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  1. There are around 4 million of workers 16 years and over, are walking to work daily in the U.S. Boston residents are the most likely Americans to walk to work; by comparison, less than 1% of workers in Gilbert, Arizona and Plano, Texas commuted on foot. Boston, MA; Washington, DC; Pittsburgh, PA; New York City, N.Y.; San Francisco, CA; Madison, WI.; Seattle, WA; Honolulu, HI; Philadelphia, PA; and Jersey City, N.J. are the top 10 cities where the most people walk to work.
  2. Biking to Work Increases 60% in Past Decade.
  3. There are 27 people who have walked across the United States from the east coast to the west coast or vice versa:
  4. At 10:56 p.m. EDT, American astronaut Neil Armstrong, 240,000 miles from Earth, speaks these words to more than a billion people listening at home: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Stepping off the lunar landing module Eagle, Armstrong became the first human to walk on the surface of the moon.
  5. Richard Noble reflects on his journey of being the first “out” gay man to walk across the country, covering 10 states and more than 2,700 miles in 15 months.
  6. In Ralph Nader's bestselling 1965 book “Unsafe at Any Speed: The Designed-In Dangers of the American Automobile,” the leading consumer advocate had an entire chapter, titled “The One-Car Accident,” to the Corvair after his niece was seriously injured in a Corvair.
  7. The youngest popes were Pope Benedict IX (who became pope at an unknown age between 11 and 20) Pope John XII (who was 18 at the beginning of his papacy) Pope John XI (who was 20 at the beginning of his papacy).
  8. About 36% of Americans say that God has spoken to them.
  9. The world's youngest mother is a 5 years 7 months old girl lived in Peru in 1939.
  10. Cow, the nickname for cattle and the name of adult female cattle, can go upstairs but not downstairs.
  11. Richard Polt, a philosophy professor at Xavier University in Cincinnati who collects Pellegrino Turri invented a typewriters, edits ETCetera, a quarterly magazine about historic writing machines, and is the author of the book The Typewriter Revolution: A Typist's Companion for the 21st Century.
  12. In 1808 Italian Pellegrino Turri invented a typewriter and carbon paper to provide the ink for his machine. In 1865, Rev. Rasmus Malling-Hansen of Denmark invented the Hansen Writing Ball, which went into commercial production in 1870 and was the first commercially sold typewriter.
  13. Mark Twain claimed in his autobiography that he was the first important writer to present a publisher with a typewritten manuscript, for The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876). Research showed that Twain's memory was incorrect and that the first book submitted in typed form was Life on the Mississippi (1883, also by Twain.
  14. The parachute was invented by Leonardo da Vinci in 1485. The modern parachute was invented in the late 18th century by Louis-Sιbastien Lenormand in France, who made the first recorded public jump in 1783.
  15. Honey is the only food that does not spoil.
  16. Researchers have deciphered an ancient Egyptian handbook, revealing a series of invocations and spells.
  17. The watery grave of more than 500 people has been found off the coast of New Zealand after more than a century—but most of those aboard were already dead when the SS Ventnor sank in 1902.
  18. After 28 years of hiding in the jungles of Guam, on January 24, 1972 local farmers discovered Shoichi Yokoi, a Japanese sergeant who was unaware that World War II had ended..
  19. Thanksgiving is not just an American holiday. Canada declared their Thanksgiving holiday in 1879. It is observed on the 2nd Monday in October.
  20. President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the first national Thanksgiving Day in 1863.
  21. Mexicans do their Christmas gift exchange on January 6 instead of the traditional date of December 25.
  22. Christmas (December 25) was declared a American national holiday in 1870 by President Ulysses S. Grant to commemorate the birth of Jesus, the central figure of Christianity.
  23. President Franklin Pierce was the first President to decorate the White House Christmas tree.
  24. The word Christmas is derived from Middle English Christemasse and from Old English Cristes mζsse. It is a contraction meaning "Christ's mass".
  25. Boxing Day (December 26) - In England it is customary to give gift "boxes" to mailmen and servants on this day. Today, in Great Britain, Canada, and Australia, it is a day of rest.
  26. National Arbor Day (April's last Friday) - When J. Sterling Morton moved to the Nebraska Territory in 1854, he planted many trees on the land. Many other people did too, and Arbor Day was first celebrated in 1872. Plant a tree!
  27. Handsel Monday (the first Monday of the year) - In Scotland in the 14th to 19th centuries, children and servants received a small gift, or Handsel.
  28. There are approximately 1,175 malls in the U.S., which had around $308 billion in annual sales in 2010; of which $10.7 billion is generated by Black Friday sales.
  29. The American Mafia, which rose to power in the 1920s, is a separate entity from the Mafia in Italy, although they share such traditions as omerta, a code of conduct and loyalty.
  30. Ranks of the Mafia: Capo Crimini: Super Boss; Capo di Tutti Capi: Boss of Bosses; Cupola: Commission; Don: Boss; Consigliere: Trusted Advisor; Counselor; "In-house lawyer"; Sotto Capo/Capo Bastone: Underboss (number 2 in a family); Contabile: Financial Advisor; Capo/Capodecina/Caporegime: Captain of ten; Sgarrista: High Ranking Soldier; Picciotto: Low Ranking Soldier; "Button man"; Giovane D'Honore: Mafia Associates (non-made members).

News & Interesting Facts

100 Greatest Britons
(BBC Poll, 2002)

  1. - Sir Winston Churchill, (1874-1965) - Prime Minister (1940-1945, 1951–1955)
  2. - Isambard Kingdom Brunel, (1806–1859) - Engineer.
  3. - Diana, Princess of Wales (1961–1997) - First wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, & mother of Prince William & Prince Harry of Wales.
  4. - Charles Darwin (1809–1882) - Naturalist; the originator of the theory of evolution through natural selection & author of 'On the Origin of Species'.
  5. - William Shakespeare (1564–1616) - English poet & playwright.
  6. - Sir Isaac Newton (1643–1727) - Mathematician, physicist, astronomer, natural philosopher, & alchemist.
  7. - Queen Elizabeth I of England (1533-1603) - Monarch (reigned 1558-1603).
  8. - John Lennon (1940–1980) - Musician with The Beatles.
  9. - Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson (1758–1805) - Naval commander.
  10. - Oliver Cromwell (1599–1658) - Lord Protector.
  11. - Ernest Shackleton (1874–1922) - Polar explorer.
  12. - Captain James Cook (1728–1779) - Explorer.
  13. - Lord Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell (1857–1941) - Boy Scouts & Girl Guides founder.
  14. - King Alfred the Great (849?–899) - King of Wessex (reigned 871–899).
  15. - Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769–1852) - Military commander, statesman & Prime Minister 1828–1830 & 1834.
  16. - Margaret Thatcher (Baroness Thatcher) (1925-2013) - Prime Minister (1979–1990).
  17. - Michael Crawford (1942-) - Actor & singer.
  18. - Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom (1819–1901) - Monarch (reigned 1837–1901).
  19. - Sir Paul McCartney (1942-) - Musician with The Beatles.
  20. - Sir Alexander Fleming (1881–1955) - Biologist, pharmacologist, discoverer of penicillin.
  21. - Alan Turing OBE (1912–1954) - Pioneer of computing.
  22. - Michael Faraday (1791–1867) - Scientist.
  23. - Owain Glyndwr (1359–1416) - Prince of Wales.
  24. - Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom (1926-) - Reigning monarch (from 1952).
  25. - Professor Stephen Hawking (1942 - ) - Theoretical physicist.
  26. - William Tyndale (1494–1536) - English translator of the Bible.
  27. - Emmeline Pankhurst (1858–1928) - Suffragette.
  28. - William Wilberforce (1759–1833) - Humanitarian.
  29. - David Bowie (1947- ) - Musician.
  30. - Guy Fawkes (1570–1606) - English revolutionary.
  31. - Leonard Cheshire (Baron Cheshire of Woodall) (1917–1992) - Aviator & charity organiser.
  32. - Eric Morecambe OBE (1926–1984) - Comedian.
  33. - David Beckham (1975- ) - Footballer.
  34. - Thomas Paine (1737–1809) - Political philosopher.
  35. - Boudicca (died c.60) - Leader of Celtic resistance to Roman Empire.
  36. - Sir Steve Redgrave (1962- ) - Olympic rower.
  37. - Sir Thomas More (1478–1535) - English saint, lawyer & politician.
  38. - William Blake (1757–1827) - Author, poet, painter & printer.
  39. - John Harrison (1693–1776) - Clock designer.
  40. - King Henry VIII of England (1491–1547) - Monarch (reigned 1509–1547).
  41. - Charles Dickens (1812–1870) - Author.
  42. - Sir Frank Whittle (1907–1996) - Jet engine inventor.
  43. - John Peel (1939–2004) - Broadcaster.
  44. - John Logie Baird (1888–1946) - Television pioneer.
  45. - Aneurin Bevan (1897–1960) - Labour politician, helped in formation of the National Health Service.
  46. - Boy George (1961- ) - Musician with Culture Club.
  47. - Sir Douglas Bader (1910–1982) - Aviator & charity campaigner.
  48. - William Wallace (c.1270–1305) - Guardian of Scotland.
  49. - Sir Francis Drake (c.1540–1596) - English naval commander.
  50. - John Wesley (1703–1791) - Methodism founder.
  51. - King Arthur - Celtic monarch of legend.
  52. - Florence Nightingale (1820–1910) - Nurse.
  53. - T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) (1888–1935) - Soldier & arabist.
  54. - Captain Robert Falcon Scott (1868–1912) - Polar explorer.
  55. - Enoch Powell (1912–1998) - Politician.
  56. - Sir Cliff Richard (1940-) - Musician.
  57. - Sir Alexander Graham Bell (1847–1922) - Telephone pioneer.
  58. - Freddie Mercury (1946–1991) - Musician with band Queen.
  59. - Dame Julie Andrews (1935-) - Actress & singer.
  60. - Edward Elgar (1857–1934) - Composer.
  61. - Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, (1900–2002) - Queen consort.
  62. - George Harrison (1943–2001) - Musician with The Beatles.
  63. - Sir David Attenborough (1926-) - Broadcaster.
  64. - James Connolly (1868–1916) - Scottish born leader of the Irish 1916 rising.
  65. - George Stephenson (1781–1848) - Railway pioneer.
  66. - Sir Charles (Charlie) Chaplin (1889–1977) - Comic actor, film director.
  67. - Tony Blair (1953-) - Prime Minister (1997–2007).
  68. - William Caxton (c.1415~1422–c.1492) - English printer.
  69. - Bobby Moore OBE (1941–1993) - Footballer; Captain of England 1966 World Cup winning team.
  70. - Jane Austen (1775–1817) - Author.
  71. - William Booth (1829–1912) - Founder of Salvation Army.
  72. - King Henry V of England (1387–1422) - Monarch (reigned 1413–1422).
  73. - Aleister Crowley (1875–1947) - Occultist, writer, social provocateur; founder of Thelema.
  74. - King Robert the Bruce (1274–1329) - King of Scots.
  75. - Bob Geldof KBE (1951-) - Irish musician, philanthropist.
  76. - The Unknown Warrior - Soldier of the Great War.
  77. - Robbie Williams (1974 - ) - Musician; previous member of Take That.
  78. - Edward Jenner (1749–1823) - Pioneer of vaccination.
  79. - David Lloyd George (1st Earl Lloyd George of Dwyfor ) (1863–1945) - Prime Minister (1916–1922).
  80. - Charles Babbage (1791–1871) - Computing pioneer & mathematician.
  81. - Geoffrey Chaucer (c.1343–1400) - Medieval author.
  82. - King Richard III of England (1452–1485) - Monarch (reigned 1483–1485).
  83. - JK Rowling OBE (1965 - ) - Harry Potter Series author.
  84. - James Watt (1736–1819) - Steam engine developer.
  85. - Sir Richard Branson (1950 - ) - Businessman.
  86. - Bono (1960 - ) - Irish musician (Singer for Rock Band U2), and philanthropist.
  87. - John Lydon (Johnny Rotten) (1956 - ) - Musician.
  88. - Field Marshal Montgomery (Bernard Law Montgomery), 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein (1887–1976) - Military commander.
  89. - Donald Campbell (1921–1967) - Water speed world record challenger.
  90. - King Henry II of England (1133–1189) - Monarch (reigned 1154–1189).
  91. - James Clerk Maxwell (1831–1879) - Physicist.
  92. - JRR Tolkien (1892–1973) - Author & philologist.
  93. - Sir Walter Raleigh (1552–1618) - English explorer.
  94. - King Edward I of England (1239–1307) - Monarch (reigned 1272–1307).
  95. - Sir Barnes Neville Wallis (1887–1979) - Aviation technology pioneer.
  96. - Richard Burton (1925–1984) - Actor.
  97. - Tony Benn (1925-) - Politician; formerly 2nd Viscount Stangate.
  98. - David Livingstone (1813–1873) - Missionary & explorer.
  99. - Professor Tim Berners-Lee - Internet pioneer & World Wide Web inventor.
  100. - Marie Stopes (1880–1958) - Birth control promoter.

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