You have to be at least 58.5 inches to be an astronaut. (Click here)
Unique animals. Hippopotami cannot swim (ppl have said that a hippo can swim, but i dont think its classified as swimming. I’ll check), whales can’t swim backwards, tarantulas can’t spin webs, crocodiles can’t chew and hummingbirds can’t walk
Americans on average eat 18 acres of pizza every day.
The weight of air in a milk glass is about the same as the weight of one aspirin. (But one also wonders how big a milk glass is… anyone?)
The gases emitted from a banana or an apple can help an orange ripen. (Not sure which fruits are concerned).
Adolph Hitler was a vegetarian, and had only 1, and i repeat, ONE, testicle.
Al Gore and Tommy Lee Jones were once roommates. Thanx Rebecca
Australia is a major exporter of camels
Australia has no native monkeys. (in the wild)
Australia’s box jellyfish has toxins more potent than the venom in cobras, and is one of the most dangerous jellyfish in the world
Apparently 1/3 of people with alarm clocks hit the ‘snooze’ button every morning, and from 25-34 age group, it is over 1/2. (r u 1 of them?)
Hans Christian Anderson, creater of fairy tales, was word-blind. He never learned to spell correctly, and his publishers always had errors
On average, Americans spend about 6 months of their lives waiting at red traffic lights
There is air in space, but very little of it. In fact, it is equivalent to a marble in a box 5 miles wide. Most of the gas is captured by the gravitational pull of other celestial bodies.Thanx M.Lerner
Abdul Kassam Ismael, Grand Vizier of Persia in the tenth century, carried his library with him wherever he went. Four hundred camels carried the 117,000 volumes.
- Ants make up 1/10 of the total world animal tissue
- An ant can survive for up to two days underwater.
- The animal with the largest brain in proportion to its size is the ant.
- Ants dont sleep. Thanx teepo (apparently noone can be sure since they don’t have eyelids, they also have no need for sleep)
- Ants taste like sweet tarts. (from experience..)Thanx RiffSingr
Most caucasian babies are born with dark blue eyes, although it normally changes colour after child birth.
Believe that Buddha, Moses, Jesus, Muhammad… are all prophets from God? Have you heard of the baha’i faith?
You’re born with 300 bones, but when you get to be an adult, you only have 206. (apparently they fuse together such as the parietal, occipital of the skull) thanx Christie
One quarter of the bones in your body, are in your feet
Human thigh bones are stronger than concrete. Wow… utterly amazing huh
The only jointless bone in your body is the hyoid bone in your throat
A Baboon called “Jackie” became a private in the South African army in World War I.
Bats always turn left when exiting a cave. < == ( the arrow is pointing left. Just in case)
The body can function without a brain. And anyone who has walked around the city on a Saturday night will know what I mean.
It takes about 20 seconds for a red blood cell to circle the whole body.
You sit on the biggest muscle in your body, the gluteus maximus a.k.a the butt. Each of the two cheeky muscles tips the scales at about two pounds (not including the overlying fat layer). The tiniest muscle, the stapedius of the middle ear, is just one-fifth of an inch long.
Butterflies taste with their feet.
You can’t kill yourself by holding your breath.
Butterflies cannot fly if their body temperature is less than 86 degrees.
Beetles taste like apples, wasps like pine nuts, and white worms like fried pork rinds.
There is more bacteria in your mouth than the human population of U.S and Canada combined. Thanx Julie for this and a couple more
Over billions of years, black holes become white holes and they spit out all of the things they sucked in. the atoms are completely jumbled, so no one knows what will ever come out. Theoratically they’ll also turn into a white hole. If you were unfortunate enough to fall within one, you would never actually hit — because time would stop at some point within the event horizon (space outside) of the black hole. Thanx De Composed
The Burramundy, a fish, grows up as a male, but after 2 years or so, it turns into a female to breed. (i think papaya(papua?) trees are the same)
The first bar code was used on Wrigleys gum
Apparently, according to Playtex, the best selling bra sizes these days are 34B and 36B. (hmmm…)
Birds are largely unaffected by spicy things, like chilies, as they not sensitive to capsaicin, the hot stuff in chilies.
A bean has more DNA per cell than a human cell
Bulls are not attracted to the colour redThanx Gwynovere C.
Human babies are born 2 months prematurely for our size and lifespan, to accomodate for the fact that we have large brains during birth. (Got this off my lecture).
Babies crawl an average of 200m a day
Babies are born without knee caps. They don’t appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age.
Barbies full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts
If Barbie were life-size, her measurements would be 39-23-33. She would stand seven feet, two inches tall and have a neck twice the length of a normal human’s neck
If you put a piece of scotch tape on an inflated balloon, then stick it with a small pin or needle, it won’t pop.Thanx harrison
Bruce Lee was the Hong Kong ‘cha cha’ dance champion in 1958.(Hang on… Bruce Lee a cha cha king? This i gotta see) He was also an American born in San Francisco and had a German grandfather. THanx Mrtan787
What does a Dead Leaf, Paper Kite, Blue Striped Crow,Julia and Great Egg Fly have in common? They’re all butterflies!Thanx Bijou
The BEAVER, is America’s largest rodent and can remain underwater for 20 minutes! erm… sealions can do that as well (just something random)
Gutzon Borglum, the sculptor of the four Presidents on Mount Rushmore, died a few months before the project was completed. It took him 14 years.
A boeing 747s wingspan is longer than the Wright brother’s first flight (120ft). Click here
Eating breakfast will help you burn from 5-20% more calories throughout the day. Click here
Bamboo can grow up to 36 inches in a day. Click here
- Bees can see ultraviolet light.
- Most honey bees die after it stings people as our skin is elastic, unsuitable for their stingers which are meant for harder inelastics skins. Their venom glands are also torn out in the process. (So removing the stinger by piching the tip is well, in one word, dumb.jk)Thanx Mr Tuvai
- A bee could travel 4 million miles (6.5 million km) at 7 mph (11 km/h) on the energy it would obtain from 1 gallon (3.785 liters) of nectar, or it could just sit down on and enjoy that honey properly.
Colour blind people are used to detect camouflaged units in previous war-fare. And some of you thought Jonathan was useless.. :P~
Cats sweat through the pads of their feet (especially when they hear a dog barking) and cannot taste sweet things.
Cat’s urine glows under a black-light. (But did you reeeeally want to know this?)
Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, dogs only have about ten (unsure)
Cats have 32 muscles in each ear
A chicken who just lost its head can run the length of a football field before dropping dead.
The longest recorded flight of a chicken is 13 seconds!
Coffee beans can be mixed into B type blood, changing it into O type blood
Rubbing cocoa butter on your abdomen during pregnancy will prevent stretch marks. Thanx udamann
The light from your computer screen streams at you at almost 186,000 miles per second.
If you chew a cabbage/lettuce leaf properly, you’ll lose more energy than you’ll gain from actually eating it.
The catfish has over 27,000 taste buds.
The cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth 2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.
Cicadas have their hearing organs in their stomachs, at the base of the abdomen.
The caterpillar has more than 2,000 muscles
There are more than 40,000 characters in Chinese script. (I could have sworn it was more.)
For those who love to drink Coke
In a deck of cards, the King of Hearts is the only king without a moustache.
There are more chickens than people in the world. (unsure)
On the old Canadian 2 dollar bill,the flag flying over the Parliament Building is NOT an American flag.Thanx Doug B. and Dwain
In the city of Carmel, where Clint Eastwood grew up, they dont have postmen, coz they dont have street numbers. Ppl go to the post office to collect their mail. Thanx Erin
The first contraceptive diaphragms, centuries ago, were citrus rinds (i.e., half an orange rind). Casanova used half lemon rinds as a cervical cap and the acidic juice as a potent spremicide(something that kills sperms).Thanx Donna C.
Some large clouds store enough water for 500000 showers
Crocodiles have brains no larger than a cigar and they cannot stick their tongue out. (I wonder why)
Crocodiles can snap their jaws in 1/8th of a second and can use over 40 sets of teeth
Everyone is colourblind at birth (check here)
In 1915, Winston Churchill fought in the front line trenches before he became the Minister of Munitions.Thanx Shadey66
Cows release 50 million metric tonnes of methane gas a year.
Cows sweat through their noses. (Think twice before clicking here.)
An American cow called Fawn was not afraid of flying. In May 1963, she was swept up by a tornado and carried half a mile, only to land safely in another farmer’s field. Five years later, another tornado carried her over a bus. She survived this too, and lived to the ripe old age of 25.
Cows, like my grannie, do not have upper teeth.
Chocolate is potentially lethal to a dog coz cocoa beans contain theobromine which can poison the poor bastard
Coral (pro osteon) has molecular architecture and chemistry similar to human bone and so it can be used to replace bone grafts, helping bones heal faster. 150-200 pounds of it can sustain hundreds of graphs
The liquid inside coconuts can be used as blood plasma substitutes!
There are more coffee drug addicts in the US than drug addicts of any other kind. Click here
80% of arrested criminals are male. (and you girls thought that we just sit on the couch and fart whole day).
Canada actually comes from the word ‘Kanata’, a Huron or Iroquois word for village, and Canada is a ‘big village’.
The Catholic Church only declared in 1992 that the earth may go round the sun.
- The cockroach has a high resistance to radiation and is the creature most likely to survive a nuclear war.
- Fried cockroach with garlic is used as medicine for the common cold (unsure)
- The cockroach is the fastest animal on 6 legs, covering a meter a second.
- If it were human size, it could run at speeds of 300MPH.
- If you cut off the head of a cockroach, it can still survive but will eventually die, but only because it cannot eat without its head.
- cockroaches can change course as many as 25 times in one second
Laika the dog, was the first living thing which was sent to space. (remember snoopy?)
Dominique Larrey, Napoleon’s chief surgeon, could amputate a leg in 13 seconds.
Donald Duck comics were once banned from Finland because he/it doesn’t wear pants
The electric chair was invented by a dentist. Dentistry has also achieved the highest number suicidal deaths for a profesional job. Thanx Dan R.
The average person has over 1,460 dreams a year
The placement of a donkey’s eyes in its’ heads enables it to see all four feet at all times
Dolphins sleep with one eye open
The dioxin 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin is 150,000 times deadlier than cyanide.
Duelling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.
In the last 4000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
Calculating DNA length for each person, it would stretch across the diameter of the solar system. 6 000 000 000 000 basepairx 0.6 nm x 1013 cell = 3.6×1016 metres
If the information contained in the DNA could be written down, it would fill a 1000 volume encyclopedia
Dragonfly larvae develop under the water and eject water from their anus to propel them for short distances
A dragonfly can fly 25 mph.
A dragonfly is also known as “devil’s darning needle”, “horse stinger” and “devil’s steelyard”.
The amount of drag or air resistance produced by putting your bicycle on top of your car is so great that on a trip from England to Scotland it would be cheaper to send it by train because of the fuel consumption to overcome the drag
The “Daddy long legs” spider has venom to be used as a defensive mechanism. Don’t worry though, coz it cannot puncture human skin, and even if it did, it would PROBABLY only cause a allergic reaction
A human’s scent membrane in the nose is about the size of a postage stamp. A dog’s is about the size of a handkerchief. It’s olfactory lobe is also 4 times that of a humanThanx liz chell
It has been reported that some dogs are able to sniff out skin cancer. It’s in a journal on Lancet. Click here
Camels have three eyelids to protect themselves from blowing sand, and Bujang Senang has 2.
Thomas Edison, lightbulb inventor, was afraid of the dark
Mr Ennis used to be a singer for a jazz band (He’s my modern history teacher)
Emus cannot walk backwards.
Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.
Everest is not the tallest mountain. Mauna Kea Mountain in the Hawaiian Island is 230m taller. It is 4201m above water and 4877 underwater! Everest is only 8848m.
Elvis had a twin brother named Garon, who died, so his middle name Aaron is in his honour. In 1971, he was appointed an honourary FBI agent by Nixon before Nixon’s resignation.Thanx Spike
There are approximately 10 million bricks in the Empire State Building. Thanx Laine S.
E-mails started in 1971. Ray Tomlinson is it’s DADDY!! and the first e-mail was sent WRITTEN ENTIRELY IN UPPER CASE.
During the 1600’s, boys and girls in England wore dresses until they were about seven years old.
Elephants can’t jump.
Baby elephants can drink over 80 litres of milk a day. (Do you drink milk?)
An elephant has 4 knees
English is a crazy language
If you try to squeeze the ends of an egg with your thumb and finger and you wont be able to break it. Thats probably why people use the design so often or used to for building (arches) gutters drain pipes the skull, makesa sense dont it? Thanx J Kennedy
Pope Adrian VI choked to death after a fly got stuck in his throat as he was taking a drink from a fountain
Certain frogs can reguritate their stomachs, in order to clean them (with their feet)
Faye Wong received a 7 digit fee for recording ‘eyes on me’ and it took her about 4 hours.
February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.
Franz Ferdinand was killed.. remember that the guys death partly caused the WWI. Anyway, his death was almost unavoidable. After an attempted assasination using a bomb failed, (because the bomb hit the rear mud flap of the car Ferdinand was in and bounced away) authorities decided to change the route of Ferdinands tour… but failed to inform the driver of the car. And so, unfortunately, at one stage, the driver took a wrong turn and drove into an alley. While reversing out, Princip (killer) came and shot Ferdinand and his wife at a distance of 4-5 feet killing them. Ferdinand brought his wife to Serejavo to celebrate their anniversary. (And you thought you had a bad day)
Fleas are essential to the health of armadillos and hedgehogs; they provide necessary stimulation of the skin. Deloused armadillos and hedgehogs will die.
A flea can jump 350 times is own body length. (say..you jumping the length of a soccer field)thanx seraph
Now, where did the word ‘fuck’ come from? Click here to find out
Finagle’s Law was the one that went, “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” Not Murphy’s Law.
Rosalind Franklin was the woman behind Watson and Crick’s doudle helix DNA model. She did all the experiments, but died before she was paid credit. Watson and Crick merely took her results and interpreted it.
Some frogs use sugars as an antifreeze for vital organs
Some frogs like the wood frog and some turtles can stop their heart and frost their tissues during winter and defrost after that
The reason firehouse stairways are circular is from the days when the engines were pulled by horses. The horses were stabled on the ground floor but figured out how to walk up straight staircases. (unsure)
- Flies taste with their feet.
- A fly always jumps backwards for a quick getaway when you try to hit it. (Listen up all you fly haters)
- Assuming that all the offspring survived, 190,000,000,000,000,000,000 flies could be produced in four months by the offspring of a single pair of flies.
A giraffe can clean its ears with its 21-inch tongue. i know some people who can do some amazing stuff too.
Giraffes have the same number of vertebrae in their necks as humans. Their lips are prehensile, their tongues are 21 inches long, and they cannot cough.
Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying
Galileo became totally blind shortly before his death.(probably from looking at the sun too much)
As of 14.10.2003, only 0.6% of people actually sign the guestbook. Its true. Over 120,000 visitors. Yes, the statistic did go down.
Goldfish have the memory span of about 3-5 seconds, thats why you can leave them in a small jar and they wont get bored and you can also over feed them till they kaput.
If you leave a goldfish in a dark room for years, it will turn white. (be reminded of the RSPCA though)
A pregnant goldfish is called a twit
If you rubbed garlic on the sole of your feet, it would be absorbed and eventually show up on your breath (unsure)
If all the gold in the ocean were mined, every person on Earth would get about 20 kgs of gold each. Thanx clem
When glass breaks, it showers TOWARDS, not away from the force that broke it. To reiterate, I will repeat it again one more time, to recap, TOWARDS the force, not away.
People drank gold powder mixed in with water in medieval Europe to relieve pain from sore limbs.
Honeybees have a type of hair on their eyes
Astronauts grow taller (height) in space
The horse shoe crab has blue blood which can be used to kill bacteria
Many hamsters only blink one eye at a time.
The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet.
The Honda Accord has the highest stolen rate in the US according to NCIB. thanx jon cook
A “hairbreadth away” is 1/48 of an inch.
A company, Warner Communications paid $28 million for the copyright to the song “Happy Birthday”.
A hippo can open its mouth wide enough to fit a 4 foot tall child inside
Hippos kill more people in Africa when compared to crocodiles. (pfft, with a mouth that big and a fart to match…)
During warm weather, hippos secrete a reddish, oily fluid, called pink sweat, which acts as a skin conditioner to keep it moist.
In a year, your heart can beat up to 40 000 000 times! Thanx eric c.
Hyenas can comsume prey carrying anthrax without contracting the disease itself
The deepest hole ever made in the world is in Russia’s Kola Peninsula, near the Norwegian border. Soviets have been drilling since 1970 and it is over 40 000 ft. This is used to study the earth’s core.Thanx Kristian B
The female spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta) has a ‘penis’. (RARE!!! MUST READ!!!) Thanx Z Kirsch
Hitler was voted Time Magazine’s man of the year in 1938.
Food passes through the small intestine in just two hours, zipping along at 0.002 mph. Inside the large intestine, it takes about 14 hours, traveling at a more leisurely rate of 0.00007 mph
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the best time to spray household insects is 4:00 p.m. Insects are most vulnerable at this time. (It’s just like its better to water your plants in the early mornings or the evenings)
An insect exerts so much energy in one hour of flying that it may lose as much as a third of its total body weight.
In rural areas, there are more insects in 1 square mile than there are humans on earth
In Scotland, Irn-Bru is a soft drink that is more popular than Coca-Cola. When McDonalds opened in Glasgow and did not sell Irn-Bru, it was considered an insult, and the restaurant was subsequently boycotted.
A jellyfish is 95 percent water, and humans around 70%
Jaguars are frightened by dogs
Joan of Arc was actually burned alive as a witch in 1431, and only considered a saint in the 20th century. (Them folks must be pissed to hear that)
A “jiffy” is actually a proper time unit for 1/100th of a second
Babies are born without knee caps. They don’t appear until the child reaches 2-6 years of age.(unsure)
The sound you hear when you macho people crack your knuckles is actually the sound of nitrogen gas bubbles bursting.
Okay, ketchup actually began in Thailand. There it was labelled “Kachiap”. (Funky? I think not. Try their sweet chicken sauce. Thumbs up.)
4 tablespoons of ketchup has about the same amount of nutrition as a ripe tomato.
Koalas have twin thumbs
Koala bears also have finger prints that are almost identical to ours (*disregard ‘ours’ if you’re not human)
Over 2500 left handed people a year are killed from using products made for right handed people. “left” in Latin is “sinister” and “right” is “dexter”. Ambidextrous simply means “both right”. Don’t believe me?.Thanx De Composed
If a person has two thirds of their liver removed through trauma or surgery, it will grow back to the original size in four weeks time
The right lung is slightly larger than the left
Chicken liver can be used to change A type blood to O type blood
Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors. He could also draw with one hand and write with the other.He ALSO wrote his notes backwards, going from right to left, just as a mental exercise.Thanx De Composed
There ARE clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos.Thanx CPPnz and udamann (who lived there for 5 years)
To prevent some numbers from occurring more frequently than others, dice used in crap games in Las Vegas are manufactured to a tolerance of 0.0002 inches, less than 1/17 the thickness of a human hair.
A person who is lost in the woods and starving can obtain nourishment by chewing on his shoes. Leather has enough nutritional value to sustain life for a short time.
You will have to walk 80 kilometers for your legs to equal the amount of exercise your eyes get daily.
More than 92 465 people that did the death test in http://www.thespark.com claimed they had leprosy. (everybody’s a joker)
The “London Bridge” is now in Arizona in the U.S.A. This fat cat(rich guy) bought it for only $2.46 million dollars.Click here Thanx Allen A.
Head lice actually prefer to live on clean heads, not dirty ones. click here
Los Angeles was formerly known as El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciúncula or The Town of Our Lady the Queen of Angels of the Little Portion although its official name was simply El Pueblo de la Reina de Los Angeles.Thanx Beth
Over 2500 left handed people a year are killed from using products made for right handed people. “left” in Latin is “sinister” and “right” is “dexter”. Ambidextrous simply means “both right”. Don’t believe me?.Thanx De Composed
Men are more likely to be left-handed(10%) than females(8%)
It takes only 8 minutes for sunlight to travel from the sun to the earth, which also means, if you see the sun go out, it actually went out 8 minutes ago
Lightning bolts can sometimes be hotter than the sun. (about 50 000º F)
If you were at 0° latitude and 0° longtitude, you would be standing in the Atlantic Ocean (thought some of you would like to know this)
A Manatee (Dugong) has very slow-clotting blood, and important in finding out about haemophilia.
The most common name in the world is Mohammed.
The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.
Michael Jordan has more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.
A male emperor moth can detect and find a female of his species a mile away.
You can test for a two way mirror by putting your fingernail on the surface, if there’s space between the tip and the image, then its a normal mirror, if not, its two way.
A McDonald’s straw will hold 7.7 ml, or just over one-and-a-half teaspoons of whatever you are drinking.
Marilyn Monroe’s real name is Norma Jean. (after all this time…)
A day on the planet Mercury is twice as long as its year.
Astronaut Neil Armstrong first stepped on the moon with his left foot.
December 1972 U.S. astronaut Eugene Cernan becomes the last person to set foot on the moon.(Didn’t know they stopped going there)
The magnetic North Pole shifts by about 7 meters a day.
Only female mosquitoes bite. Males only drink water and plant juice. (There goes that debate..)
85% of men who die of heartattacks during intercourse, are found to have been cheating on their wives.
The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
Remember, when someone annoys you it takes 42 muscles in your face to frown, BUT, it only takes 4 muscles to extend your arm and bitch-slap the mo**erf**k*r upside the head, and 2 muscles to move your lips and tell the person to kiss your ass.
You can only tell the gender of a Macaw through an operation. They lack exterior genetials.
As much as 80% of microwaves from mobile phones are absorbed by YOUR HEAD! visit microshield
More Monopoly is printed yearly than real money throughout the world.
The “save” icon on Microsoft Word shows a floppy disk, with the shutter on backwards. Thanx Gwynovere C.
The kissing under the missletoe tradition originated from the Druids.Thanx Shawna
A mole can dig about 92 metres in 1 night
Most marine fish can survive in a tank filled with human blood
According to Bristol zoo, the Howler monkey’s growl is so loud, it can be heard 5km (3.3 miles for u Americans) away. (reminds me of a girl i once knew..)
During his entire lifetime, Herman Melville’s timeless classic of the sea, ‘Moby Dick’, only sold 50 copies.
A mosquito will become restless and start flying around if there is an increase of carbon dioxide in the surrounding air
Mosquito repellents dont really repel mozzies. They actually block the sensory pores and makes the mozzies think they’re flying to a colder, dryer, more CO2 free area. VIOLA! No bites Thanx Davina
The moon actually has mirrors on it. They were left there by astronauts who wanted to bounce laser beams off them, so that the distance to the moon can be measured. Click here
The metric system was to blame for the loss of the Mars Climate orbiter. (Read this!)
All mammals have tongues.
A mule is a crossbreed between a male donkey and a female horse. A hinnie is yada yada a female donkey and a male horse.
Mules are genetically sterile. i.e. they cannot reproduce. (however, there has been a first)
Monosodium glutamate can be found in mushrooms thanx liz chell, tomatoes and meat. MSG is safe to consume, and is essentially made of only water, sodium and glutamate. It contains only 1/3 the amount of sodium found in table salt, and can reduce salt intake in recipes.Click here
Fingernails grow nearly 4 times faster than toenails
The Nile catfish swim upside down.
Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.
A teaspoon of neutron star material weighs about 110 million tons.
Neck ties were first worn in Croatia.
The entire worlds output of urine takes about 45 minutes to go over the Niagra falls. (unsure)
The bridge across the Niagra Falls began with a kite carrying a line across it.
It is impossible for anyone to verbally count up to the number 1 trillion (just try it..hehehe)
Nobel, actually invented dynamite, (Dynamite no.1 and Ballistite) but when he saw the destruction it caused, he decided to do something benevolent with all the money he made. Hence the Nobel Prize. Thanx ‘a girl named Ryan’
Your nose smells best when you are about 10 years old.
Your nostrils take turns inhaling. You breathe through one for about 3-4 hours then switch to the other one. THIS IS TAKEN FROM THE sGROSSOLOGY EXHIBITION: THE SCIENCE OF THE HUMAN BODY(Sounds dodgy to me)
Despite the many rat infested slums in New York City, only 311 people are bitten by rats in an average year. But 1,519 residents are bitten annually by other New Yorkers (Unsure but grabbed this and a few more from humourplanet. Apparently true)
The numbers 111 222 333 444 555 666 777 888 999 are all multiples of 37. Thanx liz chell
Owls are one of the only birds who can see the color blue
A man named Charles Osborne had the hiccups for 69 years
The eggs from the ovaris of a pig, when shot into another animal, can sterelise it, making it impotent.
An oyster can change its sex once every seven days. (This may have some phychological implications)
An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.
Ok food fans! Whats in an oxtail soup? “Oxen tails!” i hear you say…well, wrong. Try beef cattle. (unsure)
Ostriches stick their heads into the sand to find underground drinking water
An Octopus has 3 hearts!
The Ostrich people in Africa are a group of people who have only 2 toes due to inbreeding (From Ripley’s believe it or not
Pigeons can be killed by feeding them uncooked rice, either coz their stomach can’t handle the carbohydrates or it swells in their throats and chokes them. No head popping. thanx 8=o and udamann)
Porcupines float in water. (Who would’ve thought.)
In the 1960’s, the US spent millions developing a zero gravity pen for use in space, and the Russians…., they used pencils. 🙂
If the population of China walked past you in single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction
In ancient Egypt, priests plucked EVERY hair from their bodies, including their eyebrows and eyelashes.
The male praying mantis cannot copulate while its head is attached to its body. The female initiates sex by ripping the male’s head off.
In the early stages of development, and pig’s embroyo is similar to that of a human’s.
Pears ripen from the inside out, and according to a survey on the lifestyle channel, men prefer hard pears while women prefer soft pears.
Penguins are not found in the North Pole
When potatoes were brought from South America over to Spain, it took about 200 years before it was recognized as a food. (Now they can’t get their hands off it. Go figure.)
Prague consumes 3 times more beer than all the soft drinks combined
The Pacific Ocean was named by Magellen because it was calmer than the Atlantic
Polar bears are left handed.
The hair on a polar bearis not white, but clear. They reflect light, so they appear white.
Pregnant female polar bears will not eat for several months while resting in her den under the snow. Thanx Tony W.
POSSLQ in a census form means “Person of opposite sex sharing living Quarters” (this is totally random, even for this website)
Preys like buffalos react poorly to slow movements. That’s why crocs can swim slowly over to them without them scuttering off.
Since the beginning of this fact, 3000 puppies were born in the U.S.A
Pearls can melt/dissolve in vineger. Click here
The first words that Thomas A. Edison spoke into the phonograph were, “Mary had a little lamb.” Listen to it here(1/3 of page)
A pig’s orgasm lasts for 30 minutes
Pigs cannot sweat because they don’t have sweat glands. Instead, they roll around in mud to keep cool.
In 1386, a pig was executed by public hanging for the murder of a child
Would you believe that pigs are smarter than dogs? On the human intelligence scale, pigs are third removed from humans, while dogs are 13th removed, and only primates and dolphines are smarter than pigs. They are quick one time learners, and some learn by watching others. (I dont know how much of this is true, coming from a site called Pig’s Peace Sanctuary
Most people know what pH means, but few people know that it stands for pondus hydrogenii which means potential hydrogen and that each unit is a phidron. Thanx Pramesh H
Mary Queen of Scots was a skilful billiards player
The gender of Reptiles are determined not by the sex genes, but by the temperature in which the egg is incubated. A certain temperature will produce a male and vice versa for a female.
A Red Giant(a kind of exploded star) has a lower density than any vacuum here on earth
Male feral rabbits urinate on the females to state their ownership
Female rabbits on the other hand, reabsorb their embryo for the proteins
Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people do.
Rubberbands last longer when refregerated
Rice and some other grains contain chemicals that can enhance brain functions.
The Ribbon worm will start eating itself to avoid starvation
Rats cannot vomit (why?)
Rain falls at 11kmph (7mph)
Snakes have two sex organs… in case one drops off in their fervent attempt to trick females into mating..
Scorpions can be killed by pouring vinegar over them. They’ll ‘snap’ and sting themself.
No piece of dry square paper can be folded more than 7 times in half!
The sloth (a mammal) moves so slowly that green algae can grow undisturbed on it’s fur
Every time you lick a stamp, you’re consuming 1/10 of a calorie
Slugs have 4 noses
The starfish is one of the only animals who can turn it’s stomach inside-out. They also dont have brains. (See the connection?)
1.7 litres of saliva is produced each day. In Discovery Channel, its a quart.
Dall’s porpoise never sleeps, elephants sleep two hours a day, horses nap standing up, and Sitatunga antelopes can sleep submerged
In Britain, failed suicides were hanged in the 19th century. (I won’t even comment on this one)
Sting was a high school teacher
Skin is thickest, 1/5 inch, on the upper back. It is thinnest on the eyelids, which are only 1/50th inch thick
A young lady named Ellen Church convinced Boeing Air Transport that her nursing skills and love of flying would qualify her to assist with the passengers and emergencies. She became the first known stewardess.
On average, people fear spiders more than they do death.
A strand of spider web may be stronger than an equal diameter of steel.
All the coal, oil, gas, and wood on Earth would only keep the Sun burning for a few days.
An area of the Sun’s surface the size of a postage stamp shines with the power of 1,500,000 candles.
It is impossible for a solar eclipse to last for more than 7 minutes 58 seconds.
When you put a seashell to your ear, the sound you hear is not the waves, but actually the echo of the blood pulsing in your own ear.
The salute of uniform bodies (eg. army, police) originated from knights who lifted their visors to show their face to a royalty.
When a person dies, hearing is the last sense to go. First off would be your sight.
There is a member of the spider family called the demodex folliculorum that lives at the root of people’s eye lashes. It’s harmless and normal.(so they claim) To look for them, grab a handful of your eyelashes and dunk them in warm water. They’ll start swimming out. It is prevalent in nearly 100% of old people in the U.S. click here Thanx Grant
Each day, there are over 120 million sexual intercourse taking place all over the world.thanx kim (Now dont you feel more contented each night before you go to sleep ALONE)
Your body releases growth hormones when you sleep.
Scarecrows frighten birds because of the human odor emitted from the clothes they wear. Come rain and wind, this odor dissapears. (tip for people who dont bathe often)
In the Simpsons series, Homer has said 3267 “Doh!”
An average secretary’s left hand does 56% of the typing.
The sun’s average period of rotation is 27 days. (as if you’d care)
The Sea of tranquility is found on the moon. (right out of blueskyfrog quizzes)
Soybean actually has Diadzein and genistein that act like weak estrogen.
The average person swallows one liter of snot every day. This is from the MN Science Museum. (and i bet you downed a few reading all this. hahaha) Thanx a girl named Ryan
Shirley Temple always has 56 curls in her hair. (talk about uptight). Thanx Gwynovere C.
Your skin weighs about 3.2kg
A giant squid has eyes that can grow up to 20 inches in diameter. (Now think of how big your computer screen is..)Thanx Beth
In every episode of TV’s Seinfeld, there is a Superman somewhere in at least one scene. (There’s plastic figurine on the shelf in the dining area, and a magnetic Superman on the fridge!)
Sweden is the largest spender on ketchup. $4 per capita. Australia is second at $2.50
The sea contains about 1/2 of the world’s known animal groups
Male seagulls have red legs. (From National Geographic)
A sneeze travels out your mouth at over 100 m.p.h. The highest recorded “sneeze speed” is 165 km per hour
You cannot sneeze with your eyes open.thanx CHs2592
A snail can sleep for three years.
A snail can actually glide over the sharp edge of a knife or razor without harming itself. This has something to do with the mucus it produces.
There is a flower called the Scarlet Pimpernel that can forecast the weather. If the flower is closed up, rain is coming and if it is opened up, the day will be sunny.It is a.k.a ‘the poor man’s weatherglass’
In Shakespeare, Rosalind, the heroine of “As You Like It”, has more lines than any of Shakespeare’s female characters. Cleopatra comes in second with 670 lines and third place belongs to Imogen (“Cymbeline”), with 591 lines.
St. Teresa of Avila is the patron saint of chess-players!!
The world’s termites outweigh the world’s humans 10 to 1
Like fingerprints, everyone’s tongue print is different
TYPEWRITER, is one of the longest words that can be made using the letters only one row of the keyboard.
Tom Cruise, John Travolta and Anne Archer are members of the Church of Scientology
When the German army invaded France in WWI, they actually followed the schedules of the local trains to invade (it was faster by rail and they wanted to surprise France), checking the timetable and abiding by it. And France, whose army was waiting at the border, sent taxis to pick up and transport the troops to counter the attack!
The telescope on Mount Palomar, California, can see a distance of 7,038,835,200,000,000,000,000 miles.
It is impossible to get water out of a rimless tyre. (If any of you are acutally that free.., try confirming this one.)Thanx Nat
The tiger is the largest member of the cat family. (One guy in “Who wants to be a millionaire” got this one wrong. So soak it in.)
In most comic strips and magazine advertisments, the time on the clock is 10:10.
The average life expectancy of a toilet is 50 years. (then what?)
In turtles, the colon(intestine) is also used for respiration, as it takes in oxygen. Thats how they stay underwater for so long.
Tarantulas have retractable claws like cats and the hairs on their abdomen and back legs can stick into an enemy and itch. They also get bald on their thorax when they get old. Thanx Laura
Some reconstituted tobacco contains the same ingredients found in fart. (Go figure)Thanx Emir
The “sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick” is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.(honestly, who think these things up?)
When the temperature drops, the eyesight reaction time of insects (like the dragonfly and some animals like tortoises) decrease and thats why they can be caught early in the morning or at night by predators like birds whose eyesight reaction times are unaffected by temperature. (from Animal Planet)
Did you know a tuna called the ‘Blue Fin’ tuna can be sold for over $20,000 around the world?
Toothbrushes should be kept 6 feet away from the toilet to avoid being contaminated by airborne stuff stirred up after flushing
Turkeys can reproduce without having sex. It’s called parthenogenesis
Did you know that in Tibet there is actually a practice called ‘polyandry’ where many men, usually brothers, marry a single woman? This takes place so that only one set of children will inherit the land. (*snicker* The excuses they come up with)
The Taj Mahal in India is perfectly symetrical, except for one thing. The two tombs inside are not equal in size. This is because the male tomb has to be larger than the female tomb.
The minarets ofthe Taj Mahal in India are angled at 88 degrees outwards so that they would not collapse into the structure should an earthquake occur
Uranus was originally called George, in honour of King George III of Britain
URanus’ axis is at 97 degrees. which means that it orbits on its side. (Most of the planets spin on an axis nearly perpendicular to the plane of the ecliptic but Uranus’ axis is almost parallel to the ecliptic.)Thanx …
Laid end-to-end, the arteries, capillaries and veins would stretch for about 60,000 miles in the average child and would be about 100,000 miles in an adult – enough to wrap around the world nearly four times.
Venus is the only planet in the solar system to spin backwards.
A volcano can shoot its debris as high as 50km into the sky.
Over 10,000 birds a year die from smashing into windows
We lose half a litre of water a day through breathing. This is the water vapour we see when we breathe onto glass.
The longest word in the English language is 1909 letters long and it refers to a distinct part of DNA.
10% of human dry weight comes from bacteria
Stewardesses is the longest word typed with only the left hand.
The name Wendy was made up for the book ‘Peter Pan’. It came from the author’s friends, whom he called his “fwendy” (friend) Thanx ‘a girl named Ryan’
Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
A whip makes a cracking sound because its tip moves faster than the speed of sound.
Hot water weighs less than cold water for a given volume.Thanx Tony W.
If hot water is suddenly poured into a glass that glass is more apt to break if it is thick than if it is thin. This is why test tubes are made of thin glass.
The combination “ough” can be pronounced in 9!! different ways; Read this: “A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed.” Thanx Marky
Windmills always turn counter-clockwise except in one country. (or so i’m told)
Water based mammals like dolphins and whales swish their tails up and down. Only fish move them sideways.
Blue and fin whales can create the loudest sound by animals ever recorded; sounds that have more energy than jet plane noise.
It has been calculated that a single breath from a mature blue whale can inflate up to 2000 balloons.
Humpback whales are the only ones that use bubbles to help capture their prey. The bubbles trap fish in a spot for feeding whales.
Fin whales are the second largest animal ever to live on earth. They have been measured to over 80 feet long in Antarctic waters.
The blue whale has a heart the size of a small car and its blood vessal is so broad, that a person could swim through it.
No one knows why, but 90 percent of women who walk into a department store immediately turn to the right…. (from humourplanet)
The words racecar, kayak, level and Navy Van are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left, and these are called palindromes. The longest palindromes in the dictionary however are the words ‘Malayalam”rotavator’ ‘redivider’. Now check these out. ‘A man a plan a canal panama’. ‘Ten animals i slam in a net’thanx seraph, mashkur, hannah b, marky and jay, jelly baby king
Xylophones(Greek xylon,”wood”; phone,”sound”) were actually developed in South East Asia in the 14th centuaryThank you thank you Gwynovere C.
If you pile up the cans of Yeo’s products, you would be able to reach the moon.
If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days, you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee. (unsure)
The term Y2K was invented by David Eddie in June 1995 through the email.
Zebras are not black with white stripes, but are actually white with black stripes, coz if any of you animal lovers happen to stare at it’s butt, you’ll notice that the black stripes end there. (Care to look??) thanx Haux Bum
Zero point energy is a source of energy which is released when atoms stop moving, at -273 Celcius. Impossible?