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Sunday, August 10, 2008


The world is full of surprises. Full of hidden sparks and dazzling details that will truly go beyond the usuals that we know of. Unusual facts that are just right there, behind the very commons that surrounds us.


    Walt Disney had wooden teeth.

    The hundred billionth crayon made by Crayola was Perriwinkle Blue.

    Montana mountain goats will butt heads so hard their hooves fall off

    The coast line around Lake Sakawea in North Dakota is longer than the California coastline along the Pacific Ocean

    Sylvia Miles had the shortest performance ever nominated for an Oscar with "Midnight Cowboy." Her entire role lasted only six minutes.

    Kitsap County, Washington, was originally called Slaughter County, and the first hotel there was called the Slaughter House.

    Dinosaur droppings are called coprolites, and are actually fairly common.

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

    One of the smallest plants 'Cyclococcolithus leptoporus' ahs and elaborate outer shell of patterned scales. They are so tiny that 500 would fit on the head of a pin.

    Back in Medieval times family pets often slept up in the thatched rafters of the dwelling where it was warm. However when it rained, they were often washed down... Hence the saying, It's raining cats and dogs.

    In 1471 a chicken in Basel, Switzerland, was found guilty of laying a brightly colored egg "in defiance of natural law". It was burned at the stake as "a devil in disguise".

    Some people believe an acorn should be carried to bring luck and ensure a long life.
    An acorn at the window will keep lightning out.

    A capon is a castrated rooster.

    A Cornish game hen is really a young chicken, usually 5 to 6 weeks of age, that weighs no more than 2 pounds.

    A baby eel is called an elver, a baby oyster is called a spat.

    Bingo is the name of the dog on the Cracker Jack box.

    On a trip to the South Sea islands, French painter Paul Gauguin stopped off briefly in Central America, where he worked as a laborer on the Panama Canal.

    There are only 12 letters in the Hawaiian alphabet.

    Charles de Gaulle's final words were, "It hurts."

    Gatorade was named for the University of Florida Gators where it was first developed.

    Brooklyn is the Dutch name for "broken valley"

    There are four states where the first letter of the capital city is the same letter as the first letter of the state: Dover, Delaware; Honolulu, Hawaii; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

    There are four cars and ten lightposts on the back of a ten-dollar bill.

    Venetian blinds were invented in Japan.

    Armored knights raised their visors to identify themselves when they rode past their king. This custom has become the modern military salute

    ABBA got their name by taking the first letter from each of their first names (Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny, Anni-frid.)

    The first electric Christmas lights were created by a telephone company PBX installer. Back in the old days, candles were used to decorate Christmas trees. This was obviously very dangerous. Telephone employees are trained to be safety concious. This installer took the lights from an old switchboard, connected them together, strung them on the tree, and hooked them to a battery.

    White Out was invented by the mother of Mike Nesmith (Formerly of the Monkees)

    The "huddle" in football was formed due a deaf football player who used sign language to communicate and his team didn't want the opposition to see the signals he used and in turn huddled around him.

    There is no such thing as naturally blue food, even blueberries are purple.

    It was illegal to sell ET dolls in France because there is a law against selling dolls without human faces.

    A father sea catfish keeps the eggs of his young in his mouth until they are ready to hatch. He will not eat until his young are born, which may take several weeks.

    All pet hamsters are descended from a single female wild golden hamster found with a litter of 12 young in Syria in 1930.

    Herbert Mullin slaughtered 13 people after voices told him that murder was necessary to prevent California from suffering an earthquake. (Mullin went to great pains to point out that California did indeed avoid an earthquake during his murder spree.)

    A penguin only has sex twice a year.

    Mr. Spock's (of Star Trek) blood type was T-Negative.

    A dragonfly has a lifespan of 24 hours.

    A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.

    The statue of Christ in Rio de Janeiro is exactly facing the statue of Christ in Lisbon, Portugal.

    There are 118 ridges on the outside of a dime.

    The dot above an 'i' is called a tittle.

    A peanut is not a nut; it is a legume.

    It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

    Raw cashews are poisonous and must be roasted before they can be eaten (this is probably one reason that you can't buy cashews in the shell)

    Vietnamese currency consists only of paper money; no coins.

    During his entire life, Vincent Van Gogh sold exactly one painting, Red Vineyard at Arles.

    A pig's orgasm lasts for 30 minutes.

    Skin is thickest on the back -- 1/6 of an inch

    The most sensitive finger is the forefinger.

    Panama hats come from Ecuador not Panama.

    Urea is found in human urine and dalmatian dogs and nowhere else.

    Human birth control pills work on gorillas.

    The Beatles song "Dear Prudence" was written about Mia Farrow's sister, Prudence, when she wouldn't come out and play with Mia and the Beatles at a religious retreat in India.

    The state of Maryland has no natural lakes.

    Cranberries are sorted for ripeness by bouncing them; a fully ripened cranberry can be dribbled like a basketball.

    St. Paul, Minnesota was originally called Pigs Eye after a man who ran a saloon there.

    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.

    Moisture, not air, causes super glue to dry.

    Charles Lindbergh took only four sandwiches with him on his famous transatlantic flight.

    Sarsaparilla is the root that flavors root beer.

    The U.S. Mint in Denver, Colorado is the only mint that marks its pennies.

    A full moon always rises at sunset.

    It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.

    Rabbits love licorice.

    Kelsey Grammar sings and plays the piano for the theme song of Fraiser.

    Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks otherwise it will digest itself.

    The original plan for Disneyland included a Lilliputland.

    The Sanskrit word for "war" means "desire for more cows."

    The "ZIP" in Zip Code stands for "Zone Improvement Plan."

    The leg bones of a bat are so thin that no bat can walk.

    No matter how big or small the piece of paper, you can't fold it in half eight times.

    The female ferret is referred to as a `jill'.

    Alexander the Great was an epileptic.

    Elvis had a twin brother named Garon, who died at birth, which is why Elvis' middle name was spelled Aron; in honor of his brother.

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

    M & M's were developed so that soldiers could eat candy without getting their fingers sticky.

    The Grateful Dead were once called The Warlocks.

    Pinocchio was made of pine.

    A banana tree is not a tree; it is an herb.

    Alma mater means bountiful mother.

    Glass flutes do not expand with humidity so their owners are spared the nuisance of tuning them.

    Carnivorous animals will not eat another animal that has been hit by a lightning strike.

    Reindeer milk has more fat than cow milk.

    The "L.L." in L.L. Bean stands for Leon Leonwood.

    The Amazon rainforest produces half the world's oxygen supply.

    A group of kangaroos is called a mob.

    A group of whales is called a pod.

    A group of geese is called a gaggle.

    Hershey's Kisses are called that because the machine that makes them looks like
    it's kissing the conveyor belt.

    Money isn't made out of paper, it's made out of linen.

    A rhinoceros's horn is made of hair.

    Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie.

    Shrimps' hearts are in their heads.

    Both Hitler and Napoleon were missing one testicle.

    Stalin was only five feet, four inches tall.

    The Baby Ruth candy bar was actually named after Grover Cleveland's baby daughter, Ruth.

    Armadillos get an average of 18.5 hours of sleep per day and can walk underwater.

    Polar bears' fur is not white, it's clear. Polar bear skin is actually black. Their hair is hollow and acts like fiber optics, directing sunlight to warm their skin.

    To escape the grip of a crocodile's jaws, push your thumbs into its eyeballs -it will let you go instantly.

    Killer whales kill sharks by torpedoing up into the shark's stomach from underneath, causing the shark to explode.

    The only planet without a ring is earth.

    If you feed a seagull Alka-Seltzer, its stomach will explode.

    The raised reflective dots in the middle of highways are called Botts dots.

    Don MacLean's song "American Pie" was written about Buddy Holly.

    Impotence is legal grounds for divorce in 24 American states.

    The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.

    'Strengths' is the longest word in the English language with just one vowel.

    Twinkies aren't made, they're formed by a chemical process.

    A family of six died in Oregon during WWII as a result of a Japanese balloon bomb.

    AM and PM stand for "Ante-Meridian" and "Post-Meridian," respectively, and A.D. Actually stands for "Anno Domini" rather than "After Death.

    The first person to fly across the Atlantic Ocean alone in a hot air balloon was
    a Stanford alumni.

    Benito Mussolini would ward off the evil eye by touching his testicles.

    Almost half the bones in your body are in your hands and feet.

    A flamingo can eat only when its head is upside down.

    The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.

    The average garden variety caterpillar has 248 muscles in its head.

    An elephant can be pregnant for up to two years.

    Your left lung is smaller than your right lung to make room for your heart.

    Marijuana is Spanish for 'Mary Jane.'

    One of the many Tarzans, Karmuela Searlel, was mauled to death on the set by a raging elephant.

    Professional ballerinas use about twelve pairs of toe shoes per week.

    There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.

    Cranberry Jello is only sold in November and December, and is the only jello flavor that comes from real fruit, not artificial flavoring.

    Pocahontas appeared on the back of the $20 bill in 1875

    Crickets hear through their knees.

    Turnips turn green when sunburnt.

    Pigs, walruses and light-colored horses can be sunburned.

    Crows have the largest cerebral hemispheres, relative to body size, of any avian family.

    Mr. Rogers is an ordained minister.

    St. Bernard is the patron saint of skiers.

    John Lennon's first girlfriend was named Thelma Pickles.

    Of all U.S. Presidents, none lived to be older than John Adams, who died at the age of 91.

These Unusual Facts are just about 1 percent of all the unusual facts out there. So therefore you have many reasons to explore life more than just the usual. Go... It's just around the corner...