June 27, 2011

Little Known Yet Interesting Facts

1 in 8 Americans has worked in a McDonald’s restaurant.

An amendment to the US Constitution in 1893 was proposed to change the name of the nation to the “United States of Earth.”

All pilots speak English.

If you could fold a piece of paper in half 50 times, its thickness will be 3/4 the distance from the Earth to the Sun (71 million miles).

A group of geese on the ground is a gaggle, but a group of geese in flight is called a skein!

Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis hurled a no-hitter while under the influence of LSD.

The universe is beige-colored!

If you dig a straight hole down in the United States, you’ll come out the other side not in China, but in the Indian Ocean. Only in parts of Argentina or Chile would a straight hole emerge in China.

A small child could swim through the veins of a blue whale.

Cooling the brain can help treat insomnia!

The volcano in Iceland that erupted and ground planes last year is called Eyjafjallajökull.

The world's largest s'more ever made weighed 1,600 lbs.

The original story of Aladdin takes place in China.

Male seahorses are the ones who give birth.

A woman once tried smuggling snakes into sweden by carrying them in her bra.

A girl required surgery after swallowing a wire that had come loose from a barbeque grill cleaning brush and was cooked into a hamburger.

Even numbered primary interstates run east-west, and odd numbered primary interstates run north-south. (Primary = 1-2 digits)

Paul Winchell, famous for the voices of Gargamel on "The Smurfs" and Tigger on "Winnie the Pooh," also invented the artificial heart.

Fans traditionally throw octopuses onto the ice at Detroit Red Wings games!

Mark Twain was born in the month of the appearance of Halley's Comet in 1835, and died the day after its next appearance in 1910.

Weird Al Yankovic was the valedictorian of his high school class.

The longest bout of sneezing lasted 978 days!

Girls have a better sense of taste than boys do!

A married couple each won the lottery by playing numbers found inside a fortune cookie!

Starbucks offers a secret drink size that isn’t listed on its menu!

Uncle Phil (James Avery) from Fresh Prince of Bel Air, played Shredder's voice in the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon.

Hedy Lamarr, woman who did one of the first nude scenes in movies, also co-invented a technology for frequency hopping radio transmissions.

Kermit the Frog is left-handed.

Mosquitoes hibernate.

The first text message was sent on December 3rd, 1992. It said: "Merry Christmas"

Most active credit cards owned by one person: 1497

The ears of an African elephant can weigh up to 110 pounds each.

Finland has 179,584 islands.

Thomas Edison proposed to his second wife by Morse code.

The Statue of Liberty's waist size is 35...feet.

The Pentagon has 284 bathrooms.

The first Rolls-Royce sold for $600 in 1906.

The country of Tonga once issued a stamp shaped like a banana.

Jupiter is large enough to fit all the planets of the solar system inside of it.

In some areas of Oklahoma: People who make “ugly faces” at dogs may be fined and/or jailed.

General Electric's Schenectady, New York facilities are assigned the ZIP code 12345.

In 1898, all cheerleaders were male. Females started participating in 1923.

Evelyn Marie Adams won the New Jersey lottery twice in 4 months. That's about a 1 in 17 trillion chance.

In 1992, the governor of Hawaii received a 30,000 signature petition to change Maui's name to Gilligan's Island.

Three presidents have died on Independence Day. John Adams/Thomas Jefferson (1826) and James Monroe (1831).

With a properly shuffled deck of cards, the order of the cards has most likely never existed before ever in history.

Graffito is the singular for graffiti.

A winged penis was the city symbol of Pompeii, the ancient Roman resort town destroyed by Mt. Vesuvius' eruption.

Any speaker can in principle act as a microphone, and vice versa.

A mickey is the smallest movement of a mouse that your computer can detect.

A flock of crows is known as a "murder."

Saddam Hussein wrote romance novels. 4 of them.

A can of Diet Coke floats, while a can of regular Coke sinks.

The #1 invention by a woman is Kevlar, the strong fiber material used in body armor.

During 1518, in Strasbourg, about 400 people danced so hard that they died from it.

Only female mosquitoes suck blood.

In Uganda, 50% of the population is under 15 years of age.