205 FACTS

1. The electric chair was invented by a dentist.

2. You share your birthday with at least 9 million people.

3. The Boston University Bridge is one of the few places in the world where a boat can sail under a train driving under a car driving under an airplane.

4.5. Cats have over 100 vocal cord sounds. Dogs have about 10.

6. Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.

7. David Prowse was the guy in the Darth Vader suit in Star Wars; he spoke all of Vader’s lines, and didn’t know he would be dubbed over by James Earl Jones until he saw the screening of the film.

8. In every episode of Seinfeld, there is a Superman somewhere.

9. Montpeiler, Vermont is the only US state capital without a McDonald’s.

10. No word in the English language rhymes with orange, month, silver or purple.

11. The cruise line, Queen Elizabeth II, moves six inches for each gallon of diesel it burns.

12. The first Ford cars had Dodge engines.

13. Babies are born without knee caps. They don’t appear until 2-6 years of age.

14. Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.

15. Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.

16. The first toilet ever seen on television was on Leave It to Beaver.

17. Only one person in 2 billion will live to be 116 or older.

18. The name Wendy was made up for the book Peter Pan.

19. Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories per hour.

20. Humans, kangaroos, chimps, and dolphins are the only species that have sex for pleasure.

21. Human beings are the only animals with the ability to have sex facing each other.

22. The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.

23. You can’t kill yourself by holding your breath.

24. Americans, on average, eat 18 acres of pizza every day combined.

25. A pig’s orgasm lasts for 30 minutes.

26. Every time you lick a stamp, you are consuming 1/10 of a calorie.

27. You are more likely to be killed by a champagne cork than by a poisonous spider.

28. A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.

29. Polar bears are always left handed.

30. Ants always fall over on their right side when intoxicated.

31. Some lions mate over 50 times a day.

32. Butterflies taste with their feet.

33. Elephants are the only animal that can’t jump.

34. An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.

35. Starfish don’t have brains.

36. The average person eats 8 spiders in their lifetime at night.

37. A rhinoceros’s horn is made of compacted hair.

38. The shortest war in history was between Zanzibar and England in 1896… Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes.

39. A polar bears skin is black. Its fur is not white, but actually clear.

40. Dueling is legal in Paraguay, as long as both parties are registered blood donors.

41. Donald Duck comics were banned in Finland because he doesn’t wear pants.

42. More people are killed by donkeys annually than in plane crashes.

43. Shakespeare invented the words “assassination” and “bump”.

44. Marilyn Monroe had six toes.

45. If you keep a Goldfish in a dark room, it will eventually turn white.

46. Women blink nearly twice as often as men.

47. Right handed people, on average, live 9 years longer than left handed people.

48. The name of all the continents end with the same letter that they start with.

49. If the population of China walked past you in single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.

50. A snail can sleep for 3 years.

51. American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first-class.

52. China has more English-speaking people than the United States.

53. Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.

54. Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.

55. There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.

56. The average person’s left hand does 56% of the typing.

57. A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.

58. There are more chickens than people in the world.

59. Two-thirds of the world’s eggplant is grown in New Jersey.

60. The longest one-syllable word in the English language is “screeched.”

61. On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament building is an American flag.

62. All of the clocks in the movie “Pulp Fiction” are stuck on 4:20.

63. “Dreamt” is the only English word that ends in the letters “mt”.

64. All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.

65. Almonds are a member of the peach family.

66. Winston Churchill was born in a ladies’ room during a dance.

67. Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.

68. There are only four words in the English language which end in “dous”: tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.

69. Los Angeles’ full name is “El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula”

70. A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

71. Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.

72. In most advertisements, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.

73. Al Capone’s business card said he was a used furniture dealer.

74. The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

75. A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours.

76. A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.

77. A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.

78. It’s impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

79. The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.

80. In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.

81. The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.

82. Mr. Rogers is an ordained minister.

83. The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.

84. There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.

85. “Stewardesses” is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.

86. 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.

87. Mosquito repellents don’t repel. They hide you. The spray blocks the mosquito’s sensors so they don’t know you’re there.

88. Dentists have recommended that a toothbrush be kept at least 6 feet away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush.

89. The liquid inside young coconuts can be used as substitute for blood plasma.

90. No piece of paper can be folded in half more than 7 times.

91. In the course of an average lifetime you will, while sleeping, eat 70 assorted insects and 10 spiders.

92. 1 in every 4 Americans has appeared on television.

93. You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television.

94. Oak trees do not produce acorns until they are fifty years of age or older.

95. The first product to have a bar code was Wrigley’s gum.

96. The king of hearts is the only king without a mustache.

97. A Boeing 747s wingspan is longer than the Wright brother’s first flight.

98. Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise.

99. The first CD pressed in the US was Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA.”

100. Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning.

101. The 57 on the Heinz ketchup bottle represents the number of varieties of pickles the company once had.

102. The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets.

103. Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin.

104. The first owner of the Marlboro company died of lung cancer.

105. Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.

106. Betsy Ross is the only real person to ever have been the head on a Pez dispenser.

107. Adolph Hitler’s mother seriously considered having an abortion but was talked out of it by her doctor.

108. All US Presidents have worn glasses. Some just didn’t like being seen wearing them in public.

109. Walt Disney was afraid of mice.

110. The sound of E.T walking was made by someone squishing her hands in jelly.

111. Debra Winger was the voice of E.T.

112. Pearls melt in vinegar.

113. It takes 3,000 cows to supply the NFL with enough leather for a year’s supply of footballs.

114. Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.

115. The three most valuable brand names on earth: Marlboro, Coca Cola, and Budweiser, in that order.

116. It is possible to lead a cow upstairs, but not downstairs.

117. Average life span of a major league baseball: seven pitches.

118. A duck’s quack doesn’t echo and no one knows why.

119. The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days when the engines were pulled by horses. The horses were stabled on the ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight
staircases.

120. Richard Milhouse Nixon was the first US president whose name contains all the letters from the word “criminal.”

121. The second? William Jefferson Clinton.

122. If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee.

123. If you farted consistently for 6 years and 9 months, enough gas is produced to create the energy of an atomic bomb.

124. The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet.

125. A cockroach will live nine days without its head before it starves to death.

126. The male praying mantis cannot copulate while its head is attached to its body. The female initiates sex by ripping the male’s head off.

127. The flea can jump 350 times its body length. It’s like a human jumping the length of a football field.

128. The catfish has over 27,000 taste buds.

129. A cat’s urine glows under a black light.

130. Q. What occurs more often in December than any other month? A. Conception.

131. Q. What separates “60 Minutes,” on CBS from every other TV show? A. No theme song.

132. Q. Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of what? A. Their birthplace.

133. Q. Most boat owners name their boats. What is the most popular boat name requested? A. Obsession

134. Q. If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to count until you found the letter “A”? A. One thousand

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

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

137. Q. There are more collect calls on this day than any other day of the year? A. Father’s Day

138. Q. What trivial fact about Mel Blanc (voice of Bugs Bunny) is the most ironic? A. He was allergic to carrots.

139. Q. What is an activity performed by 40% of all people at a party? A. Snoop in your medicine cabinet.

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

141. Coca-Cola was originally green.

142. Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the US Treasury.

143. Men can read smaller print than women; women can hear & smell better.

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

145. The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28%

146. The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%

147. The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $6,400

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

149. Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

150. Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history: Spades – King David; Clubs – Alexander the Great; Hearts -Charlemagne; Diamonds – Julius Caesar

151. 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

152. 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.

153. Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn’t added until 5 years later.

154. “I am.” is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.

155. The term “the whole 9 yards” came from WWII fighter pilots in the South Pacific. When arming their airplanes on the ground, the .50 caliber machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, it got “The whole 9 yards.”

156. Hershey’s Kisses are called that because the machine that makes them looks like it’s kissing the conveyor belt.

157. 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 our thumb.

158. The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for the “General Purpose” vehicle, G.P.

159. 23% of all photocopier faults worldwide are caused by people sitting on them and photocopying their buttocks.

160. The only two days of the year in which there are no professional sports games (MLB, NBA, NHL, or NFL) are the day before and the day after the Major League Baseball’s all-stars Game.

161. The nursery rhyme “Ring Around the Rosey” is a rhyme about the Black Plague. Infected people with the plague would get red circular sores (“Ring around the Rosey”), these sores would smell very badly so common folks would put flowers on their bodies (inconspicuously), so that it would cover the smell of the sores (“a pocket full of posies”). Furthermore, people who died from the plague would be burned so as to reduce the possible spread of the disease (“ashes, ashes, we all fall down”).

162. The world’s youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910.

163. The youngest Pope was 11 years old.

164. The first Novel ever written on a typewriter was “Tom Sawyer”

165. TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on the one top row of the keyboard.

166. San Francisco Cable Cars are the only Mobile National Monuments.

167. 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”.

168. 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. Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month or what we know today as the honeymoon.

169. 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”

170. 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.

171. In ancient England a person could not have sex unless you had consent of the King (unless you were in the Royal Family). When anyone wanted to have a baby, they got consent of the King, the King gave them a placard that they hung on their door while they were having sex. The placard had F.*.*.*. ( Fornication Under Consent of the King) on it. Now you know where that WORD came from.

172. In Scotland, a new game was invented. It was entitled Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden….and thus the word GOLF entered into the English language.

173. It is impossible to lick your elbow.

174. Like fingerprints, everyone’s tongue print is different

175. A shrimp’s heart is in their head.

176. People say “Bless you” when you sneeze because when you sneeze, your heart stops for a mili-second.

177. In a study of 200,000 ostriches over a period of 80 years, no one reported a single case where an ostrich buried its head in the sand (or attempted to do so – apart from Bones ).

178. It’s physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.

179. A pregnant goldfish is called a twit

180. Between 1937 and 1945 Heinz produced a version of Alphabetti Spaghetti especially for the German market that consisted solely of little pasta swastikas.

181. On average, a human being will have sex more than 3,000 times and spend two weeks kissing in their lifetime.

182. More than 50% of the people in the world have never made or received a telephone call.

183. Rats and horses can’t vomit.

184. The “sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick” is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.

185. If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib.

186. If you try to suppress a sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die.

187. If you keep your eyes open by force, they can pop out.

188. Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over million descendants.

189. Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.

190. If the government has no knowledge of aliens, then why does Title 14, Section 1211 of the Code of Federal Regulations, implemented on July 16,1969, make it illegal for U.S. citizens to have any contact with extraterrestrials or their vehicles?

191. The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.

192. Most lipstick contains fish scales

193. February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.

194. A “jiffy” is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.

195. In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.

196. If you are an average American, in your whole life, you will spend an average of 6 months waiting at red lights.

197. Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors

198. The sentence: “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” uses every letter of the alphabet.

199. The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid.

200. The words ‘racecar,’ ‘kayak’ and ‘level’ are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left (palindromes).

201. There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.

202. There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: “abstemious” and “facetious.”

203. There’s no Betty Rubble in the Flintstones Chewable Vitamins.

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

205. Over 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow.

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