27.8.13

Amazing, if useless, facts


In 10th century Burma, King Theinhko ate a farmer’s cucumbers without permission. The farmer killed the king and took the throne.

As president, George Washington pulled in a salary of $25K a year. That’s roughly $1 million in today’s currency. Excited by his newfound purchasing power, Washington started living it up, reportedly buying leopard-skin robes for all his horses and spending seven percent of his income on alcohol.

Crickets' ears are located on their front legs, a little below their knees.

Tennessee was originally known as Franklin; West Virginia was nearly named Kanawha, and Utah almost became the state of Desere

More people watched Elvis's Aloha from Hawaii than the landing on the Moon.

Vodka was used as an ingredient in early European formulations of gunpowder.

President Lincoln's oldest son was connected to three presidential assassinations. He was invited, but did not attend, Ford's Theatre (but was by his father's deathbed in 1865); he was on the scene when Garfield was shot in 1881; and he was present for McKinley's assassination in 1901.

Nearly $40 billion in U.S. coins are currently in circulation.

Cleopatra had a special lipstick made for her, consisting of crushed ants and deep red carmine beetles.

After a 2011 vote, Toyota announced that the official plural of Prius was Prii.

The bat is the only mammal that can fly. Flying squirrels can only glide (fall slowly).

-40 degrees Fahrenheit and -40 degrees Celsius are identical. That's the point at which both temperature scales converge.

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