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The right side of a boat was called the starboard side due to the fact that the astronavigators used to stand out on the plank (which was on the right side) to get an unobstructed view of the stars. The left side was called the port side because that was the side that you put in on at the port.

The river Danube empties into the Black Sea.

The Romans defeated Hannibal's elephants after they found that the elephants were afraid of the smell of horse blood. On the battlefield they slit the throats of their own horses in order to cause the enemy's mounts to panic.

The Romans made condoms from the muscle tissue of warriors they defeated in battle.

The rose family of plants, in addition to flowers, gives us apples, pears, plums, cherries, almonds, peaches and apricots.

The rosy periwinkle plant, found in Madagascar, is used to cure leukemia.

The rumble that is created when a Harley's engine runs has been patented by the company

The Russian Imperial Necklace has been loaned out by Joseff jewelers of Hollywood for 1,215 different feature films.

The S in Harry S Truman stands for nothing.

The safety pin was patented in 1849 by Walter Hunt. He sold the patent rights for $400.

The Sahara Desert expands at a rate of about 1 km each month.

The Sahara desert is larger as Europe and large then the combined areas of next largest 9 deserts.

The Sahara Desert is over twice as big as the second largest desert in the world, The Australian Desert. The Sahara is 3.5 million square miles compared to the 1.47 million square miles of the Australian. This is "true" in the generic sense of the Autralian Desert. There is no Australian Desert. It is divided into many different deserts. What would be true would be to say the Sahara is bigger than the desert space in Australia (which is A LOT not sure how much as a percentage of the total land mass of australia).

The sailfish can swim faster than a horse can gallop.

The saluki is the oldest known breed of domesticated dog. Carvings of animals resembling the saluki have been found in excavations of the Sumerian Empire. They are believed to have originated from between 6,000 and 7,000 B.C.

The salute of uniform bodies (eg. army, police) originated from knights who lifted their visors to show their face to a royalty.

The same material that is used to make bulletproof glass is also used in Tupperware's Rock 'n Serve containers. The container, however, is not entirely bulletproof. Due to the lifetime warrantee on Tupperware products, the company will replace it for FREE! (Just in case you're in quick need of a shield and a Rock 'n Serve is the only thing handy)

The San Diego Zoo in California has the largest collection of animals in the world.

The sandwich is named for the Fourth Earl of Sandwich (1718-92), for whom sandwiches were made so that he could stay at the gambling table without interruptions for meals.

The Santa Maria was the only one of Columbus's ships not to return to Spain. It hit a reef on December 5, 1492 and sank.

The saying 'once in a blue moon ' refers to the occurrence of two full moons during one calendar month. The last two occurred in January & March 1999. The next one isn't until the end of 2001.

The science-fiction series "Lost in Space" (set in the year 1997) premiered on CBS in 1965.

The sea contains about 1/2 of the world's known animal groups

The Sea of tranquility is found on the moon.

The SEALs have been deployed in Vietnam, Laos, Panama, Bosnia, Haiti, Somalia, and Colombia.

The search engine "Lycos" is named for Lycosidae, the Latin name for the wolf spider family. Unlike other spiders that sit passively in their web, wolf spiders are hunters, actively stalking their prey.

The secretary-bird swallow hen's egg whole without breaking its shell.

The sentence "The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog." uses every letter of the alphabet!

The setting sun is redder than the rising sun because the air at the end of the day is generally dustier than it is at the beginning of the day.

The seven archangels are Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel, Chamuel, Jophiel, and Zadkiel.

The Seven Deadly Sins are lust, pride, anger, envy, sloth, avarice and gluttony.

The seven hills of Rome are the Palatine (on which the original city was built), the Capitoline, Quirinal, Viminal, Esquiline, Caelian, and Aventine.

The seven virtues are prudence, courage, temperance, justice, faith, hope and charity.

The seven wonders of the ancient world werethe Egyptian Pyramids at Giza, Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Colossus of Rhodes or huge bronze statue near the Harbor of Rhodes that honored the sun god Helios, Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, Lighthouse at Alexandria

The sewing machine was patented on August 12, 1851, by Isaac Singer of Pittstown, New York.

The sex of crocodiles is determined by the incubation temperature. Eggs incubated at temperatures below 85 degrees become females. Those incubated above 95 degrees become males. 2. Crocodiles are the closest living relatives to birds.

The shallowest sea is the sea of Azov.It is 13 meters at its deepest.

The shape of a plants' collenchyma cells and the shape of the bubbles in beer foam are the same they are orthotetrachidecahedrons.

The shore of the Dead Sea in Israel-Jordan is 1312 feet (400 meter) below sea level.

The shortest "-ology" (study of) word is oology, the study of eggs.

The shortest British monarch was Charles I, who was 4'9".

The shortest verse in the Bible consists of two words: "Jesus wept" (John 11:35).

The shortest war in history was between Zanzibar an England in 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes.

The shortest word in the English language with all its letters in alphabetical order is the word "almost."

The side of a hammer is a cheek.

The silhouette on the MLB logo is Harmon Killebrew.

The silkworm consumes 86000 times its own weight in 56 days.

The single highest temperature ever recorded in U.S. history was 134 degrees Fahrenheit. It was recorded in Greenland Ranch, CA on July 10, 1913. The lowest recorded temperature was minus 80 degrees on January 23, 1971 in Prospect Creek, AK.

The six most dangerous occupations in America are; football player, firefighter, race-car driver, astrnaut, police officer, and fisherman.

The size of a newly born kangaroo is 2.5 cms.

The size of a raindrop is around 0.5 mm 2.5 mm, and they fall from the sky on average 21 feet per second.

The skipper's real name on Gilligan's Island is Jonas Grumby. It was mentioned once in the first episode on their radio's newscast about the wreck.

The slanted line that divides dates, fractions, choices, etc. (6/1/04) is called a virgule.

The sloth (a mammal) moves so slowly that green algae can grow undisturbed on it's fur

The sloth moves so slowly that it's fur offers a comfortable environment for algae to grow.

The slowest trainee on the SEALs obstacle course must wear a pink T-shirt that reads, "Always a Lady".

The smallest breed of dogs are the Chihuahuas.

The smallest fish in the world is the Trimattum Nanus of the Chagos Archipelago. It is only 0.33" long.

The smallest island with country status is Pitcairn in Polynesia, at just 1.75 square miles.

The smallest known fish is the Pandaka Pygmea,about the size of an ant and almost transeparent.

The smallest number spelled with an "a" is one thousand.

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History houses the world's largest shell collection, some 15 million specimens. A smaller museum in Sanibel, Florida owns a mere 2 million shells and claims to be the worlds only museum devoted solely to mollusks.

The smoke detector was invented in 1969.

The snail mates only once in it's entire life.

The soldiers of World War I were the first people to use the modern flushing toilet. The inventor: Thomas Crapper.

The song "Happy Birthday to You" was originally written by sisters Mildred and Patty Hill as "Good Morning to You." The words were changed and it was published in 1935.

The song "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" was written by George Graff, who was German, and was never in Ireland in his life.

The song Take Me Out to the Ballgame was written by Jack Norworth and Albert von Tilzer.

The sorcerer's name in Disney's Fantasia is Yensid, which happens to be Disney backwards.

The sound of a snore (up to 69 decibels) can be almost as loud as the noise of a pneumatic drill.

The sound of E.T. walking was made by someone squishing her hands in Jello.

The sound you hear when you macho people crack your knuckles is actually the sound of nitrogen gas bubbles bursting.

The sound you here when you put a seashell next to your ear is not the ocean, but blood flowing through your head.

The soundtrack to Oklahoma was the first album to sell one million copies on August 18, 1958.

The South Pole is covered with 8,850 feet of solid ice.

The South Pole was reached for the first time on 14 December 1911 by a team of explorers led by Roald Amundsen.

The Soviet Caucasus mountain actually moved a mile in 1972. Heavy rains swelled an underground river and the whole mountain salied away over the course of eight days.

The Sphinx ( famous pyramid) was carved from one piece of stone.

The standard blue U.S. Postal Service mailbox can hold approximately 4,000 letters at a time.

The Stanley Cup came from the Governor General of Canada from 1888 to 1893, Sir Frederick Arthur Stanley. Stanley was a fan of hockey and presented a trophy to be contested by the best amateur hockey team in Canada. The amateur HNA would later become to NHL in 1917.

The Star Trek theme actually has lyrics.

The starfish has an eye on the end of each arm.

The starfish is one of the only animals who can turn it's stomach inside-out. They also dont have brains. (See the connection?)

The state flower of Texas is the Bluebonnet; the state tree is a pecan.

The state law of Pennsylvania prohibits singing in the bathtub.

The state of Florida is bigger than England!

The state of Utah used to be submerged under water and to this day brine shrimp can still be found in rain-filled hollows under rocks and boulders.

The states of Washington and Montana still execute prisoners by hanging.

The states with the most presidential burial sites: Ohio and Virginia (tie).

The statue by Auguste Rodin that has come to be known as The Thinker wasn't meant to be a portrait of a man in thought. It's a portrait of Dante Aligheri.

The statue of Freedom atop the U.S. Capital building is 19.5 feet tall and weighs 15,000 pounds. It was created in Rome, and the ship that brought it to America ran into a storm so severe that most of the cargo had to be tossed overboard. Before the ship reached the United States, it was condemned and sold in Bermuda, where the statue was put in storage. Two years later it reached Washington, but because of the Civil War the dome wasn't finished and the statue didn't get hoisted to its proper position for another two years.

The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York City in 1885 aboard the French ship "Isere."


The Statue of Liberty weighs 225 tons.

The Statue of Liberty's mouth is 3 feet wide.

The stormtroopers in the original starwars are seen in many seen carrying long blasters. On closer inspection you can see that the blasters are actually WWII era German MG42 machine guns (modified slightly)

The strawberry is the only agricultural product that bears its seeds on the outside.

The striped billiard balls weight .1 ounces or so more than the solids

The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue. (Relative to size)

The strongest muscle in the human body is the tongue. (the heart is not a muscle)

The study of insects is called entomology.

The study of word origins is called etymology.

The Sudan is the largest country in Africa. It covers about 967,500 square miles of the continent.

The Sumatran tiger has the most stripes of all the tiger subspecies, the Siberian tiger has the least.

The sun is about three million miles closer to the earth on January 1st than it is on June 1st.

The sun weighs 330,000 times as much as the earth.

The sun's average period of rotation is 27 days.

The sun's total lifetime as a star capable of maintaining a life-bearing Earth is about 11 billion years. Nearly half that time has passed.

The supersonic Concorde jet made its first trial flight on January 1, 1969.

The surface of the Earth is about 60% water and 10% ice.

The swastika was origionaly a symbol of peace and honor and is still used by Buddhists today.

The Swiss consume more chocolate per capita than any other nation on earth. That's 22 pounds each compared to 11 pounds per person in the United States.

The symbol on the "pound" key (#) is called an octothorpe.

The symbols used on playing cards were supposed to represent the four classes of men: hearts represented the clergy; spades (from the Spanish word espada, or sword) represented the warriors; clubs were originally leaves and represented the peasants; and citizens and merchants were recognized in the diamonds.

The table fork was introduced into England in 1601. Until then people would eat with their knives, spoons or fingers. When Queen Elizabeth first used a fork, the clergy went ballistic. They felt it was an insult to God not to touch meat with one's fingers.

The Taj Mahal in India is perfectly symetrical, except for one thing. The two tombs inside are not equal in size. This is because the male tomb has to be larger than the female tomb.

The Taj Mahal was actually built for use as a tomb.

The Taj Mahal was commissioned in 1630 by Shah Jehan to honor his wife Mumtaz, who died in childbirth.

The tallest monument built in the US, the Gateway Arch, in St. Louis, Missouri, is 630 feet tall.

The telescope at the Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton, in California, also serves as a tomb. The 36-inch refracting telescope is mounted on a pillar that contains the remains of Jack Lick, who died in 1876. Lick was a wealthy financier and philanthropist who financed the construction of the observatory that bears his name.

The telescope on Mount Palomar, California, can see a distance of 7,038,835,200,000,000,000,000 miles.

The temperature of the earth's interior increases by one degree every 60 feet down.

The term "devil's advocate" comes from the Roman Catholic Church. When deciding if someone should be sainted, a devil's advocate is always appointed to give an alternative view.

The term "dog days" has nothing to do with dogs. It dates back to Roman times, when it was believed that Sirius, the Dog Star, added its heat to that of the sun from July3 to August 11, creating exceptionally high temperatures. The Romans called the period dies caniculares, or "days of the dog."

The term "dog days" has nothing to do with dogs. It dates back to Roman times, when it was believed that Sirius, the Dog Star, added its heat to that of the sun from July3 to August 11, creating exceptionally high temperatures. The Romans called the period dies caniculares, or "days of the dog."

The term "honeymoon" is derived from the Babylonians who declared mead, a honey-flavored wine, the official wedding drink, stipulating that the bride's parents be required to keep the groom supplied with the drink for the month following the wedding.

The term "the whole 9 yards" came from W.W.II fighter pilots in the South Pacific. When arming their airplanes on the ground, the .50 caliber machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, it got "the whole 9 yards."

The term "throw one's hat in the ring" comes from boxing, where throwing a hat into the ring once signified a challenge. Today it nearly always signifies political candidacy.

The term "white chocolate" is a misnomer. Under Fedaral Standards of Identity, real chocolate must contain chocolate liquor. "White" chocolate contains no chocolate liquor.

The term 'crack' refers to the crackling sound heard when the mixture is smoked (heated), presumably from the sodium bicarbonate.

The term 'hay fever' originated in England, where some people suffered allergic symptoms during hay pitching time when the symptoms became serve, workers often felt feverish.

The term karaoke means "empty orchestra" in Japanese, and the karaoke machine was designed originally to provide backing tracks for solo cabaret performers.

The term 'screwing' was derived from the activities of pigs. A pig's member screws.

The term Y2K was invented by David Eddie in June 1995 through the email.

The term, "It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye" is from Ancient Rome. The only rule during wrestling matches was, "No eye gouging." Everything else was allowed, but the only way to be disqualified is to poke someone's eye out.

The term, "It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye" is from Ancient Rome. The only rule during wrestling matches was, "No eye gouging," eveything else was allowed.

The Texas Rangers were the first U.S. state police force. They were established in 1835.

The the oldest living thing on earth is 12,000 years old. It is the flowering shrubs called creosote bushes in the Mojave Desert.

The theobromine in chocolate that stimulates the cardiac and nervous systems is too much for dogs, especially smaller pups. A chocolate bar is poisonous to dogs and can even be lethal.

The three best-known western names in China: Jesus Christ, Richard Nixon, and Elvis Presley.

The three central panels on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel tell the story of Adam and Eve.

The three most common elements in the universe are 1) hydrogen; 2) helium; 3) oxygen.

The three most recently discovered planets were Uranus in 1781, Neptune in 1846, and Pluto in 1930.

The three most valuable brand names on earth Marlboro, Coca Cola, and Budweiser, in that order.

The Three Musketeers names are Porthos, Athos, and Aramis (D'Artagnan joins them later.)

The three primary colors are red, yellow and blue. The three secondary colors are green, orange and purple.

The Three Wise Men of the East brought gold, frankincense and myrrh to the infant Jesus. Frankincense is a gum resin used as a base for incense. Myrrh, also a gum resin, was valued as a perfume and unguent used in embalming.

The Three Wise Monkeys have names: Mizaru (See no evil), Mikazaru (Hear no evil), and Mazaru (Speak no evil).

The three-syllable word "hideous," with the change of a single consonant, becomes a two-syllable word with no vowel sounds in common: "hideout."

The thumbnail grows the slowest; the middle nail grows the fastest.

The tiger is the largest member of the cat family.

The tiny poison arrow frog has enough poison to kill over 2200 people!

The tip of the hour hand on your watch travels at a speed of 0.00000275 miles per hour.

The tips of fingers and the soles of feet are covered by a thick, tough layer of skin called the stratum corneum.

The Cunard liner SS Slavonia was the first ship to use an SOS distress call, on 10 June 1909. It was not the Titanic, as many people believe.

The title role of Dirty Harry, 1971, was originally intended for Frank Sinatra. After he refused, it was offered to John Wayne, and then Paul Newman, finally being accepted by Clint Eastwood.

The toes of mummies are wrapped individually.

The Toltecs (a 7th century tribe) used wooden swords so they wouldn't kill their enemies.

The tomato is not just a fruit, but it is a berry along with the cucumber, squash, and melon.

The tongues of chameleons are twice the length of their bodys.

The tonsillectomy is the most common surgical procedure.

The tool doctors wrap around a patient's arm to measure blood pressure is called a sphygmomanometer.

The Top 10 grossing movies of the 1990s each earned at least $500 million worldwide and brought in a combined total of over $7 billion.

The top downhill speed of the Ford Model T was 50 miles per hour.

The top selling song of all time is Elton John’s tribute to the late Princess Diana. Candle in the Wind 1997 has sold over 35 million copies worldwide

The total number of African slaves sent to all parts of the world between 1500 and 1865 was estimated to be at least 12 million. When you consider that only one in ten made the trip alive, the number of Africans who were enslaved or killed in the 350 years of the slave trade had to be no less than 120 million people.

The total number of Americans killed in the Civil War is greater than the combined total of Americans killed in all other wars.

The total surface area of a pair of human lungs is equal to that of a tennis court.

The town of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, is closer to the equator than it is to the North Pole.

The town of Idaho Falls, Idaho, forbids anyone over the age of eighty-eight to ride a motorcycle.

The town of Tidikelt in the Shara Desert once went ten years without rainfall.

The trainees are thrown into a pool with their hands and feet tied wearing snorkeling masks. They are then harassed by their instructors who knock their masks off, spin their bodies, and pull them under in an effort to disorient the student.

The training mantra of the SEALs is, 'The only easy day was yesterday.'

The Tranquilizer, Valium (sleeping piles) is the most widely used drug on earth.

The Treaty of Tordesillas divided all of South America between Spain and Portugal in 1493. Pope Alexander VI drew up the treaty following Columbus’s discovery of the New World.

The tsetse fly kills another 66,000 people annually.

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