Ten Random Facts
Only female bees work. Males remain in the hive, their only mission in life being to fertilize the queen bee on her maiden flight. After they have served their function, the males are not allowed back into the hive but are left outside, where they starve to death.
The hump of a really famished camel may flop over and hang down the side of the body as the fat is used up.
The fastest temperature change on record is a rise of 49° F in two minutes, from -4° to 45° F. This occurred in Spearfish, South Dakota, January 1943, between 7:30 and 7:32 a.m.
In most places, when a drawbridge is open, the only land vehicle that can claim priority over boats is a truck hauling the US mail. This option is seldom if ever exercised, of course.
In 1939 Irving Berlin composed a Christmas song but thought so little of it that he never showed it to anybody. He just tossed it into a trunk and didn't see fit to retrieve it until he needed it for a Bing Crosby-Fred Astaire movie, HOLIDAY INN 10 years later. Bing Crosby was a staunch Catholic and at first refused to sing the song because he felt it tended to commercialize Christmas. He finally agreed, took eighteen minutes to make the recording, and then the "throw-away" song become an all-time hit. Crosby's version has sold over 40 million copies. All together, this song has appeared in 750 versions, selling 6 million copies of sheet music and 90,000,000 recordings ,just in the United States and Canada. You might not recognize the song from the movie HOLIDAY INN...or from the composer's name of Irving Berlin. But you're bound to know it because it's on everyone's list of Christmas favorites: WHITE CHRISTMAS.
Beginning after 1965, Inauguration Day, on January 20 of each fourth year, is a legal holiday for Federal U.S. employees and individuals employed by the government of the District of Columbia employed in the District of Columbia, Montgomery and Prince Georges counties in Maryland, Arlington and Fairfax counties in Virginia, and the cities of Alexandria and Falls Church in Virginia.
Supermodel Tyra Banks was the first African American to appear solo on the cover of the "Sports Illustrated" swimsuit issue.
According to one source, about 66 percent of magazines found tossed along U.S. roadsides are pornographic.
Earth's orbit around the Sun is not perfectly circular: it is slightly oval-shaped. In the northern hemisphere, Earth is about 3 million miles closer to the Sun during the winter than in the summer.
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