Ten Random Facts
Hale's 100 inch lens built in the early 1900s was the largest solid piece of glass made until then. The lens was made by a French specialist who poured the equivalent of ten thousand melted champagne bottles into a mold packed with heat maintaining manure so that the glass would cool slowly and not crack.
Basking sharks grow to over 30 feet long.
Songwriter Irving Berlin supported Jewish charities and organizations and donated many dollars to worthwhile causes. In 1955, President Dwight D. Eisenhower presented Berlin with a gold medal in recognition of his services in composing many patriotic songs for the country.
Mother prairie dogs will nurse their young only while underground in the safety of the burrow. If an infant tries to suckle above ground, the mother will slap it.
Dominos Pizza sales typically double on Super Bowl Sunday.
The White House was the biggest house in the United States until the Civil War.
African elephants only have four teeth to chew their food with. However, each tooth is 12 inches long, and their tusks are elongated teeth that grow throughout their lives, like fingernail.
Marlon Brando is the only actor to have starred in two of the top 10 films on the American Film Institute's "100 Greatest Movies" list. Those films were "The Godfather" (1972) which ranked Number 3, and "On the Waterfront" (1954) which ranked Number 8.
The 1990 New York Yankee pitching staff set an all-time record with the fewest complete games, three.
The first inductees into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936 were Ty Cobb (center field), Walter Johnson (pitcher), Christy Mathewson (pitcher), Babe Ruth (right field), and Honus Wagner (short stop). They were selected by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
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