More Interesting, but Useless Facts

The Mercedes-Benz motto is 'Das Beste oder Nichts' meaning 'the best or nothing'.

For every extra kilogram carried on a space flight, 530 kg of excess fuel are needed at lift-off.

A single ounce of gold can be beaten into a thin film covering a hundred square feet.

To 'crack' a whip, the tip must be traveling faster than the speed of sound.

Sugar was first added to chewing gum in 1869 . . . by a dentist ( William Semple)

Since 1959, more than 6,000 pieces of 'space junk' (abandoned rocket and satellite parts) have fallen out of orbit - many of these have hit the earth's surface.

Paper was invented early in the second century by a Chinese eunuch.

Tomato ketchup was once sold as a medicine.

Waves" break" when their height is more that seven-tenths of the depth of the water.

The power of the first hydrogen bomb tested in 1952 was equal to the combined power of all the bombs dropped on Germany and Japan in World War Two - including the atomic ones.

A fully loaded supertanker traveling at normal speed takes a least twenty minutes to stop.

75% of the chemical energy contained in
petrol is wasted by a combustion engine.

Paper money was first used in China.

Some soft drinks are made sweeter by adding coal.

Albert Einstein was thought to be suffering from dyslexia, as he couldn't speak properly until he was 9 years old.

The Chinese used fingerprints as a method of identification as far back as AD 700.

Sir Isaac Newton was only twenty three years old when he discovered the law of universal gravitation.

A flush toilet exists that dates back to 2000 BC.

No matter its size or thickness, no piece of paper can be folded in half more than 7 times.

Just after the first moon walk, Pan-American Airlines announced that they were willing to take enquires about future commercial flights to the moon. They received 80,000 requests almost immediately.

When cutting a diamond with a laser, graphite dust is formed.

The metal Gallium will melt in the heat of your hands.

According to an old English system of time units, a moment is one and a half minutes.

A Boeing 707 uses four thousand gallons of petrol in its take-off climb.

Jacques Cousteau invented the aqualung while in the French resistance during World War II.

Sterling silver contains 7.5% copper.

Mummies, are so called because of the wax (or 'mum' ) which is smeared on to the bandages for waterproofing.

The first flight of the Wright Brothers was a distance less than the wing span of a Jumbo Jet.

The study of soil is paedology.

A large meteorite fell in Leicestershire on 24 December 1965. Weighing over 100 pounds it is probably the largest to have fallen in Britain in modern times.

Its harder to reach the speed of sound at sea level than at high altitude.

Water freezes faster if cooled quickly from a warm temperature, than it does from a cooler one.
(Warm water freezes faster than cold water due to a lower oxygen content - but the cooling must occur quickly before the warm water naturally re-oxygenates)

For reasons of security, only people who were illiterate were considered for more routine jobs at the first atomic bomb construction centre in New Mexico.

A manned rocket can reach the moon in less time than it used to take to travel the length of England by stagecoach.

The Lie Detector was invented by John Augustus Larson in 1921.

The Electric chair was invented by Dr. Alphonse Rockwell, and first used on 6 August 1890 to execute William Kemmler.

Another term for pure china clay is Kaolin

A car traveling at 80 km/h uses half its fuel to overcome wind resistance.

The red dye 'cochineal' comes from the dried bodies of the scale insects.

Soap was originally made by boiling fat and adding lye to it.

The first hot air balloon was invented on 5 June 1783, it was made of paper and not entirely successful.

The mathematician Cardano was imprisoned for doing the horoscope of Jesus Christ.

Knowledge is growing so fast that ninety per cent of what we will know in fifty years time, will be discovered in those fifty years.

Alexander Graham Bell, who invented the telephone, also set a world water-speed record of over seventy miles an hour at the age of seventy two.

Light is electro-magnetic radiation.

The sound energy in a pin drop it one quadrillionth of a watt, and moves the ear drum less than the diameter of a hydrogen molecule.

Each increase of five decibels will half the amount of time requires for a sound to cause permanent hearing loss.

Leonardo da Vinci invented an alarm clock that woke the sleeper by rubbing their feet.

The Biro pen was invented by George and Lazlo Biro.

Soda water does not contain soda.

Marie Curie, the Nobel prize winning scientist who discovered radium, died on 4 July 1934 of radiation poisoning.

Minus forty degrees Celsius is exactly the same as minus forty degrees Fahrenheit.

The screwdriver was invented before the screw.

Flying from London to New York by Concord, due to the time zones crossed, you can arrive 2 hours before you leave.

The energy released in the ten minutes of a normal hurricane is roughly equivalent to the energy contained in all the nuclear stockpiles of the world.

The typewriter was invented in 1829, and the automatic
dishwasher in 1889.

The first taxi with metered fares were operational in 1907.

Rubber is an impertinent ingredient in the manufacture of bubble gum.

There is enough petrol in a full tank of a Jumbo Jet to drive an average car four times around the world.

Pierre and Marie Currie's notebooks were sold in auction in 1984, after their radiation levels were checked.

The zeppelin 'The Hindenburg' which exploded in a huge fireball, was filled with hydrogen.

The United States consumes 25% of all the worlds energy.

Speleology is the study of Caves.

The wristwatch was invented in 1904 by Louis Cartier.

The stratosphere is higher than the troposphere.

The search for the existence of ghosts is Eidology
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