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- St. Bernards, famous for their role as alpine rescue dogs, do NOT wear casks of brandy around their necks.
- The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.
- 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 bat on the Bacardi symbol is there because the first BACARDI distillery had a colony of fruit bats living in the rafters. Bats were thought to bring good health, fortune and family unity
- The car manufacturer Henry Ford was awarded Hitler's Supreme Order of the German Eagle.
- 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 2, moves 49.5 feet for each gallon of diesel that it burns. Source
- The Declaration of Independence was written on parchment, which is actually made from animal skin. Read More
- The dome on Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's home, conceals a billiards room. In Jefferson's day, billiards were illegal in Virginia.
- 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 fingerprints of koala bears (koala resembles a bear, but is actually a marsupial) are virtually indistinguishable from those of humans, so much so that they could be confused at a crime scene.
- The 'Hundred Years War' lasted 116 years.
- The launching mechanism of a carrier ship that helps planes to take off could throw a pickup truck over a mile.
- The lifespan of a tastebud is ten days.
- Aircraft windows are rounded because the square windows used in early planes concentrated stress on the corners. Read More
- The longest U.S. highway is route 6 starting in Cape Cod, Massachusetts going through 14 states, and ending in Bishop, California.
- The magic word "Abracadabra" was originally intended for the specific purpose of curing hay fever.
- The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
- The names of the three wise monkeys are: Mizaru: See no evil, Kikazaru: Hear no evil, and Iwazaru: Speak no evil. In English, the monkeys' names are often given as Mizaru, Mikazaru, and Mazaru.
- The national flag of Italy was designed by Napoleon Bonaparte.
- 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 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 NY phone book had 22 Hitlers before WWII. The NY phone book had 0 Hitlers after WWII.
- The only member of the band ZZ Top without a beard has the last name Beard.
- 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 phrase ' The 3 R's ' ( standing for 'reading, writing and arithmetic' ) was created by Sir William Curtis, who was illiterate.
- The province of Alberta in Canada has been almost completely free of rats since 1905. Read More
- 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 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 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 United States government keeps its supply of silver at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY.
- There are four cars and eleven light posts on the back of a ten-dollar bill.
- There are more than 50,000 earthquakes throughout the world every year!
- There are no clocks in Las Vegas casinos.
- There is about 200 times more gold in the world’s oceans, than has been mined in our entire history.
- Tomb robbers believed that knocking Egyptian sarcophagi's noses off would forestall curses.
- U.S. Interstates which go north-south are numbered sequentially starting from the west with odd numbers, and Interstates which go east-west are numbered sequentially starting from the south with even numbers.
- Until 1967, LSD was legal in California.
- The New Orleans W. Closure Complex will be largest pump station on earth & pump 150,000 gallons per second Read More
- When young and impoverished, Pablo Picasso kept warm by burning his own paintings.
- While at Havard University, Edward Kennedy was suspended for cheating on a Spanish exam.
- While performing her duties as queen, Cleopatra sometimes wore a fake beard.
- Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
- 7% of Americans don't know the first 9 words of the American anthem, but know the first 7 of the Canadian anthem!
- About 3000 years ago, most Egyptians died by the time they were 30!
- Pollen can travel up to 500 miles in a day.
- A group of officers is called a mess.
- A toothpick is the object most often choked on by Americans.
- Club Direct, a travel insurance company in Britain, provides insurance plans for protection from falling coconuts.
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