The largest spider ever was the Megarachne which had a diameter of 50 cm. The fossil was found in Argentina.
In Russia, when flowers are given for a romantic occasions, flowers are given in odds numbers as even number of flowers is given at funerals only.
Next to man, the porpoise is the most intelligent creature on earth.
The hippopotamus has the capability to remain underwater for as long as twenty-five minutes.
The Australian box-jellyfish has eight eyes.
In 1916, an elephant was tried and hung for murder in Erwin, Tennessee.
A sheep, a duck and a rooster were the first passengers in a hot air balloon.
The liquid inside young coconuts can be used as substitute for blood plasma.
In the UK, one third of accidental deaths that happen occur in the home.
After the U.S Civil War, about 33%-50% of all U.S. paper currency in circulation was counterfeit.
Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.
The Hawaiian alphabet only has 12 letters.
Tycho Brahe, a 16th century astronomer, lost his nose in a duel with one of his students over a mathematical computation. He wore a silver replacement nose for the rest of his life.
Termites do more damage in the U.S. ever year than all the fires, storms and earthquakes combined. They do an average of $750 million in damage annually.
Burger King restaurants serve over 400 million ounces of orange juice annually.
Each year the Pentagon estimates their computer network is hacked about 250,000 times annually.
The first president to ride in an airplane was Franklin Roosevelt.
The airplane Buddy Holly died in was the "American Pie." (Thus the name of the Don McLean song.).
A tree in metropolitan area will survive for approximately eight years.
The only flying saucer launch pad in the world is located in St. Paul, Alberta, Canada.
The sex of a baby crocodile is determined by the temperature in the nest and how deeply the eggs are buried.
Polar bears are left handed.
Food can only be tasted if it is mixed with saliva.
Walter Hunt patented the safety pin in 1849. He later sold the patent rights for only $400.
The coliseum in Rome was used regularly for about 400 years.
Children laugh about 400 times a day, while adults laugh on average only 15 times a day.
The first formal rules for playing the sport of baseball required the winning team to score 21 runs.
The University of Plymouth was the first university to offer a degree in surfing.
Retail sales for soft drinks in the United States in 2001 were more than sixty billion dollars.
Hens will produce larger eggs as they grow older.
In Quebec, Canada, an old law states that margarine must be a different colour than butter.
In the United States, about 33% of land is covered by forests.
Lemons contain more sugar than strawberries.
Shridhar Chillal from India is known to have the record for the longest fingernails in the world, which were each at least three feet long.
In 1905, Chapman and Skinner in San Francisco invented the first portable electric vacuum.
Minimum wage was 0.25 per hour when it was first enacted in 1938.
The conjunctiva is a membrane that covers the human eye.
In 1785, the city of Paris removed bones from cemeteries to ease the overflow of dead people. They took these bones and stacked them in tunnels now known as the Catacombs. You can visit these tunnel attractions and work your way along long corridors, which are stacked with skulls and bones.
It is estimated that over fifty-four million people died in World War II, which was the bloodiest war in history.
Arabic numerals were not invented by Arabs, but were invented in India by the Hindus.
Each year in America there are about 300,000 deaths that can be attributed to obesity.
The first ever "World Summit on Toilets" was held in Singapore in November 2001.
Humphrey Bogart was related to Princess Diana.
Researchers have developed odourless socks. The sock fabric is made by attaching molecules that contain chlorine called halamines to textile fibers.
Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, the man who designed the Eiffel Tower, also designed the inner structure of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbour.
In the 1985 Boise, Idaho mayoral election, there were four write-in votes for Mr. Potato Head.
MS-DOS was originally calle QDOS and was bought of the author by Microsoft for a small fee. The rest is history.
Marilyn Monroe had six toes.
The Roman emperor Commodus was at one time going to change the name of Rome to Colonia Commodiana.
The state of Alaska has almost twice as many caribou as people.
Another way to say "every 9 years" is Novennial.
In the spring of 1975, a baby in Detroit fell 14 stories and landed on Joseph Figlock, who was walking below. A few years later it happened again. Figlock and both babies survived.
Close to fifty percent of Internet shoppers spend over five hours a week online.
Los Angeles is the most polluted city in the USA.
For people that are lactose intolerant, chocolate aids in helping milk digest easier.
Using recycled aluminum cans and making news cans out of them saves 75% energy compared to making it from new material.
In a year, Americans eat approximately 20 billion pickles.
Althaiophobia is the fear of marshmallows.
There are are roughly 100 million single adults living in the USA.
In the year 2000, there were approximately 11,000 injuries that were treated in a hospital in the U.S. that resulted from fireworks.
Brazil is the largest producers of oranges in the world.
4% of an apples is made up of minerals and vitamins, and over 80% is made up of water.
From all the oxygen that a human breathes, twenty percent goes to the brain.
In 1902, the coat hanger was invented Albert Parkhouse who was frustrated at the lack of hooks available to hang up his coat at work. His company thought it was a good idea and patented the invention and unfortunately, Parkhouse never received any money for his idea.
If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle; if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.
The longest game of Monopoly played underwater is 45 days.
In WWII, when allied armies reached the Rhine River the first thing men did was pee in it. This was pretty universal from the lowest private to Winston Churchill (who made a big show of it). Gen. Patton had himself photographed in the act.
Peaches were once known as Persian apples.
Dustin Phillips of the U.S. has the record for ketchup drinking. He drank a 14-ounce bottle of tomato ketchup through a ? inch straw in 33 seconds on September 23, 1999.
Ninety-five percent of tropical fish sold in North America originate from Florida.
The blackberry bush is also called the "bramble.".
The city of Tokyo was originally called Edo.
The sun shrinks five feet every hour.
There have been 191 coops in Bolivia since it became a sovereign country in 1825.
During World War II, Kit Kat was unavailable due to milk shortages, so the chocolate bar was made without milk.
The first TV commercial advertisement was by the Bulova Watch company on July 1, 1941. The watch company paid $9.00 for an announcement that was 10 seconds long.
Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.
A common custom in Spain is to eat one grape for each of the last 12 seconds of every year for good luck.
Bill Gates began programming computers at age 13.
Tobacco contains over 50 chemicals that can cause cancer.
Sailors once thought that wearing a gold earring would improve their eyesight.
The smallest bird in the world is the bee hummingbird. The bird is 2.24 inches long.
A species of earthworm, "Megascolides australis," in Australia can grow up to fifteen feet in length.
Hannibal, who was a soldier, had only one eye after getting a disease while attacking Rome.
The full name of the Titanic ship is R.M.S. Titanic, which stands for Royal Mail Steamship.
Electronic companies sell five times as many big-screen TVs during Super Bowl Week.
Everyday approximately 35 meters of hair fibre is produced on the scalp of an adult.
A U.S. company came out with a toilet night-light that sends out a green warning beacon when the seat is up.
A little under one quarter of the people in the world are vegetarians.
There are approximately 1300 species of scorpion but only 25 of them are deadly.
An egg shell can have up to 17,000 tiny pores on its surface.
A lifespan of an eyelash is approximately 150 days.
66% of home based businesses are owned by women.
There are approximately 60 muscles in the face.
In 1924, Kleenex tissues were originally designed as a cold cream remover.
A women from Berlin Germany has had 3,110 gallstones taken out of her gall bladder.
Every second, 8000 Coca-Cola Company products are consumed in the world.
If all the strawberries produced in California annually were put side by side, they would wrap around the Earth fifteen times.
Devon, England has about 33,000 miles of hedgerows, more hedgerows than any other country.
"Bookkeeper" is the only word in English language with three consecutive double letters.