Ten Random Facts
The game of a cats' cradle – two players alternately strength a looped string over their fingers to produce different designs – has been around since about 1760.
Food experts say biscuits should rise to two times their original height when baked.
It takes 3,000 seeds from the giant sequoia tree to weigh one ounce.
The owl parrot can't fly, and builds its nest under tree roots.
The generic name of the drug methadone is dolophine. It was named in honor of Adolph Hitler.
A claymore was a two-handed sword with a double-edged blade and used by Scottish Highlanders in the sixteenth century.
The first college commencement exercises within a prison were held in the Jackson State Prison in Jackson, Michigan. Twenty associate degrees were presented to inmates on January 20, 1975.
Today companies like Brach's Confections, Ferrara Pan Candy Co., Tootsie Roll Industries, American Licorice, and Archibald Candy still call Chicago home. Mars, Inc. and Nestle also have manufacturing plants in Chicago.
In Japan, Western Electric first sold equipment in 1890, then in 1899 helped form the Nippon Electric Company (NEC). This was Japan's first joint venture with an American firm.
In a year, the average person walks four miles making his or her bed.
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