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Grade 7 English
4.29 Catchy Openings Using Interesting Facts

Directions: Interesting facts and statistics can make excellent openings for an essay or a speech. Here is a list of randomly selected interesting facts. Use any of these interesting facts in an essay or speech. Find and write at least ten more interesting facts.
  1. The world's population is approximately 6.53 billion (2006), India & China represent 36.92% of the world's populations.
  2. The world’s population has increased by 3.1 billion in the last 40 years. It is estimated that every year, the world's population is increasing by 70 million.
  3. Leonardo da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time.
  4. 40 percent of McDonald's profits come from the sales of Happy Meals.
  5. By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you can't sink in quicksand.
  6. Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than the entire Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.
  7. Elephants are the only animals that can't jump.
  8. To escape the grip of a crocodile's jaws, prick your fingers into its eyeballs. It will let you go instantly.
  9. In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all of the world's nuclear weapons combined.
  10. Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.
  11. 'Go', is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
  12. "Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt."
  13. No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, and purple.
  14. During your lifetime, you'll eat about 60,000 pounds of food, that's the weight of about 6 elephants.
  15. Einstein couldn't speak fluently when he was nine. His parents thought he might be retarded.
  16. If you have three quarters, four dimes, and four pennies, you have $1.19. You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a dollar.
  17. If you toss a penny 10,000 times, it will not be heads 5,000 times, but more like 4,950. The heads picture weighs more, so it ends up on the bottom.
  18. In 1984, a Canadian farmer began renting ad space on his cows.
  19. In 75% of American households, women manage the money and pay the bills.
  20. In Los Angeles, there are fewer people than there are automobiles.
  21. It takes about a half a gallon of water to cook macaroni, and about a gallon to clean the pot.
  22. The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one mile in every five must be straight.
  23. These straight sections are usable as airstrips in times of war or other emergencies.
  24. The longest word in the English language, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.
  25. The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
  26. The penguin is the only bird which can swim, but not fly.
  27. There are two credit cards for every person in the United States.
  28. The three wealthiest families in the world have more assets than the Combined wealth of the forty-eight poorest nations.
  29. "Bookkeeper" is the only word in English language with three consecutive Double letters.
  30. The sentence "the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every Letter in the English language.
  31. American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first-class.

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