- More people visit France than any other country.
- France spans twelve different time zones – more than any other country in the world – thanks to its overseas territories, which are dotted round the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans, as well as the South American continent.
- France boasts more roundabouts than any other country. 30,000 in fact – which represents over half of all the roundabouts in the world.
In the spirit of the spooky season, I’ve compiled a few home inspection-related stories to get you in the mood. Just remember: home inspection reports don’t have to be scary as long as you keep them in context.
Happy (scary) reading! Boo!
Author: Family Handyman
Recommended Because: When you are a seasoned home inspector, you see it all. This is a catalog of some seriously scary things—including many examples of things I’ve come across in my career (I’m not kidding).
Recommended Because: A nice rundown of things that go bump…in your bank account.
Author: InspectorPro Insurance
Title: “Top 3 Scary Home Inspection Stories”
Recommended Because: Snakes. Rats. Haunted houses. Home inspectors share their scary stories.
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When glass breaks, the cracks move faster than 3,000 miles per hour. To photograph the event, a camera must shoot at a millionth of a second.
Glass is 100% recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without loss in quality or purity.
The oldest examples of glass are Egyptian beads dating from 12,000 BC.
The wandering albatross has the largest wingspan of any living bird, typically ranging from 2.51 to 3.5 m (8 ft 3 in to 11 ft 6 in), with a mean span of 3.1 m (10 ft 2 in) in the Bird Island, South Georgia colony and an average of exactly 3 m (9 ft 10 in) in 123 birds measured off the coast of Malabar, New South Wales.
There are around 10,000 different species of birds worldwide.
Ostrich eyes are the largest of any animal that lives on land (though they can’t rival some of the massive creatures that inhabit the depths of the sea). Approximately the size of a billiard ball, their eyes are actually bigger than their brains.
The Law Library of Congress is the world’s largest law library, with 2.9 million volumes, including one of the world’s best rare law book collections and the most complete collection of foreign legal gazettes in the United States.
One of the oldest public libraries in the country opened in 1790 in Franklin, Massachusetts, where residents circulated books donated by Benjamin Franklin. The Founding Father once started his own lending library in 1731 in Philadelphia called the Library Company, but it required a subscription fee of 40 shillings.
The world’s biggest library in terms of catalog depth is the Library of Congress (LOC), which has 168 million items. That record is a rebound from a calamity in 1814, when the then-14-year-old collection of 3000 volumes was destroyed after British troops burned the Capitol building.
A gallon of water weighs ten pounds, outside of the USA. 16 fluid ounces in a pint, is a measure of volume, not a measure of weight, which is an avoirdupois ounce (dry weight). A fluid ounce is equivalent to 1.0425 av. ounces. A gallon of water weighs 8.34 pounds.
There is the same amount of water on Earth as there was when the Earth was formed. The water from your faucet could contain molecules that dinosaurs drank.
Nearly 97% of the world’s water is salty or otherwise undrinkable.
The DeLorean DMC-12 (commonly referred to simply as the DeLorean as it was the only model ever produced by the company) is a sports car manufactured by John DeLorean’s DeLorean Motor Company for the American market in 1981–83.
An average professional football game lasts 3 hours and 12 minutes, but if you tally up the time when the ball is actually in play, the action amounts to a mere 11 minutes. Part of the discrepancy has to do with the basic rules of American football.
The original alphabet was developed by a Semitic people living in or near Egypt. They based it on the idea developed by the Egyptians, but used their own specific symbols. It was quickly adopted by their neighbors and relatives to the east and north, the Canaanites, the Hebrews, and the Phoenicians.
It took 22 years to build the Taj Mahal. They began building it in 1631 and it was completed in 1653 and there were 20,000 workers who helped.
In 1775, the Continental Congress appointed Benjamin Franklin as the first Postmaster General (PMG).
The Indian Ocean’s average depth is 12,990 feet (3,960 metres), and its deepest point, in the Sunda Deep of the Java Trench off the southern coast of Java, is 24,442 feet (7,450 metres).
The scientific name for Giant Anteater is Myrmecophaga Tridactyla. This means “ant eating with three fingers”.
In 1923, a jockey suffered a fatal heart attack but his horse finished and won the race, making him the first and only jockey to win a race after death.
Iceland does not have a railway system.
Sunflowers can help clean radioactive soil. Japan is using this to rehabilitate Fukashima. Almost 10,000 packets of sunflower seeds have been sold to the people of the city.
A single strand of Spaghetti is called a “Spaghetto”.
If you cut down a cactus in Arizona, you be penalized up to 25 years in jail. It is similar to cutting down a protected tree species.