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Mercury is the only planet whose orbit is coplanar with its equator. Venus and Uranus are the only planets that rotate opposite to the direction of their orbit.

Methylphenidate (Ritalin) is a medication prescribed for individuals (usually children) who have an abnormally high level of activity or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about 3 to 5 percent of the general population has the disorder, which is characterized by agitated behavior and an inability to focus on tasks. Methylphenidate also is occasionally prescribed for treating narcolepsy. Methylphenidate is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant. It has effects similar to, but more potent than, caffeine and less potent than amphetamines. It has a notably calming effect on hyperactive children and a "focusing" effect on those with ADHD.

Mexico City is sinking at a rate of 6 to 8 inches a year because it's built on top of an underground reservoir. Wells are drawing out more and more water for the city's growing population of more than 15 million people.

Mexico City is the oldest capital city in the Americas.

Mexico City sinks ten inches per year.

Mexico once had three presidents in one day.

Mice, whales, elephants, giraffes and man all have seven neck vertebra.

Michael Jordan has more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.

Michael Myers, the villain of the Halloween movies, is named after a real person. When Assault on Precinct 13 performed better than expected in England, director John Carpenter decided to thank the English distributor by naming the main character of his next movie after him.

Michelangelo painted only one easel picture.

Michelangelo's Last Judgment, which hangs on the walls of the Sistine Chapel, drew some harsh criticism from one of the Vatican's officials because of the nudity. So Michelangelo made some changes to his work: he painted in the face of the complaining clergyman and added a donkey's ears and a snake's tail.

Mickey Mouse is known as 'Topolino' in Italy.

Midgets and dwarfs almost always have normal-sized children, even if both parents are midgets or dwarfs.

Mike Greenwell of the Boston Red Sox holds the major league record for the most RBIs that accounted for all of his team's runs. In 1996, he batted in nine runs in a game against the Seattle Mariners.

Milk as an additive to coffee became popular in the 1680's, when a French physician recommended that cafe au lait be used for medicinal purposes.

Milk is actually considered to be a food and not a beverage.

Millie the White House dog earned more than 4 times as much as Pres. Bush in 99. And, rightfully so.

Mineral deposits in caves: The ones growing upward are stalagmites, the ones growing downward are stalactites.

Minnesotans are forbade from teasing skunks.

Minnows have teeth in their throat.

Minors in Kansas City, Missouri, are not allowed to purchase cap pistols; they may buy shotguns freely, however.

Minus forty degrees Celsius is exactly the same as minus forty degrees Fahrenheit.

Mockingbirds can imitate any sound from a squeaking door to a cat meowing.

Modern coffee brewing methods use approximately 200° water.

Moles are able to tunnel through 300 feet of earth in a day.

Monday is the only day of the week that has an anagram, dynamo.

Monday's Child is fair of face, Tuesday's child is full of grace, Wednesday's child is full of woe, Thursday's child has far to go, Friday's child is loving and giving, Saturday's child has to work for its living, But a child that's born on the Sabbath Day, Is fair and wise and good and gay.

Money isn't made out of paper, it's made out of linen.

Monosodium glutamate can be found in mushrooms thanx liz chell, tomatoes and meat. MSG is safe to consume, and is essentially made of only water, sodium and glutamate. It contains only 1/3 the amount of sodium found in table salt, and can reduce salt intake in recipes.

Montana mountain goats will butt heads so hard their hooves fall off.

Montgomery Ward was the first company in the United States to advertise, "Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back.” They did it in 1874, two years after company founder Aaron Montgomery Ward launched his mail-order catalog.

Moon was Buzz Aldrins mothers maiden name. (Buzz Aldrin was the second man on the moon).

More Monopoly is printed yearly than real money throughout the world.

More people are afraid of open spaces (kenophobia) than of tight spaces (claustrophobia).

More than 100 years ago, the felt hat makers of England used mercury to stabilize wool. Most of them eventually became poisoned by the fumes, as demonstrated by the Mad Hatter in Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. Breathing mercury's fumes over a long period of time will cause erethism, a disorder characterized by nervousness, irritability, and strange personality changes.

More than 20,000 men were killed, wounded, or missing in action in the battle of Antietam, September 17, 1862. This was the bloodiest one-day fight during the Civil War.

More than 25% of the world's forests are in Siberia.

More than 50% of the people in the world have never made or received a telephone call.

More than 80% of all the world's earthquakes occur in the Pacific basin borders.

More than 92 465 people that did the death test in www.thespark.com claimed they had leprosy.

More than 99.9% of all the animal species that have ever lived on earth were extinct before the coming of man.

More than one million people play a single/multiplayer game called Diablo 2! I`m one of them!

More water flows over Niagara Falls every year than any other falls on earth.

Morphine was given its name in 1803 by the discoverer, a 20 year old German pharmacist named Friedrich Saturner. He named it after Morpheus, the Greek god of dreams.

Moses Malone was the first basketball player to go directly from high school to a professional American team.

Mosquito repellents dont really repel mozzies. They actually block the sensory pores and makes the mozzies think they're flying to a colder, dryer, more CO2 free area.

Mosquitoes dislike citronella because it irritates their feet.

Mosquitoes have teeth.

Mosquitoes prefer children to adults, and blondes to brunettes.

Mosquitos usually don't fly in winds more than 10 mph.

Most American car horns honk in the key of F.

Most boat owners name their boats. The most popular boat name is Obsession

most car horns honk in the key of F

Most caucasian babies are born with dark blue eyes, although it normally changes colour after child birth.

Most cows give more milk when they listen to music.

Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin.

Most Eskimos do not live in igloos.

Most gemstones contain several elements; except the diamond, it's all carbon.

Most Greyhounds are universal blood donors and are used to provide extra blood during another dog's surgery.

Most honey bees die after it stings people as our skin is elastic, unsuitable for their stingers which are meant for harder inelastics skins. Their venom glands are also torn out in the process. (So removing the stinger by piching the tip is well, in one word, dumb.jk)

Most household dust is made of dead skin cells.

Most landfilled trash retains its original weight, volume, and form for 40 years.

Most lipstick contains fish scales.

Most marine fish can survive in a tank filled with human blood

Most men have erections every hour to hour and a half during sleep.

Most of the vitamin C in fruits is in the skin.

Most people hear better out of their right ear.

Most people know what pH means, but few people know that it stands for pondus hydrogenii which means potential hydrogen and that each unit is a phidron

Most people move about forty times in their sleep during the night.

Most-visited presidential grave: John F. Kennedy's in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. The only other president buried in Arlington: William Howard Taft.

Mount Everest is a foot higher today than it was a century ago, and it's believed to still be growing.

Mount Everest moves approximately 2.4 inches (10 cm) in a Northeasterly direction every year.

Mount Everst in Nepal, China: 29,035 feet / 8850 meters (seven feet [2.1 meters] above it's height of 29,028 feet which was determined in 1954).

Mountain Dew does reduce your sperm count significantly.

Movie detective Dirty Harry's badge number is 2211.

Mozart sold one of his most prized pieces, Symphony No. 5 for under $20.

Mr Ennis used to be a singer for a jazz band (He's my modern history teacher)

Mr. Rogers is an ordained minister.

Mr. Rogers was an ordained Presbyterian minister.

Mt. Athos, in northern Greece, likes to call itself an independent country. It has a population of about 4,000...all men. No females of any kind, including animals, are allowed. There are twenty monasteries within a space of twenty miles.

MTV (Music Television) made its debut at 12:01 a.m. on August 1, 1981 The first music-video shown on the rock-video cable channel was, appropriately, "Video Killed the Radio Star" by the Buggles. MTV's original five veejays were Martha Quinn, Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, J.J. Jackson and Alan Hunter.

Muhammad Ali won his heavyweight championships on three continents: North America, Asia and Africa.

Muhammad is the most common first name in the world.

Mules are genetically sterile. i.e. they cannot reproduce.

Murphy's oil soap is the chemical most commonly used to clean elephants.

Mushrooms have no chlorophyll so they don't need sunshine to grow and thrive. Some of the earliest commercial mushroom farms were set up in caves in France during the reign of King Louis XIV (1638-1715).

Nabisco's "Oreo's" are the world's best-selling brand of cookie at a rate of 6 billion sold each year. The first Oreo was sold in 1912.

'Naked' means to be unprotected. 'Nude' means unclothed.

Names for Atlantic hurricanes can be only French, English, or Spanish.

Napoleon Bonaparte is the historical figure most often portrayed in movies. He has been featured in 194 movies, Jesus Christ in 152, and Abraham Lincoln in 137.

Napoleon constructed his battle plans in a sandbox.

Napoleon took 14,000 French decrees and simplified them into a unified set of 7 laws. This was the first time in modern history that a nation's laws applied equally to all citizens. Napoleon's 7 laws are so impressive that by 1960 more than 70 governments had patterned their own laws after them or used them verbatim.

NASCAR stands for National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing.

Natural gas has no odor. The smell is added artificially so that leaks can be detected.

Nearly 400 cocoa beans are required to make a pound of chocolate liquor, the semi-liquid mass produced by grinding the beans. A non-alcoholic substance, chocolate liquor is the basis of all chocolate and cocoa products.

Nearly 50% of all bank robberies take place on Friday.

Nearly half the people on the earth live in only one thirtieeth of the total land area.

Neck ties were first worn in Croatia.

Negative emotions such as anxiety and depression can weaken your immune system.

Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon with his left foot first.

Neil Shoen, the guitarist from Journey got his start playing in San Francisco with Santana.

Neil Young was once roommates with Rick James.

Neither Fruit Flies nor May Flies are flies.

Nevada was the first state to sanction the use of the gas chamber, and the first execution by lethal gas took place in February, 1924.

New Hampshire law forbids you to tap your feet, nod your head, or in any way keep time to the music in a tavern, restaurant, or cafe.

New Hampshire's license plates are stamped with the motto "Live Free Or Die." They are made by prison inmates.

New Jersey, with 96, is the US state with the greatest number of hazardous waste sites.

New Orleans' first Mardi Gras celebration was held in February, 1826.

New York City has 570 miles of shoreline.

New York City's administrative code still requires that hitching posts be located in front of City Hall so that reporters can tie their horses.

New York City's nickname the "Big Apple" is named after an early swing-dance that originated in a South Carolina club (which used to be a church) called "The Big Apple."

New York's first St. Patrick's day parade was held on March 17, 1762.

New Zealand is the only country that contains every type of climate in the world.

Newborn babies have about 350 bones. They gradually merge and disappear until there are about 206 by age 5.

Next time you start a riot in Wisconsin remember that it is illegal to use a laser pointer to do so.

Nine U.S. Presidents never went to college: George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, Grover Cleveland, and Harry Truman.

Ninety percent of all species that have become extinct have been birds.

No evidence of man's evolutionary ancestors has so far been found in either North or South America. Fossils and other remains suggest that the first Americans crossed the Bering Straits (which at the time was dry land) from Asia between 20,000 and 40,000 years ago.

No high jumper has ever been able to stay off the ground for more than one second.

No language has more synonyms than English.

No man is allowed to make love to his wife with the smell of garlic, onions, or sardines on his breath in Alexandria, Minnesota. If his wife so requests, law mandates that he must brush his teeth.

No one knows where Mozart is buried.

No one knows why there is a 33 on a Rolling Rock bottle... the secret died with the original brewer.

No one knows why, but 90 percent of women who walk into a department store immediately turn to the right....

No one may catch fish with his bare hands in Kansas.

No piece of dry square paper can be folded more than 7 times in half!

No piece of paper can be folded more than 7 times.

No piece of square, dry paper can be folded more than seven times in half

No president of the United states was an only child.

No SEAL has ever surrendered and no wounded or dead SEAL has ever been left on the field during battle.

No solar eclipse can last longer than 7 minutes 58 seconds because of the speed at which the sun moves.

No species of wild plant produces a flower or blossom that is absolutely black, and so far, none has been developed artificially.

No two human outer EARS (pinnae)-even your own- are exactly alike.Earology, as the system is called, was developed to supplement identification by fingerprints.

No two lions have the same pattern of whiskers, like a fingerprint.

No two spider webs are the same.

No woman may have sex with a man while riding in an ambulance within the boundaries of Tremonton, Utah. If caught, the woman can be charged with a sexual misdemeanor and "her name is to be published in the local newspaper." The man isn't charged nor is his name revealed.

No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.

Nobel, actually invented dynamite, (Dynamite no.1 and Ballistite) but when he saw the destruction it caused, he decided to do something benevolent with all the money he made. Hence the Nobel Prize.

Nobody is buried in Grant's tomb. President & Mrs. Grant are entombed there. A body is buried only when it is placed in the ground and covered with dirt.

Nobody knows what happened to the body Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. During his funeral in 1791, a thunderstorm suddenly appeared and his funeral party dropped the coffin and ran for cover. When they returned, the coffin was gone.

Nobody knows where Mozart is buried.

Non-dairy creamer is flammable.

Non-married couples in Idaho who engage in sexual intercourse can be jailed for up to six months

No-one has ever died from smoking cannabis

North America was called Turtle Island by the Delaware Indians.

Not only do apple seeds contain cyanogens, precursors to cyanide, but peach pits, almond skins, citrus fruits and some berrys contain them aswell.

Nothing rhymes with the word 'month'

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Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously it can kill you.

Oak trees do not have acorns until they are fifty years old or older.

Oak trees do not produce acorns until they are at least fifty years old.

October 1st is the official Coffee Day in Japan.

Oddly, no term existed for "homosexuality" in ancient Greece there were only a variety of expressions referring to specific homosexual roles. Experts find this baffling, as the old Greek culture regarded male/male love in the highest regard. According to several linguists, the word "homosexual" was not coined until 1869 by the Hungarian physician Karoly Maria Benkert.

Of all known forms of animals life ever to inhabit the Earth, only about 10 percent still exist today.

Of all the languages in the world, English has the largest vocabulary about 800,000 words.

Of all the words in the English language, the word "set" has the most definitions.

Of Chief Executives, only Benjamin Harrison was the grandson of a President.

Of the 206 bones in the human body, 52 are in the feet.

Of the 2200 persons quoted in the current edition of "Bartlett's Familiar Quotations," only 164 are women.

Of the 25 highest mountains on earth, 19 are in the Himalayas.

Of the 266 men who have been pope, 33 have died violently.

Of the 3,000 islands in the Bahama chain in the Caribbean, only 20 are inhabited.

Of the 60,000 americans who fled to Canada during the Viet Nam war 30,000 still reside there.

Of the estimated 162 million land-based telephones in the U.S., 25 million have unlisted numbers.

Of the Top 10 grossing movies of the 1980s, seven were either produced or directed by Stephen Spielberg or George Lucas. They also represent the men behind the top three grossing films of the 1970s.

Offered a new pen to write with, 97% of all people will write their own name.

Officially, the term "boulder" is applied only to stones larger than 10 inches in diameter.

Ok food fans! Whats in an oxtail soup? "Oxen tails!" i hear you say...well, wrong. Try beef cattle.

Okay, ketchup actually began in Thailand. There it was labelled "Kachiap".

Olympic badminton rules say that the bird has to have exactly fourteen feathers.

Olympic pools are 50 meters long.

Olympus Mons on Mars is the largest volcano in our solar system.

On a bingo card of 90 numbers there are approximately 44 million possible ways to make bingo.

On a Canadian two-dollar bill, the American flag is flying over the Parliament Building.

On a clear night in the Northern Hemisphere the naked eye can discern some 5000 stars.

On an American one-dollar bill there is a tiny owl in the upper-left-hand corner of the upper-right-hand "1" and a spider hidden in the front upper-right-hand corner.

On April 12, 1938, the state of New York passed a law requiring medical tests for marriage license applicants, the first state to do so.

On April 25, 1889, The Kansas Times and Star was the first newspaper to use the phrase "bestseller.” On that day the newspaper listed six books as the "best sellers here last week.”

On August sixth, 1945, during World War Two, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, killing an estimated 140,000 people in the first use of a nuclear weapon in warfare.

On average 150,000 pints of Guiness are lost each year in the mustaches of English tavern-goers.

On average 900 people start the Navy SEALs training program. On average 650 people drop out.

On average people fear spiders more than they do death.

On average women say 7,000 words per day. Men manage just over 2000.

On average, 100 people choke to death on ball-point pens every year.

On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily.

On average, 150 couples get married in Las Vegas each day.

On average, 42,000 balls are used and 650 matches are played at the annual Wimbledon tennis tournament.

On average, 90% of the people that have the disease Lupus are female.

On average, a human being will have sex more than 3,000 times and spend two weeks kissing in their lifetime.

On average, about 500 meteorites strike the surface of the Earth each year. The calculated risk of being struck by a meteorite in the United States is once every 9,300 years.

On average, adults watch double the amount of TV as teenagers do.

On average, Americans consume eighteen acres of pizza daily

On average, Americans spend about 6 months of their lives waiting at red traffic lights.

On average, cows poop 16 times a day.

On average, every American consumes 109 pounds of beef a year. It takes eight pounds of grain to produce one pound of beef.

On average, every chocolate bar contains at least three insect legs.

On average, every person in the United States owns 2.1 radios.

On average, more people fear spiders than death.

On average, people fear spiders more than they do death.

On average, people fear spiders more than they do dying. However, statistically you are more likely to be killed by a champagne cork than by the bite of a poisonous spider.

On average, pigs live for about 15 years.

On average, right-handed people live 9 years longer than their left-handed counterparts.

On average, twelve newborns are given to the wrong parents each day.

On average, we lose 11 oz. of weight while we are asleep at night.

On average, we spend 6 months of our lives waiting for red lights.

On average, when asked for a color, 3 out of 5 people will say red.

On Dec. 10th 1901 the 1st Nobel prizes were awarded. Literature Rene Sully-Prudhomme; Physiology Emil von Behring; Chemistly Jacobus van't Hoff; Physics Wilhelm Roentgen; Peace Jean Henri Dunant Frederic Passy.

On December 20, 1860, South Carolina was the first state to secede from the Union.

On February 6, 1971 the first golf ball was hit on the moon by Alan Shepard.

On February 7, 1969 a meteorite weighing over 1 ton fell in Chihuahua, Mexico.

On February 9, 1993, "Dateline NBC" was forced to publicly apologize, and NBC president Michael Gartner resigned for a scandal caused by "Dateline" rigging a GM truck with explosives to simulate a "scientific" crash-test demo.

On Hilton Head Island, South Carolina it is illegal to shine a flashlight on a sea turtle.

On its trip around the sun, the earth travels over a million and a half miles per day.

On July 28th, 1945, a US Army bomber crashed into the 79th floor of New York's Empire State Building, killing 14 people.

On July 4, 1776, King George III of England noted in his diary: "Nothing of importance happened today."

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