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It's estimated that 20 million speeding citations are issued in the United States every year and police radar units are used in 13 million of those cases.
In 2005 a team of Caltech scientists built the world's most sensitive scales. They can weigh a few "zeptograms" or the approximate mass of one protein molecule.
In 2002 during an experiment at New York's Columbia University, Dr. Warwick used his implanted chip to send a mental command across the internet to control a robotic hand in England.
Swiss flier Ueli Gegenschatz set a wingsuit record by jumping from an airplane more than 14,000 feet over Ireland and soaring a distance of almost 11 miles, reaching a top speed of 155 miles per hour. The flight took five minutes and 45 seconds.
In 2008 stunt artist David Blaine sat a superhuman world record for holding one's breath underwater 17 minutes, four seconds.
On July 4, 2008 Jesus "Half Animal" Villa achieved a Guinness World Record on jumping stilts when he performed 20 consecutive back flips across 100 yards in 21 seconds.
In 2008 Americans discarded nearly 700,000 tons worth of tube TVs, of which only 18% were recycled. The bottom line: more than 46,000 tons of lead found its was back into the environment.
In 1951 Jack Kerouac typed On the Road during a three week marathon. To minimize interruption, he taped pages of paper together in a continuously feeding roll. The final single spaced manuscript was a scroll nearly 120 feet long.
Thomas Edison lobbied successfully for the world "hello" to be used as the standard telephone greeting, much to the dismay of Alexander Graham Bell who preferred "Ahoy! Ahoy!"
In 2007 a 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake fetched a world record auction price for an American car: $5.5 million.
Over 60% of full service car wash customers are 50 years and older.
A survey by the International Carwash Association shows that more than 50% of car owners wash their cars less than once a month, and 16% never wash their cars. About 32 million owners report that "Wash Me" has been scribbled on their cars at least once.
The world's most expensive car detailer works in the U.K. and only does exteriors. His rate is over $9,000 a job.
Professional car washes in cold climates wash more cares in winter than any other time of the year because of the corrosive salt on the roads.
Solution mining helped create vast underground salt caverns for storing the United States Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Over 700 million barrels of oil can be held there.
In ancient Greece, merchants would trade slaves for salt, giving rise to the expression that a man was "not worth his salt."
The saltiest body of water in the world is Lake Assal in the Republic of Djibouti in Africa. It contains a maximum 25% salt in solution and an additional 10% that can't dissolve. It's ten times saltier than the ocean.
Molten salt is used as an electrolyte in thermal batteries that power guidance systems in short range missiles. The salt melts and the battery becomes active shortly before or after the missile is launched. Battery life is usually less than 10 minutes.
Domesticated male turkeys weight 50% more than their wild counterparts. Brain weight is about a third less than in wild turkeys. Most affected it the area that controls vision.
On Christmas Eve 1968, astronauts aboard Apollo 8 dined on turkey with gravy and cranberry sauce. The turkey was not dehydrated, but preserved in a special moisture pouch instead.
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