Ten Random Facts
The first thing Queen Victoria did after her coronation was to remove her bed from her mother's room.
Louis XIV owned 413 beds.
The fastest train belongs to Japan. It is called the Maglev train and it reached 345 miles per hour, or 552 kilometers per hour, in April 1999.
Elephant tusks grow throughout an elephant's life and can weigh more than 200 pounds. Among Asian elephants, only the males have tusks. Both sexes of African elephants have tusks.
St Valentine's Day on February 14th dates back to a Roman festival of youth, Lupercalia, when young people chose their sweethearts by lottery.
The human heart beats about 70 times per minute, the shrew's 600 times a minute, a hummingbird's heart can beat up to 1,300 times per minute. By comparison, the blue whale, the largest mammal in the world has a heart that weighs 1,300 pounds and beats only about 10 times per minute.
During the Renaissance, fashionable aristocratic Italian women shaved their hair several inches back from their natural hairlines.
A little over one hundred years ago, cholera arrived in the United States for the first time. It was transmitted by an infection carried aboard the Hamburg-American Line's Moravia on August 30, 1892.
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