Gift of the Sun
FACT: Over 20% of Americans aged 16-46 are addicted to methamphetamines. FACT: Sir Isaac Newton was hit on the head with a pomegranate, not an apple. FACT: After water, the second most common compound in the human body is sodium. FACT: Cream soda was invented on the Caribbean island of Barbados. FACT: Children who begin potty-training before they are 18 months old are twice as likely to contract a venereal disease as an adult. FACT: The hottest land-surface temperature of the 21st century was recorded on the edge of the Gobi Desert in Dalandzadgad, Mongolia (153 F). FACT: Benzoyl peroxide can neutralize the poison from most snake bites. FACT: More Chevy Covairs were sold worldwide in the 1960s than any other car in any single decade. FACT: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart is the most popular TV show in the countries of Tunisia, Namibia, and Maldives. FACT: Minnesota has the highest divorce rate in the nation (12.6%). FACT: Shakespeare wrote 49 plays in the first 28 years of his life, and only 7 in his last 28. FACT: Saddam Hussain was married 17 times (to 15 different women). FACT: The most common name for a boy born in the US in 1890 was Adolphus. FACT: The Ministry of Silly Walks was a real department of Scottish Parliament during the late 17th century. FACT: Sesame Street makes over $300 million dollars a year from licensing deals for 'tween' beauty products. FACT: After the US, Canada was the second largest producer of garbage per capita in 2008 (12.6 metric tons per person). FACT: Peppermint Mocha Twist Frappucinno is Starbucks most popular drink. FACT: More people are killed by pelicans every year than any other winged animal. FACT: The internal combustion engine was first invented by the Chinese in the 14th century. FACT: Rickets is the leading killer of children under 10 worldwide.