Laughing lowers levels of stress hormones and strengthens the immune system. Six-year-olds laugh an average of 300 times a day. Adults only laugh 15 to 100 times a day.
The first televised sporting event was a Japanese elementary school baseball game, broadcast in September 1931.
“20” is the most common uniform number worn in all professional sports. The second most common in number “21”.
A bowler rolls exactly twelve balls when bowling a perfect 300 game.
A “jiffy” is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
Light travels at the rate of 186,200 miles a second.
A hedgehog’s heart beats 190 times a minute on average and drops to only 20 beats per minute during hibernation.
The average airspeed of the common housefly is 4.5 miles per hour. A housefly beats its wings about 20,000 times per minute.
The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.
Ants don’t sleep.
A snail can sleep for three years.
Over 36 million Americans have Irish ancestry. That’s almost nine times the population of Ireland, which has 4.4 million people.
Per capita, the Irish eat more chocolate than Americans, Swedes, Danes, French, and Italians.
President Ulysses S. Grant was once arrested during his term of office. He was convicted of exceeding the Washington speed limit on his horse and was fined $20.
Grover Cleveland was the only U.S president to marry in the White House.
The “S” in Harry S. Truman was not just the initial of his middle name, but “S” was his middle name. His parents could not agree on a middle name, so they made it “S” which was the first initial of both of Harry’s grandfathers.
John F. Kennedy’s grave in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia is the most-visited presidential grave.
There have been four US Presidents who never held any other elective office: U. S. Grant, William H. Taft, Herbert Hoover, and Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Two US presidents were survived by their fathers: John F. Kennedy and Warren Harding.
Franklin D. Roosevelt was the only US president elected four times.
Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first U.S. President to select a woman to serve in his cabinet.
Four US presidents served an entire term without a vice president: John Tyler, Millard Fillmore, Andrew Johnson, and Chester Arthur.
Woodrow Wilson was the only US president to earn a doctorate.
James Buchanan was the only US president never to be married.
The only American president to graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy was Jimmy Carter, who graduated in the class of 1946.
Abraham Lincoln, who invented a hydraulic device for lifting ships over shoals, was the only U.S. president ever granted a patent.
George Washington is the only man whose birthday is a legal holiday in every state of the United States.
Richard Nixon was the 1st US president to visit China in February, 1972.
Gerald Ford was the only US president not to have been elected to either the presidency or the vice presidency.
Presidents of the United States have had the following denominational affiliations: Episcopalian (11); Presbyterian (8); Baptist (4); Methodist (4); Unitarian (4); No formal affiliation (3), Disciples of Christ (2); Dutch Reformed (2); Quaker (2); Catholic (1); Congregationalist (1) and United Church of Christ (1).
Andrew Jackson, 7th U.S. president, dueled with Charles Dickinson after he insulted Jackson ‘s marriage. Jackson let his opponent fire first, giving himself time to take aim. Jackson took a bullet in the chest and, without flinching, calmly killed his man.
Throughout its history, the White House has been known as the “President’s Palace,” the “President’s House,” and the “Executive Mansion.” President Theodore Roosevelt officially gave the White House its current name in 1901.
The earliest known pizza dates from about 200 BC. For centuries, Greeks and Italians used flat, round bread with toppings on it. But it was the Italians who added tomatoes and cheese to make the pizza as we know it.
Americans consume in excess of 90 acres of pizza every day.
The plant life in the oceans make up about 85 percent of all the greenery on the Earth.
The Dead Sea is nine times saltier than the ocean.
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The Dark Blue Sea
by Lord Byron
There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but nature more,
From these our interviews, in which I steal
From all I may be, or have been before,
To mingle with the universe, and feel
What I can ne’er express, yet cannot all conceal.-
Roll on, thou deep and dark blue ocean-roll!
Ten thousand fleets sweep over thee in vain;
Man marks the earth with ruin-his control
Stops with the shore;-upon the watery plain
The wrecks are all thy deed, nor doth remain
A shadow of man’s ravage, save his own,
When for a moment, like a drop of rain,
He sinks into thy depths with bubbling groan,
Without a grave, unknell’d, uncoffin’d, and unknown.
His steps are not upon thy paths-thy fields
Are not a spoil for him-thou dost arise
And shake him from thee; the vile strength he wields
For earth’s destruction thou dost all despise,
Spurning him from thy bosom to the skies,
And send’st him, shivering in thy playful spray,
And howling, to his gods, where haply lies
His petty hope in some near port or bay,
And dashest him again to earth: there let him lay.
The armaments which thunderstrike the walls
Of rock-built cities, bidding nations quake,
And monarchs tremble in their capitals,
The oak leviathans, whose huge ribs make
Their clay creator the vain title take
Of lord of thee, and arbiter of war;
These are thy toys, and, as the snowy flake,
They melt into thy yeast of waves, which mar
Alike the armada’s pride, or spoils of Trafalgar.
Thy shores are empires, changed in all save thee-
Assyria, Greece, Rome, Carthage, what are they?
Thy waters washed them power while they were free,
And many a tyrant since: their shores obey
The stranger, slave or savage; their decay
Has dried up realms to deserts:-not so thou,
Unchangeable, save to thy wild waves’ play-
Time writes no wrinkle on thine azure brow-
Such as creation’s dawn beheld, thou rollest now.
Thou glorious mirror, where the Almighty’s form
Glasses itself in tempests; in all time
Calm or convulsed-in breeze, or gale, or storm,
Icing the pole, or in the torrid clime
Dark-heaving; boundless, endless and sublime-
The image of eternity-the throne
Of the invisible; even from out thy slime
The monsters of the deep are made; each zone
Obeys thee; thou goest forth, dread, fathomless, alone.
And I have loved thee, ocean! And my joy
Of youthful sports was on thy breast to be
Borne, like thy bubbles, onward: from a boy
I wanton’d with thy breakers-they to me
Were a delight; and if the freshening sea
Made them a terror-’twas a pleasing fear,
For I was as it were a child of thee,
And trusted to thy billows far and near,
And laid my hand upon thy mane – as I do here.
Cats average 16 hours of sleep a day, more than any other mammal.
A cat uses its whiskers to determine if a space is too small to squeeze through. The whiskers act as feelers or antennae, helping the animal to judge the precise width of any passage.
Okay, guys, time for another pop quiz.
Can you name the following father and son? On September 14, 1990, they became the only father and son to hit back-to-back home runs in a Major League Baseball game.