8 Ways to Win a Bar Bet

Green Eggs and Ham was written because Dr. Seuss’ editor bet him that he couldn’t write a book using 50 words or less. The 50 words are: a, am, and, anywhere, are, be, boat, box, car, could, dark, do, eat, eggs, fox, goat, good, green, ham, here, house, I, if, in, let, like, may, me, mouse, not, on, or, rain, sam, say, see, so, thank, that, the, them, there, they, train, tree, try, will, with, would, you.

New York City got its nickname in the 1920s when newspaper writer John Fitzgerald was covering the horse races and overheard New Orleans stagehands referring to New York as “The Big Apple,” the greatest reward for any thoroughbred.

The oldest full-size guitar dates back to the 1590s. It’s a ten stringer (5 pairs) from Portugal and currently resides at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, AZ.

There’s a reason we can spot a taxi blocks away on a congested street. John Hertz of Hertz Rent-A-Car read a study from the University of Chicago that suggested yellow with a bit of red is the most visible from a distance. He opened the Yellow Cab Company in 1915 with his cars painted the now synonymous “taxi yellow.”

Until New Years’ Day 2013 beer was considered a soft drink in Russia. It was consumed while at work, in the park and in public. Now that it is recognized as an alcoholic drink there are more restrictions.

Judging by their group names, some unsuspecting animals sound downright vicious: A flock of crows is called a murder. A gathering of jellyfish is a smack. And a group of kangaroos is known as a mob.

Banging your head against a wall burns 150 calories an hour, about 100 calories less than walking for the same time period. We do not suggest adding it to your workout routine.

The average human being’s skin is inhabited by close to 1 trillion bacteria, which is roughly the same number of land mammals (humans included) living on the face of Earth, give or take a few billion.

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