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Scotland produces over 750 million liters of whiskey each year. That's more than three bottle of Scotch for ever man, woman and child in the United States.
During Prohibition, one million gallons of Canadian liquor per year, 80% of that nation's output, made its way into the United States.
Scientists have been trying to invent a death ray composed of x-rays or gamma rays for years. But nature beat them to it. In 2007 NASA discovered a black hole generating such a mean that's destroying everything in its pat. It's been dubbed "the Death Star."
Prolonged exposure to loud music has been used by the U.S. military to "soften up" prisoners. Artists on the mind-bending playlist include Eminem, Metallica and Barney the dinosaur.
During World War II, the Germans devised a precursor to the Cornershot by attaching a curved barrel to their Sturmgewehr rifle. It proved impractical – as it increased barrel wear and decreased accuracy and muzzle velocity.
Pentagon documents from 1994 indicate the U.S. military had investigated building a gay bomb." It would have contained strong aphrodisiacs to encourage the enemy to make love, not war.
During launch roll out, the crawler-transporter keeps its load level to such a degree that the nose cone of the space shuttle does not sway outside the diameter of a basketball.
One 70/70 Off-Road Tire inflated to 120 pounds per square inch has enough potential energy to blast a 200 pound man nearly 10,000 feet in the air.
The head tube of the Specialized Demo 8 is so strong it could bear the weight of a Mini Cooper automobile.
Not surprisingly, Las Vegas is a hotbed for the world's strongest – including the light beam on the Luxor Hotel. Rated at 42 billion candlepower, it's so strong that airline pilots can see it from 250 miles away.
In 2007 over 170 billion email messages were sent per day. That's almost 2 million emails every second. 70% of them were spam and viruses.
Not all toys had to be robotic to be popular in the 90s. The low tech Beanie Babies introduced in 1993 sold more than 100 million units in just three years.
Since TiVo is a subscription service, the company is able to anonymously gather its users' viewing habits. The most rewound TiVo moment in history was Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" during the Super Bowl halftime show in 2004.
Geocaching is a worldwide, internet based outdoor treasure hunting game that uses the global positioning system to hide and seek containers called caches. Today there are more than 400,000 caches hidden worldwide.
Astronomers have discovered a white dwarf star, known as BPM 37093, composed entirely of crystallized carbon diamond. With roughly the same mass as our sun, the stars forms a diamond of 10 billion trillion trillion carats.
Planting 300,000 new trees and allowing them a full life would offset the carbon dioxide emission of one 500 megawatt coal-fired power plant operating for little more than a week.
China, which has the world's largest graphite deposits, has become the world's most prolific pencil manufacturer, turning out about 9 billion pencils a year.
In the early 20th Century, coconut shells were the most common source of activated carbon, including use in gas masks. During World War II, Japanese control of the coconut supply in the Pacific forced American activated carbon makers to switch to coal.
In 1997 a Holstein cow named Muranda Oscar Lucinda produced a record setting 67,914 pounds of milk in one year. That's enough milk to accompany the cookies of over 124,000 kindergartners.
In the late 1930s before the widespread use of pasteurization in the United States, milk consumption accounted for about 25 percent of food and waterborne illness. By 2002, that number dropped to less than one percent.
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