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◥ Coca-Cola was originally green.
◢ 最早的可口可樂是綠色的。
◥ The first child ever born on the continent of Antarctica was born in 1978.
◢ 第一個在南極洲出世的嬰兒誕生於 1978 年。

◥ Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine.
◢ 1830 年代番茄醬被當成藥劑類販售。

◥ Feb 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.
◢ 根據紀錄, 1865 年的二月是歷史上唯一沒有滿月的月份。

◥ In November 2001 a swiss bank lost $100,000,000 because of a typing error.
◢ 2001 年十一月有家瑞士銀行因為打字錯誤結果損失了一億美金。

◥ When gentlemen in medieval Japan wished to seal an agreement, they urinated together, crisscrossing their streams of urine.
◢ 中世紀日本上流社會準備正式簽訂合同時會一起小便, 而且尿柱還必須要交叉。

◥ Japan leads the world in condom use. They're sold door to door by saleswomen.
◢ 日本是全世界使用保險套的先驅, 女性推銷員會挨家挨戶地叫賣。

◥ The shortest war in history was between Zanzibar and England in 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes.
◢ 史上最短戰爭是 1896 年英國與桑吉巴 (非洲外海島國) 之戰。 桑吉巴 38 分鐘就投降了。

◥ According to a British law passed in 1845, attempting to commit suicide was a capital offense. Offenders could be hanged for trying.
◢ 根據 1845 年通過的某條英國律法, 試圖自殺必須判死刑, 即使只是嘗試也要被吊死。

◥ In the great fire of London in 1666 half of London was burnt down but only 6 people were injured.
◢ 1666 年倫敦大火, 燒毀了半個城區, 但只有 6 個人受傷。

◥ European women didn't wear underwear until the 1900s.
◢ 歐洲女性在 1900 年代之前是不穿內衣褲的。

◥ Yo-yos were once used as weapons in the Philippines.
◢ 在菲律賓, 溜溜球曾被當作武器使用。

◥ Iceland was the first country to legalize abortion in 1935.
◢ 1935 年冰島成為第一個合法墮胎的國家。

◥ It was once against the law to have a pet dog in a city in Iceland.
◢ 在冰島某個城市, 養寵物狗曾經是違法的。

◥ The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days when the engines were pulled by horses. The horses were stabled on the ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight staircases.
◢ 消防局的樓梯之所以是螺旋狀, 是因為早年的救火車用馬來拖, 而養在一樓的馬懂得爬上一般的樓梯。

◥ The X's that people sometimes put at the end of letters or notes to mean a kiss, actually started back in the 1000's when Lords would sign their names at the end of documents to other important people. It was originally a cross that they would kiss after signing to signify that they were faithful to God and their King. Over the years though, it slanted into the X.
◢ 人們寫信有時會在最後打個叉代表親吻, 這項傳統始於西元 1000 年左右, 貴族們在重要文件頁尾簽完名時, 會畫個十字架然後親一下, 代表對上帝及君王的忠誠。 後來才漸漸演變成打叉。

◥ The first word spoken on the moon was "Okay".
◢ 人類在月球上說出的第一個字是 "Okay"。

◥ The first message tapped by Samuel Morse over his invention the telegraph was: What hath God wrought?
◢ Samuel Morse 發明電報後拍出的第一封訊息內容是: "上帝創造了什麼?"。
◣ 小毛註: 原文是古英文, 相當於 What has God worked?

◥ The first words spoken by Alexander Bell over the telephone were: Watson, please come here. I want you.
◢ 貝爾用他發明的電話講出的第一句話是: 華生, 請過來。 這裡需要你幫忙。

◥ The first words spoken by Thomas Edison over the phonograph were: Mary had a little lamb.
◢ 愛迪生發明留聲機後錄下的第一句話是: 瑪莉有隻小綿羊 (兒歌)。

◥ The doorbell was invented in 1831.
◢ 門鈴是 1831 年發明的。

◥ The electric shaver was patented on November 6, 1928.
◢ 電動刮鬍刀是 1928 年 11 月 6 號發明的。

◥ The parking meter was invented by C.C. Magee in North Dakota, 1935.
◢ 停車計費器是 C.C. Magee 在 1935 年於北達科塔州發明的。

◥ The ballpoint pen was invented in 1938 by Laszlo and Georg Biro.
◢ 原子筆是 Laszlo Biro 跟 Georg Biro 兩兄弟發明的。

◥ Stainless stell was invented by Harry Brearley in 1913.
◢ 不銹鋼是 Harry Brearley 在 1913 年發明的。

◥ The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
◢ 曾經有個研究員走過雷達管旁, 結果口袋中的巧克力融化了。 微波爐就是由此發明的。

◥ The electric chair was invented by a dentist.
◢ 電椅是某位牙醫發明的。

◥ The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.
◢ 打火機發明的時間比火柴還早。

◥ Traffic lights were first used in 1868, 18 years before the first car was invented.
◢ 紅綠燈最早推行於 1868 年, 18 年後人類才發明了第一輛汽車。

◥ The can opener wasn't invented until 48 years after tinned food was introduced.
◢ 罐頭問世 48 年之後才發明了開罐器。

◥ The first product Motorola started to develop was a record player for automobiles. At that time, the most known player on the market was the Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola.
◢ 摩托羅拉發展的第一項產品是汽車用的錄放音機。 當時市場上最有名的廠牌是維克卓拉, 所以他們就取名叫摩托羅拉。

◥ In 1961, an IBM 7090 computer calculated Pi to 100 265 digits.
◢ 在 1961 年 IBM 的 7090 電腦就能把圓周率計算到小數點後 100265 位。

◥ Back in the mid to late 80's, an IBM compatible computer wasn't considered a hundred percent compatible unless it could run Microsoft's Flight Simulator game.
◢ 在 80 年代中末期, 一台電腦如果不能跑微軟的飛行模擬遊戲, 就不算跟 IBM 電腦完全相容。

◥ The first product to have a bar code was Wrigley's gum.
◢ 世界上第一項擁有條碼的產品是青箭口香糖。

◥ The first Lifesaver flavor was peppermint.
◢ 第一顆口哨糖的口味是薄荷。

◥ The oldest known vegetable is the pea.
◢ 已知最古老的蔬菜是豌豆。

◥ The world's youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910.
◢ 1910 年在中國出現了世界上最年輕的父母, 分別是八歲及九歲。

◥ The youngest pope was 11 years old.
◢ 最年輕的教宗只有 11 歲。

◥ A Russian woman gave birth to 69 children between 1725 and 1765. (She had 16 pair of twins, 7 sets of triplets, and 4 sets of quadruplets.)
◢ 有個俄羅斯女性在 1725 到 1765 年間生了 69 個小孩, 其中有 16 對雙胞胎, 7 組三胞胎以及 4 組四胞胎。

◥ About 3000 years ago, most Egyptians died by the time they were 30.
◢ 三千年前的埃及人大多 30 歲就死了。

◥ Ancient Egyptians slept on pillows made of stone.
◢ 古埃及人睡覺用的枕頭是用石頭做的。

◥ In ancient Egypt, Priests plucked EVERY hair from their bodies, including their eyebrows and eyelashes.
◢ 古埃及的祭司必須拔光身上所有的毛髮, 包括眉毛及睫毛。

◥ Ancient Romans and Egyptians used crushed tadpoles mixed with oil as hair dye.
◢ 古羅馬與埃及人用油調和搗爛的蝌蚪來染髮。

◥ The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.
◢ 美國獨立宣言寫在大麻纖維製成的紙上。

◥ Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn't added until 5 years later.
◢ 美國獨立宣言簽署的七月四日當天其實只有兩個人有簽名: John Hancock 及 Charles Thomson。 其餘的簽名大多在八月二日補簽, 而最後一個簽名是在五年後才加上去的。

◥ The first CD pressed in the US was Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA."
◢ 美國壓出的第一片 CD 是 Bruce Springsteen (美國搖滾歌手) 的 "生在美國"。

◥ The mongoose was barred live entry into the U.S. in 1902.
◢ 1902 年美國禁止活貓鼬進口。

◥ The first zoo in the USA was in Philadelphia.
◢ 美國第一座動物園在費城。

◥ Fortune cookies were actually invented in America, in 1918, by Charles Jung.
◢ 幸運餅是 1918 年 Charles Jung 在美國發明的。

◥ America once issued a 5-cent bill.
◢ 美國曾經發行過五分錢的鈔票。

◥ Until 1796, there was a state in the United States called Franklin. Today it's known as Tennessee.
◢ 1796 年之前, 美國有一個法蘭克林州。 現在那個州叫做田納西州。

◥ A monkey was once tried and convicted for smoking a cigarettes in Indiana.
◢ 美國印第安那州曾經將一隻吸煙的猴子送上法庭並且判決有罪。

◥ The Pentagon, in Arlington, Virginia, has twice as many bathrooms as is necessary. When it was built in the 1940s, the state of Virginia still had segregation laws requiring separate toilet facilities for blacks and whites.
◢ 美國維吉尼亞州阿靈頓五角大廈的廁所數量是設計需要的兩倍。 它興建於 1940 年代, 當時維吉尼亞州還有種族隔離政策, 因此黑人和白人得上各自專屬的廁所。

◥ One of the reasons marijuana is illegal today is because cotton growers in the 30s lobbied against hemp farmers-they saw it as competition.
◢ 大麻至今仍屬違法的原因之一, 是因為 30 年代美國棉花業者怕與大麻競爭市場, 所以遊說議會打壓大麻業者。

◥ 314 Americans had their butts lifted surgically in 1994.
◢ 1994 年間美國共有 314 人去做提臀手術。

◥ The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because, when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building.
◢ 美國印地安納州立大學的總圖書館每年下沉超過一吋 (2.54 公分), 因為當年興建的時候工程師忘了考慮書本的重量。

◥ American Airlines saved $40,000 in '87 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first class.
◢ 1987 年美國航空將每份頭等艙沙拉減少一顆橄欖, 結果總共省下四萬美金。

◥ The first Ford cars had Dodge engines.
◢ 第一輛福特汽車用的是道奇公司的引擎。

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