COOL FACTS

  1. Unlike most fruit, cranberries don’t show they’re ripe by color – instead they bounce.  Yes, ripe cranberries bounce.
  2. Coffee and cigarettes are popular, but they can also kill you quickly IF you a) drank between 50-200 cups of coffee at one time (not easy to do), or if you put one drop of pure, 100% nicotine on your tongue.  In both cases, your heart would get so over-stimulated that you would probably have a heart attack.
  3. The oldest recipe in the world, almost 4000 years old, was written on a clay tablet and was found near Baghdad.  It’s a recipe for making beer.
  4. There are over 6 billion people on earth.  For each person, there are over 100,000 mosquitoes.
  5. J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series, is actually richer than the Queen of England.
  6. When you skate on ice at exactly 0 degrees Centigrade, you’re really skating (sliding) on a micro-thin layer of water.  If the ice is colder than -15 degrees Centigrade, you can’t skate.  Your steel skate blades will stick to the ice because there are no molecules of water for them to slide on.
  7. Easter Sunday, the holiest day in the Christian religion, is named after Eostre, the Anglo-Saxon pagan goddess of spring and re-birth.
  8. Disneyworld, in Orlando, Florida, is twice as big as Manhattan.
  9. A tiger’s skin is actually stripped, but a zebra’s isn’t.  Also, a polar bear’s skin is really very dark to help it absorb sunlight.
  10. A cockroach’s brain is spread throughout its body.  If you cut off its head, it will live for a week, and it only dies because it can’t eat.
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