Elephants are excellent swimmers. They can swim many miles a day, using their trunks as snorkels, but baby elephants can’t swim until they’re a few months old.
Salt will melt at 1,474 degrees.
As late as September 1977, France still used the guillotine for its executions.
The longest-living President (so far) was Gerald Ford at 93 years and 165 days. The President who died at the youngest age was John F. Kennedy at 46 years and 177 days.
A hundred years ago, Theodore Roosevelt vowed to protect natural land in the U.S. Today, there are over 84 million acres protected in national parks.
More than 350,000 lawn mowers are sold in the U.S. each year. That’s a good thing, since up to 80,000 square miles of lawn cover our country.
Candy was once considered a luxury, mostly for the upper classes. It was also believed that consuming candy could lead to alcoholism.
In the 1932 election, Herbert Hoover was so unpopular that he received a note from someone advising him to “vote for Roosevelt and make it unanimous.”
The first McDonald’s with indoor seating opened in Denver, Colorado, 54 years ago. Before that, you had to drive up and eat in your car, or walk up to a window and take your meal elsewhere.
Woodrow Wilson is the only U.S. President whose remains lie in Washington, D.C.