Figs have the highest dietary fiber content of any common fruit, nut, or vegetable.
Statistically speaking, the most dangerous job in the United States is that of sanitation worker. Firemen and policeman are a close second and third places, followed by leather tanners in fourth.
Miami Beach pharmacist Benjamin Green invented the first suntan cream by cooking cocoa butter in a granite coffee pot on his wife's stove, and then testing the batch on his own head. His invention was introduced as Coppertone Suntan Cream in 1944.
Kermit the Frog is left-handed and has eleven points on his collar.
Until the nineteenth century, solid blocks of tea were used as money in Siberia.
Free-moving liquid in outer space will form itself into a sphere, because of its surface tension.
The Red Sea got its name from the occasionally extensive blooms of algae that, upon dying, turn the sea's normally intense blue-green waters to red.
Chocolate was once considered a temptation of the devil. In Central American mountain villages during the 18th century, no one under the age of 60 was permitted to drink it, and churchgoers who defied the rule were threatened with excommunication.
The pharaohs of ancient Egypt wore garments made with thin threads of beaten gold. Some fabrics had up to 500 gold threads per one inch of cloth.
There are eight bones in a human wrist.
You're just as likely to die by falling out of bed then you are to get struck by lightning; each is a 1 in 2,000,000 chance. You have a 1 in 3,000,000 chance of being killed by a snake
The word “struthious” refers to something that resembles or is related to ostriches.
Actors Robert Redford, Steve McQueen, and Paul Newman all turned down a contract offer of $ 4 million for the starring role in Superman. Christopher Reeve was paid $250,000 for the part.
The wingspan of a Boeing 747 jet is longer than the Wright brothers' first flight.
The language of Taki, spoken in parts of French Guinea, consists of only 340 words.
The 1955 James Dean-Natalie Wood classic, Rebel Without a Cause, was banned in Britain and Spain upon its release, for fear that young people would become violent after seeing the film.
Jack the Ripper, the notorious murderer in nineteenth-century England, committed his crimes on weekends.
Ice-fog — containing minute ice crystals — shines and glitters in sunlight. It is rather colorfully known as 'diamond dust.' Ice fogs frequently occur around Alaska, where temperatures may drop to -40 degrees Fahrenheit in winter.
No one knows with any certainty the origin of the popular nursery rhyme "Humpty Dumpty."
Mint is supposed to be named after an ancient nymph by the name of Minthe, who was the beloved of Pluto.
Desi Arnaz's father was mayor of Santiago, Cuba, and his mother the daughter of one of the founders of Bacardi Rum. His family went into exile after the coup that brought Fulgencio Batista to power in 1934. The family made its new home in Miami, Florida. Desi's best friend in high school -- Al Capone, Jr.