Useless Facts

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  1. Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.
  2. Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.
  3. The national anthem of Greece has 158 verses. No one in Greece has memorized all 158 verses.
  4. There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.
  5. The average secretary’s left hand does 56% of the typing.
  6. A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.
  7. There are more chickens than people in the world (at least before that chicken-flu thing).
  8. Two-thirds of the world’s eggplant is grown in New Jersey.
  9. The longest one-syllable word in the English language is “screeched.”
  10. All of the clocks in the movie Pulp Fiction are stuck on 4:20.
  11. No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver or purple.
  12. “Dreamt” is the only English word that ends in the letters “mt”.
  13. All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.
  14. Almonds are members of the peach family.
  15. Winston Churchill was born in a ladies’ room during a dance.
  16. Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.
  17. There are only four words in the English language which end in “dous”: tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
  18. Los Angeles’s full name is “El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula”. And can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size, “L.A.”
  19. A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
  20. An ostrich’s eye is bigger than it’s brain.
  21. Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
  22. In most advertisements, including newspapers, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.
  23. Al Capone’s business card said he was a used furniture dealer.
  24. The only real person to be a Pez head was Betsy Ross.
  25. When the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers play football at home, the stadium becomes the state’s third largest city.
  26. 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”
  27. A dragonfly has a lifespan of 24 hours.
  28. A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.
  29. A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.
  30. On an American one-dollar bill, there is an owl in the upper left-hand corner of the “1” encased in the “shield” and a spider hidden in the front upper right-hand corner.
  31. It’s impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
  32. The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.
  33. Who’s that playing the piano on the “Mad About You” theme? Paul Reiser himself.
  34. The male gypsy moth can “smell” the virgin female gypsy moth from 1.8 miles away (pretty good trick).
  35. In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.
  36. 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.”
  37. The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
  38. Mr. Rogers is an ordained minister.
  39. John Lennon’s first girlfriend was named Thelma Pickles.
  40. The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.
  41. There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.
  42. ‘Stewardesses’ is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.
  43. The “pound” key on your keyboard (#) is called an octotroph.
  44. The only domestic animal not mentioned in the Bible is the cat.
  45. The “dot” over the letter “i” is called a tittle.
  46. Table tennis balls have been known to travel off the paddle at speeds up to 160 km/hr.
  47. Pepsi originally contained pepsin, thus the name.
  48. The original story from “Tales of 1001 Arabian Nights” begins, “Aladdin was a little Chinese boy.”
  49. Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.
  50. Honey is the only natural food that is made without destroying any kind of life. What about milk you say? A cow has to eat grass to produce milk and grass is living.

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