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Factoids

Coca-Cola was originally green.


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


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


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


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


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


Average number of days a West German goes without washing his underwear: 7


Percentage of American men who say they would marry the same woman if they had it to do all over again: 80% Percentage of American women who say they'd marry the same man: 50%


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


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


Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.


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


The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days of yore when the engines were pulled by horses. The horses were stabled on the ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight staircases.


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


The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building.


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


If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle; if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.


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


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


The term "the whole 9 yards" came from W.W.II fighter pilots in the South Pacific.When arming their airplanes on the ground, the .50 caliber machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, it got "the whole 9 yards."


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


The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from and old English law which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.


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


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


Cat urine glows under a blacklight.


Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.


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


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


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


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


Stewardesses and reverberated are the two longest words (12 letters each) that can be typed using only the left hand. The longest word that can be typed using only the right hand is lollipop. Skepticism is the longest word that alternates hands.


A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.


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


A group of geese on the ground is a gaggle, a group of geese in the air is a skein.


The underside of a horse's hoof is called a frog. The frog peels off several times a year with new growth.


The San Fransisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.


The combination "ough" can be pronounced in nine different ways. The following sentence contains them all: "A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed."


The verb "cleave" is the only English word with two synonyms which are antonyms of each other: adhere and separate.


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


Facetious and abstemious contain all the vowels in the correct order, as does arsenious, meaning "containing arsenic."


The shape of plant collenchyma cells and the shape of the bubbles in beer foam are the same - they are orthotetrachidecahedrons.


The 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. Same 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 "L/s/d" (libra/solidus/denarius).


Emus and kangaroos cannot walk backwards, and are on the Australian coat of arms for that reason.


Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.


The word "Checkmate" in chess comes from the Persian phrase "Shah Mat," which means "the king is dead".


Pinocchio is Italian for "pine head."


Camel's milk does not curdle.


In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere.


An animal epidemic is called an epizootic.


Murphy's Oil Soap is the chemical most commonly used to clean elephants.

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