Wednesday, June 27, 2012


~  The top speed of Amtrak's Acela Express (the fastest train in the US) is 150 MPH.

~  A ghillie suit is camouflage clothing that incorporates real or artificial twigs, leaves, and other vegetation to help hunters, snipers, and the military blend in with nature.  It was originally devised by Scottish hunting guides, who were known as ghillies.

~  In animal breeds a Plymouth Rock is a chicken.  The breed was developed in New England in the mid-19th century.

~  The first African American athlete to carry the US flag and light the Olympic flame at opening ceremonies of the Olympics was Rafer Johnson.  He was a decathlon gold medalist.  He carried the flag at the 1960 opening in Rome, and lit the flame at the 1984 opening ceremony in Los Angeles.

The Wedding Feast at Cana by Veronese is the largest painting hangin in the Louvre Museum in Paris.  It is 32.6 feet wide and 22.2 feet tall.

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