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In 1917 Tesla proposed the concept of radio waves reflecting off objects to determine position and speed. That was 17 years before the invention of radar.
In 1887 Tesla experimented with X-ray radiation. That was eight years before Wilhelm Roentgen documented his own X-ray discovery, which won Roentgen the Nobel Prize in physics.
Rats eat about one-tenth their body weight each day. If that held true for people the average adult would need to eat about 15 pound of food a day.
Since the 1950s, Alberta, Canada has been rat free due to a strict rat control program. Even pet rats are not allowed in the Canadian province.
The oldest rat on record lived for seven year and four months. That's almost three times the lifespan of the average rat.
The rat genome revealed that rats have been evolving about three times faster than humans.
A modern diesel-electric locomotive can move one ton of freight an average of 202 miles on a gallon of diesel fuel. A modern 18 wheeler truck can only move a ton of freight 50 miles on the same gallon.
In 1896 40,000 spectators watched two unmanned steam locomotive crash head on during a publicity stunt in central Texas. Flying debris from the impact killed three spectators and injured six more. It was the last publicity stunt of its kind.
Since the Panama Canal opened in 1914, locomotives have guided more than 900,000 ships though the locks. The one day record was set on February 29th, 1968 when 65 sups made the passage.
It takes the underground locomotive in the Bailey Mine approximately one hour to haul supplies and workers the ten miles between the entrance of the mine and the working section of the mine.
A combine harvests enough wheat for about 70 loaves of bread in nine seconds.
On the Day of the Dead in Mexican culture, celebrants eat Pan de Muerto (Bread of the Dead) embellished with a crossed bones design.
The Italian word for a round flat bread "pizza" comes from the Greek word "pita."
Teff grain provides over two thirds of the human nutrition in Ethiopia.
Until the advent of the pollock factory ship in the 1960s, Alaska Pollock was considered a "trash fish", unworthy of catch.
The 1.4 million tons of Alaska Pollock caught each year make up 40% of all fish hauled in by U.S. commercial fishermen.
Over half of all the seafood landed in the United States if caught in Alaskan waters.
A single female Alaska Pollock can release over a million eggs per spawning.
Jack Daniel's is sold in 135 countries worldwide, but you can't buy a shot of it where it's made. Lynchburg, Tennessee is in a dry county.
The Buena Vista Café in San Francisco is the largest consumer of Irish whiskey in the United States. It serves about 2,000 Irish coffees ever day – a mixture of hot coffee Irish whiskey, sugar and cream.
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