Alex's Fun Facts Thread

Alexander

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This incredible idea courtesy of Lincoln :)

I fish through them on the net all the time, and will report back with the best. ;)

  • The word 'News' is actually an acronym standing for the 4 cardinal compass points - North, East, West, and South!
  • Most liquid laundry detergents are alive with living organisms that help to break down stains!
  • The average single man is one inch shorter than the average married man.
  • The odds of getting a hole-in-one in golf are estimated at about 18,000-to-1.
  • Jennifer Aniston's original name is Jennifer Anastassakis!
  • 'Formicophilia' is the fetish for having small insects crawl on your genitals.
  • Strawberries have more vitamin c than oranges.
  • The chances of you dying on the way to get your lottery tickets is greater than your chances of winning.
  • One percent of Greenland's population lives in a single apartment building!
  • Boys who have unusual first names are more likely to have mental problems than boys with conventional names. Girls don't seem to have this problem.
 

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Cool Thread
Here are all the "snApple facts":
#1 A Goldfish's attention span is three seconds

#2 Animals that lay eggs don't have belly buttons

#3 Beavers can hold their breathe for 45 minutes under water

#4 Slugs have 4 noses

#5 Camels have 3 eyelids

#6 A honey bee can fly at 15mph

#7 A queen bee can lay 800-1500 eggs per day

#8 A bee has 5 eyes

#9 The average speed of a housefly is 4.5 mph

#10 Mosquitoes are attracted to people who just ate bananas

#11 Flamingos are pink because they eat shrimp

#12 Emus and Kangaroos cannot walk backward

#13 Cats have over 100 vocal chords

#14 Camel's milk does not curdle

#15 All porcupines float in water

#16 The world's termites outweigh the world's humans 10 to 1

#17 A hummingbird weighs less then a penny

#18 A jellyfish is 95% water

#19 Children grow faster in the spring

#20 Broccoli is the only vegetable that is also a flower

#21 Almonds are part of the peach family

#22 Alaska has the highest percentage of people who walk to work

#23 The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile national monument

#24 The state of Maine has 62 lighthouses

#25 The only food that does not spoil is honey

#26 The Hawaiian alphabet only has 12 letters

#27 A ball of glass will bounce higher then a ball of rubber

#28 Chewing gum while peeling onions will prevent you from crying

#29 On average a human will spend up to 2 weeks kissing in his/her lifetime

#30 Fish have eyelids

#31 The average human will eat an average of 8 spiders while sleeping

#32 There is one million ants to every human in the world

#33 Termites eat through wood two times faster when listening to rock music!

#34 If you keep a goldfish in a dark room it will eventually turn white

#35 Elephants only sleep 2 hours a day

#36 A duck's quack doesn't echo

#37 A snail breathes through its foot

#38 Fish cough.

#39 An ant's smell is stronger then a dog's

#40 It is possible to lead a cow up stairs but not down

#41 Shrimp can only swim backward

#42 Frogs cannot swallow with their eyes open

#43 A cat's lower jaw cannot move sideways

#44 The bullfrog is the only animal that never sleeps

#45 Elephants are capable of swimming 20 miles per day

#46 Elephants are the only mammal that cannot jump

#47 Giraffes have no vocal chords

#48 Cats can hear ultrasound

#49 Despite its hump...camels has a straight spine

#50 Mosquitoes have 47 teeth

#51 There is 63,360 inches in a mile

#52 11% of people in the world are left-handed

#53 The average women consumes 6lbs of lipstick in her lifetime

#54 The average smell weighs 760 nanograms *

#55 A human brain weighs about 3lbs

#56 1/4 of the bones in your body are in your feet

#57 You blink over 10,000,000 times a year

#58 A sneeze travels out of your nose at 100mph

#59 Brain waves can be used to power an electric train

#60 The tongue is the fastest healing part of the body

#61 Pigs get sunburn

#62 The lifespan of a taste bud is 10 days

#63 The average human produces 10,000 gallons of saliva in a lifetime

#64 Strawberries contain more Vitamin C then oranges

#65 A one-day weather forecast requires about 10 billion math calculations

#66 Americans on average eat 18 acres of pizza a day

#67 There are 18 different animal shapes in the Animal cracker zoo

#68 The longest one syllable word is "screeched"

#69 No word in the English langauge rhymes with month

#70 A "jiffy" is actually 1/100 of a second

#71 There is a town called "Big Ugly" in West Virginia

#72 The average person uses 150 gallons of water per day for personal use

#73 The average person spends 2 weeks of its life waiting for a traffic light to change

#74 You share your birthday with 9 million others in the world

#75 The average person makes 1,140 phone calls per year

#76 The average person spends 2 years on the phone in his/her lifetime

#77 No piece of paper can be folded more then 7 times

#78 Alaska is the most eastern and western state in the US

#79 There are 119 grooves on the edge of a quarter

#80 About 18% of Animal owners share their bed with their pet

#81 Alaska has more caribou then people

#82 August has the highest percent of births

#83 Googol is a number (1 followed by 100 zeros)

#84 Oysters can change genders back and forth

#85 The Mona Lisa has no eyebrows

#86 Until the 19th century solid blocks of tea were used as money in Siberia

#87 A mile on the ocean and a mile on land are not the same distance

#88 A ten gallon hat holds less then one gallon of liquid

#89 The average American walks 18,000 steps a day

#90 The average raindrop falls at 7mph

#91 There are more telephones than people in Washington D.C.

#92 Fish can drown

#93 A Kangaroo can jump 30 feet

#94 Lizards communicate by doing push-ups

#95 Squids can have eyeballs the size of volleyballs

#96 The average American will eat 35,000 cookies in his/her lifetime

#97 A turkey can run at 20mph

#98 When the moon is directly over you, you weigh less

#99 You burn 20 calories an hour chewing gum

#100 In a year, the average person walks 4 miles making their bed
 

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#101 About half of all Americans are on a diet at any given time

#102 A one-minute kiss burns 26 calories

#103 Frowning burns more calories then smiling

#104 There are more then 30,000 diets on public record

#105 You will burn 7% more calories walking on hard dirt then pavement

#106 You way less at the top of a mountain then sea level

#107 You burn more calories sleeping then watching TV

#108 Licking a stamp burns 10 calories

#109 Smelling Apples and/or bananas can help you lose weight

#110 Frogs never drink

#111 Only male turkeys gobble

#112 At birth, a Dalmation is always pure white

#113 The fastest recorded speed of a racehorse was over 43 mph

#114 The oldest known animal was a tortoise, which lived to be 152 years old

#115 Bamboo makes up 99% of a panda's diet

#116 The largest fish is the whale shark - It can be over 50 feet long and weigh 2 tons

#117 The starfish is the only animal that can turn its stomach inside out

#118 Honeybees are the only insects that create a form of food for humans

#119 The hummingbird is the only bird that can fly backwards

#120 The only continent without native reptiles or snakes is Antarctica

#121 The only bird that can swim and not fly is a penguin

#122 A duck can't walk without bobbing its head

#123 Beavers were once the size of bears

#124 Seals sleep only one and a half minutes at a time

#125 Pigeons have been trained by the U.S. Coast Guard to spot people lost at sea

#126 A pigeon's feathers are heavier than its bones

#127 A hummingbird's heart beats 1,400 times a minute

#128 Dragonflies have six legs but can't walk

#129 Mosquitos have 47 teeth

#130 Koala and humans are the only animals with unique fingerprints

#131 Penguins have an organ above their eyes that converts seawater to fresh water

#132 A crocodile cannot move its tongue

#133 Honeybees navigate by using the sun as a compass

#134 An ant can lift 50 times its own weight

#135 A single coffee tree produces only about a pound of coffee beans per year

#136 Strawberries are the only fruits whose seeds grow on the outside

#137 The city of Los Angeles has three times more automobiles than people

#138 Hawaii is the only U.S. state that grows coffee

#139 Hawaii is the only state with one school district

#140 Holland is the only country with a national dog

#141 The square dance is the official dance of the state of Washington

#142 Hawaii is the only U.S. state never to report a temperature of zero degrees F or below

#143 "Q" is the only letter in the alphabet not appearing in the name of any U.S. state

#144 Texas is the only state that permits residents to cast absentee ballots from space

#145 Lake Superior is the world's largest lake

#146 The smallest county in America is New York County, better known as Manhattan

#147 Panama is the only place in the world where you can see the sun rise on the Pacific and set on the Atlantic

#148 The tallest man was 8 ft. 11 in

#149 Theodore Roosevelt was the only president who was blind in one eye

#150 The first sport to be filmed was boxing in 1894

#151 The fastest served ball in tennis was clocked at 154 mph in 1963

#152 In 1985, the fastest bicyclist was clocked at 154 mph

#153 The speed limit in NYC was 8 mph in 1895

#154 Americans spend more than $630 million a year on golf balls

#155 In 1926, the first outdoor mini-golf courses were built on rooftops in NYC

#156 Swimming pools in the U.S. contain enough water to cover San Francisco

#157 The first TV soap opera debuted in 1946

#158 The first MTV video was "Video Killed the Radio Star," by the Buggles

#159 The first TV show ever to be put into reruns was "The Lone Ranger"

#160 One alternative title that had been considered for NBC's hit "Friends" was "Insomnia Cafe"

#161 The first TV network kids show in the U.S. was "Captain Kangaroo"

#162 The temperature of the sun can reach up to 15 million degrees fahrenheit

#163 The first penny had the motto "Mind your own businesss"

#164 The first vacuum was so large, it was brought to a house by horses

#165 Panama is the only place in the world where you can see the sun rise

#166 Before mercury, brandy was used to fill thermometers

#167 You have to play ping-pong for 12 hours to lose one pound

#168 One brow wrinkle is the result of 200,000 frowns

#169 The first human-made object to break the sound barrier was a whip

#170 In 1878, the first telephone book ever issued contained only 50 names

#171 The most sensetive parts of the body are the mouth and the fingertips

#172 The eye makes movements 50 times every second

#173 Chinese is the most spoken langauge in the world

#174 The world's biggest pyramid is not in Egypt, but in Mexico

#175 In 1634, tulip bulbs were a form of currency in Holland

#176 The first bike was called a hobbyhorse

#177 The first sailing boats were built in Egypt

#178 The first ballpoint pens were sold in 1945 for $12.00

#179 The first lighthouse to use electricity was the Statue of Liberty in 1886

#180 The first VCR was made in 1956 and was the size of a piano

#181 The first jukebox was located in San Francisco in 1899

#182 A rainbow can only be seen in the morning or late afternoon

#183 The Capitol building in Washington DC has 365 steps to represent every day of the year

#184 The most used letters in the English langauge are E, T, A, O, I and N

#185 A male kangaroo is called a Boomer

#186 A female kangaroo is called a flyer

#187 There are over 61,000 pizzerias in the U.S

#188 Antarctica is the driest, coldest, windiest, and highest continent on earth

#189 The Sahara Desert stretches father than the distance from California to New York

#190 Thailand means "Land of the Free"

#191 Popcorn was invented by the American Indians

#192 Jupiter spins so fast that there is a new sunrise nearly every ten hours

#193 The year that read the same upside down was 1961. That won't happen again until 6009

#194 You don't have to be a lawyer to be a Supreme Court Justice

#195 Eleven of the fifty states are named after and actual person

#196 If you doubled one penny every day for 30 days, you would have $5, 368, 709

#197 The first person crossed Niagra Falls by tightrope in 1859

#198 The US is the largest country names after an actual person (Amerigo Vespucci)

#199 The largest cheesecake ever-made weighed 57,508 lbs

#200 The first country to use postcards was Austria
 

Alexander

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Well jeez iCafe, you handled those haha.

  • President George W. Bush and Playboy founder Hugh Hefner are cousins!
  • Termites eat wood twice as fast when listening to heavy metal music.
  • A spider's silk is stronger than steel.
  • When young and impoverished, Pablo Picasso kept warm by burning his own paintings.
 

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Come on, give me some credit.... :)

I did give you the idea.
 
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Why does water not calm the tongue after eating hot spicy food?
The spices in most of the hot foods that we eat are oily, and, like your elementary school science teacher taught you, oil and water don't mix. In this case, the water just rolls over the oily spices.
What can you do to calm your aching tongue? Eat bread. The bread will absorb the oily spices. A second solution is to drink milk. Milk contains a substance called "casein" which will bind to the spices and carry them away. Alcohol also dissolves oily spices.
 

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The phrase 'good-bye' is devolved from the phrase 'God be with ye', an old English farewell. It has been bastardized into goodbye. True story.
 

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Michael J. Fox's real name was Michael Douglas, but since there was already a famous one of those, he had to change his name. The 'J' doesn't stand for anything.
 

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Giraffes and mice have the same number of bones in their necks. Three.
Just looked it up: How many bones are there in a giraffe's neck? Just like humans, giraffes have seven neck vertebrae. For giraffes, however, each one can be over ten inches (25.4 centimeters) long!
 
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Why does wet fabric appear darker?
When fabric gets wet, light coming towards it refracts within the water, dispersing the light. In addition, the surface of the water causes incoherent light scattering. The combination of these two effects causes less light to reflect to your eyes and makes the wet fabric appear darker.
 

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Just looked it up: How many bones are there in a giraffe's neck? Just like humans, giraffes have seven neck vertebrae. For giraffes, however, each one can be over ten inches (25.4 centimeters) long!
Dang it. I read that on a milk carton in seriously 2nd grade and have been quoting it ever since. The education you receive at schools these days is ridiculous.
 

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Dang it. I read that on a milk carton in seriously 2nd grade and have been quoting it ever since. The education you receive at schools these days is ridiculous.
Sorry Binks, I wasn't trying to prove you wrong, I was just curious. :cool: