THIS IS MY NEW SEGMENT CALLED: SOME HUNDRED FACTS
There are all kinds of strange and interesting things going on that we just don't usually know about. I have compiled a list of over 200 odd facts; some believable, others unbelievable, and some that are just out there. If you have time to read them all, let me know which one is your fav... 1.) In 1963, baseball pitcher Gaylord Perry remarked, "They'll put a man on the moon before I hit a home run." On July 20, 1969, a few hours after Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, Gaylord Perry hit his first (and only) home run. 2.) The world's youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910. 3.) No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, and purple. 4.) The moon is moving away at a tiny, although measurable distance from the earth every year. Do the math and you will clearly see that 85 million years ago it was orbiting the earth at a distance of about 35 feet from the earth's surface. This would explain the death of the dinosours; the tallest ones, anyway. 5.) It is physically impossible for you to lick your elbow. 6.) When opossums are playing 'possum, they are not "playing." They actually pass out from sheer terror. 7.) 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? 8.) An eagle can kill a young deer, and fly away with it. 9.) The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket. 10.) There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball. 11.) There are more cars in Southern California than there are cows in India. 12.) Erosion at the base of Niagara Falls (USA) undermines the shale cliffs and as a result, the falls have receded approximately 7 miles over the last 10,000 years. 13.) In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere. 14.) The leg bones of a bat are so thin that no bat can walk. 15.) A shrimp's heart is in its head. 16.) February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon. 17.) The Spanish word esposa means "wife." The plural, esposas, means "wives," but also "handcuffs." 18.) Abraham Lincoln's dog, Fido, was also assassinated. 19.) The "sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick" is said to be thetoughest tongue twister in the English language. 20.) Richard Versalle, a tenor performing at New York's Metropolitan Opera House, suffered a heart attack and fell 10 feet from a ladder to the stage just after singing the line "You can only live so long." Sterling Silver Amethyst Butterfly Pendant, 18"Amazon Price: $21.00List Price: $49.99 Kindle Wireless Reading Device (6" Display, U.S. Wireless)Amazon Price: $259.00 Canon PowerShot A590IS 8MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Image Stabilized ZoomAmazon Price: $365.00List Price: $129.99 Twilight (Two-Disc Special Edition)Amazon Price: $6.66List Price: $19.98 21.) 60.7 percent of eligible voters participated in the 2004 presidential election, the highest percentage in 36 years. However, more than 78 million did not vote. This means President Bush won re-election by receiving votes from less than 31% of all eligible voters in the United States. 22.) Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over a million descendants. 23.) There is a company that will (for $14,000) take your ashes, compress them into a synthetic diamond to be set in jewelry for a loved one. 24.) Mailmen in Russia now carry revolvers after a recent decision by the government. 25.) Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times. 26.) Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike each year than all the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined. 27.) There are 2,000,000 millionaires in the United States. 28.) One out of five people in the world (1.1 billion people) live on less than $1 per day. 29.) A ten year old mattress weighs double what it did when it was new, because of the debris which is absorbed through the years. That debris includes dust mites (their droppings and their decaying bodies), mold, millions of dead skin cells, dandruff, animal and human hair, secretions, excretions, lint, pollen, dust, soil, sand and a lot of perspiration, of which the average person loses a quart per day. Good night! 30.) Each year, sixteen million gallons of oil run off pavement into streams, rivers and eventually oceans in the United States. This is more oil than was spilled by the Exxon Valdez. 31.) Quebec City, Canada, has about as much street crime as Disney World. 32.) The United States has five percent of the world's population, but twenty-five percent of the world's prison population. 33.) The chicken is one of the few things that man eats before it's born and after it's dead. 34.) Some dogs can predict when a child will have an epileptic seizure, and even protect the child from injury. They're not trained to do this, they simply learn to respond after observing at least one attack. 35.) The largest ocean liners pay a $250,000 toll for each trip through the Panama Canal. The canal generates fully one-third of Panama's entire economy. 36.) 23% of all photocopier faults world-wide are caused by people sitting on them and photocopying their butts. 37.) David Bowie thinks he is being stalked by someone who is dressed like a giant pink rabbit. Bowie has noticed the fan at several recent concerts, but he became alarmed when he got on a plane and the bunny was on board. 38.) More than 8,100 US troops are still listed as missing in action from the Korean war. 39.) 71% of office workers stopped on the street for a survey agreed to give up their computer passwords in exchange for a chocolate bar. 40.) A Boeing 767 airliner is made of 3,100,000 separate parts. 41.) There are only three types of snakes on the island of Tasmania and all three are deadly poisonous. 42.) The first FAX machine was patented in 1843, 33 years before Alexander Graham Bell demonstrated the telephone. 43.) A Costa Rican worker who makes baseballs earns about $2,750 annually. The average American pro baseball player earns $2,377,000 per year. 44.) As of January 1, 2004, the population of the United States increases by one person every 12 seconds. There is a birth every eight seconds, an immigrant is added every 25 seconds, but a death every 13 seconds. 45.) Toto was paid $125 per week while filming the "Wizard of Oz". 46.) The only member of the band ZZ Top without a beard has the last name Beard. 47.) It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky. 48.) There is a bar in London that sells vaporized vodka, which is inhaled instead of sipped. 49.) About a third of all Americans flush the toilet while they're still sitting on it. 50.) The Olympic flag's colors are always red, black, blue, green and yellow rings on a field of white. This is because at least one of those colors appears on the flag of every nation on the planet. 51.) A kiss stimulates 29 muscles and chemicals causing relaxation. Women seem to like it light and frequent, men like it more strenuous. 52.) American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served first class. 53.) Average life span of a major league baseball: 7 pitches 54.) Ancient Egyptians slept on pillows made of stone. 55.) Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie. 56.) Dolphins sleep with one eye open. 57.) In the White House, there are 13,092 knives, forks and spoons. 58.) A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds. 59.) Most lipstick contains fish scales. 60.) A "jiffy" is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second. 61.) A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes. 62.) Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors. 63.) Emus and kangaroos cannot walk backwards, and are on the Australian coat of arms for that reason. 64.) Hershey's Kisses are called that because the machine that makes them looks like it's kissing the conveyor belt. 65.) 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. 66.) In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak. 67.) Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different. 68.) Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors. 69.) Montpelier, VT is the only U.S. state capital without a McDonalds. 70.) Penguins can jump as high as 6 feet in the air. 71.) Recycling one glass jar, saves enough energy to watch T.V for 3 hours. 72.) Slugs have 4 noses. 73.) If you sneeze too hard you can fracture a rib. If you try to suppress a sneeze you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die. If you keep your eyes open by force they can pop out. 74.) "Stewardesses" is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand. 75.) The first known contraceptive was crocodile dung, used by Egyptians in 2000 B.C. 76.) The katydid bug hears through holes in its hind legs. 77.) 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. 78.) 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." 79.) There are only four words in the English language which end in "-dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous. 80.) Your heart beats over 100,000 times a day. 81.) Number of US states that claim test scores in their elementary schools are above national average: 50 82.) Americans on average eat 18 acres of pizza every day. 83.) It's possible to lead a cow upstairs ... but not downstairs. 84.) You are more likely to be infected by flesh-eating bacteria than you are to be struck by lightning. 85.) Coca-cola was originally green. 86.) There are more collect calls on Father's Day than any other day of the year. 87.) City with the most Rolls Royces per capita: Hong Kong 88.) Percentage of Americans who say that God has spoken to them: 36 89.) Average number of people airborne over the US any given hour: 61,000 90.) The longest bout of hiccups lasted nearly 69 years. 91.) Portion of land in the US owned by the government: 1/3 92.) Only food that does not spoil: honey 93.) The electric chair was invented by a dentist. 94.) Ostriches stick their heads in the sand to look for water. 95.) 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. 96.) The youngest pope was 11 years old. 97.) A snail can sleep for three years. 98.) Pilgrims ate popcorn at the first Thanksgiving dinner. 99.) Iceland consumes more Coca-Cola per capita than any other nation. 100.) Almonds are members of the peach family. 101.) All polar bears are left handed. 102.) Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing. 103.) Of the six men who made up the Three Stooges, three of them were real brothers (Moe, Curly and Shemp). 104.) 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. 105.) The name for Oz in the "Wizard of Oz" was thought up when the creator, Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N, and O-Z, hence "Oz." 106.) The average person falls asleep in seven minutes. 107.) A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out. 108.) Ninety percent of New York City cabbies are recently arrived immigrants. 109.) To "testify" was based on men in the Roman court swearing to a statement made by swearing on their testicles. 110.) Wayne's World was filmed in two weeks. 111.) In ancient Egypt , priests plucked EVERY hair from their bodies, including their eyebrows and eyelashes. 112.) In 21 states, Wal-Mart is the single largest employer. 113.) "Go," is the shortest complete sentence in the English language. 114.) TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters on only one row of the keyboard. 115.) If Barbie were life-size, her measurements would be 39-23-33. She would stand 7 feet, 2 inches tall. 116.) On average people fear spiders more than they do death. 117.) The two-foot long bird called a Kea that lives in New Zealand likes to eat the strips of rubber around car windows. 118.) 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. 119.) Snakes are true carnivores as they eat nothing but other animals. They do not eat any type of plant material. 120.) It takes approximately 12 hours for food to entirely digest. 121.) Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older. 122.) Horses can't vomit. 123.) The cigarette lighter was invented before the match. 124.) The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building. 125.) Women blink nearly twice as much as men. 126.) In 10 minutes, a category three hurricane releases more energy than all of the world's nuclear weapons combined. 127.) Butterflies taste with their feet. 128.) Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married. 129.) There is enough fuel in a full tank of a jumbo jet to drive an average car four times around the world. 130.) There are more living organisms on the skin of a single human being than there are human beings on the surface of the earth. 131.) The dot that appears over the letter "i" is called a tittle. 132.) On average 100 people choke to death on ballpoint pens every year. 133.) All major league baseball umpires must wear black underwear while on the job (in case their pants split). 134.) San Francisco cable cars are the only National Monuments that move. 135.) Cranberry Jell-O is the only flavor that contains real fruit flavoring. 136.) A pregnant goldfish is called a twit. 137.) Antarctica is the only continent without reptiles or snakes. 138.) The cruise liner Queen Elizabeth 2 moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel fuel that it burns. 139.) In 1920, Babe Ruth out-homered every American League team. 140.) The drive-through line on opening day at the McDonald's restaurant in Kuwait City, Kuwait was at times seven miles long. 141.) More than 50% of the people in the world have never made or received a telephone call. 142.) The jellyfish is 95% water. 143.) In England, in the 1880's, "Pants" was considered a dirty word. 144.) About 3000 years ago, most Egyptians died by the time they were 30. 145.) It's against the law to catch fish with your bare hands in Kansas. 146.) Babe Ruth wore a cabbage leaf under his cap to keep him cool. He changed it every 2 innings. 147.) Dr. Samuel A. Mudd was the physician who set the leg of Lincoln's assassin John Wilkes Booth... and whose shame created the expression for ignominy, "His name is Mudd." 148.) In 1980, there was only one country in the world with no telephones - Bhutan. 149.) In the great fire of London in 1666 half of London was burnt down but only 6 people were injured. 150.) In Tokyo, they sell toupees for dogs. 151.) An iguana can stay under water for 28 minutes. 152.) Kotex was first manufactured as bandages, during WWI. 153.) Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable. 154.) Millie the White House dog earned more than 4 times as much as President Bush in 1991. 155.) Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin. 156.) Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously 157.) 56,000,000 people go to Major League baseball each year. 158.) A dime has 118 ridges around the edge. 159.) A hippo can open its mouth wide enough to fit a 4 foot tall child inside. 160.) A sneeze travels out your mouth at over 100 m.p.h. 161.) Crocodiles and alligators are surprisingly fast on land. Although they are rapid, they are not agile; so if you ever find yourself chased by one, run in a zigzag line. You'll lose him or her every time. 162.) A law passed in Nebraska in 1912 really set down some hard rules of the road. Drivers in the country at night were required to stop every 150 yards, send up a skyrocket, then wait eight minutes for the road to clear before proceeding cautiously, all the while blowing their horn and shooting off flares. 163.) Louis XIV of France really was as an unpleasant a fellow as he's been depicted. In 1674, when he was visiting a school at Clermont, he heard from the school's authorities that one of the children, a nine- year-old Irish lad named Francis Seldon, had made a pun about the king's bald head. Louis was furious. He had a secret warrant drawn up for the child's arrest, and young Seldon was thrown into solitary confinement in the Bastille. His parents, members of one of Europe's richest merchant families, were told simply that the child had disappeared. Days turned to months, months to years, and Louis himself passed away. But Francis spent sixty-nine years "in the hole" for making fun of the king's baldness. 164.) In the United States, a pound of potato chips costs two hundred times more than a pound of potatoes. 165.) According to acupuncturists, there is a point on the head that you can press to control your appetite. It is located in the hollow just in front of the flap of the ear. 166.) At any given time, there are 1,800 thunderstorms in progress over the earth's atmosphere. 167.) The average lead pencil will draw a line 35 miles long or write approximately 50,000 English words. More than 2 billion pencils are manufactured each year in the United States. If these were laid end to end they would circle the world nine times. 168.) In Calama, a town in the Atacama Desert of Chile, it has never rained. 169.) The star Antares is 60,000 times larger than our sun. If our sun were the size of a softball, the star Antares would be as large as a house. 170.) A rainbow can be seen only in the morning or late afternoon. It can occur only when the sun is 40 degrees or less above the horizon. 171.) Lightning strikes the earth 100 times every second. 172.) According to many language experts, the most difficult kind of phrase to create is a palindrome, a sentence or group of sentences that reads the same backward and forward. A few examples: Red rum, sir, is murder. Ma is as selfless as I am. Nurse, I spy gypsies. Run! A man, a plan, a canal - Panama. He lived as a devil, eh? 173.) According to tests made at the Institute for the Study of Animal Problems in Washington, D.C., dogs and cats, like people, are either right-handed or left-handed --- that is, they favor either their right or left paws. 174.) In 1500 B.C. in Egypt a shaved head was considered the ultimate in feminine beauty. Egyptian women removed every hair from their heads with special gold tweezers and polished their scalps to a high sheen with buffing cloths. 175.) George Lumley, aged 104, married Mary Dunning, aged 10, in Nortallerton, England on August 25, 1783. She was the great-great granddaughter of the woman who'd broken her engagement to Lumley, eighty years before. 176.) Most elephants weigh less than the tongue of the blue whale. 177.) In Elizabethan England the spoon was such a novelty, such a prized rarity, that people carried their own folding spoons to banquets. 178.) It costs more to buy a new car today in the United States than it cost Christopher Columbus to equip and undertake three voyages to and from the New World. 179.) Only female mosquitoes bite. 180.) It is illegal to hunt camels in the state of Arizona. 181.) In eighteenth-century English gambling dens, there was an employee whose only job was to swallow the dice if there was a police raid. 182.) In the country of Turkey, in the 16th and 17th centuries, anyone caught drinking coffee was put to death. 183.) Celery has negative calories! It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with. 184.) The average American drinks about 600 sodas a year. 185.) Toxic house plants poison more children than household chemicals. 186.) If you were to spell out numbers, you would you have to go until 1,000 until you would find the letter "A". 187.) In space, astronauts cannot cry, because there is no gravity, so the tears can't flow. 188.) A baby is born without kneecaps. They appear between age 2 and 6. 189.) Men can read smaller print than women; women can hear better. 190.) Over 1,000 birds a year die from smashing into windows. 191.) The first Fords had engines made by Dodge. 192.) One in every 4 Americans has appeared on television. 193.) In 1998, more fast-food employees were murdered on the job than police officers. 194.) The RIAA sued an 83 year old woman for downloading music illegally, even though a copy of her death certificate was sent to the RIAA a week before it filed the suit. 195.) The Weddell seal can travel underwater for seven miles without surfacing for air. 196.) Romanian firefighters could not get their trucks close enough to a burning building, so they put out the fire by throwing snowballs at it. 197.) There are over 87,000 Americans on waiting lists for organ transplants. 198.) Heinz Catsup leaving the bottle travels at 25 miles per year. 199.) In a recent survey, Americans revealed that banana was their favorite smell. 200.) According to Genesis 1:20-22 the chicken came before the egg. 201.) La Paz, Bolivia has an average annual temperature below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. However, it has never recorded a zero-degree temperature. Same for Stanley, Falkland Islands and Punta Arenas, Chile. 202.) G-rated family films earn more money than any other rating. Yet only 3% of Hollywood's output is G-rated. 203.) Almost everyone who reads this will try to lick their elbow.