Little-known Facts

#9:

Miami Beach pharmacist Benjamin Green invented the first suntan cream in 1944. He accomplished this development by cooking cocoa butter in a granite coffee pot on his wife’s stove.

Coffee was introduced to Costa Rica from Jamaica in 1779. Called the grano de oro  (grain of gold), coffee was Costa Rica’s foremost export for 150 years until tourism surpassed it in 1991. More than 247,104 acres of coffee are planted in Costa Rica, making it the 13th largest coffee exporter in the world.

Smart Wash

An energy smart clothes washer is capable of saving enough water in one year that is equivalent to what a human can drink in a lifetime.

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. —Maya Angelou

 

#10

The Saint John’s River is one of the few rivers that flows north instead of south.

To cut down on high levels of pollution, San José, Costa Rica, car owners are forbidden to drive into the city one day out of the week. The forbidden day corresponds to the last number on their car’s license plate.

Incandescent Irk: Incandescent bulbs use 10% of electricity to turn into light, the leftover 90% is wasted energy.

Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. —Henry Ford

 

#11

The Sunshine Skyway Bridge is a cable-stayed concrete bridge. Opened in 1987 the bridge coasts through the clouds at 190 feet above water. Its bright yellow support cables spread from the two center pillars. The structure gives drivers unobstructed view of the water during the 4.1 mile trip over Tampa Bay.

Costa Rica’s basilisk, a small semi-aquatic lizard, has been given the nickname “Jesus Christ lizard” due to its habit of rearing onto its hind legs and appearing to run across the surface of the water when alarmed.

Rethink Your Sunday News: Approximately 500,000 trees must be cut down to produce the nations’s Sunday newspapers. Switch to online subscriptions.
These 10 things you may not know about energy efficiency are a fraction of so many ways we can step up and reverse waste while embracing alternative technology at the same time.

Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence. —Vince Lombardi

 

#12
Plant City, the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World, holds the Guinness record for the world’s largest strawberry shortcake. The 827 square-foot, 6,000 pound cake was made on Feb. 19, 1999 in McCall Park.
 
Isla del Coco is the most remote part of Costa Rica, nearly 360 miles (600 km) into the Pacific Ocean, southwest of the mainland. Millions have seen this island on film, in the opening moments of the Steven Spielberg film Jurassic Park. At 8 miles by 3 miles (12 km by 5 km), Isla del Coco is the largest uninhabited island in the world.

Do the Dishwasher

Doing dishes by hand is a colossal waste of water. An automatic dishwasher uses, on average, six gallons less of hot water which comes out to about 2,000 gallons saved per year.

Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.  —Albert Einstein

 

#13

The Saint John’s River is one of the few rivers that flows north instead of south.
 
According to Costa Rican legend, the liquid inside the pipa (fresh, green coconut) is pure enough to be used as plasma in an emergency situation.

Recycle like Nobody’s Business

The amount of wood and paper discarded each year holds enough energy to heat 50 million homes . 

A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. —Albert Einstein 
 
#14
Gatorade was named for the University of Florida Gators where the drink was first developed.
 
Costa Rica hosts more than 5% of the world’s biodiversity even though its landmass only takes up .03% of the planet’s  surface.

Every day in the U.S., we produce enough trash to equal the weight of the Empire State Building . We throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour, produce enough styrofoam cups annually to circle the earth 436 times and trash enough office paper to build a 12-foot wall from Los Angeles to New York City. We throw away 570 disposable diapers each second, and toss out enough aluminum cans to rebuild our commercial air fleet every three months.  Please try to recycle and reuse more in daily life, like drinking out of a glass etc!

“People with dreams know no poverty. Each of us is as rich as our own dreams.” – Benjamin E. Mays