Skype call and video conferencing software was originally known as “Sky Peer to Peer”, which was then shortened to “Skyper”, and eventually “Skype”.
In Athens, Georgia there is a tree, known as the Jackson Oak, that is considered to have legal ownership of itself (and the land within an eight foot radius of its trunk); the tree was allegedly given the deed to itself by owner Colonel William Henry Jackson some time in the early 19th century. The tree currently there (grown from an acorn from the original) is the second to grow in the location and is sometimes referred to as the ‘Son of The Tree That Owns Itself’.
There is approximately 400,000 pounds of man-made debris on the moon, including abandoned lunar landers, space flight trash, cameras, and everything else that never made the return flight home.
There are no federal regulations regarding “sell by” and “best by” dates on food packaged in the United States except for infant formula and baby foods. For the rest, the dates have little foundation in actual food safety science, as a result, Americans throw away billions of pounds of food every year over concerns that it has gone bad.
In 1923, horse jockey Frank Hayes suffered a heart attack in the midst of a race at Belmont Park, New York; his horse finished the race and, in the process, made Hayes the only jockey in history to win a race posthumously.
If you were injured by electricity (but not killed), you were merely shocked; electrocution is a portmanteau of the words electrical and execution, and only applies when the person is killed by the electrical shock.
Wilson the Volleyball, Tom Hanks’s inanimate companion in the movie Cast Aaway, actually had scripted lines. They were unspoken in the movie and existed only to help Hanks get in character while talking to the ball.