Ten Random Facts
A bar of sand or other sediment linking an island to the mainland or another island is called a tombolo.
The bicycle evolved from a tiny wooden horse with a front wheel that was invented in France in the 1790s. The design was improved in 1817, by Baron Karl von Drais, who developed the steerable front wheel. In 1839, Kirkpatrick Macmillan added pedals.
The first contraceptive diaphragms, used centuries ago, were citrus rinds.
Aerosmith went berserk on their first Japanese tour. On opening night, they destroyed the backstage area when they found turkey roll on the buffet table. Lead singer Steven Tyler commented, “I explicitly said ‘No turkey roll.'”
The Times Square "time ball" for the year 2000 was named the "Star of Hope." It was specially made by Waterford Crystal in Ireland, and contained 504 glass crystals cut into triangles, 600 light bulbs, 96 big lights, and 92 mirrors.
In the marriage ceremony of the ancient Incas, the couple was considered officially wed when they took off their sandals and handed them to each other.
In the Navajo culture, turquoise symbolizes hozho, a state in which harmony, beauty, health, and well-being predominate.
Gophers can run backwards as easily as they run frontwards.
During the 1960s, cast members from The Andy Griffith Show, Green Acres, and Gomer Pyle served as spokespeople for Jell-O instant pudding in nationally-televised commercials.
The nutritional value of squash and pumpkin seeds improves with age. These seeds are among the few foods that increase in nutritional value as they decompose.
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