Sunday, 30 November 2008

useless knowledge 1

Texas is the only state that permits residents to cast absentee ballots from space. The first to exercise this right to vote while in orbit was astronaut David Wolf, who cast his vote for Houston mayor via e-mail from the Russian space station Mir in November 1997.

Babies are born without kneecaps; they don’t appear until the ages of 2-6 months old.

Norman Stingley, a California chemist, invented the remarkable bouncing gray ball. He had compressed a synthetic rubber material under 3,500 pounds of pressure per square inch. It had a resiliency of 92 percent, about three times that of a tennis ball, and could bounce for long periods.



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