Jul 3, 2009

Facts for Friday

In order to deter flies from landing on him, Pepi II of Egypt always kept several naked slaves nearby whose bodies were smeared with honey. (Source)

The first ice-cream soda was sold in 1874 in the US. (Source)

Earth is the only planet not named after a pagan God. (Source)

An adult female lion requires about 11 pounds of meat per day. An adult male requires an average of 15 pounds or more. (Source)

The first product to have a bar code scanned was Wrigley's gum. (Source)

Black olives contain on average 10 to 30% more oil than green olives. (Source)

Iceland has the highest concentration of broadband users in the world. (Source)

The pet ferret was domesticated more than 500 years before the house cat. (Source)

The record for the most portions of fish and chips sold by an independent fish and chip shop in one day is over 4,000. (Source)

Beer has been a popular beverage for a long time. Babylonian clay tablets show detailed recipes of beer making in 4300 BC. Beer was also brewed by the ancient Chinese, Assyrians and Incas. (Source)

The first Espresso machine was introduced in 1822 by the French, but it was the Italians who perfected and distributed it. (Source)

The word "tip" comes from old London coffeehouses where the waiters' brass boxes were etched with the inscription, "To Insure Promptness." (Source)

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