Useless Facts (1 of 5)

  • The longest one-syllable word in the English language is “screeched.”
  • On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament Building is an American flag.
  • Barbie’s measurements if she were life size: 39-23-33.
  • All of the clocks in Pulp Fiction are stuck on 4:20.
  • No word in the English language rhymes with month.
  • A coat hanger is 44 inches long if straightened.
  • Canada is an Indian word meaning “Big Village”.
  • “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 blacklight.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 term “the whole 9 yards” came from WWII fighter pilots in the South Pacific. When arming their airplanes on the ground, the .50 caliber machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, it got “the whole 9 yards.”
  • 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 veiw. 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 5 megabytes.
  • In many cases, the amount of storage space on a recordable 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 intraveinously.
  • Of the six men who made up the Three Stooges, three of them were real brothers (Moe, Curly and Shemp.)
  • Ohio is listed as the 17th state in the U.S., but technically it is number 47. Until August 7, 1953, congress forgot to vote on a resolution to admit Ohio to the Union.
  • 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.
  • Only 1/3 of the people that can twitch their ears can twitch only one at a time.
  • The volume of the Earth’s moon is the same as the volume of the Pacific Ocean
  • Ingrown toenails are hereditary.
  • Winston Churchill was born in a ladies’ room during a dance.
  • The largest city in the United States with a one syllable name is Flint, Michigan.
  • The most common name in the world is Mohammed.
  • On the cartoon show ‘The Jetsons’, Jane is 33 years old and her daughter Judy is 15.
  • In Mel Brooks’ ‘Silent Movie,’ mime Marcel Marceau is the only person who has a speaking role.
  • Only humans and horses have hymens.
  • The word “set” has more definitions than any other word in the English language.
  • The state with the longest coastline in the US is Michigan.
  • We will have four consecutive full moons making two blue moons in 1999 (January 2 and 31, March 2 and 31.) The only other time it happened this century was in 1915 (January 1 and 31, March 1 and 31.)
  • Pulp Fiction cost $8 million to make – $5 million going to actor’s salaries.
  • Spot, Data’s cat on Star Trek: The Next Generation , was played by six different cats.
  • Captain Jean-Luc Picard’s fish was named Livingston.
  • The longest U.S. highway is route 6 starting in Cape Cod, Massachusetts going through 14 states, and ending in Bishop, California…
  • The ‘y’ in signs reading “ye olde..” is properly pronounced with a ‘th’ sound, not ‘y’. The “th” sound does not exist in Latin, so ancient Roman occupied (present day) England use the rune “thorn” to represent “th” sounds. With the advent of the printing press the character from the Roman alphabet which closest resembled thorn was the lower case “y”.
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