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10/24/05

 

Here are some fast facts to freak out your friends and family

 

  • Fish have "dandruff" caused by flaking skin, and it is impossible to filter all traces of it from drinking water.

  • Moths are unable to fly during an earthquake.
  • The top three names for female babies born in China last year were Huan Yue, Jia Li and -- unlikely as it seems -- Buffy.
  • There have been four documented cases of humans who have hibernated through an entire winter.
  • The Australian aborigine language has over 30 words for "dust." .
  • In the weightlessness of space a frozen pea will explode if it comes in contact with Pepsi.

  • The only golf course on the island of Tonga has 15 holes, and there's no penalty if a monkey steals your golf ball.
  • Polar bears can eat as many as 86 penguins in a single sitting.
  • Approximately one-sixth of your life is spent on Wednesdays. 
  • The typewriter was invented by Hungarian immigrant Qwert Yuiop, who left his "signature" on the keyboard.
  • You can actually sharpen the blades on a pencil sharpener by wrapping your pencils in aluminum foil before inserting them.
  • A dog's naked behind leaves absolutely no bacteria when pressed against carpet.
  • Never hold your nose and cover your mouth when sneezing, as it can blow out your eyeballs.

  • Coca-Cola was the favored drink of Pharaoh Ramses. An inscription found in his tomb, when translated, was found to be almost identical to the recipe used today.
  • The world's smartest pig, owned by a mathematics teacher in Madison, WI, memorized the multiplication tables up to 12.

  • The "nine lives" attributed to cats is probably due to their having nine primary whiskers.
  • During his famous "Blue Period," Pablo Picasso invented the substance that eventually became known as Play-Doh.
  • The rare Chilean hummingbird has been known to suck blood from animals like a giant mosquito.
  • Tap dancers frequently forget to breathe normally during difficult routines, resulting in an average of 200 tap dancing-related tragedies per year.
  • Instead of a Birthday Cake, many Russian children are given a Birthday Pie.
  • One billion seconds is about 32 years.
  • The average day is actually 23 hours, 56 minutes and 4.09 seconds. We have a leap year every four years to make up for this shortfall.
  • The average four year-old child asks over four hundred questions a day
  • The most overdue book in the world was borrowed from Sidney Sussex College in Cambridge, England and was returned 288 years later.
  • Touching and stroking a plant will aid in it growing healthy.
  • After chocolate and vanilla, orange is considered the world's most favorite flavour.
  • Of all the days of the week, the most popular day for people to eat ice cream is Sunday.

 

  • There are some ice creams that are 75% air.
  • The chocolate chip cookie was invented in 1933
  • A man named Charles Osborne had the hiccups for approximately sixty-nine years.  updated
  • A blink lasts approximately 0.3 seconds.
  • A sneeze can travel as fast as one hundred miles per hour.
  • Did you know that you share your birthday with about nine million other people around the world?
  • A yawn usually lasts for approximately six seconds.
  • Did you know that people start to shrink after the age of about thirty? They don't shrink very much though, so your parents are not likely to vanish!
  • There are two things we cannot do-breathe and swallow at the same time, and sneeze with our eyes open.
  • Babies' eyes do not produce tears until the baby is approximately six to eight weeks old.

  • ohn, Susan, Peter? The answer is Muhammad. Although it is sometimes spelled differently, it is the most common first name on earth.
  • Try sticking your tongue out as far as it will go. Do you think you have long tongue? Well, compare your tongue with a giraffe's. A giraffe's tongue can sometimes be over a foot and half long!
  • Did you know that baby hippos are born under-water!
  • Infants spend more time dreaming than adults do.
  • It has been medically been proven that laughter is an effective pain killer.
  • New Zealand is the nation, which have 20 times more sheep than people. New Zealand is the world's leading exporter of lamb and dairy produce, and is the second largest exporter of wool.

 

 

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