Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Offbeat Tuesday

There are approximately ten million bricks in the Empire State Building.

The oldest business in the United States of America is the cymbal company Zildjian which was founded in Constantinople in 1623.

"Weird" Al Yankovic received a Bachelor's degree in Architecture in 1981. He also served as valedictorian of his high school at age 16.

The lightning that we see actually goes from the ground to the sky in what is known as the "return stroke" at 1/3 the speed of light. We can't see the initial "stepped leader" that passes from the sky to the ground.

The most common invention of the 19th century was the washing machine. Between 1804 and 1873, at least 1676 patents were issued by the United States Patent Office for various forms of this device.

The five most stolen items in a drugstore are batteries, cosmetics, film, sunglasses, and, get this, Preparation H. Apparently people are just too embarrassed to purchase the last item.

In four separate instances between October 1987 and February 1988, small pink frogs rained down from the sky on to various parts of Great Britain. Scientists are still uncertain as to where these frogs originated, although some have traced them back to the Sahara desert.

Did you ever wonder what the WD in WD-40 stands for? The name was lifted right out chemist Norm Larsen's laboratory notebook. Way back in 1953, he was trying to concoct an anti-corrosion formula, which worked on the basic principle of displacing water. On his 40th try, Larsen finally got it right. Hence the name WD-40. It literally means Water Displacer, 40th try.


Hammer said...

What's really bad is when they use the prep h at the store and put it back on the shelf.

meleah rebeccah said...

"He also served as valedictorian of his high school at age 16."

That is a surprise!

dragonlady474 said...

Interesting stuff, especially the WD40 thing. Now the next time my EX-husband gets drunk and throws a can in the fire, I can tell people exactly what it was that killed him. lol

KurtP said...

You can also use it for a starting aid (starter fluid) on a deisal engine.

It's supposed to be a wart remover, too.

sue said...

The first time I heard that about lightening I was shocked (bad pun)... but didn't believe it until I saw it in slow motion. Pretty cool!

As always, thanks for the mind-expanding info.