# Interesting Facts - 2

A "2 by 4" is really 1 1/2 by 3 1/2.

A "Blue Moon" is the second full moon in a calendar month (it is rarely blue).

A "hairbreadth away" is 1/48 of an inch.

A "jiffy" is actually a proper time unit for 1/100th of a second

A "quidnunc" is a person who is eager to know the latest news and gossip.

A 1,200-pound horse eats about seven times it's own weight each year.

A 1.5 oz. milk chocolate bar has only 220 calories. A 1.75 oz. serving of potato chips has 230 calories.

A 10-gallon hat actually only holds about 3/4 gallon.

A 14-year old French girl had extraordinary electrical power. With a gentle touch she could knock over heavy pieces of furniture and people in physical contact with her received an electrical shock.

A 17 year old girl from Miami, Florida started to sneeze on 4th January'66 ant continued till 8th June'66.

A 6 pound sea-hare can lay 40,000eggs in a single minute.

A 7-year study, which concluded in the summer of 2000, found that 33 U.S. deaths were caused by rottweilers, pit bulls were responsible for 27 deaths.

A acre of coffee trees can produce up to 10,000 pounds of coffee cherries. That amounts to approximately 2000 pounds of beans after hulling or milling.

A B-25 bomber crashed into the 79th floor of the Empire State Building on July 28, 1945.

A Baboon called "Jackie" became a private in the South African army in World War I.

A bat is the only mammal that flies.

A bathometer is an instrument for indicating the depth of the sea beneath a moving vessel.

A bean has more DNA per cell than a human cell

A bee could travel 4 million miles (6.5 million km) at 7 mph (11 km/h) on the energy it would obtain from 1 gallon (3.785 liters) of nectar, or it could just sit down on and enjoy that honey properly.

A beaver's teeth never stop growing.

A bibliophile is a collector of rare books. A bibliopole is a seller of rare books.

A bird requires more food in proportion to its size than a baby or a cat.

A Blue Earth, Minnesota, law declares that no child under the age of twelve may talk over the telephone unless monitored by a parent.

A blue whales heart only beats nine times per minute.

A body decomposes four times as fast in water than on land.

A Boeing 747's wingspan is longer than the Wright brother's first flight.

A bowling pin only needs to tilt 7.5 degrees to fall.

A broken clock is right at least twice a day.

A butterfly can look at you through 12,000 eyes.

A Californian doctor has set the record of eating 17 bananas in two minutes.

A capon is a castrated rooster.

A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

A cat has 4 rows of whiskers.

A cat uses it's whiskers to determine if a space is too small to squeeze through.

A chameleon can move its eyes in two directions at the same time.

A chameleon's tongue is twice the length of its body.

A Cheetah at full speed takes strides of 8 meters.

A cheetah is the fastest animal, clocked in at: 70mph.

A chef's hat is tall and balloons at the top so as to counteract the intense heat in the kitchen. The unique shape allows air to circulate around the scalp, keeping the head cool.

A Chicago law forbids eating in a place that is on fire.

A chicken who just lost its head can run the length of a football field before dropping dead.

A chimpanzee can learn to recognize itself in a mirror, but monkeys can't.

A citizen of Calcutta, India , grew the fingernails on his left hand to a length of 76 inches.

A cluster of bananas is called a hand and consists of 10 to 20 bananas, which are known as fingers.

A cockroach can live nine days without its head before it starves to death.

A cockroaches favorite food is the glue on the back of stamps.

A company, Warner Communications paid \$28 million for the copyright to the song "Happy Birthday".

A Cornish game hen is really a young chicken, usually 5 to 6 weeks of age, that weighs no more than 2 pounds.

A cough releases an explosive charge of air that moves at speeds up to 60 mph.

A cow gives nearly 200,000 glasses of milk in her lifetime.

A cow produces 200 times more gas a day than a person.

A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.

A crocodiles tongue is attached to the roof of its mouth.

A cucumber is 96% water.

A Dalmatian is the only dog that can get gout.

A day on the planet Mercury is twice as long as its year.

A decree declares that anyone caught stealing soap must wash himself with it until it is all used up.

A dentist invented the Electric Chair.

A device invented sometime around the time of the birth of Jesus as a primitive steam engine by the Greek engineer Hero is used today as a rotating sprinkler.

A diamond will not dissolve in acid. The only thing that can destroy it is intense heat.

A dime has 118 ridges around the edge. A quarter has 119.

A dog can hear high frequency sounds, which a human ear cannot.

A donkey will sink in quicksand but a mule will not.

A dragonfly can fly 25 mph.

A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours.

A dragonfly is also known as "devil's darning needle", "horse stinger" and "devil's steelyard".

A Fag is to work hard or to tire by strenuous activity and cigarettes are sometimes called Fags

A fagot is a bundle of sticks or a bundle of pieces of wrought iron to be shaped by rolling or hammering at high temperature.

A father Emperor penguin withstands the Antarctic cold for 60 days or more to protect his eggs, which he keeps on his feet, covered with a feathered flap. During this entire time he doesn't eat a thing. Most father penguins lose about 25 pounds while they wait for their babies to hatch. Afterward, they feed the chicks a special liquid from their throats. When the mother penguins return to care for the young, the fathers go to sea to eat and rest.

A father sea catfish keeps the eggs of his young in his mouth until they are ready to hatch. He will not eat until his young are born, which may take several weeks.

A female ferret will die if it goes into heat and cannot find a mate.

A female mackerel lays about 500,000 eggs at one time.

A female swine or sow will always have an even number of teats or nipples.

A fetus acquires fingerprints at the age of three months.

A fingernail or toenail takes about 6 months to grow from base to tip.

A fish's memory span is 3 seconds.

A five and a half year old weighing 250 pounds was exhibited at a meeting of the Physical Society of Vienna on December 4, 1894. She ate a normal diet and was otherwise in good health. The problem: she wasn't able to sweat.

A flea can jump 350 times is own body length. (say..you jumping the length of a soccer field)thanx seraph

A flock of sheep grazed during Woodrow Wilson's term. Their wool was sold to raise money for the Red Cross during World War I.

A fly always jumps backwards for a quick getaway when you try to hit it.

A fly hums in the middle octave, key F.

A foal is a baby horse.

A full moon is nine times brighter than a half moon.

A full-grown bear can run as fast as a horse.

A full-grown pumpkin has about 15 miles of roots.

A ghost writer pens an anonymous book.

A giant squid has eyes that can grow up to 20 inches in diameter. (Now think of how big your computer screen is..)

A giraffe and rat can go longer without water than a camel can.

A giraffe can clean its ears with its 21-inch tongue. i know some people who can do some amazing stuff too.

A goldfish has a memory span of 3 seconds.

A googol is a 1 followed by 100 zeros. Mathematician Edward Kasner supposedly asked his nephew Milton Sirotta to suggest a name for the number, and he came up with this word.

A grasshopper needs a minimum temperature of 62 degrees Fahrenheit in order to be able to hop.

A group od geese on the ground is a gaggle, a group in the air is a skein.

A group of crows is called a murder.

A hamlet is a village without a church and a town is not a city until it has a cathedral.

A hard-boiled egg will spin. An uncooked or soft-boiled egg will not.

A healthy (non-colorblind) human eye can distinguish between 500 shades of gray.

A healthy individual releases 3.5 oz. of gas in a single flatulent emission, or about 17 oz. in a day.

A hedgehog's heart beats 190 times a minute on average and drops to only 20 beats per minute during hibernation.

A hedgehog's skin is so tough that when they get run over, its entrails come out of its mouth and its ass.

A herd of forty-five thirsty, rambunctious elephants stampeded into a brewery in Midnapore, where they smashed vats and slurped up beer in a bender that went on for two days.

A hinny is the offspring of a female donkey.

A hippopotamus can run faster than a man can.

A Holstein's spots are like a fingerprint or snowflake. No two cows have exactly the same pattern of spots.

A honey bee must tap two million flowers to make one pound of honey

A honey bee travels an estimated 43,000 miles to gather one pound of honey. A pound of honey consists of 29,184 drops.

A honeybee can fly at fifteen miles per hour.

A horse can sleep standing up.

A Horse has 18 more bones than a Human.

A human being loses an average of 40 to 100 strands of hair a day.

A human has a bone just after the spine ends, which helps proves that humans once had tails (possibly).

A human head remains conscious for about 15 to 20 seconds after it is been decapitated.

A human's scent membrane in the nose is about the size of a postage stamp. A dog's is about the size of a handkerchief. It's olfactory lobe is also 4 times that of a humanThanx liz chell

A humming bird flaps its wings up to 90 times in one second or over 5000 times a minute.

A hummingbird weighs less than a penny

A jellyfish is 95 percent water, and humans around 70%

A jellyfish is 95% water.

A jumbo jet uses 4,000 gallons of fuel to take off.

A kangaroo can jump up to 3 meters high and leap up to 8 meters.

A kangaroo can't jump unless it's tail is touching the ground.

A Kentucky statute states, "No female shall appear in a bathing suit on any highway within this state unless she is escorted by at least two officers or unless she be armed with a club." Later, an amendment proposed: "The provisions of this statute shall not apply to any female weighing less than sixty pounds nor exceeding 200 pounds; nor shall it apply to female horses."

A large swarm of locusts can eat 80,000 tons of corn a day.

A leech is a worm that feeds on blood. It will pierce its victim's skin, fill itself with three to four times its own body weight in blood, and will not feed again for months. Leeches were once used by doctors to drain "bad blood" from sick patients.

A lions roar can be heard from five miles away.

A lump of pure gold the size of a matchbox can be flattened into a sheet the size of a tennis court.

A magic potion or charm thought to arouse sexual love, especially toward a specific person, is known as a "philter."

A male emperor moth can smell a female emperor moth up to 7 miles away.

A male moth can smell a female moth from 100 yards away.

A man and woman in Mexico city were engaged for 67 yrs and finally married at the age of 82 yrs.

A man named Charles Osborne had the hiccups for 69 years

A Manatee (Dugong) has very slow-clotting blood, and important in finding out about haemophilia.

A manned rocket can reach the moon in less time than it used to take to travel the length of England by stagecoach.

A mark twain, a nautical measurement of depth, is equal to twelve feet.

A McDonald's straw will hold 7.7 ml, or just over one-and-a-half teaspoons of whatever you are drinking.

A Michigan law states that a wife's hair legally belongs to her husband.

A millipede has 4 legs on each segment of its body.

A mockingbird has been known to change its tune 87 times over a span minute span.

A mole can dig a tunnel 300 feet long in just one night.

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.

A monkey was once tried and convicted for smoking a cigarette in South Bend, Indiana.

A mosquito will become restless and start flying around if there is an increase of carbon dioxide in the surrounding air

A mother in Sydney, Australia, gave birth to twins 56 days apart and in different years; one was born in 17th December'1952 and the other on 10th February'1953.

A mule is a crossbreed between a male donkey and a female horse. A hinnie is yada yada a female donkey and a male horse.

A murder is committed in the US every 23 minutes, which makes about 22852 murders each year.

A newborn kangaroo is about 1 inch in length.

A normal cow's stomach has four compartments: the rumen, the recticulum (storage area), the omasum (where water is absorbed), and the abomasum ( the only compartment with digestive juices).

A notch in a tree will remain the same distance from the ground as the tree grows.

A panagram is a sentence that contains all 26 letters of the English alphabet. For example: Pack my red box with five dozen quality jugs.

A peanut is not a nut or a pea, it's a legume.

A penguin swims at a speed of approximately 15 miles per hour.

A perfect game in baseball is one in which the same player pitches the entire game without allowing any player of the opposing team to reach first base -by any means.

A person afflicted with hexadectylism has six fingers or six toes on one or both hands and feet.

A person has to travel west to get from Los Angeles, CA to Reno, NV.

A person who is lost in the woods and starving can obtain nourishment by chewing on his shoes. Leather has enough nutritional value to sustain life for a short time.

A person will die from total lack of sleep sooner than from starvation. Death will occur about 10 days without sleep, while starvation takes a few weeks.

A piano leg went through the floor of the white house in 1948 during President Truman's term.

A pied-billed grebe is called a peebeegeebee by birdwatchers.

A pig is the only animal than can get sunburned.

A pig's orgasm lasts for 30 minutes.

A pineapple is a berry.

A poem written to celebrate a wedding is called an epithalamium.

A polar bears skin is black. Its fur is actually clear, but like snow it appears white.

A pole vaulter, when he lands, may absorb up to 20,000 pounds of pressure per square inch on the joints of his tubular thigh bones.

A polecat is not a cat. It is a nocturnal European weasel.

A poll of 3,000 Americans found that for 41 percent, the thing they're most afraid of is speaking before a group of people. 32 percent stated they were afraid of heights.

A porpoise swims slowly in a circle as it sleeps.

A Portsmouth, Ohio law ranks baseball players with "vagrants, thieves and other suspicious characters."

A pound of grasshoppers is three times as nutritious as a pound of beef.

A pregnant goldfish is called a twit

A quarter of raw potato placed in each shoe at night will keep the leather soft and the shoes smelling fresh and clean.

A quarter of the horses in the US died of a vast virus epidemic in 1872.

A queen bee lays about 1,500 eggs on an average day.

A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top.

A rat can go without water longer than a camel can.

A rattlesnake's fangs fold inward when its mouth is closed so it doesn't bite itself.

A recent study indicates when men crave food, they tend to crave fat and salt. When women crave food, they tend to desire chocolate.

A Red Giant(a kind of exploded star) has a lower density than any vacuum here on earth

A rhinoceros horn is made of compacted hair.

A Saudi Arabian woman can get a divorce if her husband doesn't give her coffee.

A scientific report form the University of California found that the steam rising from a cup of coffee contains the same amounts of antioxidants as three oranges. The antioxidants are heterocyclic compounds which prevents cancer and heart disease. It's good for you!

A scientist who weighed people immediately before and after death concluded that the human soul weighs 21 gms.

A scrum in rugby is equivalent of a hockey face-off, except that it involves all playing the forward position on both teams.

A SEAL's weapon of choice is the Heckler and Koch MP-5 submachine gun.

A shark can detect one part of blood in 100 million parts of water.

A shark can grow a new set of teeth in a week.

A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.

A shrimp's heart is in its head.

A single drop of water contains one hundred billion billion atoms.

A single share of Coca-Cola stock, purchased in 1919, when the company went public, would have been worth \$92,500 in 1997.

A snail can actually glide over the sharp edge of a knife or razor without harming itself. This has something to do with the mucus it produces.

A snail can have about 25,000 teeth.

A snail can sleep for 3 years.

A snail can travel over a razor blade without cutting itself.

A sneeze can exceed the speed of 100 mph.

A soccer ball has 32 panels.

A speleologist studies caves.

A Sphygmomanometer measures blood pressure.

A spremologer collects trivia.

A starfish can turn its stomach inside out.

A state law in Illinois mandates that all bachelors should be called master, not mister, when addressed by their female counterparts.

A strand of spider web may be stronger than an equal diameter of steel.

A study of pet owners found that 66% claimed they allowed their pets to remain in the bedroom during intercourse.

A teaspoon of neutron star material weighs about 110 million tons.

A ton of potatoes will yield 28.6 gallons of absolute alcohol. Potatoes are an important source for commercial alcohol.

A total of 63 errors were made in the 1886 World Series.

A traditional dish from Savolax, called "kalakukko" (fishcock in engl.) is made of white fish and porkfat encased in a baked crust of rye.

A two-inch garden hose will carry four times as much water as a one-inch hose.

A type of rabbit can mate 12 hours after giving birth

A typical American eats 28 pigs in his/her lifetime.

A typical bed usually houses over 6 billion dust mites.

A typical lightning bolt is two to four inches wide and two miles long.

A vexillologist is an expert in the history of flags

A volcano can shoot its debris as high as 50km into the sky.

A vulture will never attack a human or animal that is moving.

A whale's penis is called a dork.

A whip makes a cracking sound because its tip moves faster than the speed of sound.

A whole library floor of books can be stored on 50 Gigabytes.

A wind with a speed of 74 miles or more is designated a hurricane.

A women's heart beats faster than men.

A woodchuck only breathes 10 times during hibernation.

A woodpecker can peck twenty times a second.

A word or sentence that is the same front and back (racecar, kayak) is called a "palindrome".

A young lady named Ellen Church convinced Boeing Air Transport that her nursing skills and love of flying would qualify her to assist with the passengers and emergencies. She became the first known stewardess.

A zebra is white with black stripes.

ABBA GOLD has been in the UK charts for over 280 weeks, thats over 5 years

Abdul Kassam Ismael, Grand Vizier of Persia in the tenth century, carried his library with him wherever he went. Four hundred camels carried the 117,000 volumes.

Abe Lincoln's mother died when the family dairy cow ate poisonous mushrooms and Ms. Lincoln drank the milk.

About 10% of the world's population is left-handed.

About 10,000,000 people have the same birthday as you.

About 100 people choke to death on ballpoint pens each year.

About 20% of bird species have become extinct in the past 200 years, almost all of them because of human activity.

About 200,000,000 M&Ms are sold each day in the United States.

About 24% of the total ground area of Los Angeles is said to be committed to automobiles.

About 55% of all movies are rated R. About 500 movies are made in the US and 800 in India annually.

About 70% of Americans who go to college do it just to make more money.

About 75% of the people in the U.S. live on 2% land.

About 80% of the city was burned in the Great Fire of London in 1666.

About a third of all Americans flush the toilet while they're still sitting on it.

About one-tenth of the earth's surface is permanently covered with ice.

Abraham Lincoln had to go across the street to the War Department to get news from the battlefield because there was no telegraph in the White House.

Abraham Lincoln's ghost is said to haunt the White House.

Absinthe is another name for the herb wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) and the name of a licorice-anise flavored green liqueur that was created at the end of the 18th century, and manufactured by Henry-Louis Pernod. Called the 'green Muse' it became very popular in the 19th century, but was eventually banned in most countries beginning in 1908. The reason is the presence of the toxic oil 'thujone' in wormwood, which was one of the main ingredients of Absinthe. Absinthe seemed to cause brain lesions, convulsions, hallucinations and severe mental problems. Thujone was the culprit, along with the fact that Absinthe was manufactured with an alcohol content of 68% or 132 proof.

Absolutely pure gold is so soft that it can be molded with the hands.

According to a global survey in 1997 by Durex Condoms Canadians are the world's fourth worst lovers. The worst three slots belong to South Africa, Russia, and Poland.

According to a recent survey, more Americans lose their virginity in June than any other month.

According to an Old English system of time units, a moment is considered to be one and a half minutes.

According to bar sales across the U.S., here are the top 15 cocktails: 1) Dry martini, 2) Manhattan, 3) Whiskey sour, 4) Bloody Mary, 5) Gimlet, 6) Daiquiri, 7) Tom Collins, 8) Old Fashioned, 9) Margarita, 10) Screwdriver, 11) Bacardi, 12) Stinger, 13) Harvey Wallbanger, 14) Gin & Tonic, and 15) Rum & Coke

According to Bristol zoo, the Howler monkey's growl is so loud, it can be heard 5km (3.3 miles for u Americans) away.

According to German researchers, the risk of heart attack is higher on Monday than any other day of the week.

According to Hammurabi's Code, the penalty for medical malpractice was to cut off the doctor's hands.

According to Hawaiian lore, the earth mother Papa mated with the sky father Wakea to give birth to the Hawaiian Islands.

According to Illinois state law, it is illegal to speak English. The officially recognized language is "American."

According to L. Frank Baum, the name Oz was thought up when he looked at his filing cabinet and noticed one drawer marked A-G, a second tagged H-N, and a third labeled O-Z.

According to legend, when Burmese women are making beer, they need to avoid having sex or the beer will be bitter.

According to National Geographic, Mt. Everest grows about 4 millimeters a year: the two tectonic plates of Asia and India, which collided millions of years ago to form the Himalayas, continue to press against each other, causing the Himalyan peaks to grow slightly each year

According to Playboy, more women talk dirty during sex than men.

According to Playboy, the most popular sexual aid is erotic literature.

According to Scandinavian folklore, trolls only come out at night because sunlight would turn them to stone.

According to statistics, Australian women are the most likely to have sex on the first date.

According to the 1900 U.S. Census, there were: 596,000 carpenters, 280,000 laundresses, 220,000 blacksmiths, 134,000 tailors, 102,000 shoemakers, 42,000 porters, 37,000 stonecutters, 25,000 millers, 8,000 bootblacks, and 7,000 furriers

According to the film's animators, you'll see 6,469,952 black spots every time you watch 101 Dalmatians.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the Finnish word SAIPPUAKIVIKAUPPIAS a soapstone seller is the longest known palindrome in any language.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the single-seeded fruit of the giant fan palm, or Lodoicea maldivica, can weigh 44 lbs. Commonly known as the double coconut or coco de mer, it is found wild only in the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean.

According to the International Labor Organization, a member of the labor force is someone between the age of 15 and 64.

According to the Kinsey Institute, the biggest erect penis on record measures 13 inches. The smallest tops off at 1 3/4 inches.

According to the Population Council, people overwhelmingly tend to marry partners who live near them.

According to the U.S. Bureau of the Census, the most common job in the United States in the 1890s was a farmer. Today, it’s a salesman.

According to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, two out of five women in America dye their hair.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the best time to spray household insects is 4:00 p.m. Insects are most vulnerable at this time. (It's just like its better to water your plants in the early mornings or the evenings)

According to the United States Postal Service, each person sent on average 689 letters throughout the year of 1996.

Activated charcoal made from coconut shells is the odor absorbing agent in odor-eating shoe liners.

Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger bought the first Hummer manufactured for civilian use in 1992. The vehicle weighed in at 6,300 lbs and was 7 feet wide.

Actress Jayne Mansfield accidentally exhaled her breast out of her dress during the telecast of the Academy Awards in 1957.

Acupuncture was first used as a medical treatment in 2700 BC by Chinese emperor Shen-Nung.

Adding sugar to coffee is believed to have started in 1715, in the court of King Louis XIV, the French monarch.

Adjusting for inflation, Cleopatra, 1963, is the most expensive movie ever made to date (mid-1999). Its budget of \$44 million is equivalent to 270 million 1999 dollars.

Adolf Hitler's mother seriously considered having an abortion but was talked out of it by her doctor.

Adolph Hitler was a vegetarian, and had only 1, and i repeat, ONE, testicle.