D I D Y O U K N O W
The tin cannister, or
can, was invented in 1810 by Londoner Peter Durand. The year before,
French confectioner Nicolas Appert had introduced the method of
canning food by sealing the food tightly inside a glass jar and
then heating it. He could not explain why the food stayed fresh
but his bright idea won him the 12,000-francs prize that Napoleon
offered in 1795 for preserving food. Durand supplied the Royal Navy
with canned heat-preserved food while Appert would help Napoleon's
army march on its stomach.
Tin canning was not widely adopted until 1846, when a method was
invented to increase can production from 6 in an hour to 60. Still,
there were no can openers yet and the products labels would read: "cut around on the top near to outer edge with a chisel and
hammer." The Can Opener was invented in 1858 by American
Ezra Warnet. There also is a claim that Englishman Robert Yeates
invented the can opener in 1855. But the can opener did not become
popular until, ten years later, it was given away for free with
How many lawyers
does it take to screw in a light bulb?
How many can you afford?
It is not the horse that draws the
cart, but the oats.
- Russian proverb
There are 6,000
species of reptiles, 73,000 kinds of spiders, and 3,000 types of lice.
For each person there is about 200 million insects.
The smallest island in the world -
according to the Guiness Book of Records - is Bishop Rock. It lies
at the most south-westerly part of the United Kingdom. It is one
of 1040 islands around Britain and only has a lighthouse on it.
In 1861, the British government set out the parameters for classifying
an island. It was decided that if it was inhabited, the size was
immaterial. However, if it was uninhabited, it had to be "the
summer's pasturage of at least one sheep" - which is about
Going by the above parameters, most of the 179 584 "islands"
around Finland and the almost 200 000 around Canada would not match
Indonesia as the country with the most islands. In fact, Indonesia
consists only of islands - 13 667 of them, 6000 of which are inhabited.