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    1. 1961 was the most recent year that could be written both upside-down and right side-up and appear the same. The next year that this will be possible will be 6009.
    2. 3000 years ago, most Egyptians died by the time they were 30.
    3. 5,865,696,000,000 - The amount of miles in a light year.
    4. A car travelling 100 mph would take more than 29 million years to reach the nearest star.
    5. A company in Taiwan makes dinnerware out of wheat, so you can eat your plate.
    6. A golden razor removed from King Tutankamun's Tomb was still sharp enough to be used.
    7. A group of geese on the ground is a gaggle; a group of geese in the air is a skein.
    8. A 'jiffy' is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
    9. A lump of pure gold the size of a matchbox can be flattened into a sheet the size of a tennis court.
    10. A man named Charles Osborne had the hiccups for 69 years.
    11. A parrot's vocabulary is generally no more than 20 words.
    12. A secretary's left hand does 56% of the typing.
    13. Abdul Kassem Ismael, Grand Vizier of Persian the tenth century, carried his library with him wherever he went. The 117,000 volumes were carried by 400 camels trained to walk in alphabetical order.
    14. About 300 years ago, people used toothbrushes made from hog bristles.
    15. According to the World Heath Organisation, there are approximately 100 million acts of sexual intercourse each day.
    16. According to tradition, it's bad luck to say 'Macbeth' in a theatre. You must say ‘The Scottish Play’ instead.
    17. Adult humans have 206 bones, and a newborn has 300.
    18. Adult humans sweat up to 4 gallons per day. Most of the sweat evaporates before a person realises it's there though.
    19. Aeschylus, the founder of Classical Greek tragedy, is said to have died when an eagle passing overhead dropped a tortoise on his head.
    20. African Elephants stay on their feet for 30 to 40 years.
    21. After bananas, a zoo gorilla's favourite food is celery.
    22. After Custer's Last Stand, Sioux Indian leader Chief Sitting Bull became an entertainer and toured the country with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show.
    23. After eating, a housefly regurgitates its food and then eats it again.
    24. All English men over 14 are meant to carry out 2 hours (or so) of longbow practice a week supervised by the local clergy.
    25. All owls lay white eggs.
    26. All the moons of the Solar System are named after Greek and Roman mythology, except the moons of Uranus, which are named after Shakespearean characters.
    27. Ambassadors to the United Kingdom are not called that officially, but rather Ambassadors to the Court of St. James. The Court of St. James being the palace that was the residence of the monarch before Buckingham Palace was built.
    28. An average pair of feet will sweat a pint of perspiration a day.
    29. An elephant's trunk can hold two gallons of water.
    30. An eyelash lives about 5 months.
    31. An ostrich's eye is bigger that it's brain.
    32. Ancient Egyptians slept on pillows made of stone.
    33. Anteaters stick their tongues in and out 100 times per minute to slurp up food.
    34. Apples are more efficient than caffeine in keeping people awake in the mornings.
    35. Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin ate roasted turkey from foil packets at their first meal on the moon.
    36. At 90 degrees below zero your breath will freeze in mid-air and fall to the ground.
    37. Aztec emperor Montezuma had a nephew, Cuitlahac, whose name meant "plenty of excrement."
    38. Baby robins eat 14 feet of earthworms every day.
    39. Bananas contain about 75 percent water.
    40. Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour.
    41. Barbie’s (the doll) full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.
    42. Bats always turn left when exiting a cave.
    43. Bees flap their wings 300 times a second.
    44. Bird droppings are the chief export of Nauru, an island nation in the western Pacific.
    45. Blue toothbrushes, are more popular than red.
    46. Bowling pins need only tilt 7.5 degrees in order to fall down.
    47. Britain's shortest river is the Brun that runs through Burnley in Lancashire.
    48. Bubonic plague killed millions of people throughout Europe in the Dark Ages. In 1996, five cases of plague were reported in the America
    49. Bulls are colour-blind; therefore will usually charge at a matador's waving cape no matter what colour it be -- be it red or neon yellow
    50. Butterflies use their feet to taste things.
    51. Camels have three eyelids to protect themselves from blowing sand.
    52. Cats can hear ultrasound.
    53. Cats can make over 1,000 different vocal sounds, and dogs can make only about 10.
    54. Cats have a normal body temperature of 101.5. A dog's is 101.
    55. Cat's urine glows under a black light.
    56. Certain frogs can be frozen solid then thawed, and continue living.
    57. Certain sounds in the English language are real germ spreaders, particularly the sounds of f, p, t, d, and s.
    58. Charles Dickens slept facing North. He thought it improved his writing.
    59. Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.
    60. City with the most Rolls Royce's per head of population: Hong Kong.
    61. Clinophobia is the fear of beds.
    62. Coca-Cola was originally green.
    63. Cockroaches can survive underwater for up to 15 minutes.
    64. Cockroaches will live nine days without its head before it starves to death.
    65. Condors can fly 10 miles without flapping their wings.
    66. Cows can give 100 quarts of milk per week.
    67. Cows can smell odour six miles away.
    68. Cows sweat glands are in its nose.
    69. Crocodiles always grow new teeth to replace the old teeth.
    70. Crocodiles cannot stick out their tongue.
    71. Cuckoo clocks do not come from Switzerland but from the Black Forest in Germany.
    72. Desperate to increase vegetable intake among children in Britain, researchers have developed chocolate-flavoured carrots, pizza-flavoured corn and baked-bean flavoured peas.
    73. Diamonds are the hardest natural substance.
    74. Dirty snow melts faster than white snow because it's darker and absorbs more heat.
    75. Dogs and cats, like humans, are either right of left handed... or is that pawed
    76. Dogs can hear sounds that you can’t.
    77. Dogs can understand between 35 to 40 commands.
    78. Dog's hearts beats 40 times a minute faster than yours.
    79. Dogs sweat through their paw pads.
    80. Dolphins sleep with one eye open.
    81. Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn't wear pants.
    82. Donald Duck's middle name is Fauntleroy.
    83. Dr. Seuss coined the word "nerd" in his 1950 book "If I Ran the Zoo".
    84. During the Middle Ages, people used spider webs to try to cure warts.
    85. During your lifetime, you will shed about 40 pounds of skin.
    86. During your lifetime, you'll eat about 60,000 pounds of food, that’s the weight of about 6 elephants.
    87. Eagles can kill a young deer and fly away with it.
    88. Earth's oceans contain 7 1/2 million tons of gold, dissolved in the water.
    89. Earthworms have 5 hearts.
    90. East Chicago is a town in India.
    91. Elephants are not afraid of mice.
    92. Ernest Vincent Wright wrote a novel, "Gadsby,” which contains over 50,000 words - none of them with the letter E.
    93. Eskimo ice cream is neither icy, nor creamy.
    94. Europe is the only continent without a desert.
    95. Every three days, you body makes a new lining for your stomach.
    96. Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie.
    97. Everyone is familiar with the RCA logo with Nipper the dog listening to the RCA gramophone. But the original picture had both the dog and the gramophone sitting on his dead master’s casket. The idea being that the closest thing to his dead master's voice was the RCA gramophone. The ad was eventually considered too morbid and they removed the casket.
    98. Everything weighs one percent less at the equator.
    99. Female African Elephants can be pregnant for almost 2 years.
    100. Female mosquitoes flap their wings nearly 500 times per second.
    101. Ferrets sleep for about 20 hours a day.
    102. Fingernails grow fastest on your middle finger, and slowest on your thumb.
    103. Fingernails grow nearly 4 times faster than toenails.
    104. Flamingos can only eat with their head upside down.
    105. Flamingos lay their eggs on top of volcano-shaped nests made of mud.
    106. Footprints astronauts make on the moon will remain for millions of years because there is no wind to blow them away.
    107. For a short time in 1967, the American Association of Typographers made a new punctuation mark that was a combination of the question mark and an exclamation point called an interrobang. It was rarely used and hasn’t been seen since.
    108. Fortune cookies were in 1918, by Charles Jung.
    109. Frogs and toads never eat with their eyes open. When eating, they have to push down with the back of the eyeball in order to force food into the stomach.
    110. Full-grown bears can run as fast as a horse.
    111. Genghis Khan's cavalry rode female horses so soldiers could drink their milk
    112. Giraffes can clean its ears with its 21-inch tongue.
    113. Giraffes have no vocal chords.
    114. Giraffes have the same number of neck bones as humans: seven.
    115. Given sufficient amounts of chocolate, pigs can master video game skills, and perform far better than dogs.
    116. Glasses have been worn for about 700 years.
    117. Gold is the only metal that doesn't rust-even if it's buried in the ground for thousands of years.
    118. Golfballs can reach speeds of 170 miles an hour.
    119. Goodyear Rubber Company researched and concluded that shoes wear out faster on the right foot than the left.
    120. Gorillas stick their tongues out when angry.
    121. Greenland is the largest island in the world.
    122. Gum on postage stamps has from two to eight calories.
    123. Hawaii has only two snakes. One is a sea snake rarely seen in Hawaii waters. The other is a blind snake that lives like an earthworm.
    124. Hawaiian alphabet has 12 letters.
    125. Hedgehog's hearts beats 300 times a minute on average.
    126. Hippopotamus’s can open their mouths wide enough to fit a 4 foot tall child inside.
    127. HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, can survive, and remain infectious for up to four days in the lubricants of certain medical and dental devices.
    128. Honeybees have a type of hair on their eyes.
    129. Hong Kong has just taken overtaken Tokyo as the world's most expensive city.
    130. Hong Kong has the world's largest double-decker tram fleet in the world.
    131. Horses can sleep standing up.
    132. Human teeth are almost as hard as rocks.
    133. Human thighbones are stronger than concrete.
    134. Hummingbird's hearts beats 1,260 times per minute.
    135. Hummingbirds weighs less than a penny.
    136. Humpback whale's milk is 54 percent fat.
    137. I do. and I am. are the shortest complete sentences in the English language.
    138. Ice-cream cones were first served in 1904 at the Worlds Fair in St. Louis, MO.
    139. Iceland consumes more Coca-Cola per capita than any other nation
    140. If Barbie (the doll) were life size, her measurements would be 39-23-33.
    141. If you counted for 24 hours a day, it would take over 31,000 years to reach one trillion.
    142. If you take one pound of cobwebs and spread them out in one straight line, it will go around the earth 2 times.
    143. If you unfolded your brain, it would cover an ironing board.
    144. If you were to toss the new 10p coin, 10,000 times, the average odds of it being heads/tails would not be 50/50. It would be closer to 45/55 in favour of tails because the new picture of the Queen's head is slightly larger than it used to be and so it makes the heads side heavier than the tails side, thus it has more chance of landing on tails.
    145. If you yelled for over 8 and a half years, you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee.
    146. In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all the world's nuclear weapons combined.
    147. In 1885 the Home Insurance Company of Chicago was the tallest building in the world. It was only 9 stories tall.
    148. In 1944, Fidel Castro was voted Cuba's best schoolboy athlete.
    149. In 1962 an outbreak of contagious laughter in Tanganyika lasted for six months and caused schools to be closed.
    150. In a deck of cards, all four Kings have beards, but only three of them also have moustaches. The one without a moustache is the King of Hearts.
    151. In an average lifetime a person will walk the equivalent of three times around the world.
    152. In ancient China doctors would only receive fees if the patient stayed in good health. Sometimes if the patient’s health became to bad, the doctor had to pay them.
    153. In ancient Egypt, people used to shave their eyebrows to mourn the death of their cats.
    154. In ancient Egypt, Priests plucked EVERY hair from their bodies, including their eyebrows and eyelashes.
    155. In ancient times strangers shook hands to show that they were unarmed.
    156. In Australia, a hurricane is called a willy-willy.
    157. In Bangladesh, schoolchildren as young as 15 can be jailed for cheating in exams.
    158. In China, the bride wears red.
    159. In England, in the 1880's, "Pants" was considered a dirty word.
    160. In every deck of cards the King of Hearts is sticking his sword through his head. That's why he's often called the Suicide King.
    161. In Italy, it is illegal to make coffins out of anything except nutshells or wood.
    162. In Monopoly the most expensive property (Mayfair) is not a street, but an area.
    163. In most advertisements the time displayed on an analogue watch is 10:10.
    164. In nine months, a housefly could lay enough eggs to produce a layer of flies that would cover all of Germany to a depth of 14 m/47 ft.
    165. In one day an average person will take about 18,000 steps.
    166. In space, astronauts cannot cry, because there is no gravity, so the tears can't flow.
    167. In Sweden in the Middle Ages, a mayor was once elected by a louse. The candidates rested their beards on a table and the louse was placed in the middle. The louse's chosen host was elected mayor.
    168. In the 1800's anyone in England who unsuccessfully attempted suicide faced the death penalty.
    169. In the Christmas carol 'Twelve Days of Christmas,' the total number of gifts that 'my true love gave to me' is 364.
    170. In the course of a lifetime the average person will grow 2 metres of nose hair.
    171. In the English language there are only three words that have a letter that repeats six times.Degenerescence (six e's), Indivisibility (six i's), and nonannouncement (six n's).
    172. In Tokyo, they sell toupees for dogs.
    173. In Victorian times, estate gardener’s never planted grapevines without first burying a dead donkey underneath the plot.
    174. In your lifetime your body will produce more that 25,000 quarts of saliva.
    175. Io, a moon of Jupiter, has the most active volcanoes in the solar system.
    176. It is estimated that millions of trees in the world are accidentally planted by squirrels that bury nuts and then forget where they hid them.
    177. It is illegal for a Member of Parliament to enter the House of Commons wearing a full suit of armour.
    178. It is illegal to impersonate Chelsea Pensioners in Britain.
    179. It is possible to lead a cow upstairs but not downstairs, because cow's knees can't bend properly to walk back down.
    180. It takes 548 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.
    181. It takes a week to make a jelly bean.
    182. It takes light 8 minutes to travel from the sun.
    183. It was once against the law to have a pet dog in a city in Iceland.
    184. It was once against the law to slam your car door in a city in Switzerland.
    185. It's estimated that more than 6 billion copies of the Bible have been printed.
    186. It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
    187. Jack is the most common name in nursery rhymes.
    188. Japanese lead the world in vending machines, selling Armani ties, bottles of whiskey, and glasses of beer, right next to soft drink machines. It is possible because of low vandalism and petty theft.
    189. Jellyfish are 95 percent water.
    190. Julius Caeser's autograph has not been found yet.
    191. Jupiter's core is in fact made of a non-metal, but due to the immense pressure inside Jupiter the core has become a metal. This metal is hydrogen.
    192. Kangaroos can't walk backwards.
    193. Laughing burns up three and a half calories.
    194. Lazy Susans are named after Thomas Edison's daughter. He invented it to impress a gathering of industrialists and inventors.
    195. Humans cannot lick there own elbows.
    196. Lightning strikes the Earth about 6,000 times per minute.
    197. Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different.
    198. Living trees never stop growing.
    199. Lobsters can lay up to 150,000 eggs at one time.
    200. Mafia means Morte Allafrancia Italia Anela "Death to the French is Italy's cry"
    201. Men are 6 times more likely to be struck by lightning than women.
    202. Men can read smaller print than women; women can hear better.
    203. Men get hiccups more often than women do.
    204. Mexico City is sinking at a rate of 18 inches per year as a result of draining the water table for human consumption.
    205. Mickey Mouse's ears are always turned to the front, no matter which direction his head is pointing.
    206. Moles can dig a tunnel 300 feet long in just one night.
    207. More Monopoly money is printed in a year, than real money printed throughout the world.
    208. More redheads are born in Scotland than in any other part of the world.
    209. More than 1,800 medals are awarded at the Olympics.
    210. More than 20 million meteoroids enter Earth's atmosphere every day-most are no bigger than a speck of dust.
    211. More types of fish swim in Brazil's Amazon River than in the entire Atlantic Ocean.
    212. Mosquitoes have teeth.
    213. Most cows give more milk when they listen to music.
    214. Most lipsticks contain fish scales.
    215. Most people take an average of seven minutes to fall asleep.
    216. Most stars shine for at least 10 billion years.
    217. Mozart never went to school.
    218. Murphy's Oil Soap is the chemical most commonly used to clean elephants.
    219. Nanotechnology has produced a guitar no bigger than a blood cell. The guitar, 10 micrometers long, has six strummable strings.
    220. NASA scientists are still receiving data from Voyager even though the signal it is emitting has less energy than that emitted by a hairdryer.
    221. Nearly all boys grow at least as tall as their mothers.
    222. Neutron stars are so condensed that a fragment the size of a sugar cube would weigh as much as all the people on Earth put together.
    223. New Zealand was named after Abel Tasman’s home district, Zealand, in the Netherlands. Abel Tasman was the first European to see New Zealand.
    224. New Zealand was the first country to give woman the vote, in 1890.
    225. Newborn kangaroos are small enough to fit into a teaspoon.
    226. Nine out of every 10 living things live in the ocean.
    227. No matter where you are in Australia you are never more than 1000 kilometres from the ocean.
    228. No piece of square dry paper can be folded in half more than 7 times.
    229. No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, and purple.
    230. Nose prints are used to identify dogs, just like humans use fingerprints.
    231. Of the twenty brightest stars in the sky, Capella is the furthest north.
    232. Olympus Mons on Mars is the largest volcano in our solar system.
    233. On average people fear spiders more than they do death.
    234. On average, 100 people choke to death on ballpoint pens every year.
    235. On average, humans have 9,000 taste buds in their mouths, tongues, and throats.
    236. On average, one heartbeat pumps five tablespoons of blood.
    237. On average, people spend more than five years of their lives dreaming.
    238. On male shirts the buttons are on the right side, on female shirts the left side. This is because in Victorian times, the men were right handed and buttoned their own shirts, but women had a maid to dress them and the buttons were on the correct side for the maids to do up.
    239. On March 29, 1848, Niagara Falls stopped flowing for 30 hours because of an ice jam blocking the Niagara River.
    240. On the London Underground, one station has a different name on two of its platforms: Bank and Monument.
    241. One cord of wood can make 7 and a half million toothpicks.
    242. One quarter of the bones in your body, are in your feet.
    243. One ragweed plant can release as many as one billion grains of pollen.
    244. Only male turkeys (Toms) gobble, females make a clicking noise.
    245. Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.
    246. Only one satellite has been ever been destroyed by a meteor - the European Space Agency's Olympus in 1993.
    247. Only the female mosquito bites, the male does not.
    248. Ostriches stick their heads in the sand to look for water.
    249. Other than humans, pigs are the only animals that can get sunburn.
    250. Over 1,000 birds a year die from smashing into windows.
    251. Over 10 million Indonesians are boy scouts.
    252. Over 2,500 left handed people a year are killed from using products made for right handed people.
    253. Over 98 percent of Japanese are cremated after they die.
    254. Over one thousand planets the size of the Earth could fit inside the sun.
    255. Owls are one of the only birds who can see the colour blue.
    256. Pain signals travel along hour nerves at 50 feet per second.
    257. Peanuts are one of the ingredients in Dynamite.
    258. Pedestrians always have the right of way.
    259. Penguins can jump as high as 6 feet in the air.
    260. People began surfing in Hawaii before Columbus sailed to America.
    261. People from Manchester, England are called Mancunians.
    262. People use 200 muscles when they walk.
    263. Pluto (the dog from Disney) was originally called "Rover.”
    264. Polar bears are left-handed.
    265. Police in Hong Kong stopped a man because he seemed to be 'oddly shaped'. He was found to be wearing 18 bras and 45 pairs of ladies' panties.
    266. Porcupines float in water.
    267. Pound for pound (kilo for kilo), hamburgers cost more than new cars.
    268. Pound for pound, your tongue is the strongest muscle in your body.
    269. Queen Anne (1665-1714) outlived all 17 of her children.
    270. Rafflesia flowers attract pollinating flies by looking and smelling like rotten meat.
    271. Recycling one glass jar saves enough energy to run your TV for three hours.
    272. Researchers recently sprouted a lotus seed known to be 1,288 years old, making it the oldest seed ever germinated.
    273. Rhinos are in the same family as horses, and are thought to have inspired the myth of the unicorn.
    274. Rhythm is the longest English word without a vowel.
    275. Right handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left handed people do.
    276. Right-handed people tend to scratch with their left hand and visa-versa.
    277. Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.
    278. Russia's best selling chocolate bar is Snickers.
    279. Sagittarius is the furthest south of the zodiacal constellations.
    280. Saturn isn't the only planet with rings: Jupiter, Uranus, and Neptune have them, too.
    281. Scepticism is the longest word that alternates hands when you’re typing.
    282. Scientists have identified and described about 1.4 million species of an estimated ten to 100 million on earth.
    283. Scientists think the universe is 15 billion years old.
    284. Seventy-five percent of house dust is dead skin cells.
    285. Sharks have no air bladders, so they must swim constantly, or they'll sink.
    286. Shrimp's hearts are located in their head.
    287. Sigmund Freud had a fear of ferns.
    288. Six people can feast on one ostrich egg for breakfast.
    289. Slugs have 4 noses.
    290. Smartest dogs: 1) Border Collie; 2) Poodle; 3) Golden Retriever.
    291. Soccer legend Pele's real name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento.
    292. Some lions mate over 50 times a day.
    293. Some ribbon worms will eat themselves if they can’t find any food.
    294. Some toothpaste contains antifreeze.
    295. Some yak's milk is pink.
    296. South Africa used to have two official languages. Now it has eleven.
    297. Squirrel live for about 9 years.
    298. Starfish have eight eyes--one at the end of each leg.
    299. Starfish have no brain.
    300. Sunglasses became popular in the 1920's when movie stars began wearing them to cut the camera's bright lights.
    301. Tabasco sauce is made by fermenting vinegar and hot peppers in a French oak barrel which has three inches of salt on top and is aged for three years until all the salt is diffused through the barrel.
    302. Talk is cheap compared to what it used to be, in 1915 a telephone call from New York to San Francisco cost nearly £11.70 for the first three minutes.
    303. Taphephobia is the fear of being buried alive.
    304. Telephone signals travels at 100,000 miles per second.
    305. Ten percent of the Russian government's income comes from the sale of vodka.
    306. Tennessee William’s' real name was Thomas Lanier Williams.
    307. The "J.R.R." in J.R.R.Tolkien stands for John Ronald Reuel. His son's name is Christopher.
    308. The "you are here" arrow on maps is called an ideo locator.
    309. The 100 years war lasted 116 years.
    310. The 3 most valuable brand names on earth: Marlboro, Coca-Cola, and Budweiser, in that order.
    311. The abbreviation A.D. (Anno Domini, "Year of Our Lord") should be properly placed in front of the year -- thus, you get 417 BC but AD 2000.
    312. The ant can lift 50 times its own weight, and can pull 30 times its own weight.
    313. The area known as Soho used to be part of King Henry VIII's hunting grounds. When a hunter spied a deer, he yelled "Tally-Ho” but when he found a smaller prey, the cry became "So-Ho." As the area was developed, the name stuck.
    314. The avant-garde composer John Cage wrote a piece entitled 4 Minutes and 33 Seconds, which consists of exactly that length of time of complete silence.
    315. The average adult male shaves off 1 lb of beard per year.
    316. The average caterpillar has 16 legs.
    317. The average caterpillar has 2000 muscles.The average human has 700.
    318. The average garden-variety caterpillar has 248 muscles in its head.
    319. The average human brain weighs three pounds.
    320. The average iceberg weighs 20,000,000 tons.
    321. The average modern home computer is more powerful than all of Nasa's computers put together at the time of the Apollo moon landings. The total computing power of the lunar modules was equivalent to that of the cheapest personal organiser available today
    322. The average person has over 1,460 dreams a year.
    323. The average person laughs 13 times a day.
    324. The average person will swallow 295 times while eating.
    325. The best way for a man to know whether he will go bald is to look at his mother's father. Baldness is hereditary, but the gene controlling it is on the sex-linked chromosome and skips one generation.
    326. The billionth digit of pi is 9.
    327. The bra Marilyn Monroe wore in ‘Some Like It Hot’ sold for £7,000.
    328. The canopy of a rainforest is so thick, only one percent of sunlight reaches the ground.
    329. The catfish has over 27,000 taste buds. This is more than any other animal.
    330. The Chinese first made rockets more than 750 years ago.
    331. The Chinese invented folding money, it was made of deerskin.
    332. The Chinese only celebrate birthdays every ten years.
    333. The Christmas holidays are the busiest time in plastic surgeons offices.
    334. The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.
    335. The circumference of the Earth at the equator is 24,896 miles.
    336. The clouds on Venus are made of deadly sulphuric acid.
    337. The comic known as Peanuts was originally known as Li'lfolks.
    338. The country with the biggest percentage of female heads of household is Botswana.
    339. The digestive track in a person's body is about 30 feet long.
    340. The distance between an alligator's eyes, in inches, is directly proportional to the length of the alligator in feet.
    341. The DNA helix measures 80 billionths of an inch wide.
    342. The Earth gets 100 tons heavier every day due to falling space dust.
    343. The Earth weighs around 6,588,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 tons.
    344. The electric chair was invented by a dentist.
    345. The elephant is the only animal with four knees.
    346. The elephant is the only mammal that can't jump.
    347. The estimated value of services provided by the global ecosystem (water, food, materials etc.) runs between £8 and £27 trillion per year.
    348. The eyes of a giant squid can be up to 15 inches across, the biggest in the world.
    349. The fastest moving muscle in the human body is the one that opens and closes the eyelid.
    350. The female preying mantis devours her partner while their mating.
    351. The first atomic bomb dropped on Japan fell from the Enola Gay, named after the unit commander's mother. The second dropped from a plane known as Bock's Car.
    352. The first dictionary "The American" took Noah Webster 20 years to put together.
    353. The first European to see New Zealand was Abel Tasman in 1642; the first to set foot on the island was James Cook in 1769.
    354. The first known contraceptive was crocodile dung used by ancient Egyptians in 2000 BC.
    355. The first novel ever written on a typewriter was "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer."
    356. The first product to have a bar code was Wrigleys gum.
    357. The first sound recording ever made: "Mary Had a Little Lamb" in 1877.
    358. The flag of the U.K. is properly known as the Union Flag. It is only called the Union Jack when it is flown from the jack mast of a ship.
    359. The flea can jump 350 times its body length, that is like human jumping the length of about 7 football fields.
    360. The Galileo spacecraft travelled to Jupiter at a speed of 107,000 mph.
    361. The heaviest dog on record was a St. Bernard weighing 310 lbs.
    362. The honeybee is the only bee that dies after stinging.
    363. The human body produces more than a pint of sweat each day.
    364. The human brain is 80% water.
    365. The hurricane plant has holes in its leaves, which keep it from being destroyed by wind.
    366. The katydid bug hears through holes in its hind legs.
    367. The largest iceberg ever found was 208 miles long and 60 miles wide.
    368. The largest painting on earth is a 72,437-sq.ft smiley face.
    369. The Latin name for moose is alces alces.
    370. The left bank of a river is the left side, as you look downstream.
    371. The letter J does not appear on the periodic table of the elements.
    372. The lips of a hippopotamus are nearly two feet wide.
    373. The liver performs more than 500 different functions, including storing vitamins and removing harmful chemicals from the blood.
    374. The longest recorded flight of a chicken is 13 seconds.
    375. The longest word in the English language is 'pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis' - which describes a lung disease caused by breathing in particles of volcanic matter or a similar fine dust.
    376. The main export of Jamaica is bauxite, which used in making aluminium.
    377. The male gypsy moth can "smell" the virgin female gypsy moth from 1.8 miles away.
    378. The moon moves about two inches away from the Earth each year.
    379. The most popular name for a male cat is "Tiger", for a female, "Samantha”.
    380. The most used letter in the English alphabet is 'E', and 'Q' is the least used.
    381. The Muller-Lyer (<-> >-<: Which line is longer?) illusion doesn’t work on Zulus.
    382. The national anthem of Greece is 158 verses.
    383. The national flower of Greenland is the Willow Herb.
    384. The number “four" is the only digit that has the same number of letters as its value.
    385. The odds of a mother having twins are 90 to 1.
    386. The only 15-letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is "uncopyrightable.”
    387. The only domestic animal that wasn't mentioned in the Bible is a cat.
    388. The only nation whose name begins with an "A,” but doesn't end in an "A" is Afghanistan.
    389. The only three words in the English language to have 2 consecutive u's are vacuum, residuum, and continuum.
    390. The only word in the English language that has 4 sets of double letters in a row is balloonneer.
    391. The only word with all the vowels in reverse order is subcontinental.
    392. The only word with all the vowels listed in order is facetiously.
    393. The opening to the cave in which a bear hibernates is always on the north slope, unless the bear lives in the Southern Hemisphere.
    394. The opposite sides of a dice cube always add up to seven.
    395. The original Guinness Brewery in Dublin, Ireland has a six thousand-year lease.
    396. The original name for the butterfly was 'flutterby'.
    397. The ostrich yolk is the largest single cell in the world.
    398. The parasitic male anglerfish stays with his partner for life - literally. Once the tiny male is attached to the much larger female, his tissues fuse with hers, he loses his senses of sight and smell, and receives his nourishment from her bloodstream.
    399. The peacock is a male and the female a peahen.
    400. The penguin is the only bird that can swim, but cannot fly.
    401. The placement of a donkey's eyes in its' heads enables it to see all four feet at all times.
    402. The poison-arrow frog has enough poison to kill about 2,200 people.
    403. The popular Fiesta Ware line of dishes sold well in the 1930s, except for the orange-coloured sets. The reason? The paint used on the orange Fiesta Ware was known to be radioactive.
    404. The pouch under a pelican's bill holds up to 25 pounds of fish and water.
    405. The praying mantis is the only insect that can turn its head.
    406. The proceedings in the British Parliament are meant to be in private, even though they are now televised. So, if the MPs want to have a secret session, one of them points to the gallery from which the public watches, and calls "I spy strangers” whereupon the House votes "that the strangers do withdraw."
    407. The Rag doll is the largest breed of domesticated cat in the world, with adult males averaging 22-25 pounds.
    408. The rings of Saturn are made of ice chunks - some as small as an ice cube and some as big as a house.
    409. The roaring lion in the MGM logo was named Volney and lived at the Memphis Zoo.
    410. The Roller Coaster was invented in the 17th century in Russia.
    411. The saguaro cactus of the Arizona Desert grows less than one inch in its first 10 years.
    412. The sensors on the feet of a red admiral butterfly are 200 times more sensitive to sugar than the human tongue.
    413. The sentence "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.” uses every letter of the alphabet.
    414. The shortest British monarch was Charles I, who was 4'9".
    415. The Sitka Spruce is Britain's most commonly planted tree.
    416. The sloth (a mammal) moves so slowly that green algae can grow undisturbed on its fur.
    417. The smallest fish in the world is the Trimattum Nanus of the Chagos Archipelago.It measures 0.33 inches.
    418. The smallest unit of time is the yoctosecond.
    419. The snapping turtle eats carrion and is used by police to find dead bodies in lakes, ponds, and swamps.
    420. The South American Electric Eel can produce almost 1 Amp of current.
    421. The starfish is one of the only animals that can turn its stomach inside out.
    422. The Stasi secret police collected the "smells" of their enemies so that their dogs could find them.
    423. The Sun is 330,330 times larger than the earth.
    424. The Sun is 90,000,000 miles from the earth.
    425. The Sun shrinks in diameter by 5 feet every hour.
    426. The tallest man in the world was 8'11" Robert Wadlow. He was just 22 when he died in 1949 from an infection caused by leg braces he needed to keep him on his feet.
    427. The stupidest dog is the Afghan.
    428. The tastebuds of a fly are on its feet.
    429. The three best-known western names in China: Jesus Christ, Richard Nixon, and Elvis Presley.
    430. The tip of a whip makes a cracking noise because it moves faster than the speed of sound.
    431. The Tokyo Zoo, located in Japan, closes down for two months every year to give the animals a little break from the people.
    432. The tongue of a blue whale weighs more than most elephants.
    433. The United States National Anthem is the only anthem in the world that doesn't have the name of the country in it.
    434. The Venus flytrap takes less than half a second to slam shut on an insect.
    435. The waste produced by one chicken in its lifetime can supply enough electricity to run a 100-watt bulb for five hours.
    436. The Western-most point in continental Europe is at Cabo de Rocha, Portugal.
    437. The winds on Saturn blow at 1,200 mph-10 times faster than a strong Earth hurricane.
    438. The wingspan of a Boeing 747 jet is longer than the Wright Brothers' first flight.
    439. The word ‘set’ has the most definitions in the English Language.
    440. The word 'condom' comes from Dr. Charles Condom (1630 - 1685).
    441. The word electricity derives from the Greek word 'elektron' meaning amber. The Greeks noted that rubbing amber produced a static charge.
    442. The word taxi is spelled the same in English, German, French, Swedish, and Portuguese.
    443. The words ''stewardesses'' and ''reverberated'' are the longest words (12 letters) typed with only the left hand.The longest word that can be typed using only the right hand is, ''lollipop.''
    444. The world seahorse population has dropped 70% in the past 10 years.
    445. The world's biggest clam weighs almost 500 pounds.
    446. The world's fastest-growing plant is the giant water lily, which grows almost a foot a day.
    447. The world's largest flower is the Rafflesia arnoldi. It can grow to the size of an umbrella.
    448. The world's longest-named lake has 45 letters (Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg)
    449. The world's oldest piece of chewing gum is over 9000 years old.
    450. The world's termites outweigh the world's humans 10 to 1.
    451. There are 2 places on earth where white men outlive women: southern Asia and Iran.
    452. There are 225 squares on a scrabble board.
    453. There are almost 2 billion Christians in the world, about a billion Muslims, 800 million Hindus, 300 million Buddhists, and 14 million Jews.
    454. There are more bacteria in your mouth than there are people in the world.
    455. There are more sweat glands on your feet than any other part of your body.
    456. There are more than 1,000 chemicals in a cup of coffee. Of these, only 26 have been tested, and half-caused cancer in rats.
    457. There are more than 50,000 earthquakes throughout the world every year.
    458. There are ten times as many sheep as people in Australia.
    459. There is a city called Rome on every Continent.
    460. There is an average of 178 sesame seeds on a McDonald's Big Mac bun.
    461. There is enough energy in one bolt of lightning to power a home for two weeks.
    462. There is no single word to say "yes" or "no" in Japanese.
    463. There wasn't a single pony in the Pony Express, just horses.
    464. There's 31,622,400 seconds in a leap year.
    465. They have square watermelons in Japan.
    466. Thomas Edison, lightbulb inventor, was afraid of the dark.
    467. Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
    468. Top Six reasons for being late for work: 1) Traffic. 2) Oversleeping. 3) Procrastination. 4) Chores. 5) Car Trouble. 6) Having sex.
    469. Track athletes are most likely to break records later in the day, when their body temperatures are highest.
    470. Triton, a moon of Neptune, is the coldest known place in our solar system. Its surface is 391 degrees f. below zero.
    471. Tuna swim an average of 9 mph constantly; in fact they never stop moving.
    472. Turkeys will peck to death members of the flock that are physically inferior or different.
    473. Unlike humans, canaries can regenerate their brain cells.
    474. Until 1796, there was a state in the United States called Franklin. Today it's known as Tennessee.
    475. Until 1936 in New York, it was against the law to wear topless bathing suits, for women and men.
    476. Upon sight of a Scotsman, it is still legal to shoot him with a bow and arrow, except on Sundays.
    477. We don't know if there's a Heaven on earth, but there is a Hell, it's a town in Norway.
    478. When asked to name a colour, 3 out of 5 people will say red.
    479. When baby giraffes are born, they drop six feet to the ground and land on their heads.
    480. When Heinz ketchup leaves the bottle, it travels at a rate of 25 miles per year.
    481. When Joseph Gayetty invented toilet paper in 1857, he had his name printed on each sheet.
    482. When snakes are born with two heads, they fight each other for food.
    483. When the Shell Oil Company first opened its doors it was a seashell novelty shop.
    484. When wearing Kimono, Japanese women wear socks called "Tabi.” The big toe of the sock is separated from the rest of the toes, like a thumb from a mitten.
    485. While drug-sniffing dogs are trained to bark like crazy, go "aggressive" at the first whiff of the right powder, bomb-sniffing dogs are trained to go "passive" lest they set off a motion sensor or a noise sensor.
    486. White cockatoos are the only parrots that can be sexed by eye colour; females have a visible pupil while males have black irises.
    487. White dwarf stars can be as small as 1,000 miles across.
    488. Windmills always turn counter-clockwise.
    489. Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
    490. Woodpeckers peck at 20 times a second.
    491. You are considered a freeman if you can drive your geese down Cheapside, London and to be hanged with silk rope (as opposed to hemp).
    492. You are more likely to be killed by a champagne cork than a by a poisonous spider.
    493. You blink over 10,000,000 times a year.
    494. You cannot kill yourself by holding your breath.
    495. You can't tickle yourself.
    496. You gain fewer calories from eating celery than you use up chewing it.
    497. Your body has over 40 miles of nerves.
    498. Your eyeballs are three and a half percent salt.
    499. Your feet may be as much as 5 to 10 percent larger at the end of the day.
    500. Your heart beats over 100,000 times a day.
    501. Your nose and ears never stop growing.
    502. "Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt".
    503. 40% of all people who come to a party in your home have a look in your medicine cabinet.
    504. A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
    505. A dragonfly has a lifespan of 24 hours.
    506. A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.
    507. A handful of soil contains up to 5000 species of bacteria.
    508. A wind-chill factor of -75 degrees and below can cause flesh to freeze within 30 seconds.
    509. Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860 - John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960. Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846 - John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946. Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, was born in 1808 - Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908. Booth and Oswald were assassinated before their trials. Booth ran from the theatre and was caught in a warehouse - Oswald ran from a warehouse and was caught in a theatre. Both assassins were known by their three names - both names are comprised of fifteen letters. Both Presidents were shot by southerners. Both Presidents were shot in the head. Both Presidents were shot on a Friday. Both successors were named Johnson. Both successors were southerners. Both were particularly concerned with civil rights. Both wives lost their children while living in the White House. John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Lincoln, was born in 1839 - Lee Harvey Oswald, who assassinated Kennedy, was born in 1939. Lincoln was shot at the theatre named "Kennedy" - Kennedy was shot in a car called "Lincoln.” Lincoln's secretary was named Kennedy - Kennedy's secretary was named Lincoln. The names Lincoln and Kennedy each contain seven letters.
    510. All of these are common names of birds: Rifleman, short-tailed pygmy tyrant, frilled coquette, bobwhite, tawny frogmouth, trembler, wattle-eye, fuscous honeyeater, dickcissel, common grackle, forktailed drongo.
    511. All of these are common names of fish: Spurdog, alewife, twaite shad, jollytail, tadpole madtom, bummalow, walleye pollock, wrestling halfbeak, mummichog, jolthead porgy, sweetlip emperor, slippery dick.
    512. Almonds are a member of the peach family.
    513. An estimated 8 million bolts of lightning, and an estimated 44,000 thunderstorms, happen worldwide every day.
    514. Arachibutyrophobics have a fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of their mouth.
    515. At the funeral of William the Conquerer, his overweight corpse exploded as attendants tried to squeeze it into a stone coffin.
    516. At the last count in 1994, there had never been anybody charged with murder in Monaco.
    517. Bullet-proof vests, fire escapes, windscreen wipers, and laser printers were all invented by women.
    518. Conception occurs more often in December than any other month.
    519. Divorce was not allowed in the Republic of Ireland until 1997.
    520. Every year, parks in London alone are doused in one million gallons of dog urine.
    521. Geese often mate for life, and can pine to death at the loss of their mate.
    522. Hellenologophobics have a fear of Greek terms or complex scientific terminology.
    523. Henry II was murdered by his homosexual lover, who pushed a red-hot poker 0.5 metres up his rectum.
    524. If you keep a goldfish in a dark room, it will eventually turn white.
    525. If your body's natural defences failed, the bacteria in your gut would consume you within 48 hours, literally eating you from the inside out.
    526. In 1609, a doctor found a corpse in Bologna with two penises. Since then, there have been eighty documented cases of men similarly endowed.
    527. In 1950, the population of Tokyo was 6.9 million people. It is estimated that by 2010 this figure will have risen to 28.7 million.
    528. In Algeria, they call their country 'al-Jumhuriya al-Jazairiya ad-Dimuqratiya ash-Shabiya'.
    529. In Bangladesh in 1988, 92 people were killed by giant hailstones weighing up to 1kg.
    530. In Cali, Columbia, a woman may only have sex with her husband, and the first time this happens her mother must be in the room to witness the act.
    531. In Pakistan, adultery is seen as a crime, but women get a much harsher deal than men. A 16-year-old was raped by three men, made pregnant, and got 15 lashes and three years in prison for "adultery.”
    532. In Parliament, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.
    533. In Rwanda and Bhutan, only 6% of the population live in urbanised areas. In Kuwait, Monaco, Nauru and Singpore, 100% of the population do.
    534. In Sierra Leone, the life expectancy of a man is 40 years, and of a woman is 43 years.
    535. In the 1500's, one out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside - they had unknowingly been burying people alive.
    536. In the 16th century, it was considered elegant for ladies to let their pubic hair grow as long as possible so it could be pomaded and adorned with bows and ribbon.
    537. In their mythology, the Shawnee people credit a mongrel dog with a crucial role in creation.
    538. In written English, the ten most common words are: 'the', 'of', 'to', 'in', 'and', 'a', 'for', 'was', 'is', 'that'. However in spoken English, the top three are 'the', 'and', 'I'.
    539. It is possible to cough your guts up.
    540. Mother Theresa's real name was Agnes Bojaxhi.
    541. Not only humans, but ALL female mammals go through the menopause.
    542. Novercaphobics and pentheraphobics have a fear of...their mother-in-law.
    543. One of the side effects of using the drug Viagra is having blue tinted vision.
    544. Parasites count for 0.01% of your body weight.
    545. Perhaps unsurprisingly for some, the beds we sleep in will absorb anything up to four pints of sweat each night.
    546. Phobophobics have a fear of fear.
    547. Rhinos can run up to 35 miles per hour.
    548. Schizophrenics hardly ever yawn.
    549. Sesquipedalophobics and Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobics have a fear of long words.
    550. Several well-documented instances have been reported of extremely obese people flushing aircraft toilets whilst still sitting on them. The vacuum action of these toilets sucked the rectum inside out.
    551. Some Micronesian cultures regarded sweat as the 'essence of a warrior'. Considering it an honour, tribe members would drink vast quantities of their chief's own sweat.
    552. The Albanian language is one of Europe's oldest languages and is not derived from any other language.
    553. The average garden snail has a top speed of 0.03 mph.
    554. The average person perspires a 278 gallons of sweat each year - enough to completely fill three motor cars!
    555. The city called "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula" is usually abbreviated to 3.63% of its size: "L.A."
    556. The earliest industrial dispute ever recorded was in 1160 BC. Workers building the tomb of Pharaoh Ramses III went on strike for higher wages.
    557. The European freshwater mussel lives for at least 90 years.
    558. The germs present in human faeces can pass through up to ten layers of toilet paper.
    559. The ice that covers Antarctica is 4,776 metres deep at its thickest point.
    560. The longest one-syllable word in the English language is "screeched."
    561. The longest recorded tapeworm found in the human body was 33 metres in length.
    562. The Lord's Prayer contains 68 words. The Gettysburg Address has 267. A 1989 US report on cabbage has 29,911.
    563. The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
    564. The mudskipper fish spends three quarters of its life out of water.
    565. The reason why brides carry a bouquet of flowers at weddings is this: People in the 1500's took their yearly bath in May. Most people got married in June as they didn't smell quite so bad. However, they were starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the odour.
    566. The shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.
    567. The tallest tree ever measured was an Australian eucalyptus in 1872. It was 132m tall.
    568. The world's smallest winged insect is the Tanzanian parasitic wasp. It has a wingspan of 0.2mm / 0.008 in.
    569. There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.
    570. There are more chickens than people in the world.
    571. There are only four words in the English language which end in "-dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
    572. There is a small island off of Madagascar called Comoros, whose capital is called Moroni.
    573. Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, and Winston Churchill were all dyslexic.
    574. Vegetarians live longer than meat-eaters, and have more stamina. But vegetarians have a higher chance of getting blood disorders.
    575. We share 98% of our genes with chimpanzees.
    576. When a hippopotamus dies, other hippos surround the corpse and lick it for a whole day. They only leave the corpse when hungry crocodiles get too numerous to deter.
    577. When men of the Walibri tribe of central Australia greet each other, they shake penises instead of hands.
    578. When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941, more US servicemen were killed by anaesthetic than by bombs.
    579. The smallest will ever written was 3.8cm. It contained 40 words and was signed by two witnesses.
    580. In 1926, a Budapest waiter committed suicide. He left his suicide note in the form of a crossword and the police had to get help from the public to solve it.
    581. The act of stretching and yawning is referred to as pandiculation.
    582. In 1981, the ultimate collectable item was a Rubik’s Cube which had a picture of Prince Charles and Diana on it.
    583. Of all the days of the week, the most popular day for people to eat ice cream is Sunday
    584. In Britain, one out of every four potatoes is eaten in the form of french fries
    585. In their lifetime, house cats spend approximately 10,950 hours purring.
    586. A rabbit’s teeth never stop growing. They are worn down by gnawing on food.
    587. The longest acceptance speech in the history of the Oscars was by Greer Garson in 1942. She received an Oscar for Best Actress for the movie Mrs Miniver, and her speech was five minutes 30 seconds long.
    588. On average, a car driver will swear or blaspheme 32,025 times in their lifetime while driving.
    589. Chameleons can move their eyes independently. One eye can be looking forward and the other eye backwards at the same time.
    590. Pilgrims did not eat potatoes for Thanksgiving as they thought they were poisonous.
    591. A river raft travels twice as fast as the current that propels it.
    592. The Pocket Gopher can run with equal speed forward or backward.
    593. The Kangaroo Rat never drinks water.
    594. The Canada Goose only flies north – south. It never migrates laterally.
    595. A Chamois Goat can balance on a point of rock the size of a £1 coin.
    596. Milk is sold in sheets in Denmark and is restored to liquid form by dissolving in warm water.
    597. Huge wine jugs were often used by the Ancient Greeks as coffins.
    598. The Glory of the Sea (Conus Gloria-Maris) is the rarest of all sea shells.
    599. A mouse has more bones than a man. mouse 225, man 206.
    600. Frogs never drink water – they absorb it.
    601. Kangaroo means ‘I don’t understand’ in Aborigine.
    602. The Double Cross is the highest honour that can be granted by the church.
    603. An adult Crane Fly is so allergic to warmth that the touch of a human hand may kill it.
    604. The Irish Harp originated in Egypt.
    605. The vertical bands of the modern French Tricolour are not of equal width.
    606. The shortest verse in the Bible is 'Jesus Wept'.
    607. The word Kumarreksituteeskenteleentuvaisehkollaismaisekkuud - ellisenneskenteluttelemattomammuuksissansakaankopa han means ‘to bow’ in Finnish.
    608. The beak of a woodpecker moves forward and backward at 100 miles per hour.
    609. An earthworm has 5 pairs of hearts.
    610. From 1939 to 1942, there was a undersea post office in the Bahamas.
    611. The sex of a baby crocodile is determined by the temperature in the nest and how deeply the eggs are buried.
    612. Every year, 100 million sharks are killed by people.
    613. Buttermilk does not contain any butter, but is a cultured milk product which is usually made from fat free milk.
    614. Seven percent of body weight for humans is made up of blood.
    615. English sailors were referred to as "limeys" because sailors added lime juice to their diet to combat scurvy.
    616. In 1907, at the White House, President Theodore Roosevelt shook hands with 8,150 people on New Year's Day.
    617. If you go hunting. The best colour to wear is blue. Most animals does not see blue and other hunters can see you as well.
    618. The reason the name Dr. Pepper was chosen for the soft drink, was because the inventor Wade Morrison named it after Dr. Charles Pepper who had given him his first job.
    619. The oldest soft drink in the USA is Vernors Ginger Ale, it has been made since 1866.
    620. A rat can fall from a 5-story building without injury.
    621. In Central America, a scientist caught over 500 different species of insects by sweeping a net through the air fewer than 2000 times.
    622. By federal law, for a noodle to actually be a noodle it must have 5.5 percent egg solids in it, otherwise it cannot be called a noodle.
    623. In 2002 the most popular car colour in North America was silver.
    624. Singer Billy Joel tried to commit suicide when he was 21 by drinking furniture polish.
    625. Out of 350,000 Americans get electrocuted in their life.
    626. The color red has been found to promote the hunger reflex in humans. This is the reason why so many establishments (ie Pizza Hut, McDonalds) use red as their main colour.
    627. Quackmore Duck is the name of Donald Duck's father.
    628. Minnows have teeth located on a bone in their throat.
    629. Before 1883, the three-cent U.S. stamp was also used for advertising. The advertisement was located on the back of the stamp for various products.
    630. The King Cobra has enough venom in its bite that it can kill up to 13 adults.
    631. Bugs Bunny's original catchphrase "What's cooking?" was later updated to "What's up Doc?"
    632. Approximately 20% of Americans have a passport.
    633. Every three seconds, a new baby is born.
    634. Five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.
    635. In a year, the average person walks four miles to make his or her bed.
    636. Because metal was scarce; the Oscars given out during World War II were made of plaster.
    637. Gloucestershire airport in England used to blast Tina Turner songs on its runways to scare birds away.
    638. In the movie "The Wizard Of Oz," Toto the dog's salary was $125 a week, while Judy Garland was $500 a week.
    639. The words moron, imbecile, and idiot are not interchangeable. The one with the highest level of intelligence is a moron, followed, by an imbecile, and then idiot.
    640. Beluga whales which are also called "white whales" are not born white. They are born grey in color, and by the age of six become completely white.
    641. The monogram "RR" for Rolls-Royce has never been altered, except for when Sir Henry Royce passed away in 1933. Then it was changed from red to black.
    642. Bugs Bunny was originally called "Happy Rabbit."
    643. Just like fingerprints, every cat's nose pad is different.
    644. Hans Christian Andersen's 1835 Wonder Stories was banned from children's reading lists in Illinois in 1954. The book was stamped “For Adult Readers” to make it “impossible for children to obtain smut.”
    645. In 1968, John Lennon and girlfriend Yoko Ono's album "Two Virgins" was sold in the United States in a plain brown paper wrapper as on the real cover they both had posed nude.
    646. The song with the longest title is "I’m a Cranky Old Yank in a Clanky Old Tank on the Streets of Yokohama with my Honolulu Mama Doin’ Those Beat-o, Beat-o Flat-On-My-Seat-o, Hirohito Blues" written by Hoagy Carmichael in 1945.
    647. Daytime dramas are called Soap Operas because they were originally used to advertise soap powder. In America in the early days of TV, advertisers would write stories around the use of their soap powder.
    648. The stage where the television sitcom "Friends" is shot on is said to be haunted.
    649. In the 1960 movie "Psycho" by Alfred Hitchcock, chocolate syrup was used to show the blood in the shower scene.
    650. In the original movie "101 Dalmatians," there are exactly 6,469,952 spots on all 101 Dalmatians as they are shown in 113,760 frames of the film combined.
    651. The movie "Chicken Run" made in 2000 had the most plasticine used in an animated movie. They used 2,380 kg of plasticine for the movie.
    652. Tohru Iwatani, the inventor of the video game Pac-Man, came up with the idea when he saw a pizza with a slice missing at a dinner party.
    653. The Chinese politician Mao Zedong refused to ever brush his teeth and instead just washed his mouth with tea.
    654. As an iceberg melts, it makes a fizzing sound because of the compressed air bubbles popping in the ice.
    655. If someone was to fly once around the surface of the moon, it would be equal to a round trip from New York to London.
    656. In China, September 20 is "Love Your Teeth Day."
    657. In Japan, by the time man reaches the age of 60, he is commemorated with a special ceremony. This ceremony features the man wearing a red kimono, which denotes that he no longer has the responsibilities of being a mature adult.
    658. One billion seconds is about 32 years.
    659. The average day is actually 23 hours, 56 minutes and 4.09 seconds. We have a leap year every four years to make up for this shortfall.
    660. The average four year-old child asks over four hundred questions a day.
    661. The city of Nottingham in England was the first city to have Braille signs (signs for the blind) in its shopping malls.
    662. The longest rendering of a national anthem was 'God Save the King,' performed by a German military band on the platform of Rathenau railway station in Brandenburg, on February 9, 1909. King Edward VII was struggling inside the train to get into his German Field-Marshall uniform, so the band had to play the anthem 17 consecutive times.
    663. Shojiro Ishibashi was born in 1885 in Japan. When he came of age, Ishibashi entered the family business, making tabi, traditional Japanese footwear.
    In 1923, he created, and patented, a rubbersoled tabi, which increased his fortunes. He quickly looked to other rubber products to sell, and in 1928 began producing tyres. He was the first Japanese manufacturer to do so.
    Ishibashi's goal was to sell his products overseas to British and American consumers. He felt he would need an English name for his company. Ishibashi means "stone bridge" in English. As a tip of the hat to fellow rubber manufacturer Harvey Firestone, Ishibashi reversed the words and came up with the Bridgestone Tyre Company.
    In 1988, Bridgestone bought Firestone.
    664. In Michigan, it is illegal to chain an alligator to a fire hydrant.
    665. It is against the law to whale hunt in Oklahoma.
    666. According to a British law passed in 1845, attempting to commit suicide was a capital offence. Offenders could be hanged for trying.
    667. Salt Lake City, Utah, has a law against carrying an unwrapped ukulele on the street.
    668. The longest piano piece of any kind is "Vexations" by Erik Satie. It consists of a 180-note composition which, on the composer's orders, must be repeated 840 times so that the whole performance is 18 hours 40 minutes. Its first reported public performance in September 1963, in the Pocket Theatre, New York City, required a relay team of 10 pianists. The New York Times critic fell asleep at 4 a.m. and the audience dwindled to 6 masochists. At the conclusion, one glutton for punishment shouted, "Encore!"
    669. The blue whale has the longest body of all animals, but if you include the tentacles, the Arctic giant jellyfish is the longest sea creature of all. Fanned out, its tentacles would form a circle covering an area larger than 15 tennis courts.
    670. A body is buried only when it is placed in the ground and covered with soil.
    671. The oldest living thing in the world is a creosote bush in southwestern California. The bush is more than 11,000 years old.
    672. Sherlock Holmes never said, "Elementary, my dear Watson."
    673. The wettest spot in the world is located on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. Mt. Waialeale consistently records rainfall at the rate of nearly 500 inches per year.
    674. The shortest war on record was fought between Zanzibar and England in 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes.
    675. The expression, "Second string," meaning, "replacement or backup," comes from the Middle Ages. An archer always carried a second string in case the one on his bow broke.
    676. Natural gas has no odour. The smell is added artificially so that leaks can be detected.
    677. Your brain is more active sleeping than it is watching TV.
    678. The United States Supreme Court once ruled Federal Income Tax unconstitutional. Income tax was first imposed during the Civil War as a temporary revenue-raising measure.
    679. In a lifetime, an average man will shave 20,000 times.
    680. The word vaccine comes from the Latin word "vacca," which means cow. This name was chosen because the first vaccination was given to a boy which came from cowpox.
    681. George Orwell's book "Animal Farm" was turned down many times by different publishers. One of them actually said, "it was impossible to sell animal stories in the U.S.A.
    682. A human eyeball weighs an ounce.
    683. A man filed a lawsuit against his doctor because he survived longer than what the doctor had predicted.
    684. In the state of Washington, it is illegal to paint polka dots on the American flag.
    685. A surfer once sued another surfer for "stealing his wave." The case was thrown out because the court was unable to put a price on "pain and suffering" endured by the surfer watching someone else ride "his" wave.
    686. In Israel, religious law forbids picking your nose on Sabbath.
    687. There is a law in the state of Idaho that does not permit one citizen to give another citizen a box of candy that is heavier than 50 pounds.
    688. A barnacle has the largest penis of any other animal in relation to its size.
    689. A hedgehog's heart beats 190 times a minute on average and drops to only 20 beats per minute during hibernation.
    690. A leech has 32 brains.
    691. A rabbit is not able to vomit.
    692. A squirrel cannot carry the rabies virus.
    693. According to scientific studies, a rat's performance in a maze can be improved by playing music written by Mozart.


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    Discuss.


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    Why?

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    wtf kalkoenvet? :D

    tl;dr anyone?
    Quote Originally Posted by Aukou
    LC are not farming units, and that's about it.
    Once you over farm then they're useless; you can only dodge attacks with them.

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    I read the last part only.

    690. A leech has 32 brains.
    Holy shit.


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    Who is actually going to read these?
    "Not everything that can be counted counts,
    and not everything that counts can be counted."


    Fear It

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    265. Police in Hong Kong stopped a man because he seemed to be 'oddly shaped'. He was found to be wearing 18 bras and 45 pairs of ladies' panties.


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    Quote Originally Posted by xElla- View Post
    Who is actually going to read these?
    I'm almost through them, some are quite interesting

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    i've read like 10 of them..
    Thou shall not steal my sexyness..

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    1. 1961 was the most recent year that could be written both upside-down and right side-up and appear the same. The next year that this will be possible will be 6009.

    1961 = RIGHT
    6009= it should read 3003

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    479. When baby giraffes are born, they drop six feet to the ground and land on their heads.

    WAT moonsoon.


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    Quote Originally Posted by xElla- View Post
    Who is actually going to read these?
    I tell you, I am. I'll read every single one of them. Every single one. I feel the need to.


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    442. The word taxi is spelled the same in English, German, French, Swedish, and Portuguese.

    totally true!!!1!!
    Thou shall not steal my sexyness..

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    660. The average four year-old child asks over four hundred questions a day.


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

    on a similar note, those little edible spoons from M&S are very nice :D
    "Boobs and only boobs are boobish enough to be called boobs.
    Thusly, boob boob over boob is equal to half boob squared. Boob."
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    Quote Originally Posted by pinrage View Post
    442. The word taxi is spelled the same in English, German, French, Swedish, and Portuguese.

    totally true!!!1!!
    Same in Holland.


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    492. You are more likely to be killed by a champagne cork than a by a poisonous spider.
    Lol


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    you are more likely to die by a vending machine following on you than be attacked by a bear

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    "115. Given sufficient amounts of chocolate, pigs can master video game skills, and perform far better than dogs."

    Ha +1 to pigs everywhere

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    Heres a fact: no ones going to read that much.

    :P

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