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The soft plastic headphones used on airplanes create a warm, moist environment in ...
Totally True Useless Facts 301 - 400
Totally True Useless Facts
301 - 400
- The soft plastic headphones used on airplanes create a warm, moist environment in the ear canal that is ideal for breeding bacteria. Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.
- On a plane, if the passenger in your seat on the incoming flight had serious gas, then you are sitting on a cushion full of disease-causing microbes.
- Homely criminals get 50% longer jail sentences, on average, than good-looking criminals.
- If the government has no knowledge of aliens, then why does Title 14, Section 1211 of the Code of Federal Regulations, implemented on July 16, 1969, make it illegal for U.S. citizens to have any contact with extraterrestrials or their vehicles?
- In 1994, electromagnetic interference (EMI) from a nearby cellular telephone captivated a power wheelchair at a scenic vista in Colorado, sending the passenger over a cliff.
- In Cleveland, Ohio, it's illegal to catch mice without a hunting license.
- Dr. Seuss coined the word "nerd" in his 1950 book "If I Ran the Zoo"
- It takes 3,000 cows to supply the NFL with enough leather for a year's supply of footballs.
- Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.
- There are an average of 178 sesame seeds on a McDonald's Big Mac bun.
- The world's termites outweigh the world's humans 10 to 1.
- Pound for pound, hamburgers cost more than new cars.
- The 3 most valuable brand names on earth: Marlboro, Coca-Cola, and Budweiser, in that order.
- When Heinz ketchup leaves the bottle, it travels at a rate of 25 miles per year.
- It's possible to lead a cow upstairs....but not downstairs.
- The Bible has been translated into Klingon.
- Humans are the only primates that don't have pigment in the palms of their hands.
- You sweat the most on the palms of your hands and the bottoms of your feet.
- Ten percent of the Russian government's income comes from the sale of vodka.
- Ninety percent of New York City cabbies are recently arrived immigrants.
- On average, 100 people choke to death on ballpoint pens every year.
- In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all the world's nuclear weapons combined.
- Reno, Nevada is west of Los Angeles, California.
- Average age of top GM executives in 1994: 49.8 years. Average age of the Rolling Stones: 50.6.
- Elephants can't jump. Every other mammal can.
- The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.
- Five Jell-O flavors that flopped: celery, coffee, cola, apple, and chocolate.
- According to one study, 24% of lawns have some sort of lawn ornament in their yard.
- Internationally, Baywatch is the most popular TV show in history.
- "Witch" is a Saxon word meaning "wise one".
- Pierre, South Dakota, is the only United States capital which doesn't share any letters of its name with the state's name.
- A kangaroo's penis is forked.
- Male sperm (Y) swim faster than female sperm (X), which is why more males are conceived than females. Female sperm are slower because they contain heavier genetic material, which slows them down. Once in the womb, females mature faster than males.
- 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.
- The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.
- The male gypsy moth can "smell" the virgin female gypsy moth from 1.8 miles away.
- The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
- John Lennon's first girlfriend was named Thelma Pickles.
- There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.
- The maximum weight for a golf ball is 1.62 oz.
- Men can read smaller print than women; women can hear better.
- An eagle can kill a young deer and fly away with it.
- In the Caribbean there are oysters that can climb trees.
- Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
- Mark Twain didn't graduate from elementary school.
- Conception occurs more often in December than any other month.
- Only 14% of Americans say they've gone skinny dipping with the opposite sex.
- What separates "60 Minutes," on CBS from every other TV show is that there is no theme song.
- The most popular boat name requested is Obsession.
- More women do this in the bathroom than men. Wash their hands. Women - 80%, Men - 55%.
- What do 100% of all lottery winners do? Gain weight.
- In a recent survey, Americans revealed that banana was their favorite smell.
- If you were to spell out numbers, you would have to go until "one thousand" before you would find a single "a".
- What do bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers all have in common? All invented by women.
- Married men revealed that they change their underwear twice as often as single men.
- This stimulates 29 muscles and chemicals causing relaxation. Women seem to like it light and frequent, men like it more strenuous. A kiss.
- 40% of all people who come to a party in your home snoop in your medicine cabinet.
- 3.9% of all women surveyed say they never wear underwear.
- What common everyday occurrence is composed of 59% nitrogen, 21% hydrogen and 9% dioxide? A fart.
- About 1/3 of all Americans say they flush the toilet while sitting.
- 85% of the guys who die while having sex are cheating on their spouse.
- What's unique about the Beatle's song "Eleanor Rigby"? The Beatles did not play a single note in the song.
- Life in the 1500's - Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May and were still smelling pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the odor. Baths equaled a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water."
- Life in the 1500's - Houses had thatched roofs. Thick straw, piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the pets - dogs, cats, and other small animals, mice, rats, bugs lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof. Hence the saying, "It's raining cats and dogs."
- Life in the 1500's - There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could really mess up your nice clean bed. So, they found if they made beds with big posts and hung a sheet over the top, it addressed that problem. Hence those beautiful big four poster beds with canopies. The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt, hence the saying "dirt poor".
- Life in the 1500's - The wealthy had slate floors which would get slippery in the winter when wet. So they spread thresh on the floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on they kept adding more thresh until when you opened the door it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed at the entry way, hence a "thresh hold."
- Life in the 1500's - They cooked in the kitchen in a big kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They mostly ate vegetables and didn't get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes the stew had food in it that had been in there for a month. Hence the rhyme, "Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old."
- Life in the 1500's - Sometimes they could obtain pork and would feel really special when that happened. When company came over, they would bring out some bacon and hang it to show it off. It was a sign of wealth and that a man "could bring home the bacon." They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and "chew the fat."
- Life in the 1500's - Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with a high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food. This happened most often with tomatoes, so they stopped eating tomatoes - for 400 years. Most people didn't have pewter plates, but had trenchers - a piece of wood with the middle scooped out like a bowl. Trenchers were never washed and a lot of times worms got into the wood. After eating off wormy trenchers, they would get "trench mouth."
- Life in the 1500's - Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or the "upper crust."
- Life in the 1500's - Lead cups were used to drink ale or whiskey. The combination would sometimes knock them out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of holding a "wake."
- Life in the 1500's - England is old and small and they started running out of places to bury people. So, they would dig up coffins and would take their bones to a house and reuse the grave. In reopening these coffins, one out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive. So they thought they would tie a string on their wrist and lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night to listen for the bell. Hence on the "graveyard shift" they would know that someone was "saved by the bell" or he was a "dead ringer."
- In your lifetime you will swallow 8 spiders in your sleep, on average.
- The average American loses their virginity at the age of 15.8.
- The sentence "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter in the alphabet and was developed by Western Uniou to test telex/twx communications.
- If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months, 6 days, you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee.
- The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet.
- Banging your head against the wall uses 150 calories an hour.
- On average people fear spiders more than they do death.
- The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.
- It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
- Americans on the average eat 18 acres of pizza every day.
- Every time you lick a stamp you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie.
- Right handed people, on average, live nine years longer than left handed people. Bonus: Bill & Hillary are lefties.
- In ancient Egypt priests plucked every hair from their bodies, including their eyebrows and eyelashes.
- A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.
- The ant can lift 50 times its own weight, pull 30 times its own weight, and always falls over on its right side when intoxicated.
- The catfish has the most tastebuds of any animal, over 27,000.
- Human taste bud density is highest at the tip (116 tb/square cm with a range from 3.6 to 514 among subjects at tip vs. 25.2 tb/square cm [range: 0-85.9] in the mid region. )
- Taste buds are functional at or before birth in dogs.
- The flea can jump 350 times its body length, that is like a human jumping the length of a football field.
- A ****roach will live for nine days without its head before it starves to death.
- If you fart consistently for 6 years and 9 months, enough gas is produced to create the energy of an atomic bomb.
- Humans and dolphins are the only species that have sex for pleasure.
- You can't kill yourself by holding your breath.
- The male praying mantis cannot copulate while its head is attached to its body. The female initiates sex by ripping the males head off.
- Some lions mate over 50 times a day.
- Butterflies taste with their feet.
- Technically, the United States has only forty-six states. Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Massachusetts are commonwealths.
- You can't swing on vines in the jungle because they're attached to the ground.
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