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The Mercedes-Benz motto is 'Das Beste oder
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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
To 'crack' a whip, the tip must be traveling faster than the speed of sound.
was first added to chewing gum in 1869 . . . by a dentist (
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.
was once sold as a medicine.
Waves" break" when their
height is more that seven-tenths of the depth of the
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
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.
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
Sir Isaac Newton was only twenty three years old
when he discovered the law of universal gravitation.
flush toilet exists that dates back to 2000 BC.
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.
cutting a diamond with a laser, graphite dust is
The metal Gallium will melt in the heat of your
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
Jacques Cousteau invented the aqualung while in
the French resistance during World War II.
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
The study of soil is paedology.
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
Water freezes faster if cooled quickly from a
warm temperature, than it does from a cooler one.
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
A manned rocket can reach the moon in less
time than it used to take to travel the length of England by
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
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
The mathematician Cardano was imprisoned
for doing the horoscope of Jesus Christ.
growing so fast that ninety per cent of what we will know in
fifty years time, will be discovered in those fifty
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.
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.
increase of five decibels will half the amount of time
requires for a sound to cause permanent hearing
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
Minus forty degrees Celsius is
exactly the same as minus forty degrees Fahrenheit.
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
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
There is enough petrol in a full tank of a Jumbo
Jet to drive an average car four times around the
Pierre and Marie Currie's notebooks were sold in
auction in 1984, after their radiation levels were
The zeppelin 'The Hindenburg' which exploded
in a huge fireball, was filled with hydrogen.
United States consumes 25% of all the worlds
Speleology is the study of Caves.
wristwatch was invented in 1904 by Louis Cartier.
stratosphere is higher than the troposphere.
for the existence of ghosts is