During his lifetime, Herman Melville's Moby Dick sold only 50 copies.
Fifteen people are known to have been crushed to death tilting vending machines towards them in the hope of a free can of soda.
Attics were invented in Attica.
It takes Several hundred thousand years for newly made photons (light) to travel from the core of the sun to it's surface.
The United States produces more tobacco than it does wheat.
Spinach consumption in the U.S. rose 33% after the Popeye comic strip became a hit in 1931.
Less than 3% of the water produced at a large municipal water treatment plant is used for drinking purposes!
Oak trees do not have acorns until they are fifty years old or older.
In an average lifetime a person will walk the equivalent of three times around the world.
In Pakistan, goats are often sacrificed to improve the performance of the stock market.
Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour.
In 1982, a high school student from Los Angeles, California unscrambled the Rubik's Cube in 22.95 seconds.
A fully loaded supertanker traveling at normal speed takes a least twenty minutes to stop.
Contrary to popular belief, the first ironclad warships were built by Korea in the 16th century.
The United States has the highest minimum drinking age in the world.
In 1910 football teams were penalized 15 yards for an incompleted forward pass.
Persia changed its name to Iran in 1935.
Chop-suey is not a native Chinese dish, it was created in California by Chinese immigrants.
Avocados have more protein than any other fruit.
During a typical human life span, the human heart will beat approximately 2.5 billion times.