Ten Random Facts
The earliest adhesive postage stamps in the world were the "Penny Blacks" of the United Kingdom, bearing the head of Queen Victoria, placed on sale on May 1 for use on May 6, 1840.
The Inca Indians of Panama tie a string of chiles behind their boats and lower it into the water to repel sharks.
Because of fears that the Japanese, who had attacked Pearl Harbor less than a month earlier, might attach California, the Rose Bowl game of 1942 between Oregon State and Duke University was moved east to Duke's hometown in Durham, North Carolina. It didn't, however, help the home team. Oregon won, 20-16.
The average rainfall around the world is 40 inches per year.
A United Parcel Service delivery person typically makes up to 300 pickups or deliveries a day. That compares to someone doing 600 sets of step aerobics a day.
Beer was not sold in bottles until 1850. Before then, a person went to the local tavern with a bucket or a pot made specially for holding beer, had it filled, and then carried it home.
The word "queue" is the only word in the English language that is still pronounced the same way when the last four letters are removed.
Redhaven, fairhaven, elberta, desert gold, and sunhaven are varieties of peaches.
A chest X-ray is comprised of 90,000 to 130,000 electron volts.
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