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More interesting, but useless facts to wow people at parties.
  • Some calculators can spell out ''GO2HELL'' after typing in 1134206, then looking at it upside down.
  • On average, left handed people live 8-9 years less than right handed people.
  • Cell phones have more bacteria and germs than public restroom toilet seats.
  • Of the 17,677 words Shakespeare used in his plays, sonnets, narrative poems, he was the first to use over 1,700 of them.
  • In the1600's, 1 penny equaled about $1.66.
  • Eating a poppy seed bagel before a drug test, will make you test positive for opium usage.
  • Disney was once sued because a child noticed that in one scene, flying leaves spelled out the word ''Sex.'' (Quite well actually... it makes you wonder if it was a mistake.)

Submitted by Joe, Denver, CO.

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Things You May Not Have Known
  • Money isn't made out of paper; it's made out of cotton.
  • The 57 on Heinz ketchup bottle represents the varieties of pickles the company once had.
  • Your stomach produces a new layer of mucus every two weeks - otherwise it will digest itself.
  • The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.
  • The dot over the letter "i" is called a tittle.
  • A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top.
  • Susan Lucci is the daughter of Phyllis Diller.
  • A duck's quack doesn't echo. No one knows why.
  • 40% of McDonald's profits come from the sales of Happy Meals.
  • Every person has a unique tongue print.
  • 315 entries in Webster's 1996 Dictionary were misspelled.
  • During the chariot scene in 'Ben Hur' a small red car can be seen in the distance.
  • On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily.
  • Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine are brother and sister.
  • Chocolate affects a dog's heart and nervous system; a few ounces will kill a small sized dog.
  • Most lipstick contains fish scales.
  • Orcas (killer whales) kill sharks by torpedoing up into the shark's stomach from underneath, causing the shark to explode.
  • Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn't wear pants.
  • Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine.
  • Leonardo da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time.
  • American Airlines saved $40,000 in '87 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first class.
  • Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.
  • Upper and lower case letters are named 'upper' and 'lower' because in the time when all original print had to be set in individual letters, the 'upper case' letters were stored in the case on top of the case that stored the smaller, 'lower case' letters.
  • There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos.
  • There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with: orange, purple, and silver!
  • The name Wendy was made up for the book Peter Pan, there was never a recorded Wendy before!
  • Leonardo da Vinci invented scissors. Also, it took him 10 years to paint Mona Lisa's lips.
  • If you pour a tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion, it will instantly go mad and sting itself to death.
  • 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.
  • The mask used by Michael Myers in the original "Halloween" was a Captain Kirk mask painted white.
  • 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.
  • The first product Motorola started to develop was a record player for auto mobiles. At that time, the most known player on the market was the Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola.
  • By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you can't sink in quicksand.
  • Celery has negative calories! It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with. It's the same with apples.
  • Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying!
  • The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher.
  • Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space because passing wind in a space suit damages them. (sorta obvious)
  • Back in the mid to late 80's, an IBM compatible computer wasn't considered a hundred percent compatible unless it could run Microsoft's Flight Simulator.

Submitted by Andy, Gettysburg, Pa.

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World's Easiest Quiz  (Passing requires 4 correct answers!)
  1. How long did the Hundred Years War last?
  2. Which country makes Panama hats?
  3. From which animal do we get catgut?
  4. In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution?
  5. What is a camel's hair brush made of?
  6. The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what animal?
  7. What was King George VI's first name?
  8. What color is a purple finch?
  9. Where are Chinese gooseberries from?

All done? Check your answers ...

  1. 116 years
  2. Ecuador
  3. Sheep and Horses
  4. November
  5. Squirrel fur
  6. Dogs (Canines)
  7. Albert
  8. Crimson
  9. New Zealand

Submitted by Bill, Narberth, Pa.

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Captain Kangaroo turned 75 recently, which is odd, because he's never looked a day under 75.

Some people have been a bit offended that Lee Marvin is buried in a grave alongside 3 and 4 star generals at Arlington National Cemetery. His marker gives his name, rank (PVT) and service (USMC). Nothing else.

Here's a guy who was only a famous movie star who served his time, why the heck does he rate burial with these guys? Well, following is the amazing answer:

I always liked Lee Marvin, but did not know the extent of his Corps experiences. In a time when many Hollywood stars served their country in the armed forces, often in rear-echelon posts where they were carefully protected, only to be trotted out to perform for the cameras in war bond promotions, Lee Marvin was a genuine hero. He won the Navy Cross at Iwo Jima. There is only one higher Naval award... the Medal Of Honor.

If that is a surprising comment on the true character of the man, he credits his sergeant with an even greater show of bravery.

Dialog From The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson: His guest was Lee Marvin:

Johnny said, "Lee, I'll bet a lot of people are unaware that you were a Marine in the initial landing at Iwo Jima... and that during the course of that action you earned the Navy Cross and were severely wounded."

"Yeah, yeah... I got shot square in the ass and they gave me the Cross for securing a hot spot about halfway up Suribachi... bad thing about getting shot up on a mountain is guys gettin' shot hauling you down.

But Johnny, at Iwo I served under the bravest man I ever knew... We both got the Cross the same day, but what he did for his Cross made mine look cheap in comparison.

The dumb bastard actually stood up on RED beach and directed his troops to move forward and get the hell off the beach. That Sergeant and I have been lifelong friends. When they brought me off Suribachi we passed the Sergeant and he lit a smoke and passed it to me lying on my belly on the litter and said, 'Where'd they get you Lee?'

I said, "Well, Bob... if you make it home before me, tell Mom to sell the outhouse!

Johnny, I'm not lying...Sergeant Keeshan was the bravest man I ever knew ..... Bob Keeshan... You and the world know him as Captain Kangaroo."

Submitted by Andy, Gettysburg, Pa.

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Ever wonder where the word SH*T comes from? Well here it is:

Certain types of manure used to be transported (as everything was years ago) by ship. In dry form it weighed a lot less than when wet, but once water (at sea) hit it, it not only became heavier, but the process of fermentation began again, of which a by-product is methane gas.

As the stuff was stored below decks in bundles you can see what could (and did) happen. Methane began to build up below decks and the first time someone came below at night with a lantern, BOOOOM!

Several ships were destroyed in this manner before it was discovered what was happening. After that, the bundles of manure were always stamped with the term "S.H.I.T" on them which meant to the sailors to "Ship High In Transit."

In other words, high enough off the lower decks so that any water that came into the hold would not touch this volatile cargo and start the production of methane.

Bet you didn't know the history of that word.

Neither did I. I always thought it was a golf term.

Submitted by Dave, Bolder, Co.

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Ever wonder why full-length golf courses have 18 holes ...

..., and not 20, or 10 or an Even dozen? Well during a discussion among the club's membership board at St. Andrews in 1858, one of the members pointed out that it takes exactly 18 shots to polish off a fifth of Scotch. By limiting himself to only one shot of Scotch per hole, the Scots figured a round of golf was finished when the Scotch ran out.

Other facts worth Knowing ...

  • During the 13th century, the word girl meant any young person, whether male or female.
  • The sewing machine was patented on July 17, 1790.
  • At the end of World War 1 the average price for a gallon of gasoline was 25 cents. Thirty years later the average price had risen only to 26 cents a gallon.
  • The largest desert in the world is on the continent of Antarctica. The yearly precipitation is only about 2 inches of snow for most of the continent.
  • The coldest temperature ever recorded on Earth was in Antarctica? It was a startlingly 128.6 degrees Fahrenheit below zero!
  • The worlds first general use electronic computer was completed in 1946. Called ENIAC, it contained about 18,000 vacuum tubes and measured around 8 feet tall and about 78 feet long!
  • The Pacific Ocean contains about 25,000 islands.
  • To protect their eyes from blowing sand, camels have three sets of eyelids.
  • By the time he was twelve years old, Daniel Boone was already an expert hunter and trapper.
  • If all the gold suspended in the earth's oceans was "mined", there would be enough for every person on earth to receive 9 pounds!

Submitted by Andy, Gettysburg, Pa.

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Old Geezer Test. Try Yer Hand at it And Proceed Directly to the Old Folks Home.
  1. Where did headlight dimmer switches used to be located?
    1. On the floor shift knob
    2. On the floor, left of the clutch
    3. Next to the horn
  2. The bottle top of a Royal Crown Cola bottle has holes in it. For what was it used?
    1. Capture lightning bugs.
    2. To sprinkle clothes before ironing
    3. Large salt shaker
  3. Why was having milk delivered a problem in northern winters?
    1. Cows got cold and wouldn't produce
    2. Ice on highways forced delivery by dog sled
    3. Milkmen left deliveries outside doors and milk would freeze, expanding and pushing up the cardboard bottle top.
  4. What was the popular chewing gum named for a game of chance?
    1. Blackjack
    2. Gin
    3. Craps
  5. What method did women adapt to look as if they were wearing stockings when none was available due to rationing during W.W.II?
    1. Suntan
    2. Leg painting
    3. Wearing slacks
  6. What postwar car turned automotive design on its ear when you couldn't tell whether it was coming or going?
    1. Studebaker
    2. Nash Metro
    3. Tucker
  7. Which was a popular candy when you were a kid?
    1. Strips of dried peanut butter
    2. Chocolate-licorice bars
    3. Wax coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside
  8. How was Butch wax used?
    1. To stiffen hair cut into a flattop so it stood up
    2. To make floors shiny and prevent scuffing
    3. On the wheels of roller skates to prevent rust
  9. Before inline skates, how did you keep your roller skates attached to your shoes?
    1. With clamps, tightened by a skate key
    2. Woven straps that crossed the foot
    3. Long pieces of string or twine
  10. As a kid, what was considered the best way to reach a decision?
    1. Consider all the facts
    2. Ask Mom
    3. Eeny-meeny-miney-mo
  11. What was the worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex?
    1. A cold
    2. VD
    3. Cooties
  12. "I'll be down to get you in a ________, Honey?"
    1. SUV
    2. Taxi
    3. Streetcar
  13. What was the name of Caroline Kennedy's pet pony?
    1. Old Blue
    2. Paint
    3. Macaroni
  14. What was a Duck-and-Cover Drill?
    1. Part of the game of hide and seek
    2. What you did when your mom called you in to do chores
    3. Hiding under your desk, covering your head with your arms in an A bomb drill
  15. What was the name of the Indian Princess on the Howdy Doody show?
    1. Princess Summerfallwinterspring
    2. Princess Sacajewea
    3. Princess Moonshadow
  16. What did all really savvy students do when mimeographed tests were handed out in school?
    1. Immediately sniffed the purple ink, as this was believed to get you "high"
    2. Made paper airplanes to see who could sail theirs out the window
    3. Wrote another pupils name on the top, to avoid failure
  17. Why did your mom shop in stores that gave Green Stamps with purchases?
    1. To keep you out of mischief licking the backs, which tasted like bubble gum
    2. They could be put in special books and redeemed for various household items
    3. They were given to the kids to be used as stick on tattoos
  18. "Praise the Lord, and pass the _________?"
    1. Meatballs
    2. Dames
    3. Ammunition
  19. What was the name of the group who made the song "Cabdriver" a hit?
    1. The Ink Spots
    2. The Supremes
    3. The Mills Brothers
  20. Who left his heart in San Francisco?
    1. Tony Bennett
    2. Xavier Cugat
    3. George Gershwin


  1. b) On the floor, left of the clutch. Hand controls, popular in Europe, took till the '60s to catch on.
  2. b) To sprinkle clothes before ironing. Who had a steam iron?
  3. c) Cold weather caused the milk to freeze and expand, popping the bottle top.
  4. a) Blackjack Gum.
  5. b) Special makeup was applied followed by drawing a seam down the back of the leg with eyebrow pencil.
  6. a) 1946 Studebaker.
  7. c) Wax coke bottles containing super-sweet colored water.
  8. a) Wax for your flat top (butch) haircut.
  9. a) With clamps, tightened by a skate key, which you wore on a shoestring around your neck.
  10. c) Eeny-meeny-miney-mo.
  11. c) Cooties.
  12. b) Taxi. Better be ready by half-past eight!
  13. c) Macaroni.
  14. c) Hiding under your desk, covering your head with your arms in an A-bomb drill.
  15. a) Princess Summerfallwinterspring. She was another puppet.
  16. a) Immediately sniffed the purple ink to get "high."
  17. b) Put in a special stamp book, they could be traded for household items at the Green Stamp store.
  18. c) Ammunition, and we'll all be free.
  19. a) The song was penned by C. Carson Parks in the year 1967, and
    immediately recorded by the Mills Brothers.
  20. a) Tony Bennett and he sounds just as good today.


17 - 20 correct: You are not only older than dirt, but obviously gifted with mind bloat. Now if you could only find your glasses.

12 - 16 correct: Not quite dirt yet, but your mind is definitely muddy.

0 - 11 correct: You are a sad excuse of a geezer

Submitted by our friends at Bethany Lutheran Church,  Austin, Tx.

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How about a few Brain Teasers:

  1. A murderer is condemned to death. He has to choose between three rooms. The first is full of raging fires, the second is full of assassins with loaded guns, and the third is full of lions that haven't eaten in 3 years. Which room is safest for him?
  2. A woman shoots her husband. Then she holds him under water for over 5 minutes. Finally, she hangs him. But 5 minutes later they both go out together and enjoy a wonderful dinner together. How can this be?
  3. There are two plastic jugs filled with water. How could you put all of this water into a barrel, without using the jugs or any dividers, and still tell which water came from which jug?
  4. What is black when you buy it, red when you use it, and gray when you throw it away?
  5. Can you name three consecutive days without using the words Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday?
  6. This is an unusual paragraph. I'm curious how quickly you can find out what is so unusual about it. It looks so plain you would think nothing was wrong with it. In fact, nothing is wrong with it! It is unusual though. Study it, and think about it, but you still may not find anything odd. But if you work at it a bit, you might find out.

Answers ...

  1. The third. Lions that haven't eaten in three years are dead.
  2. The woman was a photographer. She shot a picture of her husband, developed it, and hung it up to dry.
  3. Freeze them first. Take them out of the jugs and put the ice in the barrel. You will be able to tell which water came from which jug.
  4. The answer is Charcoal.
  5. Sure you can: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow!
  6. The letter "e", which is the most common letter in the English language, does not appear once in the long paragraph.

Submitted by Jamie, Crofton, Md. 

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