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Five Things Friday

Five Things Friday

Interesting tidbits just for fun.

  • Tribute to the First Americans. November is National Native American Heritage Month.
  • Fast Flyers. Turkeys run up to 25 miles per hour and fly up to 55 miles per hour.
  • Cagers. The first basketball games were played inside 12' high wire mesh fences to prevent the ball from rolling out of bounds.
  • On Parade. A dachshund, dinosaur and Felix the Cat were the first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade character balloons.
  • Not Constantinople. Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey with nearly 15 million residents.
  • Om Nom Nom! October is National Cookie Month!
  • Here Kitty, Kitty. Black cats are considered lucky in many parts of the world.
  • Howl at the Moon. A full moon on Halloween occurs, on average, once every 18 or 19 years.
  • To the Rescue! Superheroes are predicted to be the most popular costume choice for kids this Halloween.
  • Carb Loading? A large pumpkin latte has about the same amount of carbohydrates as a full-size everything bagel.
  • Panda-monium. Red pandas aren't actually closely related to giant pandas. They are in their own scientific family.
  • Drink Up! It takes about 40 apples to make one gallon of apple cider.
  • Need a Sharpener? It is believed that one pencil could make a line over 35 miles long.
  • Prime Time. Deion Sanders is the only person to play in both the Super Bowl and the World Series.
  • Oh Baby! September 9th is believed to be the most common birth date in the U.S.
  • A Whole Lot of Nothing. August 10th is National Lazy Day so kick back and relax!
  • Twinkle, Twinkle. Scientists discovered a white dwarf star in 2004 that is believed to be made entirely of diamond.
  • Beautiful Blooms. The birth flowers for August are the gladiolus and the poppy.
  • Take A Bite. Great white sharks have an average of 300 teeth, arranged in rows.
  • We're Heating Up! July is the hottest month of the year for most U.S. cities.
  • Light Up the Night. Firefly light can be yellow, green or orange.
  • Corny Fact. There is one silk thread for each kernel on an ear of corn.
  • We All Scream! July is National Ice Cream Month – indulge in a scoop!
  • Old Glory. There have been 27 official versions of the American flag.
  • That's A Lot of Sand! The world's tallest sandcastle measured over 48 feet high!
  • Happy Birthday! Soccer great, Lionel Messi, turns 30 on June 24th.
  • Purr-fect Friend! June is National Adopt a Cat Month.
  • Buzz Off. Mosquitos have been on Earth for over 30 million years.
  • Favorite Summer Fruit? The watermelon, a member of the cucumber family, is the official state vegetable of Oklahoma.
  • Well-Earned Name. Old Faithful, located in Yellowstone National Park, erupts every 92 minutes on average.
  • That's Life. Frank Sinatra's popular song includes the lyrics, "You're riding high in April, shot down in May." Sinatra passed away May 14, 1998.
  • Feathered Duet. Unlike most songbirds, both the male and female Northern Cardinals are capable of singing.
  • Have a Ball! A traditional soccer ball has 32 panels, one for each country in Europe.
  • Green with Envy. The darker the emerald, the more valuable the stone.
  • Pick of the Garden. There are over 150 species of tulips with over 3,000 different varieties.
  • Mouthy Mammal. A hippo can open its mouth at up to a 150 degree angle.
  • Sugar Rush. National Jelly Bean Day is April 22nd.
  • Yer Out! The lifespan of a major league baseball is five to seven hours.
  • All Downhill From Here? The highest point of the Boston Marathon is the starting line at 463 feet above sea level.
  • Time for Spring Cleaning! About 70 percent of dust particles are comprised of dead skin flakes.
  • No Cold Feet. Since duck feet do not have nerves or blood vessels, they do not feel the cold and can swim in icy water.
  • Go Fly a Kite. It is believed that kites were used to deliver mail over rivers during the Civil War.
  • Big Band Music. The Allen Eagle Escadrille, a high school marching band from Texas, has over 800 members.
  • Blow Me Away! Storms on Saturn have winds recorded at 330 mph, double that of a Category 5 hurricane.
  • Seeing Red. Bulls aren't really angered by the color red – they are color blind.
  • We the People Agree. George Washington was the only American president to be unanimously elected.
  • Making a Masterpiece. A single violin is made from over 70 pieces of wood.
  • A Real Sweet Heart. Flavonoids in dark chocolate are proven to lower blood pressure and risk of heart attack.
  • Puppy Love. About three percent of pet owners give Valentine's Day gifts to their pets.
  • Peaceful and Smart. Martin Luther King Jr. was a gifted student who entered Morehouse College at the age of 15.
  • Nice Shot! Wayne Gretzky holds the professional hockey record for most career goals with 1,072.
  • Play with Your Food. Cranberries bounce like rubber balls when they are ripe.
  • Catch Some Rays! Polar bears have black skin to better absorb the heat from the sun.
  • Feel the Heat. The average temperature in Sydney, Australia in January is 73 degrees.
  • Got the December blues? December's three birth stones - tanzanite, zircon and turquoise – all come in shades of blue.
  • You've got mail! More than 3 billion Christmas cards are sent in the U.S. each year.
  • Minty fresh. The world's largest candy cane was 51 feet long.
  • No penguins at the North Pole. Penguins are native to the Southern Hemisphere, found mostly in the waters off Antarctica.
  • Outfoxed. The fur of the Arctic fox changes to white during the winter to blend with the snow.
  • Hold the ketchup. The average American eats more than 50 hot dogs per year.