Weekly Facts #21

The longest a human has held his or her breath under water is Aleix Segura Vendrell.  As a professional free diver, he held his breath for 24:03 in February 2016 in Barcelona, Spain.

Olympus Mons on Mars is the tallest planetary mountain in the solar system since 1971 when it was discovered.  It is around 22 kilometers or 13.6 miles or 72,000 feet) tall and 600 kilometers or 370 miles wide.  It is still considered the tallest mountain despite Rhesilvia’s discovering on Vesta in 2011.

Black pepper, cocoa beans, animal pelts, arrowheads, and laundry detergent are a few forms of past or present currency.

Jennifer Sharpe from Michigan holds the record for most girl scout cookies sold in during a single year with 17,328 boxes totaling $14,000 in 2008.

Out of all the regions in the U.S., the Midwest spends the lowest average cost for an engagement ring at around $5,300 where the Mid Atlantic spends the highest average cost around $7,500.


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