During World War II, U.S. bakers were ordered to stop selling sliced bread for the duration of the war on January 18, 1943. Only whole loaves were made available to the public. It was never explained how this action helped the war effort.
Penny Marshall was the first woman director to have a film take in more than $100 million at the box office--the film was 1988's Big.
Dolphins swim in circles while they sleep with the eye on the outside of the circle open to keep watch for predators. After a certain amount of time they reverse and swim in the opposite direction with the opposite eye open.
A hippopotamus can open its mouth wide enough to accommodate a four-foot-tall child.
A newborn turkey chick has to be taught to eat, or it will starve.
Eskimos don't gamble.
The moon weighs 81 billion billion tons.
The bat is the only mammal that can fly.
A cockroach can live several weeks with its head cut off.
Most tropical marine fish could survive in a tank filled with human blood.
The caterpillar has more than 2,000 muscles.
A hippopotamus can run faster than a man.
It would take 27,000 spiders, each spinning a single web, to produce a pound of web.
The words CHOICE COD read the same when held in front of a mirror upside-down.
Granite conducts sound ten times faster than air.
Man is the only animal that cries.
The average person's total skin covering would weigh about six pounds if collected into one mass.
There is no known way for a submarine to communicate with land via radio when underwater.
There are more television sets in the United States than there are people in Japan.
The U.S. Constitution has 4,400 words. It is the oldest and the shortest written constitution of any government in the world.
Of the typographical errors in the Constitution, the misspelling of the word "Pensylvania" above the signers' names is probably the most glaring.
Thomas Jefferson did not sign the Constitution. He was in France during the convention, where he served as the U.S. minister.
Patrick Henry was elected as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention, but declined, because he "smelt a rat."
Because of his poor health, Benjamin Franklin needed help to sign the Constitution. As he did so, tears streamed down his face.
The oldest person to sign the Constitution was Benjamin Franklin (81). The youngest was Jonathan Dayton of New Jersey (26).