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Strange and Random Facts!

2008-10-04 15:21:47 by Kalm
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Seeing as how my profile was so uninteresting, I decided to add some strange, but highly intriguing facts. The facts listed below are all true, if you doubt them, feel free to PM me and I'll link you a source, or research them yourself. If you can prove any of them false, I will happily thank you and delete them from my page.

STRANGE AND RANDOM FACTS:

- Saturday mail delivery in Canada was eliminated by Canada Post on February 1, 1969!

- In Tokyo, a bicycle is faster than a car for most trips of less than 50 minutes!

- There are 18 different animal shapes in the Animal Crackers cookie zoo!

- Should there be a crash, Prince Charles and Prince William never travel on the same airplane as a precaution!

- Your body is creating and killing 15 million red blood cells per second!

- The king of hearts is the only king without a mustache on a standard playing card!

- There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos!

- There is one slot machine in Las Vegas for every eight inhabitants!

- The Mona Lisa has no eyebrows. It was the fashion in Renaissance Florence to shave them off!

- Every day 20 banks are robbed. The average take is $2,500!

- The most popular first name in the world is Muhammad!

- Tablecloths were originally meant to be served as towels with which dinner guests could wipe their hands and faces after eating!

- Tourists visiting Iceland should know that tipping at a restaurant is considered an insult!

- One car out of every 230 made was stolen last year!

- The names of Popeye's four nephews are Pipeye, Peepeye, Pupeye, and Poopeye!

- Until the nineteenth century, solid blocks of tea were used as money in Siberia!

- The Nobel Peace Prize medal depicts three naked men with their hands on each other's shoulders!

- When glass breaks, the cracks move faster than 3,000 miles per hour. To photograph the event, a camera must shoot at a millionth of a second!

- A Boeing 747 airliner holds 57,285 gallons of fuel!

- A car uses 1.6 ounces of gas idling for one minute. Half an ounce is used to start the average automobile!

- The Philadelphia mint produces 26 million pennies per day!

- A lightning bolt generates temperatures five times hotter than those found at the sun's surface!

- A violin contains about 70 separate pieces of wood!

- It is estimated that 4 million "junk" telephone calls, phone solicitations by persons or programmed machine are made every day in the United States!

- It takes glass one million years to decompose, which means it never wears out and can be recycled an infinite amount of times!

- Forest fires move faster uphill than downhill!

- Almost half the newspapers in the world are published in the United States and Canada!

- The two-foot long bird called a Kea that lives in New Zealand likes to eat the strips of rubber around car windows!

- Most lipstick contains fish scales!

- "Skepticisms" is the longest word that alternates hands when typing!

- One ragweed plant can release as many as one billion grains of pollen!

- It's illegal to drink beer out of a bucket while you're sitting on a curb in St. Louis!

- The first product to have a bar code was Wrigleys gum!

- No piece of square dry paper can be folded more than 7 times in half!

- A group of geese on the ground is a gaggle, a group of geese in the air is a skein!

- Over 2500 left handed people a year are killed from using products made for right handed people!

- There are more than 10 million bricks in the Empire State Building!

- If you counted 24 hours a day, it would take 31,688 years to reach one trillion!

- Taphephobia is the fear of being buried alive!

- A crocodile always grows new teeth to replace the old teeth!

- The sun is 330,330 times larger than the earth!

- Clinophobia is the fear of beds!

- A 'jiffy' is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second!

- Porcupines float in water!

- Pinocchio is Italian for "pine eye"!

- The sentence "The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog." uses every letter of the alphabet!

- The average life span of a major league baseball is 5-7 pitches!

- The Mint once considered producing doughnut-shaped coins!

- The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is "uncopyrightable"!

- The longest recorded flight of a chicken is 13 seconds!

- The sloth (a mammal) moves so slowly that green algae can grow undisturbed on its fur!

- Cat urine glows under a black-light!

- The world's termites outweigh the world's humans 10 to 1!

- The electric chair was invented by a dentist!

- Windmills always turn counter-clockwise. Except for the windmills in Ireland!

- A hedgehog's heart beats 300 times a minute on average!
Camels have three eyelids to protect themselves from blowing sand!

- The placement of a donkey's eyes in its head enables it to see all four feet at all times!

- Human teeth are almost as hard as rocks!

- A mole can dig a tunnel 300 feet long in just one night!

- Ancient Egyptians slept on pillows made of stone!

- A hippo can open its mouth wide enough to fit a 4 foot tall child inside!

- A quarter has 119 grooves on its edge, a dime has one less groove!

- Hummingbirds can weigh less than a penny!!

- Until 1796, there was a state in the United States called Franklin. Today it's known as Tennessee!

- The Earth weighs around 6,600,000,000,000,000,000,000 tons (5,940 billion billion metric tons)!

- A cockroach can live several weeks with its head cut off - it dies from starvation!

- Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie!

- The average person has over 1,460 dreams a year!

- It's against the law to pawn your dentures in Las Vegas!

- One in every 4 Americans has appeared on television!

- The average American/Canadian will eat about 11.9 pounds of cereal per year!

- It's against the law to burp, or sneeze in a certain church in Omaha, Nebraska!

- You're born with 300 bones, but when you get to be an adult, you only have 206!

- Human thigh bones are stronger than concrete!

- Over 10,000 birds a year die from smashing into windows!

- The state of Florida is bigger than England!

- There are more than one million animal species on Earth!

- In Natoma, Kansas, it's illegal to throw knives at men wearing striped suits!

- It was once against the law to have a pet dog in a city in Iceland!

- Your heart beats over 100,000 times a day!

- Thomas Edison, lightbulb inventor, was afraid of the dark!


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