Hundreds of useful Facts!
A mole can dig a tunnel 300 feet long in just one night.
A cokkroach can live several weeks with its head cut off - it dies from starvation.
[SPOILER]A crocodile always grows new teeth to replace the old teeth.
A group of geese on the ground is a gaggle, a group of geese in the air is a skein.
A hard working adult sweats up to 4 gallons per day. Most of the sweat evaporates before a person realizes it’s there, though.
A hedgehog’s heart beats 300 times a minute on average.
A hippo can open its mouth wide enough to fit a 4 foot tall child inside.
A hummingbird weighs less than a penny.
A ‘jiffy’ is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
A lump of pure gold the size of a matchbox can be flattened into a sheet the size of a tennis court.
A quarter has 119 grooves on its edge, a dime has one less groove.
After eating, a housefly regurgitates its food and then eats it again.
Apples are more efficient than caffeine in keeping people awake in the mornings.
Bulls are colorblind, therefore will usually charge at a matador’s waving cape no matter what color it is — be it red or neon yellow.
Camels have three eyelids to protect themselves from blowing sand.
Cat urine glows under a black-light.
Dogs and cats, like humans, are either right or left handed… or is that paws?.
Every time you lick a stamp, you’re consuming 1/10 of a calorie.
Human teeth are almost as hard as rocks.
Human thigh bones are stronger than concrete.
If you counted 24 hours a day, it would take 31,688 years to reach one trillion.
One ragweed plant can release as many as one billion grains of pollen.
Over 10,000 birds a year die from smashing into windows.
Over 2500 left handed people a year are killed from using products made for right handed people.
Porcupines float in water.
Skepticisms is the longest word that alternates hands when typing.[/SPOILER]
Smelling bananas and/or green apples (smelling, not eating) can help you lose weight.
The most used letter in the English alphabet is ‘E’, and ‘Z’ is the least used.
The opposite sides of a dice cube always add up to seven.
The original name for the butterfly was ‘flutterby’.
The placement of a donkey’s eyes in its head enables it to see all four feet at all times.
The poison-arrow frog has enough poison to kill about 2,200 people.
There are more than 10 million bricks in the Empire State Building.
You’re born with 300 bones, but when you get to be an adult, you only have 206.
101 Dalmatians and Peter Pan are the only two Disney cartoon features with both parents that are present and don’t die throughout the movie.
142857 is a cyclic number, the numbers of which always appear in the same order but rotated around when multiplied by any number from 1 to 6. 142857 * 2 = 285714 142857 * 3 = 428571 142857 * 4 = 571428 142857 * 5 = 714285 142857 * 6 = 857142
A barnacle has the largest ***** of any other animal in the world in relation to its size.
A dragonfly has a lifespan of twenty-four hours.
A duck’s quack doesn’t echo. No one knows why.
According to Genesis 1:20-22 the chicken came before the egg.
Actor Tommy Lee Jones and vice-president Al Gore were freshman roommates at Harvard.
After human death, post-mortem rigidity starts in the head and travels to the feet, and leaves the same way it came — head to toe.[/SPOILER]
Albert Brooks’s real name is Albert Einstein.
Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone, never phoned his wife or his mother. They were both deaf.
Alexander the Great was an epileptic.
Alfred Hitch**** didn’t have a belly button. It was eliminated when he was sewn up after surgery.
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.
An ostrich’s eye is bigger than it’s brain.
Ancient drinkers warded off the devil by clinking their cups.
Ancient Egyptians shaved off their eyebrows to mourn the deaths of their cats.
Armored knights raised their visors to identify themselves when they rode past their king. This custom has become the modern military salute.
Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space because passing wind in a spacesuit damages them.
Blonde beards grow faster than darker beards.
Brazil got its name from the nut, not the other way around.
Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.
Chop-suey is not a native Chinese dish, it was created in California by Chinese immigrants.
Chrysler built B-29’s that bombed Japan. Mitsubishi built the Zeros that tried to shoot them down. Both companies now build cars in a joint plant call Diamond Star.
Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without killing them use to burn their houses down — hence the statement “to get fired.”
Clark Gable used to shower more than 4 times a day.
Despite the hump, a camel’s spine is straight.
Dr. Seuss and Kurt Vonnegut went to college together. They were even in the same fraternity, where Seuss decorated the fraternity house walls with drawings of his characters.
Due to gravitational effects, you weigh slightly less when the moon is directly overhead.
During the chariot scene in ‘Ben Hur’ a small red car can be seen in the distance.
Earth is the only planet not named after a God.
Elvis had a twin brother named Jesse Garon, who died at birth, which is why Elvis’ middle name was spelled Aron; in honor of his brother.
Every photograph of an American atomic bomb detonation was taken by Harold Edgerton.
Every Swiss citizen is required by law to have a bomb shelter or access to a bomb shelter.
Evian (the bottled water) spelled backwards is “naive.”
February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.
From the age of thirty, humans gradually begin to shrink in size.
George Washington grew marijuana in his garden.
Halloween took place in the town of Haddonfield, Illinois but almost all the cars in the film had California license plates.
Hara kiri is an impolite way of saying the Japanese word “seppuku” which means, literally, “belly splitting.”
Hershey’s Kisses are called that because the machine that makes them looks like it’s kissing the conveyor belt.
Hindu men believe(d) it to be unluckily to marry a third time. They could avoid misfortune by marrying a tree first. The tree ( his third wife ) was then burnt, freeing him to marry again.
Human birth control pills work on gorillas.
If a surgeon in Ancient Egypt lost a patient while performing an operation, his hands were cut off.
If the population of the Earth continued to increase at its present rate indefinitely, by 3530 A.D. the total mass of human flesh and blood would equal the mass of the Earth. By 6826 A.D. it would equal the mass of the known universe.
If you are locked in a completely sealed room, you will die of carbon dioxide poisoning before you will die of oxygen deprivation.
If you can see a rainbow you must have your back to the sun. If you don’t, you can’t see it.
If you multiply 526,315,789,473,684,210 with any number you will always find the original number in the result.
If you pause “Saturday Night Fever” at the “How Deep Is Your Love” rehearsal scene, you will see the camera crew reflected in the dance hall mirror.[/SPOILER]
If you put a raisin in a glass of champagne, it will keep floating to the top and sinking to the bottom.
In Ancient Peru, when a woman found an ‘ugly’ potato, it was the custom for her to push it into the face of the nearest man.
In Casablanca, Humphrey Bogart never said “Play it again, Sam.” Sherlock Holmes never said “Elementary, my dear Watson.” Captain Kirk never said “Beam me up, Scotty,” but he did say, “Beam me up, Mr. Scott.”
In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.
In most watch advertisements the time displayed on the watch is 10:10 because then the arms frame the brand of the watch (and make it look like it’s smiling.)
In the 40’s, the Bich pen was changed to Bic for fear that Americans would pronounce it ‘*****.’
In the Andes, time is often measured by how long it takes to smoke a cigarette.
In the film ‘Star Trek : First Contact’, when Picard shows Lilly she is orbiting Earth, Australia and Papa New Guinea are clearly visible .. but New Zealand is missing.
It is a criminal offence to drive around in a dirty car in Russia.
It is believed that Shakespeare was 46 around the time that the King James Version of the Bible was written. In Psalms 46, the 46th word from the first word is shake and the 46th word from the last word is spear.
It is illegal to be a prostitute in Siena, Italy, if your name is Mary.
It takes 8.5 minutes for light to get from the sun to earth.
It’s rumored that sucking on a copper penny will cause a breath-alyzer to read 0.
Ivory bar soap floating was a mistake. They had been over mixing the soap formula causing excess air bubbles that made it float. Customers wrote and told how much they loved that it floated, and it has floated ever since.
Jacques Cousteau invented scuba gear while in the French resistance during World War II.
James Doohan, who plays Lt. Commander Montgomery Scott on Star Trek, is missing the entire middle finger of his right hand.
Jean-Claude Van Damme was the alien in the original “PREDATOR” in almost all the jumping and climbing scenes.
Jet lag was once called boat lag, back before jets existed.
John Larroquette of “Night Court” and “The John Larroquette Show” was the narrator of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”
John Wilkes Booth shot Lincoln in a theatre and was found in a warehouse. Lee Harvey Oswald shot Kennedy from a warehouse and was found in a theatre.
John Wilkes Booth’s brother once saved the life of Abraham Lincoln’s son.
June Foray, the voice of Talking Tina from the classic Twilight Zone episode “Living Doll”, was also the voice of Rocky the talking squirrel from “Rocky & Bullwinkle”.
Kathleen Turner was the voice of Jessica Rabbit, and Amy Irving was her singing voice.
King Kong is the only movie to have its sequel (Son of Kong) released the same year (1933).
Lady Astor once told Winston Churchill ‘if you were my husband, I would poison your coffee’. His reply ‘ if you were my wife, I would drink it.’
Leonardo De Vinci invented the scissors.
Lincoln Logs were invented by Frank Lloyd Wright’s son.
Liquid paper was invented by Mike Nesmith’s (of the Monkees) mother, Bette Nesmith Graham, in 1951.
Lizzie Borden was acquitted.
Look at the number four on a clock face that uses Roman numerals. If the clock is made correctly then the Roman numeral four is wrong. The standard and correct way to write the Roman numeral four is “IV,” but the traditional way to show it on a clock face is “IIII.” Legend has it that a clock was made for a British king. When he saw the clock he mis- informedly corrected the clock maker who re-did the clock face to show a “IIII” instead of an “IV” thus not risking offending the king. Other clock makers followed suit so as not to embarrass the king. Now it is the traditional way to make clocks.[/SPOILER]
Lorne Greene had one of his nipples bitten off by an alligator while he was host of “Lorne Greene’s Wild Kingdom.”
Lynyrd Skynard was the name of the gym teacher of the boys who went on to form that band. He once told them, “You boys ain’t never gonna amount to nothin’.”
Men leave their hotel rooms cleaner than women do.
Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.
Months that begin on a Sunday will always have a “Friday the 13th.”
Montpelier, Vermont is the only U.S. state capital without a McDonalds.
More money is printed daily for the Monopoly game than by the U.S. Treasury.
More people are killed each year from bees than from snakes.
Most Americans’ car horns beep in the key of F.
Mozart was buried in an unmarked pauper’s grave.
Mr. Rogers is an ordained minister.
Nine pennies weigh exactly one ounce.
Ninety eight per cent of the weight of water is made up from oxygen.
No animal, once frozen solid (i.e., water solidifies and turns to ice) survives when thawed, because the ice crystals formed inside cells would break open the cell membranes. However there are certain frogs that can survive the experience of being frozen. These frogs make special proteins, which prevent the formation of ice (or at least keep the crystals from becoming very large), so that they actually never freeze even though their body temperature is below zero Celsius. The water in them remains liquid: a phenomenon known as ’supercooling.’ If you disturb one of these frogs (just touching them even), the water in them quickly freezes solid and they die.
No matter its size or thickness, no piece of paper can be folded in half more than 7 times.
Non-dairy creamer is flammable.
Oak trees do not have acorns until they are fifty years old or older.
Of the six men who made up the Three Stooges, three of them were real brothers (Moe, Curly and Shemp.)
On 15 April 1912 the SS Titanic sunk on her maiden voyage and over 1,500 people died. Fourteen years earlier a novel was published by Morgan Robertson which seemed to foretell the disaster. The book described a ship the same size as the Titanic which crashes into an iceberg on its maiden voyage on a misty April night. The name of Robertson’s fictional ship was the Titan.
On an American one-dollar bill, there is an owl in the upper left-hand corner of the “1″ encased in the “shield” and a spider hidden in the front upper right-hand corner.
On the new one hundred dollar bill the time on the clock tower of Independence Hall is 4:10.
One of the reasons marijuana is illegal today is because cotton growers in the 30s lobbied against hemp farmers — they saw it as competition. It is not chemically addictive as is nicotine, alcohol, or caffeine.
Only female mosquitoes bite.
Orcas (killer whales) kill sharks by torpedoing up into the shark’s stomach from underneath, causing the shark to explode.
Other than humans, black lemurs are the only primates that have blue eyes.
Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.
Pamela Lee-Anderson is Canada’s Centennial Baby, being the first baby born on the centennial anniversary of Canada’s independence.
Panama hats come from Ecuador not Panama.
Peanuts are used in the production of dynamite.
Pearls melt in vinegar.
Pinocchio is Italian for “pine eyes.”
Pogonophobia is the fear of beards.
Polar bear fur is not white, it’s clear.
Race car is a palindrome.
Revolvers cannot be silenced, due to all the noisy gasses which escape the cylinder gap at the rear of the barrel.
Rhythm and “syzygy” are the longest English words without vowels.
Robert E. Lee, of the Confederate Army, remains the only person, to date, to have graduated from the West Point military academy without a single demerit.
Roosters can’t crow if they can’t fully extend their necks.
Russians generally answer the phone by saying, ‘I’m listening.’
S.O.S. doesn’t stand for “Save Our Ship” or “Save Our Souls” — It was chosen by an 1908 international conference on Morse Code because the letters S and O were easy to remember and just about anyone could key it and read it, S = dot dot dot, O = dash dash dash.
Samuel Clemens’s pseudonym “Mark Twain” was the nickname of a riverboat pilot about whom Clemens wrote a needless nasty satirical piece. Apparently, Clemens felt guilty later and adopted the nom de plume as some sort of expiation. The phrase “mark twain” from which the river pilot got his name does not mean two fathoms (twelve feet.)
Sharon Stone was the first “Star Search” spokes model.
Smithee is a pseudonym that filmmakers use when they don’t want their names to appear in the credits.
Snails can sleep for 3 years without eating.[/SPOILER]
Soda water does not contain soda.
Some Eskimos have been known to use refrigerators to keep their food from freezing.
Soweto in South Africa was derived from SOuth WEst TOwnship.
Spain literally means ‘the land of rabbits.’
Speak of the Devil is short for “Speak of the Devil and he shall come”. It was believed that if you spoke about the Devil it would attract his attention and he would appear.
St. Bernards, famous for their role as alpine rescue dogs, do NOT wear casks of brandy around their necks.
Steve Young, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback, is the great-great-grandson of Mormon leader Brigham Young.
Talk show host Montel Williams had a nose job.
Termites eat wood twice as fast when listening to heavy metal music.
The “Grinch” singer and voice of Tony the Tiger is a man named Thurl Ravenscroft.
The “save” icon on Microsoft Word shows a floppy disk, with the shutter on backwards.
The allele for six fingers and toes is dominant in humans.
The Andy Griffth Show was the first spin-off in TV history. It was spun-off from the Danny Thomas Show.
The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.
The average scalp has 100,000 hairs. Redheads have the least at 80,000; brown and black haired persons have about 100,000; and blondes have the most at 120,000. (That is more than a thousand hairs in each square inch.)
The band “Duran Duran” got their name from an astronaut in the 1968 Jane Fonda movie “Barbarella.”
The bat on the Bacardi symbol is there because the soil where the sugar cane grows is fertile from the excessive guano (bat droppings.)
The Boston University Bridge (on Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts) is the only place in the world where a boat can sail under a train driving under a car driving under an airplane.
The bubbles in Guiness Beer sink to the bottom rather than float to the top like all other beers. No one knows why.
The car in the foreground on the back of a $10 bill is a 1925 Huptmobile.
The car manufacturer Henry Ford was awarded Hitler’s Supreme Order of the German Eagle.
The childrens’ nursery rhyme ‘Ring-a-Round-The-Rosies’ actually refers to the Black Death which killed about 30 million people in the fourteenth-century.
The Chinese ideogram for ‘trouble’ depicts two women living under one roof’.
The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.
The correct response to the Irish greeting, “Top of the morning to you,” is “and the rest of the day to yourself.”
The cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth 2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.
The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.
The dome on Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home, conceals a billiards room. In Jefferson’s day, billiards were illegal in Virginia.[/SPOILER]