Jul 31, 2009

Facts for Friday

Canada is a major producer and consumer of cheese. In 1997, Canadians produced 350,000 tons of at least 32 varieties of cheese and ate an average of 23.4 pounds per person, with cheddar being the most popular. (Source)

The first recorded “nose job” is found in ancient Indian Sanskrit texts (600 B.C.). Physicians would reconstruct noses by cutting skin from either the cheek or forehead, twisting the skin side out over a leaf of the appropriate size, and sewing the skin into place. Two polished wooden tubes would be inserted into the nostrils to keep the air passage open during healing. (Source)

Tigers have striped skin not just striped fur. (Source)

The largest ice cream sundae weighed 54,914 pounds. It was made by Palm Daries Ltd. in Alberta, Canada in 1988. (Source)

Identical twins represent about a third of all twins. (Source)

A wild yak doesn’t reach full size until 6 to 8 years of age. (Source)

Germany became world’s first country to adopt Daylight Saving Time (DST), in the year 1916. (Source)

During pregnancy, a woman's blood volume increases up to 50%. (Source)

Many quail chicks are precocial, which means relatively mature and mobile from the moment of hatching, so can leave the nest with their parents. (Source)

Compared with other metals, gold is much softer. It can even be hammered so very thin that the light of the sun can shine through it. (Source)

Toothbrush bristles were originally made from the hair of cows.(Source)

Almost 15 billion jelly beans are sold during the Easter season. (Source)

The slowest mammal on earth is the tree sloth. It only moves at a speed of 6 feet (1.83 meters) per minute. (Source)

The black bulldog ant from Australia is the most dangerous ant in the world. It stings and bites at the same time and has killed humans. (Source)

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