Random Facts

1. Money isn’t made out of paper, it’s made out of cotton.
2. The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.
3. The dot over the letter i is called a “tittle”
4. A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top.
5. Susan Lucci is the daughter of Phyllis Diller.
6. 40% of McDonald’s profits come from the sales of Happy Meals.
7. 315 entries in Webster’s 1996 Dictionary were misspelled.
8. The ‘spot’ on 7UP comes from its inventor, who had red eyes. He was albino.
9. On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents, daily.
10. Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine are brother and sister.
11. Chocolate affects a dog’s heart and nervous system; a few ounces will kill a small sized dog.
12. Orcas (killer whales) kill sharks by torpedoing up into the shark’s stomach from underneath, causing the shark to explode.
13. Most lipstick contains fish scales (eeww).
14. Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn’t wear pants.
15. Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine.
16. Upper and lower case letters are named ‘upper’ and ‘lower’ because in the time when all original print had to be set in individual letters, the ‘upper case’ letters were stored in the case on top of the case that stored the smaller, ‘lower case’ letters.
17. Leonardo da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time … hence, multi-tasking was invented.
18. Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.
19. There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos.
20. The name Wendy was made up for the book Peter Pan; there was never a recorded Wendy before!
21. There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with: orange, purple, and silver!
22. Leonardo Da Vinci invented scissors. Also, it took him 10 years to paint Mona Lisa’s lips.
23. A tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion will make it instantly go mad and sting itself to death.
24. The mask used by Michael Myers in the original “Halloween” was a Captain Kirk mask painted white.
25. If you have three quarters, four dimes, and four pennies, you have $1.19. You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a dollar (good to know.)
26. By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you can’t sink in quicksand (and you thought this list was completely useless.)
27. 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.
28. The first product Motorola started to develop was a record player for automobiles. At that time, the most known player on the market was the Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola.
29. Celery has negative calories! It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with.. It’s the same with apples!
30. Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying!
31. The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher. Oye!
32. Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from Public Libraries.
33. Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space because passing wind in a space suit damages it.
34. The “pound” key on your keyboard (#) is called an octotroph.
35. The only domestic animal not mentioned in the Bible is the cat.

36. The “dot” over the letter “i” is called a tittle.
37. Table tennis balls have been known to travel off the paddle at speeds up to 160 km/hr.
38. Pepsi originally contained pepsin, thus the name.
39. The original story from “Tales of 1001 Arabian Nights” begins, “Aladdin was a little Chinese boy.”
40. Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.
41. Honey is the only natural food that is made without destroying any kind of life. What about milk you say? A cow has to eat grass to produce milk and grass is living.
42. The most common name in the world is Mohammed.
43. Michael Jordan makes more money from NIKE annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.
44. The volume of the Earth’s moon is the same as the volume of the Pacific Ocean.
45. Cephalacaudal recapitulation is the reason our extremities develop faster than the rest of us.
46. Spiral staircases in medieval castles are running clockwise. This is because all knights used to be right-handed. When the intruding army would climb the stairs they would not be able to use their right hand which was holding the sword because of the difficulties of climbing the stairs. Left-handed knights would have had no troubles, except left-handed people could never become knights because it was assumed that they were descendants of the devil.
47. Ham radio operators got the term “ham” coined from the expression “ham fisted operators,” a term used to describe early radio users who sent Morse code (i.e., pounded their fist).
48. The slogan on New Hampshire license plates is “Live Free or Die.” These license plates are manufactured by prisoners in the state prison in Concord.
49. Chinese Crested dogs can get acne.
50. Hydrogen gas is the least dense substance in the world, at 0.08988g/cc.
51. Hydrogen solid is the most dense substance in the world, at 70.6g/cc.
52. Each year there is one ton of cement poured for each man woman and child in the world.
53. The house fly hums in the middle octave key of F.
54. The only capital letter in the Roman alphabet with exactly one end point is P.
55. The giant red star Betelgeuse has a diameter larger than that of the Earth’s orbit around the sun.
56. The longest place name still in use is: Taumatawhakatangihangaoauauotameteaturipukakapikimaungahoronuk- upokaiwhenuakitanatahu–a New Zealand hill.
57. Los Angeles’s full name is: “El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Poriuncula” and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size, “LA.”.
58. Only 1 in 2,000,000,000 will live to be 116 or older.
59. An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.
60. Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
61. According to Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity, it is possible to go slower than light and faster than light, but it is impossible to go the speed of light. Also, there is a particle called tackyon which is supposed to go faster than light. This means if you fire a tackyon beam, it travels before you fire it.
62. When you tie a noose, the rope is wrapped twelve times around because it’s the same length as a persons head.
63. Hummingbirds are the only animal that can fly backwards.
64. A cat’s jaw cannot move sideways…


~ by tsunamiblues on April 8, 2007.

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