measurements if she were life size: 39-23-33.
dollar symbol ($) is a U combined with an S (U.S.)
eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears
never stop growing.
Statue of Liberty's tablet is two feet thick.
are two credit cards for every person in the United States.
slogan on New Hampshire license plates is 'Live Free or Die'.
These license plates are manufactured by prisoners in the state
prison in Concord.
straw was probably invented by Egyptian brewers to taste in-process
beer without removing the fermenting ingredients which floated
on the top of the container.
Prowse, was the guy in the Darth Vader suit in Star Wars. He spoke
all of Vader's lines, and didn't know that he was going to be
dubbed over by James Earl Jones until he saw the screening of
United States government keeps its supply of silver at the U.S.
Military Academy at West Point, NY
are only thirteen blimps in the world.
of the thirteen blimps are in the United States.
existing biggest blimp is the Fuji Film blimp.
plastic "leather" was created in Naugatuck, Connecticut.
Swiss flag is square.
word 'pound' is abbreviated 'lb.' after the constellation 'libra'
because it means 'pound' in Latin, and also 'scales'. The abbreviation
for the British Pound Sterling comes from the same source: it
is an 'L' for Libra/Lb. with a stroke through it to indicate abbreviation.
goes for the Italian lira which uses the same abbreviation ('lira'
coming from 'libra'). So British currency (before it went metric)
was always quoted as "pounds/shillings/pence", abbreviated
three largest land-owners in England are the Queen, the Church
of England and Trinity College, Cambridge.
monastic hours are matins, lauds, prime, tierce, sext, nones,
vespers and compline.
you come from Manchester, you are a Mancunian.
animal, once frozen solid (i.e., water solidifies and turns to
ice) survives when thawed, because the ice crystals formed inside
cells would break open the cell membranes. However there are certain
frogs that can survive the experience of being frozen. These frogs
make special proteins which prevent the formation of ice (or at
least keep the crystals from becoming very large), so that they
actually never freeze even though their body temperature is below
zero Celsius. The water in them remains liquid: a phenomenon known
as 'supercooling.' If you disturb one of these frogs (just touching
them even), the water in them quickly freezes solid and they die.
white part of your fingernail is called the lunula.
is the only European capital city not situated on a river.
name for fungal remains found in coal is sclerotinite.
Boston University Bridge (on Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts)
is the only place in the world where a boat can sail under a train
driving under a car driving under an airplane.
cannot walk backwards.
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.
shopping mall in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada has the
largest water clock in North America.
writer Edgar Allen Poe and LSD advocate Timothy Leary were kicked
out of West Point.
word posh, which denotes luxurious rooms or accomodations, originated
when ticket agents in England marked the tickets of travelers
going by ship to the Orient. Since there was no air conditioning
in those days, it was always better to have a cabin on the shady
side of the ship as it passed through the Mediterranean and Suez
area. Since the sun is in the south, those with money paid extra
to get cabin's on the left, or port, traveling to the Asia, and
on the right, or starboard, when returning to Europe. Hence their
tickets were marked with the initials for Port Outbound Starboard
Homebound, or POSH.
top layer of a wedding cake, known as the groom's cake, traditionally
is a fruit cake. That way it will save until the first anniversery.
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
forward pass was created by the football team at Saint Louis University.
every show that Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt (The Fantasticks)
wrote, there is at least one song about rain.
kind of tortoise in the Galapagos Islands has an upturned shell
at its neck so it can reach its head up to eat cactus branches.
only city whose name can be spelled completely with vowels is
Aiea, Hawaii, located approximately twelve miles west of Honolulu.
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.
have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about
word "Checkmate" in chess comes from the Persian phrase
"Shah Mat", which means "the king is dead".
ship, the Queen Elizabeth 2, should always be written as QE2.
QEII is the actual queen.
is the only word in the English language to start with "quis."
of the cobble stones that used to line the streets in New York
were originally weighting stones put in the hulls of Belgian ships
to keep an even keel.
is the only country without a rectangular flag (it looks like
two pennants glued on on top of the other)
has the only flag which is all one color with no writing or decoration
only borough of New York City that isn't an island (or part of
an island) is the Bronx.
1957 Milwaukee Braves were the first baseball team to win the
World Series after being relocated.
tune for the "A-B-C" song is the same as "Twinkle,
Twinkle Little Star."
a coffee seed is planted, it takes five years to yield it's first
common goldfish is the only animal that can see both infra-red
and ultra-violet light.
Stamp News is the world's largest weekly newspaper for stamp collectors.
is bordered by more states than any other. The eight states are
Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North
Carolina and Virginia.
Moines has the highest per capita Jello consumption in the U.S
Western-most point in the contiguous United States is Cape Alava,
are only three animals with blue tongues, the Black Bear, the
Chow Chow dog and the blue-tongued lizard.
first fossilized specimen of Austalopithecus afarenisis was named
Lucy after the palentologists' favorite song, Lucy in the Sky
With Diamonds, by the Beatles.
is Italian for "pine head."
geographical center of North America is near Rugby, North Dakota.
infinity sign is called a lemniscate.
was invented in Turkey.
you stretch a standard Slinky out flat it measures 87 feet long.
are six five words in the English language with the letter combination
"uu." Muumuu, vacuum, continuum, duumvirate and duumvir,
"Calabash" pipe, most often associated with Sherlock
Holmes, was not used by him until William Gillette (an American)
portrayed Holmes onstage. Gillette needed a pipe he could keep
in his mouth while he spoke his lines.
Americans' car horns beep in the key of F.
Harry's badge number is 2211.
pupil of an octopus' eye is rectangular.
shortest French word with all five vowels is "oiseau"
milk does not curdle.
Mojo Risin" is an anagram for Jim Morrison.
ball on top of a flagpole is called the truck.
person from the country of Nauru is called a Nauruan; this is
the only palindromic nationality.
word "modem" is a contraction of the words "modulate,
Cromwell was hanged and decapitated two years after he had died.
the last 4000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
has more independent telephone companies than any other state.
hamsters only blink one eye at a time.
love to eat crickets.
only "real" food that U.S. Astronauts are allowed to
take into space is pecan nuts.
word "queueing" is the only English word with five consecutive
first Eagle Scout west of the Mississippi is buried in San Marcos,
every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere.
Flack wrote "Killing Me Softly" about singer Don McLean.
Greek version of the Old Testament is called the Septuagint.
Eldon was the name of the naked baby on the cover of Nirvana's
three major 1996 Presidential candidates, Clinton, Dole and Perot,
Madagascan Hissing Cockroach is one of the few insects who give
birth to live young, rather than laying eggs.
book of Esther in the Bible is the only book which does not mention
the name of God.
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 shortned to Sheriff.
animal epidemic is called an epizootic.
is the most filmed story of all time, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
is second and Oliver Twist is third.
silhouette on the NBA logo is Jerry West.
silhouette on the Major League Baseball logo is Harmon Killebrew.
name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for the
"General Purpose" vehicle, G.P.
little lump of flesh just forward of your ear canal, right next
to your temple, is called a tragus.
in South Africa ws derived from SOuth WEst TOwnship.
Oil Soap is the chemical most commonly used to clean elephants.
Andy Griffth Show was the first spin-off in TV history. It was
a spin-off of the Danny Thomas Show.
eyes have rectangular pupils.
Disney's autograph bears no resemblance to the famous Disney logo.
than humans, black lemurs are the only primates that may have
United States has never lost a war in which mules were used.
two longest one-syllable words in the English language are "screeched"
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.
for picture stamps in the United States are commissioned by the
United States Postal Service Department of Philatelic Fulfillment.
Constantino Brumidi fell from the done of the U.S. Capitol while
painting a mural around the rim. He died four months later.
1896, the beginning of the modern Olympics, only Greece and Australia
have participated in every Games.
were no squirrels on Nantucket until 1989.
Rigby is the only woman to pose nude for Sports Illustrated. (August
Jelly Bellies were created especially for Ronald Reagan.
Clark of the Texas Rangers is a direct descendant of William Clark
of Lewis and Clark.
ocean tides are at their highest, they are called "spring
tides." When they are at their lowest, they are call "neep
1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full
last NASCAR driver to serve jail time for running moonshine was
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.
difference between male and female blue crabs is the design located
on their apron (belly.) The male blue crab has the Washington
Monument while the female apron is shaped like the U.S. Capitol.
takes a lobster approxiamately seven years to grow to be one pound.
ridges on the sides of coins are called reeding.
lot numbers for the cyanide-tainted Tylenol capsules scare back
in 1982 were MC2880 and 1910MD.
Vermont is the only U.S. state capital without a McDonalds.
Roman emperor Caligula made his horse a senator.
latitude 60 degrees south you can sail all the way around the
Chinese checkerboard has 121 holes.
hyoid bone, in your throat, is the only bone in the body not attached
to another bone.
whales, elephants, giraffes and man all have seven neck vertebra.
that shine down through the clouds are called crespucular rays.
small clouds that look like they have been broken off of bigger
clouds are called scuds.
a dewy morning, if you look at your shadow in the grass, the dew
drops shine light back to your eye creating a halo called a heilgenschein
(German for halo.)
correct response to the Irish greeting, "Top of the morning
to you," is "and the rest of the day to yourself."
have no vocal cords.
DiMaggio had more home runs than strikeouts during his career.
porcupines float in water.
On Sloopy is the official rock song of Ohio.
Steak Sauce contains both orange peel and raisins.
northern parishes (counties) of Louisiana did not agree with the
Confederate movement. To show their disapproval, they changed
their names. That's why there is a Union Parish, Jefferson Parish,
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.
of the island of Lesbos are Lesbosians, rather than Lesbians.
(Of course, lesbians are called lesbians because Sappho was from
Chinese ideogram for 'trouble' symbolizes 'two women living under
has a wood for the peace offerings brought to your mate when you've
committed some conceived slight. This is "drachenfutter"
or dragon's food.
Chinese, the words for crisis and opportunity are the same.
word in the English language rhymes with month.
of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without
killing them use to burn their houses down - hence the expression
"to get fired."
poisonous copperhead smells likefresh cut cucumbers.
Disney's "Fantasia", the Sorcerer's name is "Yensid"
smallest mushroom's name is "Hop-low."
Boleyn had six fingernails on one hand.
gas was invented in the McKinley Building on the American University
campus. Additionally, preliminary work on the Manhattan Project
was done in that building. The government used the McKinley Building
because of its unusual archticture. If there would be any type
of large explosion inside the building, the building would implode
onto itself, containing any lethal gas or nuclear material. The
building now houses the Physics Department.
angered, the ears of Tazmanian devils turn a pinkish-red.
cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth II, moves only six inches for each
gallon of diesel that it burns.
naval rank of "Admiral" is derived from the Arabic phrase
"amir al bahr", which means "lord of the sea".
Les Nessman character on the TV series WKRP in Cincinnati wore
a band-aid in every episode. Either on himself, his glasses, or
coat hanger is 44 inches long if straightened
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.
Vernon Washington grows more tulips than the entire country of
Farr (who played Klinger on M*A*S*H) was the only member of the
cast who actually served as a soldier in the Korean war.
southern most city in the United States is Na'alehu, Hawaii.
was the only part of the United States that was invaded by the
Japanese during WWII. The territory was the island of Adak in
the Aleutian Chain.
Ave in Detroit, Michigan carries the designation M-1, named so
because it was the first paved road anywhere.
was the first state to plow it's roads and the first to adopt
a yellow dividing line.
is an Indian word meaning "Big Village".
longest chapter in the Bible is Psalm 119.
shortest verse in the Bible is "Jesus wept."
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?"
is the world leader in cobalt mining, producing two-thirds of
the world's cobalt supply.
modern language has a true concept of "I am." It is
always used linked with are in reference of another verb.
known Cathedral Caverns near Grant, Alabama has the world's largest
cave opening, the largest stalagmite (Goliath), and the largest
stalagmite forest in the World.
only person ever to decline a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction was Sinclair
Lewis for his book Arrowsmith.
is the only state that borders on only one state.
are almost twice as many people in Rhode Island than there are
is not indigenous to the South, but in that climate it can grow
up to six inches a day.
you know that there are coffee flavored PEZ?
word 'byte' is a contraction of 'by eight.'
word 'pixel' is a contraction of either 'picture cell' or 'picture
Lauren's original name was Ralph Lifshitz.
do not grow on trees, but on rhizomes.
in the Space Shuttle are weightless not because there is no gravity
in space, but because they are in free fall around the Earth.
Augustine was the first major proponent of the "missionary"
Borden was acquitted.
Hamilton was shot by Aaron Burr in the groin.
Asimov is the only author to have a book in every Dewey-decimal
Ebert is the only film critic to have ever won the Pulitzer prize.
scholar who studies the Marquis de Sade is called a Sadian, not
a Sadist (of course).
in Manhattan stands for TRIangle BElow CAnal street. Soho stands
for SOuth of HOuston street.
University is the second largest landowner in New York City, after
the Catholic Church.
largest wine cask is in Heidleberg, Germany.
Greene had one of his nipples bitten off by an aligator while
he hosted "Lorne Greene's Wild Kingdom."
urine glows under a blacklight.
Olympic gold medal winners eventually went on to win the Heavyweight
Championship of the World
Church in Finland is world's biggest church made of wood.The St.
Louis Gateway Arch had a
projected death toll while it was being built. No one died.
average ear of corn has eight-hundred kernels arranged in sixteen
cat has four rows of whiskers.
Van Gogh comitted suicide while painting Wheat Field with Crows.
iguana can stay under water for 28 minutes.
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 (the same voyage as the first American
woman in space, Sally Ride).
Connie Mack's real name was Cornelius McGilicuddy.
you were standing in the northernmost point in the contiguous
(48) states, you'd be standing in Minnesota.
thirty percent of the famous Maryland blue crabs are actually
from Maryland, the rest are from North Carolina and Virginia.
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
all of West Virginia voted to go with the North. When the State
of West Virginia was formed from Virginia in 1863 the three western
counties in Virginia voted to go with West Virginia, but West
Virginia didn't take them because they were poor. Instead they
took three counties that voted to stay with Virginia, because
they were richer and they had the B&O railroad. Those counties
since split and are 5 Jefferson, Hampshire, Berkley, Mineral,
first Ford cars had Dodge engines.
Dodge brothers Horace and John were Jewish, that's why the first
Dodge emblem had a star of David in it.
was the only major car company to stop making cars while making
a profit from them.
still exists, but is now called Worthington.
built B-29's that bombed Japan, Mitsubishi built Zeros that tried
to shoot them down. Both companies now build cars in a joint plant
call Diamond Star.
the new hundred dollar bill the time on the clock tower of Independence
Hall is 4:10.
top three cork-producing countries are Spain, Portugal and
Algeria. (Cork comes from trees.)
the Wizard of Oz Dorothy's last name is Gail. It is shown on the
you bring a raccoon's head to the Henniker, New Hampshire town
hall, you are entitled to receive $.10 from the town
York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and the late M*A*S*H star
McLean Stevenson were both once assistant football coaches at
letter W is the only letter in the alphabet that doesn't have
1 syllable... it has three.
swans and all sturgeons in England are property of the Queen.
Messing with them is a serious offense.
Di Lorenzo, who plays Eddie Torres on New York Undercover is one
of the lead dancers in Michael Jackson's "Beat It" video.
two people signed the Decleration of Independence on July 4th,
John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on Augest
2, but the last signature wasn't added until 5 year later.
4, 1957 is a historic date to be remembered, it is the day both
"Leave it to Beaver" and the Russian satellite Sputnik
1 were launched.
Da Vinci invented the scissors.
takes about a half a gallon of water to cook macaroni, and about
a gallon to clean the pot.
antifungal, nystatin, which is sometime used for treating thrush,
is named after New York State Institute for Health (Acronym)
the name of the Australian national airline, is a (former) acronym,
for Queensland And Northern
Territories Air Service.
world's largest four-faced clock sits atop the Allen-Bradley plant
in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
are members of the peach family.
first video ever played on MTV Europe was "Money For Nothing"
by Dire Straits.
you add up the numbers 1-100 consecutively (1+2+3+4+5 etc) the
total is 5050
"Grinch" singer and voice of Tony the Tiger is a charming
man named Thurl Ravenscroft.
famous split-fingered Vulcan salute is actually intended to represent
the first letter ("shin," pronounced "sheen")
of the word "shalom." As a small boy, Leonard Nimoy
observed his rabbi using it in a benediction and never forgot
it; eventually he was able to add it to "Star Trek"
symbol on the "pound" key (#) is called an octothorpe.
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).
the Chinese invented gunpowder, they were not the first to develop
firearms. Sam Colt invented the
"revolving pistol." Therefore, all revolvers are correctly
12 gauge "rifled slug" does not spin, even though there
are grooves on it's bearing surface. A slug actually travels like
cannot be silenced, due all the noisy gasses which escape the
cylinder gap at the rear of the barrel.
bullet fired from the 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge (also called the
.308 Winchester) is still supersonic at 1000 yards.
term "the whole 9 yards" came from WWII 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."
home team must provide the referee with 24 footballs for each
National Football League game.
maximum weight for a golf ball is 1.62 oz.
flea expert is a pullicologist.
bear has 42 teeth.
stands for the last names of Forrest Mars, Sr., then candymaker,
and his associate Bruce Murrie.
only domestic animal not mentioned in the Bible is the cat.
dot over the letter 'i' is called a tittle.
tennis balls have been known to travel off the paddle at speeds
up to 105.6 miles per hour.
Irian Jaya exists a tribe of tall, white people who use parrots
as a warning sign against intruders.
the Dutch province of Twente people live on average half a year
shorter than in the rest of the Netherlands.
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 in 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.
DoRight's Horses name was "Horse."
the Spaceship Earth ride at EPCOT was a golf ball, to be the proportional
size to hit it, you'd be two miles tall.
Sesame Street, Bert's goldfish were named Lyle and Talbot, presumably
after the actor Lyle Talbot.
word "hangnail" comes from Middle English: ang- (painful)
+ nail. Nothing to do with hanging.
IV of France had a stomach the size of two regular stomachs.
Clemens aka Mark Twain smoked forty cigars a day for the last
years of his life.
Clemens aka Mark Twain was born on a day in 1835 when Haley's
Comet came into veiw. When
died in 1910, Haley's Comet came into view again.
originally contained pepsin, thus the name.
are born without knee caps. They don't appear until the child
reaches 2-6 years of age.
highest point in Pennsylvania is lower than the lowest point in
you were born in Los Alamos, New Mexico during the Manhattan project
(where they made the atomic bomb), your birthplace was listed
as a post office box in Albequerque.
Kennedy was killed in the Ambassador Hotel, the same hotel that
housed Marilyn Monroe's first modelling agency.
Regan sent out the army phoyographer who first discovered Marilyn
water, with nothing else in it,can dissolve limestone, talc, and
many other low-Moh's hardness minerals. Coincidentally, carbonated
water is the main ingredient in soda pop.
is a registered trademark of Xerox, Unix is a registered trademark
newest dog breed is the Bull Boxer, first bred in the United states
first hard drive available for the Apple ][ had a capacity of
of Tucson, Arizona, all road signs are in the Metric System.
many cases, the amount of storage space on a recordable CD is
measured in minutes. 74 minutes is about 650 megabytes, 63 minutes
is 550 megabytes.
real name of Astro (the dog fromThe Jetsons) is "Tralfaz"
-- his real owner appeared one day to claim him but wound up giving
him back to the Jetsons.
Brown's father was a barber.
original story from Tales of 1001 Arabian Nights begins, "Aladdin
was a little Chinese boy."
is extremely poisonous if injected intraveinously
a film is in production, the last shot of the day is the "martini
shot", the next to last one is the "Abby Singer".
the six men who made up the Three Stooges, three of them were
real brothers (Moe, Curly and Shemp.)
is listed as the 17th state in the U.S., but technically it is
number 47. Until August 7, 1953, Congress forgot to vote on a
resolution to admit Ohio to the Union.
is a misdemeanor to kill or threaten a butterfly -- so says City
Ordinance No. 352 in Pacific Grove, California.
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.
than fruit, 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!
Saigon fell the signal for all Americans to evacuate was Bing
Crosby's "White Christmas" being played on the radio.
Fort George Point in Belize City was formed by the silt runoff
of Hurricane Hattie.
you lace your shoes from the inside to the outside the fit will
be snugger around your big toe.
1/3 of the people that can twitch their ears can twitch only one
at a time.
expression "What in tarnation" comes from the original
meaning: "What in eternal damnation"
Burgough who played Walter Radar O'Reily on M*A*S*H has a deformed
left thumb. If you watch closely you will see that he never shows
his left hand.
two states' names begin with double consonants: Florida and Rhode
volume of the Earth's moon is the same as the volume of the Pacific
toenails are hereditary.
Cincinnati Reds baseball team name was officially changed to the
Redlegs during the anti-communist movement.
Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.
does not begin with the Roman letter X. It begins with the Greek
letter "chi," which was used in medieval manuscripts
as an abbreviation for the word "Christ" (xus = christus,
ampersand (&) is actually a stylised version of the Latin
word "et," meaning and."
largest city in the United States with a one syllable name is
most common name in the world is Mohammed.
Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike
factory workers in Malaysia combined.
the cartoon show 'The Jetsons', Jane is 33 years old and her daughter
Judy is 15.
Mel Brooks' 'Silent Movie,' mime Marcel Marceau is the only person
who has a speaking role.
humans and horses have hymens.
NFL team which plays it's home games in a domed stadium has ever
won a Superbowl. (Texas Stadium, home of the Cowboys, is not a
dome, there is a large hole in the roof.)
word "set" has more definitions than any other word
in the English language.
first toilet ever seen on television was on "Leave It To
Beaver". Wally and Beaver had a baby alligator which they
kept in the toilet.
the great fire of London in 1666 half of London was burnt down
but only 6 people were injured
most eastern part of the western world is located in Ilomantsi,
kiri" is an impolite way of saying the Japanese word "seppuku"
which means, literally, "belly splitting."
term the "Boogey Man will get you" comes from the Boogey
people,who still inhabit an area of Indonesia. These people still
act as pirates today and attack ships that pass. Thus the term
spread "if you don't watch out the Boogey man will get you."
Saturn V moon rocket consumed 15 tons of fuel per second.
state with the longest coastline in the US is Michigan.
car is a palindrome.
will have four consecutive full moons making two blue moons in
1999 (January 2 and 31, March 2 and 31.) The only other time
it happened this century was in 1915 (January 1 and 31, March
1 and 31.)
Basset Horn, a kind of alto clarinet, was named after its inventor
-- a man named Horn. "Basset" is from "Basetto,"
or "little bass" in Italian.
are more bald eagles in the province of British Columbia then
there are in the whole United States.
Logs were invented by Frank Lloyd Wright's son.
"second unit" films movie shots that do not require
the presence of actors.
Fiction cost $8 million to make - $5 million going to actor's
world's second largest pipe organ is located at the Organ Grinder
on 82nd avenue in Portland, Oregon.
Slayter, a Purdue graduate, invented fiberglass.
of the reasons marijuana is illegal today because cotton growers
in the 30s lobbied against hemp farmers -- they saw it as competition.
It is not chemically addictive as is nicotine, alcohol, or caffeine.
Badminton rules say that the bird has to have exactly fourteen
music group Simply Red is named because of its love for the football
team, Manchester United, who have a red home strip.
case you ever find yourself piloting a dogsled, shout "Jee!"
to make the dogs turn left and "Ha!" to go right.
Nixon left instructions for "California, Here I Come"
to be the last piece of music played at his funeral ("softly
and slowly") were he to die in office.
earliest document in Latin in a woman's handwriting (it is from
the first century A.D.) is an invitation to a birthday party.
Data's cat on Star Trek: The Next Generation, was played by six
Jean-Luc Picard's fish was named Livingston.
gas is the least dense substance in the world, at 0.08988 g/cc
solid is the most dense substance in the world, at 70.6 g/cc
longest U.S. highway is route 6 starting in Cape Cod, Massachusetts
going through 14 states, and ending in Bishop, California...
movie "Paris, Texas" was banned in the city of Paris,
Texas, shorty after its box office release.
'y' in signs reading "ye olde.." is properly pronounced
with a 'th' sound, not 'y'. The "th" sound does not
exist in Latin, so ancient Roman occupied (present day) England
use the rune "thorn" to represent "th" sounds.
the advent of the printing press the character from the Roman
alphabet which closest resembled thorn was the lower case "y".
herrings were invented in 1375.
number of the trash compactor in Star Wars (20th Century Fox,
1977) is 3263827.
year there is one ton of cement poured for each man, woman, and
child in the world.
McDonalds in New Zealand, they serve apricot pies instead of cherry
word "samba" means "to rub navels together."
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 Baseball All-Star Game.
international telphone dialing code for Antarctica is 672.
byte, in computer terms, means 8 bits. A nibble is half that:
4 bits. (Two nibbles make a byte!)
full seven percent of the entire Irish barley crop goes to the
production of Guinness beer.
robber John Dillinger played professional baseball.
you toss a penny 10000 times, it will not be heads 5000 times,
but more like 4950. The heads picture weighs more, so it ends
up on the bottom.
airport in La Paz, Bolivia is the world's highest airport.
glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher.
housefly hums in the middle octave, key of F.
is closer to Moscow than to Rio de Janeiro.
copy of the Declaration of Independence is lost. The copy in Washington
D.C. is what is referred to as a holograph. That is a term for
a handmade copy of a document and is not the same as a laser produced
is the only country with one train station.
little bags of netting for gas lanterns (called 'mantles') are
radioactive--so much so that they will set of an alarm at a nuclear
measuring fonts 'point size' refers to the height of capital letters
(one point being one 72nd of an inch). 'Pitch' is a horizontal measurement
of the number of letters which can be printed in an inch.
only capital letter in the Roman alphabet with exactly one endpoint
the movie "the Right Stuff" there is a scene where a
government recruiter for the Mercury astronaut program (played
by Jeff Goldblum) is in a bar at Muroc Dry Lake, California. His
partner suggests Chuck Yeager as a good astronaut candidate. Jeff
proceeds to badmouth Yeager claiming they need someone who went
to college. During the conversation the real Chuck Yeager is playing
a bartender who is standing behind the recruiters eavesdropping.
General Yeager is listed low in the movie credits as 'Fred.'
of the Devil" is short for "Speak of the Devil and he
shall come". It was believed that if you spoke about the
Devil it would attract his attention. That's why when your talking
about someone and they show up people say "Speak of the Devil"
is the only state whose name is just one syllable.
are only four words in the English language which end in "-dous":
tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
is the only country in the world with no official capital. (Its
government offices are all in Yaren
District, but there's no official capital.)
Africa is the only country with three official capitals: Pretoria,
Cape Town, and Bloemfontein.
Ricardo's maiden name was McGillicudy.
Mouse is known as "Topolino" in Italy.
red giant star Betelgeuse has a diameter larger than that of the
Earth's orbit around the sun.
your eyes are six feet above the surface of the ocean, the horizon
wil be about three statute miles away.
one-hundred eleventh element is known as "unnilenilenium"
longest muscle name is the "levator labii superioris alaeque
nasi" and Elvis popularized it with his lip motions.
longest time someone has typed on a typewriter continuously is
264 hrs., set by Violet Gibson Burns.
Dutch town of Leeuwarden can be spelled 225 different ways.
was once a town named "6" in West Virginia.
one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older
cat has 32 muscles in each ear
ostrich's eye is bigger than it's brain.
oldest word in the English language is "town"
sea wasp is half an inch long at best and more poisonous than
any other jellyfish known to man.
have striped skin, not just striped fur.
Ford pardoned Robert E. Lee posthumously of all crimes of treason.
band Duran Duran got their name from an astronaut in the 1968
Jane Fonda movie Barbarella.
are 22 stars surrounding the mountain on the Paramount Pictures
human death, post-mortem rigidity starts in the head and travels
to the feet, and leaves the same way it came -- head to toe.
dogs are trained to react to commands in a foreign language; commonly
German but more recently
Hungarian or some other Slavic tongue.
Laforte fracture is a fracture of all facial bones. It would allow
one to pull on another face and remove it like a mask if not held
on by skin.
Winger was the voice of E.T.
Churchill, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt and Eleanor
Roosevelt were all cousins through one connection or another.
(FDR and Eleanor were about five times removed.)
Earth-Moon size ratio is the largest in the our solar system,
unit on the Richter Scale is equivalent to a power factor of about
32. So a 6 is 32 times more powerful than a 5! Though it goes
to 10, 9 is estimated to be the point of total tetonic destruction
(2 is the smallest that can be felt unaided.)
snakes have either only one lung, or in some cases, two, with
one much reduced in size. This apparently serves to make room
for other organs in the highly-elongated bodies of snakes.
twelve-foot anaconda can catch, kill, and eat a six-foot caiman,
a close relative of crocodles and alligators. While these snakes
are not usually considered to be the *longest* snake in the world,
they are the heaviest, exceeding the reticulated python in girth.
slippers were originally made out of fur. The story was changed
in the 1600s by a translator.
was the left shoe that Aschenputtel (Cinderella) lost at the stairway,
when the prince tried to follow her.
Cinderella is known as Tuhkimo in Finland.
you come from Birmingham, you are a Brummie.
names of all the continents end with the same letter that they
start with, e.g. Asia, Europe.
is a word in the English language with only one vowel, which occurs
six times: Indivisibility.
dome on Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's home, conceals a billiards
room. In Jefferson's day, billiards were illegal in Virginia.
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 at the speed of light.
most advertisments, including newspapers, the time displayed on
a watch is 10:10 because then the arms frame the brand of the
and Caesar were the early stage names of Cher and Sonny Bono.
and Jerry's send the waste from making ice cream to local pig
farmers to use as feed. Pigs love the stuff, except for one flavor:
"heat" of peppers is rated on the Scoville scale.
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 *this* was the day of the changeover.
In left hand drive countries, such as the UK, Ireland, Japan,
and Australia, drivers sit on the right hand side of the car.
Except for Sweden, where drivers sat on the left, as in North-America.
is the third most densely populated country in the world. First
is the Netherlands, followed by Belgium.
Hitchcock didn't have a belly button. It was eliminated when he
was sewn up after surgery.
"D" in D-day means "Day". The French term
for "D-Day" is "J-jour".
orcas live twice as long as male orcas. The larger numbers of
female orcas in a pod are because of the female's longer lifespan,
not because the males have collected a harem.
spiders belong to the orb weaver spider family, Family Aranidae.
This is pronounced "A Rainy Day."
Mongol emperor Genghis Khan's original name was Temujin.
Genghis Khan started out life as a goatherd.
type specimen for the human species is the skull of Edward Drinker
Cope, an American paleontologist of the late 1800's. A type specimen
is used in paleontology as the best example of that species.
first word spoken by an ape in the movie Planet of the Apes was
two lines that connect your top lip to the bottom of your nose
are known as the philtrum.
and abstemious contain all the vowels in the correct order.
name Wendy was made up for the book "Peter Pan"
are the only animals able to fly backwards
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.
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.
dirt road that General Washington and his soldiers took to fight
off General Clinton during the Battle of Monmouth was called the
only social fraternity founded during the Civil War was Theta
Xi fraternity, at Rensselear Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New
York in 1864.
Hudson River along the island of Manhattan flows in either direction
depending upon the tide.
buildings in Manhattan have their own zip code! The World Trade
Center has several.
is latin for "Light Bringer". It is a translation of
the Hebrew name for Satan, Halael. Satan means
"adversary", devil means "liar".
cat's jaws cannot move sideways.
and Huchra have made three-dimensional maps of the distrubution
of galaxies. In each layer of the map some galaxies are grouped
together in such a way that they resemble a human being.
is derived from the Spanish word 'aguacate' which is derived from
'ahuacatl' meaning testicle.
company providing the liability insurance for the Republican National
Convention in San Diego is the same firm that insured the maiden
voyage of the RMS Titanic.
Savalas and Louis Armstrong died on their birthdays.
Duck's middle name is Fauntleroy.
Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.
smallest port in Canada is Port Williams, Nova Scotia.
Canadian province of Newfoundland has its own time zone, which
is half an hour behind Atlantic standard time.
in Halifax, Nova Scotia, have a very high probability of having
second longest word in the English language is "antidisestablishmenterianism".
like boiled sweets better than they like cheese.
Ben was slowed five minutes one day when a passing group of starlings
decided to take a rest on the minute hand of the clock.
Velvet Underground was named after a book on the S&M culture.
Velvet Underground's first manager was Andy Warhol, who also produced
their first album and designed the cover artwork. The cover artwork
for the album (called "The Velvet Underground and Nico")
featured a bright yellow banana that could be peeled off to reveal
a bright pink banana underneath, with the label "Peel Slowly
and See." "Peel Slowly and See" is the title of
the Velvet Underground comprehensive boxed set, which is the only
currently-available Velvet Underground recording to feature a
peelable banana. The peelable banana caused substantial delays
in the production of the VU's first album and contributed to Lou
Reed's firing Andy Warhol as the group's manager.
"wild" horses of western North America are actually
feral, not wild.
speakers of Japanese learn Spanish much more easily than they
learn English. Native speakers of English learn Spanish much more
easily than they learn Japanese.
Zealand kiwis lay the largest eggs with respect to their body
size of any bird.
have been found swimming miles from shore in the Indian Ocean.
two words are combined to form a single word (e.g., motor + hotel
= motel, breakfast + lunch = brunch) the new word is called a
got his name because of a yellow-and-black striped shirt he wore
until it literally fell apart.
photograph of an American atomic bomb detonation was taken by
topknot that quails have is called a hmuh.
Samuel A. Mudd was the physician who set the leg of Lincoln's
assassin John Wilkes Booth ... and whose shame created the expression
for ignominy, "His name is Mudd."
longest recorded flight of a chicken is thirteen seconds.
muzzle of a lion is like a fingerprint -- no two lions have the
same pattern of whiskers.
is a type of parrot in New Zealand that likes to eat the rubber
strips that line car windows.
New Zealand is also the only country that contains every type
of climate in the world.
favorite food is the glue on envelopes and on the back of postage
1969, the last Corvair was painted gold.
Kramden made 62 dollars a week.
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.
Ross was born with a fully formed set of teeth.
Betsy Ross's other contribution to the American Revolution, beside
sewing the first American flag, was running a munitions factory
in her basement.
original name was going to be De-evolution. They shortened it
Dan got their name from a sexual device depicted in the book 'The
Dylan's real name is Robert Zimmerman.
Warhol created the Rolling Stone's emblem depicting the big tongue.
It first appeared on the cover of the 'Sticky Fingers' album.
McCartney and Ringo Starr were the two left-handed Beatles.
Ford scored the first ever NBA three-point shot.
all the East Coast States, New Hampshire has the shortest coastline,
about fourteen miles.
New Hampshire is also the only State name the has four consecutive
consonants in it (in the same word).
is the only Canadian Province that borders the Great Lakes.
has the longest border with Canada of all the fifty states.
has the longest border with Canada of the lower forty-eight States.
Montana also borders the most Canadian Provinces of all the fifty
states. It borders three of them.
is the only US State that begins with "a" but does not
end with "a". All the other States that begin with "a",
Arizona, Alabama and Alaska, also end with "a".
three angels are mentioned by name in the Bible: Gabriel, Michael,
Seuss pronounced "Seuss" such that it rhymed with "rejoice."
Flinestone's maiden name was Wilma Slaghoopal, and Betty Rubble's
Maiden name was Betty Jean Mcbricker.
Kravitz's mother played the part of "Helen" on "The
term "devil's advocate" comes from the Roman Catholic
church. When deciding if someone should
become a saint, a devil's advocate is always appointed to give
an alternative view.
discs read from the inside to the outside edge, the reverse of
how a record works.
term "Mayday" used for signaling for help (after SOS),
it comes from the French term "M'aidez" which is pronounced
"MayDay" and means, "Help Me"
explode when you put them in the microwave.
Great Chicago Fire of 1871 did start in a barn belonging to Patrick
and Katherine O'Leary. The O'Leary's house was one of the few
that survived the fire. The O'Leary's house had to be guarded
by soldiers for weeks afterwards, however, because many enraged
residents wanted to burn it down.
biggest bell is the "Tsar Kolokol" cast in the Kremlin
in 1733. It weighs 216 tons, but alas, it is cracked and has never
been rung. The bell was being stored in a Moscow shed which caught
fire. To "save" it the caretakers decided to throw water
on the bell. This did not succeed in -- the water hit the superheated
metal and a giant piece immediately cracked off, destroying the
pregnant goldfish is called a twit.
smallest mountain range in the world is outside of Marysville,
California and is named the Sutter Buttes.
Ramses brand condom is named after the great phaoroh Ramses II
who fathered over 160 children.
species of bird copulate in the air. In general, a couple will
fly to a very high altitude, and then drop. During their descent,
the birds mate. Sometimes the couple gets too involved and SPLAT!
NASA sent birds into space they would soon die because they need
gravity to swallow.
is a seven letter word in the English language that contains ten
words without rearranging any of its letters, "therein":
the, there, he, in, rein, her, here, here, ere, therein, herein.
would have to count to one thousand to use the letter "A"
in the English language to spell a whole number.
only member of the band ZZ Top without a beard has the last name
cannot chew their food, they move their jaws sidewards, like a
scissor, to extract the juices from the food.
letters H I O X in the latin alphabet is the only ones that look
the same if you turn them upside down or see them from behind.
little hole in the sink that lets the water drain out, instead
of flowing over the side, is called a "porcelator".
the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers play football at home to
a sellout crowd, the stadium becomes the state's third largest
Casablanca, Humphrey Bogart never said "Play it again, Sam."
Holmes never said "Elementary, my dear Watson."
Kirk never said "Beam me up, Scotty," but he did say,
"Beam me up, Mr. Scott".
is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood
people are killed annually by donkeys than die in air crashes.
metal part of a lamp that surrounds the bulb and supports the
shade is called a harp.
metal part at the end of a pencil is twenty percent sulfur.
Larroquette of "Night Court" and "The John Larroquette
Show" was the narrator of "The Texas
currency consists only of paper money; no coins.
Van Gogh sold exactly one painting while he was alive, Red Vineyard
pig's orgasm lasts for 30 minutes.
pig's penis is shaped like a corkscrew.
is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.
is thickest is at the back -- 1/6 of an inch.
most sensitive finger is the forefinger.
is the most northern, western and eastern state; it also has the
highest latitude,the most eastern longitude and the most western
of Beethoven's symphonies were performed in Kentucky before they
were performed in Paris, France.
word denim comes from 'de Nimes', or from Nimes, a place in France.
comes from the Irish Dubh Linn which means Blackpool
is the language called Gaelic, whereas Irish is actually called
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
penguin only has sex twice a year.
Spock's (of Star Trek) blood type was T-Negative
Dutch town of Abcoude is the only reasonably sized town/city in
the world whose name begins with ABC.
dragonfly has a lifespan of 24 hours.
goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.
Jersey has a spoon museum featuring over 5,400 spoons from every
state and almost every country.
square miles of southwest Kentucky (Fulton County) is cut off
from the rest of the state by the
Mississippi River. If you wish to travel from this cut off section
to the rest of the state or vice-versa, you must first cross a
Roberts in Washington State is cut off from the rest of the state
by British Columbia, Canada. If you wish to travel from Point
Roberts to the rest of the state or vice versa, you must pass
through Canada, including Canadian and U.S. customs
quarter has 119 grooves around the edge.
dime has 118 ridges around the edge.
only city in the United States to celebrate Halloween on the October
30 instead of October 31 is
Carson City, Nevada. October 31 is Nevada Day and is celebrated
with a large stret party.
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
words in the English language rhyme with orange, silver or purple.
peanut is not a nut; it is a legume.
impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
spelled backvards is naive.
plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets.
is the toothpick capital of the world.
and "bookkeeping" are the only words in the English
language with three consecutive double letters.
McCartney's mother was a midwife.
flag of the Philippines is the only national flag that is flown
differently during times of peace or war.
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.
was discovered on a space mission that a frog can throw up. The
frog throws up it's stomach first, so the stomach is dangling
out of it's mouth. Then the frog uses it's forearms to dig out
all of the stomach's contents and then swallows the stomach back
A&W of root beer fame stands for Allen and Wright.
baby eel is called an elver, a baby oyster is called a spat.
is the name of the dog on the Cracker Jack box.
arteries and veins surrounding the brain stem called the "circle
of Willis" looks like a stick person with a large head.
mercenary bowmen in the medieval period only wore one shoe at
a trip to the South Sea islands, French painter Paul Gauguin stopped
off briefly in Central America, where he worked as a laborer on
the Panama Canal.
Ganges River in India boasts the only genuine fresh-water sharks
in the entire world.
gene for the Siamese coloration in animals such as cats, rats
or rabbits is heat sensitive. Warmth produces a lighter color
than does cold. Putting tape temporarily on Siamese rabbit's ear
will make the fur on that ear lighter than on the other one.
are only 12 letters in the Hawaiian alphabet.
de Gaulle's final words were, "It hurts."
words 'sacrilegious' and 'religion' do not share the same etymological
has a long moustache" was the coded-signal used by the French
Resistance in WWII to mobilize their forces once the Allies had
landed on the Normandy beaches.
was named for the University of Florida Gators where it was first
is the Dutch name for "broken valley"
are four states where the first letter of the capital city is
the same letter as the first letter of the state: Dover, Delaware;
Honolulu, Hawaii; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
are four cars and eleven lightposts on the back of a ten-dollar
blinds were invented in Japan.
Battle of Bunker Hill was fought at neighbouring Breed's Hill.
US Senator Barry Goldwater attended the opening night ceremonies
and festivities at Bugsy Siegel's famous Las Vegas casino. They
left him out of the movie Bugsy. He is pissed.
knights raised their visors to identify themselves when they rode
past their king. This custom has become the modern military salute.
got their name by taking the first letter from each of their first
names (Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny, Anni-frid.)
first electric Christmas lights were created by a telephone company
PBX installer. Back in the old days, candles were used to decorate
Christmas trees. This was obviously very dangerous. Telephone
employees are trained to be safety concious. This installer took
the lights from an old switchboard, connected them together, strung
them on the tree, and hooked them to a battery.
Out was invented by the mother of Mike Nesmith (Formerly of the
"huddle" in football was formed due a deaf football
player who used sign language to communicate and his team didn't
want the opposition to see the signals he used and in turn huddled
is no such thing as naturally blue food, even blueberries are
the 1983 film "JAWS 3D" the shark blows up. Some of
the shark guts were the stuffed ET dolls being sold at the time.
Disney had wooden teeth.
hundred billionth crayon made by Crayola was Perriwinkle Blue.
mountain goats will butt heads so hard their hooves fall off.
coast line around Lake Sakawea in North Dakota is longer than
the California coastline along the
Miles had the shortest performance ever nominated for an Oscar
with "Midnight Cowboy." Her entire role lasted only
legbones of a bat are so thin that no bat can walk.
County, Washington, was originally called Slaughter County, and
the first hotel there was called the Slaughter House.
Washington, like Rome, was built on seven hills.
droppings are called coprolites, and are actually fairly common.
busses in the United States are Chrome Yellow and used to be Omaha
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.
tailless dinner jacket was invented in Tuxedo Park, New York.
Thus it is called the "tuxedo dinner jacket" and is
named after the town...not the other way around.
state of Maryland has no natural lakes.
are sorted for ripeness by bouncing them; a fully ripened cranberry
can be dribbled like a basketball.
giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.
Island is the smallest state with the longest name. The official
name, used on all state documents, is Rhode Island and Providence
chemical formula for Rubidium Bromide is RbBr. It is the only
chemical formula known to be a palindrome!
Paul, Minnesota was originally called Pigs Eye after a man who
ran a saloon there.
first letters of the months July through November, in order, spell
the name JASON.
first letters of the names of the Great Lakes spell HOMES.
numbers '172' can be found on the back of the U.S. $5 dollar bill
in the bushes at the base of the Lincoln Memorial.
from every country salute with their right hand.
not air, causes superglue to dry.
Lindbergh took only four sandwiches with him on his famous transatlantic
is the root that flavors root beer.
U.S. Mint in Denver, Colorado is the only mint that marks its
full moon always rises at sunset.
you are locked in a completely sealed room, you will die of carbon
dioxide poisoning first before you will die of oxygen deprivation.
was Buzz Aldrin's mother's maiden name. (Buzz Aldrin was the second
man o n the moon in 1969.)
only two Southern state capitals not occuppied by Northern troops
during the American Civil War were Austin, Texas and Tallahasse,
New York is the only city in the United States situated on the
St. Lawrence River.
Descartes came up with the theory of coordinate geometry by looking
at a fly walk across a tiled ceiling.
Grammar sings and plays the piano for the theme song of Fraiser.
Thicke, the father in the TV show GrowingPains wrote the theme
songs for The Facts of Life and Diff'rent Strokes.
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 recieved
in battle; if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person
died of natural causes.
1963, baseball pitcher Gaylord Perry remarked, "They'll put
a man on the moon before I hit a home run." On July 20, 1969,
a few hours after Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, Gaylord
Perry hit his first, and only, home run.
language Malayalam, spoken in parts of India, is the only language
whose name is a palindrome.
hats come from Ecuador not Panama.
is found in humnan urine and dalmatian dogs and nowhere else.
birth control pills work on gorillas.
Earl of Condom was a knighted personal physician to England's
King Charles II in the mid-1600's. The Earl was requested to produce
a method to protect the King from syphillis.(Charles the II's
pleasure-loving nature was notorious.) The result should be obvious.
Ladd (of Charlie's Angels fame) played the voice, both talking
and singing, of Joise in the 70s Saturday morning cartoon "Josie
and the Pussycats."
Skynard was the name of the gym teacher of the boys who went on
to form that band. He once told them, "You boys ain't never
gonna to nothin'."
& M's were developed so that soldiers could eat candy without
getting their fingers sticky.
Nixon's favorite drink was a dry martini.
Grateful Dead were once called The Warlocks.
license plate number of the Volkswagon that appeared on the cover
of the Beatles Abbey Road album was 281F.
was made of pine.
ant lion is neither an ant nor a lion.
is not the name of the rock singer/flautist responsible for such
songs as "Aqualung" and "Thick as a Brick."
Jethro Tull is the name of the band. The singer is Ian Anderson.
The original Jethro Tull was an English horticulturalist who invented
the seed drill.
of Gilligan's Island had a first name that was only used once,
on the never- aired pilot show. His first name was Willy.
skipper's real name on Gilligan's Island is Jonas Grumby. It was
mentioned once in the first episode on their radio's newscast
about the wreck.
Professor's real name was Roy Hinkley, Mary Ann's last name was
Summers and Mrs. Howell's maiden name was Wentworth.
ties were first worn in Croatia. That's why they were called cravats
mater means bountiful mother.
Holstein's spots are like fingerprints -- no two cows have the
same pattern of spots.
flutes do not expand with humidity so their owners are spared
the nuisance of tuning them.
(in the Channel Islands, UK) was the only place that the Nazi's
occupied in Great Britain during
World War II.
English soccer club Liverpool were formed because their local
enemies, Everton, couldn't pay the rent for their stadium. Therefore
Liverpool took over at the stadium (Anfield) and became England's
top soccer team ever.
male gypsy moth can "smell" the virgin female gypsy
moth from 1.8 miles away.
England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.
cards were issued to British pilots in WWII. If captured, they
could be soaked in water and unfolded to reveal a map for escape.
"Hallelujah Chorus" fits into the Easter portion of
Handel's Messiah, not Christmas.
30 million people in the US "suffer" from Diastima.
Diastima is having a gap between your front teeth.
1976 Sarah Caldwell became the first woman to conduct the Metropolitan
Opera in New York City.
animals will not eat another animal that has been hit by a lightning
milk has more fat than cow milk.
"L.L." in L.L. Bean stands for Leon Leonwood.
is the only country in the world with a solid, single-colored
flag -- it's green.
the South Korean capital, just means "the capital" in
the Korean language.
bar soap floating was a mistake. They had been overmixing 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.
original fifty cent piece in Australian decimal currency had around
$2.00 worth of silver in it before it was replaced with a less
expensive twelve sided coin.
show that if a cat falls off the seventh floor of a building it
has about thirty percent less chance of surviving than a cat that
falls off the twentieth floor. It supposedly takes about eight
floors for the cat to realise what is occuring, relax and correct
itself. At about that height it hits maximum speed and when it
hits the ground it's rib cage absorbs most of the impact. So throw
your cat off a building today!"
are eight different sizes of champagne bottle and the largest
is called a Nebuchadnezzar (after the Biblical king who put Daniel's
three friends into the oven).
letters KGB stand for Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti.
female ferret is referred to as a `jill'.
word rodent comes from the Latin word `rodere' meaning to gnaw.
Rules Football was originally designed to give cricketers something
to play during the off season.
the Great was an epileptic.
lead singer of The Knack, famous for "My Sharona," and
Jack Kevorkian's lead defense attorney are brothers, Doug &
Bacon Custer, wife of "The Boy General" is one of the
few women buried at the U.S. Military academy at West Point, New
comes from a knight whose lance was free for hire, i.e. not pledged
to one master.)
only bone not broken so far during any ski accident is one located
in the inner ear.
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."
are ten human body parts that are only three letters long: Eye,
Ear, Leg, Arm, Jaw, Gum, Toe, Lip, Hip and Rib.
was the first state to have roadside picnic tables.
a twin brother named Jesse Garon, who died at birth, which is
why Elvis' middle name was spelled Aron; in honor of his brother.
Massachusetts is the second hillest city in the US.
WWII the city of Leningrad underwent a seventeen month German
seige. Unable to access the city by roads, the Russians built
a railroad across the ice on Lake Lagoda to get food and supplies
to the citizens.
microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube
and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
Edison got patents for a method of making concrete furniture and
a cigar which was supposed to burn forever
John's real name is Reginald Dwight. Elton comes from Elton Dean,
a Bluesology sax player. John comes from Long John Baldry, founder
of Blues Inc. They were the first electric white blues band ever
seen in England--1961
John's uncle was a professional soccer player. He broke his leg
playing for Nottingham Forest in the 1959 English FA Cup Final.
saying "it's so cold out there it could freeze the balls
off a brass monkey" came from when they had old cannons like
ones used in the Civil War. The cannonballs were stacked in a
pyramid formation, called a brass monkey. When it got extremely
cold outside they would crack and break off... Thus the saying.
word "Boondocks" comes from the Tagalog (Filipino) word
stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks otherwise
it will digest itself.
"chapters" of the New Testament were not there originally.
When monks in medieval times translated it
from the Greek, they numbered the pages in each "book."
contains neither coca nor cola.
as in the peninsula, is from Maya "u" + "u"
+ "uthaan," meaning "listen to how they speak,"
what the Maya said when they first heard the Spaniards.
term, "It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye"
is from Ancient Rome.
only rule during wrestling matches was, "No eye gouging."
Everything else was allowed, but the only way to be disqualified
is to poke someone's eye out.
original plan for Disneyland included a Lilliputland.
doesn't stand for "Save Our Ship" or "Save Our
Souls" -- It was just chosen by an 1908 international
conference on Morse Code because the letters S and O were easy
to remember and just about anyone could key it and read it, S
= dot dot dot, O = dash dash dash..
word "moose" was originally Algonquin.
Sanskrit word for "war" means "desire for more
"ZIP" in Zip Code stands for "Zone Improvement
appeared on the back of the $20 bill in 1875.
a female horse and male donkey mate, the offspring is called a
mule, but when a male horse and female donkey mate, the offspring
is called a hinny.
way to get more mules is to mate a male donkey with a female horse.
donkey will sink in quicksand but a mule won't.
hear through their knees.
turn green when sunburnt.
walruses and light-colored horses can be sunburned.
type of jellyfish found off the coast of England is the longest
animal in the world.
Voyager 2 visited Neptune it saw a small irregular white cloud
that zips around Neptune every sixteen hours or so now known as
have the largest cerebral hemispheres, relative to body size,
of any avian family.
Vineyard once had its own dialect of Sign Language. One deaf person
arrived in 1692 and after that there was a relatively large genetically
deaf population that had their own particular dialect of sign
1692-1910 nearly all hearing people on the island were bilingual
in sign language and English.
Rogers is an ordained minister.
"Ward Cleaver" Beaumont was an ordained minister.
Isaac Newton was an ordained priest in the Church of England.
Bernard is the patron saint of skiers.
Old English word for "sneeze" is "fneosan."
Lennon's first girlfriend was named Thelma Pickles.
to the ceremonial customs of Orthodox Judaism, it is officially
sundown when you cannot tell the difference between a black thread
and a red one.
'jiffy' is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
scalps, porpoise teeth and giraffe tails have all been used as
glues (Super glues) were invented by accident. The researcher
was trying to make optical coating materials, and would test their
properties by putting them between two prisms and shining light
through them. When he tried the cyano-acrylate, he couldn't get
the prisms apart
of the little schoolhouses in the U.S. of yesteryear were painted
red because red was the least expensive paint color.
I of England suffered from anthophobia, a fear of roses.
half the bones in your body are in your hands and feet.
flamingo can eat only when its head is upside down.
dogs are born pure white, they don't start getting spots until
they are three or four days old.
growth rate of some bamboo plants can reach three feet (91.44
cm) per day.
Los Angeles Rams were the first U.S. football team to introduce
emblems on their helmets.
average person falls asleep in seven minutes.
average garden variety caterpillar has 248 muscles in its head.
elephant can be pregnant for up to two years.
two quickest goals scored in the NHL were three seconds apart.
are made out of horsehairs.
left lung is smaller than your right lung to make room for your
gets it name because it crackles when you smoke it.
(This useless fact is dedicated, with love, to A.G.)
is the brand name of morphine once marketed by Bayer.
is Spanish for 'Mary Jane.'
of the many Tarzans, Karmuela Searlel, was mauled to death on
the set by a raging elephant.
were invented by an airplane mechanic; he was playing with engine
parts and realized the possible secondary use of one of the springs.
Interstates which go north-south are numbered sequentially starting
from the west with odd numbers, and Interstates which go east-west
are numbered sequentially starting from the south with even numbers.
cattle are descended from two species: wild aurochs -- fierce
and agile herd animals that populated
Asia, North Africa and Europe -- and eotragus -- an antelope-like,
Asian forest creature.
dancing is a major at Brigham Young University.
ballerinas use about twelve pairs of toe shoes per week. The anteater,
aardvark, spiny anteater (echidna), and scaly anteater (pangolin)
are completely unrelated - in fact, the closest relatives to anteaters
and armadillos, the closest relative to the spiny anteater is
the platypus, and the aardvark is in an order all by itself.
are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.
Beatles song "Martha My Dear" was written by Paul McCartney
about his sheepdog Martha.
think you're hearing something in a song, but they're really singing
something else? The word formis-heard lyrics is 'mondegreen,'
and it comes from a folk song in the '50's. The singer was actually
singing "They slew the Earl of Morray and laid him on
the green," but this came off sounding like 'They slew the
of Morray and Lady Mondegreen.'"
walla-walla scene is one where extras pretend to be talking in
the background -- when they say "walla-walla" it looks
like they are actually talking.
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.
youngest letters in the English language are "j," "v"
Australian $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 notes are made out of plastic.
Jello is the only jello flavor that comes from real fruit, not
oldest exposed surface on earth is New Zealand's south island.
Lennon's assassin was carrying a copy of "The Catcher in
the Rye" when he shot the famous Beatle in 1980.
MacLean's song "American Pie" was written about Buddy
Holly, The Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens. All three were on
the same plane that crashed.
game of pool is referred to as a "frame."
is legal grounds for divorce in 24 American states.
Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.
biblical scholars believe that Aramaic (the language of the ancient
Bible) did not contain an easy way
to say "many things" and used a term which has come
down to us as 40. This means that when the bible -- in many places
-- refers to "40 days," they meant many days.
Dalmatians and Peter Pan (Wendy ) are the only two Disney cartoon
with both parents that are present and don't die throughout the
Soviet Sukhoi-34 is the first strike fighter with a toilet in
Might Be Giants is the first modern band with an Accordion and
constructed his battle plans in a sandbox.
is the longest word in the English language with just one vowel.
is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.
of the longest English words that can be typed using the top row
of a typewriter (allowing multiple uses of letters) is 'typewriter.'
a giraffe's baby is born it falls from a height of six feet, normally
without being hurt.
Woolf wrote all her books standing.
tango originated as a dance between two men (for partnering practice).
Trotsky, the seminal Russian Communist, was assassinated in Mexico
with an ice-pick.
Bronx, New York got its name from explorer Henry Bronk.
Kentucky Derby is the oldest continually held sports event in
the United States (1875); the second oldest is the Westminister
Kennel Club Dog Show (1876.)
Killed the Radio Star" was the very first video ever played
pitches that Babe Ruth hit for his last-ever homerun and that
Joe DiMaggio hit for his first-ever homerun where thrown by the
native tribe of Tierra del Fuego has a language so guttural it
cannot have an alphabet.
family of six died in Oregon during WWII as a result of a Japanese
and PM stand for "Ante-Meridian" and "Post-Meridian,"
respectively, and A.D. actually stands for "Anno Domini"
rather than "After Death."
penguins that inhabit the tip of South America are called jackass
"testify" was based on men in the Roman court swearing
to a statement made by swearing on their testicles.
conscription for WWII, there were nine documented cases of men
with three testicles.
is derived from the Spanish word 'aguacate' which is derived from
'ahuacatl' meaning testicle.
Mussolini would ward off the evil eye by touching his testicles.
Hitler and Napoleon were missing one testicle
was only five feet, four inches tall.
left foot had webbed toes, and his left arm is noticably shorter
than his right.
found a whole new phylum of animal on a lobster's lip.
Baby Ruth candy bar was actually named after Grover Cleveland's
baby daughter, Ruth.
Cleveland's real first name is Stephen, Grover is his middle name.
two thousand frowns creates one wrinkle.
WWII, Americans tried to train bats to drop bomb.
are the only birds with penises.
whale's penis is called adork.
carnivores, rodents, bats and insectivores have a penis bone,
called a baculum.
barnacle has the largest penis of any other animal in the world
in relation to its size.
koalas and Komodo dragons all have two penises.
like clarify the comment about iguanas and komodo dragons having
two penises. In fact, they have a single penis, but it is split
in two (pretty much 'Y'-shaped.) This organ is known as a hemipenes.
Snakes also share this interesting feature. Apparently, the dual
penis is for ease of left-handed or right-handed mating.
have forked penises.
female hyenas have a pseudo-penis.
winged penis was the city symbol of Pompeii, the ancient Roman
resort town destroyed by Mt. Vesuvius' eruption.
way to tell seals and sea lions apart is that, sea lions have
external ears and testicles.
is a combination of African tribal languages, Arabic and Portuguese.
person from Glasgow, is called a Glaswegian.
enneahedron is solid with nine faces.
armadillos seen dead on the road did not get hit by the wheels.
When an armidillo is frightened it jumps
straight into the air.
can be housebroken.
have four babies at a time, always all the same sex. They are
perfect quadruplets, the fertilized cell split into quarters,
resulting in four identical armadillos.
get an average of 18.5 hours of sleep per day.
can walk underwater.
are the only animal besides humans that can get leprosy.
lag was once called boat lag, back before jets existed.
Bandranaike of Sri Lanka became the world's first popularly elected
female head of state in 1960.
are more beetles than any other kind of creature in the world.
was invented by a Swiss guy who was inspired by the way burrs
attached to clothing.
hieroglyph for 100,000 is a tadpole.
Phillips-head screwdriver was invented in Oregon.
robbers believed that knocking Egyptian sarcophagi's noses off
would and therefore forstall curses.
allele for six fingers and toes is dominant in humans. (Watch
out Inigo Montoya...)
bears' fur is not white, it's clear. Polar bear skin is actually
black. Their hair is hollow and acts like fiber optics, directing
sunlight to warm their skin.
bears camouflage themselves more completely during a hunt by covering
their black noses with their
amount of tropical rainforest cut down each year is an area the
size of Tennessee.
face of a penny can hold about thirty drops of water.
knights put sharkskin on their swordhandles to give them a more
secure grip; they would dig the sharp scales into their palms.
(killer whales) kill sharks by torpedoing up into the shark's
stomach from underneath, causing the shark to explode.
only planet without a ring is earth.
World was filmed in two weeks.
used pomegranate seeds for lipstick.
last name was Ptolemy, and she was Greek rather than Egyptian.
Red sea in the Bible is a long-perpetuated mistranslation of the
you feed a seagull Alka-Seltzer, its stomach will explode.
raised reflective dots in the middle of highways are called Botts
Amazon rainforest produces half the world's oxygen supply.
concerti on the two Voyager probes' information discs are performed
by famed Canadian pianist Glenn Gould.
like to eat bananas.
Pets are only sold in December.
1947 and 1959, 42 nuclear devices were detonated in the Marshall
Karloff is the narrator of the seasonal television special "How
the Grinch Stole Christmas."
group of unicorns is called a blessing.
or more cows are known as a "flink."
group of frogs is called an army.
group of rhinos is called a crash.
group of kangaroos is called a mob.
group of whales is called a pod.
group of geese is called a gaggle.
group of ravens is called a murder.
group of officers is called a mess.
group of larks is called an exaltation.
group of owls is called a parliament.
Kisses are called that because the machine that makes them looks
like it's kissing the conveyor
physically smallest post office in the United States is in Ochopee,
Florida in the heart of the everglades.
Murray Gell-Mann named the sub-atomic particles known as quarks
for a random line in James Joyce, "Three quarks for Muster
Clemens's pseudonym "Mark Twain" was the nickname of
a riverboat pilot about whom Clemens wrote a needless nasty satirical
piece. Apparently, Clemens felt guilt later and adopted the name
as a nom de plume as some sort of expiation. The phrase does not
mean measuring the depth of the river; it means a specific depth,
to wit, two fathoms (twelve feet.)
Young, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback, is the great-great-grandson
of Mormon leader Brigham Young.
is made of woven linen, not paper
rhinoceros's horn is made of hair.
time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie.
80s song "Rosanna" from the Eighties was written about
Rosanna Arquette, the actress.
Beatty and Shirley MacLaine are brother and sister.
Harlow was the first actress to appear on the cover of Life magazine.
Plath was a famous poet who killed herself at age 31 by sticking
her head in an oven.
Plath's husband, Ted Hughes, was married three times, and two
of the women he married committed suicide.
Christ died at age 33.
don't have brains.
hearts are in their heads.
derivation of the word trivia comes from the Latin "tri-"
+ "via", which means three streets. This is because
in ancient times, at an intersection of three streeets in Rome
(or some other Italian place), they would have a type of kiosk
where ancillary information was listed. You might be interested
in it, you might not, hence they were bits of "trivia."
first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time television
were Fred and Wilma Flintstone.
was originally green.
day more money is printed for Monopoly than the US Treasury.
alphabet has 12 letters.
can read smaller print than women; women can hear better.
with the most Rolls Royce's per capita: Hong Kong
with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska
of Africa that is wilderness: 28%
of North America that is wilderness: 38%
measurements if she were life size: 39-23-33
of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $6,400
number of people airborne over the US any given hour: 61,000.
people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
world's youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910.
youngest pope was 11 years old.
novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.
San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments
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.
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.
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.
Kisses are called that because the machine that makes them looks
like it's kissing the conveyor belt.
NFL team which plays its home games in a domed stadium has ever
won a Superbowl. (Guess that explains the Saints!)
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!")
Now the Test
Write down your answers to check them at the end.
On a standard traffic light, is the green on the top or bottom?
How many states are there?
In which hand is the Statue of Liberty's torch?
What 6 colors are on the classic Campbell's soup label?
What 2 letters don't appear on the telephone dial?
What 2 #'s on the telephone dial don't have letters by them?
When you walk does your left arm swing w/ your right or left leg?
How many matches are in a standard pack?
On our flag, is the top stripe red or white?
What is the lowest # on the FM dial?
Which way does water go down the drain, clockwise or counter-clockwise?
Which way does a "no smoking" sign's slash run?
How many channels on a VHF TV dial?
Which side of a woman's blouse are the buttons on?
On a NY license plate, is New York on the top or bottom?
Which way do fans rotate?
Whose face is on a dime?
How many sides does a stop sign have?
Do books have even # pages on the right or left side?
How many lug nuts are on a standard car wheel?
How many sides are there on a standard pencil?
Sleepy, Happy, Sneezy, Grumpy, Dopey, Doc. Who's missing?
How many hot dog buns are in a standard package?
On which card in a deck, is the cardmaker's trademark?
On which side of a venetian blind is the cord that adjusts the
opening between the slats?
On the back of a $1 bill, what is in the center?
There are 12 buttons on a touch tone phone. What 2 symbols bear
How many curves are in a standard paper clip?
Does a merry-go-round turn clockwise or counter-clockwise?
Blue, red, white, yellow, black, and gold
Counter-clockwise (unless you happen to be south of the equator)
Towards the bottom right
12 (no #1)
Clockwise as you look at it
Ace of spades
30-28 Genius...Mensa is calling!
25-27 Not too shabby!
20-24 You could do better!
16-19 McDonald's is calling!
15 or below.. Being blind wouldn't affect you one bit!!