Useless(?) Bits of Information

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The tongue of a blue whale weighs more than 4 tons.(provided by Liam O'Donnell)[NEW]

On a Canadian two-dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament building is an American flag.
THIS IS A URBAN MYTH! Click Here to see the proof.
Thanks to Liam O'Donnell for providing the Truth!! [NEW]

A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

A crocodile cannot stick out its tongue.

A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours.

A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.

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

A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.

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

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

Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.

Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.

Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.

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

The sound of E.T. walking was made by someone
squishing her hands in Jello.

Most lipstick contains fish scales.

Average life span of a major league baseball: 7 pitches.

In the Caribbean there are oysters that can climb trees.

Polar bears are left-handed.

Only bird that can fly backwards: Hummingbird.

Only continent without reptiles or snakes: Antarctica.

Only animal besides human that can get sunburn: Pig.

Women blink twice as often as men.

Sigmund Freud's first three scientific papers concerned fish.

40% of people who move to a new address also change their
brand of toothpaste at the same time.

It is illegal to hunt camels in the state of Arizona.

In the country of Turkey, in the 16th and 17th centuries,
anyone caught drinking coffee was put to death.

A Virginia law requires all bathtubs to be kept out in the
yards, not inside the houses.

Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.

Two thirds of the world's eggplant is grown in New Jersey.

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

A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.

The phrase ' The 3 R's ' ( standing for 'reading, writing
and arithmetic' ) was created by Sir William Curtis, who was

Polar bear fur is not white, it's clear.

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

It is a criminal offense to drive around in a dirty car in Russia.

Cat urine glows under a blacklight.

Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

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

1 in 5 Americans cannot say which president is on the $1 bill.

America's first nudist organization was founded in 1929, by 3 men.

The Texas state capital has been moved 15 times.

There are 10 towns named Hollywood in the United States.

The Bible is the most shoplifted book in the United States.

Only 4% of Americans did not eat at a McDonald's last year.

Cab fare from New York City to Los Angelas $8,325 (not including tip.)

Mahatma Gandhi is buried in California.

The Pilgrims didn't eat lobsters because they thought they were big insects.

25% of Americans believe in ghosts, 10% have seen one.

111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily.

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

315 entries in Webster's Dictionary will be misspelled.

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

A 10-gallon hat barely holds 6 pints.

A cockroach can live for several weeks without its head.

A cow produces 200 times more gas a day than a person.

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

A fully loaded supertanker travelling at normal speed takes at least twenty minutes to stop.

A giraffe can go without water longer than a camel can.

A hard working adult sweats up to 4 gallons per day. Most of the sweat evaporates before a person realizes it's there, though!

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

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

A quarter has 119 grooves on its edge, a dime has one less groove!

A shark can detect one part of blood in 100 million parts of water.

A toothpick is the object most often choked on by Americans!

According to a British law passed in 1845, attempting to commit suicide was a capital offense. Offenders could be hanged for trying.

Actor Tommy Lee Jones and vice-president Al Gore were freshman roommates at Harvard.

Almost a quarter of the land area of Los Angeles is taken up by automobiles.

Coca-Cola was originally green.

Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the US Treasury.

It is possible to lead a cow upstairs but not downstairs.

Smartest dogs: 1) Scottish border collie; 2) Poodle; 3) Golden retriever. Dumbest: Afghan hound.

Hawaiian alphabet has 12 letters.

Men can read smaller print than women; women can hear better.

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

City with the most Rolls Royce's per capita: Hong Kong

State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska

Percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28%

Percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%

Barbie's measurements if she were life size: 39-23-33

Percentage of American men who say they would marry the same woman if they had it to do all over again: 80%

Percentage of American women who say they'd marry the same man: 50%

Cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $6,400

Average number of people airborne over the US any given hour: 61,000.

Percentage of Americans who have visited Disneyland/Disney World: 70%

Average life span of a major league baseball: 7 pitches.

Only President to win a Pulitzer: John F. Kennedy for Profiles in Courage

Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

The world's youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910.

The youngest pope was 11 years old.

Iceland consumes more Coca-Cola per capita than any other nation.

First novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.

In the 1940s, the FCC assigned television's Channel 1 to mobile services (two-way radios in taxicabs, for instance) but did not renumber the other channel assignments. That is why your TV set has channels 2 and up, but no channel 1.

The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments

The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable.

Hang On Snoopy is the official rock song of Ohio.

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.

When opossums are playing 'possum, they are not "playing." They actually pass out from sheer terror.

Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history. Spades - King David, Clubs - Alexander the Great, Hearts - Charlemagne, and Diamonds - Julius Caesar.

Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without killing them would burn their houses down - hence the expression "to get fired."

Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn't added until 5 years later.

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

The term "the whole 9 yards" came from W.W.II fighter pilots in the South 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.

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

The longest recorded flight of a chicken is thirteen seconds.

The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one mile in every five must be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips in times of war or other emergencies.

In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere.

The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for the "General Purpose" vehicle, G.P.

The Pentagon, in Arlington, Virginia, has twice as many bathrooms as is necessary. When it was built in the 1940s, the state of Virginia still had segregation laws requiring separate toilet facilities for blacks and whites.

The cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth II, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.

The highest point in Pennsylvania is lower than the lowest point in Colorado.

Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.

If you have three quarters, four dimes, and four pennies, you have $1.19. You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a dollar.

No NFL team which plays its home games in a domed stadium has ever won a Superbowl.

The first toilet ever seen on television was on "Leave It To Beaver".

The only two days of the year in which there are no professional sports games (MLB, NBA, NHL, or NFL) are the day before and the day after the Major League all-stars Game.

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

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

The nursery rhyme Ring Around the Rosey is a rhyme about the plague Infected people with the plague would get red circular sores ("Ring around the rosey..."), these sores would smell very badly so common folks would put flowers on their bodies somewhere (inconspicuously), so that it would cover the smell of the sores ("...a pocket full of posies..."), People who died from the plague would be burned so as to reduce the possible spread of the disease ("...ashes, ashes, we all fall down!")

Conception occurs more often in December than any other month.

A survey of 1000 American women and men revealed that their least favorite household chore is vacuuming the stairs.

It is estimated that 9 out of 10 American women wear shoes at least 2 sizes too narrow.

Only 14% of Americans say they've done this with the opposite sex. What is it? Skinny dipping.

What separates "60 Minutes," on CBS from every other TV show? No theme song.

Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of their birthplace.

The average person will spend approximately one year out of their lifetime searching for lost or misplaced items.

If you're single, there's a 2 in 3 chance you lied to your significant other about something, the last time you were together.

It takes an average person about 7 minutes to fall asleep.

The most common name in the world is Mohammed

A "Bridal Guide" survey reveals that 77% of all newlywed couples have sex in rooms other than the bedroom.

If you were to spell out numbers, you would have to go to the number one thousand before you would use an "A"

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