Americans are responsible for about 1/5 of the world’s garbage annually. On average, that’s 3 pounds a day per person.
Human thigh bones are stronger than concrete.
The word “queue” is the only word in the English language that is still pronounced the same way when the last four letters are removed.
Antarctica is the only continent with no owls.
On average, women utter 7,000 words a day; men manage just over 2,000.
The Puritan brought beer to America. According to Mourt’s Relation (1622), the Mayflower pilgrims settled at Plymouth because supplies, especially beer, were running low. Beer was a dietary mainstay on long voyages because, having been broiled, it was purer than water.
In late-1600s Puritan society, a child over 16 convicted of cursing at a parent was sentenced to death. Being a stubborn or rebellious child also earned you a death sentence.
If you are locked in a sealed room, you will die of carbon dioxide poisoning before your brain starves from oxygen deprivation.
All scorpions glow. A scorpion’s exoskeleton contains a thin transparent film called the hyaline layer, which fluoresces under black (ultraviolet) light. Even after hundreds of millions of years, the hyaline layers of fossilized scorpions still glow.
A cockroach’s brain spread throughout its body. If you chop off its head, it can still live for up to a week. It finally dies because it can’t eat.