Useless Facts

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  • Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.
  • Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.
  • The national anthem of Greece has 158 verses. No one in Greece has memorized all 158 verses.
  • There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.
  • The average secretary’s left hand does 56% of the typing.
  • A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.
  • There are more chickens than people in the world (at least before that chicken-flu thing).
  • Two-thirds of the world’s eggplant is grown in New Jersey.
  • The longest one-syllable word in the English language is “screeched.”
  • All of the clocks in the movie Pulp Fiction are stuck on 4:20.
  • No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver or purple.
  • “Dreamt” is the only English word that ends in the letters “mt”.
  • All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.
  • Almonds are members of the peach family.
  • Winston Churchill was born in a ladies’ room during a dance.
  • Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.
  • There are only four words in the English language which end in “dous”: tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
  • 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.”
  • A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
  • An ostrich’s eye is bigger than it’s brain.
  • Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
  • In most advertisements, including newspapers, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.
  • Al Capone’s business card said he was a used furniture dealer.
  • The only real person to be a Pez head was Betsy Ross.
  • When the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers play football at home, the stadium becomes the state’s third largest city.
  • 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”
  • A dragonfly has a lifespan of 24 hours.
  • A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.
  • A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.
  • 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.
  • It’s impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
  • The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.
  • Who’s that playing the piano on the “Mad About You” theme? Paul Reiser himself.
  • The male gypsy moth can “smell” the virgin female gypsy moth from 1.8 miles away (pretty good trick).
  • In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.
  • 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 microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
  • Mr. Rogers is an ordained minister.
  • John Lennon’s first girlfriend was named Thelma Pickles.
  • The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.
  • There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.
  • ‘Stewardesses’ is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.
  • The “pound” key on your keyboard (#) is called an octotroph.
  • The only domestic animal not mentioned in the Bible is the cat.
  • The “dot” over the letter “i” is called a tittle.
  • Table tennis balls have been known to travel off the paddle at speeds up to 160 km/hr.
  • Pepsi originally contained pepsin, thus the name.
  • The original story from “Tales of 1001 Arabian Nights” begins, “Aladdin was a little Chinese boy.”
  • Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.
  • 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.
  • The most common name in the world is Mohammed.
  • Michael Jordan makes more money from NIKE annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.
  • The volume of the Earth’s moon is the same as the volume of the Pacific Ocean.
  • Cephalacaudal recapitulation is the reason our extremities develop Faster than the rest of us.
  • Spiral staircases in medieval castles are running clockwise. This is because all knights used to be right-handed. When the intruding army would climb the stairs they would not be able to use their right hand which was holding the sword because of the difficulties of climbing the stairs. Left-handed knights would have had no troubles, except left-handed people could never become knights because it was assumed that they were descendants of the devil.
  • Ham radio operators got the term “ham” coined from the expression “ham fisted operators,” a term used to describe early radio users who sent Morse code (i.e., pounded their fist).
  • 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.
  • Chinese Crested dogs can get acne.
  • Hydrogen gas is the least dense substance in the world, at 0.08988g/cc. Hydrogen solid is the most dense substance in the world, at 70.6g/cc.
  • Each year there is one ton of cement poured for each man woman and child in the world.
  • The house fly hums in the middle octave key of F.
  • The only capital letter in the Roman alphabet with exactly one end point is P.
  • The giant red star Betelgeuse has a diameter larger than that of the Earth’s orbit around the sun.
  • The longest place name still in use is: Taumatawhakatangihangaoauauotam-eteaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokai-whenu a kitanatahu – a New Zealand hill.
  • Only 1 in 2,000,000,000 will live to be 116 or older.
  • According to Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity, it is possible to go slower than light and faster than light, but it is impossible to go the speed of light. Also, there is a particle called tackyon which is supposed to go faster than light. This means if you fire a tackyon beam, it travels before you fire it.
  • When you tie a noose, the rope is wrapped twelve times around because it’s the same length as a persons head.
  • Hummingbirds are the only animal that can fly backwards.
  • A cat’s jaw cannot move sideways.
  • The sentence, “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog,” uses every letter in the alphabet.
  • Average life span of a major league baseball: 7 pitches.
  • The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days of yore when the engines were pulled by horses. The horses were stabled on the ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight staircases.
  • The airplane Buddy Holly died in was the “American Pie” (Thus the name of the Don McLean song).
  • When opossums are playing ‘possum, they are not “playing.” They actually pass out from sheer terror.
  • 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 the books that would occupy the building.
  • 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321
  • If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle. If the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.
  • Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without killing them used to burn their houses down – hence the expression “to get fired.”
  • The term “the whole 9 yards” came from WWII fighter pilots in the Pacific. When arming their airplanes on the ground, the .50 caliber machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, it got “the whole 9 yards.”
  • Hershey’s Kisses are called that because the machine that makes them looks like it’s kissing the conveyor belt.
  • The phrase “rule of thumb” is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn’t beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.
  • The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for the “General Purpose” vehicle, G.P.
  • The cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth II, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.
  • The name Wendy was made up for the book “Peter Pan.”
  • In Cleveland, Ohio, it’s illegal to catch mice without a hunting license.
  • It takes 3,000 cows to supply the NFL with enough leather for a year’s supply of footballs.
  • Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.
  • There are an average of 178 sesame seeds on a McDonald’s Big Mac bun.
  • The world’s termites outweigh the world’s humans 10 to 1.
  • Pound for pound, hamburgers cost more than new cars.
  • The 3 most valuable brand names on earth: Marlboro, Coca-Cola, and Budweiser, in that order.
  • When Heinz ketchup leaves the bottle, it travels at a rate of 25 miles per year.
  • Elephants can’t jump. Every other mammal can.

For more useless fact, check out Useless Facts Part 2.



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