Auld Lang Syne
Mary Had a Little Lamb
# The original game of “Monopoly” was circular.
# It costs more to buy a new car today in the United States than it cost Christopher Columbus to equip and undertake three voyages to and from the New World.
# One-fourth of the world’s population lives on less than $200 a year.
# Ninety million people survive on less than $75 a year.
# The sentence “the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” uses every letter in the English language.
# The word racecar and kayak are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left.
# TYPEWRITER, is the longest word that can be made using the letters on only one row of the keyboard.
# Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia is the fear of long words.
# A snail can sleep for 3 years.
# Did you know you share your birthday with at least 9 million other people in the world.
# The average human eats 8 spiders in their lifetime at night.
# More people are killed by donkeys annually than are killed in plane crashes.
# Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
# The continents names all end with the same letter with which they start.
# Shakespeare invented the word “assassination” and “bump.”
# According to tests made at the Institute for the Study of Animal Problems in Washington, D.C., dogs and cats, like people, are either right-handed or left-handed — that is, they favor either their right or left paws.
# A giraffe can go without water longer than a camel can.
# Blue whales weigh as much as 30 elephants and are as long as 3 Greyhound buses.
# Crocodiles and alligators are surprisingly fast on land. Although they are rapid, they are not agile; so if you ever find yourself chased by one, run in a zigzag line. You’ll lose him or her every time.
# Birds do not sleep in their nests. They may occasionally nap in them, but they actually sleep in other places.
# Most elephants weigh less than the tongue of the blue whale.
# Butterflies taste with their hind feet.
# Only female mosquitoes bite.
# Mosquitoes are attracted to the color blue twice as much as to any other color.
# If one places a tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion, it will instantly go mad and sting itself to death.
# Every night, wasps bite into the stem of a plant, lock their mandibles (jaws) into position, stretch out at right angles to the stem, and, with legs dangling, fall asleep.
# Ants stretch when they wake up. They also appear to yawn in a very human manner before taking up the tasks of the day.
# Bees have 5 eyes. There are 3 small eyes on the top of a bee’s head and 2 larger ones in front.
# The outdoor temperature can be estimated to within several degrees by timing the chirps of a cricket. It is done this way: count the number of chirps in a 15-second period, and add 37 to the total. The result will be very close to the actual Fahrenheit temperature. This formula, however, only works in warm weather. (Try it!)
# In the United States, a pound of potato chips cost two hundred times more than a pound of potatoes.
# Caesar salad has nothing to do with any of the Caesar. It was first concocted in a bar in Tijuana, Mexico, in the 1920’s.
# A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continually from the bottom of the glass to the top.
# Celery has negative calories! It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with.
# You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television.
# The two longest one-syllable words in the English language is “screeched. & strengths.”
# Barbie’s measurements if she were life size: 39-23-33.
# Barbie’s full first name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.
# All of the clocks in Pulp Fiction are stuck on 4:20.
# A coat hanger is 44 inches long if straightened
# “Dreamt” is the only English word that ends in the letters “mt”.
# The word ‘byte’ is a contraction of ‘by eight.’
# The word ‘pixel’ is a contraction of either ‘picture cell’ or ‘picture element’.
# Isaac Asimov is the only author to have a book in every Dewey-decimal category.
# Cat’s urine glows under a black light.
# The average ear of corn has eight hundred kernels arranged in sixteen rows.
# The first Ford cars had Dodge engines.
# Chrysler built B-29’s engines that bombed Japan, Mitsubishi built Zeros that tried to shoot them down. Both companies now build cars in a joint plant call Diamond Star.
# On the new hundred-dollar bill the time on the clock tower of Independence Hall is 4:10.
# The vignette on the reverse of the five-dollar note depicts a likeness of the front of the Lincoln Memorial as it appeared in 1922 when it was first dedicated. At that time, there were only 48 states that made up the United States of America. The names of 26 states were engraved on the front of the Memorial. This is why only the names of 26 states appear in the vignette on the reverse of the five-dollar note. In the upper frieze of the façade in the vignette the states are from left to right: Arkansas, Michigan, Florida, Texas, Iowa, Wisconsin, California, Minnesota, Oregon, Kansas, West Virginia, Nevada, Nebraska, Colorado, and North Dakota. In the lower frieze from left to right the names of the states are: Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, Carolina, Hampshire, Virginia and New York.
# All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.
# Almonds are members of the peach family.
# If you add up the numbers 1-100 consecutively (1+2+3+4+5 etc) the total is 5050
# The symbol on the “pound” key (#) is called an octothorpe.
# The maximum weight for a golf ball is 1.62 Oz.
# The dot over the letter ‘i’ is called a tittle.
# Duddley DoRight’s Horses name was “Horse.”
# Samuel Clemens aka Mark Twain was born on a day in 1835 when Haley’s Comet came into view. When He died in 1910, Haley’s Comet came into view again.
# Ethernet is a registered trademark of Xerox, Unix is a registered trademark of AT&T.
# The first hard drive available for the Apple ][ had a capacity of 5megabytes.
# In many cases, the amount of storage space on a record-able CD is measured in minutes. 74 minutes is about 650 megabytes, 63 minutes is 550 megabytes.
# Charlie Brown’s father was a barber.
# Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.
# Of the six men who made up the Three Stooges, three of them were real brothers (Moe, Curly and Shemp.)
# Ohio is listed as the 17th state in the U.S., but technically it is number 47. Until August 7, 1953, congress forgot to vote on a resolution to admit Ohio to the Union.
# If you have three quarters, four dimes, and four pennies, you have $1.19. You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a dollar.
# Only 1/3 of the people that can twitch their ears can twitch only one at a time.
# The volume of the Earth’s moon is the same as the volume of the Pacific Ocean.
# Ingrown toenails are hereditary.
# The largest city in the United States with a one syllable name is Flint, Michigan.
# On the cartoon show ‘The Jetsons’, Jane is 33 years old and her daughter Judy is 15.
# In Mel Brooks’ ‘Silent Movie,’ mime Marcel Marceau is the only person who has a speaking role.
# Only humans and horses have hymens.
# The word “set” has more definitions than any other word in the English language.
# The state with the longest coastline in the US is Alaska.
# We will have four consecutive full moons making two blue moons in 1999 (January 2 and 31, March 2 and 31.) The only other time it happened this century was in 1915 (January 1 and 31, March 1 and 31.)
# Pulp Fiction cost $8 million to make – $5 million going to actor’s salaries.
# Spot, Data’s cat on Star Trek: The Next Generation, was played by six different cats.
# The longest U.S. highway is route 6 starting in Cape Cod, Massachusetts going through 14 states, and ending in Bishop, California…
# The number of the trash compactor in Star Wars (20th Century Fox, 1977) is 3263827.
# “Underground” is the only word in the English language that begins and ends with the letters “und.”
# A full seven percent of the entire Irish barley crop goes to the production of Guinness beer.
# If you toss a penny 10000 times, it will not be heads 5000 times, but more like 4950. The heads picture weighs more, so it ends up on the bottom.
# The housefly hums in the middle octave, key of F.
# Mr. Snuffleupagas’ first name was Alyoisus.
# In the movie “the Right Stuff” there is a scene where a government recruiter for the Mercury astronaut program (played by Jeff Goldblum) is in a bar at Muroc Dry Lake, California. His partner suggests Chuck Yeager as a good astronaut candidate. Jeff proceeds to bad mouth Yeager claiming they need someone who went to college. During the conversation the real Chuck Yeager is playing a bartender who is standing behind the recruiters eavesdropping. General Yeager is listed low in the movie credits as ‘Fred.’
# Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.
# There are only four words in the English language which end in “-dous”: tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
# The longest word in the English language, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is pneumonoultramicroscopics- ilicovolcanoconiosis. The only other word with the same amount of letters ispneumonoultra-microscopicsilicovol- canoconioses, its plural.
# The longest place-name still in use is Taumatawhakatan- gihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokai- whenuakitanatahu, a New Zealand hill.
# Los Angeles’s full name is “El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula” and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size, “L.A.”
# A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
# An ostrich’s eye is bigger than it’s brain.
# Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
# After the Civil War the U.S. sued Great Britain for damages that were caused by them building ships for the Confederacy. We originally asked for $1 billion but settled on $25 Million.
# There are 22 stars surrounding the mountain on the Paramount Pictures logo.
# Deborah Winger did the voice of E.T.
# There is a word in the English language with only one vowel, which occurs six times: Indivisibility.
# In most advertisements, including newspapers, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.
# The only Dutch word to contain eight consecutive consonants is ‘angstschreeuw’.
# Alfred Hitchcock didn’t have a belly button. It was eliminated when he was sewn up after surgery.
# The Mongol emperor Genghis Khan’s original name was Temujin.
# The first word spoken by an ape in the movie Planet of the Apes was “Smile”.
# Facetious and abstemious contain all the vowels in the correct order.
# Geller and Huchra have made three-dimensional maps of the distribution of galaxies. In each layer of the map some galaxies are grouped together in such a way that they resemble a human being.
# Telly Savalas and Louis Armstrong died on their birthdays.
# Al Capone’s business card said he was a used furniture dealer.
# The second longest word in the English language is “antidisestablishmentarianism”.
# When two words are combined to form a single word (e.g., motor + hotel = motel, breakfast + lunch = brunch) the new word is called a “portmanteau.”
# Dr. Samuel A. Mudd was the physician who set the leg of Lincoln’s assassin John Wilkes Booth … and whose shame created the expression for ignominy, “His name is Mudd.”
# The muzzle of a lion is like a fingerprint – no two lions have the same pattern of whiskers.
# In 1969, the last Corvair was painted gold.
# The real name of the “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” lady is Edith Fore.
# Betsy Ross was born with a fully formed set of teeth.
# Betsy Ross’s other contribution to the American Revolution, beside sewing the first American flag, was running a munitions factory in her basement.
# The only real people to be a Pez head are
Betsy Ross, Paul Revere and Daniel Boone.
# Steely Dan got their name from a sexual device depicted in the book ‘The Naked Lunch’.
# Bob Dylan’s real name is Robert Zimmerman.
# Wilma Flintstone’s maiden name was Wilma Slaghoopal, and Betty Rubble’s Maiden name was Betty Jean Mcbricker.
# Lenny Kravitz’s mother played the part of “Helen” on “The Jeffersons.”
# Grapes explode when you put them in the microwave.
# A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.
# 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321
# The Ramses brand condom is named after the great phaoroh Ramses II who fathered over 160 children.
# There is a seven letter word in the English language that contains ten words without rearranging any of its letters, “therein”: the, there, he, in, rein, her, here, here, ere, therein, herein.
# When the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers play football at home, the stadium becomes the state’s third largest city.
# John Larroquette of “Night Court” and “The John Larroquette Show” was the narrator of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”
# A pig’s orgasm lasts for 30 minutes.
# A pig’s penis is shaped like a corkscrew.
# A dragonfly has a lifespan of 24 hours.
# A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.
# A quarter has 119 grooves around the edge.
# A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.
# On an American one-dollar bill, there is an owl in the upper left-hand corner of the “1” encased in the “shield” and a spider hidden in the front upper right-hand corner.
# It’s impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
# “Evian” spelled backwards is naive.
# The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets.
# Maine is the toothpick capital of the world.
# It was discovered on a space mission that a frog can throw up. The frog throws up it’s stomach first, so the stomach is dangling out of it’s mouth. Then the frog uses it’s forearms to dig out all of the stomach’s contents and then swallows the stomach back down again.
# The A&W of root beer fame stands for Allen and Wright.
# A baby eel is called an elver, a baby oyster is called a spat.
# Bingo is the name of the dog on the Cracker Jack box.
# Lake Nicaragua boasts the only fresh-water sharks in the entire world.
# Charles de Gaulle’s final words were, “It hurts.”
# There are four cars and ten lightposts on the back of a ten-dollar bill.
# ABBA got their name by taking the first letter from each of their first names (Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny, Anni- frid.)
# What five digit number, when multiplied by the number 4, is the same number with the digits in reverse order?
21978; 21978 x 4 = 87912.
# It was illegal to sell ET dolls in France because there is a law against selling dolls without human faces.
# In the 1983 film “JAWS 3D” the shark blows up. Some of the shark guts were the stuffed ET dolls being sold at the time.
# Montana mountain goats will butt heads so hard their hooves fall off.
# The Beatles song “Dear Prudence” was written about Mia Farrow’s sister, Prudence, when she wouldn’t come out and play with Mia and the Beatles at a religious retreat in India.
# Cranberries are sorted for ripeness by bouncing them; a fully ripened cranberry can be dribbled like a basketball.
# The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.
# St. Paul, Minnesota was originally called Pigs Eye after a man who ran a saloon there.
# 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.
# Moon was Buzz Aldrin’s mother’s maiden name. (Buzz Aldrin was the second man on the moon in 1969.)
# Who’s that playing the piano on the “Mad About You” theme? It’s Paul Reiser himself.. And Greg Evigan sang the “My Two Dads” theme. Kelsey Grammar sings and plays the piano for the theme song of Fraiser.Alan Thicke, the father in the TV show Growing Pains wrote the theme songs for The Facts of Life and Diff’rent Strokes .
# In 1963, baseball pitcher Gaylord Perry remarked, “They’ll put a man on the moon before I hit a home run.” On July 20, 1969, a few hours after Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, Gaylord Perry hit his first, and only, home run.
# The Grateful Dead were once called The Warlocks.
# Gilligan of Gilligan’s Island had a first name that was only used once, on the never-aired pilot show. His first name was Willy.
# The Skipper’s real name on Gilligan’s Island is Jonas Grumby. It was mentioned once in the first episode on their radios newscast about the wreck.
# The Professor’s real name was Roy Hinkley, Mary Ann’s last name was Summers and Mrs. Howell’s maiden name was Wentworth.
# The male gypsy moth can “smell” the virgin female gypsy moth from 1.8 miles away.
# In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.
# Reindeer milk has more fat than cow milk.
# The “L.L.” in L.L. Bean stands for Leon Leonwood.
# The original fifty cent piece in Australian decimal currency had around $2.00 worth of silver in it before it was replaced with a less expensive twelve sided coin.
# The letters KGB stand for Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti.
# Alexander the Great was an epileptic.
# The lead singer of The Knack, famous for “My Sharona,” and Jack Kevorkian’s lead defense attorney are brothers, Doug & Jeffrey Feiger.
# The name for Oz in the “Wizard of Oz” was thought up when the creator, Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N, and O-Z, hence “Oz.”
# The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
# Elton John’s real name is Reginald Dwight. Elton comes from Elton Dean, a Bluesology sax player. John comes from Long John Baldry, founder of Blues Inc. They were the first electric white blues band ever seen in England- -1961
# The saying “it’s so cold out there it could freeze the balls off a brass monkey” came from when they had old cannons like ones used in the Civil War. The cannonballs were stacked in a pyramid formation, called a brass monkey. When it got extremely cold outside they would crack and break off… Thus the saying.
# Horses cannot vomit.
# S.O.S. doesn’t stand for “Save Our Ship” or “Save Our Souls” — It was just chosen by an 1908 international conference on Morse Code because the letters S and O were easy to remember and just about anyone couldkey it and read it, S = dot dot dot, O = dash dash dash..
# Pocahontas appeared on the back of the $20 bill in 1875.
# When a female horse and male donkey mate, the offspring is called a mule, but when a male horse and female donkey mate, the offspring is called a hinny.
# The way to get more mules is to mate a male donkey with a female horse.
# A donkey will sink in quicksand but a mule won’t.
# Hugh “Ward Cleaver” Beaumont was an ordained minister.
# The Old English word for “sneeze” is “fneosan.”
# John Lennon’s first girlfriend was named Thelma Pickles.
# Woodpecker scalps, porpoise teeth and giraffe tails have all been used as money.
# The Los Angeles Rams were the first U.S. football team to introduce emblems on their helmets.
# The average garden variety caterpillar has 248 muscles in its head.
# Dart-boards are made out of horsehair.
# Slinkys were invented by an airplane mechanic; he was playing with engine parts and realized the possible secondary use of one of the springs.
# There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.
# Octopi have gardens.
# “Ever think you’re hearing something in a song, but they’re really singing something else? The word for mis-heard lyrics is ‘mondegreen,’ and it comes from a folk song in the ’50’s. The singer was actually singing “They slew the Earl of Morray and laid him on the green,” but this came off sounding like ‘They slew the Earl of Morray and Lady Mondegreen.'”
# Napoleon constructed his battle plans in a sandbox.
# ‘Strengths’ is the longest word in the English language with just one vowel.
# ‘Stewardesses’ is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.
# One of the longest English words that can be typed using the top row of a typewriter (allowing multiple uses of letters) is ‘typewriter.’
# When a giraffe’s baby is born it falls from a height of six feet, normally without being hurt.
# Virgina Woolf wrote all her books standing.
# The pitches that Babe Ruth hit for his last-ever home run and that Joe DiMaggio hit for his first-ever home run where thrown by the same man.
# To “testify” was based on men in the Roman court swearing to a statement made by swearing on their testicles.
# During conscription for WWII, there were nine documented cases of men with three testicles.
# Both Hitler and Napoleon were missing one testicle.
# Stalin was only five feet, four inches tall.
# Stalin’s left foot had webbed toes, and his left arm is noticeably shorter than his right.
# Swans and Ducks are the only birds with penises.
in fact, the longest bird penis on record belongs to a duck
# A whale’s penis is called a dork.
# Some carnivores, rodents, bats and insectivores have a penis bone, called a baculum.
# A barnacle has the largest penis of any other animal in the world in relation to its size.
# Tomb robbers believed that knocking Egyptian sarcophagi’s noses off would and therefore forestall curses.
# The allele for six fingers and toes is dominant in humans.
# The face of a penny can hold about thirty drops of water.
# Medieval knights put sharkskin on their sword handles to give them a more secure grip; they would dig the sharp scales into their palms.
# Orcas (killer whales) kill sharks by torpedoing up into the shark’s stomach from underneath, causing the shark to explode.
# The only planet without a ring is earth.
# Wayne’s World was filmed in two weeks.
# If you feed a seagull Alka-Seltzer, its stomach will explode.
# The raised reflective dots in the middle of highways are called Botts dots.
# Boris Karloff is the narrator of the seasonal television special “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”
# A group of unicorns is called a blessing.
# Twelve or more cows are known as a “flink.”
# A group of frogs is called an army.
# A group of rhinos is called a crash.
# A group of kangaroos is called a mob.
# A group of whales is called a pod.
# A group of geese is called a gaggle.
# A group of ravens is called a murder.
# A group of officers is called a mess.
# A group of larks is called an exaltation.
# A group of owls is called a parliament.
# The 80s song “Rosanna” from the Eighties was written about Rosanna Arquette, the actress.
# Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine are brother and sister.
# Starfish don’t have brains.
# Shrimps’ hearts are in their heads.
# Did you know that the actor Jane Seymour’s birth name is:
Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg.
Roy Rogers name was Leonard Slye
Dale Evans was Frances Octavia Smith.
# The derivation of the word trivia comes from the Latin “tri-” + “via”, which means three streets. This is because in ancient times, at an intersection of three streets in Rome, they would have a type of kiosk where ancillary information was listed. You might be interested in it, you might not, hence they were bits of”trivia.”
# Henry VIII only had two of his wives executed;
Anne Boleyn (#2) and Catherine Howard (#5).
Catherine of Aragon (#1) died after he had divorced her,
Jane Seymour (#3) died after childbirth (of Edward),
Anne of Cleves (#4) died after he divorced her
Katherine Parr (#6) actually outlived Henry.
# Jellyfish have no brains, yet they can tell light from dark, and sence movement.
# The term ‘flying on cloud 9’ originates from military flights. Cloud types are classified as numbers… with ‘cloud 9’ being a very tall thunderstorm. Jets have to climb to an extremely high altitude in order to fly over ‘cloud 9.
# A dogs sense of smell is one of the keenest in nature. If a pot of stew was cooking on a stove, a human would smell the stew, while the dog could smell the beef, carrots, peas, potatoes, spices, and all the other individual ingredients in the stew. In fact, if you unfolded and laid out the delicate membranes from inside a dogs nose, the membranes would be larger than the dog itself.
# Dentists have recommended that a toothbrush be kept at least 6 feet away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush. I keep my toothbrush in the living room now.
# The liquid inside young coconuts can be used as a substitute for blood plasma.
# Donkeys kill more people annually than plane crashes.
# Oak trees do not produce acorns until they are fifty years of age or older.
# The first product to have a bar code was Wrigley’s gum.
# The king of hearts is the only king without a mustache.
# A Boeing 747’s wingspan is longer than the Wright brother’s first flight.
The wingspan of the B-36, a retired USAF bomber, was twice as long.
# American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating 1 olive from each salad served in first class.
# Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise.
# Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning.
# Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin.
# The first owner of the Marlboro Company died of lung cancer.
So did the first ‘Marlboro Man’.
# Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.
# All U.S. presidents have worn glasses. Some just didn’t like to be seen wearing them in public.
# Walt Disney was afraid of mice.
# Pearls melt in vinegar.
# It is possible to lead a cow upstairs…but not downstairs.
# The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days when engines were pulled by horses. The horses were stabled on the ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight staircases.
# Turtles can breathe through their butts
# A crocodile cannot stick out its tongue.
# A “jiffy” is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
# A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.
# Babies are born without kneecaps. They don’t appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age.
# Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds. Dogs only have about 10.
# February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.
# In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
# If the population of China walked past you, in single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.
# If you are an average American, in your whole life, you will spend an average of 6 months waiting at red lights.
# Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.
# No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.
# Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.
# Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.
# Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.
# The average person’s left hand does 56% of the typing.
# The Bible does not say there were three wise men; it only says there were three gifts.
# The cruise liner, QE2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.
# The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid.
# There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.
# There are more chickens than people in the world.
# Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks; otherwise it will digest itself.
# When we visit toilets, bathrooms, hotel rooms, changing rooms, etc., how many of you know for sure that the seemingly ordinary mirror hanging on the wall is a real mirror, or actually a two-way mirror?? Just conduct this simple test: Place the tip of your fingernail against the reflective surface and if there is a GAP between your fingernail and the image of the nail, then it is a GENUINE mirror. However, if your fingernail DIRECTLY TOUCHES the image of your nail, then BEWARE, for it is a two-way mirror
# The State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska!
# The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28% (now get this…) The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%
# The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $6,400
# 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 world’s youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910.
# The youngest pope was 11 years old.
# The first novel ever written on a typewriter:o?=o?= Tom Sawyer.
# Those San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.
# In Massachusetts – It is illegal to put tomatoes in clam chowder
# 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.
# “I am.” is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
# Q. What occurs more often in December than any other month? A. Conception.
# Q. Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of what? A. Their birthplace
# Q. Most boat owners name their boats. What is the most popular boat name requested? A. Obsession
# 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 laserbprinters all have in common? A. All invented by women.
# Q. What is the only food that doesn’t spoil? A. Honey
# Q. There are more collect calls on this day than any other day of the year? A. Father’s Day
# Q. What trivia fact about Mel Blanc (voice of Bugs Bunny) is the most ironic? A.o?= He was allergic to carrots.
# Q. What is an activity performed by 40% of all people at a party? A. Snoop in your medicine cabinet.
# In Shakespeare’s time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes.o?= 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 all the mead he could drink.o?= Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month we know today as the honeymoon.
# In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts. So in old England, when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them mind their own pints and quarts and settle down. It’s where we get the phrase “mind your P’s and Q’s”
# Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim or handle of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service. “Wet your whistle” is the phrase inspired by this practice.
# In Scotland, a new game was invented. It was entitled Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden…. and thus the word GOLF entered into the English language.
# Your fingernail has the same ingredients as fly poop
1) The bandage was wound around the wound.
2) The farm was used to produce produce.
3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
4) We must polish the Polish furniture..
5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.
6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert..
7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.
8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
10) I did not object to the object.
11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
13) They were too close to the door to close it.
14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.
15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
18) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear..
19) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
20) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?
Let’s face it – English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren’t invented in England or French fries in France . Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren’t sweet, are meat. We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.
And why is it that writers write but fingers don’t fing, grocers don’t groce and hammers don’t ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn’t the plural of booth, beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices? Doesn’t it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?
If teachers taught, why didn’t preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell?
How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which, an alarm goes off by going on.
English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race, which, of course, is not a race at all. That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.