~ A toothpick is the object most often choked on by Americans. Every year, more than 8,800 people injure themselves in some way with a toothpick.
~ An octupus will eat its own arms if it gets really hungry.
~ Thomas Edison, the inventor of the lightbulb, was afraid of the dark.
~ The Nobel Prize was first awarded in 1901. It resulted from a late change in the will of Alfred Nobel, who did not want to be remembered after his death as a propagator of violence - he invented dynamite.
~ Jeans were named after Genoa, Italy, where the first denim cloth was made.