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FACTOIDS

Factoids
Do you know the names of the three wise monkeys? They are: Mizaru (See no evil), Mikazaru (Hear no evil), and Mazaru (Speak no evil).

Intriguing Facts
• The number of cars on the planet is increasing at a higher rate than the human population.

• A butterfly can taste with its feet.

• A lion’s roar can be heard up to 10 miles away.

• Every year over 10,000 people injure themselves trying different sexual positions.

• Alaska is over two times the size of Texas

• A tick can grow to the size of a marble.

• The average person will spend about fourteen days of their life waiting for a traffic light to change.

• All polar bears are left-handed.

• The end zone of a football field is 10 yards deep.

• The first working bionic arm was created in 1993.

• Humans drink over 16,000 gallons of water in a lifetime.

• The King of hearts is the only King without a mustache.

• Mount Everest is over 5 miles high.

• Tina Turner’s real name is Annie Mae Bullock.

• There are about 9,000 species of birds.

• A butterfly can range in size from one-eight of an inch to twelve inches.

• The U.S. Department of Treasury started printing currency in 1877.

• One gallon of used motor oil can ruin a million gallons of water.

• Chocolate can be lethal for dogs.

• A person cannot sneeze with their eyes open

• An ear of corn will always have an even number of rows.

• Ants can carry more than 50 times their own weight.

• A crocodile cannot stick out its tongue.

• A adult human brain weighs about 3 pounds.

• Most dust particles are actually made from dead skin.

• The opposite sides of a dice cube always add up to seven.

• The most common name in the world is Mohammed.

• Our eyes remain essentially the same size from birth.

• An Elephant cannot jump.

• It is not possible to kill yourself by holding your breath.

• It takes under 10 minutes for the Space Shuttle to accelerate to a speed of more than 17,000 miles per hour.

• John Garner was the oldest (98) Vice President when he died.

• The youngest Pope was only 11 years old.

• The least used letter of the alphabet is the letter “Q”.

• A football field is 53 and 1/3 yards wide.

• A ducks quack does not echo.

• 3% of the Earth’s water is fresh water.

• While a comet looks small, it can be as much as a million miles wide.

• The first cellular phone weighed as much as 2 pounds.

• For some reason, women’s hair is about half the diameter of men’s hair.

• Diet Coke was invented in the early 1980s

• It is possible for two rats to have a million descendents.

• There are more kinds of beetles than all plants.

• The State Gem of Alaska is Jade.

• There more than a million documented insect species.

• The flavor vanilla comes from Orchids.

• The largest jellyfish has tentacles that are about 50 yards long.

• Pigs are capable of getting sunburned.

• One cord of wood can be used to create over 7 million toothpicks

• Dunkin Donuts serves approximately 2.3 billion donuts per year.

• The longest earth worm on record was 9 feet long.

• 97% of the Earth water is trapped in glaciers.

• John Breckinridge was the youngest (36) Vice President to assume office.

• The Olympics were originally intended to celebrate the Greek god Zeus.

• An adult jellyfish is called a Medusa.

• Pepsi was first sold in 1902.

• There are more neurons in the human brain than there are stars in the Milk Way.

• Insects have been present for 350 million years. Much longer than humans.

Useless Facts
1. Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) was born on and died on days when Halley’s Comet can be seen. During his life he predicted that he would die when it could be seen. 2. US Dollar bills are made out of cotton and linen. 3. The “57″ the Heinz ketchup bottle represents the number of pickle types the on company once had. 4. Americans are responsible for about 1/5 of the world’s garbage annually. On average, that’s 3 pounds a day per person. 5. Giraffes and rats can last longer without water than camels. 6. Your stomach produces a new layer of mucus every two weeks so that it doesn’t digest itself. 7. 98% of all murders and rapes are by a close family member or friend of the victim. 8. A B-25 bomber crashed into the 79th floor of the Empire State Building on July 28, 1945. 9. The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp (marijuana) paper. 10. The dot over the letter “i” is called a tittle. 11. A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top. 12. Benjamin Franklin was the fifth in a series of the youngest son of the youngest son. 13. Triskaidekaphobia means fear of the number 13. Paraskevidekatriaphobia means fear of Friday the 13th (which occurs one to three times a year). In Italy, 17 is considered an unlucky number. In Japan, 4 is considered an unlucky number. 14. A female ferret will die if it goes into heat and cannot find a mate.

15. All the chemicals in a human body combined are worth about 6.25 euro (if sold separately). 16. In ancient Rome, when a man testified in court he would swear on his testicles. 17. The ZIP in “ZIP code” means Zoning Improvement Plan. 18. Coca-Cola contained Coca (whose active ingredient is cocaine) from 1885 to 1903. 19. A “2 by 4″ really 1 1/2 by 3 1/2. is 20. It’s estimated that at any one time around 0.7% of the world’s population is drunk. 21. Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history: Spades = David ; Clubs = Alexander the Great ; Hearts = Charlemagne ; Diamonds = Caesar 22. 40% of McDonald’s profits come from the sales of Happy Meals. 23. Every person, including identical twins, has a unique eye and tongue print along with their finger print. 24. The “spot” on the 7-Up logo comes from its inventor who had red eyes. He was an albino. 25. 315 entries in Webster’s 1996 dictionary were misspelled. 26. The “save” icon in Microsoft Office programs shows a floppy disk with the shutter on backwards. 27. Albert Einstein and Charles Darwin both married their first cousins (Elsa Löwenthal and Emma Wedgewood respectively). 28. Camel’s have three eyelids. 29. On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents every day. 30. John Wilkes Booth’s brother once saved the life of Abraham Lincoln’s son. 31. Warren Beatty and Shirley McLaine are brother and sister.

32. Chocolate can kill dogs; it directly affects their heart and nervous system. 33. Daniel Boone hated coonskin caps. 34. Playing cards were issued to British pilots in WWII. If captured, they could be soaked in water and unfolded to reveal a map for escape. 35. 55.1% of all US prisoners are in prison for drug offenses. 36. Most lipstick contains fish scales. 37. Orcas (killer whales) kill sharks by torpedoing up into the shark’s stomach from underneath, causing the shark to explode. 38. Dr. Seuss pronounced his name “soyce”. 39. Slugs have four noses. 40. Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine. 41. The Three Wise Monkeys have names: Mizaru (See no evil), Mikazaru (Hear no evil), and Mazaru (Speak no evil). 42. India has a Bill of Rights for cows. 43. If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib. If you try to suppress a sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die. If you keep your eyes open by force, they can pop out. (DON’T TRY IT, DUMBASS) 44. During the California gold rush of 1849, miners sent their laundry to Honolulu for washing and pressing. Due to the extremely high costs in California during these boom years, it was deemed more feasible to send their shirts to Hawaii for servicing. 45. American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by taking out an olive from First Class salads. 46. About 200,000,000 M&Ms are sold each day in the United States. 47. Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.

48. Over a course of about eleven years, the sun’s magnetic poles switch places. This cycle is called “Solarmax”. 49. There are 318,979,564,000 possible combinations of the first four moves in Chess. 50. 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 lower case letters. 51. There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos. 52. The numbers “172″ be found on the back of the US 5 dollar bill, in the can bushes at the base of the Lincoln Memorial. 53. Coconuts kill about 150 people each year. That’s more than sharks. 54. Half of all bank robberies take place on a Friday. 55. The name Wendy was made up for the book Peter Pan. There was never a recorded Wendy before it. 56. The international telephone dialing code for Antarctica is 672. 57. The first bomb the Allies dropped on Berlin in WWII killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo. 58. The average raindrop falls at 7 miles per hour. 59. It took Leonardo Da Vinci 10 years to paint Mona Lisa. He never signed or dated the painting. Leonardo and Mona had identical bone structures according to the painting. X-ray images have shown that there are 3 other versions under the original. 60. If you put a drop of liquor on a scorpion, it will instantly go mad and sting itself to death. 61. Bruce Lee was so fast that they had to slow the film down so you could see his moves. 62. The largest amount of money you can have without having change for a dollar is $1.19 (3 quarters, 4 dimes, and 4 pennies cannot be divided into a dollar).

63. The first CD pressed in the US was Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA”. 64. IBM’s motto is “Think”. Apple later made their motto “Think different”. 65. The mask used by Michael Myers in the ...


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