Random Fact Tuesday

  • The name for the search engine Google is derived from the word googal, which refers to the number 1 followed by one hundred zeros.
  • Genetically speaking, zebras are black with white stripes, not white with black stripes; they have black skin, even under the white hair.
  • If the entire population of China were to walk past you in a single files, you would not live long enough to see the end of the line.
  • Pepsi-Cola was invented by a young pharmacist named Caleb Bradham in 1898.  Originally called “Brad’s drink,” the beverage was first marketed as a digestive aid and energy booster; it was renamed Pepsi-Cola because of its pepsin and kola nut content.
  • The basenji is the only breed of dog that doesn’t bark- it yodels.
  • All swans in England are the property of the queen.
  • Male bees, or drones, have only one job- to mate with the queen.  Those lucky enough to do so die in the act.
  • A “jiffy” is an actual unit of time, most commonly interpreted as 1/100th of a second.
  • The dot over the letter i is called a tittle.  Tittle also means “iota” or “little bit,” as in, “I don’t care on tittle.”
  • Pop Tarts, introduced on September 14, 1964, were named as a pun on “pop art.”
  • Cimex Lectularius, commonly known as the bed bug, is capable of consuming its body weight in blood in five minutes.
  • Tootsie Rolls were introduced in 1896 by Leo Hirshfield; he named them after his daughter whose nickname was “Tootsie.”
  • Lightning strikes about 6,000 times per minute on this planet.
  • Chocolate syrup was used for blood in the famous 45-second shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s movie Psycho; the scene actually took seven days to shoot.
  • Time magazine’s “Man of the Year” for 1938 was Adolf Hitler.
  • A baby beaver is a kit.  A baby codfish is a sprat.  A baby elephant seal is a weaner. A baby fish is a fry.  A baby frog is a polliwog.  A baby kangaroo is a joey.  A baby swan is a cygnet.  A baby tiger is a whelp.  A baby shark is a cub.
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