Useless Trivia

Many years ago, in Scotland , a new game was invented. It was ruled 'Gentlemen Only...Ladies Forbidden'.. .and thus, the word GOLF entered into the English language.

There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with the words orange, purple, or silver, or month. (Debated, as I don't think that sliver is a rhyme for silver, or pimple a good rhyme with purple, etc.)

The first CD pressed in the US was Bruce Springstein's 'Born in the USA.'

More than 50% of the people in the world have never made or received a telephone call.

In 10 minutes, a hurricane expends more energy than all of the nuclear weapons in the world combined.

The catfish has over 27,000 taste buds.
(What could be so tasty on the bottom of a pond?)

It is possible to lead a cow upstairs... but, not down stairs.

In the 1400's, a law was set forth in England that a man was allowed to beat his wife with a stick no thicker than his thumb. Hence we have 'the rule of thumb'.

315 entries in Webster's 1996 Dictionary were misspelled.

The first zoo in America was in Philadelphia.

Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over a million descendants.

Elephants are the only land mammals that can't jump.

More about elephants: If you add up the circumference of two feet, you get exactly the elephant's height.

The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV was Fred and Wilma Flintstone.

Polar bears are left-handed.
(If they switch, they'll live a lot longer)

Pearls melt in minegar.

Elephants are the only animals that cannot jump.

Walt Disney was afraid OF MICE!

Chocolate kills dogs! Chocolate affects a dog's heart and nervous system. A few ounces is enough to kill a small sized dog. (Debated)

American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first class.

During the chariot scene in 'Ben Hur' a small red car can be seen in the distance.

Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.

A Boeing 747's wingspan is longer than the Wright brother's first flight.

Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.

1 in every 4 Americans has appeared on television.

If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee.

Most dust particles in your house are made from DEAD SKIN!

Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the U.S. Treasury.

The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin during World War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.

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.

Mosquito repellents don't repel. They hide you. The spray blocks the mosquito's sensors so they don't know you're there. Also, the powder on the bark of a quaking aspen tree works as a mosquito repellent.

Dachshunds were originally bred in 1600 to hunt dachs, which is German for badgers. (Historically speaking, 1600 was a slow year.)

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

There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar. (I'm not sure if that counts 50 cent pieces or not.)

An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

Adolf Hitler's mother seriously considered having an abortion but was talked out of it by her doctor.

A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

On average, 100 people choke to death on ballpoint pens every year.

It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.

Paul McCartney's real first name is James - Paul is his middle name. Thus, all the Beatles (including Ringo, whose first name is Richard) were named after kings.

Birds have the right of way on all Utah highways.

Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying!

Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space because passing wind in a spacesuit will damage it.

Sherlock Holmes NEVER said, "Elementary, my dear Watson." For that matter, Sherlock Holmes never existed in the first place. But the address where he supposedly lived, 221B Baker Street, still gets a lot of fan mail. I am told that there is a desk there that has the sign "Secretary to Mr. Holmes".

Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better.

If you farted consistently for 6 years and 9 months, enough gas is produced to create the energy of an atomic bomb.

You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television.

Coca-Cola was originally green.

Playing cards were issued to British pilots in WWII. If they were captured, the cards could be soaked in water and unfolded to reveal a map for escape.

The number of possible ways of playing the first four moves per side in a game of chess is 318,979,564,000.

John Wilkes Booth's brother once saved the life of Abraham Lincoln's son.

An old law in Bellingham, Wash., made it illegal for a woman to take more than 3 steps backwards while dancing. (?!)

The first product Motorola developed was a record player for automobiles. At that time the most known player on the market was the Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola.

There are four cars and eleven lightposts on the back of a $10 dollar bill.

By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you can't sink in quicksand. One should carry a stout pole while travelling in quicksand country...when placed under one's back, it helps one to float out of the quicksand.

Dentists have recommended that a toothbrush be kept at least 6 feet away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush.

In a study of 200,000 ostriches over a period of 80 years, no one reported a single case where an ostrich buried its head in the sand (or attempted to do so).

It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

A crocodile can't stick its tongue out.

The electric chair was invented by a dentist.

It is impossible to lick your elbow.

111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987, 654,321

40% of McDonald's profits come from the sales of Happy Meals.

Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine.

Bats always turn left when exiting a cave.

If one places a tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion, it will instantly go mad and look like it is stinging itself to death.

Charlie Chaplin once won third prize in a Charlie Chaplin look alike contest.

The liquid inside young coconuts can be used as substitute for blood plasma.

The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket. (Wonder what it did to his liver?) That researcher also invented microwave popcorn.

Cat's urine glows under a black light.

A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds. (As noted by a reader: "The reason a goldfish swims back and forth and back and forth across the fish bowl all day long everyday is because by the time it gets to one side of the bowl it forgets what's on the other side of the bowl. Every trip is a new adventure! (Hey, I wonder what's over there!.... Hey! I wonder what's over THERE!)"

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

Rats and horses can't vomit.

A snail can sleep for three months.

A lot of photocopier faults world-wide are caused by people sitting on them and photocopying their buttocks.

Bruce Lee was so fast that they actually had to SLOW a film down so you could see his moves. That's the opposite of the norm.

If you drop a penny off of the Empire State Building, it will be going 106 miles per hour (terminal velocity) when it reaches the ground. Something moving this fast may actually cause head injuries if it lands on you.

Scissors as we know them today (well, pretty much) were invented in Rome in about 100 AD (or CE, if you want to be politically correct).

The original Winnie the Pooh was a real live bear found outside of Winnipeg, Canada, hence the name Winnie.

The numbers '172' can be found on the back of the U.S. $5 dollar bill in the bushes at the base of the Lincoln Memorial. (New or old? Not sure. Probably the old one.)

Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning.

The first owner of the Marlboro Company died of lung cancer. So did the first "Marlboro Man."

The State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska

The average number of people airborne over the U.S. in any given hour: 61,000

Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history:
Spades - King David
Hearts - Charlemagne
Clubs -Alexander, the Great
Diamonds - Julius Caesar

Q. Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of what?
A. Their birthplace

Q. What is the only food that doesn't spoil?
A. Honey

Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks, otherwise it will digest itself.

Leonardo da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time.

A 2x4 is actually 1-1/2" x 3-1/2".

The flea can jump 350 times its body length. It's like a human jumping the length of a football field.

The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28% (now get this...)
The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%

The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven:
$ 16,400

On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily.

The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.

Q. Which day are there more collect calls than any other day of the year?
A. Father's Day

Many years ago in England , pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim, or handle, of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill , they used the whistle to get some service. 'Wet your whistle' is the phrase inspired by this practice.

During the California Gold Rush of 1849 miners sent their laundry to Honolulu for washing and pressing. Due to the high costs in California during these years it was deemed more feasible to send the shirts to Hawaii for servicing.

Escalator is one of many words that were originally trademarks but have become ordinary words found in dictionaries. Some other words which were originally trademarks and have now passed into common use are aspirin, autoharp, band-aids, breathalyzer, cellophane, Coke (in some areas, at least), corn flakes, cube steak, ditto, dry ice, dumpster, formica, Frisbee, granola, gunk, jeep, kerosene, Kleenex, mace, nylon, ping-pong (also an onomatopoeia), popsicle, Q-tip, rollerblade, rolodex, Scotch tape, sheetrock, spandex, styrofoam, tabloid, thermos, trampoline, yo-yo, xerox, and zipper.

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.

No piece of paper can be folded in half consecutively more than 7 times (doubling factor... you end up folding 27 == 128 sheets of paper).

Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise.

A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.

47.2% of all statistics are made up on the spot.

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

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

Americans eat on average 18 acres worth of pizza every day.

"Go" is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.

If you stroke a shark from nose to tail, it is smooth. If you stroke it the other way, it is rough, and on some species, can even give you hand lacerations.

The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet.

Donkeys kill more people annually than plane crashes.

The three most valuable ! brand names on earth: ?
Marlboro, Coca Cola, and Budweiser, in that order.

Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes, the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase...'Goodnight , sleep tight'

The Declaration of Independence (the very official copy in the Rotunda of the National Archives) is written on parchment, not paper.

Most lipstick contains fish scales. Yum.

Celery has negative calories! It takes more calories to digest a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with. (Mmm, diet food.)

Roses MAY be red, but violets ARE, indeed, violet.

Casey Kasem is the voice of Shaggy on Scooby-Doo.

In Gulliver's Travels Jonathan Swift described the two moons of Mars, Phobos and Deimos, giving their exact size and speeds of rotation. He did this more than one hundred years before either moon was discovered.

Sharon Stone was the first Star Search spokesmodel.

The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher.

The Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from public libraries.

The number one selling CD in history is the third Beatles anthology. It recently beat out the Eagles' "Their Greatest Hits."

Francis Bacon died in his attempt to find a better way to serve food. He caught a case of pneumonia while attempting to stuff a chicken with snow. Ironically, the chicken survived the ordeal.

Houdini's real name was Ehrich Weiss.

Barbie's full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.

Betsy Ross, Jackie Onassis, JFK, and Daniel Boone have all appeared on Pez dispensers.

Walt Disney was afraid of mice.

The sound of E.T. walking was made by someone squishing their hands in jelly.

Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.

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

There are more chickens than people in the world.

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

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

"The sixth sick sheikh's sixth sheep's sick" is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.

The oldest standing building in Australia is Captain James Cook's house, brought over from England brick by brick.

The hole inside a CD is exactly the same size as an old Dutch 10 cent coin, called the "dubbeltje". (?!) Of course, all the European countries (save a few) have gone Euro now.

Killer whales are not, technically, whales. They are orcas, a relative of the porpoise and the dolphin.

Your foot is nearly the same length as your forearm as measured from the inside of the elbow to the wrist. (On me, it's nearly exact.

90% of all New York cabbies are recently arrived immigrants.

A pig's orgasm lasts 30 minutes.

The first product to have a bar code was Wrigley's gum.

The King of Hearts is the only king WITHOUT A MOUSTACHE.

The first novel ever written on a typewriter, Tom Sawyer.

A female ferret will die if it goes into heat and cannot find a mate.

Every person has a unique tongue print. (Say "aaah")

The 'spot' on 7UP comes from its inventor who had red eyes. He was an albino.

Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine are brother and sister.

Daniel Boone detested coonskin caps.

Dr. Seuss actually pronounced Seuss such that it sounded like Sue-ice.

The little plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets. (Why do you name them?)

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

"Dreamt" and "undreamt" are the only English words that end in the letters "mt."

26 (easily visible, there may be more) states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the old US $5 bill.

The almond is a member of the peach family.

Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.

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

Upper and lower case letters are named 'upper' and 'lower', because in the time when all original print had to be set in individual letters, the 'upper case' letters were stored in the case on top of the case that stored the smaller, 'lower case' letters. The proper term for upper case letters is "majuscule" and for lower case it's "minuscule".

The printing industry gives us other popular phrases, such as "mind your 'p's and 'q's." The moveable block type had the letters in reverse so they would read correctly when imprinted on paper. Apprentices had to remove the type from the pages and return the blocks to their upper and lower cases. Each drawer in the case held a different size of letters, and each drawer was divided into compartments (called sorts) for each letter. The letters 'p' and 'q' could easily be mistaken, so the master printer would advise their apprentices to mind their 'p's and 'q's.

When the master printer was building a page and discovered that a particular sort was empty, he would get angry. Thus the term "out of sorts".

The question mark came from a monk habit of writing the Latin word for question, quo, at the end of sentences. Over time, the letters were written vertically to save space and morphed into the ? we write today. Similarly, the exclamation point came from the Latin word "Lo", meaning something important that should be heeded.

Wellfleet, Massachusetts has the only town clock in the world that strikes ship's time. (Rings every half hour, to a maximum of 8 rings at the end of each four hour period.)

The male praying mantis cannot copulate while its head is attached to its body. The female initiates sex by ripping the male's head off.

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 because of wounds received in battle. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.

Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn't added until 5 years later.

Q. What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers have in common?
A. All were invented by women.

Most scorpions will glow under black (ultraviolet) light.

The mask used by Michael Myers in the original Halloween was actually a Captain Kirk mask painted white.

Laser is actually an acronym for "Light Amplification by Stimulated Emissions of Radiation."

The world's first passenger train made its debut in England in 1825.

If you hate our "QWERTY" keyboard layout, blame Christopher Sholes. He changed it from the original in 1873 to lessen the chances of the keys jamming.

Napoleon III suffered from ailurophobia, which is a fear of cats.

Oak trees do not produce acorns until they are fifty years of age or older.

The king of hearts on playing cards is the only king without a moustache.

Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.

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

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."

A mayfly has a life span of 24 hours.

The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.

Mr. Rogers was an ordained minister.

The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.

There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.

The data track on a CD is a very long spiral. If it were unwound and laid out in a straight line, it would be over 3.5 miles long.

It is impossible to lick your elbow or stick your elbow in your ear. (Updated: I've recieved many e-mails from people who actually can lick their elbow. Most people can't do it, and I have yet to get an elbow-ear report.)

A shrimp's heart is in its head.

A pregnant goldfish is called a twerp.

All polar bears, despite being near the North Pole, are southpaws.

Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people.

A cockroach will live nine days without its head before it starves to death.

Starfish have no brains.

Humans and dolphins are the only species that have sex for pleasure.

A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.

Turtles can breathe through their butts.

The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.

Butterflies taste with their feet.

Q. Most boat owners name their boats. What is the most popular boat name requested?
A. Obsession

Q. If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until you would find the letter 'A'?
A. One thousand.

It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago, that for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month, which we know today as the honeymoon.

In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts... So in old England , when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them 'Mind your pints and quarts, and settle down.' It's where we get the phrase 'mind your P's and Q's'

Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories a hour.

Some lions mate over 50 times a day.

Don't delete this just because it looks weird. Believe it or not, you can read it.
I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the first and last ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can still raed it wouthit a porbelm. This is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh?

A rat can last longer without water than a camel.

The dot over the letter 'i' is called a tittle.

A raisin dropped in a fresh glass of soda will bounce up and down continually from the bottom of the glass to the top.

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