Sunday, March 7, 2010

25 Random Things

1. Turk’s Cap, Dutchman’s Breeches, Ladies’ Slippers, Bachelors Buttons, and Queen Anne’s Lace are all varieties of flowers.
2. An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.
3. Elephants are the only animals that can’t jump.
4. Cats sleep 16-18 hours per day.
5. Iowa’s biggest exports are soybeans and hogs, not corn and cows.
6. Parsley is a host plant for the Black Swallowtail Butterfly.
7. Isaac Asimov is the only author to have a book in every Dewey Decimal category.
8. The producer of the original Battlestar Galactica took ideas for the show from the Book of Mormon.
9. Labrador Retrievers are prone to ear infections and seizures.
10. 99% of Poles are Catholic.
11. Hawaii is the only state to have had a monarchy.
12. Tyrian, or Royal, purple is made from a species of marine snail, Phyllonotus trunculus.
13. Ludwig Von Beethoven, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Vivien Leigh, Sir Isaac Newton, Mark Twain, Virginia Woolf, Robin Williams, Ted Turner, Buzz Aldrin, and Winston Churchill all had Bipolar Disorder.
14. China has more English speakers than the United States.
15. The parachute was invented by Leonardo da Vinci in 1515.
16. 1 in 3000 calico cats is male.
17. Lily of the Valley signifies a return to happiness.
18. There are many edible flowers. Some of the more interesting ones are daylily, lilac, carnations, peony, and tulip.
19. Mt. Everest, the world’s tallest peak is still growing by about ½ inch per year.
20. In Baltimore Maryland it is illegal to take a lion to the movies.
21. Vikings used the skulls of their enemies as drinking vessels.
22. The world's smallest mammal is the bumblebee bat of Thailand, weighing less than a penny.
23. May Day is Beltane, which means 'day of fire'. It is an ancient Pagan festival. Bel was the Celtic God of the sun.
24. 96% of a raw cucumber is water.
25. The California redwood - coast redwood and giant sequoia - are the tallest and largest living organism in the world.

1 comment:

christine said...

I love fun facts and random things of interest!