Ten Random Facts
In 1996, President Bill Clinton designated a new national monument in southern Utah. Nearly three times the size of the state of Rhode Island, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is the nation's largest. The new national monument is the first to be managed by the Bureau of Land Management rather than the National Park Service.
Horses shorter than 14½ hands (58 inches) at the withers (top of the shoulders) are technically ponies. The Shetland, around 43 inches tall, is called a pony, not a miniature. Miniatures start 9 inches shorter, and prices go up as size goes down.
A cow gives nearly 200,000 glasses of milk in her lifetime.
Metabolism refers to all the chemical processes occurring in the body. Metabolic rate is the speed processes work at.
Americans use over 16,000 tons of aspirin a year.
About one-third of bone in the human body is living tissue. The rest consists of calcium, phosphorus, and other minerals.
Before the invention of mass-marketed hair care products, households were pretty much on their own concocting family shampoos and conditioners. This suggestion was published in The New England Economical Housekeeper and Family Receipt Book in 1847: "Perhaps the best of all shampoos is the yolk of an egg beaten up with a pint of soft warm water. Apply at once and rinse off with castille or other hard white soap."
The national sports of Ireland are hurling, which is similar to field hockey, and Gaelic football, which resembles soccer.
At seven inches long, the Wilson's storm petrel is the smallest bird to breed on the Antarctic continent.
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