15 Exhilarating Facts | Amazing Facts 4U
- Daniel Webster, who ran for president and lost three times, declined the Vice Presidency twice, thinking it a worthless office. Amazingly both presidents who offered it later died in office, meaning that if he had accepted, he would’ve become president after all.
- In 1984 five Argentinians crossed the Atlantic. The boat was a raft of 13.6 meters long by 5.8 meters wide, built of logs, rudderless and with only one sail. It was just to prove that 3500 years before Christopher Columbus, African sailors may have accidentally reached the shores of America.
- Amazing fact is that the bananas we buy in stores and supermarkets are genetically identical clones, all descended from one banana. These bananas are seedless and sterile. Natural bananas are short, fat, and have huge seeds.
- Amazingly in Italy, six scientists were charged with manslaughter because they didn’t predict an earthquake which killed 309 people.
- The first man to swim the length of Great Britain grew a beard to stop jellyfish stinging his face.
- There are more public libraries than McDonald’s in the United States .
- German scientist, Gerhard Domagk, developed the antibacterial agent Prontosil, a sulfonamide. He used this agent to treat his own daughter, preventing her from an arm amputation. He won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1939.
- A city in Texas renamed itself to “DISH, Texas” to receive free Dish Satellite service for 10 years.
- Researchers have invented a helmet that gives humans amazing simulated 360° of vision, allowing a person to avoid a ball thrown from behind and catch an object tossed outside the normal human field of view.
- The Wright Brothers’ first powered flight in 1903 “did not create public excitement. The news soon faded. In fact, they were largely mocked and disregarded until a demonstration in France nearly 5 years later.
- In contrast to the Royal Navy, Royal Marines and Royal Air Force, the British Army does not include Royal in its title because, after a historic struggle between Parliament and monarchy, the British Army has always been answerable to Parliament and the British people rather than the Monarch.
- Mussolini was expelled from school when he was 10 for stabbing a classmate. He did the same thing at his next school.
- It used to be compulsory for figure skaters to slowly trace precise, intricate shapes into the ice to be inspected by judges for scoring. Hence the name ‘figure skating’.
- A volcanologist died at an observation camp when Mount St. Helens exploded in 1980. He had agreed, for one day, to fill in for a colleague who was rotating out a third scientist based at the camp. Amazingly the man rotated out died 11 years later during the Mount Unzen (Japan) eruption.
- Uranus is the coldest planet in our solar system, even though Neptune is farther from the sun.
By Amazing Facts 4U Team