Jack hits the jackpot and Hitler disappears

The following text is originally lifted from the trivia section of The Jakarta Post dated Friday, 20 July 2007.

~Compiled from various sources~

  • The largest single-ticket jackpot winner in history is Jack Whittaker Jr. of West Virginia. In December 2002, he had the sole winning ticket for a $314.9 million jackpot in the U.S. Powerball lottery.
  • The New York phone book had 22 Hitlers listed before WW2... and none after.
  • The three best known Western names in China: Jesus Christ, Richard Nixon and Elvis Presley.
  • The most common name in the world is Mohammed.
  • Up until 1994, Washington state executed death row inmates by hanging.
  • Three chemicals are used to execute criminals by lethal injection. First, sodium thiopenthal is injected, causing the inmate to fall into a deep sleep. The second chemical agent, pancuronium bromide, a muscle relaxer, follows. This causes the inmate to stop breathing due to paralyses of the diaphragm and lungs. Finally, potassium chloride is injected, stopping the heart.
  • For two years, during the 1970s, Mattel marketed a doll called "Growing Up Skipper". Her breasts grew when her arm was turned.
  • Kotex was first manufactured as bandages, during WW2.
  • The catgut formerly used as strings in tennis rackets and musical instruments does not come from cats. Catgut actually comes from sheep, hogs, and horses.
  • A cubic mile of ordinary fog contains less than four litres of water.
  • Hydrogen gas is the least dense subtance in the world, at 0.08988 g/cc. Hydrogen solid is the most dense substance in the world, at 70.6 g/cc.
  • Annually, approximately 46 million Cokes, five million pounds of French fries and seven million hamburgers are consumed at Walt Disney World Resort.
  • Ancient Romans eat flamingo tongues and considered them a delicacy.

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