50 Incredible Facts
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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 one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle; if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.
No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.
Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without killing them use to burn their houses down – hence the expression “to be fired.”
Canada is an Indian word meaning “Big Village”.
There are two credit cards for every person in the United States.
Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn’t added until 5 years later.
“I am.” is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
The term “the whole 9 yards” came from WWII fighter pilots in the South Pacific. When arming their airplanes on the ground, the .50 caliber machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, it got “the whole 9 yards.”
The most common name in the world is Mohammed.
The word “samba” means “to rub navels together.”
The international telephone dialing code for Antarctica is 672.
The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher.
Mel Blanc (the voice of Bugs Bunny) was allergic to carrots.
Until 1965, driving was done on the left-hand side on roads in Sweden. The conversion to right-hand was done on a weekday at 5pm. All traffic stopped as people switched sides. This time and day were chosen to prevent accidents where drivers would have gotten up in the morning and been too sleepy to realize that this was the day of the changeover.
The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin during World War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.
Dr. Seuss pronounced “Seuss” such that it rhymed with “rejoice.”
In Casablanca, Humphrey Bogart never said “Play it again, Sam.”
Sherlock Holmes never said “Elementary, my dear Watson.”
More people are killed annually by donkeys than die in air crashes.
The term, “It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye” is from Ancient Rome.
The only rule during wrestling matches was, “No eye gouging.” Everything else was allowed, but the only way to be disqualified was to poke someone’s eye out.
A ‘jiffy’ is an actual unit of time equal to 1/100th of a second.
The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.
Hershey’s Kisses are called that because the machine that makes them looks like it’s kissing the conveyor belt.
Money isn’t made out of paper, it’s made out of cotton.
Every time you lick a stamp, you’re consuming 1/10 of a calorie.
The phrase “rule of thumb” is derived from and old English law which stated that you couldn’t beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.
An ostrich’s eye is bigger that it’s brain.
The longest recorded flight of a chicken is thirteen seconds
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.
Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.
Many hamsters only blink one eye at a time.
In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere.
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.
Montpelier, Vermont is the only U.S. state capital without a McDonalds.
The cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth II, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.
Isaac Asimov is the only author to have a book in every Dewey-decimal category.
Columbia University is the second largest landowner in New York City, after the Catholic Church.
Cat’s urine glows under a black light.
Back in the mid to late 80’s, an IBM compatible computer wasn’t considered a hundred percent compatible unless it could run Microsoft’s Flight Simulator.
The first Ford cars had Dodge engines.
Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.
It takes about a half a gallon of water to cook macaroni, and about a gallon to clean the pot.
No new animals have been domesticated in the last 4000 years.
Babies are born without knee caps. They don’t appear until the child reaches 2-6 years of age.
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.
No NFL team which plays it’s home games in a domed stadium has ever won a Superbowl
In the great fire of London in 1666 half of London was burnt down but only 6 people were injured.
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.”