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  1. #101
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    Oct 2002

    Re: Useless trivia

    Originally posted by jodaar

    The word gymnasium comes from the Greek word gymnazein which means to exercise naked
    In Swedish, gymnasium = high school.... (don't even think about going there!!! )

  2. #102
    Shadow Creature

    Here's a bunch...

    Here's a bunch of useless facts for you. I might post some more later.

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

    Dr. Seuss coined the word "nerd" in his 1950 book "If I Ran the Zoo"

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

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

    There are an average of 178 sesame seeds on a McDonald's Big Mac bun.

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

    Pound for pound, hamburgers cost more than new cars.

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

    When Heinz ketchup leaves the bottle, it travels at a rate of 25 miles per

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

    The Bible has been translated into Klingon.

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

    Ninety percent of New York City cabbies are recently arrived immigrants.

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

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

    Reno, Nevada is west of Los Angeles, California.

    Average lifespan of a major league baseball: 5 pitches.

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

    Elephants can't jump. Every other mammal can.

    The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.

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

    According to one study, 24% of lawns have some sort of lawn ornament in their yard.

    Internationally, Baywatch is the most popular TV show in history.

    Barbie's measurements if she were life size: 39-23-33

    Coca-cola was originally green.

    Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than for the US Treasury.

    Smartest dogs: 1)Border Collie; 2)Poodle; 3)Golden Retriever
    Dumbest dog: Afghan

    Hawaiian alphabet has 12 letters.

    First novel ever written on a typewriter was "Tom Sawyer".

    There are more collect calls on Father's Day than any other day of the year.

    Men can read smaller print than women; women can hear better.

    Chances that an American lives within 50 miles of where he/she grew up: 1 in 2

    Amount American Airlines saved in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each
    salad served in first class: $440,000

    City with the most Rolls Royces per capita: Hong Kong

    US State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska

    Chances of a white Christmas in New York: 1 in 4

    Percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28

    Percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38

    Estimated percentage of American adults who go on a diet each year: 44

    Percentage of Americans who say that God has spoken to them: 36

    Percentage of Americans who regularly attend religious services: 43

    City with the highest per capita viewership of TV evangelists: Wash., DC.

    Percentage of American men who say they would marry the same woman if
    they had it to do all over again: 80
    Percentage of American women who say they would marry the same man: 50

    Percentage of men who say they are happier after their divorce or
    separation: 58
    Percentage of women who say they are happier: 85

    Number of different familial relationships for which Hallmark makes

    Average number of people airborne over the US any given hour: 61,000.

    Percentage of Americans who have visited Disneyland or Disney World: 70

    Portion of ice cream sold that is vanilla: 1/3

    Portion of potatoes sold that are French-fried: 1/3

    Percentage of Americans that eat at McDonalds each day: 7

    Percentage of bird species that are monogamous: 90
    Percentage of mammal species that are: 3

    Number of US states that claim test scores in their elementary schools
    are above national average: 50

    Portion of Harvard students who graduate with honors: 4/5

    Chances that a burglary in the US will be solved: 1 in 7

    Portion of land in the US owned by the government: 1/3

    Only President to remain a bachelor: James Buchanan

    Only first lady to carry a loaded revolver: Eleanor Roosevelt

    Only president to win a Pulitzer: John F. Kennedy, for "Profiles in

    Only president awarded a patent: Abe Lincoln, for a system of buoying
    vessels over shoals

    Only food that does not spoil: honey

    Only bird that can fly backwards: Hummingbird

    Only continent without reptiles or snakes: Antarctica

    Only animal besides human that can get sunburn: Pig

    Ostriches stick their heads in the sand to look for water.

    An eagle can kill a young deer and fly away with it.

    In the Caribbean there are oysters that can climb trees.

    Polar bears are left-handed.

    Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

    Eskimos never gamble.

    The youngest pope was 11 years old.

    Mark Twain didn't graduate from elementary school.

    Proportional to their weight, men are stronger than horses.

    Pilgrims ate popcorn at the first Thanksgiving dinner.

    Jupiter is bigger than all the other planets combined.

    Hot water is heavier than cold.

    The parachute was invented by da Vinci in 1515.

    They have square watermelons in Japan...they stack better.

    Starfish have eight eyes--one at the end of each leg.

    Iceland consumes more Coca-Cola per capita than any other nation

    Armadillos can be housebroken.

    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.

    The Boston University Bridge (on Commonwealth Avenue, Boston,
    Massachusetts) is the only place in the world where a boat can sail under a train driving under a car driving under an airplane.

    Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.

    Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.

    David Prowse was the guy in the Darth Vader suit in Star Wars. He spoke all of Vader's lines, and didn't know that he was going to be dubbed over by James Earl Jones until he saw the screening of the movie.

    Many hamsters only blink one eye at a time.

    In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere.

    February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full

    Montpelier, Vermont is the only U.S. state capital without a McDonalds.

    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

    The cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth II, moves only six inches for each gallon
    of diesel that it burns.

    Isaac Asimov is the only author to have a book in every Dewey-decimal

    Columbia University is the second largest landowner in New York City, after the Catholic Church.

    Cat's urine glows under a black light.

    Back in the mid to late 80's, an IBM compatible computer wasn't considered a hundred percent compatible unless it could run Microsoft's Flight Simulator.

    The first Ford cars had Dodge engines.

    Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.

    It takes about a half a gallon of water to cook macaroni, and about a
    gallon to clean the pot.

    In the last 4000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.

    Babies are born without knee caps. They don't appear until the child
    reaches 2-6 years of age.

    The highest point in Pennsylvania is lower than the lowest point in

    Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously

    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.

    Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.

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

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

    In the great fire of London in 1666 half of London was burnt down but only 6 people were injured

    Lincoln Logs were invented by Frank Lloyd Wright's son.

    One of the reasons marijuana is illegal today because cotton growers in the 30s lobbied against hemp farmers -- they saw it as competition. It is not chemically addictive as is nicotine, alcohol, or caffeine.

    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.

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

    The name Wendy was made up by James Barrie for the book "Peter Pan"

  3. #103
    Originally posted by lobeck
    The Chow is the only breed of dog whose tongue isn't pink.
    sher pei's also have black tongues

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