absolutely useless facts
The original game of “Monopoly” was circular.
# It costs more to buy a new car today in the United States than it cost Christopher Columbus to equip and undertake three voyages to and from the New World.
# One-fourth of the world’s population lives on less than $200 a year.
# Ninety million people survive on less than $75 a year.
# The sentence “the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” uses every letter in the English language.
# The word racecar and kayak are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left.
# TYPEWRITER, is the longest word that can be made using the letters on only one row of the keyboard.
# Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia is the fear of long words.
# A snail can sleep for 3 years.
# Did you know you share your birthday with at least 9 million other people in the world.
# The average human eats 8 spiders in their lifetime at night.
# More people are killed by donkeys annually than are killed in plane crashes.
# Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
# The continents names all end with the same letter with which they start.
# Shakespeare invented the word “assassination” and “bump.”
# According to tests made at the Institute for the Study of Animal Problems in Washington, D.C., dogs and cats, like people, are either right-handed or left-handed — that is, they favor either their right or left paws.
# A giraffe can go without water longer than a camel can.
# Blue whales weigh as much as 30 elephants and are as long as 3 Greyhound buses.
# Crocodiles and alligators are surprisingly fast on land. Although they are rapid, they are not agile; so if you ever find yourself chased by one, run in a zigzag line. You’ll lose him or her every time.
# Birds do not sleep in their nests. They may occasionally nap in them, but they actually sleep in other places.
# Most elephants weigh less than the tongue of the blue whale.
# Butterflies taste with their hind feet.
# Only female mosquitoes bite.
# Mosquitoes are attracted to the color blue twice as much as to any other color.
# If one places a tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion, it will instantly go mad and sting itself to death.
# Every night, wasps bite into the stem of a plant, lock their mandibles (jaws) into position, stretch out at right angles to the stem, and, with legs dangling, fall asleep.
# Ants stretch when they wake up. They also appear to yawn in a very human manner before taking up the tasks of the day.
# Bees have 5 eyes. There are 3 small eyes on the top of a bee’s head and 2 larger ones in front.
# The outdoor temperature can be estimated to within several degrees by timing the chirps of a cricket. It is done this way: count the number of chirps in a 15-second period, and add 37 to the total. The result will be very close to the actual Fahrenheit temperature. This formula, however, only works in warm weather. (Try it!)
# In the United States, a pound of potato chips cost two hundred times more than a pound of potatoes.
# Caesar salad has nothing to do with any of the Caesar. It was first concocted in a bar in Tijuana, Mexico, in the 1920’s.
# A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continually from the bottom of the glass to the top.
# Celery has negative calories! It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with.
# You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television.
# The two longest one-syllable words in the English language is “screeched. & strengths.”
# Barbie’s measurements if she were life size: 39-23-33.
# Barbie’s full first name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.
# All of the clocks in Pulp Fiction are stuck on 4:20.
# A coat hanger is 44 inches long if straightened
# “Dreamt” is the only English word that ends in the letters “mt”.
# The word ‘byte’ is a contraction of ‘by eight.’
# The word ‘pixel’ is a contraction of either ‘picture cell’ or ‘picture element’.
# Isaac Asimov is the only author to have a book in every Dewey-decimal category.
# Cat’s urine glows under a black light.
# The average ear of corn has eight hundred kernels arranged in sixteen rows.
# The first Ford cars had Dodge engines.
# Chrysler built B-29’s engines that bombed Japan, Mitsubishi built Zeros that tried to shoot them down. Both companies now build cars in a joint plant call Diamond Star.
# On the new hundred-dollar bill the time on the clock tower of Independence Hall is 4:10.
# The vignette on the reverse of the five-dollar note depicts a likeness of the front of the Lincoln Memorial as it appeared in 1922 when it was first dedicated. At that time, there were only 48 states that made up the United States of America. The names of 26 states were engraved on the front of the Memorial. This is why only the names of 26 states appear in the vignette on the reverse of the five-dollar note. In the upper frieze of the façade in the vignette the states are from left to right: Arkansas, Michigan, Florida, Texas, Iowa, Wisconsin, California, Minnesota, Oregon, Kansas, West Virginia, Nevada, Nebraska, Colorado, and North Dakota. In the lower frieze from left to right the names of the states are: Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, Carolina, Hampshire, Virginia and New York.
# All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.
# Almonds are members of the peach family.
# If you add up the numbers 1-100 consecutively (1+2+3+4+5 etc) the total is 5050
# The symbol on the “pound” key (#) is called an octothorpe.
# The maximum weight for a golf ball is 1.62 Oz.
# The dot over the letter ‘i’ is called a tittle.
# Duddley DoRight’s Horses name was “Horse.”
# Samuel Clemens aka Mark Twain was born on a day in 1835 when Haley’s Comet came into view. When He died in 1910, Haley’s Comet came into view again.
# Ethernet is a registered trademark of Xerox, Unix is a registered trademark of AT&T.
# The first hard drive available for the Apple ][ had a capacity of 5megabytes.
# In many cases, the amount of storage space on a record-able CD is measured in minutes. 74 minutes is about 650 megabytes, 63 minutes is 550 megabytes.
# Charlie Brown’s father was a barber.
# Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.
# Of the six men who made up the Three Stooges, three of them were real brothers (Moe, Curly and Shemp.)