Saturday, September 29, 2007

35 Weird Facts You Never Heard Of

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1. Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.

2. Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.

3. There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.

4. The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.

5. A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.

6. There are more chickens than people in the world.

7. Two-thirds of the world's eggplant is grown in New Jersey.

8. The longest one-syllable word in the English language is "screeched."

9. On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament building is an American flag.

10. All of the clocks in the movie "Pulp Fiction" are stuck on 4:20.

11. No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.

12. "Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt".

13. All 50 States are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.

14. Almonds are a member of the peach family.

15. Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.

16. Maine is the only State whose name is just one syllable.

17. There are only four words in the English language which end in "dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.

18. The characters "Bert" and "Ernie" on Sesame Street were named after "Bert the cop" and "Ernie the taxi driver" in Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life."

19. A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

20. An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

21. Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.

22. In most advertisements, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.

23. Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.

24. Los Angeles' full name is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula."

25. A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours.

26. A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.

27. A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.

28. It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

29. The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.

30. In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.

31. The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.

32. Mr. Rogers is an ordained minister.

33. The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.

34. There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.

35. "Stewardesses" is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.


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58 comments:

Anonymous said...

On mythbusters they sneezed with their eyes open..

A said...

not all 50 states are on the back of a $5 bill. And mythbusters proved the goldfish fact wrong...

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Anonymous said...

Bullshit on the $2 Canadian bill and the Dragonfly lifespan. For shame. Shun, shunnnnnnnnnnn. Everyone to candy mountain.

Anonymous said...

purple + turtle? dont they rhyme?

Anonymous said...

Didn't MythBusters bust the Myth about the Goldfish 3 Second Memory!

Anonymous said...

Mythbusters proved that goldfish have a longer memory span than 3 seconds

Anonymous said...

Fun list. But "fact" #9 about the Canadian $2 bill is a myth.

Anonymous said...

there is no Canadian 2 dollar bill in circulation ... hasn't been in many years ...

Anonymous said...

Canadian banknotes do not fly the American flag. Come on now, how dumb would that be? Check and cite your sources.

http://www.snopes.com/business/money/redensign.asp

Anonymous said...

strengths = screeched as longest one syllable word

Anonymous said...

There are only 292 ways to make change for a dollar, though there are 293 ways to make a dollar. The 293rd way is simply a one dollar bill or coin, but that's not "making change".

The ones about "mt" and "dous" words aren't quite true either...for words ending in "mt", you also have "daydreamt" and "undreamt"; for words ending in "dous" there are related words (like "biohazardous"), less common words (like "jeopardous"), and a bunch of scientific words (like "arthropodous", "iodous", and "ligniperdous")

Anonymous said...

There's also gurgle which rhymes with purple.

The Speaker of the House does in fact speak, they are the "adjudicator" as such of the House of Commons, calling for quiet when the MP's get too raucous. They are also responsible for laying down points of order and breaches of the rules of conduct, i.e. one MP cannot blatantly accuse another MP of lying whilst on the floor of the House, although they can imply it in carefully worded statements. What the Speaker cannot do, however, is take active part in discussions being held in the House, as they are meant to remain impartial and not show favour to one political party over another.

Anonymous said...

"screeched" is not, in fact, longer than "strengths"

Anonymous said...

9. On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament building is an American flag.

Okay, now you are just being stupid. First off, it is the $5 bill in question, and it is Canada's original flag, the red ensign (which should have REMAINED Canada's flag)

25. A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours.

It most certainly does not. Try 4-7 weeks

Anonymous said...

two words that rhyme with purple: hurple: to walk with a limp, and curple: a horse's posterior

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Anonymous said...

Emphatic bullshit on the eggplant!
According the USDA, the U.S. is only the world's 20th largest producer.

Jim Cowling said...

"Jeopardous", "Amadous", "Nodous" and "Apodous also end in -dous. And those are just off the top of my head.

Upon a quick search, "Decapodous", "Iodous", "Molybdous", "Nonhazardous", "Palladous", "Ultrahazardous", "Uropodous", "Vanadous" and "Vodous" are all valid -DOUS words, too.

forsakennone said...

Regarding #8, there is at least one word that ties with 'screeched', which is 'strengths', incidentally the longest word in the English language with only 1 vowel.

Worldbuilder Robin said...

A shark is not a fish.

"range" and "mange" rhyme with "orange"

Fox said...

Dragonflies, if you count their full lifespan including nymph stages, can live for years. It all depends on the dragonfly.
Also, you're assuming an American dictionary. Thus it's not the only word in the English language, it's the only word in the AMERICAN language. Everyone else, like us Aussies, use an English dictionary.
You didn't research any of that did you?

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archmandrate said...

Amazingly, none of the people who are commenting as "Annonymous" listed that. So 17 is clearly erroneous (and ridiculous) -- you should be more meticulous.

However, Wordbuilder Robin's claim that "range" and "mange" rhyme with "orange" may pass muster for certain dialects of English, but the pronunciation for range is \'rānj\ (the same for "mange," while "orange" is pronounced \'är-inj, 'är(-ə)nj\.

Turtle and gurgle do not rhyme with purple, at least not perfectly. While no one would fault you for using them in a couplet, they are not true rhymes for purple.

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Anonymous said...

Ermm...Doesn't Hurple rhyme with purple?
I;m not sure it's in the english dictionary, because it's quite the old fashioned word...but...yeah...
Hurple rhymes with purple.

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