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4.8 billion gallons of water are flushed down toilets every day in the United States. This accounts for 38% of household water usage.
Some historians believe that the fall of the Roman Empire was hastened by lead poisoning from plumbing pipes, which caused widespread illness, dementia and death.
A two story outhouse built during the 1900s in Crested Butte, Colorado still stands today. The upstairs was used when deep snow made the lower level inaccessible.
In 1829, Boston's Tremont Hotel became America's first hotel with indoor plumbing. Water was drawn from a rooftop storage tank fed by the newly invented steam pump.
In 1943, the United States produced 28 pounds of penicillin. In 1945, production increased to 14,000 pounds.
Eighty-four percent of American households own a microwave oven.
Military engineers predict the use of the B-52 bomber will extend beyond 2045 - a life span of more than a hundred years.
American Ezra Warner invented the tin can opener in 1858, nearly fifty years after the invention of the tin can.
All natural substances contain radioactive material. In fact, beer contains thirteen times as much radioactivity as the cooling water discharged from a nuclear power plant.
The United States has five percent of the world's population yet consumes twenty five percent of its energy supply.
In 1984 Brazil built the world's largest hydroelectric plant, which provides as much energy as thirteen nuclear reactors.
George Westinghouse built the first illuminated tennis court at his house. It had 1500 light bulbs and its own power plant.
Between 1930 and 1980, 945 men and seven women were put to death in America's gas chambers.
Florida's "Old Sparky" was constructed from lumber taken from the gallows it replaced.
Hanging remains the second most common execution method in the world. In 1999, 139 people were hanged in 11 countries.
Stoning is still practiced in six countries: Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan, the Grenadines, Sudan, and the United Arab Emirates.
A perfect score on the Army Physical Fitness Test for a young male recruit would be 78 sit-ups in two minutes, 71 push-ups in two minutes and a 13 minute two mile run.
Of the 600,000 troops that died during the Civil War, only about 200,000 were killed in combat. The rest died of disease and dysentery.
Begining om the 17th century, the sharpness of a samurai sword was occasionally tested on human subjects. The blade was measured by how easily it cut through the body of condemned prisoners.
The word "gladiator" comes from the Latin term "gladius," meaning "sword."
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