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The tallest man ever recorded was American Robert Wadlow who stood 8 feet 11 inches tall. He passed away in 1940.
The tallest man alive today is Sultan Kosen, from Turkey, who is 8 feet 2.8 inches tall.
The oldest person to have lived, whose name could be authenticated, was Jeanne Louise Calment, from France, who was 122 years old when she died in 1997.
The Earl of Sandwich, John Montagu, who lived in the 1700’s, is credited with having the sandwich invented when he requested what we know as a sandwich today so he wouldn’t have to leave the table he was sitting at as he gambled.
The first college football game ever played was between Rutgers and Princeton (known then as the College of New Jersey), played on November 6, 1869. Rutgers won.
The platypus does not have a stomach. Their esophagus goes straight to their intestines.
The heart of the blue whale is five feet long and weighs 400 lbs. The heart of an elephant weighs around 30 pounds. The heart of a human weighs on average 10 ounces.
The longest fingernails ever recorded were those of American Lee Redmond whose nails reached 28 feet in length. She lost them in a car crash in 2009.
A mash-up of two words to make a new word – such as breakfast and lunch into brunch or motel from motor and hotel – is called a portmanteau.
John Steinbeck’s dog chewed up an early version of his novella Of Mice and Men.
Ernest Hemingway’s first wife, Hadley, left a suitcase full of the author’s writing on a train. When she went back to get it, it was gone and was never recovered.
Hawaiian pizza was created in Ontario, Canada, in 1962, by Greek immigrant Sam Panopoulos.
Almost all commercially grown artichokes are grown in Castroville California, nicknamed “The Artichoke Capital of the World”.
The average person makes about 1,140 calls a year.
The average person spends about two years of their life on the phone.
Stressed is Desserts spelled backwards.
Charlie Brown’s father was a barber.
There are twice as many kangaroos in Australis as there are people. The kangaroo population is estimated at about 40 million.
The first product to have a bar code was Wrigley’s gum.
You burn more calories sleeping than watching T.V.
Canadian researchers found that Einstein’s brain was 15% wider than normal.
In ancient Rome it was considered a sign of leadership to be born with a crooked nose.
The word “nerd” was first coined by Dr. Seuss in If I Ran the Zoo.
The bagpipe was originally made from the whole skin of a dead sheep.
Dueling is legal in Paraguay if both parties are registered blood donors.
On average, there are 178 sesame seeds on each McDonalds Bic Mac bun.
Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of unwanted people without killing them used to burn their houses down, hence the expression “to get fired”.
No one knows for sure who built the Taj Mahal. All the names of architects, masons and designers were deleted so none would ever know who built the structure so it would never be reproduced.
“Goodbye” comes from “God bye” which comes from “God be with you”.
The elephant is the only animal with 4 knees.
Swedish meatballs originated from a recipe King Charles XII brought back from Turkey in the early 1800’s.
Saint Lucia is the only country in the world named after a woman, Saint Lucy of Syracuse, named by the French.
There is a tow in Nebraska called Monowi with a population of one. The only resident is a woman who is the Mayor, bartender, and librarian.
A wildlife technician, Richard Thomas, took the famous tongue twister, “How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood” and calculated a rough estimate that the answer would be 700 pounds.
Lettuce is a member of the sunflower family.
A cluster of bananas is called a hand and a single banana is called a finger.
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