Saturday, May 4, 2013

Some MORE Little Known Facts

· A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.
· The "save" icon on Microsoft Word shows a floppy disk, with the shutter on backwards.
· The combination "ough" can be pronounced in nine different ways. The following sentence contains them all:
"A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed."
· The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable.
· Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.
· The word "Checkmate" in chess comes from the Persian phrase "Shah Mat," which means, "the king is dead".
· Pinocchio is Italian for "pine head."
· In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere.
· The United States has never lost a war in which mules were used.
· All porcupines float in water.
· The airplane Buddy Holly died in was called "American Pie." (Thus the name of the Don McLean song.)
· The only nation whose name begins with an "A", but doesn't end in an "A" is Afghanistan.
· If you toss a penny 10,000 times, it will not be heads 5,000 times, but more like 4,950. The heads picture weighs more, so it ends up on the bottom.
· 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.
· An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.
· Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.
· Wilma Flintstone's maiden name was Wilma Slaghoopal, and Betty Rubble's Maiden name was Betty Jean Mcbricker.
· Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.
· 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."
· 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.
· "Stewardesses" is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.
· 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 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.
· 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.
· 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.
· 111,111,111 x 111,111,111=12,345,678,987,654,321
· 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. (note: if the rider's head is up the horse's rear, the rider died a politician.)
· No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, and purple.
· 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."
· There are two credit cards for every person in the United States.
· A snail can sleep for 3 years.
· If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until you would find the letter "A"? -- One thousand
· What do bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers all have in common?-- All were invented by women.
· Married men revealed that they change their underwear twice as often as single men.
· 40% of all people who come to a party in your home snoop in your medicine cabinet.
· The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time television were Fred and Wilma Flintstone.
· Coca-Cola was originally green.
· Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the US Treasury.
· It is possible to lead a cow upstairs but not downstairs.

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