Useless Facts (4 of 5)

  • The name for Oz in the “Wizard of Oz” was thought up when the creator, Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N, and O-Z, hence “Oz.”
  • The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
  • Elton John’s real name is Reginald Dwight. Elton comes from Elton Dean, a Bluesology sax player. John comes from Long John Baldry, founder of Blues Inc. They were the first electric white blues band ever seen in England–1961
  • The saying “it’s so cold out there it could freeze the balls off a brass monkey” came from when they had old cannons like ones used in the Civil War. The cannonballs were stacked in a pyramid formation, called a brass monkey. When it got extremely cold outside they would crack and break off… Thus the saying.
  • Horses cannot vomit.
  • Rabbits cannot vomit.
  • S.O.S. doesn’t stand for “Save Our Ship” or “Save Our Souls” — It was just chosen by an 1908 international conference on Morse Code because the letters S and O were easy to remember and just about anyone could key it and read it, S = dot dot dot, O = dash dash dash..
  • Pocahontas appeared on the back of the $20 bill in 1875.
  • When a female horse and male donkey mate, the offspring is called a mule, but when a male horse and female donkey mate, the offspring is called a hinny.
  • The way to get more mules is to mate a male donkey with a female horse.
  • A donkey will sink in quicksand but a mule won’t.
  • Mr. Rogers is an ordained minister.
  • Hugh “Ward Cleaver” Beaumont was an ordained minister.
  • The Old English word for “sneeze” is “fneosan.”
  • John Lennon’s first girlfriend was named Thelma Pickles.
  • A ‘jiffy’ is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
  • Woodpecker scalps, porpoise teeth and giraffe tails have all been used as money.
  • The Los Angeles Rams were the first U.S. football team to introduce emblems on their helmets.
  • The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.
  • The average garden variety caterpillar has 248 muscles in its head.
  • Certain frogs can be frozen solid then thawed, and continue living.
  • Dartboards are made out of horsehairs.
  • One of the many Tarzans, Karmuela Searlel, was mauled to death on the set by a raging elephant.
  • Slinkys were invented by an airplane mechanic; he was playing with engine parts and realized the possible secondary use of one of the springs.
  • There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.
  • Octopi have gardens.
  • “Ever think you’re hearing something in a song, but they’re really singing something else? The word for mis-heard lyrics is ‘mondegreen,’ and it comes from a folk song in the ’50’s. The singer was actually singing “They slew the Earl of Morray and laid him on the green,” but this came off sounding like ‘They slew the Earl of Morray and Lady Mondegreen.'”
  • Some biblical scholars believe that Aramaic (the language of the ancient Bible) did not contain an easy way to say “many things” and used a term which has come down to us as 40. This means that when the bible — in many places – refers to “40 days,” they meant many days.
  • Napoleon constructed his battle plans in a sandbox.
  • ‘Strengths’ is the longest word in the English language with just one vowel.
  • ‘Stewardesses’ is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.
  • One of the longest English words that can be typed using the top row of a typewriter (allowing multiple uses of letters) is ‘typewriter.’
  • When a giraffe’s baby is born it falls from a height of six feet, normally without being hurt.
  • Virgina Woolf wrote all her books standing.
  • The pitches that Babe Ruth hit for his last-ever homerun and that Joe DiMaggio hit for his first-ever homerun where thrown by the same man.
  • To “testify” was based on men in the Roman court swearing to a statement made by swearing on their testicles.
  • During conscription for WWII, there were nine documented cases of men with three testicles.
  • Both Hitler and Napoleon were missing one testicle
  • Stalin was only five feet, four inches tall.
  • Stalin’s left foot had webbed toes, and his left arm is noticably shorter than his right.
  • Swans are the only birds with penises.
  • A whale’s penis is called a dork.
  • Some carnivores, rodents, bats and insectivores have a penis bone, called a baculum.
  • A barnacle has the largest penis of any other animal in the world in relation to its size.
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