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STRANGE FACTS

* Coca-Cola was originally green.

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

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

* Smartest dogs: 1) Scottish border collie; 2) Poodle; 3) Golden retriever.

* Dumbest: Afghan hound.

* Hawaiian alphabet has 12 letters.

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

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

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

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

* Percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28%. Percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%

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

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

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

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

* Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

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

* The youngest pope was 11 years old.

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

* First novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.

* 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.

* The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments

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

* There are coffee flavored PEZ

* 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.

* The airplane Buddy Holly died in was the "American Pie." (Thus the name of the Don McLean song.)

* 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, Diamonds - Julius Caesar.

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

* 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.

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

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

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

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

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

* The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from 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 longest recorded flight of a chicken is thirteen seconds.

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

* David 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 the movie.

* In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere.

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

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

* Cat's urine glows under a blacklight.

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

* Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.

* Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.

* The national anthem of Greece has 158 verses.

* No one in Greece has memorized all 158 verses.

* There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.

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

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

* There are more chickens than people in the world.

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

* The longest one-syllable word in the English language is "screeched."

* On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament is an American flag.

* All of the clocks in the movie Pulp Fiction are stuck on 4:20.

* 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".

* All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5.00 bill

* Almonds are members of the peach family.

* Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.

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

* There are only four words in the English language which end in "dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.

* Los Angeles's full name is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula". And can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size, "L.A."

* A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

* An ostrich's eye is bigger than it's brain.

* Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.

* In most advertisements, including newspapers, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.

* Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.

* If you fart consistently for 6 years and 9 months, enough gas is produced to create the energy of an atomic bomb.

* The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet.

* Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour.

* Humans and dolphins are the only species that have sex for pleasure.

* On average people fear spiders more than they do death.

* It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

* You can't kill yourself by holding your breath.

* Americans on the average eat 18 acres of pizza every day.

* Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie.

* Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people do.

* In ancient Egypt, Priests plucked EVERY hair from their bodies including their eyebrows and eyelashes.

* A pig's orgasm lasts 30 minutes.

* A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.

* The ant can lift 50 times its own weight, can pull 30 times its own weight, and always falls over on its right side when intoxicated.

* Polar bears are left handed.

* The flea can jump 350 times its body length, that is like a 6 foot-tall human jumping the length of 7 football fields.

* A cockroach will live nine days without it's head, before it starves to death.

* The male praying mantis cannot copulate while its head is attached to its body. The female initiates sex by ripping the males head off.

* Butterflies taste with their feet.

* Elephants are the only animals that can't jump.

 

      1.    On a blanket from Taiwan -
      NOT TO BE USED AS PROTECTION FROM A TORNADO.
      2.    On a helmet mounted mirror used by US cyclists -
      REMEMBER, OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR ARE ACTUALLY BEHIND YOU.
      3.    On a Taiwanese shampoo -
      USE REPEATEDLY FOR SEVERE DAMAGE.
      4.    On the bottle-top of a (UK) flavoured milk drink -
      AFTER OPENING, KEEP UPRIGHT.
      5.    On a New Zealand insect spray -
      THIS PRODUCT NOT TESTED ON ANIMALS.
      6.    In a US guide to setting up a new computer -
      TO AVOID CONDENSATION FORMING, ALLOW THE BOXES TO
      WARM UP TO ROOM TEMPERATURE BEFORE OPENING.
      (The instruction was INSIDE the box.)
      7.    On a Japanese product used to relieve painful haemorrhoids
      LIE DOWN ON BED AND INSERT POSCOOL SLOWLY UP TO THE
      PROJECTED PORTION LIKE A SWORD-GUARD INTO ANAL DUCT. WHILE
      INSERTING POSCOOL FOR APPROXIMATELY 5 MINUTES, KEEP QUIET.
      8.    In some countries, on the bottom of Coke bottles -
      OPEN OTHER END.
      9.    On a packet of Sunmaid raisins -
      WHY NOT TRY TOSSING OVER YOUR FAVOURITE BREAKFAST CEREAL?
      10.    On a Sears hairdryer -
      DO NOT USE WHILE SLEEPING.
      11.    On a bag of Fritos -
      YOU COULD BE A WINNER! NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. DETAILS INSIDE.
      12.    On a bar of Dial soap -
      DIRECTIONS - USE LIKE REGULAR SOAP.
      13.    On Tesco's Tiramisu dessert (printed on bottom of the box) -
      DO NOT TURN UPSIDE DOWN.
      14.    On Marks & Spencer Bread Pudding -
      PRODUCT WILL BE HOT AFTER HEATING.
      15.    On a Korean kitchen knife -
      WARNING KEEP OUT OF CHILDREN.
      16.    On a string of Chinese-made Christmas lights -
      FOR INDOOR OR OUTDOOR USE ONLY.
      17.    On a Japanese food processor -
      NOT TO BE USED FOR THE OTHER USE.
      18.    On Sainsbury's peanuts -
      WARNING - CONTAINS NUTS.
      19.    On an American Airlines packet of nuts
      INSTRUCTIONS - OPEN PACKET, EAT NUTS.
      20.    On a Swedish chainsaw -
      DO NOT ATTEMPT TO STOP CHAIN WITH YOUR HANDS OR GENITALS.
      21.    On a child's superman costume -
      WEARING OF THIS GARMENT DOES NOT ENABLE YOU TO FLY.
      22.    On some frozen dinners
      SERVING SUGGESTION: DEFROST.
      23.    On a hotel provided shower cap in a box
      FITS ONE HEAD.
      24.    On packaging for a Rowenta iron
      DO NOT IRON CLOTHES ON BODY.
      25.    On Boot's "Children's" cough medicine
      DO NOT DRIVE CAR OR OPERATE MACHINERY.
      26.    On Nytol sleep aid
      WARNING MAY CAUSE DROWSINESS.

 

 

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