Ten Random Facts
The Step Pyramid is the first known monumental structure made of stone anywhere in the world. The Step Pyramid Complex of Djoser (also spelled Zozer) was built during the Third Dynasty (2800 B.C.) in Saqqara, Egypt. Considered by many to be the first tomb in Egypt to be built entirely of stone, Djoser's Step Pyramid is a series of six levels of stone decreasing in size as they ascend to about 200 feet in height. A mastaba (Arabic for "bench") was a low rectangular structure which was built over a shaft which descended to the burial location. Until the Step Pyramid, mastabas had been the principal form of tomb architecture.
A drop of water may travel thousands of miles between the time it evaporates into the atmosphere and the time it falls to the Earth again as rain, sleet, or snow.
By the end of the U.S. Civil War, 33 percent of all U.S. paper currency in circulation was counterfeit. This was a devastating situation for a nation struggling to recover economically from such a destructive war. On July 5, 1865, the Secret Service was created as a part of the Department of the Treasury to help suppress counterfeit currency.
Nearly half of deaths among Canadian children and teenagers aged 10 to 19 are due to external causes, most commonly, car accidents. Among teens 15 to 19, suicide is the second leading cause of death, accounting for about 25 per cent of teenage deaths.
The tent-making bats of South America make shelters out of leaves still attached to trees. By chewing away the sides of the leaf's middle ridge, they create a structure resembling a tent.
The original fifty cent piece in Australian decimal currency had around $2.00 worth of silver in it before it was replaced with a less expensive twelve sided coin.
Opera stars Nellie Melba and Luisa Tetrazzini are famous for more than singing. They are also known for food that has been named after them. Nellie Melba (peach melba and melba toast) and Luisa Tetrazzini (chicken tetrazzini).
Satirist Jonathan Swift suggested in his essay "A Modest Proposal" that the children of the poor be sold as food to feed the rich. This shocking essay is one of the best examples of satire you'll find.
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