Sunday, July 29, 2012

Did You Know...

The first cars did not have windshield wipers until an American woman named Mary Anderson noticed they were needed. In 1903, she invented a window-cleaning device operated with a lever by the driver.

Mount Washington in New Hampshire (USA) was the location of the strongest recorded wind gust. The gust, which occurred on April 12, 1934 was clocked at 231 miles per hour.

There is a crop grown in Colombia, as well as some other South American countries, called fique. It is a natural fiber that can be made into such things as rope, sacks, tapestry and purses.

When baby polar bears are born, they are much smaller than human babies. They are the size of a rat and usually weigh just over one pound.

Roald Dahl, the famous writer known for such children's stories and "James and the Giant Peach" and "Witches", also wrote a few screenplays including "You Only Live Twice", a James Bond film.

Performance capture animation, which uses part animation and part live action was used in films like "The Polar Express" (2004) and "Monster House" (2006).

Actor Richard Gere doesn't just act. He is also a guitar collector. His collection of 110 guitars and amplifiers recently sold at auction in New York for almost $1 million.

In Switzerland, which borders several European countries, most people (nearly 64%) speak German; while, about 20% speak French and 6.5% converse in Italian. Therest of the population speaks a variety of languages.

Those who tend to get bloated might want to try eating kiwi fruit. The fiber and other nutrients in this fruit are recognized as an aid to digestion.

American Charles Cretors invented the first popcorn machine in 1885. The machine was steam-driven and it popped the corn in a mixture of butter, lard and salt.

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