Did you Know?

---The most recent discovery of a 'lost' civilization was made in Honduras.

---The most heavily genetically modified organism (GMO) is soy beans with 89% of the world's crop being GMO.

---India has the largest postal network in the world with over 1,000,000 post offices.

---Cotton is considered the world's dirtiest crop due to its heavy use of pesticides. 4% of the world's crops is cotton and it uses 16% of the world's pesticides. Rodaleinstitute.org.

---The thickest sediments on earth are in the Caspian basin where is it estimated they are 26 kilometers thick. The thickest in the US is the Anadarko basin in Oklahoma/Texas at 10 kilometers.

---The USS Barb (which sank more ships than any other vessel in WWII) also 'sank' a train. LINK

---The last time the earth was ice-free was 34 million years ago during the Eocene Epoch. Since 1880, the world's oceans have risen 7 inches. 

---The developed nation with the worst income inequality is Chile, followed by Mexico (which also has the highest poverty rate of developed countries at 24%), Turkey, and the United States. Source: 247wallstreet.com

---Did you know that frijoles refritos (refried beans in the US) are not beans that have been fried multiple times, but rather beans that have been well-fried using very hot oil.

---According to Marketwatch.com, it will cost at least $70 million to replace the cruise missiles that the U.S. military rained on Syria last Thursday night.

---Jamie Farr was the only cast member of M.A.S.H. to serve in the Army during the Korean War.

---Modern gasoline engines have a maximum thermal efficiency of about 25% to 30% when used to power a car.

---Since the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2002, the US has spent 8.5 billion dollars to help eradicate opium  poppy planting. The latest survey found that in 2016, farmers were growing poppies on more than 200,000 hectares. In 2002, the number was 74,000 hectares.

---The nation with the highest percentage of the population that smokes marijuana is Iceland with over 18%. US is third with over 16%.

---The number one cause of personal bankruptcy in the US is the inability to pay medical bills. This averages 643,000 households a year.

---The largest reciprocating engine in the world is the Wärtsi-Sulzer RTA96-C, a straight 14 cylinder engine that displaces 111,000 cubic inches per cylinder.

---The smallest working internal combustion engine is a rotary engine the size of a US penny.

---The most common surnames in the world: Li and Lee are the surnames of over 100 million people of Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese heritage. The name derives from the Chinese word for "plum tree"; the name was popularized by the emperors of the Tang dynasty that used it. Zhang is also a surname for over 100 million people of Chinese origin. The name derives from the Chinese word for "bow stretch," most likely to identify bowmakers.

---There used to be a class of ship called a cruiser submarine, of which the French Surcouf was the largest.

---Layne Hall had a driver's license longer than anyone in the US and perhaps the world; from 1916 until he died in late 1990 - 74 years. Mr Hall was born in 1880.

---The U.S. Air Force's X-37B space plane is just a few days away from setting a record on its current clandestine mission. If the robotic vehicle stays aloft until March 25, it will break the X-37B mission-duration mark of 674 days, which was established back in October 2014.

---Feodor Vassilyev and his first wife, hold the record for the most children a couple has parented. She gave birth to a total of 69 children – sixteen pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets and four sets of quadruplets – between 1725 and 1765.

---By some accounts, smallpox has killed more people than any other infectious disease.

---It is illegal to photograph the Eifel Tower at night. http://www.snopes.com/photographs-of-eiffel-tower-at-night/ 

--- The Simms Motor Scout was the first armed petrol engine powered vehicle ever built.

---Do you know the difference between uninterested and disinterested?
-Uninterested means not interested, not engaged, not concerned. Disinterested means unbiased, not influenced; someone who has no particular interest in how something shakes out.
-A judge should be both interested (engaged, involved, concerned) and disinterested (unbiased).

---In regards to daylight savings time:  Trains always adhere to their published schedules, so when it’s time to “fall back” all Amtrak trains that are running on time stop in their tracks and wait an hour before resuming. When it’s time to spring forward the trains automatically fall behind schedule at 2 a.m. but just have to do their best to make up the lost time.

--- The deepest man has drilled is the Kola Superdeep Borehole. It reached 12,262 metres (40,230 ft) in 1989 and still is the deepest artificial point on Earth. It is deeper than the Challenger Deep in the Marianas Trench, which is 36,201 feet below sea level.