Apr 232014


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10 Random Facts About Tailgating

1. People actually tailgated at Civil War battles

2. Louisiana may consider jambalaya a tailgating must, while those in the Midwest simply can’t go without brats. And the West Coast? Don’t be surprised to see grilled fish or pasta. While dishes may differ from region to region, one thing is the same across the board: beer.

3. The average tailgater spends more than $500 per year on food for tailgating.

4. Wisconsin winters are notoriously brutal, but that doesn’t keep these superfans from setting up shop in the parking lots. In 1967, fan braved a wind chill of 48 degrees below zero to see the Packers defeat the Cowboys in what would become known as the “Ice Bowl.”

5. Tailgating may have began at football games, but the trend is now expanding to include other stadium events. One of the biggest non-sports-related events people tailgate for is concerts. Some, like fans of musician Jimmy Buffet, have extremely elaborate and large tailgating parties before the concert begins (and sometimes afterwards, too).

6. At the Battle of Bull Run in 1861, Union Army supporters showed up with some food and drinks and loudly cheered on the soldiers while hanging out in their carriages. They sang fight songs, took bets on how long the battle would take, and even caused a traffic jam when the battle was over — all classic tailgating practices.

7. Each year between 20 and 50 million Americans tailgate in a stadium parking lot.

8. When it comes to college tailgating, ESPN felt that Louisiana State University boasts the best experience. Other top schools the sports channel lauds for tailgating fun are Ole Miss, Tennessee, Washington, and Penn State.

9. A growing number of tailgaters are taking advantage of technologies that let them watch pre-game coverage, other match-ups, or the game itself from their cars.

10.The Georgia-Florida game in Jacksonville, Florida, is known informally as the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party

Apr 222014


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10 Random Facts About Shoes

1. The first known images of footwear are boots depicted in 15,000 year old Spanish cave paintings.

2. In Europe pointed toes on shoes were fashionable from the eleventh to the fifteenth centuries.

3. In the Middle East heels were added to shoes to lift the foot from the burning sand.

4. The first lady’s boot was designed for Queen Victoria in 1840.

5. The Bata Shoe Museum, located in Toronto, Canada, is the only shoe museum in North America.

6. In Biblical times a sandal was given as a sign of an oath.

7. Former Philippine First Lady Imelda Marcos owned 1,200 pairs of shoes.

8. Sneakers were first made in America in 1916. They were originally called keds.

9. 80 craftsmen will touch one pair of Stuart Weitzman heels during the 6 to 7 weeks of production time it takes to make them.

10. According to Glamour, the average woman will buy 469 pairs of shoes in her lifetime. All in all, she will end up spending $25,000 on shoes.

Apr 212014


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10 Random Facts About Roller Coasters


1. The Fastest
The fastest roller coaster in the world title goes to the newly opened Formula Rossa ride, at Abu Dhabi’s Formula One theme park. The ride launches thrill seekers to a top speed of 149 miles per hour.

2. The Tallest
The Six Flags Great Adventure Park is home to the Kingda Ka roller coaster, which is currently the tallest in the world, reaching a whopping height of 465 feet.

3. The Longest
The longest roller coaster in the world can be found at Japan’s Nagashima Spa Land. The steel dragon 2000 has a track that covers 8133 feet.

4. Highest Number of Inversions
The Colossus roller coaster in Thorpe Park, England, has an incredible 10 inversions.

5. The Oldest
The oldest recorded roller coaster was built in 1904, and now stands in Lakemont Park, Pennsylvania.

6. The Largest Amount
Cedar Point theme park has the highest number of roller coasters, with 17 different rides to choose from.

7. Fun Fact
In 2010, 102 roller coaster enthusiasts set a new world record at Adventure Island in Essex, for the most amount of people riding a roller coaster nude.

8. Longest Time on a Roller Coaster
Richard Rodriguez holds the world record for the longest time spent on a roller coaster, a total of 401 hours.

9. Roller Coaster Science
Most conventional roller coasters do not have engines, instead they work by converting potential energy into kinetic energy.

10. The First Steel Roller Coaster
In 1959, the first ever tubular steel roller coaster was created. The Matterhorn bobsled roller coaster was built for Disneyland, in Anaheim, California.

Apr 212014


Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy,
toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Also, every Wednesday, Serena, Leslie, and I will share the
Books that Caught Our Eye from everyone’s weekly links.

I had one book in my mailbox last week:


Murder Strikes A Pose by Tracy Weber

Yoga instructor Kate Davidson tries to live up to yoga’s Zen-like expectations, but it’s not easy while struggling to keep her small business afloat or dodging her best friend’s matchmaking efforts.

When George, a homeless alcoholic, and his loud, horse-sized German shepherd, Bella, start hawking newspapers outside her studio, Kate attempts to convince them to leave. Instead, the three strike up an unlikely friendship.

Then Kate finds George’s dead body. The police dismiss it as a drug-related street crime, but Kate knows he was no drug dealer. Now she must solve George’s murder and find someone willing to adopt his intimidating companion before Bella is sent to the big dog park in the sky. With the murderer on her trail, Kate has to work fast or her next Corpse Pose may be for real.

Apr 192014


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10 Random Facts About Quartets

1. In music, a quartet is an ensemble of four singers or instrumental performers; or a musical composition for four voices or instruments.

2. The particular choice and number of instruments derives from the registers of the human voice: soprano, alto, tenor and bass.

3. In the string quartet, two violins play the soprano and alto vocal registers, the viola plays the tenor register and the cello plays the bass register.

4. Another common standard classical quartet is the piano quartet, consisting of violin, viola, cello, and piano.

5. Wind quartets are scored either the same as a string quartet with the wind instrument replacing the first violin (i.e. scored for wind, violin, viola and cello) or are groups of four wind instruments of which the flute, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon is relatively common.

6. Vocal quartets also feature larger classical compositions, such as opera, choral works, and symphonic compositions.

7. Jazz quartet ensembles are often composed of a “horn” (e.g., saxophone, trumpet, etc.), a chordal instrument (e.g., electric guitar, piano, Hammond organ, etc.), a bass instrument (e.g., double bass or bass guitar) and a drum kit.

8. Some mixed-gender vocal quartets include The Pied Pipers; The Mamas & the Papas; The Merry Macs; and The Weavers.

9. The Kinsey Sicks is a Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet from San Francisco

10. Composers of notable string quartets include Joseph Haydn (68 compositions), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (23), Ludwig van Beethoven (17), Felix Mendelssohn (6), Franz Schubert (15), Johannes Brahms (3), Antonín Dvořák (14), Alexander Borodin (13), Béla Bartók (6), and Dmitri Shostakovich (15). The Italian composer Luigi Boccherini (1743–1805), wrote more than 100 string quartets.

Apr 182014


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10 Random Facts About Pop

1. During WWII, 5 million bottles of Coke were consumed by military personnel.

2. In Australia and New Zealand, Sprite is called lemonade.

3. In 1969, Schweppes and Cadbury came together to form one company.

4. There are 6 brands of Mountain Dew.

5. In 1986, 7Up merged with Dr Pepper.

6. Pepsi was one of the first companies to switch from horse-drawn transport to motor vehicles.

7. 2,000 people participated in a favorable market research and chose Sierra Mist out of 1,000 possible names.

8. There are 70 flavors of Fanta.

9. A&W makes the most popular root beer in America.

10. You can heat Dr Pepper in a saucepan 180 degrees and then pour it into a mug with a lemon at the bottom to create hot Dr Pepper.

Apr 172014


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10 Random Facts About Oxygen

1. Atomic Number: 8

2. Atomic Symbol: O

3. Atomic Weight: 15.9994

4. Melting Point: -361.82 F (-218.79 C)

5. Boiling Point: -297.31 F (-182.95 C)

6. Word origin: Oxygen is a combination of two Greek words: oxys, meaning acid, and genes, meaning forming.

7. Although Joseph Priestley and Carl Wilhelm Scheele both discovered oxygen about the same time, Priestly generally gets the credit.

8. Was the atomic weight standard for the other elements until 1961 when it was replaced by carbon 12.

9. It is a odorless, colorless gas has eight protons in the nucleus, and is pale blue in its liquid and solid states.

10. Approximately 2/3 of the mass of the human body is oxygen.

Apr 162014


Wondrous Words Wednesday, hosted by Kathy (BermudaOnion),   is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading.

Indefatigable:  found while reading the online article How ‘Midnight Rider’ Victim Sarah Jones Lost Her Life

Jones, already known in the local production community as an indefatigable worker with a cheery disposition, apparently didn’t reveal any concerns to co-workers.

indefatigable ~ adjective \ˌin-di-ˈfa-ti-gə-bəl\
:  incapable of being fatigued :  untiring <an indefatigable worker>

— in·de·fa·ti·ga·bil·i·ty noun
— in·de·fat·i·ga·ble·ness noun
— in·de·fat·i·ga·bly adverb

Origin of Indefatigable
Middle French, from Latin indefatigabilis, from in- + defatigare to fatigue, from de- + fatigare to fatigue

First Known Use: 1608

Apr 152014


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10 Random Facts About Neckties


1. The necktie originated from a silk scarf worn by Croatian soldiers – it became known as the cravate.

2. At one point in history, merely touching a man’s tie knot was cause for a duel.

3. The city of Shengzhou in China is one of the world’s biggest tie producers, with 200 million ties made there each year.

4. The most expensive tie ever made cost a mere $220,000. Designed by Satya Paul Design Studio, it contained 271 diamonds and 150 grams of gold.

5. A good quality silk tie will require approximately 110 silkworm cocoons.

6. About 300 years ago, the English developed neckwear that was so thick that it could even stop a sword thrust.

7. A person who collects ties is called a Grabatologist.

8. Shih Huang Ti, the first Chinese emperor, wore a tie as long ago as 210 B.C.

9. The Bola Tie is the official tie of Arizona, USA.

10. Usually, the stripes found on American ties run from top right to bottom left, while the stripes of British ties run from top left to bottom right.

Apr 152014


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10 Random Facts About Math

1. Notches (cuts or indentation) on animal bones prove that humans have been doing mathematics since around 30,000 BC.

2. The number 5 is pronounced as ‘Ha’ in Thai language.555 is also used by some as slang for ‘HaHaHa’.

3. Zero ( 0 ) is the only number which can not be represented by Roman numerals.

4. The = sign (“equals sign”) was invented by 16th Century Welsh mathematician Robert Recorde, who was fed up with writing “is equal to” in his equations.

5. 12,345,678,987,654,321 is the product of 111,111,111 x 111,111,111.  Notice the sequence of the numbers 1 to 9 and back to 1.

5. An icosagon is a shape with twenty sides.

7. 2 and 5 are the only primes that end in 2 or 5.

8. From 0 to 1,000, the letter “A” only appears in 1,000 (“one thousand”).

9. Want to remember the value of Pi (3.1415926) in easy way ? You can do it by counting each word’s letters in ‘May I have a large container of coffee?’

10. A palindrome number is a number that reads the same backwards and forward, e.g. 12421.

Apr 142014
Fourth of July Release Party – Monday, April 14th
Win a great prize and get the book for $.99 today only.


When eight parade floats explode during the annual Fourth of July celebrations, Agent Chris Harmer must find who planted the bombs before the terrorists strike again.

His troubles aren’t isolated to terrorism. Chris falls in love with the FBI’s feisty psychiatrist, Alexis Osborne. She won’t commit to someone who doesn’t share her religious values, and Chris has no desire to convert.

Fourth of July was originally written in 2002 and published in 2007. It’s been so fun to revise it one more time (I fell in love with Chris all over again) and redo the cover.

There are two great giveaways to celebrate the release. The purse and scarf pictured below (bought from the fabulous Sugar ‘n Spice) will be given away through the Rafflecopter form.

Also, the first twenty people to buy Fourth of July at one of the following retailers, share the special $.99 price to any social media site, and email me (camichecketts@yahoo.com) will receive their choice of Dead Running audio book or The Colony as a kindle gift.

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Apr 132014


Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy,
toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Also, every Wednesday, Serena, Leslie, and I will share the
Books that Caught Our Eye from everyone’s weekly links.

I had a few books in my mailbox last week:

17843465The Sense Of Touch by Ron Parsons
Sprung from the variously lush, rugged, and frozen emotional landscapes of the north country, this luminous collection of stories captures the progress of a diverse ensemble of souls as they struggle to uncover themselves and negotiate a meaningful communion, of any kind, with the world around them. A brilliant but troubled Bangladeshi physics student searches for balance, acceptance, and his own extraordinary destiny after his father disappears. When a Halloween blizzard immobilizes Minneapolis, a young woman is forced to confront the snow-bound nature of her own relationships and emotions. During an excursion to an idyllic swimming hole hidden in the Black Hills, two old friends unexpectedly compete for the affections of an irresistible, though married, Lakota woman. Like a mythical expedition to reach the horizon or the quest to distill truth from the beauty around us, the revelation confirmed by these imaginative stories – elegant, sometimes jarring, always wonderfully absurd – is that the very act of reaching is itself a form of touch.


8128m2khaEL._SL1500_The Body On The Rocks by Thomas Hauck
The instant Chris Mark heard the scream he knew something was very wrong. At the edge of a narrow chasm a woman was backing away from something. Her dog strained at its leash. Mark took his hands from his pockets, broke into a run. The woman saw him and pointed. The dog pulled excitedly, trying to get close to whatever was down there. Mark approached the crevice and looked down. On the rocks ten feet below him a man lay on his back. He was clad in jeans and a sweatshirt. While the body was in bad shape – bloated and discolored – the waxy face still had its nose and ears, and the two bluish hands were at the ends of the arms. The limbs and small bits had not yet been devoured by predators. “I’m sorry that I screamed like that,” stuttered the woman. “I just looked down and there he was. What do you suppose happened?” Mark shrugged. “The ocean can take you any which way.” “The Body on the Rocks” presents twelve thrilling stories featuring detective Chris Mark. Set in the rugged port city of Gloucester, Massachusetts, each story offers human drama, passion, intrigue, and a glimpse into the complicated life of an Iraq War vet who only wants to help people solve their toughest problems. This fast-paced collection is perfect for a day at the beach or an evening by the fireplace, and will keep you turning the pages long past your bedtime.

Apr 132014


My Name Is Jason. Mine Too by Jason Reynolds & Jason Griffin

Paperback: 96 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen (April 21, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0061547883
ISBN-13: 978-0061547881

Our story. Our way.

A poet

An artist

One black

One white

Two voices

One journey

Jason and Jason were college roommates. One decides to go to NYC to live and pursue his artistic talents. He doesn’t want to go alone, so he asks the other Jason to go with him. He really doesn’t want to go, but he does because his friend needs him to go with him. They struggle to pay the rent, to pay for heat, to pay for food. But they both love the life they’re living.

Both the poems and paintings are amazing. Some of the poems are funny, some are sad. The paintings are original and full of emotion. Put them together you get to know these two men named Jason.

I usually read a poem or look at a painting and move on. Many of these made me want to spend some time with them.

The book is short at 96 pages, but it had a big impact on me.

I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone, of any age.

I don’t know when we were tied together
Intertwined in invisible rope
Two puppets that move without a master
Two dummies who find their lives in laughter
Two men who fear the same disaster
And share in the same hope



I read this for The 2014 National Poetry Month: Reach for the Horizon Blog Tour, organized by Serena of Savvy Verse and Wit.  Be sure to check her blog for links to other posts



Apr 132014


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10 Random Facts About Lakes

1. The lowest lake in the world is the Dead Sea that borders Israel and Jordan. The surface level of which is 418 metres (1,371 ft) below sea level. It is also one of the saltiest lakes in the world.

2. The highest lake in the world is the crater lake of Ojos del Salado at 6,390 m (20,965 ft) above sea level. The mountain lake sits on the border of Chile and Argentina.

3. The deepest lake in the world is Lake Baikal in Siberia, Russia. It is 1,637 m (5,371 ft) at its deepest point. Excluding the Caspian Sea it is the also the largest lake by volume in the world.

4. The longest lake in the world is Lake Tanganyika in Africa at 660 km (410 mi) it is also the 2nd largest by volume of water and the 2nd deepest.

5. Most freshwater lakes on Earth are found in Northern areas of the Northern Hemisphere, Canada for example is estimated to have around 2 million lakes.

6. Lake Superior is the largest of the Great Lake and also has the largest surface area of any freshwater lake in the world at 82,000 km² (31,700 mi²).

7. Finland has the nickname “Land of the Thousand Lakes” as there are over 187,000 lakes in the country.

8. A subglacial lake is a lake that is permanently covered by ice. The largest of these is Lake Vostak in Antarctica.

9. Lakes can form in interesting different ways such as in the craters of volcanoes, by sinkholes in the ground, or even artificially by dams made by man.

10. One of the lakes on Saturn’s moon Titan called Kraken Mare is a massive 388,500 km² (150,000 mi²) making it larger than the Caspian Sea. The liquid is not water though (Titan’s average temperature is -181 °C (-293.8 °F) so water would be frozen), instead it is a lake of liquid gas (methane and ethane).

Apr 122014



Organized for Murder by Ritter Ames

Series: Organized Mysteries
Paperback: 254 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 23, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1495379957
ISBN-13: 978-1495379956

Organization expert Kate McKenzie is on track to make her new business, STACKED IN YOUR FAVOR, a hit in small-town Vermont. But when her first client, the wealthy Amelia Nethercutt, is found dead, the job takes a decidedly sinister turn.

Kate thought she and her family were making a fresh start in her husband’s hometown, but she quickly learns that small towns can hold big secrets. When her first client is poisoned just after Kate leaves her mansion, she knows she’s gotten off to a bad start. But things only get worse when the police find Kate’s fingerprints on the murder weapon, suddenly putting her in the position of suspect number one. The stopwatch is ticking for Kate to prove she had nothing to do with the murder, and the odds are further stacked against her when items stolen from the Nethercutt mansion start showing up in the McKenzie home. Now, Kate must trust her methodical skills and expert eye to sort out who is trying to frame her and to find the real killer before she’s organized right into a jail cell.

It’s been a while since I’ve read a cozy, and this books was a perfect choice. It’s a great murder mystery that will keep you guessing since there are so many different people that could have done it. All the characters are well developed, but aren’t your everyday cookie cutter type, they have their own quirks and flaws.

I loved that Kate was happily married since most cozy sleuths are single. She also had twins, and that is unusual too. I loved the relationship between her and her family, and between her and Meg. There were plenty of twists and laughs, and lots of situations that had me thinking I knew what was going on. But then I’d be thrown for another loop, and I’d have to start over trying to figure out whodunnit.

Another thing I loved were all the organization tips throughout the book. They all seemed very easy to do, and would solve a lot of problems for your household.

This book had so many unusual aspects to it that it is by far one of my very favorite cozies, and I can’t wait for the rest in the series.

Ritter Ames hit the ball out of the park with this book and I’d have no problem recommending it to anyone who loves a good mystery. Even if they aren’t a cozy lover, I think they will be after reading this fantastic book!

About The Author
Ritter is an award-winning author who writes the Bodies of Art mystery series and the cozy Organized Mysteries series, both published by Gemma Halliday Publishing. She focuses most of her time and writing energies on globe trotting the world via her keyboard to create memorable characters and fascinating fiction novels for readers. In this great new endeavor, her cat muse remains faithfully by her side–only voicing displeasure when the food bowl sits empty due to Ritter focusing more on writing than on kibble.  She tries to blog regularly and uses her Pinterest boards to capture great places and ideas she wants to use in both series. Follow her blog and boards to learn more about Ritter and her upcoming books.

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Apr 122014


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10 Random Facts About Kites

1. More adults in the world fly kites than children.

2. There is at least one Kite Festival every weekend of the year in some part of the world.

3. Kite flying was banned in China during the Cultural Revolution, anyone found flying a kite was sent to jail for up to three years and their kites destroyed.

4. Approximately 12 people are killed each year in kiting accidents throughout the world.

5. Each year on the second Sunday of October kite flyers in nearly every country of the World unite and fly a kite to celebrate “One Sky One World”.

6. There are over 50 million kites sold in the USA every year.

7. Some Japanese kites weigh over 2 tons.

8. The world record for the longest ‘kite fly’ is 180 hours, 17 minutes.

9. It is now thought that the first kites flown over 3000 years ago, were made from leaves.

10. In the Orient, kites are given to someone to bring them happiness, good luck, prosperity and cure illness.

Apr 112014


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10 Random Facts About Jazz

1. Jazz is a musical style that originated in the southern United States at the beginning of the 20th century.

2. The modern drum set was invented by Jazz musicians.

3. The oldest remaining jazz club is “The Village Vanguard” in New York City which was opened in 1935.

4. The most influential Jazz guitarist in history, Django Reinhardt, was short two fingers.

5. When asked what the definition of jazz was, Louis Armstrong replied, “If you’ve got to ask, you’ll never know.”

6. The element of improvisation is a major component of jazz, more so than in any other form of popular music, and musicians often start a tune with only a key and time signature from the bandleader.

7. A few of the most famouse jazz musicians are Nat King Cole, Miles Davis, Mary Lou Williams, and John Coltrane.

8. Jazz originated in predominantly black communities in the southern United States.

9. Swing Jazz is considered to be popular dance music which is played from printed musical arrangements.

10. Louis Armstrong, a trumpeter, band leader and singer, contributed greatly to the popularization of Jazz and became known as the Ambassador of Jazz.

Apr 102014


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10 Random Facts About Igloos

1. The term “igloo” comes from the Inuit word “iglu” which means “house”.

2. Igloos were usually temporary winter shelters built by Inuit hunters for their families while on a hunting trip.

3. Skilled Inuit hunters could be build an igloo in about an hour.

4. Some igloos would even have windows built from a block of ice or seal gut.

5. An igloo could be any size, but normally, they built them just big enough for the family.

6. Although other countries such as Alaska and Greenland had igloos, the structure was predominantly seen in central and western Canada.

7. Snow and ice work as insulators to trap body heat inside the igloo. Thus, the occupants of an igloo double as a furnace of sorts.

8. The only tools required to build an igloo are a snow spade and a saw. In traditional times these implements would have been fashioned from bone.

9. A full-grown man can stand on an igloo without collapsing it.
10. A properly-built igloo can withstand hurricane force winds on the open snow.

To see a real igloo being built, watch the 1922 silent film documentary “Nanook of the North”.

Apr 092014


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10 Random Facts About Hair

1. A single strand of hair can support up to 6.5 pounds of weight.

2. The process of removing unwanted body hair dates back to the ancient Egyptians.

3. The longest documented hair was measured in 2004. It belonged to Xie Qiuping from China, and measured 18.5 feet

4. The first African-American hair products were created by Madam CJ Walker, the first American black woman to become a millionaire.

5. The curling iron was invented in France, by Marcel Grateau, in 1875.

6. Less than 4% of the world’s population has natural red hair.

7. Healthy hair, when wet, can stretch to 30% its original length.

8. A random lock of Elvis’ hair was sold at an auction for $15,000

9. The first liquid shampoo on the market came out in 1927.

10. Hair is composed of 50.65% carbon, 20.85% oxygen, 17.14% nitrogen, 6.36% hydrogen, and 5.0% sulfur. Hair also contains trace amounts of magnesium, arsenic, iron, chromium and other metals and minerals.long.