The mathematician Heron founded the first College of Technology at Alexandria around AD 60.

A.C., Beebop, Red, and Stretch were the names of the singing and dancing California Raisins in the mid 1980s.

The planet Mercury has the least amount of axial tilt in the Solar System, spinning almost perdendicularly to its orbit, with a tilt of only 0.1 degrees.

Ron Howard's directorial debut was the 1977 comedy "Grand Theft Auto", which starred, among others: himself; his father, Rance; and his brother, Clint.

In 1993, Queen Elizabeth II agreed to pay personal income taxes for the first time.

Roughly 40% of The Netherlands is below sea level.

On August 10, 1874, Herbert Hoover was the first future U.S. President to be born west of the Mississippi River in West Branch, Iowa.

The lyrics to the 1970 smash hit "Lola" were changed from "Coca-Cola" to "cherry cola" because at the time, the BBC prohibited commercial references on the air.

Actor-director Danny DeVito is only 4' 10" tall.

The title of the William Golding novel Lord of the Flies refers to a pig's head.

In May of 1999, the U.S. Postal Service misidentified the location of the Grand Canyon in a batch of specialty stamps as being in the state of Colorado. The gorge, of course, is in northern Arizona.

The world's largest existing impact crater is located in Vredefort, South Africa. A meteorite produced the 186-mile-diameter depression two billion years ago.

• The word "mafia" was intentionally left out of the movie version of Mario Puzo's novel The Godfather.

• On "Star Trek", Mr. Spock has green skin because of traces of copper and nickel in his blood.

• The first sport to ever be filmed was boxing back in 1894 between Jack Cushing and Mike Leonard in a studio in West Orange, NJ. Thomas Edison did the filming.

Boston was the first American city to establish a police department back in 1838.

Hemorrhoids was the physical ailment that is said to have contributed to Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo. Because of them, he was not able to survey the battlefield on horseback.

Key West, FL was the only Southern town to remain in Union hands during the Civil War.

It takes a bee 40,000 trips from a flower to the hive to make a single pound of honey.

There are eight bones in the human wrist.

Edgar Allan Poe was expelled from West Point for showing up for a public parade wearing only a white belt and gloves.

The house depicted in the background of the Grant Wood classic portrait "American Gothic" was, in reality, a brothel.

• The "black box" that houses an airplace's voice recorder is actually orange so that it can be more easily detected amid the debris of a plane crash.

• Country singer Conway Twitty appeared in the 1960 teen movie "Sex Kittens Go to College".

• Laurence Olivier, as a 14-year-old, played Kate in Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew at Stratford-upon-Avon, prompting a reviewer to remark, "I cannot remember any actress in the part who looked better."

• The Buddy Holly and the Crickets hit "Peggy Sue" was originally titled "Cindy Lou", but was renamed at the urging of Crickets drummer Jerry Allison, whose girlfriend's name was Peggy Sue.

• Under Federal gudielines, 97% of caffeine must be removed from coffee for it to be deemed as decaffeinated.

• The term "strike" goes back to the year 1768, when British sailors backed their refusal to work by striking (lowering) their sails.

• The Chevy Nova was renamed the Caribé in Spanish-speaking countries because "no va" in Spanish means "does not go".

• There are 284 rest rooms along the 17½ miles of corridors of The Pentagon, twice the usual number– a holdover from the days of segregation when "whites" and "coloreds" had their own facilities.

• In 1838, the city of Los Angeles passed an ordinance making it necessary to get a license before serenading a woman.

• Oregon and Michigan are the two states that produce the greatest number of Christmas trees.

• The Charles Schulz U.S. comic strip "Peanuts" is known as "Radishes" in Denmark.

• Salvador Dali’s wife posed for the face of Christ in his painting Sacrament of the Last Supper.

• In 1996, Switzerland’s army became the last in the world to disband its carrier pigeon service.

• You can’t buy Jack Daniel’s whiskey in Moore County, Tennessee, where it’s made. Since 1909 it has been a "dry" county.

• In 1875, the largest object to ever disappear entirely into quicksand did so in the state of Colorado. It was a train.

• Parsley, an herb by definition, is considered one of the eight "vegetables" that make up regular V-8 Juice.

• Incestuous marriage is legal in the state of Alabama.

• In terms of plant families, the cashew nut is closely associated with poison ivy.

• The Oxford English Dictionary has over 10,000 definitions in it contributed by one Dr. William Minor, a clinically insane murderer, who was locked up in an asylum during the compilation of the work.

• According to legend, General George Custer was deathly afraid of water.

• "Dude Looks Like a Lady" by Aerosmith was written about Mötley Crüe's lead singer, Vince Neil.