Trivia

Who owned the Arlington National Cemetery?

George Washington Parke Custis, grandson of Martha Washington, acquired the land that now is Arlington National Cemetery in 1802, and began construction of Arlington House. The estate passed to Custis’ daughter, Mary Anna, who had married United States Army officer Robert E. Lee.

Where does the phrase “rule of thumb” come from?

The phrase “rule of thumb” is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn’t beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.

Who invented the cigarette?

The first commercial cigarettes were made in 1865 by Washington Duke on his 300-acre farm in Raleigh, North Carolina. His hand-rolled cigarettes were sold to soldiers at the end of the Civil War. It was not until James Bonsack invented the cigarette-making machine in 1881 that cigarette smoking became widespread.

What does it mean when a cousin is removed?

You and your first cousins are in the same generation (two generations younger than your grandparents), so the word “removed” is not used to describe your relationship. The words “once removed” mean that there is a difference of one generation.

How long would it take you to run around the world?

Hence, Earth circumference is 2*Pi*r is about 40,030 km. Now is up to you to decide the amount of running per day. If you run a marathon 42.2 km per day, you’ll be done in around 2.5 years.

What was the first contraceptive?

The first known contraceptive was crocodile dung, used by Egyptians in 2000 B.C.

What percent of the jellyfish is water?

The jellyfish is 95% water