24 May 2011

Fun Facts...

Did you know:
Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room at a dance?

If the entire population of China walked past you -8 abreast, PLA-style- , the procession of humanity would never end because of the rate of reproduction (!) 

Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors. 

Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite! 

Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.

The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.

The cruise liner, QE 2 moves just six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.

A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.

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

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

A snail can sleep for three years.

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.

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. 

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

"Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt".

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

The sentence: "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter of the alphabet.

The words 'racecar,' 'kayak' , and 'level' are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left (palindromes).

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."

"Typewriter" is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.

"Stewardesses" is the longest word typed with only the left hand

And "lollipop" is the longest word typed with your right hand.

The microwave was invented by accident: a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.

The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid.

There are more chickens than people in the world.

Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

.Almonds are a member of the peach family. 

And the bonus: the cumulative weight of all of the ants in Africa weigh more than the sum of ALL the elephants!

Obviously I have no idea if all this is true..
just one of those emails, ya know
-thx Speedunque-


Reaganite Republican said...

fwiw somebody told me Churchill was actually born at a bedroom of Blenheim Palace... during a dance party, tho

Anonymous said...

A simple google search will disprove a lot of the 'facts' in this email.

Reaganite Republican said...

Be specific, most of them check out as far as I found

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

I new a couple of those. I used to use the "jiffy" clock in my Commodore 64 programing as a random element in programs.

My uncle used to sell peach pits to Hershey for almond substitutes.

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

Why in the blogging world are all of the old "Stink in the muds" called "Anonymous"?

Reaganite Republican said...

I dunno- but MAN are they angry lol

Hopenchange a big letdown I suppose

Proof said...

Sorry, but I don't believe the Chinese procreate as well "when marching eight abreast".

And think of the poor dudes marching between two dudes!

innominatus said...

I have a really old edition of Ripley's Believe It or Not from back in the 1920s that said the same thing about the Chinese, except it said 4 abreast. Guess that means their population has doubled in the last 100 or so years?

Reaganite Republican said...

Doubled? What's the term for 20x-'ed?

Maggie@MaggiesNotebook said...

Not only fun facts, but fascinating facts. Babies have no kneecaps? And the one about the full moon? Who knew? Great post RR.

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