10 Random and Odd Facts -June 21 '07

170455popeyeposters_2 1. Spinach consumption in the U.S. rose 33% after the Popeye comic strip became a hit in 1931. Popeye helped many a young lad eat his greens in hopes of becoming super strong.

2. Jupiter has a hurricane-like storm that is twice the size of our entire planet. Known as the Great Red Spot, the winds blow counterclockwise around this disturbance at about 250 miles per hour, which is twice the strength of terrestrial hurricanes. This strange disturbance has lasted for at least three centuries.

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10 Random & Odd Facts -June 15

Im_08erte1. The name of the mathematical sign for infinity (∞) is lemniscate, and was devised by mathematician John Wallis in 1655, although similar symbols were used by eastern religions much earlier.

2. American newspaper owner William Randolph Hearst was expelled from Harvard University in 1885 for raucous behavior after presenting his professors with chamber pots (historically used as toilettes) with their individual pictures and names painted inside.

3. The incredibly fast American SR-71 spy-plane (designed to make reconnaissance flights over the USSR) required so much titanium in its construction that the CIA ended up buying Russian titanium on the black market in order to meet the demand.

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