Did you Know?

---In 1972, Pepsi became the first capitalist consumer product to be produced, marketed and sold in the Soviet Union. The problem, as in most deals with the Soviets, was how to get the money out. The solution was a barter deal where PepsiCo would trade its cola syrup in exchange for Stolichnaya vodka. In 1989, PepsiCo and the Soviet Union made a new $3 billion deal. This time the vodka bottles were not enough to pay for the soda and the Soviets used what they had plenty of at that time military equipment. Altogether PepsiCo received 17 submarines, a cruiser, a frigate and a destroyer, giving Pepsico the seventh largest submarine fleet in the world. PepsiCo resold them for scrap.

---The Atlanta metropolitan area is home to over half of Georgia's population.

---Coins were introduced as a method of payment around the 6th or 5th century BCE. The invention of coins is still shrouded in mystery: According to Herdotous (I, 94), coins were first minted by the Lydians, while Aristotle claims that the first coins were minted by Demodike of Kyrme, the wife of King Midas of Phrygia. Numismatists consider that the first coins were minted on the Greek island of Aegina, either by the local rulers or by king Pheidon of Argos.

---paraskevidekatriaphobia is a fear of Friday the 13th

---The United States has 16 territories, five of which are inhabited.

---China produces over half of the world's cultivated mushrooms.

--- Ilha de Queimada Grande in Brazil, is home to up to five venomous snakes per square meter. Needless to say, people are forbidden.

--- In 2014, Poland was the world's largest mushroom exporter, reporting an estimated 194,000 tonnes (191,000 long tons; 214,000 short tons) annually.

---The Danakil Depression, is considered by many to be the most inhospitable place on earth

---...about the artificial glaciers of Nadkah.

---An ISBN is an International Standard Book Number. ISBNs were 10 digits in length up to the end of December 2006, but since 1 January 2007 they now always consist of 13 digits. ISBNs are calculated using a specific mathematical formula and include a check digit to validate the number.

---The southernmost atolls of the world are Elizabeth Reef at 2958′ S, and nearby Middleton Reef at 2929′ S, in the Tasman Sea, both of which are part of the Coral Sea Islands Territory.

---There is only one recorded case of a person being burned at the stake in the US and that was a slave in 1779 Illinois.

---The B-52D has the distinction of being the last bomber in aviation history to have shot down enemy aircraft during wartime with machine guns.

---Iceland is the least militarized nation in the world with no army, air force or navy, only a national police force.

---Kure is the northernmost coral atoll in the world. It consists of a 6-mile (10 km) wide nearly circular barrier reef surrounding a shallow lagoon and several sand islets.

---The strongest living creature on earth is the dung beetle. In fact, the top three are insects. The strongest mammal is the elephant.

---Until January of this year, a carbon based material called graphene was the strongest material on earth. However, a new material based on graphene, but able to be constructed in three dimensions has been created which is even stronger. LINK

---The biggest cat that purrs and meows is the Cougar.

---The number of 'witches' burned at the stake during the Salem witch trials was zero. They were all hanged.

---American Airlines has the largest commercial fleet with over 1,700 aircraft currently flying.

---The Hoba meteorite, which weighs about 66 tons, left no crater when it fell to Earth.

---85 airliners have disappeared without a trace since 1948, most of them over water.

---According to the World Health Organization, there is one suicide every 40 seconds.

---Yakhchāl (Persian: یخچال‎‎ "ice pit"; yakh meaning "ice" and chāl meaning "pit") is an ancient type of evaporative cooler that was, indeed, used to make ice.

---During peak travel times, there are over 16,000 airline flights in the air.

---The only journalist to be inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame is successful race car driver Denise McCluggage.

---12% of people dream in black and white.

---The Boston Tea Party was the result of tea sold by the British East India Company (who had a monopoly thanks to the Tea Act) being less expensive than smuggled tea. Tea smugglers like John Hancock and Samuel Adams found it difficult to sell their higher priced teas.  These men were trying to protect their economic interests by opposing the Tea Act, and Samuel Adams sold the opposition of British tea to the Patriots on the pretext of the abolishment of human rights by being taxed without representation. Look it up.

---There are more 'mega-churches' in Houston than any other metropolitan area in the US.

---Foreigners in Japan renting apartments on their own often face discrimination from real estate agents or landlords who refuse to rent to foreigners.

---Regarding our trash: Fifty-five percent gets buried in landfills, 33 percent gets recycled, and 12.5 percent goes to incinerators.

---Used for years as nuclear dumping site by the Soviet Union, Lake Karachay has several times been declared the most polluted place on Earth. In fact, it has been said that just 1 hour of exposure here would be lethal.

---John Hancock, was a tea smuggler who, when caught, kept getting off on technicalities. Look it up.

---The best selling car is the Toyota Corolla with 43 million examples sold since 1966.

---Mel Blanc, the voice of Bugs Bunny, hated carrots, which he crunched during the takes where Bugs was eating a carrot. He immediately spit it out after each take. 

---Many parts of the cattail/bullrush can be eaten and are quite nutritious.  

---Do you know why Mickey Mouse is not in public domain? After all, he first appeared in 1928 and you'd think the copyright would have long expired. You can thank Disney lawyers for this. For more info, read this link:  https://artlawjournal.com/mickey-mouse-keeps-changing-copyright-law/

--- The most recent Mickey Mouse theatrical cartoon short was 2013's Get a Horse!, which is included in the Frozen Blu-Ray. Prior to that it was 1995's Runaway Brain.

---In 1893, before the establishment of a modern automotive industry in Britain, English engineer Bramah Joseph Diplock patented a four-wheel-drive system for a traction engine, including four-wheel steering and three differentials, which was subsequently built. The development also incorporated Bramah's Pedrail wheel system in what was one of the first four-wheel-drive automobiles to display an intentional ability to travel on challenging road surfaces. It stemmed from Bramagh's previous idea of developing an engine that would reduce the amount of damage to public roads.

---The first US Navy ship to convert from coal to fuel oil was the monitor USS Cheyenne.

---Although preservation of food using tin cans had been practiced since at least 1772 in the Netherlands, the first can openers were not patented until 1855 in England and 1858 in the United States

---The Tu-114 is the fastest turboprop powered aircraft, reaching a speed of 540 mph in 1960. A record that still stands.

---A majority of door knobs are made out of brass. This is because brass surfaces can prevent bacteria from accumulating. Brass kills bacteria and essentially makes doorknobs germ-proof, which is ideal when they receive so many different hands coming into contact with them.

---Our foot is as long as our forearm; our thumb is as long as our nose; our lips are as long as our index fingers. You can thank Leonardo DaVinci for discovering that and using it in his paintings.

---There are an average of 1.2 million ants per person on Earth.

---The only other creature on Earth with unique fingerprints besides humans is the koala.