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Coffee Beans

The leaves of the Victorian water lily are sometimes over six feet in diameter.

Orchids are grown from seed so small that it would take thirty thousand to weigh as much as one grain of wheat.

At last count there were about 226,000 trees in New York’s Central Park.

The Mexican Jumping Bean is not a bean. It is actually a thin-shelled section of a seed capsule containing the larva of a small gray moth called the jumping bean moth (Laspeyresia saltitans).

The average ear of corn has eight-hundred kernels arranged in sixteen rows.

Trees do not have life expectancies like humans. Some in California are believed to be four-thousand years old or more. How can trees live so long? The simple answer is that they’re not as complex as people. So, as long as conditions are right, trees continue to live and grow, until something interrupts it.

In ancient religions, the Norsemen considered the mistletoe a baleful plant that caused the death of Baldur, the shining god of youth.

Carrageenan is a common ingredient in ice cream and toothpaste. Carrageenan is seaweed. A purple, edible seaweed, also known as Irish moss, that’s found along the coasts of Northern Europe and North America. It’s used as a suspending agent in foods, pharmaceuticals and liquids, as a clarifying agent for beverages, and in controlling crystal growth in frozen confections.

A single coffee tree yields only one pound of roasted, ground coffee annually.

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John Wayne Once Owned Lassie

*Stephen Speilberg directed the first ever episode of Columbo.

*Harry Houdini as the first man to fly a plane in Australia-in 1910.

*The world’s first traffic island was installed at his own expense by Colonel Pierrepoint outside his London club.He was killed crossing over to it.

*Humans and dolphins are the only species that have sex for pleasure.

*Sir JM Barrie,Sir Isaac Newton and Hans Christian Anderson all died virgins.

*John Wayne once won the dog Lassie from it’s owner in a poker game.


*Eric Clapton and Jack Nicholson each grew up beleiving their mothers to be their sisters.

*Chuck Berry invented the duck walk initally to hide the creases in his suit.

*Pope John XII and Attilla the hun both died whilst having sex.

*Mongolians put salt in their tea instead of sugar.

*Disneyworld is bigger than than the world’s five smallest countries.

*Jennifer Anniston’s godfather was Telly Savalas.

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Marshmallow Peeps

The stapler was invented in Spring Valley, Minnesota.


The first television newscaster was Kolin Hager, who used to broadcast farm and weather reports in 1928


Pixie, a Siberian Husky, gave birth to 7 puppies, one of which was bright green


Back in 1953, it took 27 hours to make one Marshmallow Peep. Now it takes only six minutes


On average, an ear of a corn has 16 rows and approximately 800 kernels


The green ring that is formed around the yolk of eggs that have been cooked too long is formed by the chemical reaction from the iron in the yolk and the sulphur in the white part of the egg


The silk that is produced by spiders is stronger than steel


The first president to have a picture taken was John Quincy Adams


Some brands of toothpaste contain glycerin or glycerol, which is also an ingredient in antifreeze


1 in 2000 babies are born with a tooth that is already visible.


It was during World War II that clothes with elastic waists were introduced. This is because the metal used in zippers was badly needed for the war


In 1902, the game table tennis was brought to the U.S. from Europe by Parker Brothers


Hershey’s Kisses are called that because the machine that makes themlooks like it’s kissing the conveyor belt.

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Worm Food

There is an area located off the south-eastern Atlantic coast of the United States called the “Bermuda Triangle.” It is known for a high rate of unexplained losses of ships, small boats, and aircraft, which has led some people to believe that this triangle has supernatural powers.


State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska.


Some toothpastes and deodorants contain the same chemicals found in antifreeze.


The Shroud of Turin is the single most studied artifact in human history .


Smartest dogs: 1) Scottish border collie; 2) Poodle; 3) Golden retriever.


The sperm count of an average American male compared to thirty years ago is down thirty percent


Humpback whales are capable of living up to 95 years.


The 1912, a wrestling match in Stockholm between Finn Alfred Asikainen and Russian Martin Klein lasted more than 11 hours. Klein eventually won, but was to tired to participate in the championship match


Manitoulin Island is the largest island in a fresh water lake. It is located in Canadian Lake Superior.


Cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $6,400.


The Chinese politician Mao Zedong refused to ever brush his teeth and instead just washed his mouth with tea.


The Super Bowl is broadcast to over 182 countries in the world.

Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour.


In 1884, Dr. Hervey D. Thatcher invented the milk bottle.


Some Ribbon worm will eat themselves if they cannot find food.This type of worm can still survive after eating up to 95% of its body weight.


The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is “uncopyrightable.”



Singer Chaka Khan came out with a line of chocolates called “Chakalates.”

In a day 34,000 children die every day from causes that are related to poverty and hunger.

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Pizza Feast

The biggest pumpkin the world weighs 1,337.6 pounds .

The highest consumption of Pizza occurs during Super Bowl week.

During World War II, condoms were used to cover rifle barrels from being damaged by salt water as the soldiers swam to shore.

Approximately 55% of movies released are Rated R.

The Roman emperor Domitian took great pleasure in being secluded in his room for hours and catching flies and stabbing them with pens.

Tarantulas can live up to 30 years.

On average redheads have 90,000 hairs. People with black hair have about 110,000 hairs

More than half the time spent in United States courts is cases that involve automobiles.

One barrel of petroleum holds 42 gallons.

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Bird Food

Baby robins eat 14 feet of earthworms every day.


Every three seconds a baby is born somewhere in the world.


The total mileage driven by all U-Haul trucks in a year is enough to move a person from the Earth to the moon five times a day for an entire year…


Pluto was discovered on February 10, 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh.


Termites have been around for over 250 million years.


The average person changes their career every 13 years.


The New York Yankees have appeared in the World Series a league leading 38 times and won 26 titles.

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Diaper Rash

The projection light used for IMAX theaters can be seen from space.


The human liver performs over 500 functions


The word “maverick” came into use after Samuel Maverick, a Texan, refused to brand his cattle. Eventually any unbranded calf became known as a Maverick


More than $1 billion is spent each year on neck ties in the United States


In the 18th century, potatoes were given out as a dessert. They were served in a napkin, salted and hot


The only poisonous birds in the world are the three species of Pitohui. The Hooded Pitohui from Papua New Guinea is the most deadliest out of the three


Pretzels were originally invented for Christian Lent. The twists of the pretzels are to resemble arms crossed in prayer


The American Airlines Center in Dallas has more toilets per capita than any other sports and entertainment venue in the country


After 8 months, babies are more likely to get a diaper rash

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Pocket Ice Cream

The word “limelight” that is used in theatre to refer to the performers on the stage originated because before electricity was available lime was burned in a lamp, which created a white light that was directed at the performers .

Many hamsters only blink one eye at a time.


In Kentucky, it is illegal to carry ice cream in your back pocket.


In 1988, the largest ice cream sundae in history was made. It was made in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and weighed in at over 24 tons.


Sports Illustrated has the largest sports magazine circulation.


There are some hospitals in Shanghai that have issued a rule that a nurse must wear lipstick while on duty.


Thirteen percent of the human population reside in deserts.


There are more chickens than people in the world.

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Superstitions about Death

BIRD—————————————-

A bird in the house is a sign of a death.

If a robin flies into a room through a window, death will shortly follow.

CANDLE———————————-

Light candles on the night after November 1. One for each deceased relative should be placed in the window in the room where death occurred.

CEMETERY——————————

You must hold your breath while going past a cemetery or you will breathe in the spirit of someone who has recently died.

CLOCK————————————-

If a clock which has not been working suddenly chimes, there will be a death in the family.

You will have bad luck if you do not stop the clock in the room where someone dies.

CORPSE———————————–

If a woman is buried in black, she will return to haunt the family.

If a dead person’s eyes are left open, he’ll find someone to take with him.

Mirrors in a house with a corpse should be covered or the person who sees himself will die next.

DOG—————————————–

Dogs howling in the dark of night,
Howl for death before daylight.

DREAMS———————————-

If you dream of death it’s a sign of a birth, if you dream of birth, it’s a sign of death.

If you touch a loved one who has died, you won’t have dreams about them

DYING————————————-

A person who dies on Good Friday will go right to heaven.

A person who dies at midnight on Christmas Eve will go straight to heaven because the gates of heaven are open at that time.

All windows should be opened at the moment of death so that the soul can leave.

The soul of a dying person can’t escape the body and go to heaven if any locks are locked in the house.

EYE—————————————–

If the left eye twitches there will soon be a death in the family.

If a dead person’s eyes are left open, he’ll find someone to take with him.

FUNERAL——————————–

Funerals on Friday portend another death in the family during the year.

It’s bad luck to count the cars in a funeral cortege.

It’s bad luck to meet a funeral procession head on.

Thunder following a funeral means that the dead person’s soul has reached heaven.

Nothing new should be worn to a funeral, especially new shoes.

Pointing at a funeral procession will cause you to die within the month

Pregnant women should not attend funerals.

GRAVE————————————

If the person buried lived a good life, flowers will grow on the grave. If the person was evil, weeds will grow.

MIRROR———————————-

If a mirror in the house falls and breaks by itself, someone in the house will die soon.

MOTH————————————–

A white moth inside the house or trying to enter the house means death.

PHOTOGRAPH————————-

If 3 people are photographed together, the one in the middle will die first.

THIRTEEN——————————

If 13 people sit down at a table to eat, one of them will die before the year is over.

UMBRELLA——————————

Dropping an umbrella on the floor means that there will be a murder in the house.

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Runaway Zebra

A zebra from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus escaped his handler and led police on a chase through downtown Atlanta on Thursday afternoon.

 Workers walk through a parking lot after capturing a zebra that had broken loose from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus  Thursday.

Ben Gray, bgray@ajc.com Workers walk through a parking lot after capturing a zebra that had broken loose from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Thursday.

The zebra, part of the Ringling Bros circus, ran through several city streets before being corralled on the downtown connector near Grady Hospital.

David Slocumb The zebra, part of the Ringling Bros circus, ran through several city streets before being corralled on the downtown connector near Grady Hospital.

The black-and-white striped animal was spotted all over town — in the parking lot near the Richard B. Russell Federal Building, near Centennial Olympic Park, CNN and on the Downtown Connector. He was finally captured on the interstate near the Grady curve. According to witnesses, he was galloping between lanes of traffic on the Downtown Connector before his capture.

The 12-year-old zebra, named Lima, was exercising to prepare for Thursday night’s circus performance at Philips Arena when “something spooked him,” Ringling Brothers spokeswoman Crystal Drake told the Associated Press. The zebra broke away from his trainers and bumped up against a fence before wiggling through an opening and running off, she told the AP.

“We’re not sure what it was that startled him, but we’re looking into that,” Drake told the AP.

Daniel Nance saw a westbound zebra zipping down Alabama Street near MARTA’s Five Points station.

“All of a sudden, a freaking zebra comes running down the street like a car. Five or six police cars were in hot pursuit. And a bunch of officers on foot. But then I got scared, thinking … what else is loose?” a laughing Nance said.

Soon after, a man working with police got a hold of the zebra in the parking lot of the Richard B. Russell Federal Building, said Jonathan Harris, a MARTA worker who was outside the Five Points station taking a break. But only for a moment.

“It just started dragging him,” Harris said.

Minutes before, Prapik Jani saw the animal jogging along Baker Street a half mile away next to Centennial Olympic Park. Jani, who manages the Baja Fresh Mexican Grill, said several of his customers gasped. He looked outside and saw an African creature running down the pavement. “It was wild,” Jani said. “I thought I was seeing things.”

Jani said there were “a bunch” of police on bicycles chasing after the zebra.

Using a combination of reports from AJC staffers and eye-witness accounts, here’s the route the zebra took:

4:37 p.m.

An AJC staffer spotted the zebra on Fairlie Street behind the Atlanta Journal-Constitution building. A circus trainer said the zebra had to have gotten through a hole in the gate.

The zebra walked down along a ramp on Spring Street and went up to Marietta Street.

It then ran to Luckie Street and over to Broad Street.

From Broad Street, the zebra ran up through the Five Points area and was near the Five Points MARTA station.

Nance and Harris saw the zebra run along Alabama Street — toward the circus animal holding area, which is across the street from the CNN Center.

5:00 p.m.

The zebra was contained in the parking lot by the Richard B. Russell Federal Building, near the CNN Center and Philips Arena.

Trainers were walking with the zebra when it started to charge, dragging one of the trainers momentarily before it took off again, running across the railroad tracks and through a gate. One of the trainers was holding on to the zebra as it ran through the gate.

The zebra ran through the parking lot and down through the tunnel between Philips Arena and the CNN center.

It then came out onto Baker Street and turned left, running onto Williams Street. It followed the ramp onto the downtown Connector.

The zebra was cornered on the downtown connector just before the Martin Luther King Jr. exit.

Police cruisers blocked off all southbound lanes of Interstate 75 and were able to herd the zebra over to the right shoulder and off an entrance ramp, where his trainer was on hand to capture and soothe him, Drake told the AP.

“He obviously was excited, but he was in good shape,” Drake told the AP. “His handler calmed him down.”

The animal suffered cuts on his hooves from his long run, Drake said. The show’s vet was examining him, but Drake said he would likely perform as scheduled.

This isn’t the first time a zebra has been out on the highway in recent years. A young zebra was found stranded and injured on I-75 in Butts County in April 2008. Then a zebra who usually lives on a farm across from Oxford College’s Newton County campus was zebra-napped and deposited inside the college’s Seney Hall as part of a prank.

Zebras’ stripes stick out on the highway or on campus, but they help them hide among tall grasses in Africa, especially from lions, the color-blind predator.

“Each zebra has an individual stripe pattern, similar to a person, which has its own unique fingerprint, ” Lisa Smith, Zoo Atlanta’s curator of large mammals, told the AJC in 2008.

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