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1. The sentence "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog." uses every letter in the alphabet. (Developed by Western Union to Test telex/twx communications)

2. In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere.

3. Average life span of a major league baseball: 7 pitches.

4. A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.

5. The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable.

6. Did you know that there are coffee flavored PEZ?

7. The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days when the engines were pulled by horses. The horses were stabled on the ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight staircases.

8. The airplane Buddy Holly died in was the "American Pie." (Thus the name of the Don McLean song.)

9. Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history; Spades - King David; Clubs - Alexander the Great Hearts - Charlemagne; and Diamonds - Julius Caesar.

10. 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

11. 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."

12. Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn't added until 5 years later.

13. The term "the whole 9 yards" came from WWII fighter pilots in the 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."

14. Hershey's Kisses are called that because the machine that makes them looks like it's kissing the conveyor belt.

15. 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.

16. An ostrich's eye is bigger that it's brain.

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

18. The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one mile in every five must be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips in times of war or other emergencies.

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

20. The Pentagon, in Arlington, Virginia, has twice as many bathrooms as is necessary. When it was built in the 1940s, the state of Virginia still had segregation laws requiring separate toilet facilities for blacks and whites.

21. Cat's urine glows under a blacklight.

22. The highest point in Pennsylvania is lower than the lowest point in Colorado.

23. Five Jell-O flavors that flopped: celery, coffee, cola, apple, and chocolate

24. Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.

25. 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.

26. No NFL team which plays its home games in a domed stadium has ever won a Superbowl.

27. The first toilet ever seen on television was on "Leave It To Beaver".

28. The only two days of the year in which there are no professional sports games (MLB, NBA, NHL, or NFL) are the day before and the day after the Major League All-Star Game.

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

30. The name Wendy was made up for the book "Peter Pan."

31. In Cleveland, Ohio, it's illegal to catch mice without a hunting license.

32. It takes 3,000 cows to supply the NFL with enough leather for a year's supply of footballs.

33. Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.

34. Pound for pound, hamburgers cost more than new cars.

35. The 3 most valuable brand names on earth: Marlboro, Coca-Cola, and Budweiser, in that order.

36. It's possible to lead a cow upstairs...but not downstairs.

37. Humans are the only primates that don't have pigment in the palms of their hands.

38. Ten percent of the Russian government's income comes from the sale of vodka.

39. On average, 100 people choke to death on ballpoint pens every year.

40. In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all the world's nuclear weapons combined.

41. Reno, Nevada is west of Los Angeles, California.

42. Average age of top GM executives in 1994: 49.8 years. Average age of the Rolling Stones: 50.6.

43. Elephants can't jump. Every other mammal can.

44. The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.

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Watering down beer was a capital offense under Hammurabi's Law Code.
Adam Cayhill <gilded_warrior@hotmail.com>
Salt Lake City, Utah USA - Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 22:37:25 (EDT)

1 in every 8000 potassium atoms is a radioactive isotope, and bananas contain so much potassium that eating 600 bananas is equivalent to a chest x-ray.
Corey
USA - Sunday, November 09, 2014 at 21:42:45 (EST)

It is NOT impossible to sneeze with your eyes open. I can and have done it. My eyes did not fall out. Regarding "Antarctica is the only continent without reptiles or snakes." Snakes ARE reptiles. Number 18 is an urban legend. Ducks quacks don't echo because their quacks exactly duplicate an echo's frequency.
Big Wes <fwesleyhurst@yahoo.com>
Burns, WY USA - Friday, August 15, 2014 at 16:41:46 (EDT)

I DO BELIEVE IN FARIES!!
MAX yturraspe
USA - Monday, March 01, 2010 at 13:18:44 (EST)

I love u
Max Yturraspe <mememememe@memememe.com>
123 sesame street, jp USA - Monday, March 01, 2010 at 13:14:15 (EST)

cups are what shape?(cylinder)
Joe
USA - Saturday, May 09, 2009 at 15:22:18 (EDT)

the term "shitty end of the stick" also came from a war. POWs had to go to the bathroom in a hole in the floor and when it got to full they would push it down with a stick, therefor if they handed someone the stick the wrong way they got the "shitty end of the stick"
meghan <meghankateri227@hotmail.com>
pittsburgh, pa USA - Sunday, August 31, 2008 at 22:49:39 (EDT)

1. paul Revere made George Washingtons false teeth, which were made out of ivory NOT wood.2. the old superstition not to light 3 cigarettes on 1 match came from ww1. with the first light the enemy spots you, with the second he aims, and with the third he fires.
meghan <meghankateri227@hotmail.com>
pittsburgh, pa USA - Sunday, August 31, 2008 at 22:45:56 (EDT)

Toilets flush clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere as opposed to counter-clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere
Your Name: <E-Mail:>
City:, State: Country: - Wednesday, July 09, 2008 at 17:50:28 (EDT)

No matter how hard you pinch the skin on your elbow, it doesn't hurt.
Jake Davis
NC USA - Thursday, January 17, 2008 at 01:14:48 (EST)

BOB SAGET!
Tattor-tot
USA - Sunday, July 29, 2007 at 21:52:41 (EDT)

Antarctica is the only continent without reptiles or snakes.
Hef
USA - Friday, May 18, 2007 at 21:53:38 (CDT)

Helen Keller, blind and deaf from an early age, developed her sense of smell so finely that she could identify friends by their personal odors.
JIFFY
USA - Thursday, February 9, 2006 at 16:23:05 (EST)

TomTom <no>
USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 12:11:36 (EST)

The orginal flavor of the twinkie was bannana until a bannana shortage during World War II
King Civil
USA - Friday, October 29, 2004 at 16:26:26 (EDT)

The original flavor of the twinkie was bannana until a bannana shortage during World War II. Only eight people attanded Thomas Paine's funeral. Pigs can become alcoholics. The geiographical center of Ohio is Delaware-a town 25 miles north north east of Columbus. When joseph Gayetty invented toilet paper in 1857, he had his name printed on each sheet. The average caterpillar has sixteen legs. Gerald Ford's orginal name was Leslie King. Rats can't vomit. Most people take an average of seven minutes to fall asleep
King Civil
USA - Friday, October 29, 2004 at 16:23:33 (EDT)

A few years ago it was established that, contrary to common belief, pinguins do not tip over backwards when a plane fly over them.
Jakob Mikkelsen <jakobmr@msn.com>
Grenaa, Denmark - Thursday, September 09, 2004 at 13:24:10 (EDT)

Donald Duck's middle name is Fauntleroy
Tracy <watchmeshine8487@aol.com>
fl USA - Saturday, August 28, 2004 at 21:52:04 (EDT)

Why are there Braille bumps on the keypad at the drive-through window at most banks?
D. Crawford <dezcrawford@yahoo>
Baton Rouge, LA USA - Friday, June 11, 2004 at 10:08:14 (EDT)

I just wanted to say that the "When it rains you get wet if you live in a parking lot" is not anonymous. Mike Nesmith of The Monkees said it.
Katie
- Saturday, April 17, 2004 at 12:36:22 (EDT)

1. Pigs can become alcoholics. 2. A gorilla's penis is 1/3 thesize of a humans. 3. Crocodiles cannot stick out their tongues.
Becky
Tacoma, Wa USA - Saturday, February 07, 2004 at 23:44:34 (EST)

five + two = seven
vbv <bvbvc>
vcbvc, vbvc USA - Sunday, January 04, 2004 at 01:18:56 (EST)

Chip
Cleveland, OH USA - Saturday, November 15, 2003 at 16:39:19 (EST)

more of a question. Who sings the song free my soul I want to get lost in yur rock and roll and drift away? and what is the name of the song?
patsy <pferndez@aol.com>
globe, az USA - Thursday, August 21, 2003 at 13:12:17 (EDT)

1)In all of his portraits William Shakespear is proven to have been wearing a mask 2)Andrew Lloyd Webber has married at least 2 women named Sarah
Sharyn
Buenos Aires, n/a Argentina - Sunday, March 09, 2003 at 19:22:13 (EST)

Let me not to the marriage of true minds Admit impediments. - William Shakespeare --- That is what we should be thinking.... much thanks for this site and info. --- Steve S. from www.saroff.com
Steve Saroff <ssaroff@hotmail.com>
Missoula, MT - Sunday, February 23, 2003 at 12:47:14 (EST)

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
Kat
Fl USA - Tuesday, February 18, 2003 at 06:44:51 (EST)

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.
Kat
Fl USA - Tuesday, February 18, 2003 at 06:44:11 (EST)

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.
Kat
Fl USA - Tuesday, February 18, 2003 at 06:43:06 (EST)

Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie
Kat
Fl USA - Tuesday, February 18, 2003 at 06:42:26 (EST)

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
Kat
Fl USA - Tuesday, February 18, 2003 at 06:41:58 (EST)

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."
Kat
Fl USA - Tuesday, February 18, 2003 at 06:41:29 (EST)

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
Kat
Fl USA - Tuesday, February 18, 2003 at 06:40:49 (EST)

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
Kat
Fl USA - Tuesday, February 18, 2003 at 06:40:08 (EST)

Non-dairy creamer is flammable (don't ask how I found that one out!)
Kat
Fl USA - Tuesday, February 18, 2003 at 06:39:38 (EST)

The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days of yore when the engines were pulled by horses. The horses were stabled on the ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight staircases
Kat
Fl USA - Tuesday, February 18, 2003 at 06:39:04 (EST)

Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten
Kat
Fl USA - Tuesday, February 18, 2003 at 06:38:27 (EST)

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.".
Kat
Fl USA - Tuesday, February 18, 2003 at 06:37:30 (EST)

The "save" icon on Microsoft Word shows a floppy disk, with the shutter on backwards
Kat
Fl USA - Tuesday, February 18, 2003 at 06:36:38 (EST)

A sneeze comes out of your nose at 200 mph.
Jennifer <OoPickle0901oO@aol.com>
Whiting, IN USA - Saturday, December 21, 2002 at 22:35:21 (EST)

1.You cannot swallow with your mouth open. 2.It is possible to inhale and exhale simutaneously using both your mouth and your nose 3.You cannot put your elbow in your ear 4.You cannot put your elbow in my ear either hahaha, It truly is a wonderful life
johnny B <jyawgdir@aol.com>
Chicago , il USA - Saturday, December 21, 2002 at 22:10:18 (EST)

all animals can be tamed exept the crocodile
fgj <adfh@sfd>
USA - Friday, December 06, 2002 at 00:32:15 (EST)

How much wood could a wood chuck chuck
pep <pepf1@juno.com>
augusta, ar USA - Thursday, December 05, 2002 at 16:34:15 (EST)

If a woman in a forest complains. Does anyone care?
Hue Janus
USA - Thursday, October 17, 2002 at 18:15:25 (EDT)

Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.
Renee
Honolulu, HI USA - Friday, October 11, 2002 at 11:58:37 (EDT)

It takes one tree to make 1 million matches, but it only takes one match to destroy 1 million trees.
Stephen M. <www.nellydaily.com>
Manorhamilton, Leitrim Rep Ireland - Thursday, May 02, 2002 at 08:28:10 (EDT)

Chicago is the "Windy City" because of politicians, not the weather.
Robert Oliver <deerpark79@aol.com>
Chicago, IL USA - Tuesday, April 16, 2002 at 09:35:39 (EDT)

It's funny how the person who handles our money in Real Estate is called a 'broker'...
Anonymous <someone@somewhere.com>
SomeCity, MA USA - Monday, April 15, 2002 at 17:49:58 (EDT)

The termite can digest wood for only the first 6 months of its lifespan.
Chicago Hotels
Chicago, USA - Wednesday, March 13, 2002 at 06:59:40 (EST)

How come they call them apartments, when their all together?
Randy
USA - Thursday, February 28, 2002 at 09:21:36 (EST)

1.Cows dont sleep standing up. 2 rule of thumb came from people testing the temperature of there wine with their thumb.
andy heck <fall01_d_chi@yahoo.com>
warrensburg, MO USA - Friday, February 22, 2002 at 04:34:26 (EST)

Anyone can count the seeds in an apple , but only God can count the apples in a seed !
Lorraine <rainweb@academicplanet.com>
Pasadena, TX USA - Friday, January 26, 2001 at 22:59:53 (EST)

How come they sterilize the needle to preform leathel injection?
Sugar Ray <warmapplepie69@yahoo.com>
Las Vegas , NV USA - Tuesday, January 23, 2001 at 19:36:33 (EST)

No matter how much alcohol a penguin drinks, it will never get drunk. (look it up, its true!)
Mike Frosina <snooch80@hotmail.com>
Canada - Monday, January 08, 2001 at 02:21:04 (EST)

When the grass keeps growing,animals keep eating
Giuseppe Contelli <g.contelli@chello.nl>
Amsterdam, Netherlands - Saturday, December 30, 2000 at 10:35:19 (EST)

Not 1 person I know doesn't know elephants are the only mamals that can't jump.I think that the useless trivia was in the right place.
Alexandrea <al_e300@hotmail.com>
Charlestown, MD USA - Friday, December 15, 2000 at 17:26:26 (EST)

1. At ten-foot tall, Tinky Winky towers three feet over Barney. 2. Carnivorous mammals have eyes on the front of their heads so they can HUNT. Vegetarian mammals have eyes on the sides of their heads so they can ESCAPE. 3. Hard bolied eggs spin. Raw eggs do not.
CMcF <abcmcfarrem@worldnet.att.net>
Cuyahoga Falls, OH USA - Wednesday, March 22, 2000 at 16:52:36 (EST)

well, you can take #26 off your trivia list as the st. louis rams play in a dome stadium and won the super bowl.
robert grossman <robert285@webtv.net>
USA - Saturday, February 05, 2000 at 22:26:08 (EST)

well, you can take #26 off your trivia list as st. louis rams play home games in a dome stadium and won the super bowl.
robert grossman <robert285@webtv.net>
USA - Saturday, February 05, 2000 at 22:23:45 (EST)

The man who invent the flush toilet was called Thomas Crapper hence the word crap.
Sara Donnelly <sphinx_0586@hotmail.com>
Ireland - Friday, January 07, 2000 at 15:03:50 (EST)

Did you know that cows sleep standing up?
Stephanie
USA - Tuesday, January 04, 2000 at 22:12:08 (EST)

Penguins can jump 6ft in the air
Submitted by: Kristy

1. Ringworm is contagious.
2. William Shakespeare is not the original writer of Romeo and Juliet
3. Dogs can sense fear.
Submitted by:  Sarah Wiese

An anonymous surfer says: Most dictionaries don't contain "light bulb". If I said that, I'd want to remain anonymous, too!

Another from the land of anonymous:
When it rains.. you get wet if you live in a parking lot.

Did you know that scorekeepers in Boston's "Fenway Park" actually have to peep through little holes in the green monster just too see the game? God guys, buy a TV!
Submitted by: Robinpersaud@globalserve.net

1. 1/4 of all Americans insist on having the toilet paper unroll from the bottom.
2. 33% of all VCRs in America never stop blinking 12:00
Submitted by: Will

YOU LOSE YOUR OLFACTORY SENSE WHILE ASLEEP HENCE SO MANY PEOPLE DIE OF SMOKE INHALATION WHEN THERE IS A FIRE.
Submitted by: Anonymous

It is impossible to hold your eyes open when you sneeze.
Submitted by: Anonymous


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