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Rictic  (Level: 138.9 - Posts: 90)
Sun, 20th Jan '08 7:29 PM


Totally Useless Facts...
For your procastinationing pleasure!

The "pound" key on your keyboard (#) is called an octotroph.

The only domestic animal not mentioned in the Bible is the cat.

The "dot" over the letter "i" is called a tittle.

Table tennis balls have been known to travel off the paddle at speeds up to 160 km/hr.

Pepsi originally contained pepsin, thus the name.

The original story from "Tales of 1001 Arabian Nights" begins, "Aladdin was a little Chinese boy."

Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.

Honey is the only natural food that is made without destroying any kind of life. What about milk you say? A cow has to eat grass to produce milk and grass is living.

The most common name in the world is Mohammed.

The volume of the Earth's moon is the same as the volume of the Pacific Ocean.

Cephalacaudal recapitulation is the reason our extremities develop faster than the rest of us.

Spiral staircases in medieval castles are running clockwise. This is because all knights used to be right-handed. When the intruding army would climb the stairs they would not be able to use their right hand which was holding the sword because of the difficulties of climbing the stairs. Left-handed knights would have had no troubles, except left-handed people could never become knights because it was assumed that they were descendants of the devil.

Ham radio operators got the term "ham" coined from the expression "ham fisted operators," a term used to describe early radio users who sent Morse code (i.e., pounded their fist).

The slogan on New Hampshire license plates is "Live Free or Die." These license plates are manufactured by prisoners in the state prison in Concord.

Chinese Crested dogs can get acne.

Hydrogen gas is the least dense substance in the world, at 0.08988g/cc.

Hydrogen solid is the most dense substance in the world, at 70.6g/cc.

Each year there is one ton of cement poured for each man woman and child in the world.

The house fly hums in the middle octave key of F.

The only capital letter in the Roman alphabet with exactly one end point is P.

The giant red star Betelgeuse has a diameter larger than that of the Earth's orbit around the sun.

The longest place name still in use is: Taumatawhakatangihangaoauauotameteaturipukakapikimaungahoronuk- upokaiwhenuakitanatahu--a New Zealand hill.

Los Angeles's full name is: "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Poriuncula" and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size, "LA.".

Only 1 in 2,000,000,000 will live to be 116 or older.

An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.

According to Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity, it is possible to go slower than light and faster than light, but it is impossible to go the speed of light. Also, there is a particle called tackyon which is supposed to go faster than light. This means if you fire a tackyon beam, it travels before you fire it.

When you tie a noose, the rope is wrapped twelve times around because it's the same length as a persons head.

Hummingbirds are the only animal that can fly backwards.

A cat's jaw cannot move sideways...

Missgeorge  (Level: 63.0 - Posts: 388)
Sun, 20th Jan '08 7:34 PM

Wow! You know more stuff than Cliff Clavin on Cheers.

Rictic  (Level: 138.9 - Posts: 90)
Sun, 20th Jan '08 7:38 PM

If only I was that gifted!

Phitzy1  (Level: 66.4 - Posts: 873)
Sun, 20th Jan '08 7:48 PM

When I was a youngerster (yep you read it right) my friends and I once snorted nutmeg.

It was believed to have similar effects of Cocaine..,needless to say it didn't.

But it was the Eve of Thanksgiving (the annual Thanksgiving Keg party), and the next morning all I could smell was the nutmeg...I kept asking my mother "did you use nutmeg in this?"

I finally told her the story this Thanksgiving (my brothers and i all divulge something mew to her each holiday) and she just shook her head...

Bigbird  (Level: 236.4 - Posts: 3300)
Sun, 20th Jan '08 8:12 PM

Wow, I think I knew 4 of your tidbits. Sure glad it wasn't a quiz! Now to try to remember any of it, so as to impress anyone.


Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sun, 20th Jan '08 9:51 PM

The human head weighs 8 pounds - Jerry McGuire. (Mine a little less)

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