The “Shell” in Royal Dutch Shell came from the company which merged with Royal Dutch who’s business was importing and selling seashells – The “Shell” Transport and Trading Company.
A town of Minden, Nevada still sounds a “sundown siren” at 6pm every evening, originally signifying that Native Americans were required to leave town by 6:30pm or face jail or fine.
In the “Yankee Doodle” song, “macaroni” does not refer to pasta. It is an 18th-century description of men who dress effeminately.
In fall when some tree leaves change color, the brown-red-yellow is actually their real color. The green was the chlorophyll used to absorb sunlight that is now broken down and reabsorbed into the trunk to save energy and reuse for next year’s new leaves.
27% of Americans 18 and older have cut off contact with a family member. Of the more than 1,300 people surveyed, 10% reported being estranged from a parent or child, 8% from a sibling and 9% from extended family members including cousins, aunts and uncles, grandparents, nieces and nephews.
The producers of the Sopranos were sued in 2001 by the “American Italian Defense Association” for allegedly violating the Illinois Constitution’s guarantee of individual dignity.
53 years ago was the first time data was sent through the internet. it was only the 2 digits “LO” because the network could not deal with so much information (AKA to complete the word “LOGIN”) so it crashed after the first 2 digits.
African elephants can exchange information by emitting low-frequency sounds that travel dozens of miles under the ground on the savanna. The sound waves come from the animals’ huge vocal cords, and distant elephants “hear” the signals with their highly sensitive feet.
Mauritania, a country located in West Africa still practices slavery even though it was abolished in 1981 then criminalized in 2007 making it the last country to do so.
Even traveling at the speed of light, it would take us 25,000 years to reach the center of our galaxy.