In the biggest run in Las Vegas history, a gambler turned 50$ into over 40 million dollars before losing it all.
In 1518 there was a “Dancing Epidemic”, where people uncontrollably danced for 4 to 6 days continuously, and died.
The PhD is not the highest degree a person can receive. There is also a Doctor of Sciences (DSc/ScD) and Doctor of Letters (DLitt/LittD) which is normally awarded in Britain, Ireland, and the commonwealth nations though it is occasionally awarded in the United States. It is normally awarded for a substantial and sustained contribution to the art to which it applies – for example science and literature. Mark Twain was awarded a Doctor of Letters by Oxford University. Just to add to the confusion, there is also a PhB which is a bachelor of philosophy which is equal to a Masters degree despite its name.
Mark Twain said “God created war so that Americans would learn geography.”
It takes 3,000 cows to supply the NFL with enough leather for a year’s supply of footballs.
It is possible to get drunk in prison thanks to a special thing called “prison wine” or “pruno”. It is an alcoholic liquid variously made from apples, oranges, fruit cocktail, ketchup, sugar, and possibly other ingredients, including bread. Pruno originated in (and remains largely confined to) prisons, where it can be produced cheaply, easily, and discreetly. The taste is described as vomit flavored wine cooler.
90 percent of the pumpkins grown in the United States are raised within a 90-mile radius of Peoria, Illinois.
Olympic gold medals are 92.5% silver.
The largest per capita tea drinking nation is the Republic of Ireland, not Britain.