... that sesame seeds were so prized during the Middle Ages that in some parts of the world they were worth their weight in gold? (according to Factropolis)
... that the first hair dryer was powered by diesel fuel?
(according to Factropolis),
... that fire travels faster going uphill than it does going downhill?
...that light travels 300,000,000 meters per second while sound only travels about 340 meters per second? This is why you see the lightning flash long before you hear the thunder.
...that coconuts may be more dangerous than sharks? Approximately 150 people per year die from coconuts on average, while only 10 people are killed by sharks in the average year!
...that Matt Groening named Homer, Marge, and Lisa Simpson after his own father, mother and sister, and that Bart got his name by mixing up the letters for the word "brat"?
... that Monrovia, CA has the earliest connection to the McDonald's restaurant chain? (see below)
"In 1937, Patrick McDonald opened a simple restaurant on Huntington Drive (Route 66) near the old Monrovia Airport called "The Airdrome" (hamburgers were ten cents, and all-you-can-drink orange juice was five cents); the restaurant remained there until 1940, when he and his two sons, Maurice and Richard, moved the building 40 miles (64 km) east to San Bernardino to the corner of West 14th Street and 1398 North E Street renaming it "McDonald's". In 1955, milkshake machine salesman Ray Kroc made a franchising deal with the McDonald brothers. In 1961 Kroc purchased the business rights for $2.7 million. For years after the McDonald's Corporation claimed the 1955 Des Plaines, Illinois McDonald's to be the first (it was the first location franchised through Ray Kroc), and only recently has recognized San Bernardino. Some, though, claim Monrovia to be the "real" birthplace, which is subjective since McDonald's, as it was first franchised in 1953 in Phoenix, Arizona and Downey, California, came into being following the development of the "Speedee Service System" in 1948." (according to Wikipedia)