Ten Random Facts
In the United States, more than 25 percent of women's fashion dollars are spent on sizes 16 and up.
Andrew Jackson married Rachel Donnelson in 1791, but her divorce from her first husband was not yet final. This earned Jackson the nickname “The First Bigamist President.” Jackson was often taunted into fighting duels to defend his wife's reputation.
Railroad conductors and mailmen in the United States refused to wear uniforms until after the U.S. Civil War. In 1844, policement in New York City staged a strike against their proposed blue uniforms. The reason for their opposition was that they considered uniforms to be symbols of servitude, as maids and butlers wore them in the old country.
English critic and social theorist John Ruskin (1819-1900) made this astute observation: "Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies, for instance."
In 1970, only 5 percent of the American population lived in cities.
The loudest bird in the world is the male bellbird, found in Central and South America. To attract mates, the male makes a clanging sound like a bell that can be heard from miles away.
Month after month, the little Bell Company lived from hand to mouth. No salaries were paid in full. Often, for weeks, they were not paid at all. In Watson's notebook there are such entries during this period as "Lent Bell fifty cents," "Lent Hubbard twenty cents," "Bought one bottle beer—too bad can't have beer every day."
Groundhogs are “fossorial” — they live most of their lives underground. They dig burrows or “dens” that have several entrances. Each is connected with the main tunnel and the nesting chamber where the animal hibernates for the winter. A groundhog's whiskers help it navigate underground.
In 1911 there were a mere 303,000 telephones in use in Canada. These days there are more than 18 million.
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