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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

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
  • Your body is creating and killing 15 million red blood cells per second
  • Your brain is 80% water
  • Your hair grows faster in the morning than at any other time of day
  • Your heart beats over 100,000 times a day
  • Your heart pumps about 2,000 gallons of blood each day
  • Your heart rate can rise as much as 30% during a yawn
  • Your 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
  • Your 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

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

 

  • 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
  • During World War II, Uncle Ben’s was the exclusive supplier of rice to the U.S. Armed Forces
  • 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 47 Charlie Chan Movies, with six actors playing the part. None were Chinese!
  • 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

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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