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User currently offlineMas a330 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1365 times:

1. 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.
2. Mosquito repellents don't repel. They hide you. The spray blocks the mosquito's sensor so they don't know you're there.
3. Dentists have recommended that a toothbrush be kept at least 6 feet away from a toiler to avoid airborne particles from the flush
4. The liquid inside young coconuts can be used as substitute as blood plasma.
5. American car horns beep in the tone of F
6. No piece of paper can be folded into half more than 7 times
7. Donkeys kill more people annually than plane crashes
8. You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television
9. Oak trees do not produce acorns until there are 50 years of age or older
10. The first product to have a bar code was Wrigley's gum
11. The king of hearts is the only king without a moustache
12. A Boeing 747s wingspan is longer than the Wright Brother's first flight
13. America Airlines saved $40000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first class
14. Venus is the only planet that rotates clock wise
15. The first CD pressed in the US was Bruce Springsteen's "Born In The USA"
16. Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning
17. The 57 Heinz ketchup bottle represents the number of varieties of pickles the company once had
18. The plastic thingys on the end of shoelaces are called aglets
19. The first owner of Marlboro company died of lung cancer
20. Barbie's full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts
21. Michael Jordon makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined
22. Adolf Hitler's mother seriously considered having an abortion but was talked out of it by her doctor
23. Marilyn Monroe had 6 toes
24. The sound of ET walking was made by someone squishing her hands in jelly
25. Pearls melt in vinegar
26. It takes 3000 cows to supply the NFL with enough leather for a year's supply of footballs
27. 35% of the people who used personal ads for dating are already married
28. The 3 most valuable brand names on Earth : Marlboro, Coca-Cola and Budweiser, in that order
30. Humans are the only primates that don't have pigment in the palms of their hands
31. The sentence "the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter in the alphabet (developed by Western Union to Test/Two Communications)
32. Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history. Spades - King David, Clubs - Alexander the Great, Hearts - Charlemagene, Diamonds - Julius Caesar
33. Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without killing them used to burn their houses down - hence the expression "to get fired"
34. Hershey's Kisses are called that because the machine that makes them looks like it's kissing the conveyor belt
35. Only one person in 2 billion will live to be 116 or older
36. Snails can sleep for 3 years without eating
37. The fingerprints of koala bears are virtually indistinguishable from those of humans, so much so that they could be confused at a crime scene
38. Months that begin on a Sunday will always have a "Friday the 13th"
39. There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar
40. All of the clocks in the movie 'Pulp fiction' are stuck at 4.20
41. A pregnant gold fish is called a twit
42. Rocks explode in microwaves
43. Steam rollers don't actually roll steam
44. 1 111 111 x 1 111 111 = 1234567654321
45. Coca-cola is better at cleaning your drain pipes than products like Drains
46. Camel's milk does not curdle
47. The 'save' icon on Microsoft Words shows a floppy disk, with the shutter on backwards
48. The combination "ough" can be pronounced in 9 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 coughed.
49. The verb 'cleave' is the only English work with 2 synonyms which are antonyms of each other : adhere and separate
50. Facetious and abstemious contain all the vowels in the correct order, as does arsenious
51. Emus and kangaroos cannot walk backwards, and are on the Australian coat of arms for that reason
52. The word 'checkmate' in chess comes from the Persian phrase "Shah Mat" which means 'the king is dead'
53. Cats have over 100 vocal sounds, while dogs only have about 10
54. Pinocchio is Italian for "pine head"
55. Cat's urine glows under a blacklight
56. 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 staircases
57. Non-diary creamer is flammable
58. When opossums are playing 'possums', they are not playing. They actually pass out from sheer terror
59. If you toss a penny 10 000 times, it will not be heads 5000 times but more like 4950. The heads picture weighs more, so it ends up on the bottom…
60. The glue on Israeli postage stamp is certified
61. The longest word in the English language, according to the Oxford English Dictionary is pneumanoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. The only word with the same amount of letters is pneumanoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconioses, it's plural
62. An ostrich's eyes is bigger than its brain
63. The Ramses brand condom is named after the great pharaoh Ramses II who fathered over 160 children
64. A pig's orgasm lasts for 30 minutes
65. The character Bert & Ernie in Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop & Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Copra's "It's A Wonderful Life"
66. The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb
67. Armadillos have 4 babies at a time and they are always the same sex
68. Every time you luck a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie
69. The phrase "sleep tight" derives from the fact that early mattresses were filled with straw and held up with a rope stretched across the bedframe. A tight sleep was a comfortable sleep
70. "Three Dog Night" (attributed to Australian Aborigines) came about because on especially cold nights, these nomadic people needed 3 dogs (dingoes actually) to help from freezing
71. in England, the speaker of the house is not allowed to speak
72. Ivory bar soap floating was a mistake. They had been overmixing the formula causing excess air bubbles that made it float. Customers wrote & told how much they loved that it floated, and it has floated ever since (it floats on gasoline too)
73. Studies show that if a cat falls off the 7th floor of a building it has about 30% less chance of surviving than a cat that falls of the 20th floor. It supposedly takes about 8 floors for the cat to realise what Is occurring, relax and correct itself
74. Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every 2 weeks or it will digest itself
75. No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver and purple
76. Coca-Cola was originally green
77. Every day, more money is printed for Monopoly than for the US Treasury
78. Smartest dogs : 1) border collie 2) poodle 3) golden retriever
79. Hawaiian alphabet has 12 letters
80. Men can read smaller print than women, women can hear better
81. City with the most Rolls Royce's per capita : Hong Kong
82. Barbies' measurement if she were life size : 39-23-33
83. Only food that does not spoil : honey
84. Only bird that can fly backwards : Hummingbird
85. Only animal besides human that can get sunburn : pig
86. Ostriches stick their heads in the sand to look for water
87. An eagle can kill a young deer and fly away with it
88. In the Caribbean, there are oysters that can climb trees
89. Polar bears are left handed
90. Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair
91. The world's youngest parents were 8 & 9 and lived in China in 1910
92. The youngest pope was 11 years old
93. Mark Twain didn't graduate from elementary school
94. Proportional to their weight men are stronger than horses
95. Pilgrims ate popcorns at the first thanksgiving dinner
96. Your ears and nose never stop growing
97. Jupiter is bigger than all the other planets in our solar system combined
98. Hot water is heavier than cold
99. The parachute was invented by da Vincci in 1575
100. They have square watermelons in Japan. They stacked better
101. Cream does not weigh as much as milk
102. Starfish have 8 eyes - one at the end of each leg
103. First novel ever written on typewriter was 'Tom Sawyer'
104. Men get hiccups more often than women
105. Armadillos can be house broken
106. Bugs have hair on their eyes
107. In 1727, pennies featured this motto: Mind your Own Business!
108. A giraffe's tongue is two feet long
109. Elephants can stand on their heads
110. President taft used to get stuck in his bathtub
111. Cockroaches flatulate every 15 minutes
112. Charles Osbourne had the hiccoughs for 69 years. He later said that the hardest part was keeping his false teeth in his mouth
113. To escape enemies, the African wood snake fills its eyes with blood and drools red spit from its mouth
114. The average elevator travels 10 000 mile a year
115. Ants stretch when they wake up in the morning
116. Goldfish remember better in cold water than in warm water
117. Thomas Edison was afraid of the dark
118. The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time television were Fred and Wilma Flinstone
119. If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle. If the horse has 1 front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle. If the horse has all 4 legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.
120. "I am" is the shortest complete sentence in the English Language
121. no NFL team which plays its home games in a domed stadium has ever won a Superbowl
122. the only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is 'uncopyrightable'
123. those clicking movements when you click your two fingers are called filip(sp.?)



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User currently offlineTWAL1011 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 202 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1322 times:

Useless maybe, but still an interesting read.

If someone asked me, I would have sworn it was United that saved money from dropping an olive. But I looked it up, and it was indeed American. Strange how that happens.  Smile


User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 20
Reply 2, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1277 times:
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Adolf Hitler's mother seriously considered having an abortion but was talked out of it by her doctor

Probably the biggest mistake an individual has ever made. Big grin




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User currently offlineKilljoy From Finland, joined Dec 1999, 646 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1277 times:

"98. Hot water is heavier than cold"

Not quite... First of all, saying hot water is denser than cold water would be clearer. Second, it's true for only very specific cases.

Here's a graph I found after some googling. The y-axis is kg/l and the x-axis is degrees Celsius. http://tidepool.st.usm.edu/pix/ice.gif


User currently offlineSleekjet From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2046 posts, RR: 22
Reply 4, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1275 times:

The item about the Superbowl and domed stadia is now incorrect. St. Louis has made it obsolete.


II Cor. 4:17-18
User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21406 posts, RR: 54
Reply 5, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1272 times:

Interesting stuff!  Big thumbs up

98. Hot water is heavier than cold

Not quite true, as far as I know:
When water is cooled, it contracts (gets denser and thus heavier per volume) down until 4 degree Celsius. Below that, it expands again (this is why freezing water breaks a bottle). The ice will continue to contract, however. The irregular expansion below 4C is a function of the freezing process. Water is weird!  Big grin


104. Men get hiccups more often than women

TIP: There´s actually a reliable (and unobtrusive) trick to get rid of a hiccup: Just tickle the roof of your mouth with the tip of your tongue. The hiccup should be gone within a few seconds. Works everytime for me. Drawback: Less entertainment for the audience...!  Wink/being sarcastic


112. Charles Osbourne had the hiccoughs for 69 years. He later said that the hardest part was keeping his false teeth in his mouth

Poor guy! Maybe if he had known...  Wink/being sarcastic


User currently offline707cmf From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 29
Reply 6, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1266 times:

84 Only bird that can fly backwards : Hummingbird

Is not accurate. Most of the birds can actually fly backwards. If they take off while in landing positions (clumsy birds sometimes do that when they stand on a branch), the wing flapping will make them fly backwards.

Antoine, who only fly forwards


User currently offlineLubcha132 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2776 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1258 times:

#60 "..is certified Kosher"

just in case you were wondering if something was missing..it was Big grin


User currently offlineKolobokman From Russia, joined Oct 2000, 1180 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1232 times:

25. Pearls melt in vinegar

Now, I will have to check it true...


-я есть ARTIOM



I can neither confirm, nor deny above post
User currently offlinePROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5630 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1226 times:

51. Emus and kangaroos cannot walk backwards, and are on the Australian coat of arms for that reason

Alligators can't, either.

120. "I am" is the shortest complete sentence in the English Language

Consider this dialogue:
"Who said that?"
"Me."
The second sentence, "Me," is a complete sentence.




"Let me think about it" = the coward's way of saying "no"
User currently offlineBR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1225 times:

Coca-Cola used to be Green?. Uggh, I am guessing no one bought it, but I could be wrong.

User currently offlineLubcha132 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2776 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1210 times:

it would be green without the food coloring i believe..

personally, green is cooler than brown, but BLUE is the best  Big thumbs up


User currently offlineTbar220 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7013 posts, RR: 26
Reply 12, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1205 times:

If "I Am" is the shortest sentence in the English language, is "I Do" the longest?

Thought to ponder



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User currently offlineKilljoy From Finland, joined Dec 1999, 646 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1200 times:

"Consider this dialogue:
"Who said that?"
"Me."
The second sentence, "Me," is a complete sentence."


That answer refers to the question and thus implies the verb "did" (no, not "me did", "I did"  Big grin ). I wouldn't consider it a standalone complete sentence, although I can't say that authoritatively.


User currently offlineJetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 11
Reply 14, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1199 times:

Are you sure "Me." is a complete sentence? Where's the verb?


"Shaddap you!"
User currently offlineVafi88 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3116 posts, RR: 17
Reply 15, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1197 times:

"Me" is not a complete sentance, it can't be used alone. I am, have a subject and a verb...or something like that.


I'd like to elect a president that has a Higher IQ than a retarted ant.
User currently offlineNorthwest_guy From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 217 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1189 times:

They may be useless, but they're still really fun to read. Do you have anymore?

User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1179 times:

Here are some more useless facts:

The original Ford vehicles had Dodge engines

The average North-American will eat 35,000 cookies in during their life span

97% of Canadians say they would not borrow a toothbrush if they forgot to pack their own

Your brain is 80% water

Those things on the end of shoelaces called Aglets

Zarf is the holder of a handleless coffee cup

Niel Armstrong first stepped on the moon with his left foot

Between 25% and 33% of the population sneeze when they are exposed to light.

The sun is NOT the biggest star in the universe.

Goofy had a wife, Mrs. Goofy, and one son, Goofy jr.

Peope DO NOT get sick from cold weather; it's from being indoors alot more.

The surface area of an average-sized brick is 79cm²

The revolving door was invented in 1888

Abo elementary school, built in 1976 in Artesia New Mexico, was the first ever underground school

The first recorded occurenece of a Tornado was June 10, 1682

The first audio CD's appeared in the USA in 1984

Cows have four stomachs

When you sneeze, all bodily functions stop--even you heart!

A human's mucus membrane, used to smell, is the size of a postage stamp

Your skin is the heaviest organ

Those stars and colours you see when you close and rub your eyes are called phosphenes

The human brain stops growing at the ages of 18

Sneezes can travel over 100 mph

Only 7% of the population are lefties.

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

The Monoliths reproduce at a rate of one every 2 minutes

Montpelier Vermont is the only state capital without a McDonalds

Superman is in every Seinfeld episode (it's on a shelf in Jerry's apartment

Emus can't walk backwards

Cats have over 100 vocal sounds, dogs only have 10

Camels' milk can't curdle

Most hamsters blink one eye at a time

It takes seven years for a lobster to grow 1 pound

Babies are born without knee caps. They don't appear until they are 2-6 years old

Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenoulsly.

Only one person in 2 billion will live to be 116 or older

The guy in the Darth Vader suit didn't know that James Earl Jones was doing the woice until the screenplay.

It takes a half agallon of water to make macaroni and a gallon of water to clean the pot.

A human has 60,000 miles of blood vessels in their body

The most popular ice cream flavor is vanilla

The average person over fifty will have spent 5 years waiting in lines

The average person over fifty will have spent 1 year looking for lost items.

Yasir Arafat is addicted to watching television cartoons

Augusts Ceaser had achluophobia -- the fear of sitting in the dark

Queen Elizabeth the First had anthophobia -- the fear of roses

Tonsurphobia is the fear of haircuts

Lee Harvey Oswald was dyslexic

Beaver Cleaver graduated in 1953

78% of cats never travel with their owners

44% of hotels allow pets into the rooms

November 29 is National Sinky day; a day to eat over one's sink and worship it

The toothbrush was invented in 1498

The term 'The Real McCoy' was coined in the 1880's

The term 'Rock N' Roll' was coined in 1951

Degringolade means to fall and disintegrate

Uranus's orbital axis is tilted 90°

The Earth orbits the sun at about 18.5 miles per second

The surface area of the Earth is 197,000,000 square miles

Bill Gates' first business was Traff-O-Data, a company that created machines which recorded the number of cars passing a given point on a road.

The 29,249th digit of pi is a seven






Its better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than be in the air wishing you were on the ground. Fly safe!
User currently offlineTrident3 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1013 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1164 times:

51. Emus and kangaroos cannot walk backwards, and are on the Australian coat of arms for that reason
Consequently Australians eat both animals on their coat of arms.



"We are the warrior race-Tough men in the toughest sport." Brian Noble, Head Coach, Great Britain Rugby League.
User currently offlinePROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5630 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1103 times:

Are you sure "Me." is a complete sentence? Where's the verb?

A verb is implied even though not actually expressed. There's a language rule involved, I don't remember what it's called.




"Let me think about it" = the coward's way of saying "no"
User currently offlineJetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 11
Reply 20, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1090 times:

"A verb is implied even though not actually expressed. There's a language rule involved, I don't remember what it's called."

Doesn't seem very 'complete' then.



"Shaddap you!"
User currently offlineHartsfieldboy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 552 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 1043 times:

49. The verb 'cleave' is the only English work with 2 synonyms which are antonyms of each other : adhere and separate

What about 'execute'? It means both to start something and to kill something.


User currently offlineAirplanetire From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1809 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1006 times:

I have two more to add.

124. A cockroach can live up to 11 days without its head.
125. Venus is the only planet in our solar system with a day that is longer than its year.


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