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User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11953 posts, RR: 46
Posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4230 times:

Why not?

Some fun (true) facts:

*Termites work twice as hard when exposed to rock music.

*The Hawaiian alphabet contains just 12 letters.

*All hedgehogs float in water.

*Oysters can change genders as often as they wish.

*A kiss lasting for one minute burns 26 calories.

*Apart from humans, the Koala bear is the only mammal with unique fingerprints.

*Some lizards communicate by doing push-ups.

*A pigeon's feathers in total weighs more than its skeleton.

*If you keep a goldfish in a completely dark room, it will eventually turn white.

*Jupiter orbits so fast there is a new sunrise nearly every 10 hours.

*The worlds first phone-book appeared in 1878, and contained 50 names.

*The strawberry is the only fruit with the seeds on its outside.

*Penguins have an organ above the eyes which converts saltwater into drinking water. (!?)

*You share your birthday with about 9 million other people.

*On average, every motorist spends 2 weeks of their life waiting in front of a red light.

*The last time a year could be read upside down was in 1961. The next time is in year 6009.

*Mona Lisa has no eyebrows.

*On average, a person kisses for 2 weeks during his/her lifetime. (While waiting in the car for the green light?)

*Ants have a better sense of smell than dogs.

*Mosquito's are attracted to people who have just eaten bananas.

*Broccoli is the only vegetable which is also a flower.

*The worlds biggest cheese cake weighed 26 085kg.

*Austria was the first country to use postcards.

*All the world's termites combined weigh more than 10 times as much as all humans combined. (Wtf?)

*A crocodile can not move its tongue.

*You weigh less when the moon is directly above you.

*A mosquito has 47 teeth.

*Frogs never drink.

*11% of the worlds population are left-handed.

*Emu's and kangaroos can not walk backwards.

*If you chew chewing gum while slicing onions, your eyes won't water.

*You weigh less at the top of a mountain than at sea-level.

*A piece of paper can not be folded more than 7 times.

Got any more fun facts, then lets see them.

Thom@s


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User currently offlineAdopim88 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 2007 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4212 times:

Quoting Thom@s (Thread starter):
*A piece of paper can not be folded more than 7 times.

That one is an interesting one. We have many different sizes of paper at work and we took the biggest one we could find and still could not fold it more than 7 times.  Smile

Here's some from me:

*The mouse is the most common mammal in the US.

*On average it will cost $6,400 to raise a medium size dog to 11 years old

*Abraham Lincoln faces to the right on a penny while all the other presidents face to the left on US coins.

*Sherlock Holmes never said "Elementary, my dear Watson."

*The human brain is 80% water

*The longest word in the English language is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis

*Until the 1960's men with long hair were not allowed to enter Disneyland (?!?)

That's all I got for now Big grin I'll let someone else post some  Wink



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User currently offlineANITIX87 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 3308 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4207 times:
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Quoting Adopim88 (Reply 1):
That one is an interesting one. We have many different sizes of paper at work and we took the biggest one we could find and still could not fold it more than 7 times.

Disproven on Mythbusters. Granted, they glued together thousands of sheets to make one big one, but they still managed to fold it 11 times.

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User currently offlineJAGflyer From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 3548 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4204 times:

I just folded a small piece of paper 8 times. Does it have to be folded in half or just any fold 7 + times.


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User currently offlineChachu201 From New Zealand, joined Apr 2006, 857 posts, RR: 17
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4199 times:

Quoting JAGflyer (Reply 3):
I just folded a small piece of paper 8 times. Does it have to be folded in half or just any fold 7 + times.

Has to be folded in half.


User currently offlineAdopim88 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 2007 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4195 times:

Quoting ANITIX87 (Reply 2):
Disproven on Mythbusters. Granted, they glued together thousands of sheets to make one big one, but they still managed to fold it 11 times.

Yeah, but if you take just one sheet of paper without gluing it together it doesn't work. We tried a whole bunch of different types and sizes of paper.



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User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11953 posts, RR: 46
Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4192 times:

Quoting Adopim88 (Reply 1):
*The human brain is 80% water

More like 95% with some people I know...  Yeah sure Hehe.

Quoting Adopim88 (Reply 1):
Until the 1960's men with long hair were not allowed to enter Disneyland

Hard luck for hard rockers. Big grin

Thom@s



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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8455 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4185 times:
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It is impossible to lick your elbow



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User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4180 times:

Captain Kirk never said, "Beam me up, Scotty," in any episode.

User currently offlineANother From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4178 times:

Quoting Adopim88 (Reply 1):
*Sherlock Holmes never said "Elementary, my dear Watson."

Er, Sherlock Holmes was/is a fictional character. He never 'said' anything.


User currently offlinePawsleykat From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 1978 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4167 times:

Quoting Adopim88 (Reply 1):
*The longest word in the English language is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis

Wow, i always thought it was antidisestablishmentarianism. Oh, but did you know that;
*pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is a lung disease contracted from breathing in silica dust from volcanoes??  Yeah sure

JG



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User currently offlineAdopim88 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 2007 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4159 times:

Quoting ANother (Reply 9):
Er, Sherlock Holmes was/is a fictional character. He never 'said' anything.

I think it's meant that he never said that in the books....



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User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11953 posts, RR: 46
Reply 12, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4159 times:

Quoting Andz (Reply 7):
It is impossible to lick your elbow

I also read that 80% of the peolpe who hear this have tried to lick their elbow afterwards.  Smile

Quoting Dtwclipper (Reply 8):
Captain Kirk never said, "Beam me up, Scotty," in any episode.

I saw Mark Hammill (Luke Skywalker) in an interview claiming he never said "may the force be with you". But in one of the movies I noticed he actually does. So he was wrong about that one.

Another Star Wars related fun fact is that Darth Vader doesn't say "Luke I am your father."

Thom@s



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User currently offlineMaidensGator From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 945 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4159 times:

Quoting Thom@s (Thread starter):
*You share your birthday with about 9 million other people.

More like 18 million with the present world population....

Good post!



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User currently offlineANother From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4160 times:

Quoting Adopim88 (Reply 11):
I think it's meant that he never said that in the books....

I'll buy that but that isn't what was said. Just like "Captain Kirk never said, "Beam me up, Scotty," in any episode." Sherlock Holmes was never quoted saying "Elementary, my dear Watson" in any of his books.


User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20743 posts, RR: 62
Reply 15, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4156 times:

Quoting Thom@s (Thread starter):

*Broccoli is the only vegetable which is also a flower.

Cauliflower is as well, since broccoli is the horiticultural variety of cauliflower. The artichoke is also a flower, of the thistle variety.



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User currently offlineAdopim88 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 2007 posts, RR: 11
Reply 16, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4154 times:

Quoting Pawsleykat (Reply 10):
Oh, but did you know that;
*pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is a lung disease contracted from breathing in silica dust from volcanoes??

Interestingly enough, I did know that... It was one of the only bits of information I remember from 8th grade Life Science class. Big grin



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User currently offlineMaidensGator From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 945 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4139 times:

Quoting Adopim88 (Reply 16):
Quoting Pawsleykat (Reply 10):
Oh, but did you know that;
*pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is a lung disease contracted from breathing in silica dust from volcanoes??

Interestingly enough, I did know that... It was one of the only bits of information I remember from 8th grade Life Science class.

That's funny, I learned that in 6th grade 40 years ago. I'm glad they're still teaching the important stuff!!



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User currently offlineDuff44 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 1723 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4121 times:

Quoting Pawsleykat (Reply 10):
pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is a lung disease contracted from breathing in silica dust from volcanoes

I did, actually!  Big grin

Quoting Dtwclipper (Reply 8):
Captain Kirk never said, "Beam me up, Scotty," in any episode.

Roger Moore never ordered a Martini in any of his six appearances as James Bond (he did drink one however, but did not order it)

Frank Zappa's album "Jazz from Hell" received a "Parental Warning: Explicit Lyrics" label even though it was instrumental.

The only president to be head of a labor union was Ronald Reagan.

Each year, there are more than 40,000 toilet related injuries in the United States.

In 1897, Bayer, who is the maker of Aspirin, marketed the drug heroin. (Heroin was the result of an attempt to combine Aspirin and Morphine)

The 'King Ranch' in Texas is bigger than the state of Rhode Island.

15 percent of Americans secretly bite their toes.

75% of Honda vehicles purchased in the U.S. are manufactured in North America. (Mine was made in Swindon, Wiltshire, UK!)



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User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11953 posts, RR: 46
Reply 19, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4112 times:

Quoting Duff44 (Reply 18):
Each year, there are more than 40,000 toilet related injuries in the United States.

 rotfl 

Quoting Duff44 (Reply 18):
15 percent of Americans secretly bite their toes.

Eeewww...

Thom@s



"If guns don't kill people, people kill people - does that mean toasters don't toast toast, toast toast toast?"
User currently offlinePelican From Germany, joined Apr 2004, 2531 posts, RR: 8
Reply 20, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4075 times:

Quoting Thom@s (Thread starter):

*Apart from humans, the Koala bear is the only mammal with unique fingerprints.

I think this isn't true at all. I would imagine apes or at least chimpanzees have also individual fingerprints.

pelican


User currently onlineCadet985 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 1600 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4056 times:

Quoting Pawsleykat (Reply 10):
Wow, i always thought it was antidisestablishmentarianism

I always thought it was hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia (the fear of long words, and this HAS been verified by a friend of mine who is going for his PhD in psychology).

Marc


User currently offlineAirTranTUS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4034 times:

56% of statistics are made up on the spot.

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User currently offlineRobertNL070 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2003, 4532 posts, RR: 9
Reply 23, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4027 times:

Quoting Duff44 (Reply 18):
15 percent of Americans secretly bite their toes.

Only 15% of Americans physically can bite their toes  duck 



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User currently offlineAussie18 From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 1753 posts, RR: 9
Reply 24, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4012 times:
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Interesting aussie facts.
3 Aussies die each year testing if a 9v battery works on their tongue.

142 Aussies were injured in 1999 by not removing all pins from new shirts.

58 Aussies are injured each year by using sharp knives instead of screwdrivers.

31 Aussies have died since 1996 by watering their Christmas tree while the fairy lights were plugged in.

8 Aussies had serious burns in 2000 trying on a new jumper with a lit cigarette in their mouth.

A massive 543 Aussies were admitted to Emergency in the last two years after opening bottles of beer with their teeth.
and finally,

In 2000 eight Aussies cracked their skull whilst throwing up into the toilet.


25 Post contains images QFA380 : And I thought Americans were stupid.
26 Post contains images Aussie18 : Most were probably tourists
27 Post contains images YYZflyer : An office desk has 400 times more bacteria than a toilet A person uses approximately fifty-seven sheets of toilet paper each day About 85% or product
28 Francoflier : I'm unsure wether you needed to post that here... It makes me want to go near a volcano just to hear my doctor say that... I've received my share of
29 MaidensGator : This fact is part of the 56%????
30 SlamClick : Some facts of my own: ...but you'll never know because - Duh! It's dark in there! Which is why you never see scuba gear for them. Slightly more if you
31 Post contains images ANCFlyer : But he did finally say it in one of the movies, 4 or 5. Can't recall. The whole theater cracked up . . . because we knew he'd never said it in a movi
32 QFA380 : Really? Thats my birthday. Never knew that one.
33 SlamClick : Or roughly nine months after New Year's Eve. Seriously I did read that it is the most common birth date in the US.
34 Post contains images Aloges : Guilty!
35 StealthZ : The thing that really confirms the untruth of this is the fact that a koala is NOT a bear!
36 GAIsweetGAI : And a lot of them (me included) are discriminated against in this right-handed society.
37 MaidensGator : I like that! But it's a bit of an exaggeration... Texas - 261,797 sq mi. land area Alaska - 571,951 sq mi. land area Half of Alaska - 285,976 sq mi.
38 Post contains images ANCFlyer : Yeah, but you wanna get a Texan spun right up, keep quoting me . . .
39 ANITIX87 : You can't call it discrimination. You can call it a lack of consideration. We don't get excluded from stuff for being left-handed. We don't get insul
40 GAIsweetGAI : Good point- I have to agree with you here.
41 MaidensGator : That's pretty interesting... Why the switch in only 200 years?
42 SW733 : On Mythbusters, Grant used tracing paper and did it 8 times... Actually, not entirely true. My girlfriend can do it. I've seen it.
43 Post contains images Thom@s : That one is news to me. Must be a Swedish or Danish thing then... Thom@s
44 Andz : Pelican is right, it isn't true. A Koala is a marsupial, not a mammal Once again true, a bear is a mammal while a Koala is not!
45 Post contains links and images Gkirk : Some laws from different parts of the world Anchorage, Alaska: No one may tie their pet dog to the roof of a car. Fairbanks, Alaska: It is considered
46 Post contains images Skywatch : Count me in! Everything's bigger in Texas! I have driven past the place...it takes forever! Brilliant! Ummm..really? Not if you are born on February
47 Post contains images Aloges : Any marsupial is a mammal, so the Koala is one, too.
48 ANother : Has the world gotten smaller, or are American's the only ones with dumb laws. (don't answer that, it was a rhetorical question)
49 Gkirk : Rhaa! Ok, Switzerland: It is illegal to flush the toilet after 10 Pm. If you forget you car-keys inside the car and you leave the car open, you will
50 Kay : you definitely can fold a piece of paper more than 7 times provided that the ratio size/thickness is large enough. An A3 or A2 paper is maybe still to
51 Bagpiper : There was something about that in A.net chat last night. (WestJetYQQ was involved I think) But alas, you had to have been there. What goes on in chat
52 Post contains images Banco : Which would be a nuisance. Fortunately, in places like York, it is still legal to shoot a Welshman.
53 Post contains images Unoflygirl : OMG, I thought I was the only one who knew about that. I learned about that phobia in high school. I always love rambling it off and having people be
54 Post contains images FlyingColours : That sounds like a sensible law for a change although did y'all know in Switzerland you will be arrested for vagrency if you are carrying less than 1
55 Post contains images FlyingColours : Oh I thought this one is a classic In Canada if you are released from prison, it is required that you are given a handgun with bullets and a horse, so
56 DanatFCM : -Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if taken intravenously. (In case any of you were thinking about shooting up some nutmeg). -The longest place-name still
57 FlyDeltaJets87 : Actually, it isn't. We have a girl in Pershing Rifles who can lick her own elbow (and she did show us).
58 Ag92 : This is indeed true but I think they either have or will be relaxing it soon to you cant sell or buy chewing gum in Singappore Regards
59 MaidensGator : There was a common household paper napkin sitting on my desk, so I read your post and had to try. It comes out of the package folded twice. I managed
60 ANITIX87 : Sorry, meant two millenia ago. Right around the turn from BC to AD, the shift began to occur. I don't know exactly why, though. I think left-handed-n
61 Post contains links and images Duff44 : I thought this rule was being relaxed due to the popularity of anti-smoking gum Huh? There's a lake in Massachusetts called Lake Chargoggagoggmanchau
62 Post contains images Thom@s : I thought this was a world wide thing. Obviously a good idea as the triangle on the side of the road will warn other drivers that something is up fur
63 Post contains images Aloges : Me too. It certainly is mandatory in Germany, Is that an EU regulation then?* The rule is in effect in my country, I fully agree that it's sensible.
64 Thom@s : Don't know. But I think it is just a Norwegian thing for now. Wouldn't be surprised if it spreads to other countries though. Thom@s
65 ShyFlyer : Such a device is not mandated in the US as far as I know, but many truckers use a set of at least three for use when they break down. I keep a set in
66 ANother : Urban Myth. What is illegal is to make noise after 10PM (actually between 10PM and 6AM) and all day Sunday. In a apartment building this could includ
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