Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Nice Things To Know

I just want to share this little things to you guys. If you have any facts about life that you want to share, kindly post it here.

The word ‘byte’ is a contraction of ‘by eight.’

The dollar symbol ($) is a U combined with an S (U.S.)

Maine is the toothpick capital of the world.

Barbie’s measurements if she were life size: 39-23-33.

The tune for the “A-B-C” song is the same as “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.”

Des Moines has the highest per capita Jello consumption in the U.S.

Pinocchio is Italian for “pine head.”

In the last 4000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.

Great Britain was the first county to issue postage stamps. Hence, the postage stamps of Britain are the only stamps in the world not to bear the name of the country of origin.

Since 1896, the beginning of the modern Olympics, only Greece and Australia have participated in every Games.Fingernails grow nearly 4 times faster than toenails.

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

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

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

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 violin contains about 70 separate pieces of wood.

During your lifetime, you’ll eat about 60,000 pounds of food, that’s the weight of about 6 elephants.

Dolphins sleep with one eye open.

A sneeze travels out your mouth at over 100 m.p.h.

There wasn’t a single pony in the Pony Express, just horses.

In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere.

Cashew nuts contain oil in the shell that is very irritating to the skin. (Had an experience like this)

The peanut is not a nut, it is actually a legume.

Elvis had a twin brother named Jesse Garon, who died at birth.

Mars is the home of Olympus Mons, the largest known volcano in our solar system.

Percentage of American men who say they would marry the same woman if they had it to do all over again: 80%

The typical lead pencil can draw a line that is thirty five miles long

The word "toy" comes from an old English word that means "tool."

Most lipstick contains fish scales. (Eeeeww!)

A chicken with red earlobes will produce brown eggs, and a chicken with white earlobes will produce white eggs.

Not all polar bears hibernate; only pregnant females polar bears do.

The Koala bear is not really a bear, but is really related to the kangaroo and the wombat.

The word "comet" comes from the Greek word "kometes" meaning long hair and referring to the tail.

The Flintstones cartoon was the first thirty-minute cartoon to be aired during prime time.

The abbreviation Xmas for the word Christmas is of Greek origin. Since the word for Christ in the Greek language is Xristos, which starts with the letter "X," they started putting the X in place of Christ and came up with the short form for the word Christmas. (Oh, so thats why)

China has more English speakers than the United States.

The shortest war in history was between Zanzibar an England in 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes.

Infants spend more time dreaming than adults do.

The most dangerous job in the United States is that of a fisherman, followed by logging and then an airline pilot.

The youngest pope was 11 years old.

Did you know you share your birthday with at least 9 other million people in the world.

The longest chapter in the Bible is Psalm 119, which is 176 verses.

The longest freshwater shoreline in the world is located in the state of Michigan.

There are bananas called "Red banana" that are maroon to dark purple when ripe.

Walt Disney had originally suggested using the name Mortimer Mouse instead of Mickey Mouse.

The pound key (#) on the keyboard is called an octothorpe.

The chemical name for caffeine is 1,3,7-trimethylzantihine.

Walmart-mart sells more apparel a year than all the other competing department stores combined.

The Simpsons is the longest running prime-time animated series on television history. (Bart Man, nah nah nah...)

The more a person struggles to get out of quicksand the faster they will sink. Staying still, and being calm will actually make the body float in the quicksand because the body is less dense than the quicksand is.

A piece of French toast that was partially eaten by Justin Timberlake sold on eBay.

The biggest disco ball in the world has a diameter of 2.41 meters and 137.89 kilograms. It also has 6,900 mirror squares on it.

Pepsi got its name from the ingredient pepsin, which is said to aid in digestion, however, it is not known.

Contrary to popular beliefs, chocolate does not cause acne.

The last thing Elvis Presley ate before he died was four scoops of ice cream and 6 chocolate chip cookies.

Some Chinese chopsticks contain gold as on of their materials.

Crayola is a French word that means "Oily chalk."

Every year, Burger King restaurants prepare over 950,000 pounds of bacon for their breakfast customers.

There are 500,000 detectable earthquakes in the world each year.

There are over one hundred billion galaxies with each galaxy having billions of stars.

The word "diamond" comes from the Greek word "adamas," which means "unconquerable."

The dot that appears over the letter "i" is called a tittle.

Eating dandelions can make you urinate more.

The word Himalayas means the "home of snow."

Rice is thrown at weddings as a symbol of fertility.

Dogs can be trained to detect an upcoming epileptic seizure.

Hair is made from the same substance as fingernails.

On average, the life span of an American dollar bill is eighteen months.

Americans consume the most peanut butter in the world

Celtic warriors sometimes fought their battles naked, their bodies dyed blue from head to toe

To make butter more attractive in colour, carrot juice was used by people in the Middle Ages

Early hockey games allowed as many as 30 players a side on the ice

Most fleas do not live past a year old

It takes seven to ten days to make a jelly belly jellybean

Some asteroids have other asteroids orbiting them

Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable

 There are 54 bones in your hands including the wrists

The name for Oz in "The Wizard of Oz" was thought up when the creator, Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N, and O-Z, hence "Oz."

The town of Churchill, Manitoba, located in Canada, is known as the "Polar Bear Capital of the World"

Amtrak is the combination of the words "American" and "Track"

On average, an American relocates 11 times in their life

Fires onland generally move faster uphill than downhill

The cartoon character Popeye was actually based on a real person named Frank "Rocky" Fiegel who was a tough guy who was quite similar to Popeye physically 

 There were 13 couples celebrating their honeymoon on the Titanic

A cat has 32 muscles in each ear

There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball

Elvis Presley had a twin brother named Jesse Garon Presley who died at birth

Robert Wadlow is the tallest man recorded in history. He grew to be eight feet and eleven inches and weighed 490 pounds when he died

Bank robber John Dillinger played professional baseball

Research indicates that plants grow healthier when they are stroked.

France is known as the perfume capital of the world

According to psychologists, the shoe and the foot are the most common sources of sexual fetishism in Western society

Constipation is caused when too much water is absorbed in the large intestine and the feces become dry

One ton of grapes can produce 720 bottles of wine

Eating about twenty tart cherries a day could reduce inflammatory pain and headache pain

In 2001, the five most valuable brand names in order were Coca-Cola, Microsoft, IBM, GE, and Nokia

Milk chocolate was invented in Switzerland by David Peter in 1876

In November 1999, two women were killed by a lightning bolt. The underwire located in their bras acted as a electrical conductors, and when the lightning bolt hit the bra they left burn marks on their chest

Basketball was invented by Canadian James Naismith in 1891

Over 100,000 birds and sea animals are killed every year due to plastic garbage

The big toe is the foot reflexology pressure point for the head

85% of weddings are held in a synagogue or church

The sport of surfing originated in Hawaii

 The highest recorded speed of a sneeze is 165 km per hour

In 1985, a pregnant women was falsely accused of shoplifting a basketball

In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere

The adult electric eel can produce a five hundred volt shock, which is enough to stun a horse

When the are in danger, kangaroos will beat the ground loudly with their hind feet

To manufacture a new car approximately 148,000 liters of water is needed.

In 410 A.D. Alaric the Visigoth demanded that Rome give him three thousand pounds of pepper as ransom

Actress Jamie Lee Curtis invented a special diaper for babies that has a pocket

Honeybees use the sun as a compass which helps them navigate


ozzy said...

Here's one, did you know that the electric chair was invented by a dentist. hehe...

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