10.3.14

Useless Facts - 3



  • The common goldfish is the only animal that can see both infra-red and ultra-violet light.
  • Linn's Stamp News is the world's largest weekly newspaper for stamp collectors.
  • Tennessee is bordered by more states than any other. The eight states are Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.
  • Des Moines has the highest per capita Jello consumption in the U.S
  • The Western-most point in the contiguous United States is Cape Alava, Washington.
  • There are only three animals with blue tongues, the Black Bear, the Chow Chow dog and the blue-tongued lizard.
  • The first fossilized specimen of Austalopithecus afarenisis was named Lucy after the palentologists' favorite song, Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds, by the Beatles.
  • Pinocchio is Italian for "pine head."
  • The geographical center of North America is near Rugby, North Dakota.
  • The infinity sign is called a lemniscate.
  • Hacky-sack was invented in Turkey.
  • If you stretch a standard Slinky out flat it measures 87 feet long.
  • There are six five words in the English language with the letter combination "uu." Muumuu, vacuum, continuum, duumvirate and duumvir, residuum.
  • The "Calabash" pipe, most often associated with Sherlock Holmes, was not used by him until William Gillette (an American) portrayed Holmes onstage. Gillette needed a pipe he could keep in his mouth while he spoke his lines.
  • Most Americans' car horns beep in the key of F.
  • Dirty Harry's badge number is 2211.
  • The pupil of an octopus' eye is rectangular.
  • The shortest French word with all five vowels is "oiseau" meaning bird.
  • Camel's milk does not curdle.
  • "Mr. Mojo Risin" is an anagram for Jim Morrison.
  • The ball on top of a flagpole is called the truck.
  • A person from the country of Nauru is called a Nauruan; this is the only palindromic nationality.
  • The word "modem" is a contraction of the words "modulate, demodulate."
  • Oliver Cromwell was hanged and decapitated two years after he had died.
  • In the last 4000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
  • Iowa has more independent telephone companies than any other state.
  • Many hamsters only blink one eye at a time.
  • Hamsters love to eat crickets.
  • The only "real" food that U.S. Astronauts are allowed to take into space is pecan nuts.
  • The word "queueing" is the only English word with five consecutive vowels.
  • The first Eagle Scout west of the Mississippi is buried in San Marcos, Texas.
  • In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere.
  • Roberta Flack wrote "Killing Me Softly" about singer Don McLean.
  • The Greek version of the Old Testament is called the Septuagint.
  • Spencer Eldon was the name of the naked baby on the cover of Nirvana's album
  • All three major 1996 Presidential candidates, Clinton, Dole and Perot, are left-handed.
  • The Madagascan Hissing Cockroach is one of the few insects who give birth to live young, rather than laying eggs.
  • The book of Esther in the Bible is the only book which does not mention the name of God.
  • Sheriff came from Shire Reeve. During early years of feudal rule in England, each shire had a reeve who was the law for that shire. When the term was brought to the United States it was shortned to Sheriff.
  • An animal epidemic is called an epizootic.
  • Dracula is the most filmed story of all time, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is second and Oliver Twist is third.
  • The silhouette on the NBA logo is Jerry West.
  • The silhouette on the Major League Baseball logo is Harmon Killebrew.
  • The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for the "General Purpose" vehicle, G.P.
  • The little lump of flesh just forward of your ear canal, right next to your temple, is called a tragus.
  • Soweto in South Africa ws derived from SOuth WEst TOwnship.
  • Murphy's Oil Soap is the chemical most commonly used to clean elephants.
  • 1 comment:

    1. Amazing. We had a 1-eyed hamster, so I can't vouch for that fact.
      Interesting reading for a late Friday night! Thanks!

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