Saturday, December 05, 2009

Useless facts

... I found this site.

301 Useless facts, but interesting. I do wonder; Why I find them interesting.

  • 6. Your stomach produces a new layer of mucus every two weeks so that it doesn’t digest itself.
  • 10. The dot over the letter “i” is called a tittle.
  • 12. Benjamin Franklin was the fifth in a series of the youngest son of the youngest son.
  • 14. A female ferret will die if it goes into heat and cannot find a mate.
  • 21. Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history: Spades = David ; Clubs = Alexander the Great ; Hearts = Charlemagne ; Diamonds = Caesar
  • 22. 40% of McDonald’s profits come from the sales of Happy Meals.
  • 29. On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents every day
  • 34. Playing cards were issued to British pilots in WWII. If captured, they could be soaked in water and unfolded to reveal a map for escape
  • 43. If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib. If you try to suppress a sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die. If you keep your eyes open by force, they can pop out. (DON’T TRY IT, DUMBASS)
  • 53. Coconuts kill about 150 people each year. That’s more than sharks.
  • 54. Half of all bank robberies take place on a Friday.
  • 57. The first bomb the Allies dropped on Berlin in WWII killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.
  • 61. Bruce Lee was so fast that they had to slow the film down so you could see his moves.
  • 65. The mask used by Michael Myers in the original “Halloween” was actually a Captain Kirk mask painted white, due to low budget.
  • 67. The phrase “rule of thumb” is derived from an old English law, which stated that you couldn’t beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.
  • 73. The first product Motorola started to develop was a record player for automobiles. At that time, the most known player on the market was Victrola, which Motorola got their name from.
  • 80. 28% of Africa is classified as wilderness. In North America, its 38%.
  • 81. Charlie Chaplin once won third prize in a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest.
  • 90. The Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from Public Libraries.
  • 91. Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.
  • 104. People photocopying their buttocks are the cause of 23% of all photocopier faults worldwide.
  • 110. Everyday, more money is printed for Monopoly sets than for the U.S. Treasury.
  • 117. Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.
  • 131. Two-thirds of the world’s eggplant is grown in New Jersey.
  • 132. For every memorial statue with a person on a horse, if the 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 of battle wounds; if all four of the horse’s legs are on the ground, the person died of natural causes.
  • 138. Almonds are members of the peach family.
  • 147. “101 Dalmatians” and “Peter Pan” are the only Disney animations in which both of a character’s parents are present and don’t die during the movie.
  • 149. Hedenophobic means fear of pleasure.
  • 187. Donkeys kill more people than plane crashes.
  • 220. Al Capone’s business card said he was a used furniture dealer.
  • 254. People say “bless you” when you sneeze because your heart stops for a millisecond.
  • 259. 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+)
  • 266. Johnny Appleseed planted apples so that people could use apple cider to make alcohol
  • 291. Stephen Hawking was born exactly 300 years after Galileo died.
  • of course the most charming fact would be that the list of facts is probably more urban legend

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