Fun Fact of the Day: There’s more to the signature line on a cheque than you realize. Even though it may look like a standard, horizontal line, it’s actually made up of small print that reads, “AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE.”
Fun Fact of the Day: There are 5 types of white blood cells. Monocytes help break down bacteria in our bodies. They have the longest life span of the group. Lymphocytes create the antibodies that destroy the harmful viruses and bacteria that infiltrate our bodies. Neutrophils are the most populous of the group. They are the first line of defense when it comes to infections. They slaughter and consume the fungi and bacteria. Basophils are the Paul Revere of the group. They are the “alarm sounders”. They expel chemicals to help control our immune response. Last you have Eosinophils which kill cancer cells.
Fun Fact of the Day: Gamma rays are the most energetic type of light, packing a punch strong enough to pierce through metal or concrete barriers. More energetic than X-rays, they are born in the chaos of exploding stars, the annihilation of electrons and the decay of radioactive atoms.
Fun Fact of the Day: Weather vanes throughout history have had North, East, West, and South on them to allow for the determination of wind direction. But not all historical weather vanes had roosters.
Fun Fact of the Day: Nacho is a common nickname for the Spanish name Ignacio. The heroic Nacho who is immortalized by the dish first crafted the snack almost by accident, when he was pressured to create a meal using whatever he could find in the kitchen.
Fun Fact of the Day: When the Earth’s shadow sweeps across the lunar landscape, the temperature drops radically. In fact, the resulting “thermal shock” may cause lunar rocks to crumble and gas to escape from within the moon.
Fun Fact of the Day: Anton van Leeuwenhoek saw the cells of yeast under the microscope in 1680, but he failed to identify them as living entities. Nearly two centuries later (in 1857), Louise Pasteur discovered that cells of yeasts are responsible for the brewing of beer (instead of chemical catalyst, as the people believed back then).
Fun Fact of the Day: The three-day Annual Zucchini Fest in Obetz, Ohio, claims to be “everything zucchini.” The event runs from August 27-30, and includes a parade, queen’s pageant, contests, arts and crafts, games and much more.
Fun Fact of the Day: Kumquats were originally considered to be part of the Citrus family, but in 1915, they were given their very own genus, Fortunella. So technically, even though they look like oranges, they’re not actually citrus fruits.
Fun Fact of the Day: 252 million years ago, the Siberian Traps, erupted and lasted less than 1 million years but left behind Earth’s biggest “large igneous province,” a pile of lava and other volcanic rocks about 720,000 cubic miles (3 million cubic kilometers) in volume.