Random Facts

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 On average, 100 people choke to death on ballpoint pens every year.
 One of the reasons marijuana is illegal today is because cotton growers in the ’30s lobbied against hemp farmers (they saw it as competition).
 “Canada” is an Indian word meaning “Big Village”.
 Only one in two billion people will live to be 116 or older.
 If you yelled for 8 years 7 months and 6 days, you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee. If you fart consistently for 6 years and 9 months, enough gas is produced to create the energy of an atomic bomb.
 Rape is reported every six minutes in the U.S.
 The human heart creates enough pressure in the bloodstream to squirt blood 30 feet.
 A jellyfish is 95% water.
 Truck driving is the most dangerous occupation by accidental deaths (799 in 2001).
 Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour.
 Elephants only sleep for two hours each day.
 On average people fear spiders more than they do death.
 The strongest muscle in the human body is the tongue. (the heart is not a muscle)
 In golf, a ‘Bo Derek’ is a score of 10.
 In the U.S, Frisbees outsell footballs, baseballs and basketballs combined.
 In most watch advertisements the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.
 If you plant an apple seed, it is almost guaranteed to grow a tree of a different type of apple.
 Al Capone’s business card said he was a used furniture dealer.
 The only real person to be a PEZ head was Betsy Ross.
 There are about 450 types of cheese in the world. 240 come from France.
 When the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers plays football at home the stadium becomes Nebraska’s third largest city.
 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”.
 A dragonfly has a lifespan of 24 hours.
 In Iceland, a Big Mac costs $5.50.
 Broccoli and cauliflower are the only vegetables that are flowers.
 Newborn babies have about 350 bones. They gradually merge and disappear until there are about 206 by age 5.
 There is no solid proof of who built the Taj Mahal.
 In a survey of 200000 ostriches over 80 years, not one tried to bury its head in the sand.
 A dime has 118 ridges around the edge. A quarter has 119.
 Judy Scheindlin (”Judge Judy”) has a $25,000,000 salary, while Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg has a $190,100 salary.
 The 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.
 Andorra, a tiny country on the border between France and Spain, has the longest average lifespan: 83.49 years.
 The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
 Mr. Rogers was an ordained Presbyterian minister.
 John Lennon’s first girlfriend was named Thelma Pickles.
 You can lead a cow upstairs but not downstairs.
 The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.
 “The sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick” is said to be the toughest tongue twister in English.
 The Toltecs (a 7th century tribe) used wooden swords so they wouldn’t kill their enemies.
 “Duff” is the decaying organic matter found on a forest floor.
 The US has more personal computers than the next 7 countries combined.
 There have been over 600 lawsuits against Alexander Grahm Bell over rights to the patent of the telephone, the most valuable patent in U.S. history.
 Kuwait is about 60% male (highest in the world). Latvia is about 54% female (highest in the world).
 Hawaiian alphabet has only 12 letters.
 In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all the world’s nuclear weapons combined.
 At the height of its power in 400 BC, the Greek city of Sparta had 25,000 citizens and 500,000 slaves.
 Julius Caesar’s autograph is worth about $2,000,000.
 The tool doctors wrap around a patient’s arm to measure blood pressure is called a sphygmomanometer.
 People say “bless you” when you sneeze because your heart stops for a millisecond.
 US gold coins used to say “In Gold We Trust”.
 In “Silence of the Lambs”, Hannibal Lector (Anthony Hopkins) never blinks.
 A shrimp’s heart is in its head.
 In the 17th century, the value of pi was known to 35 decimal places. Today, to 1.2411 trillion.
 The bestselling books of all time are The Bible (6billion+), Quotations from the Works of Mao Tse-tung (900million+), and The Lord of the Rings (100million+)
 Pearls melt in vinegar.
 “Lassie” was played by a group of male dogs; the main one was named Pal.
 In 1863, Paul Hubert of Bordeaux, France, was sentenced to life in jail for murder. After 21 years, it was discovered that he was convicted of murdering himself.
 Nepal is the only country that doesn’t have a rectangular flag. Switzerland is the only country with a square flag.
 Gabriel, Michael, and Lucifer are the only angels named in the Bible.
 Tiger Woods’ real first name is Eldrick. His father gave him the nickname “Tiger” in honor of a South Vietnamese soldier his father had fought alongside with during the Vietnam War.
 266. Johnny Appleseed planted apples so that people could use apple cider to make alcohol.
 God is not mentioned once in the book of Esther.
 The odds of being born male are about 51.2%, according to census.
 Scotland has more redheads than any other part of the world.
 There is an average of 61,000 people airborne over the US at any given moment.
 Prince Charles and Prince William never travel on the same airplane in case there is a crash.
 The most popular first name in the world is Muhammad. The most common name (of any type) in the world is Mohammed.
 The surface of the Earth is about 60% water and 10% ice.
 For every 230 cars that are made, 1 will be stolen.
 Jimmy Carter was the first U.S. President to be born in a hospital.
 Lightning strikes the earth about 8 million times a day.
 Around 2,000 left-handed people die annually due to improper use of equipment designed only for right handed people.
 The “if” and “then” parts of conditional (”if P then Q”) statement are called the protasis (P) and apodosis (Q).
 Humans use a total of 72 different muscles in speech.
 If you feed a seagull Alka-Seltzer, its stomach will explode.
 The U.S. Post Office handles 43 percent of the world’s mail.
 Most household dust is made of dead skin cells.
 One in about eight million people has progeria, a disease that causes people to grow faster than they age.
 The male seahorse carries the eggs until they hatch instead of the female.
 The “countdown” (counting down from 10 for an event such as New-Years Day) was first used in a 1929 German silent film called “Die Frau Im Monde” (The Girl in the Moon).
 Negative emotions such as anxiety and depression can weaken your immune system.
 There are seven suicides in the Bible: Abimelech. Samson, Saul, Saul’s armor-bearer, Ahithophel, Zimri, Judas.
 A mongoose is not a goose but more like a meercat, which is not a cat but more like a prairie dog, which is not a dog but more like a ground squirrel.
 Stephen Hawking was born exactly 300 years after Galileo died.
 Mercury is the only planet whose orbit is coplanar with its equator. Venus and Uranus are the only planets that rotate opposite to the direction of their orbit.
 293. John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe died on July 4th. Adams and Jefferson died in the same year. Supposedly, Adams last words were “Thomas Jefferson survives.”
 The Baby Ruth candy bar was named after Grover Cleveland’s baby daughter, Ruth, not Babe Ruth the baseball player.
 Dolphins can look in different directions with each eye. They can sleep with one eye open.
 The Falkland Isles (pop. about 2000) has over 700000 sheep (350 per person).
 There are 41,806 different spoken languages in the world today.
 While many treaties have been signed at or near Paris, France (including many after WWI and WWII), nine are actually known as the “Treaty of Paris”: Seven Years’ War (1763), American Revolutionary War (1783), French-Swede War (1810), France vs Sixth Coalition (1814), Battle of Waterloo (1815), Crimean War (1856), Spanish-American War (1898), union of Bessarabia and Romania (1920), establishment of European Coal and Steel Community (1951).
 The city of Venice stands on about 120 small islands.

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