Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Useless facts

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.

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

The American Dental Association recommended that a toothbrush be kept at least 6 feet away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush.

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

American car horns beep in the tone of F.

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

Donkeys kill more people annually than plane crashes.

1 in every 4 Americans has appeared on television.

You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television.

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.

Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise. (Now you know why us Men are from Mars!)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Barbie's full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.

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

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

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

Marilyn Monroe had six toes.

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

Walt Disney was afraid of mice.

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

** Pearls melt in vinegar

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

** Thirty-Five percent of the people who use personal ads for datingare already married.

** The 3 most valuable brand names on earth: MARLBORO, COCA-COLA, and BUDWEISER, in that order.

** It's possible to lead a cow upstairs. . .but not downstairs.

** Humans are the only primates that don't have pigment in the palms of their hands.

** Ten percent of the Russian government's income comes from the sale of vodka.

** The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable.

** Stewardesses' is the longest word that is typed with only the lefthand.

** No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, and purple.

** "I am" is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.

** Average life span of a major league baseball: 7 pitches.

** A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.

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

** The airplane Buddy Holly died in was the "American Pie." (thus the name of the Don McLean song)

** 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

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

** Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without killing them used to burn their houses down - hence the expression "To get fired."

** 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.

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

** An Ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

** The longest recorded flight of a chicken is thirteen seconds.

** The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for the "General Purpose" vehicle, G.P.

** The highest point in Pennsylvania is lower than the lowest point in Colorado.

** Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.

** 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.

** No NFL team which play its home games in a domed stadium has ever won a Superbowl.

** 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 All-Star Game.

** The mask use by Michael Myers in the original "Halloween" movie was actually a Captain Kirk mask painted white.

** If you put a raisin in a glass of champagne, it will keep floating to the top and sinking to the bottom.

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