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Black-eyed peas brought to the West Indies from West Africa by slaves, by earliest records in 1674.


In the year 1935 the United States Congress announced the first Sunday of August as the National Friendship Day. It was initially declared a holiday in honor of friends.


The first commercial transatlantic telephone call was between New York City and London and occurred on January 7, 1927.


The fastest 'regular' wind that's widely agreed upon was 231 mph (372 kph), recorded at Mount Washington, New Hampshire, on April 12, 1934.


In 1783 an Icelandic eruption threw up enough dust to temporarily block out the sun over Europe.


The coldest temperature ever measured on Earth was -129 Fahrenheit (-89 Celsius) at Vostok, Antarctica, on July 21, 1983.


A 1960 Chilean earthquake was the strongest earthquake in recent times, which occurred off the coast, had a magnitude of 9.6 and broke a fault more than 1000 miles (1600 kilometers) long.


The largest recorded snowflake was 15in wide and 8in thick. It fell in Montana in 1887.


The weight of the human brain is about 3 lbs


The brain can live for 4 to 6 minutes without oxygen, and then it begins to die. No oxygen for 5 to 10 minutes will result in permanent brain damage.


There are about 100,000 miles of blood vessels in the brain.


A living brain is so soft you could cut it with a table knife.


Laughing at a joke is no simple task as it requires activity in five different areas of the brain.


Each time we blink, our brain kicks in and keeps things illuminated so the whole world doesn’t go dark each time we blink (about 20,000 times a day).


Every time you recall a memory or have a new thought, you are creating a new connection in your brain.


While awake, your brain generates between 10 and 23 watts of power–or enough energy to power a light bulb.


Children who learn two languages before the age of five alters the brain structure and adults have a much denser gray matter.


Reading aloud and talking often to a young child promotes brain development.


Alcohol interferes with brain processes by weakening connections between neurons.


The human brain is the fattest organ in the body and may consists of at least 60% fat.

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