Because the world is an interesting place we have been collecting Interesting Facts about Interesting Places, Interesting People, Interesting Animals, Interesting Numbers, and Interesting Words.
(Double click any word for its definition.)
The song with the longest title is; 'I’m a Cranky Old Yank in a Clanky Old Tank on the Streets of Yokohama with my Honolulu Mama Doin’ Those Beat-o, Beat-o Flat-On-My-Seat-o, Hirohito Blues' written by Hoagy Carmichael in 1943.
Kleenex tissues were originally used as filters in gas masks during the First World War.
(The product used was called “Cellucotton", which would later become Kleenex when they realised they had all this stuff left over. Marketed as "the new secret of keeping pretty skin as used by famous movie stars..." (and gas masks).)
The number of chemical elements in the universe is 116.
(A chemical element, often called simply element, is a substance that cannot be divided or changed into different substances by ordinary chemical methods. Only only 90 of the known elements occur naturally.)
1,500 people stripped naked today at various locations around the city centre of city of Newcastle in northeast England for the latest work by United States artist Spencer Tunick.
(Tunick previously got 7 000 people to bare all in Barcelona (see June 6 2003), also photographing 4 000 naked people in Melbourne and 500 or so who braved the escalators of London's famous Selfridges department store while in the buff. The man has a bare faced cheek - 'scuse the pun.)
The first Harry Potter book was published in 1997 and since then the books have sold 270 million copies in 62 languages to date.(The new book Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is being launched right now. It is expected to sell more than 10 million copies. Just today!)
Laughing lowers levels of stress hormones and strengthens the immune system.
(Six-year-olds laugh an average of 300 times a day. Unfortunately adults only laugh 15 to 100 times a day. Try counting how many times the people around you laugh, if nothing else, it should make you laugh.)
In the rules of rodeo bull-riding competitions the 'cowboy' must hang on for eight seconds.
(The same applies to bareback-bronc and saddle-bronc events. Now I know it doesn't sound long, but just imagine that you're sitting on a really angry bull and count to eight. Seems a lot longer, doesn't it?)
The Guinness World Records, receives 60,000 applications a year from around the globe to break or set a new record. Not all are accepted as some are too dangerous, not enough of a challenge, too specific to an individual, or unbreakable. Only 4,000 records are published in the book each year.
(Interestingly a number of high-profile records are broken on a regular basis. According to Guinness, the most popular include oldest living person, highest grossing film and fastest selling record.)
During 1920, a Detroit policeman named William Potts constructed several red-yellow-green light signal systems. Some lights were mounted atop "traffic towers" manned by policemen; others were overhead suspension lamps remarkably similar in form to a Red Amber Green modern traffic light.
(However, the first known signal device for regulating street traffic was installed in 1868 in London, at the intersection of George and Bridge Streets near the Houses of Parliament. Designed by railroad signal engineer JP Knight, it had two semaphore arms which, when extended horizontally, meant "stop"; and when drooped at a 45-degree angle, meant "caution." At night, red and green gas lights accompanied the "stop" and "caution" positions.)
As news of the bomb attacks spread, the first response of many was to check up on loved ones in the capital.
"Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent." Salvador Hardin "Nothing good ever comes of violence." Martin Luther "The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked" Proverbs 10:11 "If you succumb to the temptation of using violence in the struggle, unborn generations will be the recipients of a long and desolate night of bitterness, and your chief legacy to the future will be an endless reign of meaningless chaos." Martin Luther King "Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary." Gandhi "All violence, all that is dreary and repels, is not power, but the absence of power." Ralph Waldo Emerson "Degeneracy follows every autocratic system of violence, for violence inevitably attracts moral inferiors." Albert Einstein "Ignora…