Monday, February 14, 2011

Crazy Odd Facts


Turkey’s often look up at the sky during a rainstorm. Unfortunately some have been known to drown as a result.
Flying from London to New York by Concord, due to the time zones crossed, you can arrive 2 hours before you leave.
When young and impoverished, Pablo Picasso kept warm by burning his own paintings.

If a surgeon in Ancient Egypt lost a patient while performing an operation, his hands were cut off.
Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space because passing wind in a spacesuit damages them.
There are more than 10 million bricks in the Empire State Building.

A group of Unicorns is called a blessing.
A group of toads is called a knot.
In the White House, there are 13,092 Knives, forks, and spoons.
The magic word “Abracadabra” was originally intended for the specific purpose of curing hay fever.
A Saudi Arabian woman can get a divorce if her husband doesn’t give her coffee.
Snails can sleep for 3 years without eating.
From the age of thirty, humans gradually begin to shrink in size.
A man had the hiccups for 69 years.
If you feed a seagull Alka-Seltzer, its stomach will explode.
There are more beetles than any other kind of creature in the world.
If you can see a rainbow you must have your back to the sun. If you don’t, you can’t see it.
Panama hats come from Ecuador not Panama.
Brazil got its name from the nut, not the other way around.
Blonde beards grow faster than darker beards.
The Pentagon, in Arlington, Virginia, has twice as many bathrooms as is necessary. When it was built in the 1940s, the state of Virginia still had segregation laws requiring separate toilet facilities for blacks and whites.
Your heart beats over 100,000 times a day.

A ‘jiffy’ is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
The largest eggs in the world are laid by a shark.
Due to gravitational effects, you weigh slightly less when the moon is directly overhead.
Only female mosquitoes bite.
Lady Astor once told Winston Churchill ‘if you were my husband, I would poison your coffee’. His reply ‘ madam, if you were my wife, I would drink it!’
A whale’s penis is called a dork.
You’re born with 300 bones, but when you get to be an adult, you only have 206.
Walt Disney named Mickey Mouse after Mickey Rooney, whose mother he dated for some time.
The sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog.” uses every letter of the alphabet.
The most used letter in the English alphabet is ‘E’, and ‘Q’ is the least used.
A group of geese on the ground is a gaggle, a group of geese in the air is a skein.
Peanuts are used in the production of dynamite.
Ancient drinkers warded off the devil by clinking their cups.
A hummingbird weighs less than a penny!
The first Ford cars had Dodge engines.
In the 40’s, the “Bich” pen was changed to Bic for fear that Americans would pronounce it ‘Bitch.’
Pogonophobia is the fear of beards.
More people are killed each year from bees than from snakes.
Chop-suey is not a native Chinese dish, it was created in California by Chinese immigrants.
A fully loaded supertanker traveling at normal speed takes a least twenty minutes to stop.
The placement of a donkey’s eyes in its head enables it to see all four feet at all times!
The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.
Eskimos have been known to use refrigerators to keep their food from freezing.
If you put a raisin in a glass of champagne, it will keep floating to the top and sinking to the bottom.
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 one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle; if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.
 Russians generally answer the phone by saying, ‘I’m listening.’
Ancient drinkers warded off the devil by clinking their cups.
 Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.
A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.
The first toilet ever seen on television was on “Leave It To Beaver”.
Thomas Edison, lightbulb inventor, was afraid of the dark!
If you counted 24 hours a day, it would take 31,688 years to reach one trillion!
Skepticisms is the longest word that alternates hands when typing!
Apples are more efficient than caffeine in keeping people awake in the mornings!
Armored knights raised their visors to identify themselves when they rode past their king. This custom has become the modern military salute.
Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone, never phoned his wife or his mother. They were both deaf.
Nine pennies weigh exactly one ounce.
A rhinoceros’ horn is made of compacted hair.
The longest recorded flight of a chicken is 13 seconds!
A cockroach can live several weeks with its head cut off - it dies from starvation!
A ten-gallon hat holds three-quarters of a gallon.
A lion’s roar can be heard from five miles away.
The original name for the butterfly was ‘flutterby’.
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.
The average ice berg weighs 20,000,000 tons!
If you put a raisin in a glass of champagne, it will keep floating to the top and sinking to the bottom.
The two-foot long bird called a Kea that lives in New Zealand likes to eat the strips of rubber around car windows!
Walt Disney named Mickey Mouse after Mickey Rooney, whose mother he dated for some time.
In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.
The cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth 2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.
Snails can sleep for 3 years without eating.
When opossums are playing opossum, they are not “playing.” They actually pass out from sheer terror.
Boris Karloff is the narrator of the seasonal television special “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”
The fingerprints of koala bears are virtually indistinguishable from those of humans, so much so that they could be confused at a crime scene.
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.
A ‘jiffy’ is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
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 one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle; if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.
Mozart was buried in an unmarked pauper’s grave.
Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space because passing wind in a spacesuit damages them.
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.
From the age of thirty, humans gradually begin to shrink in size.
Gerald Ford pardoned Robert E. Lee posthumously of all crimes of treason.
Non-dairy creamer is flammable.
A mole can dig a tunnel 300 feet long in just one night!
Panama hats come from Ecuador not Panama.
The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.
Compact discs read from the inside to the outside edge, the reverse of how a record works.
If a surgeon in Ancient Egypt lost a patient while performing an operation, his hands were cut off.
Ralph Lauren’s original name was Ralph Lifshitz.
A fully loaded supertanker traveling at normal speed takes a least twenty minutes to stop.
Every second, Americans collectively eat one hundred pounds of chocolate.
Lemon sharks grow a new set of teeth every two weeks! They grow more than 24,000 new teeth every year!
When young and impoverished, Pablo Picasso kept warm by burning his own paintings.
Jet lag was once called boat lag, back before jets existed.
Former US President Ulysses S. Grant had the boyhood nickname ‘Useless’.
Source of the name “Indiana Jones”: it was the name of producer George Lucas’ pet Malamute.
It is possible to lead a cow up stairs but not downstairs.
A couple robbing a store caught on camera could not be identified until the police reviewed the security tape. The woman filled out an entry form for a free trip prior to robbing the store.
Female aristocrats on the island of Portugese Timor in Malaya, indicate their status by notching their ears.
Native Americans never actually ate turkey; killing such a timid bird was thought to indicate laziness.
Ancient Egyptians shaved off their eyebrows to mourn the deaths of their cats.
There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.
More money is printed daily for the Monopoly game than by the U.S. Treasury.
In Idaho a citizen is forbidden by law to give another citizen a box of candy that weighs more than 50 pounds.
Flying from London to New York by Concord, due to the time zones crossed, you can arrive 2 hours before you leave.
It is illegal to be a prostitute in Siena, Italy, if your name is Mary.
Kudzu is not indigenous to the South, but in that climate it can grow up to six inches a day.
Due to gravitational effects, you weigh slightly less when the moon is directly over head.
In eighteenth century English gambling dens, there was an empolyee whose only job was to swallow the dice if there was a police raid.
Actor Tommy Lee Jones and vice president Al Gore were freshman roommates at Harvard.
A species of earthworm in Australia grows up to 10 feet in length.
The electric chair was invented by a dentist!
Ants stretch before they wake up. They also appear to yawn in a very human manner before taking up the tasks of the day.
The fortune cookie was invented in 1916 by George Jung, a Los Angeles noodlemaker.
A hippo can open its mouth wide enough to fit a 4 foot tall child inside!
About 3000 years ago, most Egyptians died by the time they were thirty.
An old law in Bellingham, Washington, made it illegal for a woman to take more than 3 steps backwards while dancing.
A group of owls is called a parliament.
A silicon chip a quarter inch square has the capacity of the orignal 1949 ENIAC computer, which occupied a city block.
The first words that Thomas A. Edison spoke into the phonograph were, “Mary had a little lamb.”
The first United States coast to coast airplane flight occurred in 1911 and took 49 days.
NEWSWEEK was bought in August, 2010 for $1.
A man had the hiccups for 69 years.
In 1980, a Las Vegas hospital suspended workers for betting on when patients would die.
The Ritz cracker was introduced to markets in 1934, but gourmets had to wait until 1953 for the invention of cheese in a can.
Lyndon B. Johnson was the first president of the United States to wear contact lenses.
Prior to 1900, prize fights lasted up to 100 rounds.
A single coffee tree yields only one pound of roasted, ground coffee annually.
Weird Laws: South Pittsburgh, Tennessee, better known as “The Cornbread Capitol of the World,” has an old ordinance pertaining to the cooking of this southern staple. The law declares: “Cornbread isn’t cornbread unless it be made correctly. Therefore, all cornbread must be hereby made in nothing other then a cast iron skillet.” Those found in violation of this ordinance are to be fined one dollar.
Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn’t wear pants.
Strange Laws: Every citizen of Kentucky is required by law to take a bath at least once a year.
Bamboo can grow up to three feet in a 24 hour period.
The first man to distill bourbon whiskey in the United States was a Baptist preacher, in 1789.
In Redondo Beach, Calif., a police officer arrested a driver after a short chase and charged him with drunk driving. Officer Joseph Fonteno’s suspicions were aroused when he saw the white Mazda MX-7 rolling down Pacific Coast Highway with half of a traffic-light pole, including the lights, lying across its hood. The driver had hit the pole on a median strip and simply kept driving. According to Fonteno, when the driver was asked about the pole, he said, “It came with the car when I bought it.”

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