50 Amazing Facts That I'm 94% Sure You Don't Know

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A Bunch of awesome facts that I picked up from conversation and various websites.

Submitted: July 14, 2009

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  1. English is the fourth most spoken language in the world. The top three are Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi and Spanish. Bet that makes you feel smaller, eh?
  2. In most Las Vegas casinos, there are no clocks. This is to make people forget about time and keep shovelling in the cash.
  3. The Mona Lisa has no eyebrows. No, seriously, look.
  4. Prince Charles and Prince William never travel together. This is because if there were a crash, one would survive to carry on the throne.
  5. Every day twenty banks are robbed. The intake each day from these robberies is about $2, 500.
  6. The king of hearts is the only male card in a standard deck of cards to not have a moustache. Aww, poor King.
  7. The average lifespan of a tastebud is 6 days.
  8. The most popular first name in the world is Muhammad.
  9. In Iceland it is rude to tip a waiter or cab driver; it is considered to be like you are, “giving your money back, dissatisfied”.
  10. When a glass breaks, the crack shoots out at 3,000 miles per second.
  11. There are around 70 pieces of wood in your average violin.
  12. “Skepticisms” is the longest word that can be typed when alternating hands on a computer keyboard.
  13. 80% of lipsticks and glosses contain fish scales…trout pout!
  14. The first ever American President to send an eMail was Kennedy.
  15. It is impossible for a porcupine to drown; they always float.
  16. Everyone makes such a big deal about how hot the sun is, but in actual fact, a lightning bolt is hotter.
  17. Pinocchio is Italian for “pine eye”.
  18. Cat urine glows under a black light.
  19. Only Irish windmills turn clockwise; ALL others turn anti-clockwise.
  20. Donkeys can see all four of their feet at the same time, due to the placement of their eyes.
  21. Stamp Glue is 1/10th of a calorie.
  22. Thomas Edison was afraid of the dark…good thing he invented the light bulb.
  23. You cannot cry in outer space; the gravity is too ill-defined for your tear ducts to find a way to release tears.
  24. There are more plastic flamingos in America than there are real ones.
  25. More people use blue toothbrushes than red ones. The funny part; they made a big deal about it on the US news.
  26. Jellyfish are 95% water.
  27. Starfish are the only animals that can willingly turn their stomachs inside-out.
  28. Giraffe’s tongues are normally 21 inches long.
  29. The Pope was once named an honorary member of a basketball team (the Harlem Globetrotters).
  30. If you’ve always wanted to know exactly how big a billion is, think about this. If you started counting seconds to a billion, it would take you 32 years to get there.
  31. Men are 6 times more likely to get struck by lightning than women.
  32. The novel “Gadsby” (not “The Great Gatsby”) never has the letter “e” in it.
  33. Cats and dogs can also be left handed or right handed.
  34. The Hawaiian alphabet has only 12 letters…!
  35. Bulls are colour-blind; the only reason they charge at a Matador’s red cape is because they think the arena is their territory.
  36. Apples are more efficient than caffeine at keeping you awake.
  37. Smelling bananas and green apples can help you lose weight.
  38. The poison arrow frog has enough poison inside its slippery little guts to kill 2,200 people.
  39. A lump of (pure) gold the size of a matchbox can be flattened to the size of a tennis court.
  40. 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321
  41. If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle; if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.
  42. Ancient clans used to get rid of criminals by not hurting them, but burning their houses down and thus forcing them to leave town. This is where the expression “to get fired” comes from.
  43. The word “samba” means “to rub bellybuttons together”. Eew.
  44. Dr. Seuss’ name is ACTUALLY pronounced “zoice”, as in “re-JOICE”, “ZOICE”.
  45. More people are killed by donkeys than air crashes.
  46. In every episode of Seinfeld there is Superman somewhere.
  47. The name “Wendy” was only introduced to the world after J.M.Barrie’s Peter Pan books.
  48. Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.
  49. Most car horns honk in Key F.
  50. The Golden Fact! 80% of statistics aren’t true…but then again, maybe this one is one of them!


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