Fun Facts

  • The word "queueing" is the only English word with five consecutive vowels.

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

  • The two longest one-syllable words in the English language are "screeched" and "strengths."

  • The abbreviation for pound, "lb.," comes from the astrological sign Libra, meaning balance, and symbolized by scales.

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

  • Montpelier, Vermont is the only U.S. state capital without a McDonalds.

  • The Chinese ideogram for 'trouble' symbolizes 'two women living under one roof'.

  • In Chinese, the words for crisis and opportunity are the same.

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

  • 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 glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher.

  • The longest word in the English language, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. The only other word with the same amount of letters is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconioses, its plural.

  • Hydroxydesoxycorticosterone and hydroxydeoxycorticosterones are the largest anagrams.

  • Los Angeles's full name is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula."

  • Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.

  • An ostrich's eye is bigger than it's brain.

  • Ben and Jerry's send the waste from making ice cream to local pig farmers to use as feed. Pigs love the stuff, except for one flavor: Mint Oreo.

  • Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.

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

  • Wilma Flintstone's maiden name was Wilma Slaghoopal, and Betty Rubble's Maiden name was Betty Jean Mcbricker.

  • 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 pharaoh Ramses II who fathered over 160 children.

  • If NASA sent birds into space they would soon die, they need gravity to swallow.

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

  • The cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth II, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.

  • Maine is the only state that borders on only one state.

  • The word 'byte' is a contraction of 'by eight.'

  • The average ear of corn has eight-hundred kernels arranged in sixteen rows.

  • The famous split-fingered Vulcan salute is actually intended to represent the first letter ("shin," pronounced "sheen") of the word "shalom." As a small boy, Leonard Nimoy observed his rabbi using it in a benediction and never forgot it; eventually he was able to add it to "Star Trek" lore.

  • 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."

  • The term the "Boogey Man will get you" comes from the Boogey people,who still inhabit an area of Indonesia. These people still act as pirates today and attack ships that pass. Thus the term spread "if you don't watch out the boogey man will get you."

  • The longest U.S. highway is route 6 starting in Cape Cod, Massachusetts going through 14 states, and ending in Bishop, California...

  • "Underground" is the only word in the English language that begins and ends with the letters "und."

  • The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra's "Its A Wonderful Life"

  • 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.

  • Armored knights raised their visors to identify themselves when they rode past their king. This custom has become the modern military salute.

  • Sylvia Miles had the shortest performance ever nominated for an Oscar with "Midnight Cowboy." Her entire role lasted only six minutes.

  • Charles Lindbergh took only four sandwiches with him on his famous transatlantic flight.

  • Goethe couldn't stand the sound of barking dogs and could only write if he had an apple rotting in the drawer of his desk.

  • 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 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.

  • 101 Dalmatians and Peter Pan (Wendy) are the only two Disney cartoon features with both parents that are present and don't die throughout the movie. (Error here, Sleeping Beauty also has both parents surviving in the film.)

  • 'Stewardesses' is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.

  • Armadillos have four babies at a time and they are always all the same sex.

  • Armadillos are the only animal besides humans that can get leprosy.

  • To escape the grip of a crocodile's jaws, push your thumbs into its eyeballs -- it will let you go instantly.

  • Reindeer like to eat bananas.

  • 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.

  • Physicist Murray Gell-Mann named the sub-atomic particles known as quarks for a random line in James Joyce, "Three quarks for Muster Mark!"

  • Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie.

  • The phrase "sleep tight" derives from the fact that early mattresses were filled with straw and held up with rope stretched across the bedframe. A tight sleep was a comfortable sleep.

  • "Three dog night" (attributed to Australian Aborigines) came about because on especially cold nights these nomadic people needed three dogs (dingos, actually) to keep from freezing.

  • 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 radio's newscast about the wreck.

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

  • Playing cards were issued to British pilots in WWII. If captured, they could be soaked in water and unfolded to reveal a map for escape.

  • Ivory bar soap floating was a mistake. They had been overmixing the soap formula causing excess air bubbles that made it float. Customers wrote and told how much they loved that it floated, and it has floated ever since.

  • Studies show that if a cat falls off the seventh floor of a building it has about thirty percent less chance of surviving than a cat that falls off the twentieth floor. It supposedly takes about eight floors for the cat to realize what is occurring, relax and correct itself.

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

  • The Sanskrit word for "war" means "desire for more cows."


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