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123 useless facts
« on: August 12, 2011, 10:38:55 PM »
1. The citrus soda 7-UP was created in 1929; "7" was selected because the original containers were 7 ounces. "UP" indicated the direction of the bubbles.
2. Mosquito repellents don't repel. They hide you. The spray blocks the mosquito's sensor so they don't know you're there.
3. Dentists have recommended that a toothbrush be kept at least 6 feet away from a toiler to avoid airborne particles from the flush
4. The liquid inside young coconuts can be used as substitute as blood plasma.
5. American car horns beep in the tone of F
6. No piece of paper can be folded into half more than 7 times
7. Donkeys kill more people annually than plane crashes
8. You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television
9. Oak trees do not produce acorns until there are 50 years of age or older
10. The first product to have a bar code was Wrigley's gum
11. The king of hearts is the only king without a moustache
12. A Boeing 747s wingspan is longer than the Wright Brother's first flight
13. America Airlines saved $40000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first class
14. Venus is the only planet that rotates clock wise
15. The first CD pressed in the US was Bruce Springsteen's "Born In The USA"
16. Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning
17. The 57 Heinz ketchup bottle represents the number of varieties of pickles the company once had
18. The plastic thingys on the end of shoelaces are called aglets
19. The first owner of Marlboro company died of lung cancer
20. Barbie's full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts
21. Michael Jordon makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined
22. Adolf Hitler's mother seriously considered having an abortion but was talked out of it by her doctor
23. Marilyn Monroe had 6 toes
24. The sound of ET walking was made by someone squishing her hands in jelly
25. Pearls melt in vinegar
26. It takes 3000 cows to supply the NFL with enough leather for a year's supply of footballs
27. 35% of the people who used personal ads for dating are already married
28. The 3 most valuable brand names on Earth : Marlboro, Coca-Cola and Budweiser, in that order
30. Humans are the only primates that don't have pigment in the palms of their hands
31. The sentence "the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter in the alphabet (developed by Western Union to Test/Two Communications)
32. Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history. Spades - King David, Clubs - Alexander the Great, Hearts - Charlemagene, Diamonds - Julius Caesar
33. Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without killing them used to burn their houses down - hence the expression "to get fired"
34. Hershey's Kisses are called that because the machine that makes them looks like it's kissing the conveyor belt
35. Only one person in 2 billion will live to be 116 or older
36. Snails can sleep for 3 years without eating
37. The fingerprints of koala bears are virtually indistinguishable from those of humans, so much so that they could be confused at a crime scene
38. Months that begin on a Sunday will always have a "Friday the 13th"
39. There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar
40. All of the clocks in the movie 'Pulp fiction' are stuck at 4.20
41. A pregnant gold fish is called a twit
42. Rocks explode in microwaves
43. Steam rollers don't actually roll steam
44. 1 111 111 x 1 111 111 = 1234567654321
45. Coca-cola is better at cleaning your drain pipes than products like Drains
46. Camel's milk does not curdle
47. The 'save' icon on Microsoft Words shows a floppy disk, with the shutter on backwards
48. The combination "ough" can be pronounced in 9 different ways. The following sentence contains them all: "A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a Slough, he coughed and coughed.
49. The verb 'cleave' is the only English work with 2 synonyms which are antonyms of each other : adhere and separate
50. Facetious and abstemious contain all the vowels in the correct order, as does arsenious
51. Emus and kangaroos cannot walk backwards, and are on the Australian coat of arms for that reason
52. The word 'checkmate' in chess comes from the Persian phrase "Shah Mat" which means 'the king is dead'
53. Cats have over 100 vocal sounds, while dogs only have about 10
54. Pinocchio is Italian for "pine head"
55. Cat's urine glows under a blacklight
56. The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days of yore when the engines were pulled by horses. The horses were stabled on the ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight staircases
57. Non-diary creamer is flammable
58. When opossums are playing 'possums', they are not playing. They actually pass out from sheer terror
59. If you toss a penny 10 000 times, it will not be heads 5000 times but more like 4950. The heads picture weighs more, so it ends up on the bottom…
60. The glue on Israeli postage stamp is certified
61. The longest word in the English language, according to the Oxford English Dictionary is pneumanoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. The only word with the same amount of letters is pneumanoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconioses, it's plural
62. An ostrich's eyes is bigger than its brain
63. The Ramses brand condom is named after the great pharaoh Ramses II who fathered over 160 children
64. A pig's orgasm lasts for 30 minutes
65. The character Bert & Ernie in Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop & Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Copra's "It's A Wonderful Life"
66. The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb
67. Armadillos have 4 babies at a time and they are always the same sex
68. Every time you luck a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie
69. The phrase "sleep tight" derives from the fact that early mattresses were filled with straw and held up with a rope stretched across the bedframe. A tight sleep was a comfortable sleep
70. "Three Dog Night" (attributed to Australian Aborigines) came about because on especially cold nights, these nomadic people needed 3 dogs (dingoes actually) to help from freezing
71. in England, the speaker of the house is not allowed to speak
72. Ivory bar soap floating was a mistake. They had been overmixing the formula causing excess air bubbles that made it float. Customers wrote & told how much they loved that it floated, and it has floated ever since (it floats on gasoline too)
73. Studies show that if a cat falls off the 7th floor of a building it has about 30% less chance of surviving than a cat that falls of the 20th floor. It supposedly takes about 8 floors for the cat to realise what Is occurring, relax and correct itself
74. Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every 2 weeks or it will digest itself
75. No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver and purple
76. Coca-Cola was originally green
77. Every day, more money is printed for Monopoly than for the US Treasury
78. Smartest dogs : 1) border collie 2) poodle 3) golden retriever
79. Hawaiian alphabet has 12 letters
80. Men can read smaller print than women, women can hear better
81. City with the most Rolls Royce's per capita : Hong Kong
82. Barbies' measurement if she were life size : 39-23-33
83. Only food that does not spoil : honey
84. Only bird that can fly backwards : Hummingbird
85. Only animal besides human that can get sunburn : pig
86. Ostriches stick their heads in the sand to look for water
87. An eagle can kill a young deer and fly away with it
88. In the Caribbean, there are oysters that can climb trees
89. Polar bears are left handed
90. Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair
91. The world's youngest parents were 8 & 9 and lived in China in 1910
92. The youngest pope was 11 years old
93. Mark Twain didn't graduate from elementary school
94. Proportional to their weight men are stronger than horses
95. Pilgrims ate popcorns at the first thanksgiving dinner
96. Your ears and nose never stop growing
97. Jupiter is bigger than all the other planets in our solar system combined
98. Hot water is heavier than cold
99. The parachute was invented by da Vincci in 1575
100. They have square watermelons in Japan. They stacked better
101. Cream does not weigh as much as milk
102. Starfish have 8 eyes - one at the end of each leg
103. First novel ever written on typewriter was 'Tom Sawyer'
104. Men get hiccups more often than women
105. Armadillos can be house broken
106. Bugs have hair on their eyes
107. In 1727, pennies featured this motto: Mind your Own Business!
108. A giraffe's tongue is two feet long
109. Elephants can stand on their heads
110. President taft used to get stuck in his bathtub
111. Cockroaches flatulate every 15 minutes
112. Charles Osbourne had the hiccoughs for 69 years. He later said that the hardest part was keeping his false teeth in his mouth
113. To escape enemies, the African wood snake fills its eyes with blood and drools red spit from its mouth
114. The average elevator travels 10 000 mile a year
115. Ants stretch when they wake up in the morning
116. Goldfish remember better in cold water than in warm water
117. Thomas Edison was afraid of the dark
118. The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time television were Fred and Wilma Flinstone
119. If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle. If the horse has 1 front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle. If the horse has all 4 legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.
120. "I am" is the shortest complete sentence in the English Language
121. no NFL team which plays its home games in a domed stadium has ever won a Superbowl
122. the only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is 'uncopyrightable'
123. those clicking movements when you click your two fingers are called filip(sp.?)

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123 useless facts
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Re: 123 useless facts
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2013, 06:11:39 PM »
#9 is wrong. There are some oak trees I get acorns from that I know are far less than 50 years old. The trunk diameter can't be but about 8" and every year they're loaded with acorns. It's in a row of trees planted between a couple warehouses in a very new industrial complex in Coppell, TX.