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Did You Know: The Earth is Struck by Lightning Over 100 Times Every Second

While this statistic refers to global lightning strikes, it only counts lightning that contacts the ground! During any given minute, there are more than a thousand thunderstorms around the Earth causing more than 6,000 flashes of lightning. Most of it goes from cloud-to-cloud. In Canada, on average, 7 people will die and 60 more will be injured every year from lightning. ...

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Did You Know: New Hampshire Becomes the Ninth and Last Necessary State to Ratify the Constitution of the United States, Thereby Making the Document the law of the Land?

By 1786, defects in the post-Revolutionary War Articles of Confederation were apparent, such as the lack of central authority over foreign and domestic commerce. Congress endorsed a plan to draft a new constitution, and on May 25, 1787, the Constitutional Convention convened at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. ...

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Did You Know: Wind Doesn’t Make a Sound Until it Blows Against an Object?

This gets into some pretty complex areas of the physiology and physics of sound as well as fluid flow, but the main fact (generalisation) to realise is that fluid that is moving in straight lines doesn't make any noise. Don't believe me? Get a garden hose and turn it on. Listen to it, no sound. Now kink the hose a little and you will hear the water running through it quite easily. Sound as we hear it is cau ...

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Did You Know: The Oldest Word in the English Language is ‘town’ ?

The oldest word in the English language is town. Origionated from old English and has kept the same definition. . The shortest complete sentence in the English language consists of only one word and that is “Go”. . The oldest word in the English language is “Town”. . In England, till 1880s using the word “pants” was considered indecent. . The word “goodbye” came from “God bye”, which in turn comes from “God ...

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Did You Know: African Grey Parrots have Vocabularies of Over 200 Words ?

The African Grey parrot is one intelligent bird. So intelligent that it has its own distinct personality and an excellent talker as well. Pick that out. This is perhaps one of the reasons the African Grey is the most popular and widely adopted parrot species. Two major sub-species of the African Grey are the Timney African Grey and the Congo African Grey. They differ slightly physically and can be found in ...

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Did You Know: Hummingbirds Can’t Walk?

ll birds are fascinating creatures, but there are many facts about hummingbirds that make them astonishing to even experienced birders. From physiological facts to lifestyle facts to distribution facts, hummingbirds are some of the most interesting of the nearly 10,000 bird species in the world. ...

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Did You Know: Only Female Mosquitoes Bite?

[caption id="attachment_14782" align="alignleft" width="300"] Female Mosquitoe[/caption] The female mosquitoes only bite humans because they need the proteins found in blood to lay their eggs. The male does not have the probiscus to bite you; it feeds on flower nectar. ...

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Did You Know: More People Die from Falling Coconuts then from Shark Attacks?

Falling coconuts kill 150 people worldwide each year, 15 times the number of fatalities attributable to sharks," said George Burgess, Director of the University of Florida's International Shark Attack File and a noted shark researcher. "The reality is that, on the list of potential dangers encountered in aquatic recreation, sharks are right at the bottom of the list," said Burgess who was one of three scien ...

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Did You Know: Topolino’ is the Name for Mickey Mouse Italy?

Topolino, (from the Italian name for Mickey Mouse) is an Italian digest-sized comic series featuring Disney comics. The series has had a long running history, first appearing in 1932. It is currently published by Disney Italia. In 1932 the editor Mario Nerbini decided to open a new weekly newspaper for kids, containing illustrated tales with Mickey Mouse. The first number of Topolino was published on Decemb ...

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Did You Know: Bill Gates Began Programming Computers at the age of 13?

Bill Gates came from a family of entrepreneurship and high-spirited liveliness. William Henry Gates III was born in Seattle, Washington on October 28th, 1955. His father, William H. Gates II, is a Seattle attorney. His late mother, Mary Gates, was a schoolteacher, University of Washington regent, and chairwoman of United Way International. ...

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