Thirty gallons, or 135 litres, of water is used for the average shower in the United States.
The first hurricane given a male name was "Bob," in July 1979.
Nyctitropism is the tendency of the leaves or petals of certain plants to assume a different position at night.
Three hundred and fourteen acres of trees are used to make the newsprint for the average Sunday edition of the New York Times. There are nearly 63,000 trees in the 314 acres.
The flower of the Calla lily is 8 feet high and 12 feet wide. It is grown in Sumatra.
Oak trees are struck by lightning more often than any other tree. It has been theorized, this is one reason that the ancient Greeks considered oak trees sacred to Zeus, god of thunder and lightning.
To help them last longer, put the cut ends of chrysanthemums in very hot water for a moment and then straight into very cold.
The fragrant patchouli is a member of the mint family.
Of the 20,000 species of orchids that grow around the world, not one is parasitic. In nature, many orchids cling to trees and bushes as a growth habit, but they take nothing from the host plant and do not inflict injury upon it.
To qualify as a hurricane, a storm must develop winds in excess of 75 miles per hour. Wind speeds as high as 220 miles per hour have been recorded.
The Fresh Kills Landfill site on Staten Island, New York, opened in 1948, is the world's largest. It covers 3,000 acres and receives up to 14,000 tons of garbage a day. It is scheduled to reach capacity and close by the year 2002
Oil of wintergreen does not come from the wintergreen plant but from the bark of the sweet birch.
Tornadoes seem to be an almost-exclusive North American phenomena — they occur more often in the U.S. than anywhere else in the world.
The General Sherman Tree in Sequoia National Park, California, is the largest tree in the world. It weighs more than 6,000 tons.
Olive trees can attain a great age. Some in the eastern Mediterranean are estimated to be over 2,000 years old. They grow to a height of 20 to 40 feet and begin to bear fruit between 4 and 8 years old. It takes a ton of olives produces about 50 gallons of oil.
The Great Lakes are the most important inland waterway in North America. All the lakes, except Lake Michigan, which lies entirely in the United States, are shared by the United States and Canada and form part of the border between these countries.
On a clear day with blue skies, lightning can jump outside of its parent cloud and travel for more than five miles through clear air. This is called the "bolt from the blue" phenomenon. The study of lightning is called keraunopathology.
On a hot afternoon, the atmosphere draws up 5,500 million gallons of water an hour from the Gulf of Mexico.
Traces of copper give the gemstone turquoise its distinctive color.
Twenty percent of China's plants are used in medicine.
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