A Fish Tale

What is the most widely consumed fish in the world?

Uranus: The Father of Saturn

On March 13, 1781, the British amateur astronomer and telescope-maker William Herschel discovered of the planet Uranus! In 1781 only five other planets were known to be in our solar system ( Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn) all of which can be seen with the naked eye.  Uranus is named after the mythological father of Saturn although Herschel had wanted to name it after the English King George III – his benefactor!

Spirit of St. Louis

In 1927, Charles Lindbergh was the first to fly solo, non-stop across the Atlantic Ocean in his plane the Spirit of St Louis.

Charles Lindbergh

What was the name of Charles Lindbergh’s plane in which he completed the first non-stop solo trans-Atlantic flight?

Felix the Cat

The comic strip character Felix the Cat, devised by Otto Mesmer, first appeared in 1931!

Mesmerizing

Which comic strip animal was devised by Otto Mesmer?

Mercury

Mercury actually melts at temperatures above -37.89°F (-38.83°C) – in other words, mercury will still be a liquid until you cool it almost 60 degrees below the freezing point of water.
The element Gallium is awarded second prize. It’s melting point is 85.57°F (29.76°C). Put another way, Gallium will start to melt on a warm summer day – but not if you have an air conditioner going!

Liquid Metal – No Not The T-1000

Room temperature (in scientific circles) means a temperature of approximately 77°F (25°C).   Can a metal melt at room temperature? Said another way, are there any metals that are liquids at normal room temperature?

A Former Firefighter

Steve Buscemi is an acclaimed actor, director, writer and producer, having starred in Con Air, Big Daddy and Armageddon, as well as New York Stories, Reservoir Dogs, Desperado, The Grey Zone, Ghost World, Big Fish and The Death of Stalin. He is also a former firefighter.