Amazing and True

Thursday, July 17, 2008
* The hummingbird is the only bird that can hover and fly straight up, down, or backward!
* The hummingbird, the loon, the swift, the kingfisher, and the grebe are all birds that cannot walk.
* The Hundred Year War actually lasted 116 years (1337 to 1453).
* The ice cream soda was invented in 1874 by Robert Green. He was serving a mixture of syrup, sweet cream and carbonated water at a celebration in Philadelphia. He ran out of cream and substituted ice cream.
* The idiom "pillar of salt" means to have a stroke, or to become paralyzed and dead.
* The Iditarod Dogsled Race got its name from Iditarod, a small mining village along the race's route. The race commemorates an emergency operation in 1925 to get medical supplies to Nome, Alaska following a diphtheria epidemic.
* The Imperial torte, a square chocolate cake with five thin layers of almond paste, was created by a master pastry chef at the court of Emperor Franz Joseph (1830 1916).
* The infamous "Red Baron" was German World War I pilot Manfred von Richthofen.
* The infinite sign is called a lemniscate.
* The International Space Station weighs about 500 tons and is the same size as a football field.


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