Amazing Miscellaneous Facts   7

   The closest relative to the Manatee is the Elephant, scientists think the elephant crawled back into the sea to become a Manatee.
   A personal "first aid kit" was found in King Tut's tomb, which included a finger sling and bandages.
   The bark of the redwood tree is fireproof. Fires in redwood forests take place inside the trees.
   If Benjamin Franklin had had his way, the Eagle would not be the symbol of the United States. In 1789 he proposed that it be replaced by the Turkey.
   The Great Pyramid at Giza in Egypt, constructed around 2500 B.C., was the tallest structure in the world until the Eiffel Tower was erected in 1889.
   Between A.D. 1400 and 1520 the Inca emperors of South America built more than 15,000 miles of roads from sea level to high into the Andes Mountains.
   A bowl of Wheaties contains twice as much sodium as a bowl of potato chips.
   One of the preposterous cures for the Black Plague in the 14th century was to place a pig next to the dying person.
   The famous battle of Bunker Hill in the American Revolutionary War was not fought on Bunker Hill but actually on nearby Breed's Hill instead.
   The world's worst earthquake occurred in 1556 in China killing approximately 830,000 people.
   In the 3rd to 2nd century B.C, Eratosthenes measured the radius of the earth without the use of precision instruments and came within one-percent of the actual value determined by today's space craft technology.
   Each day some forty-five thousand thunderstorms occur worldwide, resulting in as many as one hundred lightning strikes every second.
   Lightning strikes the earth somewhere more than seventeen million times every day, or about two hundred times every second.
   A bolt of lightning travels at speeds of up to one hundred million feet per second, or seventy-two million miles per hour.
   A lightning bolt generates temperatures five times hotter than those found at the sun's surface.
   Over (US) $1,000,000,000,000 worth of Foreign Exchange transactions are traded daily in the three major markets: Tokyo, London and New York (a figure which is larger than the GDP of most countries).
   A skunk will not bite and throw its scent at the same time.
   The woolly mammoth, extinct since the Ice Age, had tusks almost 16 feet long.
   The name Coca-Cola in China was first rendered as Ke-kou-ke-la. Unfortunately, the Coke company did not discover until after thousands of signs had been printed that the phrase means "bite the wax tadpole" or "female horse stuffed with wax" depending on the dialect. Coke then researched 40,000 Chinese characters and found a close phonetic equivalent, "ko-kou-ko-le," which can be loosely translated as "happiness in the mouth."
   The richest man in the United Kingdom is Paul Raymond who among other things, owns nightclubs and publishes sex magazines.


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