Ten Random Facts
The Brooklyn Dodgers (who later became the Los Angeles Dodgers) did not get their name because of their sporting ability. The term "dodger" was a shortened form of "trolley dodgers," which was first used to describe Brooklynites for their ability to avoid being hit by trolley cars.
The nematode Caenorhabditis elegans ages the equivalent of five human years for every day they live, so they usually die after about fourteen days. When stressed, though, the worm goes into a comatose state that can last for two or more months. The human equivalent would be to sleep for about two hundred years.
Aerosmith used to like to bring chainsaws with them on tour so they could hack up hotel rooms easier. They also traveled with extra-long extension cords, so that the televisions they tossed out windows would keep playing until they hit the ground.
The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan was a Saturday morning cartoon TV show in 1972 which featured Oriental sleuth Charlie Chan and his large family who solved crimes with the help of a transforming van. Ten-year-old Jodie Foster supplied the voice of daughter Anne Chan.
In 1994, David Schwimmer, Ross on NBC's Friends, made his debut as a TV-series regular on the short-lived comedy "Monty," starring Henry Winkler as a Rush-Limbaugh-type talk show host.
The first aquarium in the world devoted entirely to freshwater species opened in July 2000 in Minnesota. The aquarium is home to the three-story, $34 million Great Lakes Aquarium, located on the waterfront in Duluth.
Ornithologists often use Scotch tape to cover cracks in the soft shells of fertilized pigeon eggs, allowing the eggs to hatch. Scotch tape has also been used as an anti-corrosive shield on the Goodyear Blimp.
Banging your head against a wall can burn up to 150 calories per hour.
The body's daily requirement of vitamins and minerals is less than a thimbleful.
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