Tuesday, April 20, 2010

A gallon of water weighs 8.335 pounds.

SeaWorld's Shamu tank holds 7,000,000 gallons. That means the water alone outweighs the average female killer whale by 58,338,350 pounds.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Banana plants have been used to make textiles in Japan since the 13th century...

Harvested shoots are boiled in lye in preparation for yarn-making and produce varying degrees of softness, suitable for everything from tablecloths to kimonos.
Yep...banana yarn. :)

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Saturday, October 10, 2009

The Twinkie was invented in 1930...

as a way to utilize shortcake pans that were previously only used during strawberry season. The original Twinkie contained a banana cream filling that was replaced with vanilla cream during the World War II banana shortage.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Crayola was originally an industrial pigment supply company...

manufacturing red iron oxide pigments used in barn paint and carbon black chemicals used to make tires black and extend their life span.

Monday, October 5, 2009

A bowling pin...

needs to tip only 7.5 degrees in order to fall over.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Wells Fargo once monopolized long-distance overland stage coach...

and mail services. By 1866 the company owned Pony Express and received $600,000 a year in government grants for mail service. Along with carrying mail, for $200 a person could ride along on the 22 day trip from St. Louis, Missouri to San Francisco, California.