Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceTrivia · 1 decade ago

Know any interesting facts?

If you know any random/interesting facts about a-n-y-t-h-i-n-g, please comment! :) I loveee reading and knowing random stuff :P Thank you!

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  • 1 decade ago
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    ALL blue-eyed people can be traced back to one ancestor who lived 10,000 years ago near the Black Sea:

    In Nathaniel Philbrick’s former best selling book, ‘Mayflower,’ it is estimated there are 35 million Americans who are descendents of the original Mayflower passengers.

    Both Wint-O-Green Life Savers and NECCO Wafers will spark when you bite or hammer them in the dark.

    NECCO Wafers, dating to 1847, is the oldest, continually made non-generic candy in the USA.

    On average, Americans consume 350 slices of pizza per second

    There are over 17 TRILLION UNUSED flyer MILES.

    The Starbucks coffee chain is named after the first mate, Starbuck, in Herman Melville’s classic novel, ‘Moby Dick.’

    The very first fast food chain to introduce a drive up service window was Jack In the Box in 1951.

    The Thirty Years’ War lasted 30 years.

    The Hundred Years’ War lasted 116 years.

    Catgut comes from sheep and horses.

    A camel's hair brush is made of squirrel fur.

    The ‘black boxes’ in commercial airplanes are orange.

    The official language of Brazil is Portuguese

    The Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean are named after dogs.

    A purple finch is actually crimson.

    Panama Hats are made in Ecuador.

    Georgia is the only U.S. state named after a king - England's King George II.

    Georgia’s nickname, The Peach State,’ may be a misnomer. Both California (#1) and South Carolina (#2) each produce more peaches annually than Georgia (#3).

    The state of Wyoming is named after the Wyoming Valley in northeastern Pennsylvania.

    Chicago, Illinois, nicknamed ‘The Windy City,’ ranks twenty-first on the list of the 68 windiest cities. (It has nothing to do with weather but rather makes reference to Chicago’s blustery and ‘windy’ politicians of an earlier era.)

    Kaskaskia, Illinois, Illinois' first state capital, is WEST of the Mississippi River. The entire rest of Illinois lies EAST of the Mississippi River.

    Illinois has the greatest number of vehicles with vanity license plates (You’re so vain Illinois.)

    Reno, Nevada is farther west than San Diego, California

    The Cincinnati, Ohio airport is in Kentucky.

    The Statue of Liberty is in New Jersey.

    You can snow ski and snowboard in Hawaii.

    Fed Ex delivers 6,000,000 +- (6 million) packages a day

    Seven Lego sets are sold every second by retailers worldwide.

    A Barbie Doll is sold every three seconds worldwide.

    Approximately 400,000 people each year are bitten by venomous snakes; approximately half of them will die. (The majority of these people live in Asia and Africa.)

    Wal-Mart is the second largest employer is the U.S. (The U.S. Government is #1.)

    Annually, more steel in the U.S. is used to make bottle caps than is used in the manufacture of automobiles. (SOURCE: History Channel – Modern Marvels – STEEL)

    The very first VIDEO CONFERENCE telephone call was made in 1927 by President Herbert ‘A chicken in every pot’ Hoover from his office in Washington, DC to New York City.

    The very first college football game was played on November 6, 1869 in which Rutgers University defeated Princeton University by a score of 6 to 4 at Rutgers’ campus in New Brunswick, NJ.

    James A. Garfield, one of four U.S. Presidents who was assassinated (in 1881), often entertained his houseguests with his parlor trick of SIMULTANEOUSLY writing classic Greek with his right hand and writing in classic Latin with his left hand. (Don’t try this in your home.)

    1 in 7 (almost 14%) of adult Americans is functionally illiterate.

    18% or almost 1 in 5 married couples in the U.S. fail to reach their 5th anniversary.

    1 in every 100 American ADULTS is now in jail or prison (91% are male and 9% female).

    According to the National Institute of Mental Health, an estimated one in four U.S. adults suffers from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year.

    Over 99% of species that ever lived are extinct.

  • 1 decade ago

    England is smaller than Ontario yet has a larger population than Canada

    12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily.

    315 entries in Webster's Dictionary will be misspelled.

    A cat has 32 muscles in each ear. A dragonfly has a lifespan of 24 hours.

    A giraffe can clean its ears with its 21-inch tongue.

    A giraffe can go without water longer than a camel can.

    A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.

    A whale's penis is called a dork.

    All porcupines float in water.

    An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

    Armadillos have four babies at a time and they are always all the same sex.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament Building is an American flag.

    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.

    One in every 4 Americans has appeared on television.

    One of the reasons marijuana is illegal today is because cotton growers in the 1930's lobbied against hemp farmers -- they saw it as competition. It is not as chemically addictive as is nicotine, alcohol, or caffeine.

    One quarter of the bones in your body, are in your feet.

    Only 55% of all Americans know that the sun is a star.

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

    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.

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

    Over 1000 birds a year die from smashing into windows.

    Owls are one of the only birds who can see the color blue. Pamela Anderson Lee is Canada's Centennial Baby, being the first baby born on the centennial anniversary of Canada's independence.

    Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.

    Penguins can jump as high as 6 feet in the air.

    Pinocchio is Italian for "pine head."

    Playing cards were issued to British pilots in WWII. If captured, they could be soaked in water and unfolded to reveal a map for escape.

    Polar Bears trying to blend in with the ice will sometimes cover up their black nose with their paws.

    Pollsters say that 40 percent of dog and cat owners carry pictures of the pets in their wallets.

    Q is the only letter in the alphabet that does not appear in the name of any of the United States.

    Recycling one glass jar, saves enough energy to watch T.V for 3 hours.

    Reindeer like to eat bananas.

    Source(s): I have my freaking ways
  • 1 decade ago

    I like to read about:

    1. the Hubble telescope,

    2. the Marianas trench,

    3. the physics upon which military weapons are based.

    For fiction, read:

    1. Patricia Cornwell's "Kay Scarpetta" series

    2. Robert Parker

    3. Dick Francis.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    King Louis the 14th of france had only 3 baths in his entire life! (once every 25 years). He was so disgusting and mouldy that one day he took off his sock and one of his toes fell off. Also you will die more quickly from sleep deprivation than from starvation. And statistics show that you are more likely to be attacked by a cow than a shark.

  • 1 decade ago

    The caracal, an African wildcat, can jump 10-12 feet straight up, from a standing position.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Did you know that cornflakes, graham crackers, and similar products were created to help curve masturbation in children? They used to believe if children were over-excited they would be more likely to masturbate and sugar would help to over-excite them. Weird no?


  • 1 decade ago

    When crabs die, they use their feelers to call their brethren and sisters so they can be eaten to serve a higher cause.

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