The 221-year old Panay Church in  Philippines

The 221-year old Panay Church in Philippines

  1. The largest bell in Asia hangs at the belfry of the 221-year old Panay Church in  Philippines. It is 7 feet in diameter and 7 feet in height, and weighs 10.4 tons. Its tolling can be heard as far as 8 km. away. It was casted from 70 sacks of coins donated by the townspeople as a manifestation of faith and thanksgiving.
  2. Mayonnaise is said to be the invention of the French chef of the Duke de Richelieu in 1756. While the Duke was defeating the British at Port Mahon, his chef was creating a victory feast that included a sauce made of cream and eggs. When the chef realized that there was no cream in the kitchen, he improvised, substituting olive oil for the cream. A new culinary masterpiece was born, and the chef named it “Mahonnaise” in honor of the Duke’s victory.
  3. X-ray technology has shown there are 3 different versions of the Mona Lisa under the visible one.
  4. During the Alaskan Klondike gold rush, (1897-1898) potatoes were practically worth their weight in gold. Potatoes were so valued for their vitamin C content that miners traded gold for potatoes.
  5. The cicada, a fly found in Africa, spends 17 years of its life sleeping: and is awake for only two weeks during which it mates and then dies.