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    Canada is an Indian word meaning "Big Village".

    There are two credit cards for every person in the United States.

    "I am." is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.

    The most common name in the world is Mohammed.

    The word "samba" means "to rub navels(belly button) together."

    The international telephone dialing code for Antarctica is 672.

    The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher.

    Mel Blanc (the voice of Bugs Bunny) was allergic to carrots.

    Until 1965, driving was done on the left-hand side on roads in Sweden. The conversion to right-hand was done on a weekday at 5pm. All traffic stopped as people switched sides. This time and day were chosen to prevent accidents where drivers would have gotten up in the morning and been too sleepy to realize that this was the day of the changeover.

    The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin during World War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.

    Dr. Seuss pronounced "Seuss" such that it rhymed with "rejoice."

    In Casablanca, Humphrey Bogart never said "Play it again, Sam."

    Sherlock Holmes never said "Elementary, my dear Watson."

    More people are killed annually by donkeys than die in air crashes.

    The term, "It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye" is from Ancient Rome. The only rule during wrestling matches was, "No eye gouging." Everything else was allowed, but the only way to be disqualified was to poke someone's eye out.

    A 'jiffy' is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.

    The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.

    Hershey's Kisses are called that because the machine that makes them looks like it's kissing the conveyor belt.

    Money isn't made out of paper, it's made out of cotton.

    Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie.

    The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from and old English law which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.

    An ostrich's eye is bigger that it's brain.

    The longest recorded flight of a chicken is thirteen seconds

    If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days, you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee.

    If you fart consistently for 6 years and 9 months, enough gas is produced to create the energy of an atomic bomb.

    The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet.

    Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour. (so what are you waiting for?)

    Humans and dolphins are the only species that have sex for pleasure.

    On average people fear spiders more than they do death.

    The strongest muscle in the body is the TONGUE. (hmm...................)

    It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

    You can't kill yourself by holding your breath.

    Americans on the average eat 18 acres of pizza every day.

    Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie.

    Did you know that you are more likely to be killed by a champagne cork than by a poisonous spider?

    Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people do.

    In ancient Egypt, Priests plucked EVERY hair from their bodies, including their eyebrows and eyelashes.

    A pig's orgasm lasts for 30 minutes. (not sure how they found this out...hmmmmm)

    A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.

    The ant can lift 50 times its own weight, can pull 30 times its own weight and always falls over on its right side when intoxicated.

    Polar bears are left handed. (ever tried shaking hands with the polar bears?!)

    The catfish has over 27,000 taste buds, that makes the catfish rank #1 for animal having the most taste buds.

    The flea can jump 350 times its body length, that is like a human jumping the length of a football field.

    A cockroach will live nine days without it's head, before it starves to death.

    The mate praying mantis cannot copulate while its head is attached to its body. The female initiates sex by ripping the males head off. (Sounds like a girl I know now!)

    A gorilla's penis is 1/3 the length of that of a humans. (The guy who did the measuring must have balls!)

    Some lions mate over 50 times a day.

    Butterflies taste with their feet.

    Elephants are the only animals that can't jump. (They're also the only animals with 4 knees)

    A cat's urine glows under a blacklight.

    An ostrich's eye is bigger than it's brain.

    Starfishes haven`t got brains.

    2,000 pounds of space dust and other space debris fall on the Earth everyday.

    99% of the solar system mass is concentrated in the sun.

    A person from Glasgow is called a Glaswegian.

    A quarter of Russia is covered by forest.

    A sizable oak tree, during the typical growing season, gives off 28,000 gallons of moisture.

    All gondolas in Venice, Italy must be painted black, unless they belong to a high official.

    Although modern images of India often show poverty and lack of development, India was the richest country on earth until the time of British invasion in the early 17th Century.

    American astronauts must be under 6 feet.

    Angel Falls in Venezuela is the world's highest waterfall, at 3,212 feet (979 m).

    Antarctica has no native population.

    Antarctica is the only continent that does not have land areas below sea level.

    Antarctica's residents are scientific and support staffs who usually stay no more than a year at a time.

    Approximately 1/3 of the Earth's land surface is desert.

    At latitude 60 degrees south you can sail all the way around the world.

    At the nearest point, Russia and America are less than 4 km apart.

    Australia is the richest source of mineral sands in the world.

    Because of a large orbital eccentricity, Pluto was closer to the sun than Neptune between January 1979 and March 1999.

    Because of heavy traffic congestion, Julius Caesar banned all wheeled vehicles from Rome during daylight hours.

    Because of the salt content of the Dead Sea, it is difficult to dive below its surface.

    Bird droppings are chief export of Nauru, an island nation in the Western Pacific.

    Britain's shortest river is the Brun which runs through Burnley in Lancashire.

    China's largest city is Shanghai.

    City with the most Roll Royces per capita: Hong Kong.

    Cuba is the only island in the Caribbean to have a railroad.

    Cyprus has a map on its flag.

    Despite a population of over a billion, China has only about 200 family names.

    Devon is the only county in Great Britain to have two coasts.

    Dominica, Mexico, Zambia, Kiribati, Fiji and Egypt all have birds on their flags.

    England is smaller than New England.

    Every year, Mexico City sinks about 10 inches.

    French speaking residents of Belgium are called Walloons.

    In downtown Lima, Peru, there is a large brass statue dedicated to Winnie-the-Pooh.

    Olympus Mons is the largest volcano in our solar system. All the moons of the solar system are named after Greek and Roman mythology, except the moons of Uranus which are named after Shakesperean characters.

    There is a city called Rome in every continent.

    160 cars can drive side by side on the Monumental Axis in Brazil, the world's widest road.

    All the dirt from the foundation to build the World Trade Center in NYC was dumped into the Hudson River to form the community now known as Battery City Park.

    Buckingham Palace has over 600 rooms.

    Disneyland opened in 1955.

    Due to precipitation, for a few weeks, K2 is taller than Mt. Everest.

    In 1980, a Las Vegas hospital suspended workers for betting on when patients would die.

    A barnacle has the largest penis of any other animal in relation to its size.

    A blind chameleon still changes colors to match his environment.

    A camel's backbone is just as straight as a horse's.

    A castrated male reindeer is called a bull.

    A chameleon's tongue is twice the length of its body.

    A crocodiles mouth is attached to the roof of its mouth.

    A deer cannot eat hay.

    A donkey will sink in quicksand but a mule won't.

    A dragonfly has a lifespan of 24 hours.

    A duck has three eyelids.

    A female swine, or a sow, will always have a even number of teats or nipples, usually twelve.

    A group of finches is called a Charm.

    A group of frogs is called an army.

    A group of geese on the ground is called a gaggle, a group of geese in the air is a skein.

    A group of goats is called a Trip.

    A group of hares is called a Husk.

    A group of kangaroos is called a mob.

    A group of owls is called a parliament.

    A group of rhinos are called a crash.

    A group of toads is called a knot.

    A hedgehog's heart beats 300 times a minute on average.

    A hippo can open its mouth wide enough to fit a four foot tall child inside.

    A large swarm of locusts can eat 80,000 tons of corn in a day.

    A male chimpanzee is 5 times hornier than the average human male.

    A mole can dig over 250 feet of tunnel in a single night.

    A pig always sleeps on its right side.

    A rat can last longer without water than a camel.

    A rhinoceros' horn is made of compacted hair.

    A rodents teeth never stop growing. They are worn down by the animal's constant gnawing on bark, leaves, and other vegetables.

    A single sheeps fleece might well contain as many as 26 million fibres.

    A snail can have 25,000 teeth.

    A snail takes 33 hours to crawl one mile.

    A snake has no ears. But its tongue is extremely sensitive to sound vibrations. By flicking its tongue, a snake can pick up sound waves-so a snake 'hears with his tongue...sort of!

    A species of earthworm in Australia grows up to 10 feet in length.

    A square mile of fertile earth has 32,000,000 earthworms in it.

    A squirrel cannot contract or carry the rabies virus.

    A strand from the web of the golden spider is as strong as a steel wire of the same size.

    A woodchuck breathes only 10 times in hibernation.

    According to Dr. David Gems, a British geneticist, sex-craved male mice, who spend 5 to 11 hours per day pursuing female mice, could live years longer if they abstained.

    After eating, the housefly regurgitates its food and eats it again.

    All porcupines float in water.

    All the swans in England are property of the Queen.

    Alligators cannot move backwards.

    An estimated 80% of animals on Earth have six legs.

    An iguana can stay under water for twenty-eight minutes.

    An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

    Anteaters prefer termites to ants.

    Any Female bee in a beehive could have been the queen if she had been fed the necessary royal jelly. All female bees in a given hive are sisters.

    Apart from humans, certain species of chimpanzee are the only animals to experiment sexually. They have been known to 'wife swap' and indulge in group sex.

    At birth a panda is smaller than a mouse and weighs about four ounces.

    107 incorrect medical procedures will be performed by the end of the day today.

    A Boeing 747's wingspan is longer than the Wright brother's first flight.

    A bolt of lighting can strike the earth with a force as great as 100 million volts.

    A canton is the blue field behind the stars.

    A cesium atom in an atomic clock beats 9,192,631,770 times a second.

    A creep is a metallurgical term for when something that is normally very strong bends because of gravity. This happens to many metals at high temperatures, where they won't melt but they will creep.

    A cubic mile of fog is made up of less than a gallon of water.

    A device invented as a primitive steam engine by the Greek engineer Hero, about the time of the birth of Christ, is used today as a rotating lawn sprinkler.

    A downburst is a downward blowing wind that sometimes comes blasting out of a thunderstorm. The damage looks like tornado damage, since the wind can be as strong as an F2 tornado, but debris is blown straight away from a point on the ground. It's not lifted into the air and transported downwind.

    A fierce gust of wind blew 45 year old Vittorio Luise's car into a rover near Naples, Italy, in 1980. He managed to break a window, climb out and swim to shore--where a tree blew over and killed him.

    A full loaded supertanker traveling at normal speed takes at least twenty minutes to stop.

    A full moon always rises at sunset.

    A full moon is nine times brighter than a half moon.

    A jiffy is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second. Thus the saying, I will be there in a jiffy!

    A jumbo jet uses 4,000 gallons of fuel to take off.

    A large flawless emerald is worth more than a similarly large flawless diamond.

    A lightning bolt generates temperatures five times hotter than those found on the sun's surface.

    A manned rocket reaches the moon in less time than it took a stagecoach to travel the length of Englan

    A normal raindrop falls at about 7 miles per hour.

    A penny whistle has six finger holes.

    A rainbow can only occur when the sun is 40 degrees or less above the horizon.

    A silicon chip a quarter-inch square has the capacity of the original 1949 ENIAC computer, which occupied a city block.

    A standard grave is 7'8 x 3'2 x 6.

    A sysygy occurs when all the planets of the our Solar System line up.

    A two-bit moon is in its first quarter.

    A wind with a speed of 74 miles or more is designated a hurricane.

    About seven million cars are junked each year in the U.S.

    According to the Gemological Institute of America, up until 1896, India was the only source for diamonds to the world.

    According to the Texas Department of Transportation, one person is killed annually painting stripes on the state's highways and roads.

    All snow crystals are hexagonal.

    All the gold produced in the past five hundred years, if melted, could be compressed into a 50-foot cub

    All totalled, the sunlight that strikes Earth at any given moment weighs as much as an ocean liner.

    American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first class.

    An enneahedron is solid with nine faces.

    An inch of snow falling evenly on one acre of ground is equivalent to about 2715 gallons of water.

    Any free moving liquid in outer space will form itself into a sphere because of its surface tension.

    Approximately 98% of software in China is pirated.

    April is Earthquake Preparedness month. For a little added incentive, consider this- The most powerful earthquake to strike the United States occurred in 1811 in New Madrid, Missouri. The quake shook more than one million square miles, and was felt as far as 1,000 miles away.

    At any given time, there are 1,800 thunderstorms in progress over the earth's atmosphere.

    At room temperature, the average air molecule travels at the speed of a rifle bullet.

    Back in the mid to late 80's, an IBM compatible computer wasn't considered a hundred percent compatible unless it could run Microsoft's Flight Simulator.

    Bacteria, the tiniest free-living cells, are so small that a single drop of liquid contains as many as 50 million of them.

    Bamboo (the world's tallest grass) can grow up to 90 cm in a day.

    Because of the rotation of the earth, an object can be thrown farther if it is thrown west.

    Carolyn Shoemaker has discovered 32 comets and approximately 800 asteroids.

    Clouds fly higher during the day than the night.

    Construction workers hard hats were first invented and used in the building of the Hoover Dam in 1933.

    Did you know you share a birthday with at least nine other million people in the world?

    During the time that the atomic bomb was being hatched by the United States at Alamogordo, New Mexico, applicants for routine jobs like janitors, were disqualified if they could read. Illiteracy was a job requirement. The reason: the authorities did not want their trash or other papers read.

    Each year there is one ton of cement poured for each man, woman and child in the world.

    Ethernet is a registered trademark of Xerox, Unix is a registered trademark of AT&T.

    Experts at Intel say that microprocessor speed will double every 18 months for at least 10 years.

    February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not have a full moon.

    Methane gas can often be seen bubbling up from the bottom of ponds. It is produced by the decomposition of dead plants and animals in the mud.

    7'1 basketball star Wilt Chamberlain's parents were 5'8.

    Albert Einstein was offered the presidency of Israel in 1952.

    Alexander Graham Bell, never telephoned his wife or mother. They both were deaf.

    Alexander Hamilton was shot by Aaron Burr in the groin.

    Alexander the Great was an epileptic.

    Alfred Hitchcock did not have a belly button.

    America media mogul Ted Turner owns 5% of New Mexico.

    An eighteenth-century German named Matthew Birchinger, known as the little man of Nuremberg, played four musical instruments including the bagpipes, was an expert calligrapher, and was the most famous stage magician of his day. He performed tricks with the cup and balls that have never been explained. Yet Birchinger had no hands, legs, or thighs, and was less than 29 inches tall

    Artist Constantino Brumidi fell from the dome of the U.S Capitol while painting a mural around the rim. He died four months later.

    Astronaut Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon with his left foot first.

    At 12 years old, an African named Ernest Loftus made his first entry in his diary and continued everyday for 91 years.

    At a fair in Maine, a boy spit a watermelon seed 38 ft.

    At age 16, Confucius was a corn inspector.

    At age 47, the Rolling Stones' bassist, Bill Wyman, began a relationship with 13-year old Mandy Smith, with her mother's blessing. Six years later, they were married, but the marriage only lasted a year. Not long after, Bill's 30-year-old son Stephen married Mandy's mother, age 46. That made Stephen a stepfather to his former stepmother. If Bill and Mandy had remained married, Stephen would have been his father's father-in-law and his own grandpa.

    At age ninety, Peter Mustafic of Botovo, Yugoslavia, suddenly began speaking again after a silence of 40 years. The Yugoslavian news agency quoted him as saying, I just didn't want to do military service, so I stopped speaking in 1920; then I got used to it.

    Atila the Hun was a dwarf. Pepin the Short, Aesop, Gregory the Tours, Charles 3 of Naples, and the Pasha Hussain were all less than 3.5 feet tall.

    Augustus Caesar had achluophobia--the fear of sitting in the dark.

    Benito Mussolini would ward off he evil eye by touching his testicles.

    Benjamin Franklin lived at 141 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA.

    Benjamin Franklin was the first head of the United States Post Office.

    Bill Gates' first business was Traff-O-Data, a company that created machines which recorded the number of cars passing a given point on a road.

    Bob Dole is 10 years older than the Empire State Building.

    British politician, John Montagu, the 4t6h Earl of Sandwich, is credited with naming the sandwich. He developed the habit of eating beef between slices of toast so he could continue playing cards uninterrupted.

    Buzz Aldrin was the first man to pee his pants on the moon.

    By age 16, Andre the Giant (who's real name is Andre Russimof) was 6'10' tall. He had a rare glandular disorder that made his body continue to grow. Even as he died, his body was still growing.

    Catherine de Medici was the first woman in Europe to use tobacco. She took it in a mixture of snuff.

    Cathy Rigby is the only woman to pose nude for Sports Illustrated.

    Charles de Gaulle's final words were, "It hurts."

    Charles Dickens was an insomniac, who believed his best chance of sleeping was in the center of a bed facing directly north.

    Charlie Chaplin once won third prize in a Charlie Chaplin look alike contest.

    Clark Gable used to shower more than 4 times a day.

    Despite his great scientific and artistic achievement, Leonardo daVinci was most proud of his ability to bend iron with his bare hands.

    Einstein couldn't speak fluently when he was nine. His parents thought he might be retarded.

    Eskimos never gamble.

    Every photograph of an American atomic bomb detonation was taken by Harold Edgerton.

    Everytime Beethoven sat down to write music, he poured ice water over his head.

    Genghis Khan started out as a goatherd.

    Issac Asimov is the only author to have a book in every Dewey-decimal category.

    Malcolm Lowry had pnigophobia--the fear of choking on fish bones.

    Marcel Prousthave had a swordfish at home.

    More than 100 descendants of Johann Sebastian Bach have been cathedral organists.

    Mr. Mojo Risin is an anagram for Jim Morrison.

    Napolean had his boots worn by servants to break them in before he wore them.

    Napoleon Bonaparte was afraid of cats.

    Walt Disney's autograph bears no resemblance to the famous Disney logo.

    At - 40 degrees Centigrade a person loses about 14.4 calories per hour by breathing.

    Pet superstores now sell about 40 percent of all pet food

    One million Americans, about 3,000 each day, take up smoking each year. Most of them are children.

    In 1933, Mickey Mouse, an animated cartoon character, received 800,000 fan letters.

    There are only four words in the English language which end in '-dous': tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.

    If you attempted to count to stars in a galaxy at a rate of one every second it would take around 3,000 years to count them all.

    Less than 3% of Nestle's sales are for chocolate.

    The average person will spend two weeks over their lifetime waiting for the traffic light to change

    More than 2500 left handed people are killed every year from using right handed products

    It is estimated that at any one time, 0.7% of the world's population are drunk

    The tip of a 1/3 inch long hour-hand on a wristwatch travels at 0.00000275 mph

    All consumption of alcohol is strictly regulated here in Norway, and is only sold through state owned shops called Vinmonopolet. Nevertheless between 25 and 40 % of all alcohol consumed is either smuggled or illegally made at home

    One thing that humans do more than anything in their entire life is sleep. Most Americans sleep more tha 6-8 hours a day, which is on average around 24 years of ones life!

    A man's beard contains between 7000 and 15,000 hairs.

    A beard grows an average of 140mm a year

    A hair is 70 per cent easier to cut when soaked in warm water for two minutes

    Women's hair is about half the diameter of men's hair

    During an average lifetime, a man will spend 3,350 hours removing 8.4 meters of stubble

    4.5 million people have their health 'adverely affected' by air pollutants each year.

    4 million children dia each year from inhaling smoke from indoor cooking fires that burn wood and Dun

    4 million people die annually from diarrhoea infections, caused by poor sanitary conditions

    Less than one per cent of the 500 chinese cities have clean air, respiratory disease is China's leading cause of death.

    The number of cars on the planet is increasing three times faster than the population growth

    It took 1,175 animators working in Disney studios in Burbank, California, Orlando, Florida, and Paris, France to complete the animated Tarzan. Because of the time differences, production was able to occur around the clock for more than three years.

    The most expensive commerical ever made is one of the most famous. The famous '1984' Apple Macintosh commerical shown introducing Macintosh to the world, only once, during the 1984 Super Bowl. It was directed by Ridley Scott, and cost around $600,000 to $1 million to make. The commerical shows hundreds of people dressed in the same clothing going down dark hallways to a huge telescreen featuring Big Brother. A women in colored clothing (representing the creativity in Macintosh), runs down the hallway followed by the Thought Police. She hurls a sledge hammer at Big Brother and the screen explodes, while the drones look on with dropped jaws

    "Hang On Sloopy" is the official rock song of Ohio.

    George Washington grew marijuana in his garden.

    George Washington had to borrow money to go to his own inauguration.

    George Washington was deathly afraid of being buried alive. After he died, he wanted to be laid out for three days just to make sure he was dead.

    George Washington's flase teeth were made of whale bone.

    Gerald Ford was once a male model.

    Germany holds the title for most independent inventors to apply for patents.

    Ghosts appear in 4 Shakespearian plays; Julius Caesar, Richard III, Hamlet and Macbeth.

    Giant flying foxes that live in Indonesia have wingspans of nearly six feet.

    Glass flutes do not expand with humidity so their owners are spared the nuisance of tuning them.

    Goat milk is used to produce Roquefort cheese.

    Goethe couldn't stand the sound of barking dogs and could only write if he had an apple rotting in the drawer of his desk.

    Golden toads are so rare that a biological reserve has been specifically created for them.

    Golfing great Ben Hogan's famous reply when asked how to improve one's game was: Hit the ball closer to the hole.

    Goofy had a wife, Mrs. Goofy and one son, Goofy Jr.

    Gorillas often sleep for up to fourteen hours a day.

    Grapes explode when you put them in the microwave.

    Great Britain was the first county to issue postage stamps. Hence, the postage stamps of Britain are the only stamps in the world not to bear the name of the country of origin. However, every stamp carries a relief image or a silhouette of the monarch's head instead.

    Greece has memorized all 158 verses.

    Green Bay Packers backup quarterback, Matt Hasselbeck, has been struck by lightning twice in his life.

    Groaking is to watch people eating in hopes that they will offer you some.

    Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from Public Libraries.

    H2O expands as it freezes and contracts as it melts, displacing the exact same amount of fluid in either state. So if the northern ice cap did melt, it would cause absolutely no raise in the level of the ocean.

    Hair is made from the same substance as fingernails.

    Hairstylist Anthony Silvestri cuts hair while underwater.

    Half of all people who have ever smoked have now quit.

    Hallmark makes cards for 105 different relationships.

    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 fists).

    Hans Christian Anderson, creater of fairy tales, was word-blind. He never learned to spell correctly, and his publishers always had errors.

    Hard rock music makes termites chew through wood twice their usual speed.

    Harrison has a goat named His Whiskers.

    Harry Truman's middle name was just 'S'. It isn't short for anything. His parents could not decide between two different names beginning with S.

    Harvard uses Yale brand locks on their buildings;Yale uses Best brand.

    Hawaii's Mount Waialeale is the wettest place in the world - it rains about ninety per cent of the time, about 480 inches per annum.

    Hawaiian words do not contain consonant clusters. For example, Kahlua is not a hawaiian word.

    Hawkeye, on the t.v. series M*A*S*H had the t.v. name of Bernjamin Franklin Pierce. The actor's name was Alan Alda.

    Hay fever is the sixth most prevalent chronic condition in the United States.

    Henry Ford flatly stated that history is bunk.

    Henry Ford produces the model T only in black because the black paint available at the time was the fastest to dry.

    Heroin is derived from the opium poppy, Papaver Somniferum, which means the poppy that brings slee

    Heroin is the brand name of morphine once marketed by Bayer.

    Hershey's Kisses are called that because the machine that makes them looks like it's kissing the conveyor belt.

    Hindu men once believed 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.

    Hippopotamuses do eighty percent of their vocalization under water.

    History's first recorded toothpaste was an Egyptian mixture of ground

    Hitler and Napolean both had only one testicle.

    Hitler was claustrophobic. The elevator leading to his Eagles' nest in the Austrian Alps was mirrored so it would appear larger and more open.

    Hobbes originally had pads on his hands and feet but Bill Waterson (the creator) found them too distracting and removed them.

    Honey is used as a center for golf balls and in antifreeze mixtures.

    The first airline, DELAG, was established on October 16, 1909, to carry passengers between German cities by Zeppelin airships. Up to November 1913, more than 34,000 people had used the service.

    Titanic was running at 22 knots when she hit the iceberg

    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

    The fat molecules in goat milk are 5 times smaller than those found in cow milk. It takes 20 mins for the stomach to breakdown as opposed to the hour that it takes to break down cow milk

    MTV (Music Television) first aired at 12:01 AM on August 1, 1981. The first video was 'Video Killed the Radio Star' by the Bugles.

    Francis Scott Key was a young lawyer who wrote the poem, 'The Star Spangled Banner', after being inspired by watching the Americans fight off the British attack of Baltimore during the War of 1812. The poem became the words to the national anthem

    The famous dum-de-dum-dum theme, obstensively from 'Dragnet', was actually composed by Miklos Rozsa for the 1946 film noir classic,'The Killers'.

    Because radio waves travel at 186,000 miles per second and sound waves saunter at 700 miles per hour, a broadcast voice can be heard sooner 13,000 miles away than it can be heard at the back of the room in which it originated

    Mosquito repellents don't repel. They hide you. The spray blocks the mosquito's sensors so they don't know your there.

    The bagpipe was originally made from the whole skin of a dead sheep

    Inventor Samuel Colt patented his revolver in 1836.

    It has been recommended by dentists that a toothbrush be kept at least 6 feet (two meters) away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush!

    The first ever indoor organized presentation hockey game was a 2-1 Creighton's team victory in Montreal on March 3, 1875, in Victoria Skating Rink.

    In ancient Rome it was considered a sign of leadership to be born with a crooked nose

    It is possible to drown and not die. Technically the term 'drowning' refers to the process of taking water into the lungs, not to death caused by that process.

    The first known heart medicine was discovered in an English garden. In 1799, physician John Ferriar noted the effect of dried leaves of the common foxglove plant, digitalis purpurea, on heart action. Still used in heart medications, digitalis slows the pulse and increases the force of heart contractions and the amount of lood pumped per heartbeat.

    Dry cereal for breakfast was invented by John Henry Kellogg at the turn of the century

    In the movie The Phantom Menace, Darth Maul's voice was also dubbed over. (In Star Wars James Earl Jones did Darth Vadar's voice.) Also, the actor who played Darth Maul had no previous acting experience. He is a stunt man who came to the set to show George Lucas what the fight scenes would look like.

    During World War II, a German U-boat was sunk by a truck. The U-boat in question attacked a convoy in the Atlantic and then rose to see the effect. The merchant ship it sank had material strapped to its deck including a fleet of trucks, one of which was thrown in the air by the explosion, landing on the U-boat and breaking its back

    Jeremy Bentham, a British philosopher who died in 1832,left his entire estate to the London Hospital provided that his body be allowed to preside over its board meetings. His skeleton was clothed and fitted with a wax mask of his face. It was present at the meeting for 92 years.

    Diet Coke was only invented in 1982.

    Methane gas can often be seen bubbling up from the bottom of ponds. It is produced by the decomposition of dead plants and animals in the mud.

    There are more than 1,700 references to gems and precious stones in the King James translation of the

    The E. Coli bacterium propels itself with a 'motor' only one-millionth of an inch in diameter, a thousand times smaller than the tiniest motors built to date by man. The rotation of the bacterial motor comes from a current of protons. The efficiency of the motor approaches 100 per cent.

    Henry Ford produced the model T only in black because the black paint available at the time was the fastest to dry.

    Honeybees have hair on their eyes!

    Hot water is heavier than cold.

    How valuable is the penny you found laying on the ground? If it takes just a second to pick it up a person could make $36.00 per hour just picking up pennies.

    Howard Hughes once made half a billion dollars in one day. In 1966, he received a bank draft for $546,549,171.00 in return for his 75% holdings in TWA.

    Howdy Doody had 48 freckles.

    Hrand Araklein, a Brink's car guard, was killed when $50,000 worth of quarters crushed on him.

    Hudson Bay is the largest bay in the world bordering only one country, Canada.

    Hugh Ward Cleaver Beaumont was an ordained minister.

    Hulk Hogan's real name is Terry Bollea.

    Human birth control pills work on gorillas.

    Human blood travels 60,000 miles per day on its journey through the arteries, arterioles and capillaries and back through the venules and veins.

    Human bones can withstand stresses of twenty-four thousand pounds per square inch.

    Human hair is estimated to grow at 0.00000001 miles per hour.

    Human thighbones are as strong as concrete.

    Humans are the only primates that do not have pigment in the palms of their hands.

    Humphrey Bogart was related to Princess Diana.

    Husbands and wives in India who desire children whisper their wish to the ear of a sacred cow.

    Hydroxydesoxycorticosterone and hydroxydeoxycorticosterones are the largest anagrams.

    Hypnotism is banned by public schools in San Diego.

    I am. is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.

    Ice cream was originally made without sugar and eggs.

    Ice Cube's real name is O'Shea Jackson.

    If a spider dismantles his web, that means a bad storm is near.

    If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, 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.

    If a surgeon in Ancient Egypt lost a patient while performing an operation, his hands were cut off.

    The liquid inside young coconuts can be used as substitute for blood plasma

    The world's largest McDonalds is located on I-44 at Vinita, Oklahoma. It goes from one side of the interstate to the other, passing over the interstate

    Strawberries have more vitamin C in them than oranges

    Dead Egyptian noblewomen were given the special treatment of being allowed a few days to ripen, so that the embalmers wouldn't find her too attractive

    In 1922, Pitcairn Airlines was the first to provide air sickness bags

    The first time movie audiences were treated to a flushing toilet was in Alfred Hitchcock's 1959 release Psycho

    The Planet Pluto takes 248n Earth years to orbit the sun. For Twenty of those years it is closer to the sun than the planet Neptune, It's orbit prevents it from colliding with Neptune

    Facts about onions. Chefs started using them 5,000 years ago to spice up their cooking. Eaten ram onions are good for unblocking stuffed nose. Onions are low in calories and a good source of vitamin C, calcium, potassium and fibre. They get their distictive smell by soaking up sulphur from the soil. Cooking destroys the eyewatering agent. They help reduce cholestrol if eaten after a fatty meal. They help circulation. A sliced raw onion helps relive a bee sting.

    a nuclear powered aircraft carrier can run for up to 18 years.

    Titanium is the most corrosion resistant material suitable for boat building. It is stronger than steel and weighs only half as much.

    The 'rusticles' on the model of the sunken Titanic were Cheeto's and bran flakes painted with rust coloured primer

    In the original 101 Dalmatians movie, Pongo has 72 spots, Perdita has 68 and each of the puppies has 3

    Niether the emu or kangaroo can walk backwards. This is why they're on the Australian Coat of Arms.

    The average cough comes out ofvyour mouth at 60MPH.

    Any free-moving liquid in outer space will form itself into a sphere, because of it's surface tension.

    Ketchup is excellent for cleaning brass, especially tarnished and corroded brass

    A team of scientist from the University of Bangor and Caltech say they have succeeded in transmitting the properties of a light beam to another beam across a lab bench, in what they claim is the "first bona fide teleportation".

    Chicken Breeders have been trying to improve the smell in the rearing sheds by adding garlic to the chickens diet. One of the farmers that work there said that it smells more like a pizzeria.

    Raindrops aren't actually tear-drop shaped. They are rounded at the top and flat on the bottom.

    One Day on the planet Pluto is about the length of a week on Earth

    When the Titanic sunk there was 7,500 lbs of ham on it

    Pluto has one moon called Charon

    The first police force was establised in Paris 1667

    Kermit the Frog has 11 points on his collar around his neck.

    A broken clock is right at least twice a day.

    If China imported just 10% of it's rice needs- the price on the world market would increase by 80%.

    If done perfectly, any rubix cube combination can be solved in 17 turns.

    If each count were one second long, it would take about twelve days to count to a million and thirty-two years to count to a billion.

    If inflation continues at its present rate (without a let-up), the citizen who earns $00 an hour today will have a counterpart one hundred years from now will earn $4,339 an hour.

    If monkeys eat too many un-ripe bananas their tongue and eyes will turn green.

    If one places a tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion, it will instantly go mad and sting itself to death.

    If Texas were a country it's GNP would be the fifth largest of any country on Earth.

    If the Earth was smooth, the ocean would cover the entire surface to a depth of 12,000 feet.

    If two flies were left to reproduce without predators or other limitations for one year, the resulting mass of flies would be the size of the Earth!

    If we had the same mortality rate as in the 1900s, more than half the people in the world today would not be alive.

    If you are locked in a completely sealed room, you will die of carbon dioxide poisoning before you die of oxygen deprivation.

    If you attempted to count to stars in a galaxy at a rate of one every second it would take around 3,000 years to count them all.

    If you bring a raccoon's head to the Henniker, New Hampshire town hall, you are entitled to receive $.10 from the town.

    If you combined all the muscles in an average human in to one muscle, the force it would be capable of producing is about 2,000 tonnes.

    If you come from Manchester, you are a Mancunian.

    If you could cut out the United States, its center of gravity would be Friend, Nebraska.

    If you earn twenty thousand dollars a year, one minute of your time is worth a little more than seventeen cents.

    If you fart consistently for 6 years and 9 months, enough gas is produced to create an atomic bomb.

    If you feed a seagull Alka-Seltzer, its stomach will explode.

    If you go blind in one eye you only lose about one fifth of your vision but all your sense of depth.

    If you have a tapeworm in your stomach it will come up while you're asleep to lick the salt off your lips.

    If you lace your shoes from the inside to the outside the fit will be snugger around your big toe.

    If you lock you knees while standing long enough, you will pass-out.

    If you look carefully at the picture of Mona Lisa, you will notice a bridge in the background.

    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.

    American car horns beep in the tone of F.

    Playing cards in India are round.

    The shortest war in history was between Zanzibar an England in 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes.

    Each of us generates about 3.5 pounds of rubbish a day. Most of it is paper.

    The condensed water vapour in the sky left behind by jets is called a contrail.

    Children grow faster in the springtime.

    The most collect calls are made on father's day.

    No piece of paper can be folded more than 7 times.

    Most gemstones contain several elements. Except the diamond it's all carbon.

    The smoke detector was invented in 1969

    The average flea can jump up to 150 times its own length. To match that a human would have to jump 1,00 feet.

    Barbie's measurements if she were life-size; 39-29-33.

    More people are killed by donkeys annually than are killed in plane crashes.

    1 in every 4 Americans has appeared on television.

    You were born with 300 bones, but when you get to be an adult you only have 206.

    You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching T.V.

    The Pacific Ocean fills nearly a complete hemisphere of the earth's surface.

    There are ten human body parts that are only three letters long (eye hip arm leg ear toe jaw rib lip gum).

    If you go blind in one eye you only lose about one fifth of your vision but all your sense of depth

    German chemists have made a replica of the football World Cup trophy that is the size of one molecule. That is less than 100-millionth the size of the original.

    The Catholic Herald, published in Great Britain, warms about the dangers of drinking holy water from religious shrines. While it may have curative powers in a religious sense, it seems that it also is a breeding ground for germs.

    The first recording of the human voice was be Thomas Edison in 1877. It was 'Mary Had a Little Lamb.'

    More money is spent on gardening than on any other hobby

    If you put a raisin in a glass of champagne, it will keep floating to the top and sinking to the bottom.

    If you see arainbow you have your back to the sun. If you don't, you can't see it.

    If you suffer from polythelia you have three nipples.

    If you told someone that they were one in a million, you'd be saying there were 1,800 of them in China.

    If you took a standard slinky and stretched it out it would measure 87 feet.

    If you toss a penny 10,000 times it will not be heads 5000 times but more like 4950. The head picture weighs more, so it ends up on the bottom.

    If you travel across the Soviet Union you will cross seven time zones.

    If you were born in Los Alamos, New Mexico during the Manhattan project (where they made the atomic bomb), your birth place is listed as a post office box in Albequerque.

    If you would like to make a Siberian happy, give him a horse-meat steak.

    If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and six days, you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee.

    If your eyes are six feet above the surface of the ocean, the horizon wil be about three statute miles away

    If your mouth were completely dry, you wouldn't be able to taste anything.

    Iguanas, koalas and Komodo dragons all have two penises.

    In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all the world's nuclear weapons combined. (We know we'll get tons of emails on this one!)

    In 1778, fashionable women of Paris never went out in blustery weather without a lightning rod attached to their hats.

    In 1825 Upper Peru became Bolivia.

    In 1845, ice shipped to Tallahassee cost $1 per pound.

    In 1892, Italy raised the minimum age for marriage for girls - to 12.

    In 1936, American track star Jesse Owens beat a race horse over a 100-yard course. The horse was given a head start.

    In 1938 Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel sold all rights to the comic-strip character Superman to their publishers for $130.

    In 1946, the first TV toy commercial aired. It was for Mr. Potato Head.

    In 1947, a car's brand name was Playboy.

    In 1949, forecasting the relentless march of science, Popular Mechanics said computers in the future may weigh no more than 5 tons.

    In 1953 - Marilyn Monroe appeared as the first Playboy centerfold.

    In 1961, MIT student Steve Russell, created SPACEWARS, the first interactive computer game, on a Digital PDP-1 (Programmed Data Processor-1) mainframe computer. Limited by the computer technology of the time, ASCII text characters were the 'graphics' and people could only play the game on a device that took up the floorspace of a small house.

    Oak trees do not produce acorns until they are fifty years of age or older.

    Most of the vitamin C in fruits is in the skin.

    The average life of a tastebud is 10 days.

    Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

    A bowling pin need only tilt 7.5 degrees to fall.

    The human heart creates enough pressure to squirt blood 30ft.

    People say that popping your bones will cause arthritis when you get older, but that actually is an old wives tale. It only pops air pockets, and does not cause arthritis. Thanks to katy for this fact

    The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue. (Relative to size)

    A peanut is not a nut or a pea it's a legume.

    It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

    The pop you hear when you crack your knuckles is actually a bubble of gas bursting.

    Your stomach needs to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks or it would digest itself.

    The (you are here arrow) on a map is called the IDEO locator.

    The fist product to have a bar code was Wrigleys gum.

    The king of hearts is the only king without a moustache.

    A Boeing 747's wingspan is longer than the Wright brother's first flight.

    We (humans) only use 10% of our brains

    Human teeth are almost as hard as rocks.

    Human thighbones are as strong as concrete.

    The electric chair was invented by a dentist.

    Weightlifting first appeared in the original Olympic program in Athens 1896. It reappeared in 1904 and since 1920 then it's been permanently on the program.

    There is about 1/4 pound of salt in every gallon of seawater.

    Blonds have more hair than dark haired people do.

    Six ounces of orange juice contains the minimum daily requirement for vitamin C.

    Orange juice helps the body absorb iron easily when consumed with a meal.

    In 1968, a convention of beggars in Dacca, India, passed a resolution demanding that the minimum amount of alms be fixed at 15 paisa (three cents).

    In 1969, the last Corvair to come off the assembly line was painted gold.

    In 1974 there were 90 tornadoes in the U.S. in one day.

    In 1976 Rodrigo's 'Guitar Concierto de Aranjuez' was No 1 in the UK for only three hours because of a computer error.

    In 1976, a Los Angeles secretary named Jannene Swift officially married a 50-pound rock. The ceremony was witnessed by more than 20 people.

    In 1977 there were 37 Elvis impersonators in the world. In 1993, there were 48,000. At this rate, by the year 2010 one out of every three people will be an Elvis impersonator.

    In 1977, a 13 year old child found a tooth growing out of his left foot.

    In 1980, Namco released PAC-MAN, the most popular video game (or arcade game) of all time. The original name was going to be PUCK MAN, but executives saw the potential for vandals to scratch out part of the P in the games marquee and labeling.

    In 1980, there was only one country in the world with no telephones-Bhutan.

    In 1981 a guy had a heart attack after playing the game BERSERK--video gaming's only known fatality.

    In 1982, the last member of a group of people who believed the Earth was hollow died.

    In 1983, a Japanese artist made a copy of the Mona Lisa completely out of toast.

    In 1984, a Canadian farmer began renting ad space on his cows.

    In 1986 Danny Heep became the first player in a World Series to be a designated hitter (DH) with the initials D.H.

    In 1990 - Engineers digging a railway tunnel under the English Channel broke through the last dividing rock and joined Britain to mainland Europe for the first time since the Ice Age.

    In 1990 there were about 15,000 vacuum cleaner related accidents in the U.S.

    In 75% of American households, women manage the money and pay the bills.

    In a century's time Islam had converted one-third of the world.

    In a lifetime we replace our skin approximately 1000 times.

    In a tradition dating to the begining of the Westminster system of government, the bench in the middle of a Westminster parliarment is two and a half sword lengths long. This was so the government and oppositon couldn't have a go at each other if it all got a bit heated!

    In an episode of The Simpsons, Sideshow Bob's Criminal Number is 24601, the same as the Criminal number of Jean Valjean in Les Miserables.

    In ancient Egypt they paid their taxes in honey.

    In ancient Egypt, the apricot was called the egg of the sun.

    In ancient religions, the Norsemen considered the mistletoe a baleful plant that caused the death of Baldur, the shining god of youth.

    In Bangladesh, kids as young as 15 can be jailed for cheating on their finals.

    In Brazil, Christmas is celebrated with fireworks.

    In Calama, a town in the Atacama Desert of Chile, it has never rained.

    In certain parts of India and ancient China, mouse meat was considered a delicacy.

    In cooking, six drops make a dash.

    In Disney's Fantasia, the sorcerer's name is Yensid (Disney spelt backwards).

    In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.

    In English, four is the only digit that has the same number of letters as its value.

    In every deck of cards the King of Hearts is sticking his sword through his head. That's why he's often called the Suicide King.

    In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere.

    In every show that Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidit (The Fantasticks) did there was at least one song about rain.

    In every show that Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt (The Fantasticks) wrote, there is at least one song about rain.

    In France there's a place called Y.

    In Hartford, Connecticut, you may not, under any circumstances, cross the street walking on your hands!

    In his book, The Insects, naturalist Url N. Lanham reports that the aphid reproductive cycle is so rapid that females are born pregnant.

    In historic Deerfield, Massachusetts a guide was showing us fireplaces and some old cooking items. One of the items was an iron standing grid that they would slide bread slices into and place in front of the fire. This grid could turn around and the story goes that the women would push it with their toe; originating the term toe stir which eventually became toaster.

    In honour if Johan Vaaler, inventor of the paper clip, a 221/2 paper clip was erected in Oslo, Norway.

    In Idaho a citizen is forbidden by law to give another citizen a box of candy that weighs more than 50 pounds.

    In Irian Jaya exists a tribe of tall. white people whose parrots are a warning sign against intruders.

    In Italy, a campaign for Schweppes Tonic Water translated the name into Schweppes Toilet Water.

    In Kentucky, 50% of the people who get married for the first time are teenagers.

    In Los Angeles, there are fewer people than there are automobiles.

    In May 1948, Mt Ruapehu and Mt Ngauruhoe, both in New Zealand, erupted simultaneously.

    In Miami, Florida, roosting vultures have taken to snatching poodles from rooftop patios.

    In midieval England beer often was served with breakfast.

    In most advertisements, including newspapers, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.

    In order for a deck of cards to be mixed up enough to play with properly, it should be shuffled at least seven times.

    In Papua New Guinea there are villages within five miles of each other which speak different languages.

    In Paris, the Macdonalds big 'M' is the only one in the world that is white, rather than yellow, it was thought that yellow was too tacky......

    In Psycho, the color of Mrs. Bates' dress was periwinkle blue.

    In relation to its size, the ordinary house spider is eight time faster than an Olympic sprinter.

    In space you cannot cry because there is no gravity to make the tears flow.

    In Tennesee USA a man must walk in front of any car driven by a women, while waving a red flag as a warning.

    In the 1700's you could purchase insurance against going to hell, in London England.

    In the 19th century, the British Navy attempted to dispel the superstition that Friday was an unlucky day to embark on a ship. The keel of a new ship was laid on a Friday, she was named H.M.S Friday, commanded by a Captain Friday, and fianlly went to sea on a Friday. Neither the ship nor her crew were ever heard of again.

    In the 40's, the Bich pen was changed to Bic for fear that Americans would pronounce it 'Bitch.'

    In the Andes, time is often measured by how long it takes to smoke a cigarette.

    In the Arctic, the sun sometimes appears to be square.

    In the Caribbean, there are oysters that can climb trees.

    In the Durango desert, in Mexico, there's a creepy spot called the Zone of Silence. You can't pick up clear TV or radio signals. And locals say fireballs sometimes appear in the sky.

    In the early days of silent films, there was blatant thievery. Unscrupulous film companies would steal the film, reshoot a scene or two, and release it as a new production. The combat this, the Biograph company put the company's trademark initials AB somewhere in every scene--on a door, a wall, or window.

    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.

    In the Great Fire of London in 1666 half of London was burnt down but only six people were injured.

    In the Great Seal of the US the eagle grasps 13 arrows and an olive branch.

    In the heart of the Antarctic winter, temperatures drop to as low as -127 degrees Fahrenheit.

    In the Mario Brothers movie, the Princess' first name is Daisy, but in Mario 64, the game, her first name is Peach. Before that, it's Princess Toadstool.

    In the Middle Ages, the highest court in France ordered the execution of a cow for injuring a human.

    In the movie 'Now and Then', when the girls are talking to the hippie (Brenden Fraser), and they get up to leave, Teeny (Thora Birch) puts out her cigarette twice.

    In the movie Toy Story, the carpet designs in Sid's hallway is the same as the carpet designs in The Shining.

    In the next seven days, 800 Americans will be injured by their jewellery.

    In the NHL in the 1960’s, the league decided that home teams would wear white, while visiting teams would wear their dark jerseys. The reasoning behind this was that it would be more difficult to keep white uniforms clean while on the road.

    In the Philippines, MABUHAY means Hello.

    In the Return of the Jedi special edition during the new Couruscant footage at the end of the film a stormtrooper can be seen being carried over the crowds.

    In the Scottish Hebrides, an island is defined as being an island only if it is big enough to sustain 1 sheep.

    In the summer, walnuts get a tan.

    In the television show Mystery Science Theater 3000, the robot Crow's mouth is made of a bowling ball pin.

    In the theme song from the Flintstones the line after Let's ride with the family down the street is Through the courtesy of Fred's two feet!.

    In the United States, five million teeth are knocked out annually.

    In The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy's last name is Gale.

    In Tokyo, they sell toupees for dogs.

    In true kingly fashion, Elvis passed away while sitting on the throne.

    In Turkey, in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, anyone caught drinking coffee was put to death.

    In Turkey, the colour of mourning is violet. In most Muslim countries and in China it is white.

    In Victorian times, there was an intense fear of being buried alive, so when someone died, a small hole was dug from the casket to the surface, then a string was tied around the dead persons finger which was then attached to a small but loud bell that was hung on the surface of the grave, so then if someone was buried alive, they could ring the bell and whomever was on duty would go and dig them up. Someone was on the clock 24 hours a day- hence the grave yard shift.

    In Washington D.C. no building can be built taller than the Capitol.

    In-grown toe nails are hereditary.

    Income tax was first introduced in England in 1799 by British Prime Minister, William Pitt.

    Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

    Inventer Samuel Colt patented his revolver in 1836.

    Iowa has more independant telephone companies than any other state.

    Iron nails cannot be used in aok because the acid in the wood corrodes them.

    It can take as long as 4 hours to hard-boil an ostrich egg.

    It cost more to buy a car today in the United States than it cost Christopher Columbus to equip and undertake three voyages to the New World.

    It has been calculated that in the last 3,500 years, there have only been 230 years of peace throughout the civilized world.

    It is against the law to whale hunt in Oklahoma.

    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 estimated that Americans will consume 10 million tons of turkey on Thanksgiving Day. Due to turkey's high sulphur content, Americans will also produce enough gas to fly a fleet of 75 Hindenburghs from L.A to New York in 24 hours.

    It is estimated that at any one time, 0.7% of the world's population are drunk.

    It is estimated that millions of trees are planted by forgetful squirrels.

    It is forbidden for aircraft to fly over the Taj Mahal.

    It is impossible to drown and not die. Technically the term 'drowning' refers to the process of taking water into the lungs, not to death caused by that process.

    It is physically impossible for pigs to look up in the sky.

    It only takes a male horse 14 seconds to copulate.

    It rains more often in London, England, on a Thursday than any other day of the week.

    It snows more in the Grand Canyon than it does in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

    It takes 8.5 minutes for light to get from the sun to earth.

    It takes a sloth two weeks to digest the food it eats.

    It takes about 142 licks to reach the center of a tootsie pop.

    It takes about a half a gallon of water to cook macaroni, and about a gallon to clean the pot.

    It takes an average of 48 to 100 tries to solve a rubix cube puzzle.

    It takes eighteen minutes to cool hot chocolate into a Hershey's kiss.

    It takes more than 500 peanuts to make one 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.

    It takes one fifteen-to-twenty-year-old tree to produce seven hundred paper grocery bags.

    It takes the insect-eating Venus Flytrap plant only half a second to shut its trap on prey.

    It took engineers 22 years to design the zipper.

    It was discovered on a space mission that a frog can throw up. The frog throws up its stomach first, so the stomach is dangling out of its mouth. Then the frog uses its forearms to dig out all of the stomach's contents and then swallows the stomach back down.

    It was once against the law to have a pet dog in a city in Iceland.

    It was once against the law to slam your car door in a city in Switzerland.

    It would take 7 billion particles of fog to fill a teaspoon.

    It would take a parrot ten to the power of three million years to type out Sir Arthur Conan Doyles book The Hound of Baskervilles. Complete and in order with no mistakes.

    It would take more than 150 years to drive a car to the sun.

    It's against the law to burp, or sneeze in a church in Omaha, Nebraska.

    It's against the law to ride down the streets of Brewton, Alabama, in a motorboat.

    It's impossible to get water out a rimless tire.

    It's impossible to have grey eyes.

    It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

    It's rumored that sucking on a copper penny will cause a breathalyzer to read 0.

    Ivory bar soap floating was a mistake. They had been 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.

    Jackals have one more pair of chromosomes than dogs or wolves.

    James Buchanan is said to have had the neatest handwriting of all the Presidents.

    James Buchanan was the only unmarried president of the U.S.

    James Doohan who plays LT. COMMANDER MONTGOMERY SCOTT on Star Trek is missing his entire middle finger on his right hand.

    Jamie Farr (who played Klinger on Mash) was the only member of the cast who actually served as a soldier in the Korean War.

    January is National Soup month.

    Jean-Claude Van Damme was the alien in the original PREDATOR in almost all the jumping and climbing scenes.

    Jelly Belly jelly beans were the first jelly beans in outer space when they went up with astronauts in the June 21, 1983 voyage of the space shuttle Challenger.

    Jelly is fruit juice with added sugar, cooled and congealed, usually by the addition of gelatin or pectin.

    Jeremy Bentham, a British philosopher who died in 1832, left his entire estate to the London Hospital provided that his body preside over its board meetings. His skeleton was clothed and fitted with a wax mask of his face. It was present at the meeting for 92 years.

    Jet lag was onced called boat lag, before there were jets.

    JFK Jr. and Christine Amanapour of CNN were housemates at Brown University.

    Jill St. John, Jack Klugman, Diana Ross, Carol Burnett and Cher have all worn braces as adults.

    Jim Morrison (from the rock group The Doors) was the first rock star to be arrested on stage.

    Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Jim Morrison were all 27 years old when they died.

    Jimmy Carter is a speed reader (2000 wpm).

    John Bellavia has entered over 5000 contests...and never won anything.

    John F. Kennedy's rocking chair was auctioned off for $442,000.

    John Hancock was the only one of fifty signers of the Declaration of Independence who actually signed it on July

    John Lennon named his band the Beatles after Buddy Holly's 'Crickets.'

    John Lennon's first girlfriend was named Thelma Pickles.

    John Lennon's middle name was Winston.

    John Quincy Adams took his last skinnydip in the Potomac on his seventy-ninth birthday.

    John Travolta's saturday night fever white suit auctioned off for $145,500. Judy Garlands red slippers for $165,000. Charlie Chaplins hat & cane for $211,500. Elvis' jacket for $59,700. John Lennon glasses for $25,875

    Johnny Carson was born in Corning, Iowa and grew up in Norfolk, Nebraska.

    Judy Jetson is a Libra.

    Julie Nixon, daughter of Richard Nixon married David Eisenhower, son of Dwight Eisenhower.

    Jupiter's core is in fact made of non-metal, but due to the immense pressure inside Jupiter the core has become metal. This metal is hydrogen.

    Just a moderate sunburn can cause such damage to the blood vessels that it takes three to ten months for them to return to their normal condition.

    Karen Carpenter's doorbell chimed the first six notes of We've only just begun.

    Karoke means empty orchestra in Japanese.

    Kelsey Grammer sings and plays piano for the theme song of Frasier.

    Kerimski Church in Finland is the world's biggest church made of wood.

    Kermit the Frog has 11 points on his collar around his neck.

    Kermit the Frog is left-handed.

    Kermit the Frog was named after Kermitt Scott, a childhood friend of Jim Henson's, who became a professor of philosophy at Purdue University.

    Ketchup is excellent for cleaning brass, especially tarnished or corroded brass.

    Kilauea (in Hawaii) is generally regarded as the world's most active volcano.

    King Kong is the only movie to have its sequel (Son of Kong) released the same year (1933).

    King Tut's tomb contained FOUR coffins. The third coffin was made from 2,500 pounds of gold. And in today's market is worth approximately $13,000,000.

    Kleenex tissues were originally used as filters in gas masks.

    Koala is Aboriginal for no drink.

    Koalas never drink water. They get fluids from the eucalyptus leaves they eat.

    Kotex was first manufactured as bandages, during the WW

    Kresimir Cosic is only non-American player in NBA Hall of Fame.

    Kudzu is not indigenous to the South, but in that climate it can grow up to six inches a day.

    L'eggs is the best-selling panty hose in America.

    Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world.

    Lang Martin balanced seven golf balls vertically without adhesive at Charlotte, NC on 9 February 1980.

    Largest man-made lake in the world: Lake Mead.

    Laughter is a proven way to lose weight.

    Laws forbidding the sale of sodas on Sunday prompted William Garwood to invent the ice cream sundae in Evanston, IL, in 1875.

    Lawsuits filed by California inmates cost the taxpayers more than $25 million in 199

    Lazy Susan's are named after Thomas Edison's daughter. He invented it to impress a gathering of industrialists and inventors.

    Lee Harvey Oswald's body tag was auctioned off for $6,600.

    Lee Harvey Oswald's cadaver tag sold at an auction for $6,600 in 199

    Leif Erikson was the first European to set foot on North America in the year 1000. NOT Colombus.

    Lemons contain more sugar than strawberries do.

    Lemons have more sugar than oranges.

    Length of a beard an average man would grow if he never shaved is 27.5 feet.

    Lenny Kravitz's mother played the part of Helen on the Jeffersons.

    Leon Trotsky, the seminal Russian Communist, was assassinated in Mexico with an icepick.

    Leonardo da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time.

    Leonardo da Vinci invented the concept of the parachute, but his design was fatally flawed in that it did not allow air to pass through the top of the chute. Therefore, the chute would not fall straight, but would tilt to the side, lose it's air, and plummet.

    Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.

    Leonardo da Vinci spent twelve years painting the Mona Lisa's lips.

    Less than 3% of Nestle's sales are for chocolate.

    Less than 7% of the population donates blood.

    Less than two percent of the water on Earth is fresh.

    Li Hung-chang is the father of Chop Suey.

    Li is the family name for over 87 million People in China.

    Liberace Museum has a mirror-plated Rolls Royce; jewel-encrusted capes, and the largest rhinestone in the world, weighing 59 pounds and almost a foot in diameter.

    Libra, the Scales, is the only inanimate symbol in the zodiac.

    Life on Earth probably developed in an oxygen-free atmosphere. Even today there are microorganisms that can live only in the absence of oxygen.

    Lightning strikes the earth 100 times every second.

    Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different.

    Linn's Stamp News is the world's largest weekly newspaper for stamp collectors.

    Long ago, the people of Nicaragua believed that if they threw beautiful young women into a volcano it would stop erupting.

    Lorne Green had one of his nipples bitten off by an alligator while host of Lorne Green's Wild Kingdom.

    Los Angeles and San Francisco become 2.5 inches closer together each year because they are on opposite sides of the San Andreas fault.

    Los Angeles's full name is El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula --and can be abbreviated to 63% of its size: L.A.

    Lost time in traffic could cost American businesses up to 100 billion dollars per year.

    Louis IV of France had a stomach the size of two regular stomachs.

    Louis XIV bathed once a year.

    Louis XIV had forty personal wigmakers and almost 1000 wigs

    Louisa May Alcott, author of the classic Little Women, hated kids. She only wrote the book because her publisher asked her to.

    Lucifer is latin for Light Bringer. It is a translation of the Hebrew name for Satan, Halael. Satan means adversary, devil means liar

    Lucy Ricardo's maiden name was McGillicudy.

    Luke Skywalker's last name was changed at the last minute from Starkiller in order to make it less violent.

    Lyndon B. Johnson was the first president of the United States to wear contact lenses.

    M&M's stands for the last names of Forrest Mars, Sr. then candymaker and his associate Bruce Murrie.

    M&M's were developed so soldiers could eat the candy without getting their fingers sticky.

    Mae West was once dubbed 'The statue of Libido'.

    MAFIA is an acronym for Morte Alla Francia Italia Anela, or Death to the French is Italy's Cry

    Maggots were once used to treat a bone infection called osteomyelitis.

    Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.

    Maine is the toothpick capital of the world.

    Malaysians protect their babies from disease by bathing the in beer.

    Male monkeys lose the hair on their heads in the same way men do.

    Many hamsters only blink one eye at a time.

    Many Japanese golfers carry hole-in-one insurance, because it is traditional in Japan to share one's good luck by sending gifts to all your friends when you get an ace. The price for what the Japanese term an albatross can often reach $10,000.

    March 2 is Dr. Seuss' birthday.

    Marco Polo was born on the Croatian island of Korcula (pronounced Kor-Chu-La).

    Marie Curie, the Nobel prize winning scientist who discovered radium, died on 4th July 1934 of radiation poisoning.

    Marijuana is Spanish for 'Mary Jane.'

    Mario, of Super Mario Bros. fame, appeared in the 1981 arcade game, Donkey Kong. His original name was Jumpman, but was changed to Mario to honor the Nintendo of America's landlord, Mario Segali.

    Mary Shelly wrote Frankenstein at the age of 19.

    Matt Groening, creator of the Simpsons, incorporated his initials into the drawing of Homer. M is his hair and G is his ear. Check it out!

    Medieval Jewish mystics practiced rolling in the snow to purge themselves from evil urges. They were the first snow angels.

    Mel Blanc (the voice of Bugs' Bunny) was allergic to carrots.

    Melting an icecube in your mouth burns 3 calories.

    Men get hiccups more often than women.

    Men stand with their backs to the fire: An old explanation is that when the dog's nose was too small to stop a leak in the Aark, Noah sat on the hole to keep the water out. Ever since then men have felt the need to warm their backs and dog's have had cold noses.

    Meteorologists claim they're right 85% of the time.

    Mexican jumping beans jump because of a moth larva inside the bean.

    Michael Jackson is black.

    Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.

    Michael Jordan shaves his head on Tuesdays and Fridays.

    Michael Tolotos, who died at the age of 80, never saw a woman.

    Michelangelo died at the age of 88.

    Miss Piggy's measurements are 27-20-36.

    Miss Scarlet is the only female single character in CLUE.

    Moby Dick was white.

    Moisture, not air causes super glue to dry.

    Money is made of woven linen, not paper.

    Mongolia is the largest landlocked country.

    Mongooses were brought to Hawai'i to kill rats. This plan failed because rats are nocturnal while the mongoose hunts during the day.

    Montgomery is the birthplace of music great Nat King Cole, pop singers Clarence Carter and Toni Tenille,

    Metropolitan Opera singer Nell Rankin, and blues legend Willie Mae Big Mama Thornton.

    Months that begin with Sunday will always have a Friday the 13th.

    Montpelier, Vermont is the only U.S. state capital without a McDonalds.

    Moon was Buzz Aldrin's mother's maiden name (Buzz Aldrin was the second man on the moon in 1969.

    More bullets were fired in Starship Troopers than in any other movie made.

    More money is spent on gardening than on any other hobby.

    More people are killed by donkeys annually than are killed in plane crashes.

    More people speak English in China than the United States.

    More people use blue toothbrushes than red ones.

    More than 10 percent of all the salt produced annually in the world is used to de-ice American roads.

    More than 75% of all the countries in the world are north of the equator.

    More then 25% of the world's forest are in Siberia.

    Mosquitoes are attracted to the color blue twice as much as to any other color.

    Mosquitoes have killed more people than have all the world's wars combined.

    Mosquitos have teeth.

    Most American car horns honk in the key of F.

    Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin.

    Most gemstones contain several elements, except the diamond; its all carbon.

    Most published species of dinosaurs have been published within the last 20 years.

    Most raindrops are round or doughnut-shaped not raindrop shaped.

    Most spiders belong to the orb weaver spider family, Family Aranidae. This is pronounced A Rainy Day.

    Mothers were originally named mama or mommy (in many languages) because they have mammary glands.

    Moths have no stomach.

    Mountains are formed by a process called orogeny.

    Mozart wrote the nursery rhyme Twinkle twinkle, little star at the age of five.

    Mozart's real name was Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart .

    Mr. Peanut was invented in 1916 by a Suffolk, Virginia schoolchild who won $5 in a design contest sponsored by Planters Peanuts.

    Mr. Potatohead was the first toy ever advertised on television.

    Mr. Rogers is an ordained minister.

    Mr. Snuffleupagas' first name was Alyoisus.

    Mr. Spock's (of Star Trek) blood type was T-Negative.

    Mrs. Clause's first name is Jessica in the movie Santa Clause is Coming to Town.

    Muffins spelled backwards is sniffum.

    Napolean conducted his battle plans in a sandbox.

    Napolean favored mathematicians and physical scientists but excluded humanists from his circle, believing them to be troublemakers.

    Native speakers of Japanese learn Spanish more easily than English. Native speakers of English learn Spanish more easily than Japanese.

    Naugahyde, plastic leather was created in Naugatuck, Connecticut.

    Nearly all Sumo wrestlers have flat feet and big butts.

    Neck ties were first worn in Croatia. That's why they were called cravats (CRO-vats).

    NERF, the popular foam children's toy company, doesn't actually stand for anything.

    Nerve impulses to and from the brain travel as fast as 170 miles per hour.

    Nestlé is the largest company in Switzerland, yet more than 98 percent of its revenue comes from outside the country.

    New York City is nicknamed the Big Apple after an early swing dance that originated in South Carolina called The Big Apple.

    New york was the first state to require the licensing of motor vehicles.

    New York's Central Park is nearly twice the size of the entire country of Monaco.

    New York's Central Park opened in 1876.

    New Zealand is the only country that contains every type of climate in the world.

    New Zealand was named after Abel Tasman's home district, Zealand, in the Netherlands.

    New Zealand was the first country to give woman the vote, in 1890.

    Next to man, the porpoise is the most intelligent creature on earth.

    Nick Mason is the only member of Pink Floyd to appear on all of the band's albums.

    Nicotine was introduced by Jean Nicot (French Ambassador to Portugal) in France in 1560.

    Nine pennies weigh exactly one ounce.

    Nine words will be misspelled on each magazine page.

    Nip, a nip of whiskey. Short for nipperkin. A small wine and beer measure containing about a half a pint, or little under.

    No automobile made after 1924 should be designated as antique.

    No one knows where Mozart is buried.

    No one seems to know why people blush.

    No pearls of value are ever found in North American oysters.

    No piece of paper can be folded in half more than 7 times.

    No president was an only child.

    No two cornflakes look the same.

    No word in English rhymes with the word month.

    No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver or purple.

    Nobody knows where the body of Voltaire is. It was stolen in the nineteenth century and has never been recovered. The theft was discovered in 1864, when the tomb was opened and found empty.

    Nobody won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1972

    Nobody yet has explained satisfactorily why couples who marry in January, February, and March tend to have the highest divorce rates.

    Non-dairy creamer is flammable.

    Norman Stingley invented the Super Ball.

    North Americans spend almost $18 billion on footwear a year.

    Nose prints are used to identify dogs, much like humans use fingerprints.

    Nova Scotia is Latin for New Scotland.

    November 19 is Have a Bad Day day.

    November 29 is National Sinky Day; a day to eat over one's sink and worship it.

    Nowadays, 50% of all people who get married get divorced.

    Number of whiskers on the face of an average man is 30,000.

    Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.

    Nycrophobia is the fear of darkness.

    Oak trees do not have acorns until they are fifty years old or older.

    October 10 is National Metric Day.

    Odds of being killed by a dog are 1 in 700,000.

    Odds of being killed by a tornado are 1 in 2 million.

    Odds of being killed by falling out of bed are 1 in 2 million.

    Odds of being killed in a car crash are 1 in 5000.

    Odds of dying in the bathtub are 1 in 1,000,000.

    Odontophobia is the fear of teeth.

    Of all the words in the English language, the word set has the most definitions.

    Of the 266 men who have been pope, 33 have died violently.

    Of the four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, all named after artists and/or sculptors, Donatello does not occur in the same time period as Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael.

    Of the six men who made up the Three Stooges, three of them were real brothers (Moe, Curly and Shemp.)

    Oliver Cromwell was hanged and decapitated two years after his death.

    On a trip to the South Sea islands, French painter Paul Gauguin stopped off briefly in Central America, where he wroked as a laborer on the Panama Canal.

    On an American one-dollar bill, there is an owl in the upper left-handed corner of the 1 encased in the shield and a spider hidden in the front upper right-hand corner

    On average people fear spiders more than they do death.

    On average there are 178 sesame seeds on each McDonald's BigMac bun.

    On average, 100 people choke on ballpoint pens every year.

    On average, children between the ages of two and seven color 28 minutes every day.

    On average, half of all false teeth have some form of radioactivity.

    On average, most people button their shirt upwards.

    On dry, windy days, pollen can travel up to 500 miles.

    On July 31, 1994, Simon Sang Sung of Singapore turned a single piece of dough into 8,192 noodles in 59.29 seconds!

    On June 13th 1944, a single Tiger tank headed by Cpt. Michael Wittman stopped the advance of the entire British 7th armored division (the famous 'desert rats') in the town of Villers Bocage, Normandy. This has been the deadliest single action in the entire war and stopped the British offensive, planned by Montgomery, to break through German lines. Wittman died later in August fighting against 12 Canadian Sherman tanks.

    On the cartoon show 'The Jetsons', Jane is 33 years old and her daughter Judy is 15

    On the new hundred dollar bill the time on the clock tower of Independence Hall is 4:10.

    On the Roseanne show, D.J. stood for David Jacob.

    On the stone temples of Madura in southern India, there are more than 30 million carved images of gods and goddesses.

    One billion seconds is about 37 years.

    One human brain generates more electrical impulses in a single day than all of the world's telephones put together.

    One human hair can support 3 kgs.

    One legend claims stealing someone's shadow (by measuring it against a wall and driving a nail through its head) can turn the victim into a vampire.

    One of Queen Victoria's children gave her bustle for Christmas that played God Save the Queen when she sat down.

    One of the ingredients in ice cream is seaweed.

    One of the preposterous cures for the Black Plague in the 14th century was to place a pig next to the dying person.

    One of the world's tallest, fastest roller coasters: Buffalo Bill's 'Desperado'.

    One quarter of your bones in your body are in your feet.

    One ragweed plant can release as many as one billion grains of pollen.

    One sign of rain that farmers once searched for was for their pigs to pick up sticks and walk around with them in their mouths.

    One sixth of all Americans, an estimated 43 million people, move each year.

    One species of antelope, the Sitatunga, can sleep underwater.

    One third of 95 developing countries have a waiting period of six years or more for a telephone connection, compared with less than a month in developed countries.

    One third of all cancers are sun related.

    One third of black men in the US between 20 and 29 years old were in prison, on parole or on probation.

    One who busies themself with the quadrature of a cirlce is called a tetragondzein.

    One year contains 31,557,600 seconds.

    One-fourth of the world's population lives on less than $200 a year. Ninety million people survive on less than $75 a year.

    Onions are low in calories and a good source of vitamin C, calcium, potassium and fibre.

    Onions help circulation.

    Only 1/3 of the people that can twitch their ears can twitch only one at a time.

    Only 5% of salt produced end up on the dinner table. The rest is used for packing meat, building roads, feeding livestock, tanning leather, and manufacturing glass, soap, ash and washing compounds.

    Only 55% of Americans know that the sun is a star.

    Only 7% of the population are lefties.

    Only female mosquitoes bite!

    Only five countries in Europe touch only one other: Portugal, Denmark, San Marino, Vatican City, and Monaco.

    Only food that does not spoil: honey

    Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.

    Only one satellite has been ever been destroyed by a meteor--the European Space Agency's Olympus in 199

    Only one-third of the people that can twitch their ears can twitch only one at a time.

    Only person to win $64,000 Challenge and $64,000 Question: Dr. Joyce Brothers (subject is boxing).

    Only thirty percent of the famous Maryland blue crab are actually from Maryland the rest are from North Carolina and Virginia.

    Oral-B is a combination of oral hygiene and the letter B, which stands for the word better.

    Orcas (killer whales) kill sharks by torpedoing up into the shark's stomach from underneath, causing the shark to explode.

    Orchids are grown from seed so small that it would take thirty thousand to weigh as much as one grain of wheat.

    Organized crime is estimated to account for 10% of the United States' national income.

    Original 'Indian Yellow' was obtained at Monghyr, a town in Benghal, from the urine of cows which had been fed on mango leaves. It was found in the bazaars of Panjab in the form of large balls, having an offensive urinous odor. True Indian yellow has been absent from the market for some time; its production is said to have been prohibited in 1908. Present day Indian yellow colors are made of synthetic pigments, alternatives that are less fugitive and less offensive to the nose!

    Orson Welles is buried in an olive orchard on a ranch owned by his friend, matador Antonio Ordonez in Sevilla, Spain.

    Orville Wright was involved in the first aircraft accident. His passenger, a frenchman, was killed.

    Ostriches can run 50 miles per hour.

    Ostriches do not bury their heads in the sand.

    Ostriches stick their heads in the snad to look for water.

    Our eyes never grow our nose and ears never stop growing.

    Over 2500 left handed people a year are killed from using products made for right handed people!

    Over a third of all pinapples come from Hawaii.

    Pain occurs when sounds are above 130db.

    Papaphobia is the fear of Popes.

    Paper was invented early in the second century by chinese eunuch.

    Paranormal experts say people reach the peak of their ability to see ghosts when they're 7 years old.

    Parker Brothers prints about 50 billion dollars worth of Monopoly money in one year.

    Parthenogenesis is the term used to describe the process by which certain animals are able to reproduce themselves in successive female generations without intervention of a male of the species. At least one species of lizard is known to do so.

    Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr were the only two left-handed Beatles.

    Paul McCartney's mother was a mid-wife.

    Paul Revere is documented as the first Forensic Dentist: he was called upon to identify a former patient's remains by his teeth.

    Peanuts are cholesterol free.

    Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.

    Penguins are found in the Antarctic, not Arctic.

    Penguins can jump as high as 6 feet in the air.

    People didn't always say hello when they answered the phone. When the first regular phone service was established in 1878, people said Ahoy.

    People do not get sick from the cold weather; its from being indoors a lot more.

    People have legs of slightly different lengths.

    People who are left-handed are also left-footed havinghte tendency to put their left foot forward instead of their right.

    People who live or work work in cities, inhale enough toxins that it equals smoking a pack of cigarettes a day.

    People who work at night tend to weigh more than people who don't.

    Pepsi is commonly used by wooden boat owners to clean mold from decks. You can spill it on for about 30 seconds, but it needs rinsing to make sure it does not erode your decks completely (it's powerful stuff..).

    Pepsi originally contained pepsin, therefore the name!

    Percentage of Americans that eat at McDonalds each day: 7%

    Percentage of men who say they are happier after their divorce or separation: 58%

    Percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%.

    Percentage of women who say they are happier after their divorce or separation: 85%

    Personal letters make up only 5% of the mail delivered by the U.S postal Service.

    Peter Falk, who played Columbo has a glass eye.

    Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the first three Star Wars movies was a hospital porter in London before starring as the Wookie.

    Phobatrivaphobia : fear of trivia about phobias

    Pickled herrings were invented in 137

    Pigeons live in a Cote.

    Pigs can become alcoholics.

    Pilgrims ate popcorn at the first Thanksgiving dinner.

    Pinocchio is Italian for pine eyes.

    Pinocchio is Italian for pine head.

    Pinocchio was made of pine.

    Pittsburgh is the only city where all major sports teams have the same colors: Black and gold.

    Pittsburgh, Pennslyvania is the only city in the USA with 3 sports teams that all wear the same colours.

    Plaster of Paris is naturally fire retardant. At about 600 degrees Farenheit the chemical water that is stored in it is released. That is why walls are often sweaty after a fire.

    Playing cards in India are round.

    Pluto, the astrological sign for death, was directly above Dallas Texas when J.F.K was born.

    Pocahontas appeared on the back of the $20 bill in 187

    Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was the first American to have plumbing installed in his house, in 1840.

    Pokemon stands for pocket monster.

    Pole vault poles used to be stiff. Now they bend which allows the vaulter to go much higher.

    Police dogs are trained to react to commands in a foreign language; commonly German but more recently Hungarian.

    Pope Paul IV, who was elected on 23 May 1555, was so outraged when he saw the naked bodies on the ceiling of the Sistene Chapel that he ordered Michelangelo to paint on to them.

    Porcupines are excellent swimmers, because their quills are hollow!

    Portion of Harvard students who graduate with honors: 4/5

    Portion of land in the US owned by the government: 1/3

    Potato chips were invented in Lousiana in 186

    Pound for pound, hamburgers cost more than new cars.

    Preserves preserve the largest percentage of the original fruit, containing whole chunks of it in addition to jelly.

    President Grover Cleveland was a draft dodger. He hired someone to enter the service in his place, for which he was ridiculed by his political opponent, James G. Blaine. It was soon discovered, however, that Blaine had done the same thing himself.

    President John F Kennedy could read 4 newspapers in 20 minutes.

    President John Quincy Adams owned a pet alligator which he kept in the East Room of the White House.

    President John Tyler had fifteen children.

    President Taft had a special re-enforced steel dining chair.

    President Teddy Roosevelt died from an infected tooth.

    President Theodore Roosevelt was the first to announce to the world that Maxwell House coffee is Good to the last drop.

    President Woodrow Wilson wrote all of his speeches in longhand.

    Prince Harry and Prince William are uncircumcised.

    Pro golfer Wayne Levi was the first PGA pro to win a tournament using a colored (orange) ball. He did it in the Hawaiian Open in 198

    Professional ballerinas use about twelve pairs of toe shoes per week.

    Pulp Fiction cost $8 million to make--$5 million went to actor's salaries.

    Put a sock in it: Be quiet, shut-up, make less noise; a slang expression. In the late 19th century and earlier years of the 20th century, when gramophones or phonographs amplified the sound through large horns woolen socks were often stuffed in them to cut down the noise.

    Pyrophobia is the fear of fire.

    Q is the only letter in the alphabet that does not appear in the name of any of the United States.

    Q-TIPS Cotton Swabs were originally called Baby Gays.

    Quebec and Newfoundland are the only two provinces which do not allow personalized license plates.

    Queen Elizabeth was good friends with William Shakespeare.

    Queen Victoria eased the discomfort of her menstrual cramps by having her doctor supply her with marijuana.

    Ralph Kramden, of the Honeymooners, made 62 dollars a week.

    Ralph Lauren's original name was Ralph Lif****z.

    Ramses II, a pharaoh of Egypt died in 1225 B.C. At the time of his death, he had fathered 111 sons and 67 daughters

    Rat's can't vomit.

    Recycling one glass jar, saves enough energy to watch T.V for 3 hours.

    Reindeer like to eat bananas.

    Rene Descartes came up with the theory of coordinate geometry by looking at a fly walk across a tiled ceiling.

    Researchers in Denmark found that beer tastes best when drunk to the accompaniment of a certain musical tone. The optimal frequency is different for each beer, they reported. The correct harmonious tone for Carlsberg Lager, for example, is 510-520 cycles per second.

    Revolvers cannot be silenced because of 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.

    Rice is grown on more than 10 percent of the earth's farmable surface.

    Rice is the main food for half of the people of the world.

    Rice is thrown at weddings as a symbol of fertility.

    Richard Nixon left instructions for California, here I come to be the lat piece of music played (slowly and softly) were he to die in office.

    Richard Nixon's favorite drink was a dry martini.

    Rick and Paul Reuschel of the 1975 Chicago Cubs combine to pitch a shutout, the first time brothers do this.

    Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people do.

    Rio de Janeiro translates to River of January.

    Rita Hayworth's real name was Margarita Cansino.

    Rita Moreno is the first and only entertainer to have received all 4 of America's top entertainment industry awards: the Oscar, the Emmy, the Tony and the Grammy.

    Robert E. Lee wore size 4 1/2 shoe.

    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.

    Robert Kennedy was killed in the Ambassador Hotel, the same hotel that housed Marilyn Monroe's first modelling agency.

    Robots in Japan pay union dues.

    Roger Ebert is the only film critic to have ever won the Pulitzer prize.

    Ronald Reagan sent out the army photographer who first discovered Marilyn Monroe

    Ronald REagan was the only divorced President.

    Roosevelt was the most superstitious president--he travelled continually but never left on a Friday. He also would not sit at the same table that held thirteen other people.

    Roosters cannot crow if they can't fully extend their necks.

    Ross Perot resigned from the General Motors Board of Directors because of the decision to purchase Hughes Aircraft Company.

    Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.

    Sailors on board a ship, even when out at sea, can feel earthquakes.

    Salt is the only rock humans can eat.

    Salvador Dali once arrived to an art exhibition in a limousine filled with turnips.

    Samuel Clemens aka Mark Twain smoked forty cigars a day for the last years of his life.

    Sawney Beane, his wife, 8 sons, 6 daughters, and 32 grandchildren were a family of cannibals that lived in the caves near Galloway, Scotland in the early 17th Century. Although the total number is not known, it is believed they claimed over 50 victims per year. The entire family was taken by an army detachment to Edinburgh and executed, apparently without trial. [Source: Guinness Book of World Records]

    Scientists in Australia's Parkes Observatory thought they had positive proof of alien life, when they began picking up radio-waves from space. However, after investigation, the radio emissions were traced to a microwave in the building.

    Scientists in Brazil have reported the emergence of the superflea--they are bigger than cockroaches.

    Scooby Doo's first real name is Scoobert.

    Scorpions can withstand 200 times more nuclear radiation than humans can.

    Scotch tape has been used as an anti-corrosive shield on the Goodyear Blimp.

    Scotchgard is a combination of the words Scotch, meaning Scotsman, and a misspelling of guard, meaning to protect.

    Screech , from Saved by the Bell, was the only one of the characters who played in all the episodes from junior high to Saved by the Bell: The New Class.

    Sea otters have 2 coats of fur.

    Seals must teach their young how to swim.

    See for yourself: TV sitcom characters rarely say goodbye when they hang up the phone.

    Seoul, the South Korean capital, just means the capital in the Korean language.

    September 16-21 is Farm Animal Awareness Week.

    Seventy percent of the dust in your home consists of shed human skin.

    Shakespeare spelled his OWN name several different ways.

    Shannon Hoon, the now-dead lead singer of the group Blind Melon was a back-up singer for Gun's N'Roses on their Use Your Illusion 1 CD.

    Sharon Stone was the first Star Search spokesmodel.

    Sheriff came from Shire Reeve. During early years of feudal rule in England, each shire had a reeve who was the law for that shire. When the term was brought to the United States it was shortened to Sheriff.

    Sherlock Holmes never said Elementary, my dear Watson.

    Sheryl Crow's front two teeth are fake--she knocked them out when she tripped on stage earlier in her career.

    Shirley Temple always had 56 curls in her hair.

    Shortest Intercontinental Commercial Flight in the world is from Gibraltar (Europe) to Tangier (Africa.) Distance 34 miles, flight time 20 minutes.

    Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes are not the same dog. Mals are generally bigger, more boned and have wedges of ears set on the sides of their heads. They also only have brown eyes and rarely bark. Instead they make a woo-woo like call. They also make terrible guard dogs, despite their size.

    Sigmund Freud had a morbid fear of ferns.

    Since 1896, the beginning of the modern Olympics, only Greece and Australia have participated in every Games.

    Since 1978, at least 37 people have died as a result of shaking vending machines, in an attempt to get free merchandise. More than 100 have been injured.

    Since its introduction in February 1935, more than 150 million Monopoly board games have been sold worldwide.

    Since the 1930’s the town of Corona, CA has buried - and lost - all 17 of its time capsules.

    Since the Lego Group began manufacturing blocks in 1949, more than 189 billion pieces in 2000 different shapes have been produced. This is enough for about 30 Lego pieces for every living person on Earth.

    Sir Issac Newton was an ordained priest in the Church of England

    Sir Issac Newton was only 23 years old when he discovered the law of universal gravitation.

    Sixty percent of big-firm executives said the cover letter is as important or more important than the résumé itself when you're looking for a new job.

    Skepticisms is the longest typed word that alternates hands.

    Skin temperature does not go above 95F even on the hottest of days.

    Slinkys were invented by an airplane mechanic; he was playing with engine parts and realized the possible secondary use of one of the springs.

    Slugs have four noses.

    Small cockroaches are more likely to die on their backs than large cockroaches.

    Small flat icebergs have been fitted with sails and piloted more than 2,400 miles from the Antarctic to Valparaiso, Chile, and to Cakkaiub, Peru.

    Smithee is a pseudonym that filmmakers use when they don't want their names to appear in the credits.

    Smoking accounts for at least 7% of all health care costs in the US.

    Smoking makes it almost impossible for a male to have a natural erection and it shrinks the penis. It also reduces the mobility of sperm.

    Snails can sleep for 3 years without eating.

    Snake bites occur more often in tropical areas, mainly in rural parts. This is because the most extremely venomous snakes live in tropical areas of the world. Many workers in third-class countries make themselves vulnerable by not wearing any protection on their feet. As a matter of fact, in Ecuador nearly 80% of the population has been bitten at least once in their life.

    Snakes cannot blink.

    Snakes don't bite in rivers or swamps because they would drown if they did.

    Soccer legend Pele's real name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento.

    Soldiers, from every country, salute with their right hand.

    Some Eskimos have been known to use refrigerators to keep their food from freezing.

    Some hotels in Las Vegas have gambling tables floating in their swimming pools.

    Some ribbon worms will eat themselves if they cannot find food.

    Some toothpastes contain antifreeze.

    Someone constructs 12 new golf holes every day.

    Someone on Earth reports seeing a UFO every three minutes. In the U.S., reported sightings are most likely to occur in July, at 9 p.m. or 3 a.m.

    Someone within 200 miles of your town claims to have had direct contact with a monster, ghost or other unexplainable being.

    Son of a Gun: This familiar designation implying contempt but now used with joculra familiarity derives from the days when women were allowed to live in naval ships. The son of the gun was one born in the ship often near the midship gun, behind canvas screen. If the paternity was uncertain, the child was entered in the log as son of a gun.

    Sophia Loren's sister was once married to the son of the Italian dictator, Mussolini.

    Sound travels 15 times faster through steel than through the air.

    South Africa produces two-thirds of the world's gold.

    Soweto in South Africa was derived from SOuth WEst TOwnship.

    Spat-out food is called chanking.

    Spencer Eldon was the name of the naked baby on the cover of Nirvana's album Nevermind.

    Spiders have transparent blood.

    St. Bernard dogs do not caryy kegs of brandy, and never have.

    St. Paul, Minnesota was originally called Pigs Eye after a man who ran a saloon there.

    St. Petersburg, FL had 427 consecutive days of sunshine.

    St. Stephen is the patron saint of bricklayers.

    St.Stephen is the patron saint of bricklayers.

    Stalin's left foot had webbed toes, and his left arm was noticably shorter.

    Stars come in different colors; hot stars give off blue light, and the cooler stars give off red light.

    Steve Martin's first movie was 'The Jerk'.

    Strange-but-real organizations that you might want to leave off of your resume: the institute of totally useless skills the international association of sand castle builders national society for prevention of cruelty to mushrooms cookie cutter collectors club international correspondence of corkscrew addicts

    Strawberry Pop Tarts may be a cheap and inexpensive source of incendiary devices. Toasters which fail to eject Pop Tarts cause the Pop Tarts to emit flames 10-18 inches in height.

    Stressed is desserts spelt backwards.

    Studebaker still exists, but is now called Worthington.

    Studebaker was the only major car company to stop manufacturing cars while making a profit on them.

    Students at U.S. colleges and universities read about 60,000 pages in four years.

    Sumerians (from 5000 BC) thought that the liver made blood and the heart was the center of thought.

    Sunbeams that shine down through clouds are called crepuscular rays.

    Superfly Jimmy Snuka was the first E.C.W. World Champ.

    Sweden has the least number of murders annually.

    Sylvia Plath was a famous poet who killed herself at age 31 by sticking her head into a oven.

    Tabasco sauce is made by fermenting vinegar and hot peppers in a French oak barrel which has three inches of salt on top and is aged for three years until all the salt is diffused through the barrel.

    Table salt is the only commodity that hasn't risen dramatically in price in the last 150 years.

    Taft was the last President with facial hair.

    Talk show host Montel Williams had a nose job.

    Tang is short for tangy and also suggests the flavor of tangerine.

    Taphephobia is the fear of being buried alive.

    Tarantulas do not use muscles to move their legs. They control the amount of blood pumped into them to extend and retract their legs.

    Tasmania has the cleanest air in the inhabited world.

    Tasmania, Australia has the cleanest air in the inhabited world.

    The condensed water vapour left by jets in the sky is called a contrail.

    Telly Savalas and Louis Armstrong died ontheir birthdays.

    Ten percent of frequent fliers say they never check their luggage when flying.

    Tennessee Avenue, GO, B&O Railroad, Free Parking and Illinois Avenue are the five squares in Monopoly on which you are most likely to land on.

    Texas is the only state that is allowed to fly its flag at the same height as the U.S. flag.

    Texas was once a country.

    That condensed water vapor in the sky left behind by a high-flying jet is a contrail.

    The 16th century astronomer Tycho Brahe lost his nose in a duel with one of his students over a mathematical computation. He wore a silver replacement nose for the rest of his life.

    The 1990 New York Yankee pitching staff set an all-time record with the fewest complete games, three.

    The 3 largest newspaper circulations are Russian.

    The 3 most valuable brand names on earth: Marlboro, Coca-Cola, and Budweiser, in that order.

    The 3rd year of marriage is called the leather anniversary.

    The 80's song Rosanna was written by Rosanna Arquette, the actress.

    The A & P was the first chain-store business to be established. It began in 1842.

    The A&W of root beer fame stands for Allen and Wright.

    The abbreviation for 1 pound, lb., comes from the astrological sign Libra, meaning balance.

    The abbreviation ORD for Chicago's O'Hare airport comes from the old name Orchard Field.

    The Academy Award statue is named after a librarian's uncle. One day Margaret Herrick, librarian for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, made the remark that the statue looked like her Uncle Oscar, and the name stuck.

    The actor who played Wedge in the original Star Wars trilogy has a famous nephew: actor Ewan McGregor, who plays young Obi-Wan in the new Star Wars film.

    The adult Electric Eel has enough electrical power in them that could power a house of about twelve hundred square feet.

    The adult human heart weighs about ten onces.

    The Amazon rainforest produces half the world's oxygen supply.

    The ancient Etruscans painted women white and men red in the wall paintings they used to decorate tombs.

    The angel falls in Venezuela are nearly 20 times taller than Niagara Falls.

    The Apollo 11 had only 20 seconds of fuel left when it landed.

    The armhole in clothing is called an armsaye.

    The arteries and veins surrounding the brain stem called the cirlce of Willis looks like a stick person with a large head.

    The ashes of the average cremated person weighs nine pounds.

    The ashes of the metal magnesium are heavier than magnesium itself.

    The Atlantic Ocean is saltier than the Pacific Ocean.

    The attachment of the human skin to muscles is what causes dimples.

    The audio CD first arrived in the US in 1984

    The Australian $5,$10,$20,$50 and $100 notes are made out of plastic.

    The author of Roberts' Rules of Order, Col. Roberts of the U. S. Corps of Engineers, is also famous as the engineer in charge of designing the Seawall in Galveston, Texas. This Seawall was constructed after the famous hurricane of 1900 which hit Galveston, killing thousands.

    The average adult male grows 1 pound of facial hair in 10 years.

    The average American butt is 15 inches long.

    The average American chews 190 sticks of gum each year.

    The average American drinks 600 sodas a year.

    The average American family views television six hours each day.

    The average American looks at eight houses before buying one.

    The average American moves 12 times in a lifetime.

    The average American will eat 19 pounds of cereal per year.

    The average bank teller loses $250 a year.

    The average body contains enough: Iron to make a 3 inch nail, Sulphur to kill all fleas on an average dog, Carbon to make 900 pencils, Potassium to fire a toy cannon, Fat to make 7 bars of soap, Phosphorus to make 2,200 match heads, Water to fill a ten gallon tank

    The average child will eat 15 pounds of cereal in a year.

    The average computer user blinks 7 times a minute.

    The average cough comes out the mouth at 60 mph.

    The average depth of the ocean is 4 km.

    The average flea can jump up to 150 times its own length. To match that a human would have to jump 100 feet.

    The average housefly lives for one month.

    The average human being will walk 160 billion millimetres in a lifetime.

    The average human brain has about 100 billion nerve cells.

    The average human head weighs about 8 pounds.

    The average human scalp has 100,000 hairs.

    The average iceberg weighs 20,000,000 tons.

    The average lead pencil will draw a line 35 miles long or write approximately 50,000 English words.

    The average life of a tastebud is 10 days.

    The average lifespan for a person in Sierra Africa is 41 years.

    The average mouse pad is 8.75 inches by 7.5 inches.

    The average mousepad is eight and three quarters by seven and a half inches.

    The average number of passengers airborne over the US each hour is 61,000.

    The average person blinks 14,440 times per day.

    The average person consumes about 135 pounds of sugar per year.

    The average person drinks 800 gallons of water during their lifetime.

    The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.

    The average person flexes the joints in their fingers 24 million times during a lifetime.

    The average person laughs 15 times a day.

    The average person looks at 8 houses before actually buying one.

    The average person over fifty will have spent 1 year looking for lost items.

    The average person over fifty will have spent 5 years waiting in lines.

    The average person speaks about 31,500 words per day.

    The average person spends about two years on the phone in a lifetime.

    The average person swallows three spiders annually.

    The average person takes 9,000 steps a day.

    The average person will spend 2 weeks over their lifetime waiting for the traffic light to change.

    The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.

    The average porcupine has more than 30,000 quills.

    The average raindrop reaches a top speed of 22 miles per hour.

    The average sixty minute audio cassette tape has 565 feet of tape in it.

    The average talker sprays about 300 microscopic saliva droplets per minute, about 2.5 droplets per word.

    The average temperature at the poles (North and South) is minus 70 degrees farnenhiet.

    The average web page contains 500 words.

    The average woman consumes 6 lbs of lipstick in her lifetime.

    The average women's handbag weighs 3 to 5 pounds.

    The B'52's, were named after a Fifties Hairdo.

    The Baby Ruth candy bar was actually named after Grover Cleveland's baby daughter Ruth.

    The bagpipe was originally made from the whole skin of a dead sheep.

    The ball on top of a flagpole is called the truck.

    The band Duran Duran got their name from an astronaut in the 1968 Jane Fonda movie Barbarella.

    The bark of the redwood tree is fireproof. Fires in redwood forests take place inside the trees.

    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 Beatles featured two left handed members, Paul, whom everyone saw holding his Hoffner bass left handed, and Ringo, whose left handedness is at least partially to blame for his 'original' drumming style.

    The Beatles song 'A day in the life' ends with a note sustained for 40 seconds.

    The Beatles song Dear Prudence was written about Mia Farrow's sister Prudence, when she wouldn't come out and play with Mia and the Beatles at a religious retreat in India.

    The beautiful but deadly Australian sea wasp (Chironex fleckeri) is the most venomous jellyfish in the world. Its cardiotoxic venom has caused the deaths of 66 people off the coast of Queensland since 1880, with victims dying within 1-3 minutes if medical aid is not available.

    The best working light-bulb a LONG time ago was a thread of sheep's wool coated with carbon.

    The Bible has been translated into Klingon.

    The Bible is the number one shoplifted book in America.

    The bigger the naval the sweeter the orange.

    The billionth digit of pi is 9.

    The Black Cauldron is the only PG-rated Disney animated feature.

    The black widow spider can devour as many as twenty 'mates' in a single day.

    The Blesbok, a South African antelope, is almost the same colour as grapejuice.

    The blood of a grasshopper is not red, but white.

    The blue whale's tail can generate 500 horsepower.

    The blueprints for the Eiffel Tower covered more than 14,000 square feet of drafting paper.

    The book of Esther in the Bible is the only book which does not mention the name of God.

    The Boston University Bridge is the only place in the world where a boat can sail under a train driving under a car driving under an airplane.

    The bottle-nosed whale can dive to a depth of 3,000 feet in two minutes.

    The Brady Brunch went to elementary school at Dixie Canyon Elementary.

    The brain requires 25 percent of all oxygen used by the body.

    The brightest star in the sky, Sirius, gives out twenty-six times as much light as the sun.

    The brown myotis bats young when born are equivalent to a woman giving birth to a thirty pound baby.

    The Bureau of Standards says that the electron is the fastest thing in the world.

    The calories burned in one hour of running could bring about seven quarts of water to a boil.

    The candlefish is so oily that it was once burned for fuel.

    The car-making Dodge brothers Horace and John were Jewish, that's why the first Dodge emblem had a star of David in it.

    The cells which make up the antlers of a moose are the fastest growing animal cells in nature.

    The channel between England and France grows 300mm each year.

    The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra's Its A Wonderful Life.

    The Chinese built a battery that lasted 400 years.

    The Chinese ideogram for 'trouble' depicts two women living under one roof'.

    The Chinese Nationalist Golf Association claims the game is of Chinese origin (ch'ui wan - the ball hitting game) in the third or 2nd century BC. There were official ordinances prohibiting a ball game with clubs in Belgium and Holland from 1360.

    The Chinese, in olden days, used marijuana only as a remedy for dysentery.

    The Chuck E. Cheese franchise was created by Atari, a resteraunt combining robotic animals and arcade games with family meals. They name the franchise a Pizza Time Theater. Chuck E. Cheese was first opened in 1977.

    The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.

    The city of Istanbul straddles two separate continents, Europe and Asia.

    The city of Mt. Vernon, Washington, grows more tulips than the entire country of Holland.

    The common goldfish is the only animal that can see both infra-red and ultraviolet light.

    The concave dish shape that a liquid takes on inside a glass or tube is called a meniscus.

    The condom is named after Dr. Charles Condom.

    The condom-made originally of linen-was invented in the early 1500's.

    The correct response to the Irish greeting, Top of the morning to you, is and the rest of the day to yourself.

    The country with the biggest percentage of female heads of household is Botswana.

    The D in D-day means Day. The French term for D-Day is J-jour.

    The deadliest volcano eruption was that of Krakatau (Indonesia) in 1883.

    The deepest canyon in low relief territory is Hell's Canyon, dividing Oregon and Idaho. It plunges 7,900 ft from the Devil Mountain down to the Snake River. United States The deepest canyon in the USA is Kings Canyon, East Fresno, CA, which runs through Sierra and Sequoia National Forests. The deepest point, that measures 8,200 ft, is in the Sierra National Park Forest section of the canyon.

    The deepest penguin dive was 1261 ft under the water.

    The dial tone of a normal telephone is in the key F.

    The dirt road that General Washington and his soldiers took to fight off General Clinton during the Battle of Monmouth was called the Burlington Path.

    The dolphins that live in the Amazon river are pink.

    The dome on Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's home, conceals a billiards room.

    The driest places on Earth are a series of valleys near Ross Island in Antarctica where for the past 2 million years at least, no rain has fallen.

    The dumbest dog in the world is the Afghan.

    The duration record for a face-slapping contest was set in Kiev, U.S.S.R., in 1931 when a draw was declared between Bezbordny and Goniusch after 30 hours.

    The E-coli bacterium propels itself with a 'motor' only one-millionth of an inch in diameter, a thousand times smaller than the tiniest motors built to date by man. The rotation of the bacterial motor comes from a current of protons. The efficiency of the motor approaches 100 per cent.

    The earliest document in Latin in a woman's handwriting (it is from the first century A.D) is an invitation to a birthday party.

    The earliest recorded case of a man giving up smoking was on April 5, 1679, when Johan Katsu, Sheriff of Turku, Finland, wrote in his diary “I quit smoking tobacco.” He died one month later.

    The Earth experiences 50,000 earthquakes a year.

    The earth flattens at the poles and bulges the equator.

    The Earth gets heavier each day by tons, as meteoric dust settles on it.

    The Earth weighs around 6,588,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 tons.

    The Earth, in its history, has been hit by at least one million meteors.

    The East Alligator River in Australia's Northern Territory, was misnamed. It contains crocodiles not alligators.

    The Eiffel Tower has 2.5 million rivets.

    The Eiffel Tower was built for the 1889 World's Fair.

    The Eiffel tower was constructed in 1889.

    The eight-dollar bill was designed and printed by Benjamin Franklin for the American Colonies.

    The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one mile in every five must be straight. These straight sections are useable as airstrips in times of war or other emergencies.

    The electric chair was invented by a dentist.

    The end of a hammer, opposite the striking end, is called a peen.

    The entire length of all eyelashes shed by a human in their lifetime is over 30 metres.

    The Eskimo language has over twenty words to describe different kinds of snow.

    The estimated number of M & M'sa sold each day in the United States is 200,000,000.

    The exact geographic center of the United States is near Lebanon, Kansas.

    The expression What is tarnation comes from the original meaning What in eternal damnation.

    The external tank on the space shuttle is not painted.

    The eyesight of the average dog is much better than the eyesight of the average man.

    The face of a penny can hold thirty drops of water.

    The famous dum-de-dum-dum theme, obstensively from 'Dragnet' was actually composed by Miklos Rozsa for the 1946 film noir classic, The Killers.

    The famous painting of Whistler's Mother was once bought from a pawn shop.

    The fastest moon in our solar system circles Jupiter once every seven hours - traveling at 70,400 miles per hour.

    The female ferret is referred to as a jill.

    The first atomic bomb dropped on Japan fell from the Enola Gay, named after the unit commander's mother.

    The second dropped from a plane known as Bock's Car.

    The first CD pressed in the US was Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA.

    The first city in modern history to reach 1 million people was London in 181

    The first couple to be shown together on prime time television was Fred and Wilma Flintstone.

    The first crime mentioned in the first episode of 'Hill Street Blues' was armed robbery.

    The first electric Christmas lights were created by a telephone company PBX installer. In the past, candles were used as light ornaments--being dangerous, the installer took the lights from an old switchboard, connected the together, strung them on a tree, and hooked them to a battery.

    The first Eskimo Bible was printed in Copenhagen in 174

    The first ever indoor organized presentation hockey game was a 2-1 Creighton's team victory in Montreal on March 3, 1875 in Victoria Skating Rink.

    The first ever televised murder case appeared on T.V. in 1955, Dec. 5-9. The accused was Harry Washburn.

    The first female guest host of Saturday Night Live was Candace Bergen.

    The first female monster to appear on the big screen was Bride of Frankenstein.

    The first Ford cars had Dodge engines.

    The first issue of People Magazine, in 1974, cost 35 cents and featured actress Mia Farrow on the cover.

    The first letter Vanna White ever turned on Wheel of Fortune was the letter T.

    The first letters of the months July through November, in order, spell the name JASON.

    The first man to distill bourbon whiskey in the United States was a Baptist preacher-in 1789.

    The first owner of the Marlboro company died of lung cancer.

    The first police force was established in Paris 1667.

    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.

    The first real motion picture theatre was called a Nickelodeon (admission was a nickel) and opened in McKeesport Pennsylvania near Pitsberg in 190 The first motion picture shown there was The Great Train Robbery.

    The first recorded occurence of a tornado was June 10, 168

    The first telephone book ever issued contained only fifty names. It was published in New Haven, Connecticut, by the New Haven District Telephone Company in February, 1878.

    The first word spoken by an ape in the movie Planet of the Apes was smile.

    The first words that Thomas A. Edison spoke into the phonograph were, Mary had a little lamb.

    The flag of the U.K. is properly known as the Union Flag. It is only called the Union Jack when it is flown from the jack mast of a ship.

    The founder of JC Penny had the last name of Cash.

    The Future's Museum in Sweden contains a scale model of the solar system. The sun is 105 metres in diameter and hte planets range from 5mm to 6 km from the 'sun.' This particular model also contains the nearest star Proxima Centauri, still to scale situated in the Museum of Victoria... in Australia.

    The German Bundestag, or Parliament, has 672 members and is the world's largest elected legislative body.

    The German Kaiser Wilhelm II had a withered arm and often hid the fact by posing with his hand resting on a sword, or by holding gloves.

    The Geysir ('gusher') near Mt Hekla in south-central Iceland, from which all others have been named, spurts on occasions to 180 ft, while the adjacent Strokkur, reactivated by drilling in 1963, spurts at 10-15 min intervals.

    The Giant cricket of Africa enjoys eating human hair.

    The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.

    The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher.

    The Golden Gate Bridge was first opened in 1937.

    The Grand Canyon was not seen by a white man until after the Civil War. It was first entered on May 29,1869, by the geologist John Wesley Powell.

    The Grateful Dead were once called The Warlocks.

    The greatest measured water discharge was an estimated 740,000-1,000,000 gallons by the Giant Geyser, also in Yellowstone National Park. However, this estimate made in the 1950s, was only a rough calculation.

    The guards of some of the emperors of Byzantium were Vikings

    The harmonica is the world's most popular instrument.

    The heat of peppers is rated on the Scoville scale.

    The height of the Eiffel Tower varies as much as six inches depending on the temperature.

    The heraldic term gules, meaning red, comes from the French word gueules, meaning a throat.

    The highest Motorway in England is the M62 Liverpool to Hull. At its peak it reaches 1221 feet above sea level over the Saddleworth Moor (Greater Manchester) the burial ground of the victims of the infamous Myra Hindley, moors murderer.

    The highest wind velocity ever recorded in the United States was 231 miles per hour, on Mount Washington, New Hampshire, in 193

    The hippo has skin an inch and a half thick, so solid that most bullets cannot go through.

    The holes in fly swatters are used to lower air resistance.

    The Holland and Lincoln Tunnels under the Hudson River connecting New Jersey and New York are an engineering feat. The air circulators in the tunnels circulate fresh air completely every ninety seconds.

    The honey badger can withstand hundreds of African bee stings that would kill any other animal

    The Hoover Dam was built to last 2,000 years. The concrete in it will not even be fully cured for another 500 years.

    The horse's name in the song Jingle Bells is Bobtail.

    The hottest chile in the world is the habanero.

    The housefly hums in the middle octave, key of F.

    The Hudson River along the island of Manhattan flows in either direction depending on the tide.

    The human brain is so complex; that it would cost over 8 billion for anyone to program,and sell a computer(s) to do all the things it does!

    The human brain stops growing at the age of 18.

    The human eye sees everthing upside-down, but the brain turns it right side up.

    The human heart creates enough pressure to squirt blood 30ft.

    The human tooth has 55 miles of canal in it.

    The hundred billionth crayon made by Crayola was Perriwinkle Blue.

    The Hundred Years War lasted for 116 years.

    The hyoid bone, in your throat, is the only bone in the body not attached to any other bone.

    The infinity sign is called a lemniscate.

    The inhabitants of Monaco are known as 'Monegasques'.

    The international telephone dialing code for Antarctica is 67

    The Japanese translation of Switch is pronounced suitchi.

    The Jolly Green Giant is 68 years old.

    The katydid bug hears through holes in its hind legs.

    The kidneys filter about 500 gallons of blood each day.

    The L.L in L.L.Bean stands for Leon Leonwood.

    The largest apple pie ever baked was 40 X 23 feet.

    The largest country in Africa is the Sudan. The Arc of the Covenent is said to be located in Axum, Ethiopia.

    The largest employer in the world is the Indian railway system, employing over a million people.

    The largest object that was ever found in the Los Angeles sewer system was a motorcycle.

    The largest prime number is 13, 395 digits long; more than the number of atoms in the universe.

    The largest school in the world is a K-12 school in the Phillipines, with an enrollment of 25,000.

    The largest taxi fleet in the world is found in Mexico City. The city boasts a fleet of over 60,000 taxis.

    The largest volcano known is on Mars: Olympus Mons, 370 miles wide and 79,000 feet high, is almost three times higher than Mount Everest.

    The last of a cat's senses to develop is sight.

    The latin name for moose is alces alces.

    The launching mechanism of a carrier ship that helps planes take off, could throw a pickup truck over a mile.

    The leaves of the Victorian water lily are sometimes over six feet in diameter.

    The leg bones of a bat are so thin that no bat can walk.

    The legbones of a bat are so thin that no bat can walk

    The Leonberger dog breed was created by the mayor of Leonburg, Germany so that he had a dog that looked like the one on the towns crest.

    The Less Nessman character on the T.V. series WKRP in Cinncinnati wore a band-aid in every episode. Either on himself, his glasses or his clothing.

    The letter J does not appear anywhere on the periodic table of elements.

    The letter W is the only letter in the alphabet that doesn't have one syllable, it has three.

    The letters KGB stand for Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti.

    The license plate number that appears on the Volkswagon that appeared on the cover of the Beatles Abbey Road album was 281F

    The lifespan of a squirrel is about nine years.

    The lifespan of a tastebud is 10 days.

    The lining of your digestive system is shed every 7 minutes.

    The list of ingredients that make up lipstick include fish scales.

    The literal translation for kung-fu is :leisure time.

    The little bags of netting for gas lanterns (called mantles) are radioactive--so much so that they will set off an alram at a nuclear reactor.

    The little lump of flesh just forward of your ear canal, right next to your temple, is called a tragus.

    The longest bout of sneezing recorded was by Donna Griffith. It began in January 1981 and continued until September 198 It lasted for 978 days.

    The longest chapter in the Bible is Psalm 119.

    The longest film ever released was “****” by Andy Warhol, which lasted 24 hours. It proved, not surprisingly (except perhaps to its creator) an utter failure. It was withdrawn and re-released in a 90-minute form as 'The Loves of Ondine.'

    The longest Hollywood kiss was from the 1941 film You're in the Army now, it lasted 3 minutes and 3 seconds.

    The longest Monopoly game ever played was 1,680 hours long, that's 70 straight days!

    The longest Monopoly game in a bathtub was 99 hours long.

    The longest one-syllable word in the English language is screeched.

    The longest place name still in use is: Taumatawhakatangihangaoauauotameteaturipukak-apikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu--a New Zealand hill.

    The longest placename in Great Britain is Gorsafawddachaidraigddanheddogleddollonpenrhynareurdraethceredigion.

    The longest recorded life spam of a camel was 35 years, 5 months.

    The longest species of centipede is the giant scolopender (Scolopendra gigantea), found in the rain forests of Central and South America. It has 23 segments (46 legs) and specimens have been measured up to 10.5 inches long and 1” in diameter.

    The longest species of earthworm is the Megascolides australis, found in Australia in 1868. An average specimen measures 4’ in length, 2’ when contracted, and 7’ when naturally extended.

    The longest street in the world is Yonge Street, which starts in Toronto, on the north shore of Lake Ontario, and winds its way north then west to end at the Ontario-Manitoba-Minnesota border.

    The longest U.S. highway is Route 20 which is over 3,200 miles.

    The longest word in the English language is 1909 letters long and it refers to a distinct part of DNA.

    The lowest temperature ever recorded in the world was 129F degrees below 0 at Vostok, Antarctica, on July 21, 1983.

    The magic word 'Abracadabra' was originally intended for the specific purpose of curing hay fever.

    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.

    The male of one species of insect related to the praying mantis can only reproduce after the female has bitten off his head.

    The male scorpion fly gets other males to bring him food by imitating a female fly.

    The Mamas and Papas were once called the Mugwumps.

    The many sights that represent the Chinese city of Beijing were built by foreigners: the Forbidden City was built by the Mongols, the Temple of Heaven by the Manchurians.

    The mask used by Michael Myers in the original Halloween was actually a Captain Kirk mask painted white.

    The McDonalds at The Skydome in Toronto, Ontario, is the only one in the world that sells hot dogs.

    The metal instrument used in shoe stores to measure feet is called the Brannock device.

    The metal part at the end of a pencil is twenty percent sulphur.

    The metal part of a lamp that surrounds the bulb and supports the shade is called a harp.

    The MGM lion lived in Memphis until his death.

    The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.

    The Mola Mola, or Ocean Sunfish, lays up to 5,000,000 eggs at one time.

    The Mongol emperor Genghis Khan's original name was Temujin.

    The moon weighs 81,000 trillion tons

    The most collect calls are made on Father's Day.

    The most common letter in the English language are R S T L N E.

    The most common name for a gold fish is ‘Jaws’.

    The most common name in Italy is Mario Rossi.

    The most common name in the world is Mohammed.

    The most dangerous job in the United States is that of Sanitation Worker. Firemen and Policeman are a close second and third, followed by Leather Tanners in fourth.

    The most diffiult tongue-twister is “The sixth sick Sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick.”

    The most poisonous snake in the world is the Tiger Snake in Australia. One milligram of its venom can kill one human being.

    The most popular ice cream flavour is vanilla.

    The most popular name for a boat in 1996 was Serenity.

    The most popular sport as a topic for a film is boxing.

    The most remote island in the world is Tristan da Cunha, which is above the subantartic zone.

    The most sensitive cluster of nerves is at the base of the spine.

    The most sensitive finger is the forefinger.

    The most used letter in the English alphabet is 'E', and 'Q' is the least used.

    The mother's purr acts as a homing device, announcing to her babies that nursing time has arrived. Kittens begin to purr in return at about one week of age - perhaps as a gesture of gratitude, or maybe as a request for milk - and continue to purr for the rest of their lives.

    The movie 'Cleopatra', starring Elizabeth Taylor, was banned from Egypt in 1963 because she was a Jewish convert.

    The movie Clue has three different endings. Each ending was randomly chosen for different theaters. All three endings are present in the home video.

    The movie playing at the drive-in at the beginning of the Flintstones was The Monster.

    The movie, Paris, Texas was banned in teh city Paris, Texas shortly after its box office release.

    The music hall entertainer Nosmo King derived his stage name from a 'No Smoking' sign.

    The naked truth: the fable says that the Truth and Falsehood went bathing; Falsehood came first out of the water, and dressed herself in Truth's garments. Truth, unwilling to take those of Falsehood, went naked.

    The name fez is turkish for Hat.

    The name for fungal remains found in coal is sclerotinite.

    The name for Oz in the Wizard of Oz was thought up when the creator, Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N, and O-Z, hence Oz

    The name Horshack (Arnold in Welcome Back Kotter) means the cattle are dying.

    The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for the General Purpose vehicle, G.P.

    The name of all continents end with the same letter they begin with.

    The name of Jaba the Hutt's pet spider monkey is Salacious Crumb

    The name of Jabba Hut's pet spider monkey is Salacious Crumb.

    The name of the 'Love Boat' was the 'Pacific Princess'.

    The name of the asteroid that was believed to have killed the dinosaurs was named Chixalub (pronounced Sheesh-uh-loob).

    The name of the dog from The Grinch Who Stole Christmas is Max.

    The name of the dog on the Cracker Jack box is Bingo.

    The name of the girl on the Statue of Liberty is Mother of Exiles.

    The name of the Vulcan's heaven is Sha Ka Ree.

    The names of the three wise monkeys are: Mizaru: See no evil, Mikazaru: Hear no evil, and Mazaru: Speak no evil.

    The names of the two stone lions in front of the New York Public Library are Patience and Fortitude. They were named by then-mayor Fiorello LaGuardia.

    The national anthem of Greece has 158 verses. No one in

    The national anthem of the Netherlands Het Wilhelmus, is an 'acrostichon.' The first letters of each of the fifteen verses represent the name Willem Van Nassov.

    The national average ACT score is 17.

    The national flower of Greenland is the Willow herb.

    The Neanderthal's brain was bigger than yours is.

    The Netherlands and The United States both have anthems that do not mention their country's name.

    The newspaper serving Frostbite Falls, Minnesota, the home of Rocky and Bullwinkle, is the Picayune Intellegence.

    The next-to-last event is the penultimate, and the second-to-last is the antepenultimate.

    The night sky appears full of stars, but actually 3,000 stars are visible to the naked eye.

    The Nobel Prize resulted from a late change in the will of Alfred Nobel, who did not want to be remembered after his death as a propagator of violence - he invented dynamite.

    The Nullarbor in Nullarbor Desert in Western Australia is a Latin name; Null=No, Arbor=Trees.

    The number 57 on a Heinz ketchup bottle represents the number of varieties of pickle the company once had.

    The number in the lower-right corner of the NEW $20, $50, and $100 bills changes color at different angles to prevent cons from copying them.

    The number is minutes of telephone calling in an average business day is 9,500,000,000.

    The number of births in India each year is greater than the entire population of Australia.

    The number of the trash compactor in Star Wars is 3263827.

    The number one cause of blindness in the United States is diabetes.

    The number one favorite cat name is Kitty.

    The number one favorite dog name is Brandy.

    The official, neutral name of Switzerland, which has multiple official languages, is the latin Confederation Helvetica, or the Helvetic Confederation, thus the CH on license plates, stickers and e-mail addresses.

    The Old English word for sneeze is fneosan.

    The oldest domestic cat (with reliable documentation) was a female tabby named Ma that lived to be 34 years old.

    The oldest exposed surface on Earth is New Zealand's south island.

    The oldest known goldfish lived to 41 years of age. Its name was Fred.

    The oldest player to score his age is C. Arthur Thompson (1869-1975) of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, who scored 103 on the Uplands course of 6,215 yd, age 103 in 197

    The oldest word in the English language is town.

    The one-hundred eleventh element is known as unnilenilenium

    The only 15-letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable.

    The only bone not broken so far during any ski accident is one located in the inner ear.

    The only borough of New York City that isn't an island or part of an island is the Bronx.

    The only contemporary words that end with gry are angry and hungry.

    The only continent without reptiles or snakes is Antarctica.

    The only country to register zero births in 1983 was the 'Vatican City'.

    The only domestic animal not mentioned in the Bible is the cat.

    The only insect that can turn its head 360 degrees is the praying mantis.

    The only married couple to fly together in space were Jan Davis and Mark Lee, who flew aboard the Endeavour space shuttle from Sept 12-20, 199

    The only person ever to play golf on the moon was Alan Shepard. They never found the ball.

    The only person to decline a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction was Sinclair Lewis for his book Arrowsmith.

    The only planet without a ring is Earth.

    The only president to be head of a labor union was Ronald Reagan.

    The only purple animal is the South African Blesbok.

    The only real food U.S. astronauts are allowed in space are pecan nuts.

    The only real person to be a Pez head was Betsy Ross.

    The only social fraternity founded during the Civil War was Theta Xi fraternity, at Rensselear Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York in 186

    The only three US presidents who ever had to deal with real or impending impeachment -- Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton -- all have names that are euphemisms for penis -- johnson, dick and willie.

    The only way to stop the pain of the flathead fish's sting is by rubbing the same fish's slime on the wound it gave you.

    The opera singer Enrico Caruso practiced in the bath, while accompanied by a pianist in a nearby room.

    The opposite sides of a dice cube add up to seven.

    The original fifty cent piece in Australian decimal currency had around $100 worth of silver in it before it was replaced with a less expensive twelve sided coin.

    The original IBM punchcard is the same size as a Civil War era dollar bill.

    The original name for butterfly was flutterby.

    The original story from Tales of 1001 Arabian Nights begins, Aladdin was a little chinese boy.

    The Pacific Ocean fills nearly a complete hemisphere of the earth's surface.

    The palms of your hands and the soles of your feet cannot tan.

    The pancreas produces Insulin.

    The parachute was invented by Leonardo Da Vinci in 1515

    The Pentagon in Washington, D.C. has five sides, five stories and five acres in the middle.

    The perfect pickle should have seven warts per square inch.

    The permanant teeth that erupt to replace their primary predecessors (baby teeth) are called succedaneous teeth.

    The Phillips screwdriver was invented in Oregon.

    The phrase jet lag was once called boat lag, back before airplanes existed.

    The phrase rule of thumb is derived from an old English law stating that you cannot beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.

    The phrase sleep tight originated when mattresses were set upon ropes woven through the bed frame. To remedy sagging ropes, one would use a bed key to tighten the rope.

    The placement of a donkey's eyes in its head enables it to see all four feet at all times.

    The planet Saturn has a density lower than water. If there was a bathtub large enough to hold it, Saturn would float.

    The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets.

    The poison arrow frog has enough poison to kill about 2,200 people.

    The popular syndicated Advice columnists Dear Abbey and Anne Landers where actually identical twin sisters. Anne Landers was really named Ephy and Dear Abbey was really named Popo. (At least those were nicknames.) Anne Landers started her column first and eventually the unintended competition between the two (including a full length article in LIFE magazine) broke the two apart. They eventually reconciled. Anne Landers did not originate her role while Dear Abbey did.

    The population of Texas is 18 million, not including the 16 million cattle.

    The pound sign on a telephone is called a 'octothorp'.

    The practice of exchanging presents at Christmas originated with the Romans.

    The proposed William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library will have a section where you must be 18 or older to read certain documents. (Did you know they actually start planning these libraries as soon as they get into office so they can decide what to keep to put in them?)

    The province of Alberta, Canada has been completely free of rats since 190

    The Pug dog is thought to have gotten its name from looking like the Pug monkey.

    The pupil of an octopus' eye is rectangular.

    The quartz crystal in your wristwatch vibrates 32,768 times a second.

    The queen (or more precisely the Royal Household) owns all swans in England. The post of Royal Swankeeper is a post that has been around pre-1215 and he and his staff are responsible for keeping accurate statistics about the number and whereabouts of the royal swans.

    The Queen of England has two birthdays.

    The QWERTY typewriter was designed such that the left hand typed the most common letters used in order to slow down typists to keep the typewriters from jamming.

    The R in Dean R. Koontz's name stands for Ray.

    The radio-active substance, Americanium-241 is used in many smoke detectors.

    The raised reflective dots in the middle of highways are called Botts dots.

    The Ramses brand condom is named after the great phaoroh Ramses II who fathered over 160 children.

    The real name of the I've fallen and I can't get up woman is Edith Fore.

    The record for the world’s worst drivers is a toss-up between two candidates: First, a 75-year-old man who received 10 traffic tickets, drove on the wrong side of the road four times, committed four hit-and-run offenses, an caused six accidents, all within 20 minutes on October 15, 1966. Second, a 62-year-old woman who failed her driving test 40 times before passing it in August, 1970 (by that time, she had spent over $700 in lessons, and could no longer afford to buy a car). [Source: Guinness Book of World Records]

    The Red Baron's real name was Manfred Von Richtofen.

    The Red Sea was originally named the Reed Sea.

    The ridges on the sides of coins are called reeding or milling.

    The right lung takes in more air than the left lung.

    The right side of a boat was called the starboard side due to the fact that the astronavigators used to stand out on the plank (which was on the right side) to get an unobstructed view of the stars. The left side was called the port side because that was the side that you put in on at the port. This was so that they didn't knock off the starboard.

    The roads on the island of Guam are made with coral. Guam has no sand. The sand on the beaches is actually ground coral. When concrete is mixed, the coral sand is used instead of importing regular sand from thousands of miles away.

    The rocking chair was invented by Benjamin Franklin.

    The rumba originated in Cuba.

    The Saguaro Cactus, found in the Southwestern United States doesn't grow branches until it is 75 years old.

    The sale of Vodka makes up 10% of the Russians government income.

    The San Diego Zoo in California has the largest collection of animals in the world.

    The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.

    The Saturn V moon rocket consumed 15 tons of fuel per second.

    The save icon on Microsoft Word shows a floppy disk, with the shutters on backwards.

    The second unit films movie shots that do not require the presence of actors.

    The sentence the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog uses every letter in the English language.

    The shape of plant collenchyma cells and the shape of the bubbles in beer foam are the same -- they are orthotetrachidecahedrons.

    The ship, the Queen Elizabeth 2, should always be written as QEQEII is the actual queen.

    The shockwave from a nitroglycerine explosion travels at 17,000 miles per hour.

    The shopping mall in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada has the largest water clock in North America.

    The shortest British monarch was Charles I, who was 4'9.

    The shortest war in history was between Zanzibar an England in 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes.

    The shrimp's heart is in its head.

    The Siberian larch accounts for more than 20% of all the worlds trees.

    The side of a hammer is a cheek.

    The Sitka spruce is Britain's most commonly planted tree.

    The skin of some snakes change colors naturally, turning darker by day and lighter by night.

    The skyscraper in Die Hard is the Twentieth Century Fox Tower.

    The slash character is called a virgule, or solidus. A URL uses slash characters, not back slash characters.

    The Slinky is sold on every continent of the world except Antarctica.

    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.

    The smallest 'country' in the world to have its own top-level domain name is Norfolk Island, off the coast of Australia.

    The smallest unit of time is the yoctosecond.

    The smallest volcano in the world is Taal.

    The snail mates only once in its entire life.

    The song with the longest title is 'I’m a Cranky Old Yank in a Clanky Old Tank on the Streets of Yokohama with my Honolulu Mama Doin’ Those Beat-o, Beat-o Flat-On-My-Seat-o, Hirohito Blues' written by Hoagy Carmichael in 194He later claimed the song title ended with “Yank” and the rest was a joke. [Source: Guinness Book of World Records]

    The sound of E.T. walking was made by someone squishing her hands in jelly.

    The Spanish Inquisition once condemned the entire Netherlands to death for heresy.

    The Sphinx at Giza in Egypt is 240 feet long and carved out of limestone. Built by Pharaoh Khafre to guard the way to his pyramid, it has a lion's body and the ruler's head.

    The St.Louis Gateway Arch had a projected death toll while it was being built. No one died.

    The starfish is one of the only animals who can turn its stomach inside-out.

    The state legislature in North Dakota has rejected a proposal to erect signs specifically warning motorists not to throw human waste onto the road side. Maintenance workers report at least 20 incidents of road crews being sprayed with urine after rupturing urine-filled plastic bottles that became swollen in the hot sun Opponents of the measure say they're afraid the signs would discourage tourism.

    The state of Florida is bigger than England.

    The Statue of Liberty's mouth is 3 feet wide.

    The straw was probably invented by Eygptian brewers to taste in-process beer without removing fermenting ingresients which floated on the top of the container.

    The strength of early lasers was measured in Gillettes, the number of blue razor blades a given beam could puncture

    The stress in Hungarian words always falls on the first syllable.

    The strorage capacity of human brain exceeds 4 Terrabytes

    The substance that human blood resembles most closely in terms of chemical composition is Sea Water.

    The Sun travels at a speed of 155 miles per second, but it still takes 230 million years for it to complete a single revolution of the galaxy.

    The surface area of anb average sized brick is 79cm

    The surface area of the Earth is 197,000,000 square miles.

    The surface area of the lungs in an adult human is 90 square yards.

    The surface speed record on the moon is 10.56 miles per hour. It was set in a lunar rover.

    The symbol on the pound key is called anoctothorpe.

    The Taco Bell dog is a girl. Her name is Gidget.

    The Taj Mahal was actually built for use as a tomb.

    The tallest mountain in Australia is Mount Kosiusk, only 7310 feet tall.

    The talus is the second largest bone in the foot.

    The tango originated as a dance between two men (for partnering practice).

    The Tea Council of the United States has designated June National Ice Tea Month.

    The temperature in eastern Siberia can get so cold that the moisture in a person's breath can freeze in the air and fall to the ground.

    The term 'cop' came from Constable on Patrol. It is from England.

    The term devil's advocate comes from the Roman Catholic church. When deciding if someone should be sainted, a devil's advocate is always appointed to give an alternative view.

    The term mayday used for signaling for help (after SOS) comes from the French M'aidez which pronounced MAYDAY and means Help Me.

    The term Rock N' Roll was coined in 195

    The term the Boogey man will get you comes from the Boogy people who still inhabit an area of Indonesia. These people still act as pirates today and attack ships that pass.

    The three best-known western names in China: Jesus Christ, Richard Nixon and Elvis Presley.

    The thyroid cartilage is more commonly known as the adams apple.

    The tip of a bullwhip moves so fast that it breaks the sound barrier, the crack of the whip is actually a tiny sonic boom.

    The Toltecs, seventh-century native Mexicans, went to battle with wooden swords so as not to kill their enemies.

    The Tom Thumb golf course was the first miniature golf course in the United States. It was built it 1929 in Chattanooga, Tennessee by John Garnet Carter.

    The tongue of the largest blue whale is bigger than an automobile.

    The tooth is the only part of the human body that cannot repair itself.

    The toothbrush was invented in China in 1498.

    The Tootsie Roll was introduced by Leo Hirshfield in 1896.

    The top layer of a wedding cake, known as the groom's cake, is usually a fruit cake so it will last until the couple's first anniversary, when they will eat it.

    The top three cork-producing countries are Spain, Portugal and Algeria.

    The Toronto Maple Leafs used to be called the Toronto Arenas, then the St.Patricks and finally the Maple Leafs.

    The total weight of all insects Earth, is twelve times greater than the weight of all people.

    The town of Tidikelt in the Sahara Desert once went ten years without a rainfall.

    The traditional symbol of the pawnbroker--three golden balls--is thought to be dervied from the coat of the arms of the Medici family, who ruled Italian city of Florence between the 15th and 16th centuries. The symbol was spread by the Lombards--Italian bankers, goldsmiths, and moneylenders who set up businesses in midevil London.

    The tree dictated on the Lebanese flag is a Cedar.

    The tuatara lizard of New Zealand has three eyes -- two in the center of its head and one on top.

    The turkey was wrongly named after what was thought to be it's country of origin.

    The two lines that connect your top lip to the bottom of your nose are known as the philtrum.

    The two most common surgeries are biopsies and cesarean sections.

    The two quickest goals scored in the National Hockey League were three seconds apart.

    The typical laboratory mouse runs 5 miles per night on its treadmill.

    The U.S shreds seven thousand tons of worn-out currency each year.

    The U.S. mint in Denver, Colorado is the only mint that marks its pennies.

    The U.S. Naval Observatory declares American time.

    The U.S. standard railroad gauge (distance between rails) is 4 feet, 8.5 inches.

    The underside of a horse's hoof is called a frog. The frog peels off several times a year with new growth.

    The United Stated government keeps its upply of silver at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

    The United States Army has executed 464 soldiers since 186

    The United States Golf Association (USGA) was founded in 1894 as the governing body of golf in the United States.

    The United States government keeps its supply of silver at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York.

    The United States has never lost a war in which mules were used.

    The USA bought Alaska from Russia for 2 cent an acre.

    The Venus's flytrap can eat a whole cheeseburger.

    The voice of Tony the Tiger is Thurl Ravenscroft.

    The Volkswagen was originally called the Strength Through Joy Wagon.

    The volume of the Earth's moon is the same volume of the Pacific Ocean.

    The volume of water in the Amazon river is greater than the next eight largest rivers in the world combined.

    The waffle iron was invented August 24, 1869.

    The Waimangu (Maori 'black water') geyser, in New Zealand, erupted to a height in excess of 1,500 ft in 1904, but has not been active since it erupted violently at 6:20 A.M. on 1 April 1917 and killed four people.

    The walking catfish can live on land.

    The WD in WD40 means water displacement.

    The Weddell seal can travel underwater for seven miles without surfacing for air.

    The wheat that produces a one-pound loaf of bread requires two tons of water to grow.

    The white part of your fingernail is called the lunula.

    The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid.

    The woman who appeared the most on the covers of Time magazine is the Virgin Mary-10 times.

    The woolly mammoth, extinct since the Ice Age, had tusks almost 16 feet long.

    The word 'bye' is used both in English and Spanish meaning the same thing.

    The word 'byte' is a contraction of 'by eight.'

    The word 'nerd' was first coined by Dr. Suess in If I ran to the Zoo.

    The word 'samba' means to 'rub navels together.'

    The word calendar comes from Latin and means 'to call out.'

    The word checkmate in chess comes from the Persian phrase Shah-Mat which means the king is dead.

    The word diastima is the word for having a gap between your teeth.

    The word for dog in the Australian aboriginal language Mbabaran happens to be dog.

    The word for name in Japanese is na-ma-e, in Mongolian nameg.

    The word hangnail comes from the Middle English: ang-(painful)+ nail. Nothing to do with hanging.

    The word karate means empty hand.

    The word Lethologica describes the state of not remembering the word you want to say.

    The word noon came from an old church term none meaning three. There was a monastic order that was so devout that they declared they would not eat until that time. Since they rang the bells indicating time, none came earlier and earlier. The towns people called mid-day noon to ridicule them.

    The word racecar and kayak are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left.

    The word rodent comes from the Latin word `rodere' meaning to gnaw.

    The word samba means to rub navels together.

    The words assassination and bump were invented by Shakespeare.

    The world camel population is 19,627,000.

    The world record for rocking non-stop in a rocking chair is 440 hours.

    The world record for time without sleep is 264 hours (11 days) by Randy Gardner in 196

    The world smallest mammal is the bumblebee bat of Thailand, weighing less than a penny

    The world's biggest trap (called a bunker in Europe) is Hell's Half Acre on the 535 m 585 yd seventh hole of the Pine Valley course, Clementon, NJ, built in 1912 and generally regarded as the world's most trying course.

    The world's first test-tube twins were born in June 198

    The world's largest K-Mart is on the island of Guam.

    The world's longest game of Monopoly lasted more than 660 hours.

    The world's longest name ia Adolph Blaine Charles Daivid Earl Frederick Gerald Hubert Irvin John Kenneth Lloyd Martin Nero Oliver Paul Quincy Randolph Sherman Thomas Uncas Victor William Xerxes Yancy Zeus Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenbergerdorft Sr.

    The world's number one producer and consumer of fresh pork is China.

    The world's oldest piece of chewing gum is over 9000 years old.

    The world's record for keeping a Lifesaver in the mouth with the hole intact is 7 hours and 10 minutes.

    The world's record for most children to one mother was 69 children.

    The world's smallest dog -- the Teacup Chihuahua -- weighs less than a pound when fully grown.

    The world's smallest mammal is the bumblebee bat of Thailand, weighing less than a penny.

    The world's worst earthquake occured in 1556 in China killing approximately 830,000 people.

    The world's youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910.

    The world's youngest recorded parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910.

    The worst reported case of compulsive swallowing involved an insane female, Mrs. H. at the age of 42, who complained of a 'slight abdominal pain.' She proved to have 2,533 objects, including 947 bent pins, in her stomach. These were removed by Drs Chalk and Foucar in June 1927 at the Ontario Hospital, Canada. In a more recent case, 212 objects were removed from the stomach of a man admitted to Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa in May 198They included 53 toothbrushes, two telescopic aerials, two razors and 150 handles of disposable razors. Another compulsive swallower in the USA, a 24-year-old psychoneurotic woman, gulped down a 12.7 cm 5 in long iron hinge bolt from a hospital door which amazingly passed through the curve of the duodenum and the intestinal tract and broke the bedpan when the patient successfully passed the object.

    The wristwatch was invented in 1904 by Louis Cartier.

    The Yellowstone River is the longest undammed river west of the Mississippi.

    The YKK on the zipper of your Levis stands for Yoshida Kogyo Kabushibibaisha, the world's largest zipper manufacturer.

    The Yo-yo originated in the Phillippines, where it is used as a weapon in hunting.

    The youngest American female to score an ace was Shirley Kunde in August 1943 at age 13.

    The youngest golfer recorded to have shot a hole-in-one is Coby Orr (5 years) of Littleton, CO on the 103 yd fifth at the Riverside Golf Course, San Antonio, TX in 1975.

    The youngest Pope was 11 years old.

    Theodore Roosevelt's wife and mother died on the same day.

    There are 1 million ants for every person in the world.

    There are 1,575 steps from the ground floor to the top of the Empire State Building.

    There are 1,792 steps to the top of the Eiffel Tower.

    There are 10 trillion living cells in the human body.

    There are 2,000,000 different combinations of sandwiches that can be created from a SUBWAY menu.

    There are 2,598,960 five-card hands possible in a 52-card deck of cards.

    There are 22 stars surrounding the mountain on the Paramount Pictures logo.

    There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.

    There are 296 steps to the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

    There are 3,900 islands in the country Japan, the country of islands.

    There are 318,979,564,000 possible ways of playing the first move on a chess board.

    There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.

    There are 45 miles of nerves in the skin of a human being.

    There are 450 hairs in the average eyebrow.

    There are 52 cards in a deck, Hudini died at 5 He died in 1926, spending half of his life in this century and half in the last.

    There are about 15,000 people in the U.S. over the age of 100.

    There are about 5,000 different languages spoken on Earth.

    There are as many as 78 scenes in a single X-Files episode.

    There are at least two sports in which the team has to move backwards to win-tug of war and rowing.

    There are eight different sizes of champagne bottles and the largest is called a Nebuchadnezzar (after the biblical king who put Daniel's three friends into the oven).

    There are four cars and eleven lightposts on the back of a ten-dollar bill.

    There are four cars and ten lights posts on the back of a ten-dollar bill.

    There are more bald eagles in the province of British Columbia then there are in the whole United States.

    There are more Barbie dolls in Italy than there are Canadians in Canada.

    There are more brown M&M's in plain M&M's than in Peanuts.

    There are more donut shops per capita in Canada than in any other country.

    There are more insects in one square mile of rural land than there are humans on the entire earth.

    There are more plastic flamingos in the U.S, than real ones.

    There are more stars in the sky then grains of sand on earth.

    There are more than 1,000 chemicals in a cup of coffee. Of these, only 26 have been tested, and half caused cancer in rats.

    There are more than 1,700 references to gems and precious stones in the King James translation of the Bible.

    There are more than 10 million bricks in the Empire State Building.

    There are more than 100 chemicals in one cup of coffee.

    There are more than 15,000 different kinds of rice.

    There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos.

    There are no rivers in Saudi Arabia.

    There are no Spanish words that begin with the letter w (except for those of American English origin.)

    There are no turkeys in Turkey.

    There are only 12 letters in the Hawaiian alphabet.

    There are only four words in the English language which end in -dous: tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.

    There are only three world capitals that begin with the letter O in English: Ottawa, Canada; Oslo, Norway; and Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

    There are only two people in the world that know the secret recipe for Coca-Cola

    There are over 50,000 earthquakes every year.

    There are over 58 million dogs in the U.S.

    There are Pokemon school books. You can even do math with a Pokemon math book.

    There are six hoops on an Association croquet court.

    There are six words in the English language with the letter combination uu. Muumuu, vacuum, continuum, duumvirate, duumvir and residuum.

    There are ten body parts that are only three letters long: eye, ear, leg, arm, jaw, gum, toe, lip, hip, and rib.

    There are three times as many households in the United States without telephones as there are without television sets.

    There are two credit cards for every person in the United States.

    There has never been a President from the Air Force or Marine Corps, although Reagan was in the Army Air Corps.

    There is a butterfly in Africa with enough poison in it's body to kill six cats.

    There is a Ides in every month, not just March.

    There is a new type of parrot in New Zealand that likes to eat the rubber strips that line car windows.

    There is a place in Norway called Hell.

    There is a sea squirt (found in the seas near Japan) that digests its own brain. When the sea squirt is mature it permanently attaches itself to a rock. At this point it does not need to move anymore and has no need for a brain. So, waste not want not, it eats it!

    There is a systematic lull in conversation every 7 minutes.

    There is a tea in China called white tea which simply is boiled water.

    There is a town in Texas called Ding Dong.

    There is cyanide in apple pips.

    There is enough stone in the Great Wall of China to build an eight-foot wall encircling the globe at the equator.

    There is no Betty Rubble in the Flintstones Chewables.

    There is no rice in rice paper.

    There is no such thing as blue food, even blue berries are purple.

    There is now an ATM at McMurdo Station in Antarctica, which has a winter population of 200.

    There was a pony express in Persia many centuries before Christ. Riders on this ancient circuit, wearing special colored headbands, delivered the mails across the vast stretch of Asia Minor, sometimes riding for hundreds of miles without a break.

    There was no punctuation until the 15th century.

    There was once a town named ‘6’ in West Virginia.

    There were no ponies in the Pony Express.

    There were ten Johns, out of 102 people on the Mayflower.

    There will be no telephone, electricity or television for 15 minutes a day.

    They get their distinctive smell by soaking up sulphur from the soil.

    Thirty different diseases that humans can catch are transmitted by the common housefly.

    Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.

    This sentence ends with a period.

    Thomas Edison got patents for a method of making concrete furniture and a cigar which was supposed to burn forever.

    Thomas Edison was afraid of the dark.

    Thomas Edison, the inventor of the lightbulb was afraid of the dark.

    Thomas Jefferson anonymously submitted design plans for the White House. They were rejected.

    Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and James Monroe all died on July 4th. Jefferson and Adams died at practically the same minute of the same day.

    Thomas Marshall (1854-1925), U.S. Vice-President, once remarked “What this country needs is a good five-cent cigar.”

    Those stars and colours you see when you rub your eyes are called phosphenes.

    Though Buddhism was founded in India around 470 B.C. and developed there at an early date, it was uprooted from India between the seventh and twelfth centuries A.D. and today exists almost exclusively outside the country, primarily in Sri Lanka, Japan, and Indochina.

    Tide has 70 percent of market share for detergent.

    Tigers have stripped skin, not just stripped fur.

    Tina Turner's real name is Annie Mae Bullock.

    Titanic was running at 22 knots when she hit the iceberg.

    To clean the tubes of artillery pieces (howitzers) soldiers use a can of Coke.

    To escape the grip of a crocodile's jaws, push your thumbs into its eyeballs--it will let you go instantly.

    To have your picture taken by the first cameras you would have to sit still for eight hours.

    To keep cool, ostriches urinate on their legs; it then evaporates like sweat.

    To keep from being separated while sleeping, sea otter tie themselves together with kelp, often drifting miles out to sea during the night.

    To strengthen the Damascus sword, the blade was plunged into a slave.

    Toads don't have teeth, frogs do.

    Tobacco kills more Americans (450,000) each year than alcohol, cocaine, crack, heroin, homicide, suicide, car accidents, fire and AIDS combined.

    Tom Cruise's name was Thomas Mapother, before he changed it.

    Tom Sawyer was the first novel written on a typewriter.

    Tomatoes and cucumbers are fruits.

    Tomb robbers believed that knocking Eygptians sarcophagi's noses off would stall curses.

    Tommy James was in a New York hotel looking at the Mutual of New York building’s neon sign flashing repeatedly: M-O-N-Y. He suddenly got the inspiration to write his #1 hit, 'Mony Mony'

    Tongeren is the oldest town in Belgium.

    Tonsurphobia is the fear of haircuts.

    Tony the tiger turns 50 this year.

    Tooth-paste can be used to polish silver winches and guard rails (your bow pulpit).

    Toronto was the first city in the world with a computerized traffic signal system.

    Toronto, Ontario has approximately 7,000 eating establishments.

    Toronto’s original name was York, but it had another name long before that. The area near the shores of Lake Ontario was called “the meeting place” by the Ojibway of Southern Ontario. Their word: Toronto.

    Traveling by air is the safest means of transportation.

    Trivia is the Roman goddess of sorcery, hounds and...the crossroads.

    Try dividing 99999999999 by 8(That's 11 nines).

    Turkeys are so clueless that when they're born the only way to get then to eat is to put marbles in the feed. The marbles are too big for them to eat, but they get curious and peck at them and when their beak slips off the marble, they get a mouthful of food.

    Turkeys can drown in the rain by looking up at the precipitation with their mouths open.

    Turkeys will peck to death members of the flock that are physically inferior or different.

    Turnips turn green when sunburnt.

    TV's Bananas in Pajamas are played by women.

    Twelve babies will be given to the wrong parents each day.

    Two golf clubs claim to be the first established in the United States: the Foxberg Golf Club, Clarion County, PA (1887) and St. Andrews Golf Club of Yonkers, NY (1888).

    Two out of five husbands tell their wife daily that they love them.

    Two planes landing daily at o'Hare International Airport in Chicago will be unsafe.

    Two researches, working independantly and having no contact with one another, one in Russia and the other in the United States, discovered that the body weighs less after death than before death. They took into account things like air leaving the lungs and the like. The soul weighs 50 grams.

    Two-thirds of the world's eggplant is grown in New Jersey.

    Type O is the most common blood type in the world. Type AB is the rarest.

    TYPEWRITER, is the longest word that can be made using the letters on only one row of the keyboard.

    Uma Thurman does not have an 'innie' or an 'outie' bellybutton, but a 'stretch.'

    Unconsciousness will occur after 8-10 seconds after loss of blood supply to the brain.

    Under the law of Mississippi, there's no such thing as a female Peeping Tom.

    Until 1796, there was a state in the United States called Franklin. Today it is known as Tennessee.

    Until 1967, LSD was legal in California.

    Until the Middle Ages, underwater divers near the Mediterranean coastline collected golden strands from the pen shell, which used the strands to hold itself in place. The strands were woven into a luxury textile and made into ladies' gloves so fine that a pair could be packed into an empty walnut shell.

    Up to three thousand species of trees have been cataloged in square mile of the Amazon jungle.

    Uranus is the only planet that rotates on its side.

    Uranus' orbital axis is tilted at 90 degrees.

    Uri Geller, the professional psychic was born 20, 1946. As to the origin of his alleged powers, Mr Gellar maintains that they come from a distant planet of Hoova.

    Using satellite-surveying techniques, scientists have determined that Los Angeles, California is moving east. At a rate estimated to be about one-fifth on an inch per year, the city is moving closer to the San Gabriel Mountains.

    Values on the Monopoly gameboard are the same today as they were in 193

    Vanilla Ice's real name is Robert Van Winkle.

    Vanilla is used to make chocolate.

    Velcro was invented by a Swiss who inspired by the way burrs attached to clothing.

    Venetian blinds were invented in Japan.

    Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise.

    Very small clouds that look like they have been broken off of bigger clouds are called scuds.

    Vincent Van Gogh comitted suicide while painting Wheat Field with Crows.

    Virginia Woolfe wrote all her books standing.

    Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine are brother and sister.

    Way back when they were using marble columns, the people selling the columns would carve out the centers and fill it with wax. So the people buying them started asking Is it without wax, Or in other words, Are you sincere?

    WD-40 can be found in four out of five American homes.

    We (humans) only use 10% of our brains.

    We are in the middle of an ice age. Ice ages include both cold and warm periods; at the moment we are experiencing a relatively warm span of time known as an interglacial period. Geologists believe that the warmest part of this period occurred from 1890 through 1945 and that since 1945 things have slowly begun freezing up again.

    Weatherman Willard Scott was the first Ronald McDonald.

    Welsh mercenary bow men in the medieval period only wore one shoe at a time.

    West Virginia and Maryland have no natural lakes.

    Westmount, Quebec, was the first city in Canada to be granted a coat of arms.

    Westwood Studios' computer game 'Command and Conquer' is the most successful war game series of all time according to Guinness Book of World Records.

    What do bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers all have in common? All were invented by women.

    What separates 60 Minutes on CBS from every other TV show? No theme song.

    When a coffee seed is planted, it takes five years to yield consumable fruit.

    When a film is in production, the last shot of the day is the martini shot, the next to last one is the Abby Singer.

    When angered, the Tazmanian devil turns pinkish-red.

    When CBS broadcast the first television show in color, no one other than CBS owned a color television set.

    When Einstein was inducted as an Amercian, he attended the ceremony without socks.

    When glass breaks, the cracks move at speeds up to 3,000 miles per hour.

    When John Wilkes Booth leaped onto the stage after shooting the President, he tripped--on the American flag.

    When opossums are playing opossum, they are not playing. They actually pass out from sheer terror.

    When Patty Hearst was kidnapped, she was watching the t.v. show The Magician starring Bill Bixby.

    When Saigon fell the signal for all Americans to evacuate was Bing Crosby's White Christmas being played on the radio.

    When snakes are born with two heads, they fight each other for food.

    When the divorce rate goes up in the United States, toy makers say the sale of toys also rises.

    When the First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, received an alarming number of threatening letters, soon after her husband became President at the height of the Depression, the Secret Service insisted that she carry a pistol in her purse.

    When the Hoovers did not want to be overheard by White House guests, they spoke to each other in Chinese.

    When the movie The Wizard of Oz first came out, it got bad reviews. The critics said, it was stupid and uncreative.

    When the Titanic sunk there was 7,500 lbs of ham on it.

    When two words are combined to form a single word (e.g., motor + hotel = motel, breakfast + lunch = brunch) the new word is called a portmanteau.

    When Voyager 2 visited Neptune it saw a small irregular white cloud that zips around Neptune every sixteen hours or so now known as The Scooter.

    When you have to urinate,you are more likely to be cold because your body must heat excess waste.

    When you pop your knuckle, the sound is caused by a miniature explosion in the joint. Pulling on the finger pulls a vacuum on the fluid in the joint. At the reduced pressure, the air dissolved in the fluid becomes superheated and 'wants to' boil. (Similar to opening a carbonated drink.) Once a bubble forms, it expands explosively until the pressure increases to a point at which the dissolved gases are no longer superheated. Once the bubble exists, you can no longer pop the knuckle again because the bubble will just expand gradually as you pull. The knuckle will not pop again until you wait long enough for the bubble to redissolve in the fluid.

    When you tie a noose, the rope is wrapped twelve times around because it's the same length as a person's head.

    When young and impoverished, Pablo Picasso kept warm by burning his own paintings.

    When your sinkis full, the little hole that lets the water drain, instead of flowing over the side, is called a porcelator.

    While at Havard University, Edward Kennedy was suspended for cheating on a spanish exam.

    Who's that playing the piano on the Mad About You theme? Paul Reiser himself.

    Why are computer defects called bugs? . . . In 1943, Navy officer Grace Hopper found a glitch in her computer. After investigating, she discovered the system had a bug - a real one. Turns out a moth made its way into Hopper's computer. Though the word bug has meant fault or defect since as far back as the 1870's, Hopper's story is credited with making it the synonym of choice in the computer industry.

    Will Clark of the Texas Rangers is a direct descendant of William Clark of Lewis and Clark.

    Willard Scott was the first Ronald McDonald.

    William Pitt was England's youngest Prime Minister at the age of only 24 years, elected in 1783.

    William Shatner went to Balfour Collegiate (Regina, Saskatchewan) during his high school years.

    Willie Mays has been the only player to hit four home runs in one game and three triples in another.

    Wilma Flintstone's maiden name was Wilma Slaghoopal, and Betty Rubble's was Betty Jean Mcbricker.

    Windmills always turn counter-clockwise--except for the windmills in Ireland.

    Wine will spoil if exposed to light, hence tinted bottles.

    Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.

    Without any greenhouse effect, Earth would be cold and lifeless with an average temperature of 0.4 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

    Women's hearts beat faster than men's.

    Wonder Bread does not contain any cholesterol or saturated fat.

    Wonder Bread is the best-selling bread in the United States.

    Worcestershire Sauce is basically an Anchovy ketchup.

    World heavyweight boxing champion, Gene Tunney also lectured on Shakespeare at Yale University later in his life.

    World Tourist day is observed on September 27.

    Worldwide, about 40 square miles of land are transformed into desert each day.

    Worldwide, bats are the most important natural enemies of night-flying insects.

    Worldwide, there are more statues of Joan of Arc than of anyone else. France alone has about 40,000 of them.

    Writer Director Actor Albert Brooks real name is Albert Einstein

    Writer Edgar Allan Poe and LSD advocate Timothy Leary were both kicked out of West Point.

    Xenophobia is the fear of strangers.

    Yak's milk is pink.

    Yasir Arafat is addicted to watching television cartoons.

    Yo-yos were used as weapons by warriors in the Philippines in the 16th century.

    Yogurt intake among North Americans has quadrupled in the past 20 years.

    You are more likely to be struck by lightning than you are to be eaten by a shark.

    You are more likely to get stung by a bee on a windy day that in any other weather.

    You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching T.V.

    You can make a glass of apple cider with three apples.

    You cannot kill yourself by holding your breath.

    You loose enough dead skin cells in your lifetime to fill eight five-pound flour bags.

    You should not eat a crawfish with a straight tail. It was dead before it was cooked.

    You use more calories eating celery than there are in celery itself.

    You were born with 300 bones, but when you get to be an adult you only have 206.

    You would have to count to one thousand to use the letter A in the English language to spell a whole number.

    You'll eat about 35,000 cookies in a lifetime.

    You're more likely to get stung by a bee on a windy day that in any other weather.

    Your body creates as much as 2 quarts of saliva every day.

    Your brain is 80% water.

    Your muscles make up one half of your body weight.

    Your ribs move about 5 million times a year everytime you breathe.

    Your right lung takes in more air than your left one.

    Your skull is made up of 29 different bones.

    Your statistical chance of being murdered is one in twenty thousand.

    Zaire is the world leader in cobalt mining, producing two-thirds of the world's cobalt supply.

    Zarf is the holder of a handleless coffee cup.

    Zip code 12345 is assigned to General Electric in Schenectady, N.Y.

    Zoophobia is the fear of animals.

    KOKUTONA JF-Expert Member

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    Nimesoma robo, nitarudi baadae.

    SHIEKA JF-Expert Member

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    I nearly broke my back going through it; it's damn too long. But it's interesting, a bit weird and controversial too. there are some repeititions whichi is why it's so long. Good food for the curious mind though.
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    nice but too long like a novel