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Fun Facts about South Dakota
There are 50 states in the US, it is rare to come across an individual who has been to all of them. Today we will learn a little about South Dakota.
1. South Dakota hosts the world's largest publicly owned bison herds. There are 1,500 heads of bison in the herd and they all roam free in the Custer State Park.
2. Black Hills is a mountainous region of South Dakota from where thousands of Native Americans were evicted so that new European settlers could prospect for gold during the 1870s. The region is named Black Hills because it looks black from a distance.
3. Edible Murals are created every year out of corn, grain and grass grown in the area, on the exterior of Mitchell, South Dakota's Corn Palace. This tradition which started in 1892 continues to be followed as a tribute to South Dakota's farmers.


There is more to Las Vegas
When one hears of Las Vegas, Casinos, shows and money comes to the mind. There's more than that to Las Vegas. Nevada's largest city is home to the Liberace Museum, dedicated to the life of flamboyant entertainer Liberace, who died of an AIDS-related illness in 1987. It houses Liberace's collections of jewelry, clothes, antiques, pianos and custom cars.


The highest and lowest!
The altitude of any place is measured in terms of its relative position to the sea level. Within the US, Colorado state is remembered as the place of mountains, and one tends to think that the highest point in the US will be located there. That is wrong, California is endowed with some tall mountains, in fact the highest and lowest points in the continental United States: Mount Whitney (14,494 ft) and Badwater in Death Valley (282 feel below sea level) are located within the precincts of California.


Wine and California
Ever wonder why California is referred to as America's wine country? There are more than 300,000 tons of grapes grown in California annually. It is because California produces over 17 million gallons of wine annually.


Long Fingernails
It is common to see fashionable women sporting long colorful nails. But have you ever seen a woman with 28 ft long nails? Probably not! Last year Lee Redmond of USA was awarded the Guinness World Record for being the woman with longest nails in the world. Her carefully nurtured and manicured finger nails, which had not been cut since 1979 measured 8.65 m (28 ft 4.5 in) on February 23, 2008.
Now that is a little extreme, would you like to try it?


Most calves delivered by one cow
Recently when a California woman delivered eight children, it became national news. But just imagine a cow giving birth to five calves, that event made global news. On March 18, 2005, a cow belonging to Santa Clara Ranch, Congregacion Garza, Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico, delivered five calves in a single birth. The proud owners Guadalupe Olivares Garza and his children were thrilled to see that the cow along with her five calves were healthy.


Largest Motorcycle Pyramid
For the past several years the Dare Devils Team f the Indian Army Signal Core have been repeating and improving their unique feat of putting the largest number of people on motorcycles. On July 5, 2001, the team put together a motorcycle pyramid that involved 201 men on 10 motorcycles, a record which is yet to be broken. This was achieved at the Gowri Shankar Parade Grounds, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, the central state of India. The complete pyramid traveled a distance of 129 m (424 ft).


Fastest blindfolded motorcycle ride
Billy Baxter (UK) became the fastest blind-folded man to ride a motorcycle on August 2, 20003. He achieved a top speed of 265.33 km/h (164.87 mph) as he hurtled down the road on a 1,200cc Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle blindfolded, at RAF Boscombe Down, Wiltshire, UK.


Guinness World Records
Did you know, the heaviest weight dangled from a swallowed sword is 25 kg (55 lb 1 oz). The person who lifted this load was Thomas Blackthorne of United Kingdom (UK). He performed this feat on the set of Lo Show Dei Record, in Italy, on 19 April 2009.


Facts about Ice Cream
Summer is the time when one reaches out for cool drinks or ice cream. Ice cream is not new, it has been around for a long time.Longer than one would imagine, Ice cream has been around in the world since about 4,000 years. Here are some interesting facts about this common succulent food item.
* Ice cream was first invented in China around 2000 BC
* The first ice cream parlor in US opened in New York City in 1776
* US residents are the largest consumer of ice cream across the world
* In 1984, President Ronald Reagan declared July as National Ice Cream Month.
* The largest ice cream sundae was made in Alberta, Canada in 1988. It weighed 55,000 lbs
* The most expensive ice cream sundae is The Frrrozen Haute Chocolate. It costs about $25,000 and is sold at the Serendipity 3 restaurant, New York.


Education Enthusiast!
Benjamin Bolger is a academic achiever. He has 11 advanced degrees and continues to study. Bolger, 32, donned a cap and gown at Harvard University on June 5th to receive his 11th graduate degree, and his first doctorate. Bolger holds degrees in politics, Accounts and related fields. He continues to study for five more advanced degrees from Penn and Cornell
Several people in the world have achieved multiple degrees, but what makes Bolger unique is that he is severely dyslexic. He has problems reading and understanding. Bolger's reading skills are still at elementary school level. His mother, Loretta Bolger, reads books out loud and helps him in studies.


More Fun Facts about Fish!
Did you know?

  • The lung fish can live out of water for as long as four years!
  • A jellyfish body is composed of 95 percent water!
  • The largest animal on earth is the blue whale. It is about 96 feet long and weighs 125 tons. This makes it equal to 23 elephants, 230 cows or 1800 men.
  • The smallest fish in the world are the pygmy goby and the Luzon goby, from the Philippines. These fish grow only to the length of half an inch.


    Walking Catfish???
    A species of catfish, Clarias batrachus is also known as the walking catfish because it's body is modified to facilitate breathing air. This adaptation enables it to move over land and find a new body of water.


    Some Amazing facts about fish!!!
    Did you know?

  • The most poisonous fish in the world is the stonefish, which lives off the coast of Australia.
  • The slug, a type fish has four noses.
  • A goldfish can live up to 40 years.
  • Starfish have eight eyes - one at the end of each leg, but no brain. No wonder we see so many starfish dieing on the beach.
  • An octopus has 3 hearts.


    Largest catch ever!
    The largest freshwater fish was captured on May 1, 2005 in Chiang Khong district of Thailand. The 9 ft long fish was caught in the waters of Mekong River and weighed 646 lbs or 293 kgs.


    The numbers game in fishing

  • Did you know that 90 percent of fish are caught by 10 percent of fishermen?
  • It is estimated that nearly 30 percent (60 million lbs) of the 200 million lbs of sport and game fish in Oklahoma are found in its major reservoirs
  • About 3.8 million lbs of fish is caught by anglers every year


    More fishing facts

  • Dupont Company introduced nylon fishing nets in the US. In 1992, Larry Nixon won $1 million in a Bass fishing competition.
  • One of the most popular species of bass fish, Kentucky bass is biologically known as Micropterus punctuates
  • Another equally popular bass fish species, Small mouth bass, is biologically known as Micropterus dolmieui
  • Large Mouth Bass is known as Micropterus salmoides (Lacepede) and is the third most abundant species


    Fishing for sport and dinner

    Summer is a time for fishing and enjoying in cool lake side areas. Luckily for us DFW is endowed with over 100 natural and man made lakes, dams and reservoirs. Let us learn some quirky facts about fishing so there's something to talk about the next time you hit the angling circuit.
    President Franklin D. Roosevelt was a great bass fishing enthusiast. He was responsible for creation of the Tennessee Valley Authority in 1932 and also for construction of numerous dams and breeding bass fish in them.


    Bicycling backwards for humanitarian causes
    Here is a truly interesting person: Curan Wright is traveling across America on a bicycle but his style of riding is rather different and unique. He's riding a bike backwards to raise awareness about HIV, medical marijuana, and homelessness. His ride is a 20 inch bike that only goes backwards. He had covered over 5,500 miles in the southern US when this news dispatch came in.


    Tour De France is definitely the most famous bicycle race in the world. But there are numerous other races organized across the world. Here is a small list of some of the more famous races.
    * The newest bicycle race to be introduced is the Tour of California. This race debuted in February 2009 and will be an annual race, which starts in San Francisco Bay Area and ends in Los Angeles County after passing through California redwoods, wine country and the Pacific Coast.
    * The Tour of Spain (Vuelta a Espana) was first held in 1935 and has been an annual event since 1955
    * 36 French, 18 Belgian, 10 United States, 9 Italian and 8 Spanish cyclists have won the Tour De France
    * The Tour of Italy (Giro d'Italia) is an annual event and has been held since 1909 in Milan, Italy

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