Useless Facts (2 of 5)

  • The number of the trash compactor in Star Wars (20th Century Fox, 1977) is 3263827.
  • “Underground” is the only word in the English language that begins and ends with the letters “und.”
  • The international telphone dialing code for Antarctica is 672.
  • A full seven percent of the entire Irish barley crop goes to the production of Guinness beer.
  • If you toss a penny 10000 times, it will not be heads 5000 times, but more like 4950. The heads picture weighs more, so it ends up on the bottom.
  • The housefly hums in the middle octave, key of F.
  • Mr. Snuffleupagas’ first name was Alyoisus.
  • The little bags of netting for gas lanterns (called ‘mantles’) are radioactive-so much so that they will set of an alarm at a nuclear reactor.
  • In the movie “the Right Stuff” there is a scene where a government recruiter for the Mercury astronaut program (played by Jeff Goldblum) is in a bar at Muroc Dry Lake, California. His partner suggests Chuck Yeager as a good astronaut candidate. Jeff proceeds to badmouth Yeager claiming they need someone who went to college. During the conversation the real Chuck Yeager is playing a bartender who is standing behind the recruiters eavesdropping. General Yeager is listed low in the movie credits as ‘Fred.’
  • Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.
  • There are only four words in the English language which end in “-dous”: tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
  • The longest word in the English language, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.
  • The only other word with the same amount of letters is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconioses, its plural.
  • The longest place-name still in use is Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu, a New Zealand hill.
  • Los Angeles’s full name is “El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula” and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size, “L.A.”
  • A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
  • An ostrich’s eye is bigger than it’s brain.
  • Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
  • After the Civil War the U.S. sued Great Britain for damages that were caused by them building ships for the Confederacy. We originally asked for $1 billion but settled on $25 Million.
  • There are 22 stars surrounding the mountain on the Paramount Pictures logo.
  • Deborah Winger did the voice of E.T.
  • There is a word in the English language with only one vowel, which occurs six times: Indivisibility.
  • In most advertisments, including newspapers, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.
  • The only Dutch word to contain eight consecutive consonants is ‘angstschreeuw’.
  • Alfred Hitchcock didn’t have a belly button. It was eliminated when he was sewn up after surgery.
  • The Mongol emperor Genghis Khan’s original name was Temujin.
  • The first word spoken by an ape in the movie Planet of the Apes was “Smile”.
  • Facetious and abstemious contain all the vowels in the correct order.
  • Geller and Huchra have made three-dimensional maps of the distrubution of galaxies. In each layer of the map some galaxies are grouped together in such a way that they resemble a human being.
  • Telly Savalas and Louis Armstrong died on their birthdays.
  • Donald Duck’s middle name is Fauntleroy.
  • Al Capone’s business card said he was a used furniture dealer.
  • The second longest word in the English language is “antidisestablishmenterianism”.
  • When two words are combined to form a single word (e.g., motor + hotel = motel, breakfast + lunch = brunch) the new word is called a “portmanteau.”
  • Dr. Samuel A. Mudd was the physician who set the leg of Lincoln’s assassin John Wilkes Booth … and whose shame created the expression for ignominy, “His name is Mudd.”
  • The muzzle of a lion is like a fingerprint – no two lions have the same pattern of whiskers.
  • In 1969, the last Corvair was painted gold.
  • The real name of the “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” lady is Edith Fore.
  • Betsy Ross was born with a fully formed set of teeth.
  • Betsy Ross’s other contribution to the American Revolution, beside sewing the first American flag, was running a munitions factory in her basement.
  • The only real person to be a Pez head was Betsy Ross.
  • Steely Dan got their name from a sexual device depicted in the book ‘The Naked Lunch’.
  • Bob Dylan’s real name is Robert Zimmerman.
  • Wilma Flinestone’s maiden name was Wilma Slaghoopal, and Betty Rubble’s Maiden name was Betty Jean Mcbricker.
  • Lenny Kravitz’s mother played the part of “Helen” on “The Jeffersons.”
  • Grapes explode when you put them in the microwave.
  • A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.
  • 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321
  • The Ramses brand condom is named after the great phaoroh Ramses II who fathered over 160 children.
  • There is a seven letter word in the English language that contains ten words without rearranging any of its letters, “therein”: the, there, he, in, rein, her, here, here, ere, therein, herein.
  • Canola oil is actually grapeseed oil but the name was changed in Canada for marketing reasons.
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