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Following is a list of fun facts, statistics and interesting information compiled from a variety of information sources.  Additional links to more interesting facts are included at the bottom of the page:

About Airplanes, Airports

  • Airports that are at higher altitudes require a longer airstrip due to lower air density
  • An airplane mechanic invented the Slinky while he was playing with engine parts and realized the possible secondary use for the springs

About Babies

  • All babies are color blind when they are born
  • Babies who wear disposable diapers are five times more likely to develop diaper rash than those that wear cotton diapers
  • Babies” eyes do not produce tears until the baby is approximately six to eight weeks old
  • Infants spend more time dreaming than adults do

The Earth

  • A volcano has enough power to shoot ash as high as 50 km into the atmosphere
  • An earthquake on Dec. 16, 1811 caused parts of the Mississippi River to flow backwards
  • Antarctica is the only land on our planet that is not owned by any country.
  • The state of Florida is bigger than England
  • The state of Wyoming is named after a valley in Pennsylvania
  • The state sport of Maryland is Jousting
  • The state with the longest coastline in the Continental U.S. is Michigan
  • The Earth gets 100 tons heavier every day due to falling space dust
  • The earth is .02 degrees hotter during a full moon
  • The earth rotates more slowly on its axis in March than in September
  • The earth travels through space at 660,000 miles per hour
  • The Earth weighs around 6,600,000,000,000,000,000,000 tons (5,940 billion billion metric tons)

Food

  • A one ounce milk chocolate bar has 6 mg of caffeine
  • An apple, potato, and onion all taste the same if you eat them with your nose plugged
  • Buttermilk does not contain any butter.
  • By partially filling saucers with vinegar and distributing the saucers around a room, you can eliminate odors

Money

  • A dime has 118 ridges around the edge, a quarter has 119
  • It costs about 3 cents to make a $1 bill in the United States.

New York City

  • In New York City, approximately 1,600 people are bitten by other humans every year
  • It takes about 63,000 trees to make the newsprint for the average Sunday edition of The New York Times.
  • New York’s Central Park is nearly twice the size of the entire country of Monaco.
  • The Zip Code 12345 is assigned to General Electric in Schenectady, New York
  • The World Trade Center towers used to have two zip codes, 10047-10048, one for each building
  • The New York Stock Exchange started as a coffee shop

People

  • Children are more allergic to cockroaches than they are to cats
  • Cleopatra married two of her brothers
  • George Washington grew marijuana in his garden
  • Albert Einstein was offered the presidency of Israel in 1952, but he declined
  • Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar were both epileptic
  • A person infected with the SARS virus, has a 95-98% chance of recovery
  • About twenty-five percent of the population sneeze when they are exposed to light
  • You have no sense of smell when you’re sleeping
  • You inhale about 700,000 of your own skin flakes each day
  • You mostly breathe from only one nostril at a time
  • You share your birthday with at least 9 million other people in the world
  • Humans are born with 300 bones, but when you get to be an adult, you only have 206
  • The human body is creating and killing 15 million red blood cells per second
  • The human brain is 80% water
  • Human hair grows faster in the morning than at any other time of day
  • The human heart beats over 100,000 times a day
  • The human heart pumps about 2,000 gallons of blood each day
  • A human’s heart rate can rise as much as 30% during a yawn
  • A human’s ribs move about 5 million times a year, every time you breathe
  • Your skeleton keeps growing until you are about 35, then you start to shrink
  • The skin is considered to be an organ
  • Americans did not commonly use forks until after the Civil War
  • Approximately 25,000 workers died during the building of the Panama Canal, and approximately 20,000 of them contracted malaria and yellow fever
  • Astronauts get taller when they are in space
  • Left-handed people are better at sports that require good spatial judgment and fast reaction, compared to right-handed individuals.
  • Leonardo da Vinci was dyslexic, and he often wrote backwards.
  • Malcolm X’s original name is Malcolm Little.
  • Marie Curie, the Nobel prize winning scientist who discovered radium, died of radiation poisoning.
  • Oil tycoon, John D. Rockefeller, was the world’s first billionaire
  • Truman Capote the man who wrote Breakfast at Tiffany’s had the middle name of Stucklefuss
  • The ancient Egyptians bought jewelry for their pet crocodiles
  • Sheryl Crow’s two front teeth are fake
  • There have been 47 Charlie Chan Movies, with six actors playing the part. None were Chinese!

Products

  • Crayola is a French word that means ”Oily chalk.’
  • Duracell, the battery-maker, built parts of its new international headquarters using materials from its own waste
  • A toaster uses almost half as much energy as a full-sized oven
  • In 1897, Bayer, who is the maker of Aspirin, marketed the drug heroin
  • In 1998, Sony accidentally sold 700,000 camcorders that had the technology to see through people’s clothes
  • Q-Tip Cotton Swabs were originally called Baby Gays
  • Teflon is the slipperiest substance in the world
  • During World War II, Uncle Ben’s was the exclusive supplier of rice to the U.S. Armed Forces

 

  • Because metal was scarce; the Oscars given out during World War II were made of plaster
  • Before toilet paper was invented, French royalty wiped their bottoms with fine linen
  • Canada is an Indian word meaning ”Big Village”
  • Common pesticides such as roach, termite, and flea insecticide can be found in the bodies of majority of Americans
  • Each year, there are more than 40,000 toilet related injuries in the United States
  • Early Romans used to use porcupine quills as toothpicks
  • Fine-grained volcanic ash can be found as an ingredient in some toothpastes
  • From the age of thirty, humans gradually begin to shrink in size
  • Gardening is said to be one of the best exercises for maintaining healthy bones
  • Indoor pollution is 10 times more toxic than outdoor pollution
  • King Kong was Adolph Hitler’s favorite movie.
  • Leather skin does not have any smell. The leather smell that you sense is actually derived from the materials used in the tanning process.
  • Medical research has found substances in mistletoe that can slow down tumor growth.
  • Microsoft made $16,005 in revenue in its first year of operation.
  • Most dust particles in your house come from dead skin.
  • Nazi leader Adolph Hitler had only one testicle.
  • Next to Warsaw, Chicago has the largest Polish population in the world.
  • Nylon is made from coal and petroleum
  • The horned lizard can squirt BLOOD out of its eyes to protect itself from predators
  • On average, a disposable diaper can hold up to 7 pounds of liquid
  • On average, the life span of an American dollar bill is eighteen months
  • One gallon of used motor oil can ruin approximately one million gallons of fresh water
  • Paper money is not made from wood pulp but from cotton. This means that it will not disintegrate as fast if it is put in the laundry
  • Pilgrims did not eat with forks. They only used spoons, knives and their fingers
  • Rapper LL Cool J’s name is short for ‘Ladies Love Cool James’
  • Reno, Nevada is actually west of Los Angeles, California
  • Research indicates that babies who suck on pacifiers are more prone to ear aches
  • Some asteroids have other asteroids orbiting them
  • Some toothpastes and deodorants contain the same chemicals found in antifreeze
  • Tasmania is said to have the cleanest air in the world
  • The King Ranch in Texas is bigger than the state of Rhode Island
  • The vintage date on a bottle of wine indicates the year the grapes were picked, not the year of bottling
  • The Atlantic Ocean is saltier than the Pacific Ocean
  • The storage capacity of human brain exceeds 4 Terabytes
  • The streets of Victor, Colorado, once a gold rush town, are paved with low-grade gold
  • The sun is 330,330 times larger than the earth
  • The symbol on the ”pound” key (#) is called an octothorpe
  • The Taj Mahal took 20 years and 20 thousand men to finish
  • The temperature of the earth’s interior increases by 1 degree every 60 feet down
  • The three wealthiest families in the world have more assets than the combined wealth of the forty-eight poorest nations
  • The tongue is the strongest muscle in the human body
  • The typical spec of dust that you see floating in the air is half way in size between the Earth and a subatomic particle
  • The U.S. Army accidentally ordered an 82 year supply of freeze-dried tuna salad mix for troops in Europe
  • The U.S. eastern seaboard consumes almost 50% of all ice cream sandwiches
  • The U.S. founding fathers” name for the American Revolution was ”The War with Britain”
  • The U.S. Government spent $277,000 on pickle research in 1993
  • The U.S. Government will not allow portraits of living persons to appear on stamps
  • The U.S. has more bagpipe bands than Scotland does
  • The U.S. military’s dried food rations can be re-hydrated with urine
  • The U.S. motto, ”In God We Trust”, was not adopted as the national slogan until 1956
  • The United kingdom eats more cans of baked beans than the rest of the world combined
  • The United States has never lost a war when donkeys were used
  • The United States has the highest minimum drinking age in the world
  • The United States Postal Service handles over forty percent of the world’s mail volume
  • The United States produces more tobacco than it does wheat
  • The universally popular Hershey bar was used overseas during World War II as currency
  • The University of Alaska stretches over 4 time zones
  • The venom of a small scorpion is much more toxic than the venom of a large scorpion
  • The venom of the king cobra is so deadly that just one gram of it can kill 150 people
  • The volume of the Earth’s moon is the same as the volume of the Pacific Ocean
  • The warmest temperature ever recorded on Antarctica was 3 degrees F
  • The weight of a carat (200 milligrams), standard unit of measurement for gemstones, is based on the weight of the carob seed
  • The weight of air in a milk glass is about the same as the weight of one aspirin tablet
  • The Wild Turkey is the only bird with a beard
  • The winter of 1932 in the US was so cold that Niagara falls froze completely solid
  • The word ”gymnasium” comes from the Greek word gymnazein which means ”to exercise naked
  • The word ”Indiana” is Native American for ”Land of the Indians”, yet less than 16,000 Native Americans live there
  • The word ”News” is actually an acronym standing for the 4 cardinal compass points – North, East, West, and South
  • The word ”set” has more definitions than any other word in the English language
  • The word Tips is actually an acronym standing for ”To Insure Prompt Service”
  • The world’s smallest mammal is the bumblebee bat of Thailand, weighing less than a penny
  • The world’s termites outweigh the world’s humans 10 to 1
  • The worlds oldest piece of chewing gum is over 9000 years old
  • The world’s youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910
  • The Yo-Yo originated as a weapon in the Philippine Islands during the sixteenth century
  • The ‘Big Dipper’ is known as ‘The Casserole’ in France
  • There are 10 towns named Hollywood in the United States
  • There are 206 bones in the human body
  • There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar
  • There are 53 Lego bricks manufactured for each person in the world
  • There are 635,013,559,599 possible hands in a game of bridge
  • There are 92 known cases of nuclear bombs lost at sea
  • There are approximately 3,500 astronomers in the U.S. – but over 15,000 astrologers
  • There are more bacteria in your mouth than there are people in the world
  • There are more fatal car accidents in July than any other month
  • There are more insects in one square mile of rural land than there are human beings in the world
  • There are more nutrients in the corn flake package itself than there are in the actual cornflakes
  • There are more plastic flamingos in the US, than real ones
  • There are more telephones than people in Washington, D.C.
  • There are more than 1,000 chemicals in a cup of coffee. Of these, only 26 have been tested, and half caused cancer in rats
  • There are more than 10 million bricks in the Empire State Building
  • There are more than 50,000 earthquakes throughout the world every year
  • There are more than one million animal species on Earth
  • There are no ants in Iceland, Antarctica, and Greenland
  • There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos
  • There are no penguins in the North Pole
  • There are no rental cars in Bermuda
  • There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with: orange, purple, and month
  • There are only 14 blimps in the world
  • There are over 58 million dogs in the US
  • There are some species of snails that are extremely venomous
  • There are three golf balls sitting on the moon
  • There have been over 7,200 acts of terrorism against the US over the last 15 years.
  • There is a city called Rome on every continent.
  • There is a species of clam that can grow up to four feet long and weigh up to 500 pounds.
  • There is a town called Paradise and a town called Hell in Michigan
  • There is more real lemon juice in Lemon Pledge furniture polish than in Country Time Lemonade
  • There is no tipping at restaurants in Japan
  • There is one slot machine in Las Vegas for every eight inhabitants
  • There was no punctuation until the 15th century
  • There wasn’t a single pony in the Pony Express, just horses
  • ‘Thomas Alva Edison patented almost 1,300 inventions in his lifetime
  • ‘Thomas Edison, light bulb inventor, was afraid of the dark
  • ‘Three consecutive strikes in bowling is called a turkey
  • Three Mile Island is only 2 1/2 miles long
  • ‘Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur
  • Tipping at a restaurant in Iceland is considered an insult
  • To burn off one plain M&M candy, you need to walk the full length of a football field
  • To escape the grip of a crocodile’s jaws, push your thumbs into its eyeballs. It will let you go instantly
  • To find out if a watermelon is ripe, knock it, and if it sounds hollow then it is ripe
  • To have your picture taken by the very first camera you would have had to sit still for 8 hours
  • To take an oath, ancient Romans put a hand on their testicles…that’s where the word “testimony” comes from
  • Today’s top fuel dragsters take off with more force than the space shuttle
  • Tomatoes were originally thought to be poisonous
  • Traces of cocaine were found on 99% of UK bank notes in a survey in London in 2000
  • Tsunamis (tidal waves) travel as fast as jet planes
  • Tug of War was an Olympic event between 1900 and 1920
  • Turkey’s often look up at the sky during a rainstorm. Unfortunately some have been known to drown as a result
  • Turkeys can reproduce without having sex
  • Turtles can live for more than 100 years
  • ‘U.S. President Calvin Coolidge liked to eat breakfast while having his head rubbed with Vaseline
  • Under extreme stress, some octopuses will eat their own arms
  • Unlike dogs, pigs, and some other mammals, humans cannot taste water. They taste only the chemicals and impurities in the water
  • Until 1796, there was a state in the United States called Franklin. Today it’s known as Tennessee
  • Until 1857, any foreign coins made of precious metal were legal tender in the United States
  • Until 1990, the deadly poison mercury was used in about 30% of latex paints
  • Until President Kennedy was killed, it wasn’t a federal crime to assassinate the President
  • Until the 1960”s men with long hair were not allowed to enter Disneyland
  • Until the nineteenth century, solid blocks of tea were used as money in Siberia
  • Up to the age of six or seven months a child can breathe and swallow at the same time. An adult cannot do this
  • Vaccines contain formaldehyde, ethylene glycol (antifreeze), phenol (disinfectant / pesticide), and aluminum
  • Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise
  • Virginia Woolf wrote all her books standing
  • Vultures fly without flapping their wings
  • Washington, D.C. has one lawyer for every 19 residents
  • Watermelons can cost up to $100 in Japan
  • We blink 25 times a minute
  • Wearing yellow makes you look bigger on camera; green, smaller
  • Whale oil was used in automobile transmissions as late as 1973
  • What you find when you shave the striped fur off of a tiger? Striped skin
  • When a giraffe’s baby is born it falls from a height of six feet, normally without being hurt
  • When a person dies, hearing is usually the last sense to go
  • When Britney Spears books into hotels she uses the name ”Allota Warmheart” so that nobody will recognize her
  • When glass breaks, the cracks move faster than 3,000 miles per hour. To photograph the event, a camera must shoot at a millionth of a second
  • When he was only 13, Johnny Depp lost his virginity to a girl slightly older than him
  • When pitched, the average Major League baseball rotates 15 times before being hit
  • When you correct for weight differences, men are proportionately stronger than horses
  • When you walk down a steep hill, the pressure on your knees is equal to three times your body weight
  • When young and impoverished, Pablo Picasso kept warm by burning his own paintings
  • When your face blushes, the lining of your stomach turns red, too
  • While 7 men in 100 have some form of color blindness, only 1 woman in 1,000 suffers from it
  • Whispering is more wearing on your voice than a normal speaking tone
  • Whoopi Goldberg’s real name is Caryn Elaine Johnson
  • Windmills always turn counter-clockwise. Except for the windmills in Ireland
  • Wine will spoil if exposed to light; hence tinted bottles
  • With two forks and a charge, a pickle will emit light
  • Women blink nearly twice as much as men
  • Women buy four out of every 10 condoms sold
  • Women end up digesting most of the lipstick they apply
  • Women have a slightly higher average IQ than men
  • Women who are romance novel readers are reported to make love 74% more often with their partners than women who do not read romance novels
  • Women wishing to enter Canada to work as strippers must provide naked photos of themselves to qualify for a visa
  • Women’s’ hearts beat faster than men’s’
  • Woodpecker scalps, porpoise teeth and giraffe tails have all been used as money
  • Worcestershire Sauce is basically an Anchovy ketchup
  • World’s heaviest primates: morbidly obese humans. After that: gorillas at 485 lbs
  • Worms reportedly taste like bacon
  • Wyoming was the first state to allow women to vote
  • X-rays of the Mona Lisa show that there are three completely different versions of the same subject, all painted by Leonardo Da Vinci, under the final portrait
  • Yahoo! was originally called ”Jerry’s Guide to the World Wide Web”
  • You are about 1 centimeter taller in the morning than in the evening
  • You are more likely to be killed by a champagne cork than a poisonous spider
  • You are more likely to get attacked by a cow than a shark
  • You can start a fire with ice
  • You can tape a small mirror onto a cone speaker, play music and shine a laser on to the mirror and the reflection will look like a laser light show on your wall
  • Your home is ten times more likely to have a fire than be burglarized
  • The mile is Latin for 1,000. The number of paces it took the average Roman
  • The Mint once considered producing doughnut-shaped coins
  • The Mona Lisa has no eyebrows. It was the fashion in Renaissance Florence to shave them off
  • The moon is actually moving away from Earth at a rate of 1.5 inches per year
  • The most collect calls are made on Father’s Day
  • The most common time for a bank robbery is Friday, between 9 and 11 a.m. The least likely time is Wednesday, between 3 and 6 p.m.
  • The most popular Campbell’s Soup in Hong Kong is watercress and duck gizzard
  • The most popular first name in the world is Muhammad
  • The most popular sport as a topic for a film is boxing
  • The most powerful electric eel is found in the rivers of Brazil, Columbia, Venezuela, and Peru, and produces a shock of 400-650 volts
  • The most productive day of the workweek is Tuesday
  • The most pushups ever performed in one day was 46,001
  • The most used letter in the English alphabet is ”E”, and ”Q” is the least used
  • The mother of the boy Michael Jackson is accused of abusing is named ”Janet Jackson”
  • The Muppet Show was banned from Saudi Arabian TV because one of its stars was a pig
  • The name “Wendy” was made up for the book Peter Pan
  • The name Joshua is Hebrew for ”Jesus”
  • The Nestles haven’t run Nestle since 1875
  • The Niagara Falls moves upstream at an average rate of about 295ft a century
  • The Nobel Peace Prize medal depicts 3 naked men with their hands on each others shoulders
  • The normal static electricity shock that zaps your finger when you touch a doorknob is usually between 10,000 and 30,000 volts
  • The number of births that occur in India each year is higher than the entire population of Australia
  • The octopus” testicles are located in its head
  • The odds of being killed by falling out of bed are one in two million
  • The odds of getting a hole-in-one in golf are estimated at about 18,000-to-1
  • The oil used by jewelers to lubricate clocks and watches costs about $3,000 a gallon
  • The oldest patented company logo is the red triangle of Bass beers
  • The oldest pig in the world lived to the age of 68
  • The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is “uncopyrightable”
  • The only food that cockroaches wont eat are Cucumbers
  • The opposite sides of a dice cube always add up to seven
  • The original name for the butterfly was ”flutterby”
  • The original title of Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice was First Impression
  • The original Toby jugs were modeled on Harry ”Toby” Elwes a Yorkshireman
  • The Pacific island of Nauru’s economy is almost entirely based on bird droppings
  • The penalty for masturbation in Indonesia is decapitation
  • The penguin is the only bird that can swim, but cannot fly
  • The penis of a barnacle may reach up to 20 times its body size
  • 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
  • The Pittsburgh Steelers were originally called the Pirates
  • The placement of a donkey’s eyes in its head enables it to see all four feet at all times
  • The poison-arrow frog has enough poison to kill about 2,200 people
  • The population of the Earth has more than doubled since 1950
  • The powder on chewing gum is finely-ground marble
  • The practice of identifying baseball players by number was started by the Yankees in 1929
  • The praying mantis is the only insect that can turn its head
  • The Queen Mary – the grandest vessel of her day – had many of her vital components made by car manufacturer Skoda
  • The quills of a porcupine are soft when they are born
  • The Ramses brand condom is named after the great pharaoh Ramses II who fathered over 160 children
  • The right lung takes in more air than the left
  • The Saguaro Cactus, found in South-western United States does NOT grow branches until it is 75 years old
  • The sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog.” uses every letter of the alphabet
  • The sloth (a mammal) moves so slowly that green algae can grow undisturbed on its fur
  • The smallest human penis ever recorded was just 5/8 of an inch long
  • The song ”Strawberry Fields Forever”, sung by the Beatles, refers to an orphanage located in Liverpool
  • The speed of a typical raindrop is 17 miles per hour
  • The Stanley Cup originally was only seven and a half inches high
  • The starfish is one of the few animals who can turn it’s stomach inside-out
  • The ashes of the average cremated person weigh nine pounds
  • The Australian $5,$10,$20,$50 and $100 notes are made out of plastic
  • The average 1 1/4 lb. lobster is 7 to 9 years old
  • The average American consumes 9 pounds of food additives every year
  • The average American eats at McDonald’s more than 1,800 times in their life
  • The average American uses eight times as much fuel energy as an average person anywhere else in the world
  • The average American/Canadian drinks about 600 sodas a year
  • The average American/Canadian will eat about 11.9 pounds of cereal per year
  • The average car produces a pound of pollution every 25 miles
  • The average child will eat 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches by the he/she graduates from high school
  • The average chocolate bar has 8 insects” legs in it
  • The average city dog lives three years longer than the average country dog
  • The average female will have 3.3 pregnancies in her life
  • The average French citizen eats 500 snails per year
  • ‘The average housefly lives only two weeks
  • The average housefly weighs 10 to 15 millionths of a pound
  • ‘The average housewife walks 10 miles a day around the house doing her chores
  • The average human body contains enough fat to make seven bars of soap
  • The average human body contains enough iron to make a small nail
  • The average ice berg weighs 20,000,000 tons
  • The average life span of a hermit crab is 75 years
  • The average life span of a major league baseball is 5-7 pitches.
  • The average life span of a peasant during the medieval ages was 25 years.
  • The average office worker spends 50 minutes a day looking for lost files and other items.
  • The average person can live for eleven days without water, assuming an average temperature of 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • The average person has over 1,460 dreams a year
  • The average person laughs 13 times a day
  • The average person spends three years of his or her life on a toilet
  • The average person walks the equivalent of twice around the world in a lifetime
  • The average single man is one inch shorter than the average married man
  • The average taste bud lives only 10 days before it dies and is replaced by a new one
  • The average temperature at 40,000 feet above sea level is -60 F
  • The average U.S. farm has 467 acres; the average Japanese farm has 3 acres
  • The bagpipe was first made from the liver of a sheep
  • The ball on top of a flagpole is called a ”truck”
  • The banana tree cannot reproduce itself. It can be propagated only by the hand of man
  • The Bank of America was originally the Bank of Italy
  • The best diamonds are colored blue-white
  • The longest recorded distance for projectile vomiting is 27 feet
  • The Bible is the most-shoplifted book in the world
  • The blesbok, a South African antelope, is almost the same color as grape juic
  • The Blue Whale’s tongue weighs more than an adult elephant
  • The can opener was invented 48 years after the can
  • The Canary Islands were not named after a bird called the canary. They were named after a breed of dogs
  • The chances of making two holes-in-one in a round of golf are one in 67 million
  • The chances of you dying on the way to get your lottery tickets is greater than your chances of winning
  • The chemicals indole and skatole, which help to account for the particular smell of human feces, are used as ingredients in perfume
  • The Chinese ideogram for trouble depicts two women living under one roof
  • The Chow and the Chinese Shar-Pei are the only dogs that have black tongues
  • The cicada, a fly found in Africa, spends 17 years of its life sleeping; and only two weeks is awake during which mates and then dies
  • The cigarette lighter was invented before the match
  • The city of Houston, Texas is built on a swamp and is slowly sinking
  • The city of Las Vegas has the most hotel rooms in the world.
  • The country of Brazil is named after the brazil nut
  • The creator of the NIKE Swoosh symbol was paid only $35 for the design
  • The cruise liner, ”Queen Elizabeth 2”, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns
  • The Dallas/Ft. Worth airport is larger than New York City”s Manhattan Island
  • The distress code ”Mayday” comes from the French for help me, M”Aide
  • The dot over the letter ”i” is called a tittle
  • Prior to 1900, prize fights lasted up to 100 rounds.The darker the shell, the longer the pumpkin lasts

    Queen Elizabeth II has a rubber duck in her private bath with an inflatable crown.

    Racehorses can wear out new horse shoes in one race.

    Radio code Wilco (as in Roger Wilco) is short for Will Comply.

    Rain contains vitamin B12.

    Ralph Lauren’s original name is Ralph Lifshitz.

    Rats can tell the difference between two human languages.

    Rats can’t vomit, that’s why rat poison works.

    Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over a million descendants.

    Real diamonds can be made from peanut butter.

    Recycling one glass jar, saves enough energy to watch TV for three hours.

    Redheads require more anesthesia to go under than other hair colors.

    Reindeer milk has more fat than cow milk.

    Research indicates that plants grow healthier when they are stroked.

    Rice is the chief food for half the people of the world.

    Rice paper does not contain any rice.

    Richard Nixon liked ketchup on his cottage cheese.

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

    Roosters can’t crow if they can’t fully extend their necks.

    Roughly a quarter of the world’s people live in China.

    Rubber is one of the ingredients in bubble gum.

    Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.

    Rudyard Kipling refused to write with anything other than black ink.

    Sales of Rolaids, Alka-Seltzer, and Tums jump 20% in December.

    Salmon can jump as high as six feet.

    Sandra Bullock is allergic to horses.

    Saturn’s rings are about 500,000 miles in circumference but only about a foot thick.

    Scientists are now able to grow beating heart tissue in a lab.

    Seaweed can grow up to 12 inches per day

    Senegalese women spend an average of 17.5 hours a week just collecting water

    Sharon Stone is allergic to caffeine

    Sheep can recognize other sheep from pictures

    Sheep outnumber humans in New Zealand 15 to 1

    Slugs have 4 noses

    Smelling bananas and/or green apples can help you lose weight

    Smokers eat more sugar than non-smokers

    Snails breathe through their feet

    Snowiest city in the U.S.: Blue canyon, California

    A microwave baseball will fly farther than a frozen baseball

    Some breeds of chickens lay colored eggs

    Some lions mate over 50 times a day

    Some ribbon worms will eat themselves if they can’t find any food

    Some species of fish have voices

    Someone on Earth reports seeing a UFO every three minutes

    SONY was originally called Totsuken

    Sound at the correct vibration can bore holes through a solid object

    Sound travels fifteen times faster through steel than through air

    Spiders have transparent blood

    Spinach consumption in the U.S. rose 33% after the Popeye comic strip became a hit in 1931

    Spotted skunks do handstands before they spray

    St. Paul, Minnesota was originally called Pigs Eye

    Stannous fluoride, which is the cavity fighter found in toothpaste is made from recycled tin

    Stilts were invented by French shepherds who needed a way to get around in wet marshes

    Strawberries have more vitamin c than oranges

    Streets in Japan do not have names

    Surgeons who listen to music during operations perform better than those who don’t

    Sweden has more telephones per capita than any country on earth

    Switzerland has the highest per-capita consumption of soft drinks in the world.

    Tablecloths were originally meant to be served as towels with which dinner guests could wipe their hands and faces after eating

    Take your height and divide by eight. That’s how tall your head is

    Taphephobia is the fear of being buried alive

    Technically speaking, crystal glass is actually a liquid that flows very slowly

    Ted Turner owns about 2% of New Mexico

    Termites eat wood twice as fast when listening to heavy metal music

    The’L.L. in L.L. Bean stands for ”Leon Leonwood

    The 7-Eleven Extreme Gulp is 50% bigger than the volume of the human stomach

    The Amazon rain forest produces more than 20% the world’s oxygen supply

    The American Automobile Association was founded for the sole purpose of warning motorists of police speed traps

    The ant can lift things 10 times its own weight

    The aorta, the largest artery in the body, is almost the diameter of a garden hose

  • The are six fictional characters that have stars on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame
  • Q is the only letter in the alphabet that does not appear in the name of any of the United States

Walt Disney World

  • Walt Disney World generates about 120,000 pounds of garbage every day
  • Walt Disney, the creator of Mickey Mouse, was afraid of mice

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