Monday, 19 May 2014

Oh To Be a Cicada

The African cicada fly spends 17 years sleeping, then wakes up for two weeks, mates and then die. #factoid

Basketball has become popular around the world since being invented by a Canadian #factoid     
Squirrels can't see the color red. #factoid   
Japan is the largest exporter of frog's legs. #factoid

A "jiffy" is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second. #factoid         

Timmy's or Tim's - Slang for Tim Horton's, a chain of doughnut and coffee shops named after a famous hockey player. #CanadianSlang   
Mister Rogers was ordained as a Presbyterian minister in 1963. #factoid 
The New York phone book had 22 Hitlers listed before World War II and none after. #factoid                                       

The Lone Ranger's mask was made from the vest of his dead brother Capt. Daniel Reid by Tonto. #factoid     

A brace or clash of bucks. #factoid #animalgroups      
In most watch advertisements the time displayed on the watch is 10:10 because then the arms frame the brand of the watch (and make it look like it's smiling.) #factoid   

The active ingredient in Chinese Bird's nest soup is saliva. #factoid 

In beer commercials, they usually add liquid detergent to make the beer foamier. #factoid 
Cacao, the main ingredient of chocolate is the most pest-ridden tree in the jungle. #factoid

The average human heart will beat 3,000 million times in its lifetime and pump 48 million gallons of blood. #factoid   
Cats can't move their jaw sideways.  #factoid       
The longest word in the English language, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. The only other word with the same amount of letters is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconioses, its plural. #factoid

We, as humans, forget 90% of our dreams #factoid   
Hummingbirds can't walk #factoid   

Fingerprints of koalas are similar (in pattern, shape and size) to the fingerprints of humans #factoid   
Ancient Egyptians slept on pillows made of stone. #factoid       
The croissant was invented in Austria. #factoid   
More money is spent each year on alcohol and cigarettes than on Life insurance. #factoid      
A snail can have about 25,000 teeth. #factoid       

Of all the words Dr. Seuss made up in his storybooks, only one has stuck in the English vocabulary: "Grinch" which refers to a killjoy.  #factoid   
Champagne was invented by a Benedictine monk named Dom Perignon. #factoid

To easily remove burnt-on food from your skillet, simply add a drop or two of dish soap and enough water to cover bottom of pan, and bring to a boil on stovetop - skillet will be much easier to clean. #tips

By partially filling saucers with vinegar and distributing the saucers around a room, you can eliminate odors. #factoid       

A troop of dogfish. #factoid  #animalgroups                                    
The eyes of the chameleon can move independently.  Therefore, it can see in two different directions at the same time. #factoid   
Pinocchio is Italian for "pine head". #factoid"   

Madonna suffers from garophobia (the fear of thunder). #factoid       
The original name for butterfly was flutterby. #factoid                                           

Ralph and Carolyn Cummins had 5 children between 1952 and 1966, all were born on the 20 February. #factoid   
Muhammad Ali  once said "When a man can fight sex, you know he's strong".  #factoid    
The average person spends two weeks waiting for a traffic light to change. #factoid     

One pound of lemons contain more sugar than 1 pound of strawberries. #factoid
The 'spot' on 7UP comes from its inventor, who had red eyes. He was albino. #factoid 
The Imperial Throne of Japan has been occupied by the same family for the last thirteen hundred years. #factoid