I found some interesting facts about things I didn't know. Like they say, you learn something new every day. Did you know...,. that more than 100 billion crayons have been produced so far. The first crayons consisted of a mixture of charcoal and oil. In the early 1900s, cousins Edwin Binney and Harold Smith developed a nontoxic wax crayon. Binney’s wife, Alice, attached the French word for chalk, craie, with “ola,” from oily, to form the Crayola brand name. Their first box of Crayola crayons were sold for a nickel in 1903. The first Crayola crayons came in a box of eight colors: black, blue, brown, green, orange, purple, red and yellow. By 1957, 40 new colors were introduced. Today there are more than 120 crayon colours, including Atomic Tangerine, Blizzard Blue, Mango Tango, Outrageous Orange, Laser Lemon, Screamin’ Green and Shocking Pink. Over 5 billion crayons are produced each year.  



Did you know that... Tobacco is a $200 billion industry, producing six trillion cigarettes a year – about 1,000 cigarettes for each person on earth. And this is what you’ll find in cigarettes: ~ Formaldehyde, which embalmer use to preserve dead bodies; ~ Toluene, which is commonly used as an ingredient in paint thinner; ~ Acetone, an active ingredient in nail polish remover; ~ Ammonia, which scientists have discovered lets you absorb more nicotine, keeping you hooked on smoking. If you smoke, you and those around you also inhaling arsenic, benzene, cadmium, hydrogen cyanide, lead, mercury and phonol. In all, 4000 harmful chemicals, including 44 types of poison, of which 43 are proven cancer-causing substances. That should be reason enough why a person should stop smoking immediately. Bad business Life insurance companies charge smokers nearly double the amount they charge non-smokers for term assurance. Some tobacco companies also own shares in life assurance companies. What appears to be a good deal for tobacco companies is a bad deal for taxpayers: the health care costs caused directly by smoking, and the lost economic productivity, cost governments up to three times as much as the total earnings of the tobacco industry. Death Smokers are ten times more likely to suffer from lung cancer than non-smokers, three times more likely to have a stroke, and twice more likely to suffer a heart attack. Carbon monoxide in cigarettes deprives the heart of oxygen. Smoking can cause headaches, infertility, blood vessel disease, digestive problems, mouth and throat cancer, and blindness. Smoking Tobacco causes more deaths than those caused by all the wars of the past 100 years, including World Wars One and Two. More than three million people die each year as a result of smoking. Nicotine is a drug. It is more addictive than cocaine, heroine or mandrax. Nicotine is a natural insecticide. Plants such as tomatoes produce it in their leaves to discourage bugs from eating them. Stop smoking After 8 hours, the carbon monoxide in your blood drops to normal. After 48 hours, nerve endings start regrowing and the ability to smell and taste is enhanced. After a year, the risk of heart disease drops halfway back to that of a non-smoker. After 15 years, the risk of coronary heart disease is that of a non-smoker.  


Did you know that... The US nickname Uncle Sam was derived from Uncle Sam Wilson, a meat packer in Troy, New York. According to Isaac Asimov’s Book of Facts, Sam Wilson stamped the letters “US” on meat barrels he prepared for the US Army during the War of 1812. Some workmen interpreted the US for “Uncle Sam” and so the legend grew. The Uncle Sam figure took on the image of Abraham Lincoln in newspaper cartoons during the American Civil War. Uncle Sam is the personification of the United States government. The original Uncle Sam poster was designed by James Montgomery Flagg in 1916, using his own face. The design was based on the Lord Kitchener poster of three years earlier which also called men to arms. The Uncle Sam poster is considered to be the world's most famous poster. 

 Did you know that.. You can not taste food unless it is mixed with Saliva? The tongue is a muscle with glands, sensory cells, and fatty tissue that helps to moisten food with saliva. You cannot taste food unless it is mixed with saliva. For instance, if salt is placed on a dry tongue, the taste buds will not be able to identify it. As soon as saliva is added, the salt dissolves and the taste sensation takes place. There are 4 basic tastes. The salt and sweet taste buds are at the tip of the tongue, bitter at the base, and sour along the sides. 

On average length of a human tongue from the oropharynx to the tip is four inches (ten centimeters). But Stephen Taylor's tongue is even longer! He holds the Guinness World Record for the longest tongue, measuring 3.74 inches (9,5 cm) - they measure the tongue from the tip to the center of the closed top lip. The longest tongue of any living being belongs to a blue whale. The tongue of a blue whale is as long as an elephant and weighs almost 3 tons.

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