Did you know that...
- The Eisenhower interstate
system requires that one mile in every five must be
straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips
in times of war or other emergencies.
- The Boston University Bridge
(on Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts) is the
only place in the world where a boat can sail under a
train driving under a car driving under an airplane.
- Emus cannot walk backwards.
- The United States government
keeps its supply of silver at the U.S. Military Academy
at West Point, NY.
- There are only thirteen
blimps in the world. Nine of the thirteen blimps are in
the United States.
- Cats have over one hundred
vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.
- Our eyes are always the same
size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop
- David Prowse was the guy in
the Darth Vader suit in Star Wars. He spoke all of
Vader's lines, and didn't know that he was going to be
dubbed over by James Earl Jones until he saw the
screening of the movie.
- Most Americans' car horns
beep in the key of "F".
- "Mr. Mojo Risin" is
an anagram for Jim Morrison.
- The word "modem" is
a contraction of the words "modulate,
- Many hamsters only blink one
eye at a time.
- The name Jeep came from the
abbreviation used in the army for the "General
Purpose" vehicle, G.P.
- Since 1896, the beginning of
the modern Olympics, only Greece and Australia have
participated in every Games.
- Barbie's measurements if she
were life size: 39-23-33.
- February 1865 is the only
month in recorded history not to have a full moon.
- It takes a lobster
approximately seven years to grow to be one pound.
- Montpelier, Vermont is the
only U.S. state capital without a McDonalds.
- Giraffes have no vocal cords.
- The Pentagon, in Arlington,
Virginia, has twice as many bathrooms as is necessary.
When it was built in the 1940s, the state of Virginia
still had segregation laws requiring separate toilet
facilities for blacks and whites.
- No word in the English
language rhymes with month.
- The cruise liner, Queen
Elizabeth II, moves only six inches for each gallon of
diesel that it burns.
- There are two credit cards
for every person in the United States.
- Isaac Asimov is the only
author to have a book in every Dewey-decimal category.
- Roger Ebert is the only film
critic to have ever won the Pulitzer prize.
- Columbia University is the
second largest landowner in New York City, after the
- An iguana can stay under
water for 28 minutes.
- Back in the mid to late 80s,
an IBM compatible computer wasn't considered a hundred
percent compatible unless it could run Microsoft's Flight
- The first Ford cars had Dodge
- Leonardo Da Vinci invented
- It takes about a half a
gallon of water to cook macaroni, and about a gallon to
clean the pot.
- In the last 4000 years, no
new animals have been domesticated.
- Babies are born without knee
caps. They don't appear until the child reaches 2-6 years
- The highest point in
Pennsylvania is lower than the lowest point in Colorado.
- Nutmeg is extremely poisonous
if injected intravenously.
- If you have three quarters,
four dimes, and four pennies, you have $1.19. You also
have the largest amount of money in coins without being
able to make change for a dollar.
- The most common name in the
world is Mohammed.
- Michael Jordan makes more
money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory
workers in Malaysia combined.
- No NFL team which plays it's
home games in a domed stadium has ever won a Superbowl.
- The first toilet ever seen on
television was on "Leave It To Beaver".
- In the great fire of London
in 1666 half of London was burnt down but only 6 people
- Lincoln Logs were invented by
Frank Lloyd Wright's son.
- One of the reasons marijuana
is illegal today is because cotton growers in the 30s
lobbied against hemp farmers---they saw it as
- The only two days of the year
in which there are no professional sports games (MLB,
NBA, NHL, or NFL) are the day before and the day after
the Major League All-Star Game.
- Only one person in two
billion will live to be 116 or older.
- The name Wendy was made up
for the book "Peter Pan."
- Stewardesses and reverberated
are the two longest words (12 letterseach) that can be
typed using only the left hand. The longest word that can
be typed using only the right hand is lollipop.
Skepticisms is the longest word that alternates hands.
- A duck's quack doesn't echo,
and no one knows why.
- In the 1940s, the FCC
assigned television's Channel 1 to mobile services
(two-way radios in taxicabs, for instance) but did not
re-number the other channel assignments. That is why your
TV set has channels 2 and up, but no channel 1.
- A group of geese on the
ground is a gaggle, a group of geese in the air is a
- The underside of a horse's
hoof is called a frog. The frog peels off several times a
year with new growth.
- The San Francisco Cable cars
are the only mobile National Monuments
- The "save" icon on
Microsoft Word shows a floppy disk, with the shutter on
- 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."
- The verb "cleave"
is the only English word with two synonyms which are
antonymsof each other: adhere and separate.
- The only 15 letter word that
can be spelled without repeating a letter is
- Facetious and abstemious
contain all the vowels in the correct order, as does
arsenious, meaning "containing arsenic."
- The shape of plant
collenchyma cells and the shape of the bubbles in beer
foam are the same - they are orthotetrachidecahedrons.
- The word 'pound' is
abbreviated 'lb.' after the constellation 'libra' British
Pound Sterling comes from the same source: it is an 'L'
for Libra/Lb. with a stroke through it to indicate
abbreviation. Sames goes for the Italian lirawhich uses
the same abbreviation ('lira' coming from 'libra'). So
British currency (before it went metric) was always
quoted as "pounds/shillings/pence", abbreviated
- Emus and kangaroos cannot
walk backwards, and are on the Australian coat of arms
for that reason.
- Cats have over one hundred
vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.
- The word
"Checkmate" in chess comes from the Persian
phrase "Shah Mat," which means "the king
- Pinocchio is Italian for
- Camel's milk does not curdle.
- In every episode of Seinfeld
there is a Superman somewhere.
- An animal epidemic is called
- Murphy's Oil Soap is the
chemical most commonly used to clean elephants.
- The United States has never
lost a war in which mules were used.
- There were no squirrels on
Nantucket Island, Massachusetts until 1989.
- Blueberry Jelly Bellies were
created especially for Ronald Reagan.
- All porcupines float in
- Hang On Sloopy is the
official rock song of Ohio.
- Did you know that there are
coffee flavored PEZ?
- The world's largest wine cask
is in Heidelberg, Germany.
- Lorne Greene had one of his
nipples bitten off by an alligator while he was host of
"Lorne Greene's Wild Kingdom."
- Cat's urine glows under a
- If you bring a raccoon's head
to the Henniker, New Hampshire town hall, you are
entitled to receive $.10 from the town.
- St. Stephen is the patron
saint of bricklayers.
- The first song played on
Armed Forces Radio during operation Desert Shield was
"Rock the Casba" by the Clash.
- The reason firehouses have
circular stairways is from the days of yore when the
engines were pulled by horses. The horses were stabled on
the ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight
- Non-dairy creamer is
- The airplane Buddy Holly died
in was the "American Pie." (Thus the name of
the Don McLean song.)
- Texas is also the only state
that is allowed to fly its state flag at the same height
as the U.S. flag.
- The only nation who's name
begins with an "A", but doesn't end in an
- Pamela Anderson Lee is
Canada's Centennial Baby, being the first baby born on
the centennial anniversary of Canada's independence.
- The names of the three wise
monkeys are: Mizaru: See no evil, Mikazaru: Hear no evil,
and Mazaru: Speak no evil.
- The word for "dog"
in the Australian aboriginal language Mbabaran happens to
- When opossums are playing
'possum, they are not "playing." They actually
pass out from sheer terror.
- 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.
- "Toki doki kuruma de
kayotte imasu" means "Sometimes I commute by
car." in Japanese.
- All elephants walk on
tip-toe, because the back portion of their foot is made
up of all fat and no bone.
- Each king in a deck of
playing cards represents a great king from history.
Spades - King David, Clubs - Alexander the Great, Hearts
- Charlemange, and Diamonds - Julius Caesar.
Last modified: 11/26/1997