Random Facts

  • The fear of vegetables is called Lachanophobia.
  • In the year 2000, Pope John Paul II was named an "Honorary Harlem Globetrotter.".
  • It takes glass one million years to decompose, which means it never wears out and can be recycled an infinite amount of times.
  • Most lipstick contains fish scales.
  • A gathering of baboons is called a “Congress.”
  • A 'jiffy' is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
  • Until 1796, there was a state in the United States called Franklin. Today it's called Tennessee.
  • A cockroach can live several weeks with its head cut off before it dies from starvation.
  • The state of Florida is bigger than England.
  • Fortune cookies were invented in America, by Charles Jung, in 1918.
  • In New York, it is against the law for a blind person to drive an automobile.
  • A California law states that more than 3000 sheep cannot be herded down Hollywood Blvd. at any one time.
  • In 1954, William Shatner (Captain Kirk) played the short-lived role of Ranger Bob on Howdy Doody.
  • The Wright Brother's first plane, flown at Kitty Hawk on December 17, 1903, was called “Bird of Prey.”
  • Les Nessman, of WKRP in Cincinnati fame, wore a band-aid in every episode. Either on his body, his glasses, or his clothing.
  • Captain Jean-Luc Picard's lionfish was named Livingston.
  • In the Harry Potter series, The Hogwarts motto, "Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus" means "never tickle a sleeping dragon".
  • In the middle ages chicken soup was considered an aphrodisiac.
  • The gnomon is the center piece of a sundial that casts the shadow.
  • When medieval Europeans burned witches, their families had to pay for the firewood.
  • A toy called "Rubber Band Shooter" has this warning on the label: “Caution: Shoots rubber bands."
  • Lady Godiva's horse was named Aethenoth.
  • The United States has a teen pregnancy rate of 22%, the highest in the world. New Zealand is number two at 14%.
  • The human heart creates enough pressure to squirt blood 30 feet in the air.
  • Butterflies taste with their feet.
  • All polar bears are left-handed.
  • Bruce Lee was so fast that they actually had to slow a film down so you could see his moves. That's the opposite of the norm.
  • 250 people have fallen off the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
  • Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.
  • Humans have 46 chromosomes, peas have 14 and crayfish have 200.
  • Women produce half the world's food, but own only one percent of its farmland.
  • A 'geep' is the offspring of a sheep and a goat.
 

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