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November 18th, 2008, 8:25 PM
I want people to post here with random facts that they know, here are a few to get us started.

The United States has never lost a war in which mules were used.

Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn't wear pants.

The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.

Charlie Chaplin once won third prize in a Charlie Chaplin Look-alike contest.

The Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from Public Libraries.

Bats always turn left when exiting a cave.

Coca-Cola was originally green.

Mel Blanc, the voice actor for Bugs Bunny, was allergic to carrots.

Every year more people are killed by donkeys, than in aircraft crashes.

4,000 people are injured by tea pots every year.

The shortest war ever recorded lasted only 38 minutes.(Britain vs. Zanzibar in 1896)

If you told someone that they were one in a million, you'd be saying there were 1,800 of them in China.

In the Scottish Hebrides, an island is defined as being an island only if it is big enough to sustain 1 sheep

I Laugh at your Misfortune!
November 19th, 2008, 1:28 PM
In denmark, pigs outnumber people.

Most toilets flush in e flat

pantophobia is the fear of everything

When you were first conceived, you spent rougly half an hour as a single cell

November 19th, 2008, 2:07 PM
"OK" stands for "Old Kinderhook"

November 19th, 2008, 4:47 PM
The Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from Public Libraries.
And the most stolen book overall is the Bible.
It may seem odd (given the irony of a 'Godless criminal' stealing one) but places like hotels have them in the rooms, thus random average people are going to start taking them. Now, there are a lot of such places and a lot of average people, that one shouldn't take long to work out...

There goes one of these 'facts' as: "you are more likely to be killed by a falling coconut than you are to be attacked by a shark".
While this may be true statistically (somehow), there have been almost zero documented cases of someone being killed by a falling coconut. The point I'm putting across by saying this is that the facts that seem "too good to be true" may actually be exactly that.

November 19th, 2008, 5:23 PM
A stalk of celery has "negative calories. It takes more energy to digest it than it actually provides.

The word Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia means "the fear of long words."

True Reign
November 19th, 2008, 5:27 PM
George Washington, the first President of the United States, actually wasn't the first president.

Tourists visiting Iceland should know that tipping at a restuarant is considered an insult towards the people.

A cat's urine glows when under light.

The Hundred Years War lasted 116 years.

The Ice Man is the first recorded oldest murder victim. He died from being struck in the head by an arrow more than 15,000 years ago.

About 200 years before the birth of Christ, the Druids used mistletoe to celebrate winter.

There is a desert in Antartica, where is hasn't rained in more than 2 million years.

A kiss for one minute can burn 26 calories.

Some people drink the urine of pregnant women to strengthen their immune system.

I'll try and find more later. :)

November 20th, 2008, 9:33 AM
If we trust all the rumours, world sould have been destroyed 5 times.

In Tintin comics there's no women, except the Castafiore. They said Tintin is gay.

I don't remember others now sorry 8D

November 20th, 2008, 2:07 PM
Mary Pickford aka "America's Sweetheart" was from Toronto. =P

The most common name in the world is Muhammad.

The longest word is the IUPAC name for titin, which has 189 819 letters. Rather then spend a month and write it out here, I'll provide you with linkage. (http://www.othyr.com/titin.html) XD

The fortune cookie is an American invention.

While Mount Everest is the highest point on Earth, it's not the highest mountain. That title goes to a mountain in the Atlantic Ocean. ^^

The Salvation Army is banned in Russia because of the word "Army" in the name.

When Europeans came to Australia, one asked an Aboriginee man what the name of a certain creature was. The man said he did not understand him, which in his language is said "kangaroo." :D

In Seattle, it is/was illegal to carry a concealed weapon of over six feet in length. o.o?

The cheetah is not the fastest animal on Earth. The fastest is the peregrine falcon. ^^

November 20th, 2008, 7:53 PM
* Scientists say the higher your I.Q. the more you dream.

* The largest cell in the human body is the female egg and the smallest is the male sperm.

* You use 200 muscles to take one step.

* The average woman is 5 inches shorter than the average man.

* Your big toes have two bones each while the rest have three.

* A pair of human feet contain 250,000 sweat glands.

* A full bladder is roughly the size of a soft ball.

* The acid in your stomach is strong enough to dissolve razor blades.

* The human brain cell can hold 5 times as much information as the Encyclopedia Britannica.

* It takes the food seven seconds to get from your mouth to your stomach.

* The average human dream lasts 2-3 seconds.

* Men without hair on their chests are more likely to get cirrhosis of the liver than men with hair.

* At the moment of conception, you spent about half an hour as a single cell.

* There are about one trillion bacteria on each of your feet.

* Your body gives off enough heat in 30 minutes to bring half a gallon of water to a boil.

* When you are looking at someone you love, your pupils dilate, they do the same when you are looking at someone you hate.

* Loud noises make the pupils of the eyes dilate.

* Seeing something that makes you happy makes your pupils dilate, and seeing something you hate makes them contract. This is a good way of telling whether or not people really like you. If the sight of you makes them happy, their pupils will get bigger, and vice versa.

* It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open; if you did, the pressure from the sneeze would make your eyeballs literally pop out of your head.

* When you sneeze, all bodily functions stop for the duration-even your heart.

* If we didn't get enough niacain in our diet, we'd go insane.

* The sense of smell is the first to diminish with age.

* Synesthesia is a rare condition where people's senses get mixed up. People may feel tastes, see sounds, or hear colors.

* Before you cut yourself, the skin anticipates it and slows the blood flow to that area. That's why, if you scratch yourself or press a fingernail into your skin, a white mark lingers for a few a seconds afterward.

* Drinking seawater does not drive you insane. It's just massively bad for you.

* Only 1% of the world's water is drinkable.

* There are no muscles in the fingers, just tendons attached to the muscles in your arms. To prove it, prop your elbow up on a table and hold your hand straight in the air. Wiggle your fingers and watch the muscles on the underside of your arm move.

Creepy, huh?

* An estimated 1,000 women die in childbirth every day.

* There is a part of the brain used specifically to control the thumb, separate from the part used to control the fingers.

* It takes 26 muscles to smile, and 62 to frown.

* It takes 72 muscles to speak a single word.

* The average person accidentally swallows 8 spiders every year.

* The longest word in the English language is pnuemomoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. The word for the IUPAC chemical name would be, but is often not considered a word.

Careful With That Axe, Pichu!
November 20th, 2008, 10:00 PM
When Europeans came to Australia, one asked an Aboriginee man what the name of a certain creature was. The man said he did not understand him, which in his language is said "kangaroo."

That myth was busted ages ago.

November 23rd, 2008, 6:48 AM
- A duck's quack doesn't echo

- The name Wendy was made up for the book "Peter Pan". There was never a recorded Wendy before

- If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle. If the horse has one front leg in the air the person died as a result of wounds received in battle. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.

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

- Typewriter is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.

- 23% of all photocopier faults worldwide are caused by people sitting on them and photocopying their butts.

- 9 out of 10 lightning strike victims survive!

- Spotted skunks do handstands before they spray.

- A mule won't sink in quicksand but a donkey will.

- Animal breeders in Russia once claimed to have bred sheep with blue wool.

- Ants never sleep

- In York, excluding Sundays, it is legal to shoot a Scotsman with a bow and arrow.

- Adolf Hitler only had one testicle

- 'French kissing' in England is called 'English kissing' in France

November 23rd, 2008, 7:08 AM
* When you sneeze, all bodily functions stop for the duration-even your heart.

This one is just a myth. (http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Does_your_heart_stop_when_you_sneeze)

November 24th, 2008, 10:56 AM
* Drinking seawater does not drive you insane. It's just massively bad for you.
Wait, what? Who the hell would think that it does that, anyway?

November 24th, 2008, 11:08 AM
It's actually implied in a lot of films/TV shows, Cassino. >_>

November 24th, 2008, 11:37 AM
If you have 3 quarters, 4 dimes, and 4 pennies, you have $1.19. You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a dollar. The numbers '172' can be found on the back of the U.S. $5 dollar bill in the bushes at the base of the Lincoln Memorial.
President Kennedy was the fastest random speaker in the world with upwards of 350 words per minute.
In the average lifetime, a person will walk the equivalent of 5 times around the equator.
Odontophobia is the fear of teeth.
The 57 on Heinz ketchup bottles represents the number of varieties of pickles the company once had.
In the early days of the telephone, operators would pick up a call and use the phrase, "Well, are you there?". It wasn't until 1895 that someone suggested answering the phone with the phrase "number please?"
The surface area of an average-sized brick is 79 cm squared.
According to suicide statistics, Monday is the favored day for self-destruction.
Cats sleep 16 to 18 hours per day.
The most common name in the world is Mohammed.
It is believed that Shakespeare was 46 around the time that the King James Version of the Bible was written. In Psalms 46, the 46th word from the first word is shake and the 46th word from the last word is spear.
Karoke means "empty orchestra" in Japanese.
The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one mile in every five must be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips in times of war or other emergencies.
The first known contraceptive was crocodile dung, used by Egyptians in 2000 B.C.
Rhode Island is the smallest state with the longest name. The official name, used on all state documents, is "Rhode Island and Providence Plantations."
When you die your hair still grows for a couple of months.
There are two credit cards for every person in the United States.
Isaac Asimov is the only author to have a book in every Dewey-decimal category.
The newspaper serving Frostbite Falls, Minnesota, the home of Rocky and Bullwinkle, is the Picayune Intellegence.
It would take 11 Empire State Buildings, stacked one on top of the other, to measure the Gulf of Mexico at its deepest point.
The first person selected as the Time Magazine Man of the Year - Charles Lindbergh in 1927.
The most money ever paid for a cow in an auction was $1.3 million.
It took Leo Tolstoy six years to write "War & Peace".
The Neanderthal's brain was bigger than yours is.
On the new hundred dollar bill the time on the clock tower of Independence Hall is 4:10.
Each of the suits on a deck of cards represents the four major pillars of the economy in the middle ages: heart represented the Church, spades represented the military, clubs represented agriculture, and diamonds represented the merchant class.
The names of the two stone lions in front of the New York Public Library are Patience and Fortitude. They were named by then-mayor Fiorello LaGuardia.
The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building.
The sound of E.T. walking was made by someone squishing her hands in jelly.
Lucy and Linus (who where brother and sister) had another little brother named Rerun. (He sometimes played left-field on Charlie Brown's baseball team, [when he could find it!]).
The pancreas produces Insulin.
1 in 5,000 north Atlantic lobsters are born bright blue.
There are 10 human body parts that are only 3 letters long (eye hip arm leg ear toe jaw rib lip gum).
A skunk's smell can be detected by a human a mile away.
The word "lethologica" describes the state of not being able to remember the word you want.
The king of hearts is the only king without a moustache.
Henry Ford produced the model T only in black because the black paint available at the time was the fastest to dry.
Mario, of Super Mario Bros. fame, appeared in the 1981 arcade game, Donkey Kong. His original name was Jumpman, but was changed to Mario to honor the Nintendo of America's landlord, Mario Segali.
The three best-known western names in China: Jesus Christ, Richard Nixon, and Elvis Presley.
Every year about 98% of the atoms in your body are replaced.
Elephants are the only mammals that can't jump.
The international telephone dialing code for Antarctica is 672.
World Tourist day is observed on September 27.
Women are 37% more likely to go to a psychiatrist than men are.
The human heart creates enough pressure to squirt blood 30 feet (9 m).
Diet Coke was only invented in 1982.
There are more than 1,700 references to gems and precious stones in the King James translation of the Bible.
When snakes are born with two heads, they fight each other for food.
American car horns beep in the tone of F.
Turning a clock's hands counterclockwise while setting it is not necessarily harmful. It is only damaging when the timepiece contains a chiming mechanism.
There are twice as many kangaroos in Australia as there are people. The kangaroo population is estimated at about 40 million.
Police dogs are trained to react to commands in a foreign language; commonly German but more recently Hungarian.
The Australian $5 to $100 notes are made of plastic.
St. Stephen is the patron saint of bricklayers.
The average person makes about 1,140 telephone calls each year.
Stressed is Desserts spelled backwards.
If you had enough water to fill one million goldfish bowls, you could fill an entire stadium.
Mary Stuart became Queen of Scotland when she was only six days old.
Charlie Brown's father was a barber.
Flying from London to New York by Concord, due to the time zones crossed, you can arrive 2 hours before you leave.
Dentists have recommended that a toothbrush be kept at least 6 feet (2 m) away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush.
You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching TV.
A lion's roar can be heard from five miles away.
The citrus soda 7-UP was created in 1929; "7" was selected because the original containers were 7 ounces. "UP" indicated the direction of the bubbles.
Canadian researchers have found that Einstein's brain was 15% wider than normal.
The average person spends about 2 years on the phone in a lifetime.
The fist product to have a bar code was Wrigleys gum.
The largest number of children born to one woman is recorded at 69. From 1725-1765, a Russian peasant woman gave birth to 16 sets of twins, 7 sets of triplets, and 4 sets of quadruplets.
Beatrix Potter created the first of her legendary "Peter Rabbit" children's stories in 1902.
In ancient Rome, it was considered a sign of leadership to be born with a crooked nose.
The word "nerd" was first coined by Dr. Seuss in "If I Ran the Zoo."
A 41-gun salute is the traditional salute to a royal birth in Great Britain.
The bagpipe was originally made from the whole skin of a dead sheep.
The roar that we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound of blood surging through the veins in the ear. Any cup-shaped object placed over the ear produces the same effect.
Revolvers cannot be silenced because of all the noisy gasses which escape the cylinder gap at the rear of the barrel.
Liberace Museum has a mirror-plated Rolls Royce; jewel-encrusted capes, and the largest rhinestone in the world, weighing 59 pounds and almost a foot in diameter.
A car that shifts manually gets 2 miles more per gallon of gas than a car with automatic shift.
Cats can hear ultrasound.
Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.
The highest point in Pennsylvania is lower than the lowest point in Colorado.
The United States has never lost a war in which mules were used.
Children grow faster in the springtime.
On average, there are 178 sesame seeds on each McDonalds BigMac bun.
Paul Revere rode on a horse that belonged to Deacon Larkin.
The Baby Ruth candy bar was actually named after Grover Cleveland's baby daughter, Ruth.
Minus 40 degrees Celsius is exactly the same as minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of unwanted people without killing them used to burn their houses down -- hence the expression "to get fired"
Nobody knows who built the Taj Mahal. The names of the architects, masons, and designers that have come down to us have all proved to be latter-day inventions, and there is no evidence to indicate who the real creators were.
Every human spent about half an hour as a single cell.
7.5 million toothpicks can be created from a cord of wood.
The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets.
A 41-gun salute is the traditional salute to a royal birth in Great Britain.
The earliest recorded case of a man giving up smoking was on April 5, 1679, when Johan Katsu, Sheriff of Turku, Finland, wrote in his diary "I quit smoking tobacco." He died one month later.
"Goodbye" came from "God bye" which came from "God be with you."
February is Black History Month.
Jane Barbie was the woman who did the voice recordings for the Bell System.
The first drive-in service station in the United States was opened by Gulf Oil Company - on December 1, 1913, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The elephant is the only animal with 4 knees.
Kansas state law requires pedestrians crossing the highways at night to wear tail lights.

I know its a bit long but its worth it! 57 pickle variations eh? Damn you heinz i want pickles not sugar!(ketsup is sugar with tomato flavoring if you didnt know)

November 24th, 2008, 7:25 PM
if the head of a pin were the temperature of the surface of the sun, everything would be immediately incinerated within a 60 mile radius.

November 24th, 2008, 8:49 PM
If you stand facing the wall in a busy elevator of a very busy building, chances are, people will do the same as you

The pig has the longest average lasting mammal orgasm on record 0_o' (30 minutes)

Benjamin Franklin has written a book called "Fart Proudly"

Girls and Boys bomb the same amount, just that girls do it less... and louder.

The termites bomb the most frequently. So much, they're a sub-reason for Global Warming.

Ancient Romans used to brush their teeth with pee.

Rhinorrhea describes a ridiculous overflow of mucus from your nose.

Eskimo tribes used to have mothers suck out their baby's mucus when they got sick.

─AdvancedK9─ envies the Pig >:#.

Well, if I got any weirder, I would get infracted :D

November 24th, 2008, 8:53 PM
George W. Bush is the first u.s. president to declare himself exempt from over 750 U.S. laws, sidestepping most of the bill of rights including the constitutional requirement that the president follow all laws. Yes, they mentioned it specifically to suppress tyranny.

November 25th, 2008, 12:56 AM
- Everyday 21 newborn babies will be given to the wrong parents
- Eskimoes use refrigerators to keep food from freezing
- The billionth digit of pi is 9
- Some toothpastes and deodorants contain the same chemicals found in antifreeze.
- The average person laughs 13 times a day
- Your right lung takes in more air than your left one does.
- 1 cigarette takes away five minutes of a person's life
- There are 86,400 seconds in day.
- 3 people die every year, testing if a 9 volt battery works on their tongue
- A goldfish has a memory span of about 3 seconds.
- Cockroaches can live for 9 days after their head has been cut off.
- There are no weapons of mass destruction. Just Chuck Norris. ( XD It was funny I had to throw it in there)

November 25th, 2008, 10:39 AM
— 0.999... (that is, an infinite number of nines) is equal to 1.

— Apples (though not the trees that bear them), cattle and horses were all much smaller than they are today; they have changed over time through selective breeding.

— Yew trees will grow and eventually become hollow (through a symbiotic relationship with fungi that eat dead wood), then a 'new tree' will come down from some way up through the centre of this hollow tree, root itself and proceed to grow. The result of this is a tree that is apparently capable of living forever.

— Said yew trees can also simply stop growing for hundreds of years; add to this the fact that most of them are hollow, and it quickly becomes apparent that their ages are very difficult to judge.

— Again about yew trees: their berries are said to be poisonous, but this is not entirely true; the juicy, sweet tasting red part is perfectly edible, it is the hard seed inside that is poisonous.

— Baobab trees have no growth rings.

November 25th, 2008, 6:18 PM
The Alexandrite is able to change colours under different light conditions

Leeches provide protection and transportation for their young

Honey is the only food made without harming another organism

Chinese dragons have five toes. Japanese dragons have three toes. The Chinese believed that the further the dragon travels, the more toes it loses and may lose too many toes to walk properly. The Japanese believed the opposite: the further the dragon travels, the more toes it grows and may grow too many toes to walk properly.

The top three most common Chinese surnames are the surnames of 40% of the Chinese population worldwide.

Virtual Chatot
November 25th, 2008, 6:20 PM
Albumin is the chief protein in an egg white
Salt, is a preservative
Light, can be bent

Elite Overlord LeSabre™
November 25th, 2008, 11:59 PM
Chevrolet built 189,108 Caprices for the 1988 model year.

The University of Notre Dame was founded on this day in 1842.

There are 114 prisons in the United States Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Concord Mills Mall attracted 17.6 million visitors in 2005.

The Quality Inn & Suites in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina has a grand total of 103 guest rooms.

Pennsylvania State Highway 274 is 44 miles long.

November 26th, 2008, 12:00 AM
A cockroach can live for up to a week without its head.
Try it sometime, if you are really bored and don't mind being cruel to a roach.

Niku-jaga is inspired from English-style beef stew.
Heck, it was thanks to a certain admiral (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T%C5%8Dg%C5%8D_Heihachir%C5%8D) that we have the awesome dish here.

Specific to Japan: While videogames are being used as scapegoats by the media now, 40 years ago it was adventure novels, and 60 years ago it was baseball.

November 26th, 2008, 9:08 AM
every day a regular adult produces an egg cup of sweat per one foot per day

November 27th, 2008, 5:17 PM
In the Dream Theater song "Misunderstood", John Petrucci plays the guitar solo, then plays the recording backwards. He then learned how to play the solo backwards, recorded it, then reversed that recording so the solo played forward, yet distorted. Amazing!

November 29th, 2008, 2:51 PM
Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than
left-handed people do.

The names of the continents all end with the same letter with which
they start.

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

November 29th, 2008, 10:17 PM
Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than
left-handed people do.

The names of the continents all end with the same letter with which
they start.

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

Is that really true? I'm screwed.