Sunday, March 13, 2011


Did you know...

From 1909 through 1982, the US penny was made from 95% copper and 5% zinc. As of October 2009, the metal in one pre-1983 penny can be melted and sold for 1.8 cents. The scrap value for pennies from 1982 and earlier is more than the coin is worth as currency.

The Mitsubishi Eclipse, also sold as the Eagle Talon and Plymouth Laser, was named after an English racehorse from the 1700s that won 26 races.

Drinking 16 ounces of ice water (0 degrees Celsius), requires the body to burn 17.5 Calories to warm the water up to body temperature. The recommended daily intake of water is 64 ounces (eight 8-ounce glasses). The body will burn 70 Calories if this amount is consumed as ice water.

Hydrogen peroxide bubbles on wounds not because it is killing germs, but because it decomposes into water and oxygen gas in the presence of enzymes from broken skin cells.

The number forty is the only number that, in the English language, has all of its letters in alphabetical order.

There are more insects in one square mile of rural land than there are human beings in the world.

The average human emits approximately 95 watts of energy as heat in the form of infrared light. A standard 100 watt incandescent light bulb emits only about 5% of its energy as visible light, the rest is given off as heat in the form of infrared light. This means the average human produces the same amount of heat as a 100 watt light bulb.

The term "dry ice" was originally a trademarked name that has since become genericized. Dry ice is frozen carbon dioxide. Under normal atmospheric pressure dry ice does not melt, instead it sublimates (turns directly from a solid to a gas). The temperature at which dry ice under goes this transition is -109.3 °F (-78.5 °C). This is cold enough to cause frost-bite to any skin it comes in contact with. Dry ice was discovered in 1825.

111,111,111 multiplied by 111,111,111 equals 12,345,678,987,654,321, which is a palindromic number.

Karaoke is a Japanese word that derives from the words "kara", meaning empty, and "okesutora, meaning orchestra. Karaoke literally means "empty orchestra".