Ten Random Facts
On September 19, 1985, at 7:19 a.m., an earthquake lasted for three minutes off the Pacific coast of Mexico. Its magnitude was 8.1.
The largest pyramid in the world is not in Egypt but in Cholulu de Rivadahia, Mexico. It is 177 feet tall and covers 25 acres. It was built sometime between 6 and 12 AD.
In the summer of 1994, international film star Sophia Loren signed a multimillion-dollar deal to lend her name to promote a line of furs. Animal rights activist and former French film sex kitten Brigitte Bardot lambasted Loren in the media for the endorsement. Bardot (or "BB," as her fans refer to her) attacked La Loren in a letter made public by her foundation. It stated, "Even if your financial situation motivates such a gesture, it is degrading, repugnant, lamentable and unworthy to accept bloody money derived from animal hides." The media and the public enjoyed this tussle between two former sex symbols.
When airplanes were still a novel invention, seat belts for pilots were installed only after the consequence of their absence was observed to be fatal – several pilots fell to their deaths while flying upside down.
Andrew Johnson's Secretary of State, William Seward, purchased Alaska from Russia in 1867.
The “ancient world” refers to the time period from 4 million years ago to 500 A.D. Our earliest human ancestors appeared in Africa 2.5 million years ago.
Benjamin Franklin was also the first person to try to electrocute a turkey. This experiment didn't work. The bird lived and it was America's Renaissance man who ended up absorbing the jolt. "I meant to kill a turkey," said the shocked inventor, "and instead, I nearly killed a goose."
Chicken feet are an extremely popular dim sum dish in Asia. Not surprisingly, they aren't popular with Americans. Simply prepared, chicken feet are cooked in a black-bean sauce. The proper way to eat them is to put the entire foot in one's mouth, suck off the meat, and spit out the bones.
Spinach is native to the area of Iran, but didn't spread to other parts of the world until the beginning of the Christian era.
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