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    A large cumulonimbus cloud can hold enough water for 500,000 baths. Most of the water droplets in a cloud re-evaporate and never reach the ground; only one-fifth actually falls as rain.



    The caterpillar has more than 2,000 muscles.



    The giant red star Betelguese – the red star in the shoulder of the constellation Orion – is 700 million miles across, about 800 times larger than the Sun. Light takes 1 hour to travel from one side of the giant star to the other.

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    BAND-AIDS
    They wouldn't exist if it weren't for Listerine.

    Band-Aids actually came from Listerine!
    Here's the Scope... oops...scoop:

    In the 1860's, a British surgeon named Sir Joseph Lister pioneered sanitary operating room procedures. In many hospitals, the post-operative mortality rate was in excess of 90%. I think it's clear to us today that his ideas were well needed.

    Why, you may ask?

    It seems that the doctors operated with their bare hands in street clothes. Spectators were allowed to observe the operations first hand. For surgical dressings, they used pressed sawdust which was lifted off the floors of the saw mills. Instruments were not sterilized - only washed with soap and water.

    Lister gave a speech in Philadelphia in 1876, expressing his views on germs. No one was interested.

    No one except a Missouri physician named Joseph Lawrence.

    Lawrence went back to his lab and developed an antibacterial liquid, which was manufactured locally by the Lambert Pharmacal Company (any idea which Fortune 500 Corp. this became?).

    They needed a name. We can be sure that they must have tossed around some great ones in that board room. Maybe 'horrible tasting liquid' or 'Stuff to make your bad breath smell like something else that still smells bad, but not THAT bad'. I guess they weren't interested in these great suggestions.

    Instead, they gave it the name Listerine, in honor of Sir Joseph L----r (you can figure out the rest). This gave it an antiseptic image. The right name at the right time.

    So how does this lead to the Band-Aid?

    It turns out that one other person was impressed by Lister's talk- Robert Johnson, a pharmacist from Brooklyn.

    He and his two brothers decided to start a company to produce large dry cotton and gauze dressing. The company had a great name - Johnson and Johnson (why was the third brother excluded?). They were shipped in germ-resistant packages, guaranteeing sterility until opened.

    Their next product was baby powder, also still on the market.

    I can hear you yelling all the way over here in New York. SO WHERE DID THE BAND-AIDS COME FROM?

    Calm down and let me get a word in edgewise.

    In 1920, another brother, James Johnson, heard that his employee had invented a neat product. The guy's name was Earle Dickson (note how his name is lost in history and the company took all the credit and profits).

    Way back on December 6, 1917, Earle married Mrs. Earle (the former Miss Josephine Frances Knight). Josephine was extremely accident prone and constantly seemed to be cutting her fingers with those darn sharp kitchen knives. Problem! His company's bandages were too big for her delicate little bruises.

    By 1920, he grew weary of having to bandage up his wife's dainty little fingers. He decided to affix small pieces of the sterile gauze to the center of strips of surgical tape. (I can hear the crowds of people now - "DUH! That's pretty obvious!" These are the same people who are unable to figure out how Newton discovered gravity because it's so obvious.)

    He mentioned what he had created to a fellow employee at Johnson and Johnson and was encouraged to approach management with the idea.

    The Johnsons weren't overly impressed initially. At least not until good old Earle showed that he could easily apply it to himself. No help needed! Wow! Shazaaaaaam! What a great idea!

    Unfortunately, the original handmade bandages did not sell - only $3000 worth of the product was sold during the first year. (The New York Times reports that "they came in sections 2 1/2 inches wide and 18 inches long" - does this seem a bit large to you?)

    By 1924 the Band-Aids were produced by machine and sales took off. History was then made. Over one hundred billion have been made to date.

    By the way, poor old Earle was not that poor in the end. The company actually made him a vice president (until he retired in 1957) and then a member of the board of directors. Unfortunately, Earle didn't enjoy a long retirement - he passed away on September 22, 1961 at age 68. At the time of his death, Johnson and Johnson was selling over $30,000,000 worth of Band-Aids each year.

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    On a clear day with blue skies, lightning can jump outside of its parent cloud and travel for more than five miles through clear air. This is called the "bolt from the blue" phenomenon. The study of lightning is called keraunopathology


    Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, is home to the largest mustard museum in the world, housing 1,493 different varieties from Argentina to Switzerland and 48 of the U.S. states. Of yellow mustard alone, the museum has about 200 varieties


    The female anglerfish is six times larger than her mate. The male anchors himself to the top of her head and stays there for the rest of his life. They literally become one. Their digestive and circulatory systems are merged. Except for two very large generative organs and a few fins, nothing remains of the male. *(Hmmmmmm)

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    The ‘Big Dipper’ is known as ‘The Casserole’ in France.

    97% of all paper money in the US contains traces of cocaine.

    It is estimated that at any one time, 0.7% of the world's population are drunk.

    In some parts of England, rum is used to wash a baby's head for good luck.

    Blueberry Jelly Bellies were created especially for Ronald Reagan.

    More than 50% of the people in the world have never made or received a telephone call.

    In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.
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    It is supposedly impossible to lick your elbow.

    A crocodile can't stick its tongue out.

    Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.

    Polar bears are left-handed. (me too!)

    If the government has no knowledge of aliens,
    then why does Title 14, Section 1211
    of the Code of Federal Regulations,
    implemented on July 16, 1969,
    make it illegal for U.S. citizens to have any contact
    with extraterrestrials or their vehicles?

    No piece of paper can be folded in half more than 7 times. (that one bugs me. I tried it once...and failed )

    Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning.



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    Quote Originally Posted by IwanttheHummingBird

    If the government has no knowledge of aliens,
    then why does Title 14, Section 1211
    of the Code of Federal Regulations,
    implemented on July 16, 1969,
    make it illegal for U.S. citizens to have any contact
    with extraterrestrials or their vehicles?


    This is the one that bugs the you know what outta ME!!!

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    101 Dalmatians and Peter Pan are the only two Disney cartoon features with both parents that are present and don't die throughout the movie.

    Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks otherwise it will digest itself.

    There are more than 10 million bricks in the Empire State Building.

    Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone, never phoned his wife or his mother, they were both deaf.

    The fingerprints of koala bears are virtually indistinguishable from those of humans so much so that they could be confused at a crime scene.

    Europe is the only continent without a desert.

    Babies are born without knee caps. They don't appear until the child reaches 2-6 years of age.
    Save the Earth. It's the only planet with chocolate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shirleylock
    Babies are born without knee caps. They don't appear until the child reaches 2-6 years of age.
    No WONDER the Mafia has such a hard time threatening babies!

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    lol Khayprower!

    When you eat celery you burn more calories than you consume!

    One 75-watt bulb gives more light than three 25-watt bulbs.

    There is a species of clam that can grow up to four feet long and weigh up to 500 pounds.

    68 percent of a Hostess Twinkie is air!


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