largest pyramid in the world is a Bass Pro Shops in Memphis, Tennessee. At 32 stories tall, it also has the---

tallest freestanding elevator in the U.S.

---Since 1497, the United Kingdom has printed their laws on vellum, made from calf or goat-skin. They continue to do this in order to uphold the tradition.

---A snail can sleep for 3 years.

---Vernor’s Ginger Ale is the oldest soda still being sold. It was created by Detroit pharmacist James Vernor, in 1866.

---Part of the Falklands Islands is littered with leftover landmines from the Falklands War. A particular stretch of beach has become home to over 1 million penguins as they are too light to trigger the mines when walking on them.

---The KKK headquarters were purchased by the Catholic Church then turned into a church.

---A red blood cell takes only about 20 seconds to make a complete circuit through your body

---Long ago, people chewed on tree bark as a method of pain relief. Willow bark has a high amount of salicylic acid, an ingredient still used in aspirin today.

---When the historic Plaza Hotel in NYC opened in 1907, a room cost $2.50 per night, the same as $64.26 today. The Plaza now charges over $1,000/night.

---When electricity was first installed in the White House in 1891, President Benjamin Harrison and his wife were afraid of electrocution because of the new concept. They refused to touch light switches so the staff had to turn the lights on and off for them.