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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

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The turbot fish lays approximately 14 million eggs during its lifetime.

The turkey was named for what was wrongly thought to be its country of origin.

The turtle has the lowest pulse rate of any animal: 13 beats per minute.

The two lines that connect your top lip to the bottom of your nose are known as the philtrum.

The two most popular sports in the world are Association Football (soccer) and Table Tennis (ping-pong) respectively. I guess people love their balls, regardless of size. Hehe!

The two presidents who died on the same day: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died July 4, 1826.

The two robbers crucified next to Jesus were named Dismas and Gestas.

The typical lovemaking session averages 15 minutes in length.

The U.S. Army has a stealth reconnaissance helicopter named "The Duke" in honor of John Wayne.

The U.S. bought Alaska from Russia for 2 cents an acre.

The U.S. Dow Jones' lowest figure was 41.22 was on July 8, 1932.

The U.S. Post Office handles 43 percent of the world's mail.

The U.S. standard railroad gauge (distance between rails) is 4 feet, 8.5 inches.

The underside of a horses hoof is called a frog.

The underside of a horse's hoof is called a frog. The frog peels off several times a year with new growth.

The Union ironclad, Monitor, was the first U.S. ship to have a flush toilet.

The United States government keeps its supply of silver at the US Military Academy at West Point, NY.

The United States is the world's largest consumer of coffee, importing 16 to 20 million bags annually (2.5 million pounds), representing one-third of all coffee exported. More than half of the United States population consumes coffee. The typical coffee drinker has 3.4 cups of coffee per day. That translates into more than 450,000,000 cups of coffee daily.

The United States Library of Congress contains 73 millions volumes (books), arranged on 350 miles of shelves.

The United States minted a 1787 copper coin with the motto 'Mind Your Business.'

The United States nickel (five cent piece) is made of 75% copper and 25% nickel.

The United States produces 3,145,892,000,000 kilowatt hours of electricity every year. That's over three times the amount of the second-highest producing country, Russia.

The United States Treasury Department maintains a fund known as "The Conscience Fund," which accepts money sent in anonymously by taxpayers who think they've cheated the government. The money is used for miscellaneous expenses.

The universe is so vast in relation to the matter it contains that it can be compared in the following way: A building 20 miles long, 20 miles wide and 20 miles high that contains 1 grain of sand.

The US Army has a 50 caliber sniper rifle that can shoot through the engine block of a car.

The US city with the highest murder rate is Detroit, with 45.3 homicides per 100,000 people.

The US federal income tax was first enacted in 1862 to support the Union's Civil War effort. It was eliminated in 1872, revived in 1894 then declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court the following year. In 1913, the 16th Amendment to the Constitution made the income tax a permanent fixture in the US tax system.

The US has more personal computers than the next 7 countries combined.

The US President's Cabinet is composed of: the Attorney General, the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Treasury, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Agriculture, the Secretary of Interior, the Secretary of Commerce, the Secretary of Health/Human Services, the Secretary of Housing/Urban Development, the Secretary of Labor, the Secretary of Transportation, the Secretary of Energy, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Secretary of Education.

The use of the names of dead presidents to sell alcohol in Michigan is prohibited.

The USSR set off the largest nuclear explosion in history, detonating a 50 megaton bomb (2600 times the Hiroshima bomb) in an atmospheric test over the Novaya Zemla Islands, October 30 1961.

The vast majority of coffee available to consumers are blends of different beans.

The Vatican's Swiss Guard still wears a uniform designed by Michelangelo in the early 16th century.

The venom of a female black widow spider is more potent than that of a rattlesnake.

The Venus flytrap feeds primarily on ants, not flies.

The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin during World War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.

The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin in World War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.

The Vince Lombardi Trophy is awarded to the winners of the Super Bowl.

The vintage date on a bottle of wine indicates the year the grapes were picked, not the year of bottling.

The Virginia Code (1930) has a statute: "To prohibit corrupt practices or bribery by any person other than candidates."

The viscera of Japanese abalone can harbor a poisonous substance which causes a burning, stinging, prickling and itching over the entire body. It does not manifest itself until exposure to sunlight if eaten outdoors in sunlight, symptoms occur quickly and suddenly.

The vocabulary of the average person consists of 5,000 to 6,000 words.

The Volkswagen was originally called the "Strength Through Joy Wagon".

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There are orange peels and raisins in A-1 Steak Sauce.

There are over 3,500 bras hanging behind the bar at Hogs and Heifers, a bar in Manhattan. So many, in fact, that they caused a beam to collapse in the ceiling.

There are roughly 6,500 spoken languages in the world today. However, about 2,000 of those languages have fewer than 1,000 speakers. The most widely spoken language in the world is Mandarin Chinese. There are 885,000,000 people in China that speak that language.

There are seven suicides in the Bible: Abimelech. Samson, Saul, Saul's armor-bearer, Ahithophel, Zimri, Judas.

There are six U.S. Presidents with the first name James: Madison, Monroe, Garfield, Buchanon, Carter, Polk.

There are songs in all of Shakespeare's plays except The Comedy of Errors.

There are ten human body parts that are only three letters long: eye, hip, arm, leg, ear, toe, jaw, rib, lip, and gum.

There are ten million bricks in the Empire State Building.

There are thirteen languages spoken by more than 100 million people. They are: Mandarin Chinese, English, Hindi, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Bengali, Portuguese, Malay-Indonesian, French, Japanese, German, and Urdu.

There are two credit cards for every person in the U.S.

There are two credit cards for every person in the United States.

There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: "abstemious" and "facetious."

There are, on average, 259 raisins in a box of Raisin Bran and 388 in a box of Premium Raisin Bran.

There has never been a time in Super Bowl history where a punt return resulted in a touchdown.

There have been about 30 films made at or about Alcatraz, the now-closed federal prison island in San Francisco Bay, including The Rock (1996), Birdman of Alcatraz (1962), and Escape from Alcatraz (1979).

There have been no recorded instances of anybody being killed by a meteorite.

There have been over 600 lawsuits against Alexander Grahm Bell over rights to the patent of the telephone, the most valuable patent in U.S. history.

There is a 1 in 4 chance that New York will have a white Christmas.

There is a 6-foot tall stone monument dedicated to the cartoon character Popeye in Crystal City, TX. .

There is a butterfly found in Brazil that has the smell and color of a chocolate.

There is a flower called the Scarlet Pimpernel that can forecast the weather. If the flower is closed up, rain is coming and if it is opened up, the day will be sunny.It is a.k.a 'the poor man's weatherglass'

There is a Massachusetts law requiring all dogs to have their hind legs tied during the month of April.

There is a member of the spider family called the demodex folliculorum that lives at the root of people's eye lashes. It's harmless and normal.(so they claim) To look for them, grab a handful of your eyelashes and dunk them in warm water. They'll start swimming out. It is prevalent in nearly 100% of old people in the U.S.

There is a sea squirt (found in the seas near Japan) that digests its own brain. When the sea squirt is mature it permanently attaches itself to a rock. At this point it does not need to move anymore and has no need for a brain.

There is a seven letter word in the English language that contains ten words without rearranging any of its letters, "therein": the, there, he, in, rein, her, here, ere, therein, herein.

There is a street in Canada that runs for a distance of nearly 1900 kms.

There is a way of writing 1 by using all ten single-digit numbers at once: 148/296 + 35/70 = 1.

There is a word in the English language with only one vowel, which occurs five times: "indivisibility."

There is about 1/4 pound of salt in every gallon of seawater.

There is about 200 times more gold in the oceans than has been mined throughout history.

There is actually no danger in swimming right after you eat, though it may feel uncomfortable.

There is air in space, but very little of it. In fact, it is equivalent to a marble in a box 5 miles wide. Most of the gas is captured by the gravitational pull of other celestial bodies.Thanx M.Lerner

There is an average of 61,000 people airborne over the US at any given moment.

There is an extra leg in the Iwo Jima memorial statue and extra hand. While the legend is that these extremedies belong to God, who is helping the Marines win, they are actually there for added support to the statue, and designed not to look like a metal rod going throught the middle of the group of Marines.

There is coffee flavored Pez.

There is cyanide in apple pits.

There is more bacteria in your mouth than the human population of U.S and Canada combined. Thanx Julie for this and a couple more

There is no alcohol left in food that's cooked with wine. The alcohol evaporates at 172 degrees Fahrenheit.

There is no difference in flavor or nutritional value between brown and white eggs. Aside form color, they are identical. Most white eggs come from White Longhorns and browns come from a commercial cross of Rhode Island Reds and Barred Plymouth Rocks.

There is no ice covering Iceland.

There is no single cat called the panther. The name is commonly applied to the leopard, but it is also used to refer to the puma and the jaguar. A black panther is really a black leopard.

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William Fox, the founder of 20th Century Fox, was bankrupt a few years after selling his studio, and served a prison sentence in Pennsylvania for bribing a judge.

William Henry Harrison (1773-1841) was the first US president to die in office. At 32 days, he also had the shortest term in office.

William Howard Taft had a bathtub that could hold four people installed in the white because he couldn't fit into the present one.

William Howard Taft was the first President to own a car.

William Penn purchased a pound of coffee in New York in 1683 for $4.68.

William Shakespeare used a vocabulary of 29,066 different words. By way of comparison, the average person uses about 8,000 different words.

William Shatner is credited for being the first person on TV to say "hell" as well as to have the first inter-racial kiss (with Nichelle Nichols), both in episodes of Star Trek.

William Taft is only man to become President and then chief justice.

Willow bark, which provides the salicylic acid from which aspirin was originally synthesized, has been used as a pain remedy ever since the Greeks discovered its therapeutic power nearly 2,500 years ago.

Windmills always turn counter-clockwise except in one country.

Wine grapes, oranges, figs and olives were first planted in North America by Father Junipero Sera in 1769.

Wine is kept in tinted bottles because it will spoil if it's exposed to light.

Wine will spoil if exposed to light, hence tinted bottles.

Winston Churchill was born in a ladies room during a dance.

Witchcraft was first legalized in the colony of Pennsylvania.

With a 3 by 5 card you can make a paper ring that can go around 3 adults

With the exception of Antarctica, all continents are wider in the north than in the south.

Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

Women burn fat more slowly than men, by a rate of about 50 calories a day.

Women say that the part of a man's body that they admire the most is his buttocks.

Women shoplift more often than men; the statistics are 4 to 1.

 

Women wear engagement and wedding rings on the third finger of the left hand because an ancient belief held that a delicate nerve runs directly from that finger to the heart.

Women who are housewives are, as a whole, more faithful than working women.

Women who respond to sex surveys in magazines have had five times as many lovers as non-respondents.

Women's hearts beat faster than men's.

Wonder Woman was the world's first comic book superheroine. She was introduced in All Star Comics in December 1941 and created by psychologist William Moulton Marston.

Woodbury Soap was the first product to use a picture of a nude woman in its advertisements. In 1936, a photo by Edward Steichen showed a rear full-length view of a woman sunbathing.

Work on St. Peter's Basilica, Rome, began in 1506. Construction took over a century, reaching completion in 1612.

Worker ants may live seven years and the queen may live as long as 15 years.

Worldwide, the most common environmental allergy is dust.

Worn or outdated US Flags are destroyed, preferably by burning.

Would you believe that pigs are smarter than dogs? On the human intelligence scale, pigs are third removed from humans, while dogs are 13th removed, and only primates and dolphines are smarter than pigs. They are quick one time learners, and some learn by watching others. (I dont know how much of this is true, coming from a site called Pig's Peace Sanctuary

Wrigley's gum was the first product to have a bar code on the packaging.

Wrigley's promoted their new spearmint-flavored chewing gum in 1915 by mailing 4 sample sticks to each of the 1.5 million names listed in US telephone books.

Writing in ancient Greece "hadnospacebetweenthewords."

Wyoming was the first state to allow women to vote.

X-ray technology has shown there are 3 different versions of the Mona Lisa under the visible one.

Xylophones(Greek xylon,"wood"; phone,"sound") were actually developed in South East Asia in the 14th centuary

Yellowstone is the world's 1st national park. It was dedicated in 1872.

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Electric Christmas tree lights were first used in 1895. The idea for using electric Christmas lights came from an American, Ralph E. Morris. The new lights proved safer than the traditional candles.

Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer was conceived by author Robert May in 1939. Two other names he thought of before deciding on Rudolph were Reginald and Rollo.

 

- Zawadi: Gifts

- Kikombe Cha Umoja: The Unity Cup

- Kinara: The Candleholder

- Mishumaa Saba: The Seven Candles

- Vibunzi: Ear of Corn

- Mkeka: Place Mat

- Mazao: Fruits, Nuts, and Vegetables

Kwanzaa has seven basic symbols, which represent values and concepts reflective of African culture.

Before settling on the name of Tiny Tim for his character in "A Christmas Carol", three other alliterative names were considered by Charles Dickens. They were: Little Larry, Puny Pete and Small Sam.

In 1997 a Menorah was built in Latrun, near the main Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway. It was more than 60-feet tall, weighed 17 metric tons, and took up an area of 600-square meters. A rabbi was lifted in a crane each night of the holiday to light the candles on the menorah, which was made of metal pipes.

A gator in the road is a huge piece of tire from a blow out on a truck, called a gator because the fly up when a truck runs one over and take out your air lines causing you to lose air and forcing your spring brakes to come on which causes a rather abrupt stop.

In the Catholic church, St. Gabriel, an archangel, is the patron saint of telecommunications.

The first transatlantic wedding took place on December 2, 1933.The groom was in Michigan. The bride, in Sweden. The ceremony took seven minutes and cost $47.50.

Sometimes, early telephone operators would get to know their customers so well, the customers would ask for a reminder call when it was time to remove a cake from the oven, leave the phone off the hook near their sleeping child when they left the house, hoping the operator would hear any cries of distress, request a wake up call before taking a long nap.

The use of telephone answering machines became popular in 1974.

Northern Telecom, Alcatel N.V. and NEC all had roots in Western Electric.

Western Electric mass-produced color telephones for the first time in 1954.

The first "Hello" badge used to identify guests and hosts at conventions, parties, etc. was traced back to September 1880. It was on that date that the first Telephone Operators Convention was held at Niagara Falls and the "Hello" badge was created for that event.

Jane Barbie was the woman who did the voice recordings for the Bell System.

BAND-AID Brand Adhesive Bandages first appeared on the market in 1921, however, the little red string that is used to open the package did not get added until 1940.

The original IBM punch-card is the same size as a Civil War era dollar bill.

7.5 million toothpicks can be created from a cord of wood.

Studebaker still exists, but is now called Worthington.

Ivory Soap was originally named P&G White Soap. In 1879, Harley Proctor found the new name during a reading in church of the 45th Psalm of the Bible: "All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad."

The official soft drink of the state of Nebraska - Kool-Aid.

The Holland and Lincoln Tunnels under the Hudson River connecting New Jersey and New York are an engineering feat. The air circulators in the tunnels circulate fresh air completely every ninety seconds.

The roads on the island of Guam are made with coral. Guam has no sand. The sand on the beaches is actually ground coral. When concrete is mixed, the coral sand is used instead of importing regular sand from thousands of miles away.

Police dogs are trained to react to commands in a foreign language; commonly German but more recently Hungarian.

The foundations of the great European cathedrals go down as far as forty or fifty feet. In some instances, they form a mass of stone as great as that of the visible building above the ground.

The first revolving restaurant, The Top of the Needle, was located at the 500-foot level of the 605-foot-high steel-and-glass tower at the Century 21 Exposition in Seattle, Washington. It contained 260 seats and revolved 360 degrees in an hour. The state-of-the-art restaurant was dedicated on May 22, 1961.

The first manager of the Seattle Space Needle, Hoge Sullivan, was acrophobic - fearful of heights. The 605 foot tall Space Needle is fastened to its foundation with 72 bolts, each 30 feet long. The Space Needle sways approximately 1 inch for every 10 mph of wind. It was built to withstand a wind velocity of 200 miles-per-hour.

In 1931, an industrialist named Robert Ilg built a half-size replica of the Leaning Tower of Pisa outside Chicago and lived in it for several years. The tower is still there.

If you lace your shoes from the inside to the outside the fit will be snugger around your big toe.

A standard 747 Jumbo Jet has 420 seats.

The number 4 is the only number that has the same number of letters in its name as its meaning.

Revolvers cannot be silenced because of all the noisy gasses which escape the cylinder gap at the rear of the barrel.

A man named John Bellavia has entered over 5000 contests, and has never won a thing.

In 1982, the last member of a group of people who believed the Earth was hollow died.

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military would be portrayed positively.

For the movie "Mission To Mars", director Brian DePalma and crew needed to re-create the surface of the planet Mars. They chose the more than two million square feet of a 45-acre sand dune in Vancouver, Canada. To give the sand dune the color of the planet Mars, they covered it with over 15,000 gallons of red paint.

The first black and white motion picture to be digitally converted to color was "Yankee Doodle Dandy", the 1942 biography of George M. Cohen.

The first female monster to appear on the big screen was Bride of Frankenstein.

The first far eastern country to permit kissing in films was China. The first oriental screen kiss was bestowed on Miss Mamie Lee in the movie "Two Women in the House" (China, 1926).

The movie "Clue" has three different endings. Each ending was randomly chosen for different theaters. All three endings are present in the home video.

In the Return of the Jedi special edition during the new Coruscant footage at the end of the film a stormtrooper can be seen being carried over the crowds.

Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World WarII were made of wood.

From Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me — In the U.S., "shag" is far less offensive than in other English-speaking countries. Singapore briefly forced a title change to "The Spy Who Shioked Me." ("Shioked" means "treated nicely.")

In every show that Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt (The Fantasticks) wrote, there is at least one song about rain.

The studios wanted Matthew McConaughey, the newest heartthrob in the industry, cast as hero Jack Dawson in the 1997 box office hit Titanic, but director James Cameron insisted on Leonardo DiCaprio.

The most popular sport as a topic for a film is boxing.

In "Cliff Hanger" when the girl is dangling off Stallone’s arm, the camera flashes to the chopper and the old man in the picture is laughing.

David Niven and George Lazenby were the only two actors who played James Bond only once.

In the original "Star Wars: A New Hope", Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker, called out the name of actress Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia, instead of actually calling out "Leia" in the scene near the end where he gets out of his X-wing after destroying the Death Star. The error was never caught.

In the movie Ghost (Patrick and Demi) when Demi is making something on the pottery wheel her hands are covered in clay. But when her husband comes up behind her to give her a kiss she turns around and they are completely clean.

In Hitchcock’s movie, "Rear Window", Jimmy Stewart plays a character wearing a leg cast from the waist down. In one scene, the cast switches legs, and in another, the signature on the cast is missing.

The TV sitcom Seinfeld was originally named "The Seinfeld Chronicles". The pilot which was broadcast in 1989 also featured a kooky neighbor named Kessler. This character later became known as Kramer.

Dooley Wilson appeared as Sam in the movie Casablanca. Dooley was a drummer - not a pianist in real life. The man who really played the piano in Casablanca was a Warner Brothers staff musician who was at a piano off camera during the filming.

"60 Minutes" is the only show on CBS that doesn’t have a theme song.

For many years, the globe on the NBC Nightly News spun in the wrong direction. On January 2, 1984, NBC finally set the world spinning back in the proper direction.

A two hour motion picture uses 10,800 feet of film. Not including the previews and commercials.

The original title of the musical "Hello Dolly!" was "Dolly: A Damned Exasperating Woman." Why did they change it? The original had such music, poetry, and pizzazz.

Bruce was the nickname of the mechanical shark used in the "Jaws" movies.

A theater manager in Seoul, Korea felt that The Sound of Music was too long, so he shortened it by cutting out all the songs.

The writers of The Simpsons have never revealed what state Springfield is in.

Of the six men who made up the Three Stooges, three of them were real brothers (Moe, Curly and Shemp.)

The 1997 Jack Nicholson film - "As Good As It Gets", is known in China as "Mr. Cat Poop".

The person who performs the Muppets - Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Animal, and Grover is Frank Oz. Oz is also the voice of Star Wars Yoda. By the way, his real name is Frank Oznowicz.

Beaver Cleaver graduated in 1953.

The first ever televised murder case appeared on TV in 1955, Dec. 5-9. The accused was Harry Washburn.

- Number of tarantulas: 50

- Number of boas, cobras and pythons used in the film: 7,500

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), the first film featuring the character Indiana Jones, was crawling with four-, eight-, and no-legged creatures:

Frostbite Falls, Minnesota, was home to Rocky and Bullwinkle.

The average raindrop reaches a top speed of 22 miles per hour.

Seven billion gallons of water are flushed down toilets in the U.S. every day.

The only country to register zero births in 1983 was the Vatican City.

The one extra room new-home shoppers want the most is the laundry room, at 95 percent. Only 66 percent of new-home buyers request an extra room to use as an office.

53% of high school grads and 27% of college grads "get most of their information from TV."

Smoking accounts for at least 7% of all health care costs in the US.

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The average American looks at eight houses before buying one.

75% of people wash from top to bottom in the shower.

8% of Americans twiddle their thumbs.

5,840 people with pillow related injuries checked into U.S. emergency rooms in 1992.

"Evaluation and Parameterization of Stability and Safety Performance Characteristics of Two and Three Wheeled Vehicular Toys for Riding." Title of a $230,000 research project proposed by the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, to study the various ways children fall off bicycles.

According to the US Government people have tried nearly 28,000 different ways to lose weight.

40,000 Americans are injured by toilets every year.

The average person over fifty will have spent 5 years waiting in lines.

Statistically speaking, the most dangerous job in the United States is that of Sanitation Worker. Firemen and Policeman are a close second and third, followed by Leather Tanners in fourth.

Since the Lego Group began manufacturing blocks in 1949, more than 189 billion pieces in 2000 different shapes have been produced. This is enough for about 30 Lego pieces for every living person on Earth.

Since 1978, at least 37 people have died as a result of shaking vending machines, in an attempt to get free merchandise. More than 100 have been injured.

Seventy-three percent of Americans are willing to wear clothes until the clothes wear out. The poll conducted by Louis Harris and Associates also revealed: 92 percent are willing to eliminate annual model changes in automobiles; 57 percent are willing to see a national policy that would make it cheaper to live in multiple-unit apartments than in single-family homes; 91 percent are willing to eat more vegetables and less meat for protein.

Seventy percent of house dust is made up of dead skin flakes.

Half of all people who have ever smoked have now quit.

Adults spend an average of 16 times as many hours selecting clothes (145.6 hours a year) as they do on planning their retirement.

Results of a survey show that 76 percent of women make their bed every day, compared to 46 percent of men.

Police estimated that 10,000 abandoned, orphaned and runaway children were roaming the streets of New York City in 1852.

Per capita, it is safer to live in New York City than it is to live in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

In 1996, Americans bought only 12 inches of dental floss per capita.

In 1995, each American used an annual average of 731 pounds of paper, more than double the amount used in the 1980s. Contrary to predictions that computers would displace paper, consumption is growing.

In 1990 the life expectancy of the average American male was 72.7 years and 76.1 years for females. In 1900 the life expectancy was 46.6 for males and 48.7 for females.

In 1977, less than 9 percent of physicians in the U.S. were women.

In 1970 only 5 percent of the American population lived in cities.

In 1915, the average annual family income in the United States was $687 a year.

Per a national survey, 80 percent of U.S. teachers in grades kindergarten through eighth grade have received chocolate as a gift from their students.

Per a "Newsweek" poll, 49 percent of American fathers described themselves as better parents than their dads.

Pediatricians estimate that 58 percent of their young patients go to child care or school even when ill, according to a Gallup survey. This despite the fact that 81 percent of mothers working full-time have stayed home at times to care for a sick child.

In 1990 there were about 15,000 vacuum cleaner related accidents in the U.S.

There have been several documented cases of women giving birth to twins who had different fathers, including cases where the children were of different races. To do so, the mother had to have conceived both children in close proximity. There has also been one recent case where a mother gave birth to unrelated "twins." In that instance, the mother underwent in vitro fertilization and had her own child and the embryo of another couple accidentally implanted in her.

While the average cost of air travel is about $60 per hour, using an air-phone during that plane trip can cost as much as $160 per hour.

Over 15 billion prizes have been given away in Cracker Jacks boxes.

Two out of three adults in the United States have hemorrhoids.

Hawaii is the only state in the United States where male life expectancy exceeds 70 years. Hawaii also leads all states in life expectancy in general, with an average of 73.6 years for both males and females.

Hawaii has the highest percentage of cremations of all other U.S. states, with a 60.6 percent preference over burial.

Only 3 percent of Americans ages 18 to 21 attended college in 1890.

Executives work an average 57 hours a week, but just 22 percent say their hours are a major cause of stress.

Out of the 34,000 gun deaths in the U.S. each year, fewer than 300 are listed as "justifiable homicide," the only category that could include shooting a burglar, mugger, or rapist.

Only about 30 percent of teenage males consistently apply sun protection lotion when going poolside, compared to 46 percent of female teens.

There are more telephones than people in Washington DC.

Occasionally, hot dog sales at baseball stadiums exceed attendance, but typically, hot dog sales at ballparks average 80 percent of the attendance.

Each year approximately 250,000 American husbands are physically attacked and beaten by their wives.

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German chemist Hennig Brand discovered phosphorus while he was examining urine.

There are five tillion trillion atoms in one pound of iron.

The pressure at the center of the Earth is 27,000 tons per square inch.

Bacteria can reproduce sexually.

A temperature of 70 million degrees Celsius was generated at Princeton University in 1978. This was during a fusionism experiment and is the highest man-made temperature ever.

Every cubic mile of seawater holds over 150 million tons of minerals.

An iceberg contains more heat than a match.

Air is denser in cold weather. A wind of the same speed can exert 25 percent more force during the winter as compared to the summer.

The Sun has a diameter of 864,000 miles.

There are 3 golf balls sitting on the moon.

The color black is produced by the complete absorption of light rays.

Sound at the right vibration can bore holes through a solid object.

Lab tests can detect traces of alcohol in urine six to 12 hours after a person has stopped drinking.

It takes a plastic container 50000 years to start decomposing.

The sun is estimated to be between 20 and 21 cosmic years old.

A car traveling at a constant speed of 60 miles per hour would take over 48 million years to reach the nearest star (other than our sun), Proxima Centauri. This is about 685,000 average human lifetimes.

Traveling at the speed of 186,000 miles per second, light take 6 hours to travel from Pluto to the earth.

To an observer standing on Pluto, the sun would appear no brighter than Venus appears in our evening sky.

Dissolved salt makes up 3.5 percent of the oceans.

Blood is 6 times thicker than water.

Mercury is the only metal that is liquid at room temperature.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is predicted to topple over between 2010 and 2020.

The nearest galaxy to our own is Andromeda.

The speed of sound must be exceeded to produce a sonic boom.

Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system.

There are 7 stars in the Big Dipper.

Out of all the senses, smell is most closely linked to memory.

Three astronauts manned each Apollo flight.

 

All organic compounds contain carbon.

The first atomic bomb exploded at Trinity Site, New Mexico.

The planet Venus has the longest day.

Because of the salt content of the Dead Sea, it is difficult to dive below its surface.

Carolyn Shoemaker has discovered 32 comets and approximately 800 asteroids.

The first portable calculator placed on sale by Texas Instruments weighed only 2-1/2 pounds and cost a mere $150. (1971)

The planet Saturn has a density lower than water. If there was a bathtub large enough to hold it, Saturn would float.

The shockwave from a nitroglycerine explosion travels at 17,000 miles per hour.

The fastest moon in our solar system circles Jupiter once every seven hours - traveling at 70,400 miles per hour.

Because of the rotation of the earth, an object can be thrown farther if it is thrown west.

Compact discs read from the inside to the outside edge, the reverse of how a record works.

Bacteria, the tiniest free-living cells, are so small that a single drop of liquid contains as many as 50 million of them.

A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continually from the bottom of the glass to the top. This is because the carbonation in the drink gets pockets of air stuck in the wrinkles of the raisin, which is light enough to be raised by this air. When it reaches the surface of the champagne, the bubbles pop, and the raisin sinks back to the bottom, starting the cycle over.

On December 2, 1942, a nuclear chain reaction was achieved for the first time under the stands of the University of Chicago’s football stadium. The first reactor measured 30 feet wide, 32 feet long, and 21.5 feet high. It weighed 1,400 tons and contained 52 tons of uranium in the form of uranium metal and uranium oxide. Although the same process led to the massive energy release of the atomic bomb, the first artificially sustained nuclear reaction produced just enough energy to light a small flashlight.

Experiments conducted in Germany and at the University of Southampton in England show that even mild and incidental noises cause the pupils of the eyes to dilate. It is believed that this is why surgeons, watchmakers, and others who perform delicate manual operations are so bothered by noise. The sounds cause their pupils to change focus and blur their vision.

STASI, the East German secret police organization, devised a devilishly clever way to prevent someone from giving them the slip during the Cold War: they managed to synthesize the scent of a female dog in heat, which they applied to the shoes of the person under surveillance. Then they simply had a male dog follow the scent.

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Hailed as a wonder drug in the late nineteenth century, cocaine was outlawed in the United States in 1914.

Human thigh bones are stronger than concrete.

Drinking water after eating reduces the acid in your mouth by 61 percent.

A passionate kiss uses up 6.4 calories per minute.

During a kiss as many as 278 bacteria colonies are exchanged.

Captain Cook lost 41 of his 98 crew to scurvy (a lack of vitamin C) on his first voyage to the South Pacific in 1768. By 1795 the importance of eating citrus was realized, and lemon juice was issued on all British Navy ships.

Undertakers report that human bodies do not deteriorate as quickly as they used to. The reason, they believe, is that the modern diet contains so many preservatives that these chemicals tend to prevent the body from decomposition too rapidly after death.

Gold salts are sometimes injected into the muscles to relieve arthritis.

You can see a candle flame from 50 Kilometers on a clear, dark night. You can hear the tick of a watch from 6 meters in very quiet conditions. You can taste one gram of salt in 500 liters of water (.0001M). You can detect one drop of perfume diffused throughout a three-room apartment. You can detect the wing of a bee falling on your cheek from a height of one centimeter.

According to the Journal of American Medical Association, as of 1998, more than 100,000 Americans die annually from adverse reactions to prescription drugs.

If you combined all the muscles in an average human in to one muscle, the force it would be capable of producing is about 2,000 tonnes.

Dr. Maurice R. Hilleman is considered to be the godfather of the modern vaccine era. Having created nearly three dozen vaccines - more than any other scientist, Hilleman is also credited with saving more lives than any other scientist. Probably best known for his preventive vaccine for mumps, Hilleman has also developed vaccines for measles, rubella, chicken pox, bacterial meningitis, flu and hepatitis B.

A study by researcher Frank Hu and the Harvard School of Public Health found that women who snore are at an increased risk of high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.

Dogs and humans are the only animals with prostates.

"Soldiers disease" is a term for morphine addiction. The Civil War produced over 400,000 morphine addicts.

Cephalacaudal recapitulation is the reason our extremities develop faster than the rest of us.

People who have never been married are seven and a half times more likely than married people to be admitted to a psychiatric facility.

Studies shown by the Psychology Department of DePaul University show that the principal reason to lie is to avoid punishment.

The short-term memory capacity for most people is between five and nine items or digits. This is one reason that phone numbers were kept to seven digits for so long.

Females have 500 more genes than males, and because of this are protected from things like color blindness and hemophilia.

There are 10 trillion living cells in the human body.

The brain requires 25 percent of all oxygen used by the body.

The right lung takes in more air than the left lung.

The substance that human blood resembles most closely in terms of chemical composition is sea water.

The storage capacity of human brain exceeds 4 Terrabytes.

Your thumb is the same length as your nose.

You lose enough dead skin cells in your lifetime to fill eight five-pound flour bags.

The average Human bladder can hold 13 ounces of liquid.

During his or her lifetime, the average human will grow 590 miles of hair.

The first known heart medicine was discovered in an English garden. In 1799, physician John Ferriar noted the effect of dried leaves of the common plant, digitalis purpurea, on heart action. Still used in heart medications, digitalis slows the pulse and increases the force of heart contractions and the amount of blood pumped per heartbeat.

It takes an interaction of 72 different muscles to produce human speech.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 18 million courses of antibiotics are prescribed for the common cold in the United States per year. Research shows that colds are caused by viruses. 50 million unnecessary antibiotics are prescribed for viral respiratory infections.

In 1977, a 13 year old child found a tooth growing out of his left foot.

The human brain stops growing at the age of 18.

The first Band-Aid Brand Adhesive Bandages were three inches wide and eighteen inches long. You made your own bandage by cutting off as much as you needed.

Men have more blood than women. Men have 1.5 gallons for men versus 0.875 gallons for women.

Sumerians (from 5000 BC) thought that the liver made blood and the heart was the center of thought.

Approximately 16 Canadians have their appendices removed, when not required, every day.

In 1815 French chemist Michael Eugene Chevreul realized the first link between diabetes and sugar metabolism when he discovered that the urine of a diabetic was identical to grape sugar.

Between 25% to 33% of the population sneeze when they are exposed to light.

People who have a tough time handling the stress of money woes are twice as likely to develop severe gum disease, a new study finds.

The adult human heart weighs about ten ounces.

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It is a well known trivial fact that Neil Armstrong was the first man to step onto the moon. However, many do not know that he stepped onto the moon with his left foot.

The very first enclosed shopping mall was and is Valley Faire in Appleton, Wisconsin. Not in Minnesota as most people believe. Appleton is also famous for being the birth place of Harry Houdini and the first city in America to use Hydro-electric power in homes.

U.S. Army doctor D.W. Bliss had the unique role of attending to two U.S. presidents after they were shot by assassins. In 1865 he was one of 16 doctors who tried to save Abraham Lincoln, and in 1881 he supervised the care of James Garfield.

A painting of the Madonna in Fiorano Castle, Italy, escaped without even being scorched when invading soldiers set the castle afire, yet all the rest of the building was destroyed.

In Britain, the law was changed in 1789 to make the method of execution hanging. Prior to that, burning was the modus operandi. The last female to be executed by burning in England was Christian Bowman. Her crime was making counterfeit coins.

In 1938, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law the first minimum wage in the United States. The new law, considered controversial at the time, established at.25 cents per hour minimum wage and a maximum 44 hour work week for minors.

Many hundreds of years ago when the well-known style of Irish dancing began in the country side of Ireland, most houses of the poor - and that means most houses - only had a dirt floor which was not a lot of use for dancing on if you were holding a ceildh (pronounced kay-lee and meaning party - more or less). So in order to make the dancing easier the owners of the house which was holding the party would take the doors off their hinges and lay them on the floor. There was just enough room on each door for two people to dance, providing they did not fling their arms about - hence the original name for Irish dancing - Door Dancing.

King Charles VII, who was assassinated in 1167, was the first Swedish king with the name of Charles. Charles I, II, III, IV, V, never existed. No one knows why. To add to the mystery, almost 300 years went by before there was a Charles VIII (1448-57).

Before all-porcelain false teeth were perfected in the mid-19th century, dentures were commonly made with teeth pulled from the mouths of dead soldiers following a battle. Teeth extracted from U.S. Civil War soldier cadavers were shipped to England by the barrel to dentists.

At the outbreak of World War I, the American air force consisted of only fifty men.

Akhbar the Great Mughal routed the Hindus under Hemu by turning their elephants against them at the battle of Panipat in the Hindu revolt.

In 1974 there were 90 tornadoes in the U.S. in one day.

In 1937 the emergency 999 telephone service was established in London. More than 13,000 genuine calls were made in the first month.

In ancient Greece, courtesans wore sandals with nails studded into the sole so that their footprints would leave the message "Follow me".

Before winning the election in 1860, Abraham Lincoln lost eight elections for various offices.

Unfortunately Gaius grew up and became emperor, incongruously retaining his boyhood diminutive. "Little boots" in Latin is "Caligula." As you may know, he was a bloodthirsty, sadistic fiend.

"John has a long mustache" was the coded-signal used by the French Resistance in WWII to mobilize their forces once the Allies had landed on the Normandy beaches.

Until the 19th century, solid blocks of tea were used as money in Siberia.

Traffic engineering was not developed in London, New York or Paris, but rather in ancient Rome. The Romans, of course, were noted road builders. The Appian Way, for example, stretched 350 miles from the Eternal City to Brundisium. In Rome itself there were actually stop signs and even alternate-side-of-the-street parking.

The first time an enormous amount of clothing was needed all at once was during the Civil War, when the Union needed hundreds of thousands of uniforms for its troops. Out of this need came the ready-made clothing industry.

The first telephone book ever issued contained only fifty names. It was published in New Haven, Connecticut, by the New Haven District Telephone Company in February, 1878.

Playing cards were issued to British pilots in WWII. If captured, they could be soaked in water and unfolded to reveal a map for escape.

The right arm and torch of the Statue of Liberty crossed the Atlantic Ocean three times. It first crossed for display at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition and in New York, where money was raised for the foundation and pedestal. It was returned to Paris in 1882 to be reunited with the rest of the statue, which was then shipped back to the U.S.

Karl Marx was targeted for assassination when he met with two Prussian officers in his house in Cologne in 1848. Marx had friends among the German labor unions, and he was considered a threat to the autocrats. Dressed in his bathrobe, he forced the officers out at the point of a revolver, which, it turned out, was not loaded.

Marco Polo was born on the Croatian island of Korcula (pronounced Kor-Chu-La).

All of the officers in the Confederate army were given copies of Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo, to carry with them at all times. Robert E. Lee, among others, believed that the book symbolized their cause. Both revolts were defeated.

The dirt road that General Washington and his soldiers took to fight off General Clinton during the Battle of Monmouth was called the Burlington Path.

The ancient Etruscans painted women white and men red in the wall paintings they used to decorate tombs.

Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was the first American to have plumbing installed in his house, in 1840.

More than 5,600 men died while building the Panama Canal. Today, it takes more than 8,000 workers to run and maintain the canal. It takes a ship an average of 33 hours to travel the length of the canal.

The German Kaiser Wilhelm II had a withered arm and often hid the fact by posing with his hand resting on a sword, or by holding gloves.

Although most people think that Napoleon was short, he was actually five feet six inches tall (1.676 meters), an average height for a Frenchman in those days.

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The U.S. mint in Denver, Colorado is the only mint that marks its pennies.

Female aristocrats on the island of Portugese Timor in Malaya, indicate their status by notching their ears.

The smallest island with country status is Pitcairn in Polynesia, at just 1.75 sq. miles/4,53 sq. km.

There are more psycho-analysts per capita in Buenos Aires than any other place in the world.

Ireland currently has the fastest growing economy in Europe - the economy grew by 40% from 1993-1997. It is for this reason that the country is referred to as the Celtic Tiger.

Bore-hole seismometry indicates that the land in Oklahoma moves up and down 25cm throughout the day, corresponding with the tides. Earth tides are generally about one-third the size of ocean tides.

The Chang Jiang river is the fourth longest river in the world.

The Dominican Republic was called Santo Domingo when it first gain independence.

The state of Oregon has one city named Sisters and another called Brothers. Sisters got its name from a nearby trio of peaks in the Cascade Mountains known as the Three Sisters. Brothers was named as a counterpart to Sisters.

The surface area of the Earth is 197,000,000 square miles.

According to experts, large caves tend to "breathe"; they inhale and exhale great quantities of air when the barometric pressure on the surface changes, and air rushes in or out seeking equilibrium.

At 840,000 square miles, Greenland is the largest island in the world. It is 3 times the size of Texas. By comparison Iceland is only 39,800 square miles.

Zion, Illinois - located on the shores of Lake Michigan north of Chicago - was founded by the followers of John Alexander Dowie, whose Christian Catholic Church disapproved of pharmacies, doctors, theaters or dance halls. Smoking, drinking and the eating of pork also was prohibited in town.

Ninety percent of all volcanic activity occurs in the oceans. In 1993, scientists located the largest known concentration of active volcanoes on the sea floor in the South Pacific. This area, the size of New York state, hosts 1,133 volcanic cones and sea mounts. Two or three could erupt at any moment.

Given their sheer volume, ninety-nine percent of the living space on the planet is found in the oceans. The average depth of the oceans is 2.5 miles (4 km). The deepest point lies in the Mariana Trench, 6.8 miles (10.9 km) down. By way of comparison, Mount Everest is only 5.5 miles (8.8 km) high.

The exact geographic center of the United States is near Lebanon, Kansas.

What is the difference between a yam and a sweet potato? According to the Mayo Clinic dietician, a true yam is a large, starchy root that can get up to 100 pounds. It is native to Africa and Asia and is seldom available in the USA. The sweet potato is a native American plant. It was a staple for early settlers and was actually brought to Europe by Columbus. There are two varieties of sweet potatoes: One is moist and orange-fleshed, the other is drier and yellow. The orange-fleshed potato is commonly - and incorrectly - called a yam. This common practice has resulted in confusion when it comes to labels. Some stores incorrectly label the darker of the two sweet potatoes as being a yam, and they list the nutrient content for yams. True yams have no vitamin A. So consumers mistakenly think that the product has no vitamin A, even though it actually does. Consumers are most likely eating sweet potatoes - and sweet potatoes are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C and fiber.

The first U.S. consumer product sold in the old Soviet Union was Pepsi-Cola.

The most widely eaten fruit in America is the banana.

The dark meat on a roast turkey has more calories than the white meat.

The color of a chile is no indication of its spiciness, but size usually is - the smaller the pepper, the hotter it is.

A bushel of apples weighs about 42 pounds.

Over 15 billion prizes have been given away in Cracker Jacks boxes.

It takes more than 500 peanuts to make one 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.

Carrots were first grown as a medicine not a food. The Ancient Greeks called carrots "Karoto".

Goat milk is used to produce Roquefort cheese.

Though most people think of salt as a seasoning, only 5 out of every 100 pounds produced each year go to the dinner table.

Thin-skinned lemons are the juiciest.

There are two types of asparagus: green and white. One of the most popular varieties of green asparagus is named after Martha Washington, the wife of George Washington.

There are thousands of varieties of shrimp, but most are so tiny that they are more likely to be eaten by whales than people. Of the several hundred around the world that people do eat, only a dozen or so appear with any regularity in the United States.

There are professional tea tasters as well as wine tasters.

Soy milk, the liquid left after beans have been crushed in hot water and strained, is a favorite beverage in the East. In Hong Kong, soy milk is as popular as Coca-Cola is in the U.S.

There are more than 7,000 varieties of apples grown in the world. The apples from one tree can fill 20 boxes every year. Each box weighs an average 42 pounds.

According to the National Safety Council, coffee is not successful at sobering up a drunk person, and in many cases it may actually increase the adverse effects of alcohol.

A tenth of the 7 million tons of rice grown in the U.S. each year goes into the making of beer.

The "last meal" for Death Row inmates has became embedded in the American death-penalty ritual. Reporters have dutifully recorded the last meal menus: John Wayne Gacy had fried chicken and strawberries; Ted Bundy passed on steak and eggs; James Smith, executed in Texas in 1990, requested a "lump of dirt" (request was denied); Missouri inmate Lloyd Schlup asked for venison and hare (request was granted).

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Grover Cleveland, the 24th president of the US, worked briefly as an executioner before becoming president. He hung at least two convicted criminals.

Noah Webster was referred to as "the walking question mark" during his student days at Yale.

When 7-year-old Shirley Temple’s life was insured with Lloyd’s, the contract stipulated that no benefits would be paid if the child film star met with death or injury while intoxicated.

Mother Teresa, who devoted her life to the poor in India, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.

Herman Melville shipped aboard the whaler "Acushnet," at age 21. He later wrote a book from the experience.

At age 13, Carl Sandburg quit school to work as a day laborer.

Marvin Hamlisch became the youngest pupil ever at the Julliard School of Music - at age 7.

Charles Dickens worked in a shoe polish factory at age 12.

The first U.S. president to use a telephone was James Garfield.

Meg Ryan turned down plum lead parts in the films "Steel Magnolias," "Pretty Woman," and "Silence of the Lambs." A few years after her rejection of "Silence of the Lambs," which earned Jodie Foster a Best Actress Oscar, Ryan disclosed to Barbara Walters in a television interview that she had felt the role "was dangerous and a little ugly. I felt it was too dark - for me."

Sharon Stone was the first Star Search spokesmodel.

Charlie Chaplin once won third prize in a Charlie Chaplin look alike contest.

Leonardo da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time.

Bette was married four times, her last to actor Gary Merrill which lasted ten years, longer than any of the previous three.

On her tombstone is written "She did it the hard way."

Bette Davis appeared in more than 100 films between 1931 and 1989. She made her first film called Way Back Home in 1931.

She passed away from cancer October 6, 1989.

Bette Davis was born Ruth Elizabeth Davis in Lowell, Massachusetts, on April 5, 1908.

Gerald Ford was one of the members of the Warren Commission appointed to study the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Pepin the Short, King of the Franks from 751 to 768 AD was four feet six inches tall. His wife was known as Bertha of the Big Foot.

George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams were all avid collectors and players of marbles. In their day, marbles were called "small bowls" and were as popular with adults as with children.

According to one source, Americans buy about 5 million things that are shaped like Mickey Mouse, or have a picture of Mickey Mouse on them, in the course of one day.

Felix the Cat is the first cartoon character to ever have been made into a balloon for a parade.

William Howard Taft is the only man ever to be President AND Chief Justice. The US Supreme Court appointment came second and was a job Taft enjoyed much more than the presidency.

The first Michelin Man costume (Bidenbum) was worn by none other than Col. Harlan Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame.

Theodore Roosevelt, a staunch conservationist, banned Christmas trees in his home, even when he lived in the White House. His children, however, smuggled them into their bedrooms.

Walt Disney named Mickey Mouse after Mickey Rooney, whose mother he dated for some time.

Prince Harry and Prince William are uncircumcised.

Against Army regulations, George Armstrong Custer often wore a blue velvet uniform.

Johnny Carson was born in Corning, Iowa and grew up in Norfolk, Nebraska.

James Garfield, 20th President of the United States, lived in the White House with his mother.

Robert E. Lee, of the Confederate Army, remains the only person, to date, to have graduated from the West Point military academy without a single demerit.

Mary Todd once dated both Abe Lincoln and Stephen Douglas. She chose Lincoln because he showed more promise, and she was right - he was good at everything but ducking.

I suppose someone should mention that Mae West never said "Come up and see me sometime." She said "Come on up sometime and see me." Cary Grant never said "Judy, Judy, Judy," and Cagney never said "You dirty rat..."

Actor Robert De Niro played the part of the Cowardly Lion in his elementary schools production of The Wizard of Oz. De Niro was 10 at the time.

Vincent Van Gogh painted his last painting, "Cornfield with Crows," and shot himself at age 37.

Mark Twain first learned to ride a bicycle at age 55.

O.J. Simpson had a severe case of rickets and wore leg braces when he was a child.

Galileo became totally blind just before his death. This is probably because of his constant gazing at the sun through his telescope.

Alexander the Great was tutored by Aristotle.

One year, Elvis Presley paid 91% of his annual income to the IRS.

Rap artist Sean "Puffy" Combs had his first job at age two when he modeled in an ad for Baskin-Robbins ice-cream shops.

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt ate three chocolate-covered garlic balls every morning. Her doctor suggested this to improve her memory.

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The golden tree frog has a croak that sounds like a mallet chipping rock, but in summer it sounds like a tinkling bell.

Dachshunds are the smallest breed of dog used for hunting. They are low to the ground, which allows them to enter and maneuver through tunnels easily.

Chocolate effects a dogs heart and nervous system, a few ounces enough to kill a small sized dog.

A pelican consumes about 33 and 1/3 percent of its body weight in a single meal.

The Dalmatian dog is named for the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia, where it is believed to have been originally bred.

The cells which make up the antlers of a moose are the fastest growing animal cells in nature.

A typical day for a gorilla is to get up early and eat. It eats until it gets hot, then it will nap. When it gets up from its nap, they resume eating until the sun goes down.

When two zebras stand side by side, they usually face in opposite directions. They say this is so they can keep an eye out for predators.

A kind of tortoise in the Galapagos Islands has an upturned shell at its neck so it can reach its head up to eat cactus branches.

The Penguin is the only bird that can swim, but not fly. It is also the only bird that walks upright.

When a hippopotamus exerts itself, gets angry, or stays out of the water for too long, it exudes red sweatlike mucus through its skin.

The domestic cat is the only species able to hold its tail vertically while walking. Wild cats hold their tail horizontally, or tucked between their legs while walking.

The penculine titmouse of Africa builds its home in such a sturdy manner that Masai tribesman use their nests for purses and carrying cases.

The digestive juices of crocodiles contain so much hydrochloric acid that they have dissolved iron spearheads and six-inch steel hooks that the crocodiles have swallowed.

The Pastern is the part of a horse located on the foot between the fetlock and the hoof.

The oyster is usually ambisexual. It begins life as a male, then becomes a female, then changes back to being a male, then back to being female; it may go back and forth many times.

Weighing approximately 13 pounds at birth, a baby caribou will double its weight in just 10 days.

Snakes continue to grow until the day they die.

Rhinos are in the same family as horses, and are thought to have inspired the myth of the unicorn.

Flamingoes live remarkably long lives: up to 80 years.

Flamingoes feel safest when they are crowded together, hundreds in a group.

Of the 250-plus known species of shark in the world, only about 18 are known to be dangerous to man.

Fish travel in schools, whales travel in pods or gams.

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

The crocodile is surprisingly fast on land. If pursued by a crocodile, a person should run in a zigzag motion, for the crocodile has little or no ability to make sudden changes of direction.

February is the mating month for gray whales.

Octopi and squid have three hearts. Their main systemic heart pumps blood throughout the circulatory system, and two branchial hearts provide some additional push at each of the paired gills.

The crocodile is a cannibal; it will occasionally eat other crocodiles.

In Wales, there are more sheep than people. (In 1996 the population for Wales was 2,921,000 with approximately 5,000,000 sheep)

A jynx is a woodpecker, also know as the wryneck because of its peculiar habit of twisting its neck.

A winkle is an edible sea snail.

Lobsters can move up to 25 feet per second underwater.

A trout swims at about 4 miles per hour which is faster than you or me.

The only continent without reptiles or snakes is Antarctica.

Parthenogenesis is the term used to describe the process by which certain animals are able to reproduce themselves in successive female generations without intervention of a male of the species. At least one species of lizard is known to do so.

Frogs never drink. They absorb water from their surroundings by osmosis.

Mongooses were brought to Hawaii to kill rats. This plan failed because rats are nocturnal while the mongoose hunts during the day.

Elephants often communicate at sound levels as low as 5Hz. This means that if you flap your hands back and forth faster than five times a second, an elephant can actually hear the tone produced.

A baby eel is called an elver, a baby oyster is called a spat.

All elephants walk on tip-toe, because the back portion of their foot is made up of all fat and no bone.

A quarter of the horses in the U.S. died of a vast virus epidemic in 1872.

Belize is the only country in the world with a jaguar preserve.

Out of all the animals a circus animal trainer works with, none are deadlier than the elephant. More deaths are caused by the elephants than the large cats circus tamers train with.

Elephants have been found swimming miles from shore in the Indian Ocean.

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Today's top fuel dragsters take off with more force than the space shuttle.

To take an oath, ancient Romans put a hand on their testicles?that?s where the word ?testimony? comes from.

To have your picture taken by the very first camera you would have had to sit still for 8 hours!

To find out if a watermelon is ripe, knock it, and if it sounds hollow then it is ripe.

To escape the grip of a crocodile's jaws, push your thumbs into its eyeballs. It will let you go instantly.

To burn off one plain M&M candy, you need to walk the full length of a football field.

Tipping at a restaurant in Iceland is considered an insult.

Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur!

Three Mile Island is only 2 1/2 miles long.

Three consective strikes in bowling is called a turkey.

Thomas Edison, lightbulb inventor, was afraid of the dark!

Thomas Alva Edison patented almost 1,300 inventions in his lifetime!

There wasn't a single pony in the Pony Express, just horses!

There was no punctuation until the 15th century.

There is one slot machine in Las Vegas for every eight inhabitants.

There is no tipping at restaurants in Japan.

There is more real lemon juice in Lemon Pledge furniture polish than in Country Time Lemonade.

There is a town called Paradise and a town called Hell in Michigan!

There is a species of clam that can grow up to four feet long and weigh up to 500 pounds.

There is a city called Rome on every continent.

There have been over 7,200 acts of terrorism against the US over the last 15 years.

There have been 47 Charlie Chan Movies, with six actors playing the part. None were Chinese!

There are three golf balls sitting on the moon.

There are some species of snails that are extremely venomous.

There are over 58 million dogs in the U.S!

There are only 14 blimps in the world.

There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with: orange, purple, and month!

There are no rental cars in Bermuda.

There are no penguins in the North Pole.

There are no hog lips or snouts in SPAM.

There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos.

There are no ants in Iceland, Antarctica, and Greenland.

There are more than one million animal species on Earth!

There are more than 50,000 earthquakes throughout the world every year!

There are more than 10 million bricks in the Empire State Building!

There are more than 1,000 chemicals in a cup of coffee. Of these, only 26 have been tested, and half caused cancer in rats.

There are more telephones than people in Washington, D.C.

There are more plastic flamingos in the U.S, than real ones!

There are more nutrients in the cornflake package itself than there are in the actual cornflakes.

There are more insects in one square mile of rural land than there are human beings in the world.

There are more female than male millionaires in the United States.

There are more fatal car accidents in July than any other month.

There are more bacteria in your mouth than there are people in the world.

There are approximately 3,500 astronomers in the U.S. - but over 15,000 astrologers.

There are 92 known cases of nuclear bombs lost at sea.

There are 635,013,559,599 possible hands in a game of bridge.

There are 53 Lego bricks manufactured for each person in the world.

There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.

There are 206 bones in the human body!

There are 10 towns named Hollywood in the United States.

There are 10 towns named Hollywood in the United States!

The ?Big Dipper? is known as ?The Casserole? in France.

The Zip Code 12345 is assigned to General Electric in Schenectady, New York.

The Yo-Yo originated as a weapon in the Philippine Islands during the sixteenth century.

The world?s youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910.

The worlds oldest piece of chewing gum is over 9000 years old!

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hs 10 to 15 millionths of a pound.

The average housefly lives only two weeks.

The average French citizen eats 500 snails per year.

The average female will have 3.3 pregnancies in her life.

The average company saves over $7,000 for each employee suggestion that is enacted!

The average coach airline meal costs the airline $4.00. The average first class meal: $50.

The average city dog lives three years longer than the average country dog.

The average chocolate bar has 8 insects' legs in it.

The average child will eat 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches by the he/she graduates from high school.

The average car produces a pound of pollution every 25 miles!

The average American/Canadian will eat about 11.9 pounds of cereal per year!

The average American/Canadian drinks about 600 sodas a year!

The average American uses eight times as much fuel energy as an average person anywhere else in the world.

The average American eats at McDonalds more than 1,800 times in their life.

The average American consumes 9 pounds of food additives every year.

The average 1 1/4 lb. lobster is 7 to 9 years old.

The Australian $5,$10,$20,$50 and $100 notes are made out of plastic.

The ashes of the average cremated person weigh nine pounds.

The are six fictional characters that have stars on Hollywood's 'Walk of Fame'.

The aorta, the largest artery in the body, is almost the diameter of a garden hose.

The ant can lift things 10 times its own weight.

The ancient Egyptians bought jewelry for their pet crocodiles.

The American Automobile Association was founded for the sole purpose of warning motorists of police speed traps!

The Amazon rainforest produces more than 20% the world's oxygen supply.

The 7-Eleven Extreme Gulp is 50% bigger than the volume of the human stomach!

The 'L.L.' in L.L. Bean stands for 'Leon Leonwood'.

Termites eat wood twice as fast when listening to heavy metal music.

Ted Turner owns about 2% of New Mexico.

Technically speaking, crystal glass is actually a Liquid that flows very slowly.

Taphephobia is the fear of being buried alive!

Take your height and divide by eight. That?s how ?tall? your head is.

Tablecloths were originally meant to serve as towels with which guests could wipe their hands and faces after dinner.

Tablecloths were originally meant to be served as towels with which dinner guests could wipe their hands and faces after eating!

Switzerland has the highest per-capita consumption of soft drinks in the world.

Sweden has more telephones per capita than any country on earth.

Surgeons who listen to music during operations perform better than those who don't .

Streets in Japan do not have names.

Strawberries have more vitamin c than oranges.

Stilts were invented by French shepherds who needed a way to get around in wet marshes.

Stannous fluoride, which is the cavity fighter found in toothpaste is made from recycled tin.

St. Paul, Minnesota was originally called 'Pigs Eye'.

Spotted skunks do handstands before they spray.

Spinach consumption in the U.S. rose 33% after the Popeye comic strip became a hit in 1931.

Spiders have transparent blood.

Spider monkeys like banana daiquiris.

Sound travels fifteen times faster through steel than through air.

Sound at the right vibration can bore holes through a solid object.

SONY was originally called 'Totsuken'.

Someone on Earth reports seeing a UFO every three minutes.

Some species of fish have voices!

Some ribbon worms will eat themselves if they cant find any food!

Some ribbon worms will eat themselves if they can't find any food.

Some lions mate over 50 times a day.

Some breeds of chickens lay colored eggs!

So that's how they cheat - a microwaved baseball will fly farther than a frozen baseball.

Snowiest city in the U.S.: Blue canyon, California.

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Mexican Jumping Beans jump because of moth larvae inside them.

Men laugh longer, louder, and more often than women.

Men are 6 times more likely to be struck by lightning than women.

Men are 6 times more likely to be struck by lightning than women!

Mel Gibson has a horseshoe kidney (two kidneys fused into one)!

Mel Blanc, the voice of Bugs Bunny, was allergic to carrots.

Mel Blanc (the voice of Bugs Bunny) was allergic to carrots!

Medical studies show that intelligent people have more copper and zinc in their hair.

McDonald's salads contain up to 60% more fat than their burgers!

McDonald's is the world's largest distributor of toys!

Martha Stewart became a billionaire while in prison.

Marlboro cigarettes sold in New York contain more tar and nicotine than those sold in all other states!

Mark Twain didn't even make it through elementary school.

Many people in parts of China eat insects. Some common insects are bean worms, scoprions, and locusts.

Manhattan Island of New York City was purchased for $24 from the Algonquian Indians in 1624!

Males sweat 40% more than females.

Male monkeys lose the hair on their heads in the same way men do.

Male hospital patients fall out of bed twice as often as female hospital patients.

Malaysians protect their babies from disease by bathing them in beer.

Mailing an entire building has been illegal in the U.S. since 1916 when a man mailed a 40,000-ton brick house across Utah to avoid high freight rates.

Maggots will only eat flesh if it is dead. For this reason, they are often used to remove the burnt skin from severe burn patients.

Louisiana is the only state that grows in land area every year (Due to alluvial deposits from the Mississippi River).

Los Angeles's full name is 'El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula'!

London's Pall Mall became the first street lit by gaslight in 1807!

Liquid TIDE laundry detergent glows under a blacklight.

Linen is actually stronger when wet.

Linen can absorb up to 20 times its weight in moisture before it feels damp!

Lima beans contain cyanide!

Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different!

Lightning strikes about 6,000 times per minute on this planet!

Less than 3% of the water produced at a large municipal water treatment plant is used for drinking purposes!

Less than 10% of criminals commit about 67% of all crime.

Leonardo DiCaprio got his first ?onscreen kiss? from a man!

Leonardo da Vinci invented scissors.

Lenny Kravitz's mother played the part of 'Helen' on 'The Jeffersons'.

Last 2 European countries to let women vote: Switzerland (1971) and Leichtenstein (1984).

Large kangaroos can cover more than 30 feet with each jump!

Lake Nicaragua in Nicaragua is the only fresh water lake in the world that has sharks.

Koala Bears are not bears.

Kleenex tissues were originally used as filters in gas masks.

Kittens are born both blind and deaf.

Kite flying is a professional sport in Thailand.

King George I could not speak English!

Kilts are not native to Scotland. They originated in France.

Ketchup was sold in the 1830's as medicine.

Kermit the frog delivered the commencement address at Southampton College located in the state of New York in 1996.

Keanu Reeves is afraid of the dark.

Karate actually originated in India, but was developed further in China.

Justin Timberlake's half-eaten french toast sold for over $3,000 on eBay!

Just one in three consumers pays off his or her credit card bill every month.

Jupiter's moon Ganymede, is larger than the planet Mercury!

Jumbo jets use 4,000 gallons of fuel to take off .

Johnny Depp suffers from self-injury.

John F. Kennedy was the first Roman Catholic President of the USA!

John F. Kennedy was buried without his brain after it was lost during the autopsy!

Jimmy Hoffa's middle name is, appropriately, Riddle.

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Frogs cannot swallow without blinking.

French was the official language of England for over 600 years.

Forty percent of Americans have never visited a dentist.

Fortune cookies were actually invented in America, in 1918, by Charles Jung!

Former U.S. President Franklin Pierce was arrested during his term as President for running over an old lady with his horse, but the charges were later dropped.

Forest fires move faster uphill than downhill.

Forensic scientists can determine a person's sex, age, and race by examining a single strand of hair.

For people that are lactose intolerant, chocolate aids in helping milk digest easier.

For every gallon of sea water, you get more than a quarter pound of salt.

For every 'normal' webpage, there are five porn pages.

For beer commercials, they add liquid detergent to the beer to make it foam more.

Food can only be tasted if it is mixed with saliva.

Flu shots only work about 70% of the time.

Florida has more tornados per square mile than any other state.

Flamingos pee on their legs to cool themselves off.

Flamingos can only eat with their heads upside down.

First-cousin marriages are legal in Utah, so long as both parties are 65 or older!

First four countries to have television: England, the U.S., the U.S.S.R., and Brazil.

Fingernails grow nearly 4 times faster than toenails.

Fingernails grow nearly 4 times faster than toenails!

Fingernails grow fastest on the hand you favor.

Fifteen people are known to have been crushed to death tilting vending machines towards them in the hope of a free can of soda.

Females learn to talk earlier, use sentences earlier, and learn to read more quickly than males.

Female canaries cannot sing.

February 1865 is the only month in recorded history to not have a full moon.

Farmers in England are required by law to provide their pigs with toys!

Famous billionaire Howard Hughes stored his own urine in large bottles.

Extremely high pressured water can easily cut through a steel beam.

Every year, kids in North America spend close to half a billion dollars on chewing gum!

Every year, Alaska has about 5,000 earthquakes.

Every workday, 6.7 million people commute to Manhattan!

Every U.S. president with a beard has been a Republican.

Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie!

Every three seconds, a new baby is born.

Every second, Americans collectively eat one hundred pounds of chocolate

Every hour one billion cells in the body must be replaced.

Every day, the average person swallows about a quart of mucous.

Every Alaskan citizen over the age of 6 months receives an oil dividend check of about $1000 per year!

Every 45 seconds, a house catches on fire in the United States!

Everton FC used to be called St Domingo's FC!

Even Antarctica has an area code. It?s 672.

Even a small amount of alcohol placed on a scorpion will make it go crazy and sting itself to death.

Europe is the only continent without a desert.

Eskimos don't gamble.

Eskimo ice cream is neither icy, or creamy!

Ernest Vincent Wright wrote a novel, 'Gadsby', which contains over 50,000 words -- none of them with the letter E!

Enrico Caruso and Roy Orbison were the only tenors this century capable of hitting e over high c!

English novelist Arnold Bennet drank a glass of water in a Paris Hotel to prove it was safe. He died two months later of Typhoid!

Energy is being wasted if a toaster is left plugged in after use.

Emus and kangaroos cannot walk backwards.

Elvis Presley got a 'C' in his eighth grade music class.

Elephants, lions, and camels roamed Alaska 12,000 years ago.

Elephants are the only animals that can't jump.

Eighty percent of Americans will be the victim of violent crime at least once in their lifetime.

Eddie Cochran's last recording before he died was Three Steps to Heaven!

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Annually, the amount of garbage that is dumped in the world's oceans is three times the weight of fish that is caught from the oceans.

Animals will not eat another animal that has been hit by a lightning strike!

Blue Peter pet, Petra the mongrel puppy, died two days after being introduced. A replacement was found and the viewers were never told!

Ancient Romans at one time used human urine as an ingredient in their toothpaste.

Ancient Egyptians slept on pillows made of stone.

Ancient Egyptians slept on pillows made of stone!

An ounce of platinum can be stretched 10,000 feet.

An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

An olive tree can live up to 1,500 years!

An iceberg contains more heat than a lit match.

An elephant's tooth can weigh as much as 12 pounds.

An elephant trunk has no bone but 40,000 muscles.

An egg will float if placed in water in which sugar has been added.

An earthquake on Dec. 16, 1811 caused parts of the Mississippi River to flow backwards!

An eagle can attack, kill, and carry away an animal as large as a small deer.

An average adult produces about half a liter of flatulent gas per day, resulting in an average of about fourteen occurrences of flatulence a day.

An American urologist once bought Napoleon's penis for $40,000.

An albatross can sleep while it flies!

An adult giraffe's tongue is 17 inches long.

An 'aglet' is the plastic or metal tip of a shoelace.

Among older men, vanilla is the most erotic smell.

Americans will spend more on cat food this year than baby food.

Americans spend more than 5.4 billion dollars on their pets each year!

Americans eat nearly 100 acres of pizza every day - that's approximately 350 slices per second!.

Americans collectively eat one hundred pounds of chocolate every second.

Americans are responsible for generating roughly 20% percent of the garbage in the world.

America once issued a 5-cent bill!

Aluminum used to be more valuable than gold!

Almost all varieties of breakfast cereals are made of grass.

Almonds are a member of the peach family.

All the swans in England are property of the Queen.

All the platinum ever mined would fit into an average-sized living-room!

All the pet hamsters in the world are descended from a single wild golden Hamster found in Syria in 1930!

All the gold ever mined could be molded into a cube 60 feet high and 60 feet wide.

All species of beetles are edible.

All polar bears are left handed

All of the Earth's continents are wider at the north than in the south - and nobody knows why.

All major league baseball umpires must wear black underwear while on the job!

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Every minute 47 Bibles are sold or distributed throughout the world.

4 out of 5 sing in the car.

44% of men tailgate to speed up the person in front of them.

12% of men never use their car blinkers.

The average IQ is 100, while 140 is the beginning of genius IQ.

There are over 15,000 miles of lighted neon tubing in the many signs on the Strip and downtown Las Vegas.

The average life span of London residents in the middle of the 19th century was 27 years. For members of the working class, that number dropped to 22 years.

It takes an average person fifteen to twenty minutes to walk once around the Pentagon.

81.3% would tell an acquaintance to zip his pants.

54.2% of us always wash our hands after using the toilet.

30% of us refuse to sit on a public toilet seat.

Significantly more black women die from heart disease than any other group.

78% would rather die quickly than live in a retirement home.

15% regularly go to a shrink.

14% have attended a self-help meeting.

Only 30% of us know our cholesterol level.

44% have broken a bone.

4 out of 5 of us have suffered from hemorrhoids.

49% believe in ESP.

57% have had deja vu.

10% of us claim to have seen a ghost.

33% of women lie about their weight.

62% of us pop our zits.

58% of women paint their nails regularly.

53% of women will not leave the house without makeup on.

9% of women and 8% of men have had cosmetic surgery.

Nearly 1/3 of US women color their hair.

The typical shower is 101 degrees F.

22% leave the glob of toothpaste in the sink.

2/3 of us speed up at a yellow light.

45% of us consistently follow the speed limit.

71% can drive a stick-shift car.

6% propose over the phone.

1 in 5 men proposed on his knees.

The biggest cause of matrimonial fighting is money.

2 out of 5 have married their first love.

20% of women consider their parents to be their best friends.

On average, we send 38 Christmas cards every year.

51% of adults dress up for a Halloween festivity.

28% of us have skinny-dipped. 14% with the opposite sex.

53% of us would take advice from Ann Landers.

90% of us depend on alarm clocks to wake us.

16% of us have forgotten our own wedding anniversary (mostly men).

53% read their horoscopes regularly.

66% of women and 59% of men have used a mix to cook and taken credit for doing it from scratch.

57% save pretty gift paper to reuse.

44% reuse tinfoil.

40% of us have had music lessons.

20% of us have played in a band at one time in our life.

56% of women do the bills in a marriage.

53% prefer ATM machines over tellers.

37% claim to know how to use all the features on their VCR.

Less than 10% are trilingual.

71.6% of us eavesdrop.

29% of us ignore RSVP.

45% use mouthwash every day.

Only 13% brush our teeth from side to side.

14% of us eat the watermelon seeds.

22% of all restaurant meals include French fries.

66% of us eat cereal regularly.

9% of us skip breakfast daily.

22% of us skip lunch daily.

Snickers is the most popular candy.

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