British technology company in Cambridge, England has invented an intelligent
paper memo post-it note. It's key feature is a built-in alarm clock that
can be programmed to flash or beep.
It's called the Ixp-Note and it's just 1mm thick. A secret process uses
thermo-chromic ink to display a digital clock readout on paper. It was
invented by Lyndsay Williams, in the Girton Labs, her idea is that people
can place them at strategic places around the house with reminders such as 'take
the bread out of the oven', or 'time for my vitamin pill. Look out for the
post-it notes in 2009, they should be about $20 for a pack of ten.
Did You Appreciate The Truth About
Letters 'a', 'b', 'c' and 'd' do not appear if you spell any of the numbers
between 1 and 99
[Funnily enough, letter 'd' comes for the first time in Hundred]
In addition, letters 'a', 'b' and 'c' do not appear anywhere in the spellings
of 1 to 999
[Strange, but true, letter 'a' comes for the first time in Thousand]
Neither letter 'b' nor 'c' appear anywhere in the spellings of 1 to
[Letter 'b' comes for the first time in Billion]
Letter 'c' does not appear anywhere in the spellings of entire English
Each king in a deck of playing
cards represents a great king from history:
Spades - King David Clubs - Alexander the Great, Hearts-Charlemagne, and Diamonds - Julius Caesar.
If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in
battle; if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.
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'did you know fact'.
111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321
Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest
signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn't
added until 5 years later.
'I am'. Is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
The phrase 'rule of thumb'
is derived from an old
English law which stated that you couldn't
beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.
The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for the 'General Purpose'
cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth II, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.
In just one year, each and every American on average consumes enough
wood and paper to construct a tree 100 feet tall and 16 inches in diameter.
Over three million Americans stutter. Stuttering is gender related
and affects three to four times
as many males as females.
The maximum speed that raindrops can fall at is around 18mph. The
precise speed depends on
Because of thermal expansion the Eiffel Tower is 15cm taller in summer than in
The human head contains 22 bones.
A bolt of lightning contains enough energy to toast 160,000 pieces of bread.
Unfortunately, the bolt only takes 1/10,000 of a second - so turning the bread
over might prove difficult!
The tomato is the world's most popular fruit.
Worldwide, 20,000 brands of beer are brewed in 180 styles, from ales, lagers,
pilsner and stouts to bitters, cream ales and iced beers.
The largest flower in the world is Rafflesia arnoldi.
Surprisingly, it is a a parasitic plant that grows only on Sumatra, Indonesia.
The genus Rafflesia was named after Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, the great
Its petals can reach a foot and half long, if you were to touch one the leaves
are 1 inch thick. See picture
In 1313, King Edward II stated that, 'You are forbidden from dying in
In Melbourne, Australia it is illegal for men to parade in strapless dresses,
however, they are allowed to cross-dress in anything with sleeves.
King George V changed the name of the British royal family from the
German sounding Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor in 1917. As the great war was
at its height King George V wanted to distance himself from his cousin
Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany.
Ravens are kept in the Tower of London because, according to myth, the
British throne will come to a fall if the ravens leave the tower. The wings
of the ravens are clipped to prevent them from flying away.
The Jersey or walking stick cabbage has a stem as high as a
man and can grow 16 feet tall.
Kilts were invented by the Irish. The word "kilt" is, in fact,
The human body burns about 60 calories an hour while asleep, 85 while
eating and 130 sitting working at a computer.
In a national anthem survey, 79% of Americans know the first
line of the 'Star-Spangled Banner', but only 37% of Canadians know the first
line to 'Oh, Canada', which is really pathetic considering the first line of
'Oh, Canada' is 'Oh, Canada'. - Jay leno.
When they are closed quickly, the crossover point on a
pair of scissors is moving faster than the speed of light.*
* This fact may well get children thinking, our reader says it originally
featured on the BBC website. It certainly has a few adult debating the
merits of this 'fact'. For example, is there a typo, should it read
not 'speed of light', but 'speed of sound'. No!
Next comes the question how long
are these scissors. The answer is exceedingly long, in fact one light year
long, this is how the blades get to exceed the speed of light when the
scissors close - theoretically.
Finally, can anything move faster than the speed of light? Not if
Einstein is right.
Five Further Fascinating Did You Know This ....
Until 1800, cookery was so dangerous that it was the second
commonest cause of death among women after childbirth.
The American musician John Cage [1912-92] is best known for
his 1952 composition 4'33", which consists of nothing but total silence.
Its three "movements" are "performed" without playing a single note.
A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.
The 'sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick' is thought to be
the toughest tongue twister in the English language.
Charlie Chaplin once won only third prize in a Charlie Chaplin
One more for luck: Apparently, we're told that 35% of the people who use
personal ads for dating are already married.
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