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Strange but True. (Things that Conservatives just have to know...)
Strange Facts dot com ^ | FR Post 6-6-2 | Bram Hernick

Posted on 06/06/2002 7:38:08 PM PDT by vannrox

The two-foot long bird called a Kea that lives in New Zealand likes to eat the strips of rubber around car windows!

Most lipstick contains fish scales!

Skepticisms is the longest word that alternates hands when typing!

One ragweed plant can release as many as one billion grains of pollen!

It's illegal to drink beer out of a bucket while you're sitting on a curb in St. Louis!

The first product to have a bar code was Wrigleys gum!

No piece of square dry paper can be folded more than 7 times in half!

A group of geese on the ground is a gaggle, a group of geese in the air is a skein!

Over 2500 left handed people a year are killed from using products made for right handed people!

There are more than 10 million bricks in the Empire State Building!

If you counted 24 hours a day, it would take 31,688 years to reach one trillion!

Taphephobia is the fear of being buried alive!

A crocodile always grows new teeth to replace the old teeth!

The sun is 330,330 times larger than the earth!

Clinophobia is the fear of beds!

A 'jiffy' is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second!

Porcupines float in water!

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Pinocchio is Italian for "pine eye"!

The sentence "The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog." uses every letter of the alphabet!

The average life span of a major league baseball is 5-7 pitches!

The Mint once considered producing doughnut-shaped coins!

The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is "uncopyrightable"!

The longest recorded flight of a chicken is 13 seconds!

The sloth (a mammal) moves so slowly that green algae can grow undisturbed on its fur!

Cat urine glows under a black-light!

The world's termites outweigh the world's humans 10 to 1!

The electric chair was invented by a dentist!

Windmills always turn counter-clockwise. Except for the windmills in Ireland!

A hedgehog's heart beats 300 times a minute on average!

Camels have three eyelids to protect themselves from blowing sand!

The placement of a donkey's eyes in its head enables it to see all four feet at all times!

Human teeth are almost as hard as rocks!

A mole can dig a tunnel 300 feet long in just one night!

Ancient Egyptians slept on pillows made of stone!

A hippo can open its mouth wide enough to fit a 4 foot tall child inside!

A quarter has 119 grooves on its edge, a dime has one less groove!

A hummingbird weighs less than a penny!

Until 1796, there was a state in the United States called Franklin. Today it's known as Tennessee!

The Earth weighs around 6,600,000,000,000,000,000,000 tons (5,940 billion billion metric tons)!

A cockroach can live several weeks with its head cut off - it dies from starvation!

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

The average person has over 1,460 dreams a year!

It's against the law to pawn your dentures in Las Vegas!

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One in every 4 Americans has appeared on television!

The average American/Canadian will eat about 11.9 pounds of cereal per year!

It's against the law to burp, or sneeze in a certain church in Omaha, Nebraska!

you're born with 300 bones, but when you get to be an adult, you only have 206!

Human thigh bones are stronger than concrete!

7% of Americans don't know the first 9 words of the American anthem, but know the first 7 of the Canadian anthem!

5% of Canadians don't know the first 7 words of the Canadian anthem, but know the first 9 of the American anthem!

Over 10,000 birds a year die from smashing into windows!

The state of Florida is bigger than England!

There are more than one million animal species on Earth!

In Natoma, Kansas, it's illegal to throw knives at men wearing striped suits

It was once against the law to have a pet dog in a city in Iceland!

Your heart beats over 100,000 times a day!

Thomas Edison, lightbulb inventor, was afraid of the dark!

During your lifetime, you'll eat about 60,000 pounds of food, that's the weight of about 6 elephants!

Some ribbon worms will eat themselves if they cant find any food!

Dolphins sleep with one eye open!

The worlds oldest piece of chewing gum is over 9000 years old!

In space, astronauts cannot cry properly, because there is no gravity, so the tears can't flow down their faces!

There are more plastic flamingos in the U.S, than real ones!

About 3000 years ago, most Egyptians died by the time they were 30!

More people use blue toothbrushes, than red ones!

A sneeze travels out your mouth at over 100 m.p.h.!

Your ribs move about 5 million times a year, every time you breathe!

In the White House, there are 13,092 knives, forks and spoons!

Slugs have 4 noses!

Recycling one glass jar, saves enough energy to watch T.V for 3 hours!

Lightning strikes about 6,000 times per minute on this planet!

Owls are one of the only birds who can see the color blue!

The average American/Canadian drinks about 600 sodas a year!

It was once against the law to slam your car door in a city in Switzerland!

There wasn't a single pony in the Pony Express, just horses!

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Honeybees have a type of hair on their eyes!

Eskimo ice cream is neither icy, or creamy!

A jellyfish is 95 percent water!

In Bangladesh, kids as young as 15 can be jailed for cheating on their finals!

The katydid bug hears through holes in its hind legs!

A company in Taiwan makes dinnerware out of wheat, so you can eat your plate!

More Monopoly money is printed in a year, than real money printed throughout the world!

The starfish is one of the only animals who can turn it's stomach inside-out!

The elephant is the only mammal that can't jump!

The penguin is the only bird who can swim, but not fly!

Q is the only letter in the alphabet that does not appear in the name of any of the United States!

One quarter of the bones in your body are in your feet!

America once issued a 5-cent bill!

You'll eat about 35,000 cookies in a lifetime! Wow!

Here are some people with strange names. (some of these specific facts have not been verified)
Ure A. Pigg (Portland, Oregon)!
Ima Hogg (Houston, Texas)!
Ima June Bugg (Chicago, IL)!
Eura Fisch (Charlotte N.C)!
Ima Fisch (Charlotte N.C)!
menna pause (Indianapolis,indiana!
Serious Misconduct (Welwyn, England)!
General Error (Pueblo, Colorado)!
Dr. Safety First (Tulsa, Oklahoma)!
Pearl Harbor (Birmingham, Alabama)!
Honor Roll (Birmingham, Alabama)!
E. Pluribus Eubanks (San Francisco, CA)!

Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different!

There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with: orange, purple, and month! Interesting tries from our readers: orange: door hinge, melange (French for mix) purple: hurtle, durple?, turtle month: once, bunth?, hunch

Babe Ruth wore a cabbage leaf under his cap to keep him cool! He changed it every 2 innings!

Fortune cookies were actually invented in America, in 1918, by Charles Jung!

A man named Charles Osborne had the hiccups for 69 years! Wow!

A giraffe can clean its ears with its 21-inch tongue!

Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying!

Here are some interesting numbers to look at! (*1997)
166,875,000,000 pieces of mail are delivered each year in the U.S!
1,525,000,000 miles of telephone wire a strung across the U.S!
123,000,000 cars are being driven down the U.S's highways!
85,000,000 tons of paper are used each year in the U.S!
56,000,000 people go to Major League baseball each year!


Bats always turn left when exiting a cave!

The praying mantis is the only insect that can turn its head!

In Tokyo, they sell toupees for dogs!

There are over 58 million dogs in the U.S!

Dogs and cats consume over $11 billion worth of pet food a year!

Fingernails grow nearly 4 times faster than toenails!

You blink over 10,000,000 times a year!

Baby robins eat 14 feet of earthworms every day!

In England, in the 1880's, "Pants" was considered a dirty word!

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

The blesbok, a South African antelope, is almost the same color as grapejuice!

The average person laughs 13 times a day!

Dogs can hear sounds that you cant!

Men are 6 times more likely to be struck by lightning than women!

It is estimated that millions of trees in the world are accidentally planted by squirrels who bury nuts and then forget where they hid them!

Ernest Vincent Wright wrote a novel, "Gadsby", which contains over 50,000 words -- none of them with the letter E!

Of all the words in the English language, the word set has the most definitions!

A toothpick is the object most often choked on by Americans!

Every 45 seconds, a house catches on fire in the United States!

The sun is 330,330 times larger than the earth!



The most used letter in the English alphabet is 'E', and 'Q' is the least used!

There are more than 50,000 earthquakes throughout the world every year!

The original name for the butterfly was 'flutterby'!

Dogs and cats, like humans, are either right or left handed... or is that paws?!

The opposite sides of a dice cube always add up to seven!

Nose prints are used to identify dogs, just like humans use fingerprints!

Bulls are colorblind, therefore will usually charge at a matador's waving cape no matter what color it is -- be it red or neon yellow!

Apples are more efficient than caffeine in keeping people awake in the mornings!

Smelling bananas and/or green apples (smelling, not eating) can help you lose weight!

A hard working adult sweats up to 4 gallons per day. Most of the sweat evaporates before a person realizes it's there, though!

The average ice berg weighs 20,000,000 tons!

The poison-arrow frog has enough poison to kill about 2,200 people!

A lump of pure gold the size of a matchbox can be flattened into a sheet the size of a tennis court!

After eating, a housefly regurgitates its food and then eats it again!


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1 posted on 06/06/2002 7:38:16 PM PDT by vannrox
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To: vannrox; Gratefulwharffratt
Over 2500 left handed people a year are killed from using products made for right handed people!

It's a start

So9

2 posted on 06/06/2002 8:00:20 PM PDT by Servant of the Nine
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To: vannrox
Clinophobia is the fear of beds!

I guess that's why he used the oval office instead.

3 posted on 06/06/2002 9:02:52 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: Servant of the Nine
"The sloth (a mammal) moves so slowly that green algae can grow undisturbed on its fur!"


Everything's always about you, isn't it??

Technically, you would be a green mammal!!!!!! The endless search is over.

4 posted on 06/07/2002 4:22:58 AM PDT by gratefulwharffratt
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To: vannrox
Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying!

Now this I'll have to give a try.

5 posted on 06/07/2002 7:21:21 AM PDT by callisto
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To: vannrox
A hummingbird weighs less than a penny

heads up or heads down ?

6 posted on 06/07/2002 9:02:30 PM PDT by fnord
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To: vannrox
Being left handed myself, I have to wonder what kinds of products made for right handed people, killed the left handed people...I really cannot imagine this happening....sounds phoney to me...
7 posted on 06/07/2002 9:22:23 PM PDT by andysandmikesmom
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To: vannrox
In the White House, there are 13,092 knives, forks and spoons!

Is figure this pre hildebeast or post hildebeast?
8 posted on 06/10/2002 4:32:17 AM PDT by Rightly Biased
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To: vannrox
"If you counted 24 hours a day, it would take 31,688 years to reach one trillion!"

Only if you are so slow that you add one count per second.

--Boris

9 posted on 06/11/2002 1:29:56 PM PDT by boris
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To: andysandmikesmom
I'm with you. I'm a lefty and have never come close to killing myself. :-) Wait a minute! Are steering wheels made for righties?
10 posted on 06/11/2002 4:57:43 PM PDT by cantfindagoodscreenname
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To: boris
Well, I'm sure they've taken into account the amount of time it takes to say a number such as "four hundred sixty-three billion, five hundred seventy-nine million, three hundred ninety-five thousand four hundred sixty-two. There are more numbers like that than there are the ones that you can say in a fraction of a second, don't you think? Anyone care to do a more realistic calculation of the time it would take to count that high?
11 posted on 06/11/2002 6:50:28 PM PDT by cantfindagoodscreenname
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To: vannrox
Ancient Egyptians slept on pillows made of stone!
About 3000 years ago, most Egyptians died by the time they were 30!

A good night's sleep is important!

12 posted on 06/11/2002 7:38:49 PM PDT by Mark Turbo
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To: vannrox
!!!!!!!!!!!
13 posted on 06/11/2002 8:00:49 PM PDT by bluefish
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To: cantfindagoodscreenname
You can count very fast in your head. Nowhere is it specified that you have to say the numbers.

I just counted to a million.

There! I did it again!

--Boris

14 posted on 06/12/2002 6:20:11 PM PDT by boris
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To: boris
I just counted to a million. There! I did it again!

Well, *I'm* certainly impressed! LOL

Have you heard of "one, two, skip a few, ninety-nine, one hundred"? It's probably been around forever, but I never heard it until one of my kids said it.

Candi

15 posted on 06/12/2002 6:32:28 PM PDT by cantfindagoodscreenname
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To: cantfindagoodscreenname
"Have you heard of 'one, two, skip a few, ninety-nine, one hundred'? It's probably been around forever, but I never heard it until one of my kids said it."

A teacher once asked her class to sum the integers from one to 100. The young Karl Freiderich Gauss--one of mankind's truly great mathematicians--promptly strode to her desk and slapped his small chalkboard on the desk. "There it lies!" He exclaimed.

The correct answer was indeed there. 5,050.

How did he do it?

He realized that you can pair up numbers like so:


  0  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9.......99 100
100 99 98 97 96 95 94 93 92 91.......01 0

The total of all the numbers in the two rows is 10,100 (100 times 100 plus 50 plus 50). But the second half of the sums is redundant (those greater than 50), so the correct answer is one-half of 10,100 or 5,050.

--Boris

16 posted on 06/12/2002 7:21:44 PM PDT by boris
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To: boris
Yup! That's a cool *trick*! We learned that last year when my son started participating in math competitions. If you have any more cool things like that, please pass them along. We're all math freaks in my house, lol.
17 posted on 06/13/2002 6:28:05 AM PDT by cantfindagoodscreenname
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To: cantfindagoodscreenname
Try this: Take the first 3 odd numbers: 1 3 5
Double them: 1 1 3 3 5 5
Draw a line: 1 1 3 | 3 5 5
Divide: 355/113...."almost" Pi!

It is the closest rational approximation to pi with both numerator and denominator less than 1,000. It is so accurate you could use it for "pi" for the rest of your life and never have an appreciable error. In fact, I sometimes put it in my computer programs--to perplex anyone examining the code in the future!

I got more.

--Boris

18 posted on 06/13/2002 6:58:48 AM PDT by boris
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To: boris
Divide: 355/113...."almost" Pi!

That's cool! I've always used 22/7, but knew it wasn't the best approximation to pi. You impressed my son! He made me do it on the calculator right away, lol. He's been learning to program in Java, so I bet he'll use that if the opportunity arises.

I got more.

We'd love more, but only if you have the time and don't mind. I hate to bother you.

Thanks so much!!

19 posted on 06/13/2002 7:36:18 AM PDT by cantfindagoodscreenname
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To: andysandmikesmom
Ever fire an M-16? They eject to the right.
20 posted on 06/14/2002 4:58:11 AM PDT by Valin
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To: vannrox
Recycling one glass jar, saves enough energy to watch T.V for 3 hours!

Except for New York city and probably every other urban area in America. Perhaps the author of the statement would care to factor in the sorting cost using union paid employees.

21 posted on 07/02/2002 1:05:34 PM PDT by Diplomat
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