100 Funny Amazing but TRUE facts!
The Truth 2012/04/07 19:16:58
Are you the family champ at trivial pursuit?
The first book I remember picking out for myself to read, was a big colorful book called, 1000 fascinating facts. It was a book I had for many years, and read cover to cover many times.
The useless information I obtained from that book help ease through many awkward conversations, even job interviews. I am an interesting facts nerd! Are you?
early draft of the Declaration of Independence included a line by
Benjamin Franklin inviting King George to "kisse our collective arse."
2. The term "bank teller" originated in the wake of the 1929 stock market crash, when banks began hiring low-paid workers to "tell" throngs of frantic depositors that their money was gone.
3. The brand name "Jelly Belly" was created in 1982 after Nancy Reagan made a much-publicized quip about her husband's 20-pound weight gain.
4. The Internal Revenue Service audits 87 percent of women who claim breast implants as tax deductions.
5. Scandinavian berserkers used to cut out their eyes before battle to spare themselves the sight of the carnage they invariably wrought.
6. Human tonsils can bounce higher than a rubber ball of similar weight and size, but only for the first 30 minutes after they've been removed.
7. Comic duo Cheech and Chong were originally known as Spic and Span before changing due to pressure from Chicano organizations.
8. The city of Slaughter, Texas (population: 11,284), has never had a homicide occur within its boundaries.
9. Rubbing Tabasco on one's upper lip before bedtime is an effective temporary cure for sleep apnea.
10. British pop singer Baby Spice is the great-great-great-great-great-great-grandniece of Archduke William Pinkley-Hogue of Standishfordshire, making her 103rd in line for the throne of England.
11. The curved shape of a hockey stick is a throwback to prehistoric use of mastodon tusks in a similar game.
12. A Native American tribe in South Dakota collects bottle caps left by campers, using them as currency. Several banks in the area now recognize the caps as legal tender.
13. Fish have "dandruff" caused by flaking skin, and it is impossible to filter all traces of it from drinking water.
14. Moths are unable to fly during an earthquake.
15. The first case of the common cold was diagnosed in 1611 in Stratford, England. The patient? John Common, who coincidentally gave his cold to William Shakespeare who said the new malady exacerbated his love-sickness, thereby inspiring several of his most fondly remembered sonnets.
16. "Hello Kitty" began as part of a covert propaganda campaign originally proposed by Prime Minister Tojo during World War II.
17. When in heat, female hippopotami secrete an oil with a flavor similar to strawberries. Kalahari bushmen use the oil to make flat-bread treats for children.
18. If an average human scrotum were stretched until all its wrinkles were smoothed out, it could hold a basketball.
19. Ingesting small doses of ink over an extended period of time will change your eye color slightly.
20. To commemorate ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920, U.S. playing card manufacturers replaced "staffs" with "hearts" as the fourth suit in the deck. The world soon followed.
21.In 1960, a then-unknown Dan Rather auditioned for the voice of cartoon character Dudley Do-Right but was turned down by animator/director Jay Ward.
22.When subjected to an electric current of at least 50 volts, a cat's tail always points toward the north.
23.If the current trend continues, by the year 2215 midgets will outnumber "normal-sized" people.
24.Scientists estimate that sleep lost due to daylight saving time reduces the average lifespan by nearly two full months.
25.In the late '90s, Microsoft secretly developed its own version of Linux, but shelved it after quality control researchers deemed it "too stable."
26.No NCAA basketball team from a school located in its state's capital has ever won the national championship.
27.The African black rhinoceros excretes its own weight in dung every 48 hours.
28.The top three names for female babies born in China last year were Huan Yue, Jia Li and -- unlikely as it seems -- Buffy.
29.Peter Maas, creator of the character Serpico, got his character's name from an ultra-expensive, highly-prized Malaysian liqueur made from fermented viper venom.
30.Shortly before his execution, Timothy McVeigh constructed a scale model of the Lincoln Memorial with soda crackers.
31.There have been four documented cases of humans who have hibernated through an entire winter.
32.Strains of bacteria similar to E. coli have been found in spent printer cartridges -- but only in the cyan ones. Scientists have no explanation.
33.The four different people who, at various times, tried -- and failed -- to become the Guinness Book of World Records' "Human Milkshake Volcano" by drinking five gallons of milk and then riding the Six Flags Screaming' Eagle roller coaster all shared the same birthday: September 18, 1970.
34.The Australian aborigine language has over 30 words for "dust."
35.Anyone convicted of animal cruelty in Sedalia, Missouri, is sentenced to a month's confinement in the county animal shelter.
36.Fewer divorces occur in families in which the children wake their parents before 6 a.m. on Saturdays.
37.A futuristic automobile designed by Ford for the movie Blade Runner was produced and sold in limited quantities as the "Ford Harrison."
38.John F. Kennedy was an accomplished ventriloquist.
39.A bad case of laryngitis forced Abraham Lincoln to lip-sync the Gettysburg Address. The speech was actually delivered by an aide hidden beneath the stage.
40.A prominent organization of anthropologists has predicted that by the year 5000, humans will have two rectums, but only one nostril.
41.For over a decade, the number of drive-by shootings has been directly proportional to increased gas prices.
42.Two-thirds of all the world's coriander comes from a single valley in Italy.
43.As the sheer volume of Internet traffic has increased, the friction of the electrons passing around the planet has increased the overall global temperature by .07 degrees.
44.Contrary to popular belief, the white is not the healthiest part of an egg. It's actually the shell.
45.A comprehensive multi-year study using pattern-recognition software determined that Millard Fillmore is the most common identifiable U.S. president seen in cloud formations.
46.Baking soda and vinegar will make your scrambled eggs fluffier.
47.The first prototype defibrillators delivered 1,200 joules of electrical energy instead of the now standard 360, occasionally causing dead bodies to sit upright momentarily as though they were still alive.
48.Ancient Egyptians used molted cobra skins as condoms.
49.Using its anal sphincter muscle, the Mongolian tapir is capable of creating high-pitched tones that can be heard by dogs nearly 30 miles away.
50.Customs officials have dogs that are trained to distinguish between Cuban cigars and all other cigars.
51.Archimedes' screw was the basis for Max Factor's invention of the twisting lipstick holder.
52.A Tokyo inventor has developed a laptop computer whose battery is recharged by energy generated from the movement of the user's mouse, yet Sony lawyers have successfully blocked every attempt to produce a product using the technology.
53.Female black cats can actually see their shadows at night.
54.Ballpoint pens were invented by a Michigan scientist attempting to reduce the number of birds killed for their quills.
55.The flush toilet was invented in Flushing, NY.
56.U.S. Army medics in World War I knew of the germ-fighting properties of rodent saliva and carried hamsters in their medical bags to sterilize wounds in the field.
57.Molecularly speaking, water is actually much drier than sand.
58.Nearly three percent of the ice in Antarctic glaciers is penguin urine.
59.The sound made when a duck passes gas is the precise acoustic opposite of its quack; if it does both simultaneously, there's no audible sound.
60.A 9-volt battery contains roughly the same amount of kinetic energy as a bowl of Lucky Charms.
61.The rhesus monkey is the only animal that can be taught to hum a tune.
62.With the exception of a small 200-square-mile section of Antarctica, every single square kilometer of dry land on the planet has been walked on by at least one human being.
63.In the weightlessness of space a frozen pea will explode if it comes in contact with Pepsi.
64.The increased electricity used by modern appliances is causing a shift in the Earth's magnetic field. By the year 2327, the North Pole will be located in mid-Kansas, while the South Pole will be just off the coast of East Africa. (Some scientist say this could occur rapidly causing devastating loss to every continent on the globe. perhaps tied into the galactic alignment at the winter solstice of 2012.)
65.The idea for "tribbles" in "Star Trek" came from gerbils, since some gerbils are actually born pregnant.
66.Male rhesus monkeys often hang from tree branches by their amazing prehensile penises.
68.Johnny Plessey batted .331 for the Cleveland Spiders in 1891, even though he spent the entire season batting with a rolled-up, lacquered copy of the Toledo Post-Dispatch.
69.The melody of the classic hymn "Amazing Grace" originated from a 12th-century pagan song celebrating masturbation.
70.The Boeing 747 is capable of flying upside-down if it weren't for the fact that the wings would shear off when trying to roll it over.
71.The trucking company Elvis Presley worked at as a young man was owned by Frank Sinatra. (Illuminati like fact,.. Things that make you go HMmm.)
72.The only golf course on the island of Tonga has 15 holes, and there's no penalty if a monkey steals your golf ball.
73.Legislation passed during WWI making it illegal to say "gesundheit" to a sneezer was never repealed.
74.Manatees possess vocal chords which give them the ability to speak like humans, but don't do so because they have no ears with which to hear the sound.
75.SCUBA divers cannot pass gas at depths of 33 feet or below.
76.Catfish are the only animals that naturally have an ODD number of whiskers.
77.Replying more than 100 times to the same piece of spam e-mail will overwhelm the sender's system and interfere with their ability to send any more spam.
78.Polar bears can eat as many as 86 penguins in a single sitting.
79.The first McDonald's restaurant opened for business in 1952 in Edinburgh, Scotland, and featured the McHaggis sandwich.
80.The Air Force's F-117 fighter uses aerodynamics discovered during research into how bumblebees fly.
81.You *can* get blood from a stone, but only if contains at least 17 percent bauxite.
82.Silly Putty was "discovered" as the residue left behind after the first latex condoms were produced. It's not widely publicized for obvious reasons.
83.Approximately one-sixth of your life is spent on Wednesdays.
84.The skin needed for elbow transplants must be taken from the scrotum of a cadaver.
85.The ancient Arabic word "jorgbushii" translates roughly to "evil one who comes disguised in peace to drink the Earth's black blood."
86.A cat's purr has the same romance-enhancing frequency as the voice of singer Barry White.
87.The typewriter was invented by Illuminatist Hungarian immigrant Qwert Yuiop, who left his "signature" on the keyboard.
88.The volume of water that the Giant Sequoia tree consumes in a 24-hour period contains enough suspended minerals to pave 17.3 feet of a 4-lane concrete freeway.
89.King Henry VIII slept with a gigantic axe.
90.Human saliva has a boiling point three times that of regular water.
91.Until 1978, Camel cigarettes contained minute particles of real camels.
92.Touch-tone telephone keypads were originally planned to have buttons for Police and Fire Departments, but they were replaced with * and # when the project was cancelled in favor of developing the 911 system.
93.Due to the angle at which the optic nerve enters the brain, staring at a blue surface during sex greatly increases the intensity of orgasms.
94.Never hold your nose and cover your mouth when sneezing, as it can blow out your eyeballs.
95.Coca-Cola was the favored drink of Pharaoh Ramses. An inscription found in his tomb, when translated, was found to be almost identical to the recipe used today.
96.In WWII the US military planned to airdrop over France propaganda in the form of Playboy magazine, with coded messages hidden in the models' turn-ons and turn-offs. The plan was scrapped because of a staple shortage due to rationing of metal.
97. In ancient Greece, children of wealthy families were dipped in olive oil at birth to keep them hairless throughout their lives.
98. The original inspiration for Barbie dolls comes from dolls developed by German propagandists in the late 1930s to impress young girls with the ideal notions of Aryan features. The proportions for Barbie were actually based on those of Eva Braun.
99. The French language has seventeen different words for "surrender."
100. The largest home in the United States, North Carolina's Biltmore House, was originally intended to be the official residence of a new monarchy to be established when the South rose again.
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