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General Knowledge Facts - Part 14 of General Knowledge Quiz

  1. An average home creates more pollution than does the average car.
  2. Four out of five brides in the U.S. have a job.
  3. 75-90% of primary physician visits are due to stress.
  4. The reason why the Canadian Arctic is called the "Land of the Midnight Sun" is because during the summer many communities have light 24 hours of the day. Many people have to cover their windows with tin foil to keep the light out when they sleep.
  5. On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament building is an American flag.
  6. Teenage cosmetic surgeries nearly doubled in the USA between 1996 and 1998.
  7. A rocket-like device can be traced back to Ancient Greece when a flying steam-powered pigeon was built out of wood.
  8. The Cincinnati Reds are the oldest professional baseball team.
  9. In 1871, horse cars were introduced. It was simply a car that was pulled over a track by a horse.
  10. High Priests in ancient Egypt were the only ones who were allowed to wear garments made from cotton.
  11. Kellogg's started selling their most famous product, Corn Flakes, in 1906.
  12. Chocolate was used as medicine during the 18th century. It was believed that chocolate could cure a stomach ache.
  13. Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada has the largest bar per capita than anywhere else in the world.
  14. The Eiffel Tower was the tallest structure in the world before the construction of the Empire State Building in 1930.
  15. The first American celebration of St. Patrick's Day was at Boston in 1737.
  16. The name of the popular sports drink Gatorade was named for the University of Florida Gators where it was developed.
  17. The largest employer in Central Florida is Walt Disney World. There are approximately 50,000 people working there.
  18. In his youth, United States president George W. Bush used to play for the Midland (Texas) Central Little League. He played the position of the catcher.
  19. The number of births that occur in India each year is higher than the entire population of Australia.
  20. Bobby Carpenter was the first American player to score 50 goals in a season.
  21. The word, tattoo originated from the Tahitian word "tatau" which means "to mark.".
  22. There was no punctuation until the 15th century.
  23. All babies are colour blind when they are born.
  24. Rocky Mountain spotted fever is a disease caused by ticks.
  25. There are approximately 9,000 taste buds on the tongue.
  26. A fetus starts to develop fingerprints at the age of eight weeks.
  27. The reason why your nose gets runny when you are crying is because the tears from the eyes drain into the nose.
  28. Gorillas can catch human colds and other illnesses.
  29. On October 15, 1794, the first silver dollar coins were released to be circulated to the public.
  30. In one day, the Tootsie Roll Industry makes over 16 million lollipops.
  31. In many of the milk ads that are shown, a mix of thinner and white paint is used instead of milk.
  32. Baskin Robbins once made ketchup ice cream. This was the only vegetable flavoured ice cream produced. However, they discontinued it since they thought it would not sell well.
  33. In an year, an average person makes 1,140 phone calls.
  34. The strike note of the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is e-flat.
  35. A Connecticut Toy maker, Herobuilders, sells action figures of President George W. Bush, Islamic militant Osama bin Laden, New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and British Prime Minister Tony Blair, which are all major figures tied to the September 11, 2001 WTC attacks.
  36. Majority of brides plan their wedding for approximately 7 to 12 months.
  37. The word assassination was invented by William Shakespeare.
  38. Benjamin Franklin invented the rocking chair.
  39. Persia changed its name to Iran in 1935.
  40. In the wild, the poinsettia flower can reach a height of 12 feet, and have leaves that are eight inches across.
  41. Construction workers hard hats were first invented and used in the building of the Hoover Dam in 1933.
  42. A study indicates that smokers are likely to die on average six and a half years earlier than non-smokers.
  43. On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament building is an American flag.
  44. TYPEWRITER, is one of the longest words that can be made using the letters only one row of the keyboard.
  45. Bill Gates donated close to $100 million to fight AIDS in India. As a percent of his total wealth, this would be comparable to him donating ten cents if he only had $60.
  46. In the U.S. there is, on average, three sex change operations per day.
  47. The American Airlines Sports Center, in Dallas, has most toilets per capita than any other sports and entertainment venue in the USA.
  48. In 1999, a three headed turtle was discovered by Lin Chi-Fa in his pond in Southern Taiwan.
  49. Approximately one out of every 55 women from Canada give birth in their car on the way to the hospital or clinic.
  50. The first United States president to visit China was Richard Nixon.
  51. The most popular show amongst baby boomers is Star Trek.
  52. The first jet engine was invented by Frank Whittle Of of England in 1930.
  53. In a day, an elephant can drink 80 gallons of water.
  54. The term "the whole 9 yards" came from WWII fighter pilots in the Pacific. When arming their airplanes on the ground, the 0.50 caliber machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, it got "the whole 9 yards.".
  55. In 1948 and 1950 the oldest ears of popping corn were discovered. They were located in the Bat Cave of west central New Mexico. They ranged in size from smaller than a penny to approximately two inches, and were about 4,000 years old.
  56. The only real person to be a Pez head was Betsy Ross.
  57. It cost the soft drink industry $100 million a year for thefts committed involving vending machines.
  58. The only two days of the year in which there are no professional sports games (MLB, NBA, NHL, or NFL) are the day before and the day after the Major League All-Star Game.
  59. Watermelon is considered a good gift to give a host in Japan and China.
  60. The planet Venus spins opposite to the other planets in the solar system.
  61. During a typical human lifespan, the human heart will beat approximately 2.5 billion times.
  62. Frog-eating bats identify edible frogs from poisonous ones by listening to the mating calls of male frogs. Frogs counter this by hiding and using short, difficult to locate calls.
  63. Dieting can cause bad breath since less saliva is produced which leads to dry mouth.
  64. At lift off, US space shuttles weight about 4.5 million pounds.
  65. Average lifespan of a major league baseball: 7 pitches.
  66. When an orange is shown in any of the "Godfather" movies, this means that someone is about to die or a close call is to occur.
  67. Doctors in Canada use an adhesive similar to Krazy Glue instead of stitches, lowering the possibility of bacterial infection and minimizing scarring.
  68. Soil that is heated by geysers are now making it possible to produce bananas in Iceland.
  69. Chameleon is derived from the Greek, meaning "little lion.".
  70. The name Aspirin was invented from "A" in acetyl chloride. The "spir" comes from spiraea ulmaria which is the plant that they got the salicylic acid from, and the "in" was used because back then it was popular to end the name of medicines with "in.".
  71. About 30% of Canadians rely on getting their water from the ground for their domestic use.
  72. The eye of a human can distinguish 500 shades of the gray.
  73. There is a town in Norway called "Hell".
  74. Most heart attacks occur between the hours of 8 and 9 am.
  75. No one in Greece has memorized all 158 verses.
  76. A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.
  77. May babies are on average 200 grams heavier than babies born in other months.
  78. Gloucestershire airport in England used to blast Tina Turner songs on its runways to scare birds away.
  79. The first German car to be built solely outside of Germany is the BMW Z3.
  80. In China, fish is eaten more than three times what it is in the United States.
  81. The United Parcel Service shipped the killer whale Keiko (star of Disney movie "Free Willy") from Mexico City to Newport, Oregon in 1998.
  82. Hippos can live up to 40 years in the wild.
  83. The windiest place in the world is Mount Washington, New Hampshire, USA. The highest wind was on April 12, 1934 when it reached 231 mph.
  84. The first restaurant to open in Hollywood was the Musso & Frank Grill in 1919.
  85. Corn Flakes were invented after Will Keith Kellogg and his brother Dr. John Harvey Kellogg set about developing a nutritious cereal for the patients of a health resort in 1890.
  86. The three wealthiest families in the world have more assets than the combined wealth of the forty-eight poorest nations.
  87. Huge Moore, the inventor of Dixie cups got the idea for the name from a neighboring factory, the Dixie Doll Company.
  88. The turkey was once nominated to be the official bird of the United States.
  89. In 1958 the United States sent three mice into space named, Mia, Laska and Benji.
  90. On average, Americans spend five times more of their time in their cars than they do on vacation.
  91. Natural gas does not have any odor. In order to detect a gas leak, some gas companies add a chemical that smells similar like rotten eggs.
  92. Spiders have claws at the ends of their legs.
  93. Warner Brothers Corset Company created the bra cup sizing system, which is now used universally used by manufacturers.
  94. In the U.S. 7 out of 10 homes use candles.
  95. Daytime dramas are called Soap Operas because they were originally used to advertise soap powder. In America in the early days of TV, advertisers would write stories around the use of their soap powder.
  96. It takes approximately 12 years for Jupiter to orbit the sun.
  97. 98% of houses in the United States have at least one television set.
  98. Reserves from the Irish army were used as extras in the movie "Braveheart".
  99. 80% of people that are on weight loss programs exercise on average three times a week.
  100. The first Valentine candy box was invented by Richard Cadbury in the 1800's.
  1. For some reason it claims the American flag flies over the Parliament Building in Canadian 2 dollar bill. In fact, it is the old Canadian flag showing the British red ensign.

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