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Fifteen Cool, Yet Absolutely Random Facts For Your Reading Pleasure.

Updated on September 26, 2009
Virgil "Gus" Grissom.
Virgil "Gus" Grissom.
The Roman Forum at its full glory
The Roman Forum at its full glory
San Alfonso del Mar seawater pool - largest swimming pool in the world.
San Alfonso del Mar seawater pool - largest swimming pool in the world.
Golden Toad - Now Extinct.
Golden Toad - Now Extinct.
The Hollywood Sign As It Appears Today.
The Hollywood Sign As It Appears Today.
Volkswagen Beetle.
Volkswagen Beetle.
Doberman Pinscher.
Doberman Pinscher.
The Late Last Known Tasmanian Tiger - Called Benjamin.
The Late Last Known Tasmanian Tiger - Called Benjamin.

The book, Atlas of Firsts - A World of Amazing Record Breakers by Clive Gifford, is definitely a must read for both children and adults alike.

Filled to the brim with amazing record breakings and historical firsts, this book is chocked full of fun and random facts to tickle both the brain and the "funny bone."

Here's just a taste of what the this book has to offer - Fifteen cool, yet random facts for your reading pleasure:

1.) In 1965, the first sandwich to be eaten in space, was a corned beef sandwich - smuggled on board the Gemini 3 spacecraft by the late Virgil "Gus" Grissom.

2.) In 2000 - in an ancient Egyptian tomb at Thebes- the first known artificial body part was found. It is a wood and leather toe and is about 3,000 years old!

3.) In 1914, the Battle of Tanga was the first battle decided by bees. How so? Well, British soldiers fled from swarms of bees, leaving their weapons behind for the Germans.

4.) St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow, was built by Ivan the Terrible, to celebrate the capture of Kazan from the Mongols. In addition, legend has it, that the architect of the cathedral was blinded so that he could not design anything as beautiful again!

5.) The first public newspapers was carved from metal or stone in about 131 B.C. Called the Acta Diurna, it was displayed at the Roman Forum and reported on trials and laws.

6.) In 1991, Finland's prime minister, Harri Holkeri, made the first cell phone call in the world. He made it with a Nokia phone.

7.) In 1981, 170 people were reported killed by piranhas, after a ferry capsized at the port of Obidos in Brazil.

8.) Completed in 2006, the largest swimming pool in the world, is theSan Alfonso del Mar seawater pool in Algarrobo, Chile. It is 3,323 ft.(1,013m) long.

9.) The last golden toad was found at Monteverde, Costa Rica in 1989. Due to pollutions, global warming, and habitat destruction, sadly this toad became extinct in 2004.

10.) In 1930, the first whoopee cushion was invented in 1930 by the JEM Rubber Company of Toronto, Canada when workers experimented with scrap sheets of rubber.

11.) In 1923, the first Hollywood sign was first put up. Originally, it was an ad for houses and spelled "Hollywoodland" until 1949 when "land" was removed.

12.) The first coin-operated telephone was invented in 1889 by William Gray. It was installed in Hartford Bank in Connecticut, and local calls cost five cents.

13.) The very last original Volkswagen Beetle (number 21,529,464) was made in Puebla in 2003. The Volkswagen Beetle has been made in Mexico since 1978.

14.) Doberman Pinchers were first bred by Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann in 1890. He bred the breed to protect him, since he worked as a local tax collector (which was considered a dangerous occupation) in Apolda - a town in the German state of Thuringia.

15.) In 1936, the last known Tasmanian tiger, called Benjamin, died in Hobart Zoo (which is in the Queens Domain in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia).

These fifteen random facts are just a small taste of this fun read. If you get a chance, pick up a copy of this fun and amazing book, chock full of amazing "firsts."

This Book Is A Fun Read For Kids And Adults Alike! Go Ahead, You Know You Want It.


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      Veronica Allen 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      thanks fastfreta. I just read your jealousy is rotten to the bones part III, can't wait to see what else you have for us.

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      Alfreta Sailor 

      9 years ago from Southern California

      These were so interesting. I like what you did with this one, putting so many together in one. Looking forward to more, Veronica.

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      Veronica Allen 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you. You are so kind.

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      9 years ago

      I'm always impressed with your thirst for knowledge.

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      Veronica Allen 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for stopping by creativeone59. I love your loyalty.

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      benny Faye Douglass 

      9 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you for a wonderful assortment of informative informaton. thanks fo sharing. creativeone59

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      Veronica Allen 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks bayaregreatthing. I think this might become one of my niche! Who knows?

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      9 years ago from Bay Area California

      I just love your random stuff! It makes for a nice afternoon break!


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