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How many people do you think knows all of these fascination facts?

January 22nd, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

More than a hundred, or more than a thousand, or none at all.

A rat can last longer without water than a camel.

Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks or it will digest itself.

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

A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and
down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top.

A female ferret will die if it goes into heat and cannot find a mate.

Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.

A 2 X 4 is really 1-1/2" by 3-1/2".

During the chariot scene in "Ben Hur," a small red car can be seen
in the distance (and Heston’s wearing a watch).

On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily!
(That explains a few mysteries….)

Sherlock Holmes NEVER said, "Elementary, my dear Watson."

Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.

The number of possible ways of playing the first four moves per
side in a game of chess is 318,979,564,000.

There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with orange,
purple and silver.

Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space
because passing wind in a spacesuit damages them.

The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin in World War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.

Weatherman Willard Scott was the first Ronald McDonald.

If one places a tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion, it will
instantly go mad and sting itself to death. (Who was the sadist who
discovered this??)

Bruce Lee was so fast that they actually had to s-l-o-w film down
so you could see his moves. That’s the opposite of the norm.

The first CD pressed in the US was Bruce Springsteen’s "Born in
the USA."

The original name for butterfly was flutterby.

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.

The first product Motorola started to develop was a record player
for automobiles. At that time, the most known player on the market was Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola.

Roses may be red, but violets are indeed violet.

By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you cannot
sink into quicksand.

Celery has negative calories. It takes more calories to eat a
piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with.

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

An old law in Bellingham, Washington, made it illegal for a woman
to take more than three steps backwards while dancing!

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

The glue on Israeli postage is certified kosher.

Bats always turn left when exiting a cave!

Thanks to Deborah for submitting this!!

And another via email –this comes by Suzie T….

In the 1400’s a law was set forth that a man was not allowed to beat his wife with a stick no thicker than his thumb. Hence we have "the rule of thumb"

The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV were Fred and Wilma Flintstone.

Men can read smaller print then women can; women can hear better.

It is impossible to lick your elbow.

The State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska

The average number of people airborne over the US any given hour: 61,000

Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.

The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.

111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history:

Spades – King David
Hearts – Charlemagne
Clubs -Alexander, the Great
Diamonds – Julius Caesar

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.

Q. Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of what?

A. Their birthplace.

Q. If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until you would find the letter "A"?

A. One thousand

Q. What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers all have in common?
A. All invented by women.

Q. What is the only food that doesn’t spoil?
A. Honey

In Shakespeare’s time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase……… "goodnight, sleep tight."

It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride’s father would supply his son-in-law with

Very interesting Suzie!

  1. Roar
    January 23rd, 2010 at 00:15 | #1

    Where are your sources?
    It seems like a few things come from QI, I remember seeing a bit of it from there – and it seems the rest is from an spam email chain letter.

    Oh, the horse statue thing is wrong. http://www.snopes.com/military/statue.asp
    The playing cards thing is wrong too. http://www.snopes.com/history/world/cardking.asp

    Question things, people! Don’t unthinkingly believe everything you read. Ignorance is baaaaad.

    A few more look questionable too…
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  2. Batman
    January 23rd, 2010 at 01:05 | #2

    Well I read them but I am not checking to see if they are correct! Good read though!
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  3. Thomas
    January 23rd, 2010 at 01:51 | #3

    Phew!, well I never knew that?. Bet it took some typing. Yes!…
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    Common sense….

  4. Lady Luck
    January 23rd, 2010 at 02:38 | #4

    I knew some of these.
    (I hope we’re not having a quiz on this next week.)
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  5. mike
    January 23rd, 2010 at 03:23 | #5

    not sure.

    i have heard some of them, but not all. I had no idea about willard scott.

    learn something new every day!
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  6. Lona
    January 23rd, 2010 at 04:01 | #6

    Very interesting Suzie!
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  7. jackie
    January 23rd, 2010 at 04:22 | #7

    Are you grading on a curve?
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  8. Baw
    January 23rd, 2010 at 04:47 | #8

    I’m dying to try this on New Years Eve:

    A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and
    down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top
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  9. john
    January 23rd, 2010 at 05:30 | #9

    Not too sure who has more time on their hands;you who asked this question or I who read the question.I liked the celery fact.I know what I’m getting tomorrow.

    Thank you very much.
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  10. mrwizard
    January 23rd, 2010 at 06:02 | #10

    In ancient Babylon, the bride’s father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead (fermented honey beverage) he could drink for a month after the wedding. Because their calendar was lunar or moon-based, this period of free mead was called the "honey month," or what we now call the "honeymoon."
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  11. DR W
    January 23rd, 2010 at 06:12 | #11

    Most of the first batch appear on http://www.unnecessaryknowledge.com
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  12. Honey
    January 23rd, 2010 at 06:24 | #12

    to answer your question, i know that at this time 13 people know these facts, including you and i..interesting trivia
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  13. Dave M
    January 23rd, 2010 at 06:54 | #13

    Supplied his sun in law with what – good read
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  14. Dave Tired Old Man
    January 23rd, 2010 at 07:07 | #14

    I have seen a lot of them on emails i have received. Now if i can only get on a TV game show and win millions of $$$$ with all this vast info!!
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  15. Frustrated!!
    January 23rd, 2010 at 07:42 | #15

    That is really interesting and would make some great questions for a quiz. I doubt however, that many people would be able to answer that many of the questions let alone all of them!
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