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Talk show host Montel Williams had a nose job.
Termites eat wood twice as fast when listening to heavy metal music.
The "Grinch" singer and voice of Tony the Tiger is a man named Thurl Ravenscroft.
The "save" icon on Microsoft Word shows a floppy disk, with the shutter on backwards.
The 'Hundred Years War' lasted 116 years.

The screwdriver was invented in Germany in the late fifteenth century. Originally called a screwturner.

The 3 most valuable brand names on earth: Marlboro, Coca-Cola, and Budweiser, in that order.
The 57 on the Heinz ketchup bottle represents the number of varieties of pickles the company once had.
The Andy Griffth Show was the first spin-off in TV history. It was spun-off from the Danny Thomas Show.
The Bill of Rights is stated in 463 words.
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.
The Chinese ideogram for 'trouble' depicts two women living under one roof'.

The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.
The Earth weighs around 6,588,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 tons!
The Earth is getting about 50,000 tonnes lighter a year its losing about three kilograms of hydrogen gas every second.
What is about 95,000 tonnes of hydrogen that the planet is losing every year and gaining about 45,000 tonnes of dust that is falling from space to Earth.
The Eifel Tower has 2,500,000 rivets in it.
The Eiffel Tower has 1792 steps.
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 Gulf Stream could carry a message in a bottle at an average of 4 miles per hour.

The Les Nessman character on the TV series WKRP in Cincinnati wore a band-aid in every episode. Either on himself, his glasses, or his clothing.
The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because, when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building.
The McDonalds at the SkyDome in Toronto, Ontario is the only one in the world that sells hot dogs.
The NY phone book had 22 Hitlers before WWII. The NY phone book had 0 Hitlers after WWII.
The Nobel Prize resulted from a late change in the will of Alfred Nobel, who did not want to be remembered after his death as a propagator of violence - he invented dynamite.
The Pentagon, in Arlington, Virginia, has twice as many bathrooms as is necessary.
When it was built in the 1940s, the state of Virginia still had segregation laws requiring separate toilet facilities for blacks and whites.

The Phillips-head screwdriver was invented in Oregon.
The Poison Arrow frog has enough poison to kill 2200 people.
The San Francisco Cable cars are the only "mobile" National Monuments.
The Ten Commandments contain 297 words.
The United States government keeps its supply of silver at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY.
The allele for six fingers and toes is dominant in humans.
The are 255 squares on a Scrabble board.

donutThe average American eats 2 donuts a day.
The average bed is home to over 6 billion dust mites.
The average garden variety caterpillar has 248 muscles in its head.
The average human produces 10,000 gallons of saliva in a lifetime.
The average ice berg weighs 20,000,000 tons!
The average life span of a major league baseball is 5-7 pitches!

The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.
The average person has over 1,460 dreams a year.
The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.
The average scalp has 100,000 hairs.
Redheads have the least at 80,000; brown and black haired persons have about 100,000; and blondes have the most at 120,000.
 (That is more than a thousand hairs in each square inch!)

The average speed of Heinz ketchup leaving the bottle is 25 miles per year.
The avocado has the most calories of any fruit.
The ballpoint pen was invented in 1938 by Laszlo and Georg Biro.
The band "Duran Duran" got their name from an astronaut in the 1968 Jane Fonda movie "Barbarella."

The bat on the Bacardi symbol is there because the soil where the sugar cane grows is fertile from the excessive guano (bat droppings.)
The billionth digit in Pi is 9.
The bubbles in Guiness Beer sink to the bottom rather than float to the top like all other beers. No one knows why.
The bullseye on a dartboard must be 5 feet 8 inches off the ground.
The car in the foreground on the back of a $10 bill is a 1925 Huptmobile.
The car manufacturer Henry Ford was awarded Hitler's Supreme Order of the German Eagle.

The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra's "Its A Wonderful Life."
The childrens' nursery rhyme 'Ring-a-Round-The-Rosies' actually refers to the Black Death which killed about 30 million people in the fourteenth-century.
The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.
The citrus soda 7-UP was created in 1929; "7" was selected because the original containers were 7 ounces. "UP" indicated the direction of the bubbles.
The colder the room you sleep in, the better the chances are that you'll have a bad dream.
The correct response to the Irish greeting, "Top of the morning to you," is "and the rest of the day to yourself."

The cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth II, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel fuel that it burns.
( This is a mith this would give it a range of only about 95miles when it has a range of 7,500 given it about 40-50 feet per gallon.)

The dome on Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's home, conceals a billiards room. In Jefferson's day, billiards were illegal in Virginia.
The doorbell was invented in 1831.
The dumbest domesticated animal is the turkey.
The dunce cap of schoolhouse fame originates from a paper cone that was placed on the heads of accused witches during the Middle Ages.
 (When Joan of Arc was martyred, she was wearing one of them.)

The electric chair was invented by a dentist!
The electric shaver was patented on November 6, 1928.
The elephant is the only mammal that can't jump.
The famous split-fingered Vulcan salute is actually intended to represent the first letter ("shin," pronounced "sheen") of the word "shalom."
As a small boy, Leonard Nimoy observed his rabbi using it in a benediction and never forgot it; eventually he was able to add it to "Star Trek" lore.

The fastest growing nail is on the middle finger.
The fingerprints of koala bears are virtually indistinguishable from those of humans, so much so that they could be confused at a crime scene.
The first 100 numbers of Pi are:
The first CD pressed in the US was Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA."
The first Ford cars had Dodge engines.
The first Lifesaver flavor was peppermint.

The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time television were Fred and Wilma Flintstone.
The first episode of Leave It To Beaver aired on October 4, 1957.
The first flushing toilet seen on TV was on Leave It To Beaver.
The first inter-racial kiss on TV was in an original "STAR TREK" episode entitled "Plato's Stepchildren". The kiss was between Nichelle Nichols and William Shatner.
The first message tapped by Samuel Morse over his invention the telegraph was: What hath God wrought?.
The first non-human to win an Oscar was Mickey Mouse.

The first product Motorola started to develop was a record player for automobiles. At that time the most known player on the market was the Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola.
The first product to have a bar code was Wrigley's gum.
The first safety razor was not actually invented by King Gillette himself but by a man named William Nickerson who was Kings partner.
They believed that the label bearing Nickersons name would be bad for business, plus it was Kings idea anyway.
The first time the word "hell" was spoken on TV was in an original "STAR TREK" episode entitled "City on the Edge of Forever".
The exact quote was "...let's get the hell out of here...", spoken by William Shatner.

The first toilet ever seen on television was on "Leave It To Beaver".
The first word played in the Scrabble rules demonstration game is "horn".
The first word spoken on the moon was "Okay".
The first words spoken by Thomas Edison over the phonograph were: Mary had a little lamb
The first words spoken by over Alexander Bell over the telephone were: Watson, please come here. I want you.

The first zoo in the USA was in Philadelphia.
The foot is the most common body part bitten by insects.
The force of 1 billion people jumping at the same time is equal to 500 tons of TNT.
The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.
The giraffe has the highest blood pressure of any animal.
The green stuff on the occasional freak potatoe chip is chlorophyll.

The hardest bone in the human body is the jawbone.
The harmonica is the world's most popular instrument.
The highest point in Pennsylvania is lower than the lowest point in Colorado.
The human body weighs forty times more than the brain.
The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet.
The inventor of the flushing toilet was Thomas Crapper.

The king of hearts is the only king without a mustache.
The largest cabbage weighed 144 lbs.
The largest eggs in the world are laid by a shark.
The largest known kidney stone weighed 1.36 kilograms.
The largest pumpkin weighed 377 lbs.
The launching mechanism of a carrier ship that helps planes to take off could throw a pickup truck over a mile.
The lead singer of The Knack, famous for "My Sharona," and Jack Kevorkian's lead defense attorney are brothers, Doug & Jeffrey Feiger.
The left leg of a chicken in more tender than the right one.

The letter N ends all Japanese words not ending in a vowel.
The life span of a taste bud is ten days.
The lifespan of a tastebud is ten days.
The liquid inside young coconuts can be used as substitute for blood plasma.
The little bags of netting for gas lanterns (called 'mantles') are radioactive--so much so that they will set of an alarm at a nuclear reactor.
The longest U.S. highway is route 6 starting in Cape Cod, Massachusetts going through 14 states, and ending in Bishop, California.

The longest one-syllable word in the English language is "screeched."
The longest recorded flight of a chicken is 13 seconds!
The longest time a person has been in a coma is 37 years.
The longest word in the Old Testament is Malhershalahashbaz.
The magic word "Abracadabra" was originally intended for the specific purpose of curing hay fever.
The mask used by Michael Myers in the original "Halloween" was actually a Captain Kirk mask painted white.

The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
The mongoose was barred live entry into the U.S. in 1902.
The monkey wrench was invented by Charles Moncke.
The most common non-contagious disease in the world is tooth decay.
The most common time for a wake up call is 7am.
The most fatal car accidents occur on Saturday.

The most sensitive finger on the human hand is the index finger.
The most used letter in the English alphabet is 'E', and 'Q' is the least used.
The name Wendy was made up for the book "Peter Pan."
The name for Oz in the "Wizard of Oz" was thought up when the creator, Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N, and O-Z, hence "Oz."
The name of the Vulcan's heaven is Sha Ka Ree, this is a play on the name Sean Connery who was considered for the part of Sarek, Spock's father.

The names of the three wise monkeys are: Mizaru: See no evil, Mikazaru: Hear no evil, and Mazaru: Speak no evil.
The national flag of Italy was designed by Napoleon Bonaparte.
The numbers '172' can be found on the back of the U.S. $5 dollar bill in the bushes at the base of the Lincoln Memorial.
The nursery rhyme Ring Around the Rosey is a rhyme about the bubonic plague.
Infected people with the plague would get red circular sores (Ring around the Rosey...).
These sores would smell very bad so people would hide flowers on their bodies in an attempt to mask the smell ("pocket full of posies...").
People who died from the plague would be burned to reduce the spread of the disease ("ashes, ashes, we all fall down").

The oldest known vegetable is the pea.
The only 15-letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter "uncopyrightable."
The only dog that doesn't have a pink tongue is the chow.
The only member of the band ZZ Top without a beard has the last name Beard.
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.
The opposite sides of a dice cube always add up to seven.

The original copy of the Declaration of Independence is lost.
The copy in Washington D.C. is what is referred to as a holograph.
That is a term for a handmade copy of a document and is not the same as a laser produced hologram.
The original name for the butterfly was 'flutterby'!
The ostrich has a 46 foot long small intestine.
The parking meter was invented by C.C. Magee in 1935.
The parking meter was invented in North Dakota.

The penguin is the only bird who can swim, but not fly.
The percent of men who wash their hands after using a restroom is 55%.
The percent of women who wash their hands after leaving a restroom is 80%.
The pet ferret (Mustela putorias furo) was domesticated more than 500 years before the house cat.
The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.

The phrase ' The 3 R's ' ( standing for 'reading, writing and arithmetic' ) was created by Sir William Curtis, who was illiterate.
The placement of a donkey's eyes in it's heads enables it to see all four feet at all times.
The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets.
The poison-arrow frog has enough poison to kill about 2,200 people!
The pound sign # is called anoctothorpe.

The province of Alberta in Canada has been completely free of rats since 1905.
The puck in ice hockey can travel at up to 118 mph (190 km/h).
The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days of yore when the engines were pulled by horses.
The horses were stabled on the ground floor and learned how to walk up standard staircases.
The screwdriver was invented before the screw. Proberly a Mith but Screws were very hard to produce before the First Industrial Revolution , requiring manufacture of a conical helix.

The sentence "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog." uses every letter in the alphabet and was developed by Western Union to test telex/twx communications.
The shell constitutes 12 percent of an egg's weight.
The shortest English word that contains the letters A, B, C, D, E, and F is feedback.
The slogan on New Hampshire license plates is 'Live Free or Die'. These license plates are manufactured by prisoners in the state prison in Concord.
The sloth (a mammal) moves so slowly that green algae can grow undisturbed on its fur!
The spaceship 'Valley Forge' from "Silent Running" (1971) actually got it's name from the location used to film some of its interiors; a decommissioned aircraft carrier named the U.S.S. Valley Forge.

The state of California raises the most turkeys out of all of the states.
The state of Florida is bigger than England!
The strongest muscle in the human body is the tongue.
The sun is 330,330 times larger than the earth.
The telephone's U.S. patent number is 174,465.
The term "Mayday" is used for signaling for help. It comes from the French term "M'aidez" which is pronounced "MayDay" and means, "Help Me."
The term "devil's advocate" comes from the Roman Catholic church. When deciding if someone should be sainted, a devil's advocate is always appointed to give an alternative view.
The three words in the English language with the letters uu are: vacuum, residuum and continuum.

The turkey was wrongly named after what was thought to be it's country of origin.
The two-foot long bird called a Kea that lives in New Zealand likes to eat the strips of rubber around car windows!
The typical American consumes 27 pounds of cheese each year.
The typical American eats 263 eggs a year.
The typical hen lays 19 dozen eggs a year.
The typical person goes to the bathroom 6 times a day.

The word "AND" appears 46,277 times in the Bible.
The world's termites outweigh the world's humans 10 to 1!
The world's youngest parents were 8 & 9 and lived in China in 1910.
The youngest pope was 11 years old.
There are 17 steps leading up to Sherlock Holme's apartment.
There are 22 stars in the Paramount logo.

There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.
There are 333 toilet paper squares on a toilet paper roll.
There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.
There are 500 sheets of paper in a ream.
There are approx. 550 hairs in the eyebrow.

There are four cars and eleven light posts on the back of a ten-dollar bill.
There are more beetles than any other kind of creature in the world.
There are more chickens than people in the world.
There are more collect calls made on Father's Day than on any other day.
There are more nutrients in the cornflake package itself than there are in the actual cornflakes.

There are more than 50,000 earthquakes throughout the world every year
There are no clocks in Las Vegas casinos.
There are no rivers in Saudi Arabia.
There are only four words in the English language which end in "-dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.

There are only three cities that are named exactly after the state they are located in: Maine, ME; New York, NY; and Wyoming, WY.
There are seven points on the Statue of Liberty's crown.
There is a city called Rome on every continent.
There is a town in Texas called 'Ding Dong.'
There is about 200 times more gold in the world’s oceans, than has been mined in our entire history.

There is no mention of Adam and Eve eating an apple in the Bible.
There was once a town in West Virginia called "6".
There were no squirrels on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts until 1989.
Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.
Thomas Edison, lightbulb inventor, was afraid of the dark.
Tigers have striped skin, not just stripped fur.

On 15 April 1912 the SS Titanic sunk on her maiden voyage and over 1,500 people died. Fourteen years earlier a novel was published by Morgan Robertson which seemed to foretell the disaster. The book described a ship the same size as the Titanic which crashes into an iceberg on its maiden voyage on a misty April night. The name of Robertson's fictional ship was the Titan.

To "testify" was based on men in the Roman court swearing to a statement made by swearing on their testicles.
Tomb robbers believed that knocking Egyptian sarcophagi's noses off would forestall curses.

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Turkey's often look up at the sky during a rainstorm. Unfortunately some have been known to drown as a result.
Two-thirds of the world's eggplant is grown in New Jersey.

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