Wednesday, June 22, 2011


~  The human brain uses 20% of the typical adult body's oxygen and caloric intake.

~  Mauve was the color of the first synthetic dye.  It was accidentally produced in 1856 by British chemistry student William Perkin while he was trying to synthesize quinine as a cure for malaria.

~  If you are at 0' latitude and 0' longitude you are at the spot where the equator intersects with the prime meridian-in the Atlantic (in the Gulf of Guinea), off the coast of Africa about 380 miles south of Ghana.

~  At the outset of World War II, the Treasury Building in Washington, D.C. had a subterranean bunker with desks, beds, and a fully stocked kitchen set up for the president.  The bombproof emergency shelter was kept in readiness 24/7 in the event of an air attack on the nation's capital.

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