Time for some random numbers! Heavy traffic means Americans take 5.5 billion
hours longer than they need to travel in cities each year. This means they buy 2.9 billion
extra gallons of fuel, which costs over 120 billion dollars. The man who invented the upside down ketchup
bottle sold the idea for 13 million dollars in 1995. Today, the ketchup industry is worth
over 3 billion dollars. For 3 weeks in 1934 the U.S. printed 100 thousand
dollar bills. No one but Federal Reserve Banks could use them. The Arctodus bear lived in North America 11
thousand years ago. This huge animal stood 12 feet tall and could reach nearly 15 feet.
They were also much faster than today’s bears. In 1983, Australia’s first 544-mile Ultrathon
was surprisingly won by 61-year-old Cliff Young. He won because he didn’t stop to sleep,
which he thought was against the rules. On its first anniversary on Mars, the NASA
Curiosity rover sang ‘happy birthday’ to itself. Oymyakon in Russia is the coldest inhabited
place on Earth, getting as cold as minus 71.2 degrees celcius, or 96 degrees fahrenheit.
If the temperature gets below minus 52 degrees celcius, children don’t have to go to school. See you next time on Random Numbers!