Amazing Miscellaneous Facts   8

   On the stone temples of Madura in southern India, there are more than 30 million carved images of gods and goddesses.
   The 20,000 year-old expanse of Antarctic ice known as the Larsen Ice Shelf has developed a crack 65 km long. This, combined with the separation of a large iceberg with a surface area of around 2,900 km and a thickness of 200 meters (now making its way north), will require the drafting of new maps of Antarctica. Both changes have been attributed to global warming.
   27% of U.S. male college students believe life is "a meaningless existential hell."
   If you're going to eat fast food, the odds are 2 out of 5 you will buy it at McDonald's. The odds are 1 out of 5 you will choose Burger King, and 1 out of 10 for Hardee's and for Wendy's.
   According to a market research survey done some time ago, 68% of consumers receiving junk mail actually open the envelopes.
   Head injuries occur about every 15 seconds in the United States.
   There was a prehistoric horse breed (called eohippus) that was about the size of a housecat.
   Ants do not sleep.
   Flying once around the moon is the equivalent with a round trip from New York to London. (Earth is about four times the size of the moon.)
   The mozzarella originally used in Italy for pizza, was made from the milk of the water buffalo.
   Pizza is the number 2 entree in food service, outpacing the growth rate of all other food items. It represents more than 10% of all food sales and is expected to exceed the hamburger 1996.
   Kenyan musicians are sometimes forced to play gigs while locked inside metal cages! Why? Nairobi nightclub musicians often don't have enough money to buy their instruments - the equipment is instead provided by club owners. Some owners literally imprison the musicians on stage to make sure they don't steal or damage the equipment.
   Penguins can jump as high as 6 feet in the air.
   In 1949, forecasting the relentless march of science, Popular Mechanics said "Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons."
   If the Loch Ness monster exists at all, he (or she) could only be about as big as a sixth grader. A new study shows that there is only enough fish in the loch to feed a 31 kg (about 67 lb) creature. The scientists used sonar to estimate the number of fish in the lake and came up with an annual food supply of 93 kg. Since a cold blooded animal like Nessie would need to eat about three times its body weight each year, it could only weigh about 31 kg.
   There are more than 1,000 chemicals in a cup of coffee. Of these, only 26 have been tested, and half caused cancer in rats.
   Your ears and nose continue to grow throughout your entire life. The fastest typist can type at 211 words per minute.
   Born on November 3, 1718, British politician, John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, is credited with naming the "sandwich." He developed a habit of eating beef between slices of toast so he could continue to play cards uninterrupted.
   Fresca, the soft drink, had problems when it was sold in Mexico. Fresca is slang for lesbian.
   The average ice berg weighs 20,000,000 tons.


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