Useless Facts (3 of 5)

  • When the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers play football at home, the stadium becomes the state’s third largest city.
  • Duelling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.
  • John Larroquette of “Night Court” and “The John Larroquette Show” was the narrator of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”
  • A pig’s orgasm lasts for 30 minutes.
  • A pig’s penis is shaped like a corkscrew.
  • The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra’s “Its A Wonderful Life”
  • A dragonfly has a lifespan of 24 hours.
  • A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.
  • A quarter has 119 grooves around the edge.
  • A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.
  • On an American one-dollar bill, there is an owl in the upper left-hand corner of the “1” encased in the “shield” and a spider hidden in the front upper right-hand corner.
  • No words in the English language rhyme with orange, silver or purple.
  • It’s impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
  • “Evian” spelled backvards is naive.
  • The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets.
  • Maine is the toothpick capital of the world.
  • It was discovered on a space mission that a frog can throw up. The frog throws up it’s stomach first, so the stomach is dangling out of it’s mouth. Then the frog uses it’s forearms to dig out all of the stomach’s contents and then swallows the stomach back down again.
  • The A&W of root beer fame stands for Allen and Wright.
  • A baby eel is called an elver, a baby oyster is called a spat.
  • Bingo is the name of the dog on the Cracker Jack box.
  • Lake Nicaragua boasts the only fresh-water sharks in the entire world.
  • Charles de Gaulle’s final words were, “It hurts.”
  • There are four cars and ten lightposts on the back of a ten-dollar bill.
  • ABBA got their name by taking the first letter from each of their first names (Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny, Anni-frid.)
  • What five digit number, when multiplied by the number 4, is the same number with the digits in reverse order? 21978; 21978 x 4 = 87912.
  • It was illegal to sell ET dolls in France because there is a law against selling dolls without human faces.
  • In the 1983 film “JAWS 3D” the shark blows up. Some of the shark guts were the stuffed ET dolls being sold at the time.
  • Montana mountain goats will butt heads so hard their hooves fall off.
  • The Beatles song “Dear Prudence” was written about Mia Farrow’s sister, Prudence, when she wouldn’t come out and play with Mia and the Beatles at a religious retreat in India.
  • Cranberries are sorted for ripeness by bouncing them; a fully ripened cranberry can be dribbled like a basketball.
  • The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.
  • St. Paul, Minnesota was originally called Pigs Eye after a man who ran a saloon there.
  • 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.
  • Moon was Buzz Aldrin’s mother’s maiden name. (Buzz Aldrin was the second man on the moon in 1969.)
  • Who’s that playing the piano on the “Mad About You” theme? It’s Paul Reiser himself. And Greg Evigan sang the “My Two Dads” theme.
  • Kelsey Grammar sings and plays the piano for the theme song of Fraiser.
  • Alan Thicke, the father in the TV show Growing Pains wrote the theme songs for The Facts of Life and Diff’rent Strokes .
  • In 1963, baseball pitcher Gaylord Perry remarked, “They’ll put a man on the moon before I hit a home run.” On July 20, 1969, a few hours after Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, Gaylord Perry hit his first, and only, home run.
  • The Grateful Dead were once called The Warlocks.
  • Gilligan of Gilligan’s Island had a first name that was only used once, on the never- aired pilot show.
  • His first name was Willy.
  • The skipper’s real name on Gilligan’s Island is Jonas Grumby. It was mentioned once in the first episode on their radio’s newscast about the wreck.
  • The Professor’s real name was Roy Hinkley, Mary Ann’s last name was Summers and Mrs. Howell’s maiden name was Wentworth.
  • The male gypsy moth can “smell” the virgin female gypsy moth from 1.8 miles away.
  • In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.
  • Reindeer milk has more fat than cow milk.
  • The “L.L.” in L.L. Bean stands for Leon Leonwood.
  • The original fifty cent piece in Australian decimal currency had around $2.00 worth of silver in it before it was replaced with a less expensive twelve sided coin.
  • The letters KGB stand for Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti.
  • Alexander the Great was an epileptic.
  • The lead singer of The Knack, famous for “My Sharona,” and Jack Kevorkian’s lead defense attorney are brothers, Doug & Jeffrey Feiger.
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