Amazing Miscellaneous Facts   6

   The strawberry is technically not a fruit at all. In botanical terms, fruits are seed-bearing structures which grow from a flower's ovaries, and a strawberry is merely the swollen base of the strawberry flower. The plant's true fruits are the small, hard, nut-like pips embedded on the outside of the flesh. The seeds are contained in the pips.
   Although the Pony Express was one of the most famous stories of American History, it lasted only nineteen months, from April 1860 to October 1861. It was a complete financial failure.
   The biggest Pyramid in the world is not in Egypt. It's actually about sixty miles southeast of Mexico City, Mexico. It covers more than forty acres and the largest Egyptian Pyramid, The Great Pyramid at Giza, covers about 13 acres.
   The YKK on the zipper of your Levis stands for Yoshida Kogyo Kabushibibaisha, the worlds largest zipper manufacturer.
   The horn of the Rhinoceros is not bone, it is hair.
   Artificial Christmas trees have outsold real ones every year since 1991.
   King George I of England could not speak English. He was born and raised in Germany and never learned to speak English even though he was King from 1714 to 1727. He left the running of the country to his ministers thereby creating the first government cabinet.
   There are about 5,000 different languages spoken on Earth.
   The Inca tribe in Peru created the decimal system hundreds of years before it was introduced in Europe.
   Ancient Egyptian religion divided the human body into 36 parts and each part came under the protection of a god or goddess.
   The first U.S. coin to bear the words "United States of America," was a penny piece made in 1727. It was also inscribed with the plain-spoken motto: "Mind Your Own Business."
   97% of all paper money in the US contains traces of cocaine.
   Enough exciting pieces of evidence exist to show that map making actually began in the Stone Age.
   Before 1941 fingerprints were not accepted as evidence in court. Up to that time it was not an established fact that no two fingerprints are alike. Today, the only time in which fingerprints will not be allowed as evidence is if the defense can prove that there are in fact two identical sets of fingerprints.
   During the time that the atomic bomb was being hatched by the United States at Los Alamos, New Mexico, applicants for routine jobs like janitor were disqualified if they could read. Illiteracy; in other words, was a job requirement. The reason: The authorities didn't want their trash or other papers read.
   In 1875 the Director of the United States Patent Office sent in his resignation, and advised the administration that his department be eliminated, because he was convinced there was nothing left to invent.
   The first contact lens was actually conceived by Leonardo Da Vinci in the 15th century.
   In Venice in the 16th and 17th centuries prostitutes believed that the higher the heel on their shoe the more men would pay for their services. Consequently a law was passed banning the wearing of high heels because they began to trip in the dark and fall into the canals and die.
   In ancient Egypt women had more legal rights than those in some countries today. Even when a couple divorced it was understood that the woman was entitled to up to one-half of the estate.
   When the Mayflower, which took the pilgrims to America, had eventually outlived her usefulness she was dismantled and then reconstructed as a barn.


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