Monday, March 30, 2009

100 INTERESTING FACTS grabbed from Jesse's blog

1. ‘Stewardesses’ is the longest word typed with the left hand.
2. ‘Lollipop’ is the longest word typed with your right hand.
3.
Alfred Hitchcock had no belly button for it was eliminated during surgery.
4. ‘Dreamt’ is the only English word that ends with the letter ‘mt’.
5. Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.
6. The sentence: ‘The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog’ uses every letter of the alphabet.
7. The words ‘race car’, ‘kayak’, and ‘level’ are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left(palindromes).
8. There are only four words in the English language which end in ‘dous’: tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
9. There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: ‘abstemious’ and ‘facetious’.
10. ‘TYPEWRITER’ is the longest word that can be made using the letters only in one row of the keyboard.
11. A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
12. A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.
13. A ‘jiffy’ is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
14. A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.
15. A snail can sleep for three years.
16. Almonds are a member of the peach family.
17. An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.
18. Babies are born without kneecaps. They don’t appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age.
19. February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.
20. In the last 4 000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
21. Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.
22. Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.
23. Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.
24. The average person’s left hand does 56% of the typing.
25. The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
26. The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid.
27. There are more chickens than people in the world.
28. Winston Churchill was born in a ladies’ room during a dance.
29. Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
30. If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days, you would have produced enough sound energy to heat up one cup of tea.
31. If you fart consistently for 6 years and 9 months, enough gas is produced to create the energy of an atomic bomb.
32. A pig’s orgasm lasts for 30 minutes.
33. Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour.
34. Humans and dolphins are the only species that have sex for pleasure.
35. The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.
36. Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people do.
37. The ant can lift 50 times its own weight, can pull 30 times its own weight and always falls over no its right side when intoxicated.
38. Polar bears are left handed.
39. The catfish has over 27 000 taste buds.
40. The flea can jump 350 times its body length. It’s like a human jumping in the length of a football field.
41. A cockroach will live nine days without its head, before it starves to death.
42. The male praying mantis cannot copulate while its head is attached to its body. The female initiates sex by ripping the male’s head off.
43. Some lions mate over 50 times a day.
44. Butterflies taste with their feet.
45. The brain is soft and gelatinous - its consistency is something between jelly and cooked pasta.
46. Starfish don’t have brains.
47. Mosquito repellents don’t repel. They hide you. The spray blocks the mosquito’s sensors so they don’t know you’re there.
48. Dentists have recommended that a toothbrush be kept at least 6 feet away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush.
49. The liquid inside young coconuts can be used as a substitute for blood plasma.
50. No piece of paper can be folded in half more than 7 times.
51. Donkeys kill more people annually than plane crashes.
52. You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television.
53. Oak trees do not produce acorns until they are fifty years of age or older.
54. The first product to have a bar code was Wrigley’s gum.
55. The king of hearts is the only king without a moustache.
56. A Boeing 747s wingspan is longer than the Wright brother’s first flight.
57. American Airlines saved $40 000 in 1987 by eliminating 1 olive from each salad served in first-class.
58. Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise.
59. Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning.
60. The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets.
61. Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin.
62. The first owner of the Marlboro Company died of lung cancer.
63. Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than the entire Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.
64. Marilyn Monroe has six toes.
65. All US Presidents have worn glasses. Some just didn’t like being seen wearing them in public.
66. Walt Disney was afraid of mice.
67. Pearls melt in vinegar.
68. Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.
69. The three most valuable brand names on earth: Marlboro, Coca-cola, and Budweiser, in that order.
70. It is possible to lead a cow upstairs. . but not downstairs.
71. A duck’s quack doesn’t echo and no one knows why.
72. The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days when the engines were pulled by horses. The horses were stabled on the ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight staircases.
73. Richard Millhouse Nixon was the first US president whose name contains all letters from the word ‘criminal’. The second was William Jefferson Clinton.
74. Turtles can breathe through their butts.
75. In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all of the world’s nuclear weapons combined.
76. On average, 100 people choke to death on ball-point pens every year.
77. On average people fear spiders more than they do death.
78. Ninety percent of New York City cabbies are recently arrived immigrants.
79. Elephants are the only animals that can’t jump.
80. Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.
81. It’s physically impossible for you to lick your elbow.
82. The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all books that would occupy the building.
83. Average life span of a major league baseball: 7 pitches.
84. The electric chair was invented by a dentist.
85. In ancient Egypt, priests plucked EVERY hair from their bodies, including their eyebrows and eyelashes.
86. ‘Go’, is the shortest complete sentence in the English Language.
87. If Barbie were life-size, her measurement would be 39-23-33. She would stand seven feet, two inches tall. Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.
88. A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.
89. A cigarette lighter was invented before the match.
90. Almost everyone who reads this will try to lick their elbow.
91. A "lost world" exists in the Indonesian jungle that is home to dozens of hitherto unknown animal and plant species.
92.
Happy Birthday (the song) is copyrighted.
93.
Abe Lincoln bought 50 cents worth of cocaine in 1860
94.
On average, a 4-year-old child asks 437 questions a day.
95.
Blue and white are the most common school colors.
96.
Dry fish food can make goldfish constipated.
97.
Ten tons of space dust falls on the Earth every day.
98.
"Jaws" is the most common name for a goldfish.
99.
Because of Animal Crackers, many kids until they reach the age of ten, believe a bear is as tall as a giraffe.
100.
Pinocchio was made of pine.

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