Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Ten Amazing Pieces of Information

The Declaration of Impendence, authored by future President Thomas Jefferson with the help of future President John Adams, was issued on July 4, 1776. Both Jefferson and Adams died on the same day 50 years later – July 4, 1826.

There are at least 100 stars in the universe for every grain of sand on earth.

No piece of square dry paper can be folded in half more than 7 times.

The Amazon River pushes so much water into the Atlantic Ocean that more than one hundred miles at sea off the mouth of the river, one can dip fresh water out of the ocean. The volume of water in the Amazon river is greater than the next eight largest rivers in the world combined and three times the flow of all rivers in the United States.

In proportion, if Jupiter were a basketball, then the sun would be the size of the Louisiana Super Dome.

The number of people alive on earth right now is greater than the number of all the people that have ever died.

111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

Halley's Comet made an appearance in 1835 on the day Mark Twain was born. Mark Twain died on the day of its next appearance in 1910.

If you counted 24 hours a day, it would take 31,688 years to reach one trillion.

In 1838, Edgar Allan Poe released his only novel. In the book, the four survivors of a ship lost at sea drew lots to see who would be eaten. The loser was a young cabin boy named Richard Parker. 
Forty-six years later the ship Mignonette sank at sea. Four people survived in lifeboats without food. After drawing straws, three of the survivors ate the cabin boy, named Richard Parker.

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