Fact of the Week Archive
Week of June 23, 2014
(The last one of the 2013-2014 school year! See you in the fall!)
Here's a fun experiment to try this summer if you want to find out what the temperature is and don't have a thermometer. The frequency of a cricket's chirps fluctuates with the temperature, so if you count a cricket's chirps for 15 seconds and add 37, you will have the approximate outdoor temperature (in Fahrenheit).
Week of June 16, 2014
Everyone's favorite lasagna-loving orange cat was born on June 19, 1978. Garfield is the world's most syndicated comic strip and appeared in 2,570 newspapers worldwide, at its peak.
Week of June 9, 2014
Ice cream cones have been around for over a hundred years. They first became popular at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair.
Week of June 2, 2014
Every 60 seconds, another 24 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube.
Week of May 26, 2014
Did you feel farctated this holiday weekend? Probably. Farctate means being stuffed with food, usually from overeating.
Week of May 19, 2014
Did you know the Yankees weren't always the Yankees? The New York Highlanders became the Yankees in 1913. Some people think the name change was because of newspapermen wanting a shorter moniker to fit in the headlines. Others believe that because they played north of the rival New York Giants, the Civil War-era moniker for northerners was apropos.
Week of May 12, 2014
Tinkertoy was invented by a tombstone designer and salesman who decided to try his hand at toy making when he noticed how much fun his own children had sticking pencils into empty spools of thread, then haphazardly assembling them into all sorts of abstract forms.
Week of May 5, 2014
When glass breaks, the cracks move faster than 3,000 miles per hour.
Week of April 28, 2014
If the entire population of China were to walk past you in single file, you would not live long enough to see the end of the line.
Week of April 21, 2014
Bunny facts: Rabbits can be litter-box trained, their big, funnel-shaped ears can turn around in all directions to help them hear better and release body heat to help them stay cool and when they raise their tails away from their bodies, it means they're excited or upset.
Week of April 14, 2014
The name "Jeep" came from the abbreviation used in the army for the "General Purpose" vehicle, G.P.
Week of April 7, 2014
After careful research, the March 31st Fact of the Week (below) is believed to be the first fact repeated here in 8 years. Oops! Prior to that one, there had been 302 different facts posted without a repeat.
Week of March 31, 2014
There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.
Week of March 24, 2014
Almonds are a member of the peach family. Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.
Week of March 17, 2014
A "jiffy" is an actual unit of time, most commonly interpreted as 1/100th of a second.
Week of March 10, 2014
Only in 1969 & 1978 was there more snow on the ground in North America in early March than there is now. As of last Tuesday, North America was covered by the 3rd-highest amount of snow this late in the season since records began in 1966, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's U.S. National Ice Center.
Week of March 3, 2014
When referring to this popular toy, LEGO is properly written in all caps. And the plural form of LEGO? It's also LEGO. Prior to 1947, LEGO were made of wood. How many individual LEGO bricks, figures and pieces have been produced over the years? About 560 billion.
Week of February 24, 2014
Grand Central Terminal is the world's largest train terminal with 45 track platforms and 63 tracks. It covers 49 acres -- from 42nd to 97th Street -- and encompasses 33 miles of track. Every day, more than 750,000 people pass through the building (that's the entire population of the state of Alaska!)
Week of February 17, 2014
Wanna lose weight? Just weigh yourself when there is a full moon -- you'll weigh less!
Week of February 10, 2014
If your parents are constantly telling you to slow down and chew your food, you may have a problem with tachyphagia, otherwise known as rapidly ingesting your food.
Week of February 3, 2014
Snow is a mineral, just like diamonds and salt. According to Discover Magazine, despite what we've always been told, many snowflake crystals are almost identical in their early stages of growth and some of the fully formed ones are pretty similar as well. Freshly fallen snow is typically 90-95% air and at the center of almost every snow crystal is a tiny mote of dust, which can be anything from volcanic ash to a particle from outer space.
Week of January 27, 2014
Koala bears sleep 22 hours during a single day, which is the time they need to digest their food.
Week of January 20, 2014
A fresh egg will sink in fresh water. A stale egg will float.
Week of January 13, 2014
"So we went to Atari and said, 'Hey, we've got this amazing thing, even built with some of your parts, and what do you think about funding us? Or we'll give it to you. We just want to do it. Pay our salary, we'll come work for you.' And they said, 'No.' So then we went to Hewlett-Packard, and they said 'Hey, we don't need you. You haven't got through college yet.'" Steve Jobs, on attempts to get major electronics companies to manufacture the personal computer he designed with partner Steve Wozniak. They went on to start Apple Computer.
Week of January 6, 2014
January 7 is the 10-year anniversary of the first Mohr's Explorers group.
Week of December 16, 2013
According to the U.S. Postal Service, nearly 15 billion pieces of mail will be delivered between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve. The busiest mailing day will December 16 and December 18 is expected to be the busiest delivery day this holiday season.
See you in 2014 - HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!
Week of December 9, 2013
Grand Central Terminal's Lost and Found receives more than 2,000 items a month. With a return rate of more than 60%, it has one of the best recovery rates of any Lost and Found in the world.
Week of December 2, 2013
The OHIO STATE BUCKEYES defeated the michigan wolverines on Saturday, November 30, 42-41, for their 24th consecutive victory. OSU's Carlos Hyde rushed for 226 yards, the most ever by a Buckeye against michigan. This was also the first time both teams scored at least 41 points in their rivalry, which dates back to 1897, and Ohio State has now won 11 of the last 13 meetings.
Week of November 25, 2013
Almost 39 million of about 317 million U.S. citizens will drive more than 50 miles from home for Thanksgiving this year, according to the American Automobile Association. An additional 3.14 million travelers will fly to their holiday destinations and 1.4 million others will use buses, trains or other modes of travel.
Week of November 18, 2013
Do you practice Dactylonomy? Most people have at one time or another -- it is the art of counting using one's fingers.
Week of November 11, 2013
Henry Ford never had a driver's license.
Week of November 4, 2013
While hibernating, chipmunks store up food near their beds. They wake up and snack and then go back to sleep.
Week of October 28, 2013
Pumpkins are known for their orange hue, but did you know the gourd can be found in many different colors? It's not uncommon to see white, red, green, yellow and even blue pumpkins!
Week of October 21, 2013
Every clock in Grand Central Terminal is set every second by the atomic clock in the Naval Observatory in Bethesda, Maryland. That means that the 1913 four-faced clock atop the Information Booth is accurate to within one second every
20 billion years.
Week of October 14, 2013
The average caterpillar has 2,000 muscles in its body.
The average human? Less than 700.
Week of October 7, 2013
Are you a mammothrept? By definition, it is a child who is raised and spoiled by his or her grandmother.
Week of September 30, 2013
Your chance of getting a cold within one week after taking a two-hour flight is 20%.
Week of September 23, 2013
Think daddy long-legs are spiders? Nope. They are actually called harvestmen and are more closely related to ticks. Harvestmen and ticks have one body segment, whereas spiders have two.
Week of September 16, 2013
(Welcome back! We hope your summer was awesome and you are ready to get back into the park!!!)
The basement of Grand Central Terminal is the deepest basement in New York City. In fact, you could sink a ten-story office building down through the Main Concourse floor and not reach the basement floor.