Some Weird Facts | A Few Good Facts
Some Weird Facts
Many of these are myths. So take them with a grain of salt. :-)
The king of hearts is the only king without a mustache.
Mosquito repellents don't repel. They hide you. The spray blocks the mosquito's sensors so they don't know you're there.
Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning.
The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets.
Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin.
The first owner of the Marlboro company died of lung cancer.
Barbie's full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.
Betsy Ross is the only real person to ever have been the head on a Pez dispenser.
The citrus soda 7-UP was created in 1929; "7" was selected because the original containers were 7 ounces. "UP" indicated the direction of the bubbles.
No standard 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper can be folded in half more than 7 times.
One in every four Americans has appeared on television.
Oak trees do not produce acorns until they are fifty years of age or older.
A Boeing 747's wingspan is longer than the Wright brothers' first flight.
The albatross drinks sea water. It has a special desalinization apparatus that strains out and excretes all excess salt.
In Clarendon, Texas, there is reportedly a law on the books that lawyers must accept eggs, chickens, or other produce, as well as money, as payment of legal fees.
Cats purr at 26 cycles per second, the same as an idling diesel engine.
A dragonfly flaps its wings 20 to 40 times a second, bees and houseflies 200 times, some mosquitoes 600 times, and a tiny gnat 1,000 times.
Marilyn Monroe had six toes.
The first product to have a bar code was Wrigley's gum.
A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.
The combination "ough" can be pronounced in nine different ways. The following sentence contains them all: "A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed."
Facetious and abstemious contain all the vowels in the correct order, as does arsenious, meaning "containing arsenic."
The United States has never lost a war in which mules were used.
Blueberry Jelly Bellies were created especially for Ronald Reagan.
All porcupines float in water.
Non-dairy creamer is flammable.
When opossums are playing "possum," they are not "playing." They actually pass out from sheer terror.
Received from FranCMT2.
A few good facts for you...
Wait for the last one it's a classic and by far the
1. In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on
bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened,
making the bed firmer to sleep on. That's where the phrase, "goodnight,
sleep tight" came from.
2.The sentence "The quick brown fox jumps over
the lazy dog." uses every letter in the alphabet. (It was developed by
Western Union to test telex/twx communications.)
3. The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over
an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to take into
account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building.
4. The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived
from old English law which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with
anything wider than your thumb.
5. Ten percent of the Russian government's income
comes from the sale of vodka.
6. On average, 100 people choke to death on ball-point
pens every year.
7. Only one person in two billion will live to be 116
8. In Cleveland, Ohio, it's illegal to catch mice
without a hunting license.
9. Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal
ads for dating are already married.
10. The world's termites outweigh the world's humans
10 to 1.
11. The 3 most valuable brand names on earth:
Marlboro, Coca-Cola, and Budweiser, in that order.
12. In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy
than all the world's nuclear weapons combined.
13. It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000
years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply
his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer, and
because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the "honey
month" or what we know today as the "honeymoon."
14. In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and
quarts. So, in old England, when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell
at them to mind their own pints and quarts and settle down. It's where we get
the phrase "mind your P's and Q's."
15. Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a
whistle baked into the rim or handle of their ceramic cups. When they needed a
refill, they used the whistle to get some service. "Wet your
whistle," is the phrase inspired by this practice.
And last but not least...
16. In ancient England, you could not have sex unless
you had consent of the King (unless you were in the Royal Family).
When anyone wanted to have a baby, they got consent of the King & the King
gave them a placard that they hung on their door while they were having sex.
The placard had F.U.C.K. (Fornication Under Consent of the King) on it. Now you
know where that came from.
Just found out in 2016 that this is not true. Oh well. Check out Snopes.com to find out more about this.
Added March 29, 2001
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