Thursday, February 10, 2005

Recently a coworker and Lisa each forwarded me separate "How Do They Know This Stuff" lists. I enjoy getting factoids like these. And I wanted to share. I've heard most of them before but am curious how they come up with this. Some may be repeats. I did find out that the flag information on the Canadian dollar is not true. Any other info on the list true or not true?

Coworkers List:

-A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.
-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
-A snail can sleep for three years.
-Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.
-All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.
-Almonds are a member of the peach family.
-An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.
-Babies are born without kneecaps. They don't appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age. -Butterflies taste with their feet.
-Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds. Dogs only have about 10.
-"Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt".
-February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.
-In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
-If the population of China walked past you, in single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.
-If you are an average American, in your whole life, you will spend an average of 6 months waiting at red lights.
-It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
-Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.
-Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.
-No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.
-On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament building is an American flag.
-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.
-"Stewardesses" is the longest word typed with only the left hand and "lollipop" with your right.
-The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.
-The cruise liner, QE2, moves only six inches for each gallon o f diesel that it burns.
-The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
-The sentence: "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter of the alphabet. -The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid.
-The words 'racecar,' 'kayak' and 'level' are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left (palindromes).
-There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.
-There are more chickens than people in the world.
-There are only four words in the English language which end in "dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous
-There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: "abstemious" and "facetious."
-There's no Betty Rubble in the Flintstones Chewables Vitamins.
-Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
-TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.
-Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.
-Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
-Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks; otherwise it will digest itself.

Lisa's List

-A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up
and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top.
-A female ferret will die if it goes into heat and cannot find a
mate.
-The dot over the letter "i" is called a tittle.
-A rat can last longer without water than a camel.
-Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks
or it will digest itself.
-A duck's quack doesn't echo. No one knows why.
-A 2 X 4 is really 1-1/2" by 3-1/2."
-During the chariot scene in "Ben Hur," a small red car can be seen in
the distance (and Heston's wearing a watch).
-On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents
daily. I hope this is not true.
-Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn't wear
pants.
-Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War
II were made of wood.
-The number of possible ways of playing the first four moves per
side in a game of chess is 318,979,564,000.
-There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with orange,
purple and silver.
-The name Wendy was made up for the book Peter Pan. There was
never a recorded Wendy before.
-The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin in World
War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.
-If one places a tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion, it will
instantly go mad and sting itself to death (Who was the sadist who
discovered this?)
-Bruce Lee was so fast that they actually had to s-l-o-w the
film down so you could see his moves. That's the opposite of the norm.
-The first CD pressed in the US was Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the
USA".
-The original name for butterfly was flutterby.
-The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law
which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your
thumb.
-The first product Motorola started to develop was a record
player for automobiles. At that time, the most known player on the market was
Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola.
-Roses may be red, but violets are indeed violet.
-By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you cannot
sink into quicksand.(I wouldn't try this, but I guess it is good to know)
-Celery has negative calories. It takes more calories to eat a
piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with.
-Charlie Chaplin once won third prize in a Charlie Chaplin
look-alike contest
-Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.
-Sherlock Holmes NEVER said, "Elementary, my dear Watson."
-An old law in Bellingham, Washington, made it illegal for a
woman to take more than three steps backwards while dancing!
-The glue on Israeli postage is certified kosher.
-The Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the
book most often stolen from public libraries.
-Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into
space because passing wind in a spacesuit damages it.
-Bats always turn left when exiting a cave!
-A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.
-A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
-A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.
-A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours.
-A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.
-A group of geese on the ground is a gaggle; a group of geese in the air is a skein.
-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.
-A snail can sleep for three years.
-Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.
-All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.
-All of the clocks in the movie "Pulp Fiction" are stuck on 4:20."
-Almonds are a member of the peach family.
-An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.
-Babies are born without kneecaps. They don't appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age. -Butterflies taste with their feet.
-Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds. Dogs only have about 10.
-Did you know that crocodiles never outgrow the pool in which they live?
-"Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt".
-February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.
-In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.
-In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
-If the population of China walked past you in single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.
-If you are an average American, in your whole life, you will spend an average of 6 months waiting at a red light.
-In most advertisements, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10
-It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
-Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.
-Los Angeles' full name is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula"
-Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.
-Mr. Rogers was an ordained minister.
-On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament building is an American flag.
-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.
-Pinocchio is Italian for "pine eye."
-Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.
-Shakespeare invented the word 'assassination' and 'bump'.
-"Stewardesses" is the longest word typed with only the left hand, "lollipop" with your right.
-The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.
-The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.
-The Bible does not say there were three wise men; it only says there were three gifts.
-The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life."
-The cruise liner, QE2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.
-The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.
-The longest one-syllable word in the English language is "screeched."
-The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
-The only 15-letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is "uncopyrightable".
-The sentence "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter of the alphabet.
-The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid.
-The words 'racecar' and 'kayak' and 'level' are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left.
-There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.
-There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.
-There are more chickens than people in the world.
-There are only four words in the English language which end in "dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
-There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: "abstemious" and "facetious."
-There is a word in the English language with only one vowel, which occurs five times: "indivisibility."
-There's no Betty Rubble in the Flintstones Chewables.
-Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
-Two-thirds of the world's eggplant is grown in New Jersey.
-TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.
-Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.
-Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

Editor's Update: Niel also has a few to add:

- All polar bears has a purple tounge
- All poalr bears are left handed
- Polar Bears skin is black
- And their fur is actlly translucent ... not white

6 comments:

Lisa said...

Glad that you enjoyed!

niel said...

also to add to the list

- all polar bears has a purple tounge
- all poalr bears are left handed
- Polar Bears skin is black
- and their fur is actlly translucent ... not white

foodiechickie said...

I really did Lisa! Thanks!

Oooh thanks hon. I'll add those to the list!

Giao said...

Monkey and I love tidbits like this. I think that is why we are so dorily terrific on game nights! =)

foodiechickie said...

Game nights rule!

Isa I said...

speaking of polar bears.....polar bears and penguins have never met!