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.
Danube empties into the Black Sea.
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.
made condoms from the muscle tissue of warriors they defeated in battle.
family of plants, in addition to flowers, gives us apples, pears, plums,
cherries, almonds, peaches and apricots.
periwinkle plant, found in Madagascar, is used to cure leukemia.
that is created when a Harley's engine runs has been patented by the company
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.
pin was patented in 1849 by Walter Hunt. He sold the patent rights for $400.
Desert expands at a rate of about 1 km each month.
desert is larger as Europe and large then the combined areas of next largest 9
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).
can swim faster than a horse can gallop.
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.
of uniform bodies (eg. army, police) originated from knights who lifted their
visors to show their face to a royalty.
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)
Diego Zoo in California has the largest collection of animals in the world.
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
Maria was the only one of Columbus's ships not to return to Spain. It hit a
reef on December 5, 1492 and sank.
'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.
science-fiction series "Lost in Space" (set in the year 1997)
premiered on CBS in 1965.
contains about 1/2 of the world's known animal groups
The Sea of
tranquility is found on the moon.
have been deployed in Vietnam, Laos, Panama, Bosnia, Haiti, Somalia, and
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.
secretary-bird swallow hen's egg whole without breaking its shell.
"The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog." uses every letter of the
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.
archangels are Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel, Chamuel, Jophiel, and Zadkiel.
Deadly Sins are lust, pride, anger, envy, sloth, avarice and gluttony.
hills of Rome are the Palatine (on which the original city was built), the
Capitoline, Quirinal, Viminal, Esquiline, Caelian, and Aventine.
virtues are prudence, courage, temperance, justice, faith, hope and charity.
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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fish lays approximately 14 million eggs during its lifetime.
was named for what was wrongly thought to be its country of origin.
has the lowest pulse rate of any animal: 13 beats per minute.
lines that connect your top lip to the bottom of your nose are known as the
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.
presidents who died on the same day: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died July
robbers crucified next to Jesus were named Dismas and Gestas.
lovemaking session averages 15 minutes in length.
Army has a stealth reconnaissance helicopter named "The Duke" in
honor of John Wayne.
bought Alaska from Russia for 2 cents an acre.
The U.S. Dow
Jones' lowest figure was 41.22 was on July 8, 1932.
Post Office handles 43 percent of the world's mail.
standard railroad gauge (distance between rails) is 4 feet, 8.5 inches.
underside of a horses hoof is called a frog.
underside of a horse's hoof is called a frog. The frog peels off several times
a year with new growth.
ironclad, Monitor, was the first U.S. ship to have a flush toilet.
States government keeps its supply of silver at the US Military Academy at West
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.
States Library of Congress contains 73 millions volumes (books), arranged on
350 miles of shelves.
States minted a 1787 copper coin with the motto 'Mind Your Business.'
States nickel (five cent piece) is made of 75% copper and 25% nickel.
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,
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.
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
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
The US has
more personal computers than the next 7 countries combined.
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.
majority of coffee available to consumers are blends of different beans.
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.
flytrap feeds primarily on ants, not flies.
first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin during World War II killed the only
elephant in the Berlin Zoo.
first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin in World War II killed the only
elephant in the Berlin Zoo.
Lombardi Trophy is awarded to the winners of the Super Bowl.
date on a bottle of wine indicates the year the grapes were picked, not the
year of bottling.
Code (1930) has a statute: "To prohibit corrupt practices or bribery by
any person other than candidates."
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.
vocabulary of the average person consists of 5,000 to 6,000 words.
Volkswagen was originally called the "Strength Through Joy Wagon".
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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.
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.
seven suicides in the Bible: Abimelech. Samson, Saul, Saul's armor-bearer,
Ahithophel, Zimri, Judas.
six U.S. Presidents with the first name James: Madison, Monroe, Garfield,
Buchanon, Carter, Polk.
songs in all of Shakespeare's plays except The Comedy of Errors.
ten human body parts that are only three letters long: eye, hip, arm, leg, ear,
toe, jaw, rib, lip, and gum.
ten million bricks in the Empire State Building.
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.
two credit cards for every person in the U.S.
two credit cards for every person in the United States.
two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order:
"abstemious" and "facetious."
on average, 259 raisins in a box of Raisin Bran and 388 in a box of Premium
never been a time in Super Bowl history where a punt return resulted in a
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).
been no recorded instances of anybody being killed by a meteorite.
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
There is a
word in the English language with only one vowel, which occurs five times:
about 1/4 pound of salt in every gallon of seawater.
about 200 times more gold in the oceans than has been mined throughout history.
actually no danger in swimming right after you eat, though it may feel
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.
coffee flavored Pez.
cyanide in apple pits.
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
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
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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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.
Henry Harrison (1773-1841) was the first US president to die in office. At 32
days, he also had the shortest term in office.
Howard Taft had a bathtub that could hold four people installed in the white
because he couldn't fit into the present one.
Howard Taft was the first President to own a car.
purchased a pound of coffee in New York in 1683 for $4.68.
Shakespeare used a vocabulary of 29,066 different words. By way of comparison,
the average person uses about 8,000 different words.
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.
is only man to become President and then chief justice.
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.
always turn counter-clockwise except in one country.
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.
spoil if exposed to light, hence tinted bottles.
Churchill was born in a ladies room during a dance.
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
exception of Antarctica, all continents are wider in the north than in the
nearly twice as much as men.
fat more slowly than men, by a rate of about 50 calories a day.
that the part of a man's body that they admire the most is his buttocks.
shoplift more often than men; the statistics are 4 to 1.
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
who are housewives are, as a whole, more faithful than working women.
respond to sex surveys in magazines have had five times as many lovers as
hearts beat faster than men's.
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.
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.
may live seven years and the queen may live as long as 15 years.
the most common environmental allergy is dust.
outdated US Flags are destroyed, preferably by burning.
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
gum was the first product to have a bar code on the packaging.
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.
ancient Greece "hadnospacebetweenthewords."
the first state to allow women to vote.
technology has shown there are 3 different versions of the Mona Lisa under the
xylon,"wood"; phone,"sound") were actually developed in
South East Asia in the 14th centuary
is the world's 1st national park. It was dedicated in 1872.
You are born
with 300 bones, but whe
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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.
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.
Cha Umoja: The Unity Cup
Saba: The Seven Candles
Ear of Corn
Fruits, Nuts, and Vegetables
seven basic symbols, which represent values and concepts reflective of African
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.
Catholic church, St. Gabriel, an archangel, is the patron saint of
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.
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.
Telecom, Alcatel N.V. and NEC all had roots in Western Electric.
Electric mass-produced color telephones for the first time in 1954.
"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.
was the woman who did the voice recordings for the Bell System.
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
IBM punch-card is the same size as a Civil War era dollar bill.
toothpicks can be created from a cord of wood.
still exists, but is now called Worthington.
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."
soft drink of the state of Nebraska - Kool-Aid.
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.
are trained to react to commands in a foreign language; commonly German but
more recently Hungarian.
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.
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.
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
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
If you lace
your shoes from the inside to the outside the fit will be snugger around your
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
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.
that we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear i
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would be portrayed positively.
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
black and white motion picture to be digitally converted to color was
"Yankee Doodle Dandy", the 1942 biography of George M. Cohen.
female monster to appear on the big screen was Bride of Frankenstein.
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).
"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.
metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World WarII were made of wood.
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
show that Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt (The Fantasticks) wrote, there is at
least one song about rain.
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.
popular sport as a topic for a film is boxing.
"Cliff Hanger" when the girl is dangling off StalloneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s arm,
the camera flashes to the chopper and the old man in the picture is laughing.
and George Lazenby were the only two actors who played James Bond only once.
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.
HitchcockÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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.
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.
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
Minutes" is the only show on CBS that doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have a theme song.
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
A two hour
motion picture uses 10,800 feet of film. Not including the previews and
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.
the nickname of the mechanical shark used in the "Jaws" movies.
manager in Seoul, Korea felt that The Sound of Music was too long, so he
shortened it by cutting out all the songs.
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
Jack Nicholson film - "As Good As It Gets", is known in China as
"Mr. Cat Poop".
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
Cleaver graduated in 1953.
ever televised murder case appeared on TV in 1955, Dec. 5-9. The accused was
- Number of
- Number of
boas, cobras and pythons used in the film: 7,500
the Lost Ark (1981), the first film featuring the character Indiana Jones, was
crawling with four-, eight-, and no-legged creatures:
Falls, Minnesota, was home to Rocky and Bullwinkle.
raindrop reaches a top speed of 22 miles per hour.
billion gallons of water are flushed down toilets in the U.S. every day.
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
for at least 7% of all health care costs in the US.
largest newspaper circulations are Russian.
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American looks at eight houses before buying one.
people wash from top to bottom in the shower.
Americans twiddle their thumbs.
with pillow related injuries checked into U.S. emergency rooms in 1992.
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.
the US Government people have tried nearly 28,000 different ways to lose
Americans are injured by toilets every year.
person over fifty will have spent 5 years waiting in lines.
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.
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.
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.
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.
percent of house dust is made up of dead skin flakes.
Half of all
people who have ever smoked have now quit.
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.
estimated that 10,000 abandoned, orphaned and runaway children were roaming the
streets of New York City in 1852.
it is safer to live in New York City than it is to live in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
Americans bought only 12 inches of dental floss per capita.
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.
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.
national survey, 80 percent of U.S. teachers in grades kindergarten through
eighth grade have received chocolate as a gift from their students.
"Newsweek" poll, 49 percent of American fathers described themselves
as better parents than their dads.
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
there were about 15,000 vacuum cleaner related accidents in the U.S.
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.
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.
billion prizes have been given away in Cracker Jacks boxes.
Two out of
three adults in the United States have hemorrhoids.
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.
the highest percentage of cremations of all other U.S. states, with a 60.6
percent preference over burial.
percent of Americans ages 18 to 21 attended college in 1890.
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.
30 percent of teenage males consistently apply sun protection lotion when going
poolside, compared to 46 percent of female teens.
more telephones than people in Washington DC.
hot dog sales at baseball stadiums exceed attendance, but typically, hot dog
sales at ballparks average 80 percent of the attendance.
approximately 250,000 American husbands are physically attacked and beaten by
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chemist Hennig Brand discovered phosphorus while he was examining urine.
five tillion trillion atoms in one pound of iron.
at the center of the Earth is 27,000 tons per square inch.
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
mile of seawater holds over 150 million tons of minerals.
An iceberg contains
more heat than a match.
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.
black is produced by the complete absorption of light rays.
Sound at the
right vibration can bore holes through a solid object.
can detect traces of alcohol in urine six to 12 hours after a person has
It takes a
plastic container 50000 years to start decomposing.
The sun is
estimated to be between 20 and 21 cosmic years old.
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.
the speed of 186,000 miles per second, light take 6 hours to travel from Pluto
to the earth.
observer standing on Pluto, the sun would appear no brighter than Venus appears
in our evening sky.
salt makes up 3.5 percent of the oceans.
Blood is 6
times thicker than water.
the only metal that is liquid at room temperature.
Tower of Pisa is predicted to topple over between 2010 and 2020.
galaxy to our own is Andromeda.
The speed of
sound must be exceeded to produce a sonic boom.
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.
astronauts manned each Apollo flight.
compounds contain carbon.
atomic bomb exploded at Trinity Site, New Mexico.
Venus has the longest day.
the salt content of the Dead Sea, it is difficult to dive below its surface.
Shoemaker has discovered 32 comets and approximately 800 asteroids.
portable calculator placed on sale by Texas Instruments weighed only 2-1/2
pounds and cost a mere $150. (1971)
Saturn has a density lower than water. If there was a bathtub large enough to
hold it, Saturn would float.
shockwave from a nitroglycerine explosion travels at 17,000 miles per hour.
moon in our solar system circles Jupiter once every seven hours - traveling at
70,400 miles per hour.
the rotation of the earth, an object can be thrown farther if it is thrown
discs read from the inside to the outside edge, the reverse of how a record
the tiniest free-living cells, are so small that a single drop of liquid
contains as many as 50 million of them.
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
2, 1942, a nuclear chain reaction was achieved for the first time under the
stands of the University of ChicagoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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.
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.
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.
If you stand
in the bottom of a well, you would be able to see the stars even in the
"fulgerite" is fossilized lightning. It forms w
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Hailed as a
wonder drug in the late nineteenth century, cocaine was outlawed in the United
States in 1914.
bones are stronger than concrete.
after eating reduces the acid in your mouth by 61 percent.
kiss uses up 6.4 calories per minute.
kiss as many as 278 bacteria colonies are exchanged.
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.
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
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.
the Journal of American Medical Association, as of 1998, more than 100,000
Americans die annually from adverse reactions to prescription drugs.
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.
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
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
humans are the only animals with prostates.
disease" is a term for morphine addiction. The Civil War produced over
400,000 morphine addicts.
recapitulation is the reason our extremities develop faster than the rest of
have never been married are seven and a half times more likely than married
people to be admitted to a psychiatric facility.
shown by the Psychology Department of DePaul University show that the principal
reason to lie is to avoid punishment.
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
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.
requires 25 percent of all oxygen used by the body.
lung takes in more air than the left lung.
substance that human blood resembles most closely in terms of chemical
composition is sea water.
capacity of human brain exceeds 4 Terrabytes.
is the same length as your nose.
enough dead skin cells in your lifetime to fill eight five-pound flour bags.
Human bladder can hold 13 ounces of liquid.
or her lifetime, the average human will grow 590 miles of hair.
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.
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.
brain stops growing at the age of 18.
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.
more blood than women. Men have 1.5 gallons for men versus 0.875 gallons for
(from 5000 BC) thought that the liver made blood and the heart was the center
16 Canadians have their appendices removed, when not required, every day.
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.
to 33% of the population sneeze when they are exposed to light.
have a tough time handling the stress of money woes are twice as likely to
develop severe gum disease, a new study finds.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
outbreak of World War I, the American air force consisted of only fifty men.
Great Mughal routed the Hindus under Hemu by turning their elephants against
them at the battle of Panipat in the Hindu revolt.
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.
Greece, courtesans wore sandals with nails studded into the sole so that their
footprints would leave the message "Follow me".
winning the election in 1860, Abraham Lincoln lost eight elections for various
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.
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
19th century, solid blocks of tea were used as money in Siberia.
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
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.
telephone book ever issued contained only fifty names. It was published in New
Haven, Connecticut, by the New Haven District Telephone Company in February,
cards were issued to British pilots in WWII. If captured, they could be soaked
in water and unfolded to reveal a map for escape.
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.
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
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.
road that General Washington and his soldiers took to fight off General Clinton
during the Battle of Monmouth was called the Burlington Path.
Etruscans painted women white and men red in the wall paintings they used to
Wadsworth Longfellow was the first American to have plumbing installed in his
house, in 1840.
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.
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.
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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mint in Denver, Colorado is the only mint that marks its pennies.
aristocrats on the island of Portugese Timor in Malaya, indicate their status
by notching their ears.
island with country status is Pitcairn in Polynesia, at just 1.75 sq.
miles/4,53 sq. km.
more psycho-analysts per capita in Buenos Aires than any other place in the
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
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.
Jiang river is the fourth longest river in the world.
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.
area of the Earth is 197,000,000 square miles.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
U.S. consumer product sold in the old Soviet Union was Pepsi-Cola.
widely eaten fruit in America is the banana.
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.
billion prizes have been given away in Cracker Jacks boxes.
more than 500 peanuts to make one 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.
first grown as a medicine not a food. The Ancient Greeks called carrots
Goat milk is
used to produce Roquefort cheese.
people think of salt as a seasoning, only 5 out of every 100 pounds produced
each year go to the dinner table.
lemons are the juiciest.
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
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
professional tea tasters as well as wine tasters.
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.
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.
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
A tenth of
the 7 million tons of rice grown in the U.S. each year goes into the making of
"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).
drink more wine than Americans. France and Italy produce over 40% of all wine
consumed in the world.
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Cleveland, the 24th president of the US, worked briefly as an executioner
before becoming president. He hung at least two convicted criminals.
was referred to as "the walking question mark" during his student
days at Yale.
7-year-old Shirley TempleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s life was insured with LloydÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s, the
contract stipulated that no benefits would be paid if the child film star met
with death or injury while intoxicated.
Teresa, who devoted her life to the poor in India, received the Nobel Peace
Prize in 1979.
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.
Hamlisch became the youngest pupil ever at the Julliard School of Music - at
Dickens worked in a shoe polish factory at age 12.
U.S. president to use a telephone was James Garfield.
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."
was the first Star Search spokesmodel.
Chaplin once won third prize in a Charlie Chaplin look alike contest.
Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time.
married four times, her last to actor Gary Merrill which lasted ten years,
longer than any of the previous three.
tombstone is written "She did it the hard way."
appeared in more than 100 films between 1931 and 1989. She made her first film
called Way Back Home in 1931.
away from cancer October 6, 1989.
was born Ruth Elizabeth Davis in Lowell, Massachusetts, on April 5, 1908.
was one of the members of the Warren Commission appointed to study the
assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
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.
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.
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.
Cat is the first cartoon character to ever have been made into a balloon for a
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
Michelin Man costume (Bidenbum) was worn by none other than Col. Harlan Sanders
of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame.
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
named Mickey Mouse after Mickey Rooney, whose mother he dated for some time.
and Prince William are uncircumcised.
regulations, George Armstrong Custer often wore a blue velvet uniform.
was born in Corning, Iowa and grew up in Norfolk, Nebraska.
Garfield, 20th President of the United States, lived in the White House with
Lee, of the Confederate Army, remains the only person, to date, to have
graduated from the West Point military academy without a single demerit.
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.
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
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.
Gogh painted his last painting, "Cornfield with Crows," and shot
himself at age 37.
first learned to ride a bicycle at age 55.
had a severe case of rickets and wore leg braces when he was a child.
became totally blind just before his death. This is probably because of his
constant gazing at the sun through his telescope.
the Great was tutored by Aristotle.
Elvis Presley paid 91% of his annual income to the IRS.
Sean "Puffy" Combs had his first job at age two when he modeled in an
ad for Baskin-Robbins ice-cream shops.
Eleanor Roosevelt ate three chocolate-covered garlic balls every morning. Her
doctor suggested this to improve her memory.
Atchison, as president pro tempore of the Senate in 1849, was U-S president for
one day - Sunday, March 4th - pending the inauguration of President-elect
Zachary Taylor on Mon
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tree frog has a croak that sounds like a mallet chipping rock, but in summer it
sounds like a tinkling bell.
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.
effects a dogs heart and nervous system, a few ounces enough to kill a small
consumes about 33 and 1/3 percent of its body weight in a single meal.
Dalmatian dog is named for the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia, where it is believed
to have been originally bred.
which make up the antlers of a moose are the fastest growing animal cells in
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
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.
is the only bird that can swim, but not fly. It is also the only bird that
hippopotamus exerts itself, gets angry, or stays out of the water for too long,
it exudes red sweatlike mucus through its skin.
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.
penculine titmouse of Africa builds its home in such a sturdy manner that Masai
tribesman use their nests for purses and carrying cases.
digestive juices of crocodiles contain so much hydrochloric acid that they have
dissolved iron spearheads and six-inch steel hooks that the crocodiles have
is the part of a horse located on the foot between the fetlock and the hoof.
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.
approximately 13 pounds at birth, a baby caribou will double its weight in just
continue to grow until the day they die.
in the same family as horses, and are thought to have inspired the myth of the
live remarkably long lives: up to 80 years.
feel safest when they are crowded together, hundreds in a group.
250-plus known species of shark in the world, only about 18 are known to be
dangerous to man.
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
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.
the mating month for gray whales.
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.
crocodile is a cannibal; it will occasionally eat other crocodiles.
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
A winkle is
an edible sea snail.
move up to 25 feet per second underwater.
swims at about 4 miles per hour which is faster than you or me.
continent without reptiles or snakes is Antarctica.
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.
drink. They absorb water from their surroundings by osmosis.
were brought to Hawaii to kill rats. This plan failed because rats are
nocturnal while the mongoose hunts during the day.
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.
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.
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.
have been found swimming miles from shore in the Indian Ocean.
very fast in their early years. However, most of their growth occurs during the
first two years. After that, development slows down. A
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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
To find out
if a watermelon is ripe, knock it, and if it sounds hollow then it is ripe.
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.
striped skin, not just striped fur!
Island is only 2 1/2 miles long.
consective strikes in bowling is called a turkey.
Edison, lightbulb inventor, was afraid of the dark!
Edison patented almost 1,300 inventions in his lifetime!
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.
more real lemon juice in Lemon Pledge furniture polish than in Country Time
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.
been 47 Charlie Chan Movies, with six actors playing the part. None were
three golf balls sitting on the moon.
some species of snails that are extremely venomous.
over 58 million dogs in the U.S!
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.
more than one million animal species on Earth!
more than 50,000 earthquakes throughout the world every year!
more than 10 million bricks in the Empire State Building!
more than 1,000 chemicals in a cup of coffee. Of these, only 26 have been
tested, and half caused cancer in rats.
more telephones than people in Washington, D.C.
more plastic flamingos in the U.S, than real ones!
more nutrients in the cornflake package itself than there are in the actual
more insects in one square mile of rural land than there are human beings in
more female than male millionaires in the United States.
more fatal car accidents in July than any other month.
more bacteria in your mouth than there are people in the world.
approximately 3,500 astronomers in the U.S. - but over 15,000 astrologers.
There are 92
known cases of nuclear bombs lost at sea.
635,013,559,599 possible hands in a game of bridge.
There are 53
Lego bricks manufactured for each person in the world.
293 ways to make change for a dollar.
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!
Dipper? is known as ?The Casserole? in France.
The Zip Code
12345 is assigned to General Electric in Schenectady, New York.
originated as a weapon in the Philippine Islands during the sixteenth century.
youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910.
oldest piece of chewing gum is over 9000 years old!
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hs 10 to 15
millionths of a pound.
housefly lives only two weeks.
French citizen eats 500 snails per year.
female will have 3.3 pregnancies in her life.
company saves over $7,000 for each employee suggestion that is enacted!
coach airline meal costs the airline $4.00. The average first class meal: $50.
city dog lives three years longer than the average country dog.
chocolate bar has 8 insects' legs in it.
child will eat 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches by the he/she graduates
from high school.
car produces a pound of pollution every 25 miles!
American/Canadian will eat about 11.9 pounds of cereal per year!
American/Canadian drinks about 600 sodas a year!
American uses eight times as much fuel energy as an average person anywhere
else in the world.
American eats at McDonalds more than 1,800 times in their life.
American consumes 9 pounds of food additives every year.
1 1/4 lb. lobster is 7 to 9 years old.
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 largest artery in the body, is almost the diameter of a garden hose.
The ant can
lift things 10 times its own weight.
Egyptians bought jewelry for their pet crocodiles.
Automobile Association was founded for the sole purpose of warning motorists of
police speed traps!
rainforest produces more than 20% the world's oxygen supply.
Extreme Gulp is 50% bigger than the volume of the human stomach!
in L.L. Bean stands for 'Leon Leonwood'.
wood twice as fast when listening to heavy metal music.
owns about 2% of New Mexico.
speaking, crystal glass is actually a Liquid that flows very slowly.
is the fear of being buried alive!
height and divide by eight. That?s how ?tall? your head is.
were originally meant to serve as towels with which guests could wipe their
hands and faces after dinner.
were originally meant to be served as towels with which dinner guests could
wipe their hands and faces after eating!
has the highest per-capita consumption of soft drinks in the world.
more telephones per capita than any country on earth.
listen to music during operations perform better than those who don't .
Japan do not have names.
have more vitamin c than oranges.
invented by French shepherds who needed a way to get around in wet marshes.
fluoride, which is the cavity fighter found in toothpaste is made from recycled
Minnesota was originally called 'Pigs Eye'.
skunks do handstands before they spray.
consumption in the U.S. rose 33% after the Popeye comic strip became a hit in
monkeys like banana daiquiris.
travels fifteen times faster through steel than through air.
Sound at the
right vibration can bore holes through a solid object.
originally called 'Totsuken'.
Earth reports seeing a UFO every three minutes.
of fish have voices!
worms will eat themselves if they cant find any food!
worms will eat themselves if they can't find any food.
mate over 50 times a day.
of chickens lay colored eggs!
how they cheat - a microwaved baseball will fly farther than a frozen baseball.
city in the U.S.: Blue canyon, California.
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Jumping Beans jump because of moth larvae inside them.
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!
has a horseshoe kidney (two kidneys fused into one)!
the voice of Bugs Bunny, was allergic to carrots.
(the voice of Bugs Bunny) was allergic to carrots!
studies show that intelligent people have more copper and zinc in their hair.
salads contain up to 60% more fat than their burgers!
is the world's largest distributor of toys!
Stewart became a billionaire while in prison.
cigarettes sold in New York contain more tar and nicotine than those sold in
all other states!
didn't even make it through elementary school.
in parts of China eat insects. Some common insects are bean worms, scoprions,
Island of New York City was purchased for $24 from the Algonquian Indians in
40% more than females.
lose the hair on their heads in the same way men do.
hospital patients fall out of bed twice as often as female hospital patients.
protect their babies from disease by bathing them in beer.
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.
only eat flesh if it is dead. For this reason, they are often used to remove
the burnt skin from severe burn patients.
the only state that grows in land area every year (Due to alluvial deposits
from the Mississippi River).
Angeles's full name is 'El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de
Pall Mall became the first street lit by gaslight in 1807!
laundry detergent glows under a blacklight.
actually stronger when wet.
absorb up to 20 times its weight in moisture before it feels damp!
fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different!
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
10% of criminals commit about 67% of all crime.
DiCaprio got his first ?onscreen kiss? from a man!
Vinci invented scissors.
Kravitz's mother played the part of 'Helen' on 'The Jeffersons'.
European countries to let women vote: Switzerland (1971) and Leichtenstein
kangaroos can cover more than 30 feet with each jump!
Nicaragua in Nicaragua is the only fresh water lake in the world that has
are not bears.
tissues were originally used as filters in gas masks.
born both blind and deaf.
is a professional sport in Thailand.
I could not speak English!
not native to Scotland. They originated in France.
sold in the 1830's as medicine.
frog delivered the commencement address at Southampton College located in the
state of New York in 1996.
is afraid of the dark.
actually originated in India, but was developed further in China.
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.
moon Ganymede, is larger than the planet Mercury!
use 4,000 gallons of fuel to take off .
suffers from self-injury.
Kennedy was the first Roman Catholic President of the USA!
Kennedy was buried without his brain after it was lost during the autopsy!
Hoffa's middle name is, appropriately, Riddle.
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swallow without blinking.
the official language of England for over 600 years.
percent of Americans have never visited a dentist.
cookies were actually invented in America, in 1918, by Charles Jung!
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.
move faster uphill than downhill.
scientists can determine a person's sex, age, and race by examining a single
strand of hair.
that are lactose intolerant, chocolate aids in helping milk digest easier.
gallon of sea water, you get more than a quarter pound of salt.
'normal' webpage, there are five porn pages.
commercials, they add liquid detergent to the beer to make it foam more.
only be tasted if it is mixed with saliva.
only work about 70% of the time.
more tornados per square mile than any other state.
pee on their legs to cool themselves off.
can only eat with their heads upside down.
marriages are legal in Utah, so long as both parties are 65 or older!
countries to have television: England, the U.S., the U.S.S.R., and Brazil.
grow nearly 4 times faster than toenails.
grow nearly 4 times faster than toenails!
grow fastest on the hand you favor.
people are known to have been crushed to death tilting vending machines towards
them in the hope of a free can of soda.
learn to talk earlier, use sentences earlier, and learn to read more quickly
canaries cannot sing.
1865 is the only month in recorded history to not have a full moon.
England are required by law to provide their pigs with toys!
billionaire Howard Hughes stored his own urine in large bottles.
high pressured water can easily cut through a steel beam.
kids in North America spend close to half a billion dollars on chewing gum!
Alaska has about 5,000 earthquakes.
workday, 6.7 million people commute to Manhattan!
president with a beard has been a Republican.
you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie!
seconds, a new baby is born.
second, Americans collectively eat one hundred pounds of chocolate
one billion cells in the body must be replaced.
the average person swallows about a quart of mucous.
Alaskan citizen over the age of 6 months receives an oil dividend check of
about $1000 per year!
seconds, a house catches on fire in the United States!
used to be called St Domingo's FC!
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
the only continent without a desert.
cream is neither icy, or creamy!
Vincent Wright wrote a novel, 'Gadsby', which contains over 50,000 words --
none of them with the letter E!
Caruso and Roy Orbison were the only tenors this century capable of hitting e
over high c!
novelist Arnold Bennet drank a glass of water in a Paris Hotel to prove it was
safe. He died two months later of Typhoid!
being wasted if a toaster is left plugged in after use.
kangaroos cannot walk backwards.
Presley got a 'C' in his eighth grade music class.
lions, and camels roamed Alaska 12,000 years ago.
are the only animals that can't jump.
percent of Americans will be the victim of violent crime at least once in their
Cochran's last recording before he died was Three Steps to Heaven!
Ears of corn
always have an even number of rows of kernels.
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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.
not eat another animal that has been hit by a lightning strike!
pet, Petra the mongrel puppy, died two days after being introduced. A
replacement was found and the viewers were never told!
Romans at one time used human urine as an ingredient in their toothpaste.
Egyptians slept on pillows made of stone.
Egyptians slept on pillows made of stone!
An ounce of
platinum can be stretched 10,000 feet.
eye is bigger than its brain.
tree can live up to 1,500 years!
contains more heat than a lit match.
elephant's tooth can weigh as much as 12 pounds.
trunk has no bone but 40,000 muscles.
An egg will
float if placed in water in which sugar has been added.
earthquake on Dec. 16, 1811 caused parts of the Mississippi River to flow
An eagle can
attack, kill, and carry away an animal as large as a small deer.
adult produces about half a liter of flatulent gas per day, resulting in an
average of about fourteen occurrences of flatulence a day.
urologist once bought Napoleon's penis for $40,000.
can sleep while it flies!
giraffe's tongue is 17 inches long.
is the plastic or metal tip of a shoelace.
men, vanilla is the most erotic smell.
will spend more on cat food this year than baby food.
spend more than 5.4 billion dollars on their pets each year!
eat nearly 100 acres of pizza every day - that's approximately 350 slices per
collectively eat one hundred pounds of chocolate every second.
are responsible for generating roughly 20% percent of the garbage in the world.
issued a 5-cent bill!
used to be more valuable than gold!
varieties of breakfast cereals are made of grass.
a member of the peach family.
swans in England are property of the Queen.
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.
of beetles are edible.
bears are left handed
All of the
Earth's continents are wider at the north than in the south - and nobody knows
league baseball umpires must wear black underwear while on the job!
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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.
IQ is 100, while 140 is the beginning of genius IQ.
over 15,000 miles of lighted neon tubing in the many signs on the Strip and
downtown Las Vegas.
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.
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.
more black women die from heart disease than any other group.
rather die quickly than live in a retirement home.
regularly go to a shrink.
attended a self-help meeting.
Only 30% of
us know our cholesterol level.
broken a bone.
4 out of 5
of us have suffered from hemorrhoids.
57% have had
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.
of US women color their hair.
shower is 101 degrees F.
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.
drive a stick-shift car.
over the phone.
1 in 5 men
proposed on his knees.
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.
we send 38 Christmas cards every year.
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).
their horoscopes regularly.
66% of women
and 59% of men have used a mix to cook and taken credit for doing it from
pretty gift paper to reuse.
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.
ATM machines over tellers.
37% claim to
know how to use all the features on their VCR.
10% are trilingual.
71.6% of us
29% of us
mouthwash every day.
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.
the most popular candy.
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