» The first person to ever survive the fall over Niagara Falls was in 1901 when Annie Edson Taylor, a 43 year-old widowed school teacher from Bay City, Michigan, survived the fall in a 260 pound oak barrel.
» The deepest point in the deepest ocean is the Marianas Trench in the Pacific with a depth of 35,837 feet (10,923 m) according to a recent hydrographic survey. This is close to 7 miles (11 km) down, 29 times the height of the Empire State Building.
» According to the Guiness Book, the fastest restaurant in the world serves the client's food within 13 seconds after the order is made. The name of the restaurant is Karne Garibaldi and is located in Guadalajara, Mexico.
» World's tallest freestanding indoor climbing structure is the Game Works climbing wall standing at 75 feet (23 m).
» The fastest Pony Express ride was 7 days, 17 hours and was carrying Lincoln's inaugural address.
» The fastest tectonic movement on Earth, 9.4 inches (24 cm) per year, is at the Tonga microplate near Samoa.
» Pioneer 11's speed going past Jupiter was over 107,000 miles (172,163 km) per hour, the fastest speed ever traveled by a human-made object.
» The fastest moving landmass on the planet, the Tongan Island of Niuatoputapu in the South Pacific, has recently been clocked at almost 10 inches (25.4 cm) per year.
» The Bureau of Standards says that the electron is the fastest thing in the world.
» The Steel Phantom in West Millen, Pennsylvania, is the fastest roller coaster in America, reaching speeds of 80 miles (129 km) per hour.
» The fastest typist can type at 211 words per minute.
» The world's fastest ship weighs 112 tons and travels at 102 miles (164 km) per hour.
» President Kennedy was the fastest random speaker in the world with upwards of 350 words per minute.
» Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was the first American to have plumbing installed in his house, in 1840.
» The first female monster to appear on the big screen was Bride of Frankenstein.
» The first ever TV commercial in the U.S. was for Bulova watches. It aired in 1941 on WNBT, New York, and cost Bulova 9 dollars.
» Toronto was the first city in the world with a computerized traffic signal system.
» The first female guest host of "Saturday Night Live" was Candace Bergen.
» Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first president to be televised, on April 1939 at opening of the New York World's Fair.
» The first city in modern history to reach 1 million people was London in 1811.
» New Zealand was the first place in the world to allow women to vote.
» The first television shows to have the characters take bathroom breaks were "All in the family" and "Married with children."
» The first music video was aired on August 1, 1981 "Video Killed the Radio Star" by the Bugles on MTV.
» Most people have an IQ in the 90 - 109 range. You're considered a genius if your IQ is 132 or above. Chris Langan has an IQ of 195, the highest known IQ in the US. He started talking at 6 months and by age 4 could read and comprehend books. His IQ puts him in the same class as Sir Isaac Newton and Michelangelo. He's in his mid-forties, and he works as a part-time bouncer at a bar and lives in a one-room house on $6,000 a year.
» William James Sidis had the highest ever known IQ estimated at between 250 and 300. At eighteen months he could read The New York Times, at two he taught himself Latin, at three he learned Greek. By the time he was an adult, he could speak more than 40 languages and dialects. He spent most of his life wandering from one menial job to another.
» La Paz, the capital city of Bolivia, is the highest capital in the world at over 17,000 feet (5,181 m).
» Angel Falls in Venezuela is the world's highest waterfall, at 3,212 feet (979 m).
» The highest tide in the world is in the Bay of Fundy, Canada, where there is a rise of 53 feet (16 m).
» The largest employer in the world is the Indian railway system, employing over a million people.
» The largest flower in the world, the Rufflesia, grows to over 10 feet (3 m) in diameter.
» The largest toy distributor in the world is McDonald's.
» The blue whale is the largest animal that ever lived, reaching 100 feet (30.4 m) in length and weighing 150 tons. The largest dinosaur, Argentinosaurus, was estimated to weigh 110 tons.
» The largest living thing on earth is a tree named "The General Sherman Tree" in Sequoia National Park. It is 275 feet (84 m) tall and 37 feet (11 m) wide at the widest part of the base.
» The largest ketchup bottle is a 170 feet (52 m) tall water tower.
» The world's largest collection of preserved human brains is maintained in a WWII era bomb shelter beneath the Runwell Psychiatric Hospital in Essex, England. 8,000 brains collected over the past 40 years are available for researchers to study.
» Olympus Mons, a volcano found on Mars, is the largest volcano found in solar system. It is 370 miles (595 km) across and rises 15 miles (24 km).