Thursday, December 22, 2011

Did You Know That...

Today, Rembrandt (1606-1669) is known as one of the world's most famous portrait painters; but, in his day, he was criticized for his work. Some said his intimate portraiture was too personal or too eccentric.

The rose family isn't just about beautiful flowers. Apple, pear, peach, cherry, plum, mountain ash and hawthorne trees are also members of the rose family.

The San Francisco Earthquake of April 18, 1906, registered 8.3 on the Richter scale and lasted 20 seconds followed by almost a minute of aftershocks. The quake sparked fires that burned for three days and destroyed two-thirds of the city.

The largest living sea mammal is the Blue Whale, which can weigh up to 189.6 tons. The smallest land mammal is the Pygmy Mouse, which can weight as little as 6.8 grams.

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