Sunday, September 17, 2006

Fascinating Facts

Some fascinating facts...

1. A rat can last longer without water than a camel.

2. Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks or it will digest itself.

3. The dot over the letter "i" is called a tittle.

4. A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top.

5. A female ferret will die if it goes into heat and cannot find a mate.

6. A duck's quack doesn't echo. No one knows why.

7. A piece of 2x4 is really 1-1/2 by 3-1/2.

8. During the chariot scene in "Ben Hur", a small red car can be seenin the distance.

9. On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily worldwide!

10. Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn't wear pants.

11. Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.

12. The number of possible ways of playing the first four moves per side in a game of chess is 318,979,564,000.

13. There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with orange, purple and silver.

14. The name Wendy was made up for the book "Peter Pan".

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

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

17. Bruce Lee was so fast that they actually had to s-l-o-w film down so youcould see his moves.

18. The first CD pressed in the US was Bruce Springsteen's "Born in theUSA".

19. The original name for butterfly was flutterby.

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

21. The first product Motorola started to develop was a record player for automobiles. At that time, the most known player on the market was Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola.

22. Roses may be red, but violets are indeed violet, not blue.

23. By raising your legs slowly and laying on your back, you cannot sink into quicksand.

24. Celery has negative effect on calories. It takes more calories to eat apiece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with.

25. For fun, Charlie Chaplin once entered anonymously a "Charlie Chaplinlook-alike contest", and won third prize.

26. Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.

27. Sherlock Holmes NEVER said "Elementary, my dear Watson".

28. An old law in Bellingham,Washington, made it illegal for a woman to take more than 3 steps backwards while dancing.

29. The glue on Israeli postage is certified kosher.

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

31. Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space because passing wind in a space suit damages them.

32. In the movie Casablanca, Humphrey Bogart never said "Play it again Sam". What he said was "If you can play it for her you can play itfor me, so Play it".

33. It is impossible to lick your elbow.

34. A crocodile can't stick its tongue out.

35. A shrimp's heart is in its head.

36. In a study of 200,000 ostriches over a period of 80 years, no one reported a single case where an ostrich buried its head in the sand.

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

38. A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.

39. More than 50% of the people in the world have never made or received a telephone call.
40. Horses can't vomit.

41. The "sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick" is said to be thetoughest tongue twister in the English language.

42. If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib. If you try to suppress a sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die. If you keep your eyes open by force, they can pop out.

43. Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over amillion descendants.

44. Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your earby 700 times.

45. If the government has no knowledge of aliens, then why does Title 14, Section 1211 of the Code of Federal Regulations, implemented on July 16, 1969, make it illegal for US citizens to have any contact with extraterrestrials ortheir vehicles? (Not true!)

46. In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere.

47. 23% of all photocopier faults worldwide are caused by people sitting on them and photocopying their rear ends.

48. Most lipstick contains fish scales.

49. Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different.
and lastly...

50. Over 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow.

I lifted this from KezzieAG

Note: I did not fact-check these. Some I know to be true. But I just can't vouch for them all. If you know some to be false, do tell. (I did check out number 45 because it was unbelievable, number 5 because I really could believe it, and I found the source for many of these---Useless Data)


At 9/18/2006 12:52 AM, Anonymous Andy said...

I've seen these before. Must have been around in an email a long time ago or something.

At 9/18/2006 9:32 AM, Blogger AnonymousOpinion said...

I think quacks echo, thought I saw it on Mythbusters.

At 9/18/2006 1:18 PM, Blogger Christopher Taylor said...

A female ferret will die if it goes into heat and cannot find a mate.

I've known some human females and males that seemed to think this was true also. It did not work out well for them.

Quacks do echo by the way, Mythbusters did actually demonstrate that.

At 9/18/2006 9:30 PM, Blogger AnonymousOpinion said...

I've been thinking about doing the Mr.Bean dynamite + can of paint for the super awful red kitchen/living room/dining room. I think Mythbusters proved it was a little tough on the room.

At 9/18/2006 9:57 PM, Blogger Anna Venger said...

Yeah, that might not be the best idea. ;)

At 9/19/2006 12:09 AM, Anonymous Andy said...

I wholeheartedly endorse that plan. Don't listen to Anna. Studies referenced on this blog have proven that we men are smarter, right?

Man, I love crossing inappropriate lines!

At 9/19/2006 2:38 AM, Blogger Anna Venger said...

Yo, Andy, you can take your 3.6 points and...Oh, I forgot. This is a family friendly blog. Um, just use your imagination, 'kay? ;)

At 9/19/2006 2:28 PM, Anonymous Andy said...

Don't worry, I'll do the remembering for both of us. I would hate to see you taxing yourself unnecessarily.

At 9/19/2006 3:55 PM, Blogger Jeff the Baptist said...

6. A duck's quack doesn't echo. No one knows why.

Mythbusters did address this one. They found that a ducks quack echoes, but it is very difficult to distinguish the echoes from the quack itself. Something about the quack having a strange pattern to it.

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

The etymology is pretty disputed. A feminister suggested this origin in '76. Prior to this most people thought it came from using body parts as units of measure (like feet). In any case it would be derived from a court case and not a law, per se.

27. Sherlock Holmes NEVER said "Elementary, my dear Watson".

He never said it in the books. He said it in the movies and TV shows though.

At 1/10/2007 1:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep, I know this is an old post. But yours is the only page I found listing this (mostly inaccurate) list asking for corrections.

15. is absolutely wrong. Only one elephant survived the war. But neither did the first bomb hit an elephant, nor was it the only one in the zoo.


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