89 Useless Facts

1.) Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.
2.) Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.
3.) The national anthem of Greece has 158 verses. No one in Greece has memorized all 158 verses.
4.) There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.
5.) The average person’s left hand does 56% of the typing.
6.) A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.
7.) There are more chickens than people in the world.
8.) Two-thirds of the world’s eggplant is grown in New Jersey.
9.) The longest one-syllable word in the English language is “screeched.”
10.) On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament Building is an American flag.
11.) All of the clocks in the movie “Pulp Fiction” are stuck on 4:20.
12.) No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver or purple.
13.) “Dreamt” is the only English word that ends in the letters “mt.”
14.) All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.
15.) Almonds are a member of the peach family.
16.) Winston Churchill was born in a ladies’ room during a dance.
17.) Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.
18.) There are only four words in the English language which end in “-dous”: tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
19.) Los Angeles’s full name is “El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula”-and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size: “L.A.”
20.) A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
21.) An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.
22.) Tigers have stripped skin, not just stripped fur.
23.) In most advertisements, including newspapers,the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.
24.) Al Capone’s business card said he was a usedfurniture dealer.
25.) The only real person to be a Pez head was Betsy Ross.
26.) When the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers play football at home, the stadium becomes the state’s third largest city.
27.) 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.”
28.) A dragonfly has a lifespan of 24 hours.
29.) A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.
30.) A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.
31.) On an American one dollar bill, there is an owl in the upper left hand corner of the “1″ encased in the “shield” and a spider hidden in the front upper right-hand corner.
32.) It’s impossible to sneeze with your eyes open. (DON’T try this at home!)
33.) The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.
34.) Who’s that playing the piano on the “Mad About You” theme? Paul Reiser himself.
35.) In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.
36.) 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”
37.) The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
38.) Mr. Rogers is an ordained minister.
39.) John Lennon’s first girlfriend was named Thelma Pickles.
40.) There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball
41) Every day more money is printed for Monopoloy than the US Treasury.
42) It is possible to lead a cow upstairs but not downstairs.
43) Hawaiian alphabet has 12 letters.
44) Men can read smaller print than women; women can hear better.
45) Amount American Airlines saved in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served first class: $40,000
46) City with the most Rolls Royce’s per capita: Hong Kong.
47) State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska
48) Percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28%.
49) Percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%.
50) Barbie’s measurements if she were life size: 39-23-33.
51) Average number of days that a West German goes without washing his underwear: 7.
52) Percentage of American men who say they would marry the same woman if they had it to do all over again: 80%.
53) Percentage of American women who say they’d marry the same man: 50%.
54) Cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $6,400.
55) Average number of people airborne over the US any given hour: 61,000.
56) Percentage of Americans who have visited Disneyland/Disney World: 70%.
57) Average life span of a major league baseball: 7 pitches.
58) Only President to win a Pulitzer: John F. Kennedy for Profiles in Courage.
59) Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
60) The world’s youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910.
61) The youngest pope was 11 years old.
62) Iceland consumes more Coca-Cola per capita than any other nation.
63) First novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.
64) The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.
65) The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is “uncopyrightable.”
66) “Hang On Snoopy” is the official rock song of Ohio.
67) 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 figured out how to walk up straight staircases.
68) When opossums are playing ‘possum, they are not “playing.” They actually pass out from sheer terror.
69) Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history. Spades – King David, Clubs – Alexander the Great, Hearts – Charlemagne, and Diamonds – Julius Caesar.
70) 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321.
71) If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle; if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.
72) Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without killing them would burn their houses down – hence the expression “to get fired.”
73) Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn’t added until 5 years later.
74) The term “the whole 9 yards” came from W.W.II fighter pilots in the South Pacific. When arming their airplanes on the ground, the .50 caliber machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, it got “the whole 9 yards.”
75) Hershey’s Kisses are called that because the machine that makes them looks like it’s kissing the conveyor belt.
76) 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.
77) 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.
78) In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere.
79) The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for the “General Purpose” vehicle, G.P.
80) 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.
81) The cruise liner Queen Elizabeth II moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.
82) The highest point in Pennsylvania is lower than the lowest point in Colorado.
83) Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.
84) 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.
85) No NFL team which plays its home games in a domed stadium has ever won a Superbowl.
86) The first toilet ever seen on television was on “Leave It To Beaver.”
87) 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-stars Game.
88) Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.
89) The name Wendy was made up for the book “Peter Pan.”

Comments

  1. I love random facts! You never know when they can be useful in conversation.

  2. Thanks for sharing these really random facts :) I enjoyed reading them, heh. I never knew Los Angeles has such a horribly long name!

    Here are some of the random facts I have in mind:

    1. Most toilets flush in E flat

    2. If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee.

    3. Elephants are the only animals that cannot jump.

    4. Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people.

    5. Polar bears are left-handed. (If they switch, they’ll live a lot longer.)

    6. A pig’s orgasm lasts 30 minutes.

    p/s: I think the 3-sec memory of a goldfish is actually an urban legend – scientists have proven that goldfish is way more intelligent than what we used to think. They can differentiate between different colours, and can retain information up to several days and even a week.

  3. You call them useless facts, I call them interesting facts ;-) Some of them make me giggle. Thanks for sharing them.

  4. Some amzing and funny facts there Lisa.

    "37.) The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket."

    I can only presume he never fathered a child again!

  5. Sorry… second comment… just read teddY comment about the memory and intelligence of goldfish!

    Dont know if the story made the states but in the uk there was a tv story just a few weeks ago about a guy who had trained his goldfish to play football (soccer). By all accounts chelsea were trying to sign him up!!

  6. No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver or purple.

    That's a lie. Nurple rhymes with purple. :D

  7. Very interesting random facts! Thanks for sharing them because I needed something educational to procrastinate with. The husband feels I spend my time online to veg, not true! I just learned 89 different things!

  8. A lot, no, all of those were really interesting! I'm definitely showing my friends this list, it's so cool.

  9. Wonderful list, but I beg to differ with a couple of items:

    12.) No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver or purple. Actually, like Jenny said, there is such a thing as a "purple nurple", and it ain't pretty!

    25.) The only real person to be a Pez head was Betsy Ross. What?! Luke Skywalker and the gang – not real?

    38.) Mr. Rogers is an ordained minister. Uh, that's "was". Not likely he's a minister now.

    Obviously I have too much time on my hands…

  10. This is a great list! Not sure I'd say these were useless facts. Got any more?

    LOL

  11. A banana is a member of the herb family.

    That one works great at dinner parties and such.

  12. All I can say is, "Good list" :)

  13. Interesting list. Some of those facts are unbelieveable!

  14. Very interesting. Good knowledge for us to refer from time to time :)

  15. Very informative, looks you did a good deal of research about this. It will certainly help lot of us.

  16. 2 Football teams who play in domes have won the Super Bowl. The St. Louis Rams and the Indianapolis Colts

  17. :grin: :razz: :lol:

  18. I wouldn't call these facts useless. I love to found out facts like these because that way i would know alot of things the average person don't know. And that's a good feeling…lol.

  19. My grandmother got a kick out of these. She's in a home now and doesn't get too much excitement, but i printed out this list for her and she's having a ball sharing these facts with her friends. brought a much needed smile. thank you.

  20. Music Instruments Se :

    Great list.. nice information if you have more of these plz share with us…

    waiting for some more of these facts……………

  21. the one about the american one dollar bill is a bunch of hooey… unless you're using a very old one, or a very recent one. the few dollar bills i have one hand show no owl or spider

    • Actually I would like to tell you that the spider and the owl are the same thing, and they are in the upper right 1 and it is in the left uppermost part of the 1…You would need a magnifying glass to see it, but it is there…That is what I thought also, but I looked for it really hard. Good luck! ;-) :smile:

  22. Thanks so much for this. I Stumbled on it today. I'm sending it to my medic pal in Afghanistan, I know he'll get a kick out of it too!

  23. #25 is no longer true.

    "25.) The only real person to be a Pez head was Betsy Ross."

    I just saw a 3 pack limited edition set of Elvis Pez heads.

  24. Excellent list. I love stuff like this even though it distracts me from doing actual work (maybe that's WHY I love it, haha)

  25. #66 The actual name of that song is Hang on Sloopy. No Snoopy.

    http://artists.letssingit.com/the-yardbirds-lyric

  26. I found the owl on the dollar bill but not the spider.

  27. I just wanted to send quick hi and want to say appriciate for this good article. I keep trying to find through the web for some kind of enlightened like that, or at least a website. That coveredwhat i looking for

    Thank you.

  28. Shit! I was thinking about the same thing!

  29. I love this fact

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

  30. I love random facts! They are always fun!

  31. The images of the Canadian two dollar bill I seen looks like a Canadian flag to me!

  32. Love these, may come in handy to impress people in random conversation :)

  33. Actually this list isn't completely correct, #10.) On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament Building is an American flag is wrong. The flag on the $2 bill (though there isn't a $2 bill anymore in Canada- but the same applies to other bills in Canada that have the parliament building with a flag) looks like an American flag but is in fact the Red Ensign flag that was used by many members of the Commonwealth before they got their own flags, and constitutions. Many people think it is the American flag because they see in the upper left corner a square- but there isn't any stripes (just the coat of arms).

    More about the Red Ensign Flag: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Ensign

  34. 89) is simply not true, which makes me want to research the other 88. i know, i'm a jerk. :) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wendy

  35. 10 is ridiculous and wrong. Why would an American flag be on a Canadian bill?

    But don't listen to me: http://www.snopes.com/business/money/redensign.as

  36. Canada does not use a two dollar bill anymore, and when they did the flag was Canadian.

  37. #66 – The song is Hang on Sloopy (by the McCoy's) Snoopy is the dog in Peanuts.

  38. The Saints have won a Super Bowl.. They are in a domed stadium.

  39. The Bi-Centennial Pez included Betsy Ross, Daniel Boone, and Paul Revere … all real people.
    Love the list of interesting facts.

  40. 8.) Two-thirds of the world’s eggplant is grown in New Jersey. is simply not true… i believe china is the biggest producer… anyhow, good list…

  41. There is no 2$ bill in Canadian money its a coin

  42. can tell this is dated, New Orleans Saints won the 2010 Super Bowl and they play in a domed stadium

  43. Number 23 is incorrect. “23.) In most advertisements, including newspapers,the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.” It’s actually 2:10.

  44. John Lennon’s first girlfriend was not Thelma Pickles, but Barbara Baker! He dated Barbara when he was 16 and didn’t meet Thelma until he entered art school!

  45. Jimmony Cricket :

    #66- The official rock song of Ohio is “Hang on SLOOPY”, not Snoopy! Just wanted to clarify as I am from Ohio!

  46. These thoughts usually give you sleepless nights!!

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