Ten Random Facts
In Greece, it is a wedding tradition to write the names of all single female friends and relatives of the bride on the sole of her shoe. After the wedding, the shoe is examined, and those whose names have worn off are said to be the next in line for marriage.
The first wooden shoe comes from the Netherlands. The Netherlands have many seas so people wanted a shoe that kept their feet dry while working outside. The shoes were called klompen and they had been cut of one single piece of wood. Today the klompen are the favorite souvenir for people who visit the Netherlands.
The knee is the most easily injured of all the joints in the body and the most frequently treated area by orthopedic surgeons, according to a report from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. More than 6 million people visit an orthopedic surgeon each year for a knee problem, the report said. Hospital emergency rooms log 1.4 million visits per year for knee problems.
The Pacific equatorial countercurrent flows eastward toward South America, carrying up to 40 million tons of warm water with it every second.
During the American revolution, more inhabitants of the American colonies fought for the British than for the Continental Army.
Lead poisoning is known as plumbism.
Kwanzaa has seven basic symbols, which represent values and concepts reflective of African culture. - Mazao: Fruits, Nuts, and Vegetables
Sibling-less: Notables who were the only child in their families include Ansel Adams, Hans Christian Andersen, Carol Burnett, Raymond Chandler, Eric Clapton, Linda Ellerbee, Louis Gossett, Jr., Robert Englund, Charlton Heston, James Earl Jones, Ted Koppel, Ivan Lendl, Barry Manilow, Maria Montessori, Jack Nicholson, Flannery O'Connor, Al Pacino, Charlie "Bird" Parker, Robert Edwin Peary, Lisa Marie Presley, Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jean-Paul Sartre, Frank Sinatra, Robin Williams, and Tiger Woods.
Historians believe that Judas Iscariot, the betrayer of Jesus, was a redhead.
Fifteen percent of Americans say they follow news about U.S. relations with other countries " very closely," another 50 percent follow it "somewhat closely," while 34 percent admit to not following it closely at all.
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