Random Fact Tuesday

Just some random facts that I read in Mental Floss Magazine, which is seriously one of the best magazines EVER.  Anyway, I found them interesting and thought I would share.

  • People didn’t always say “hello” when they answered the phone. When the first regular phone service was established in 1878, people said “ahoy.”
  • America’s first “Air Force” was equipped with five hot-air balloons and fifty servicemen.
  • Doves were called “turtles” long before today’s turtles were known by that name.
  • Brown-shelled chicken eggs are identical to white-shelled chicken eggs in both content and nutrition.
  • President John Quincy Adams kept an alligator in the East Room
  • So-called white chocolate isn’t chocolate in the technical sense — it is comprised of cocoa butter, sugar and milk, but no actual chocolate.
  • Despite your mother’s dire warnings, chewing gum doesn’t stay in your stomach for years if you swallow it. It gets digested and disposed of just as quickly as anything else you consume.
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