Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Did You Know? Part Deux!

That a rhinoceros horn is made of compacted hair?

That the penguin is the only bird that can swim but can't fly?

That the cheetah is the only cat that can't retract its claws?

That Camels chew in a figure 8 pattern?

That the blue whale is the largest animal that ever lived, reaching 100 feet (30 m) in length and weighing 150 tons. The largest dinosaur, Argentinosaurus, was estimated to weigh 110 tons?

That it's against the law to have a pet in Iceland?

That in 1681, the last dodo bird died?

That a kangaroo can't jump unless its tail is touching the ground?

That an adult hippo can bite a 12-foot (3.6 m) adult male crocodile in half?

That the name "Kangaroo" came about when some of the first white settlers saw this strange animal hopping along and they asked the Aborigines what it was called. They replied with "Kanguru", which in their language means "I don't know"?

That Titanic was running at 22 knots when she hit the iceberg?

That the citrus soda 7-UP was created in 1929; "7" was selected because the original containers were 7 ounces. "UP" indicated the direction of the bubbles?

That it is possible to drown and not die? Technically the term "drowning" refers to the process of taking water into the lungs, not to death caused by that process.

That the YKK on the zipper of your Levis stands for Yoshida Kogyo Kabushibibaisha, the world's largest zipper manufacturer?

That the world's largest McDonalds is located on I-44 at Vinita, Oklahoma? It goes from one side of the interstate to the other, passing over the interstate.

That a broken clock is right at least twice a day?

That no piece of paper can be folded more than 7 times?

That you burn more calories sleeping than you do watching TV?

That a bowling pin need only tilt 7.5 degrees to fall?

That if you lock your knee while standing long enough, you will pass out?

That the plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets?

That construction workers hard hats were first invented and used in the Building of the Hoover Dam in 1933?

That the first owner of the Marlboro company died of lung cancer?

That the fastest typist can type at 211 words per minute?

That most people have an IQ in the 90 - 109 range? You're considered a genius if your IQ is 132 or above. Chris Langan has an IQ of 195, the highest known IQ in the US. He started talking at 6 months and by age 4 could read and comprehend books. His IQ puts him in the same class as Sir Isaac Newton and Michelangelo. He's in his mid-forties, and he works as a part-time bouncer at a bar and lives in a one-room house on $6,000 a year.

That the longest official city name in the world, made up of 164 letters, is "Krungthep Mahanakhon Amorn Rattanakosin Mahintara Yudthaya Mahadilok Pohp Noparat Rajathanee Bureerom Udomrajniwes Mahasatarn Amorn Pimarn Avaltarnsatit Sakatattiya Visanukram Prasit" a.k.a. Bangkok, Thailand?

That the longest word in the English language is 1,913 letters long and it refers to a distinct part of DNA? The word is:
rosylasparaginylalanylalnylprolyprolylleucylglutaminylglycylpheny lalanylglycylisoleucylserylalanylprolylaspartylglutaminylvalyllysys

That there are only four words in the English language that end in "-dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous?

That the average chocolate bar has 8 insects' legs in it?

That the most common name in the world is Mohammed?

That the average human eats 8 spiders in their lifetime at night?

That no president of the United States was an only child?

That Odds of being killed by a dog are 1 in 700,000?
» Odds of dying while in the bath tub - 1 in 1 million.
» Odds of being killed by space debris - 1 in 5 billion.
» Odds of being killed by poisoning - 1 in 86,000.
» Odds of being killed by freezing - 1 in 3 million.
» Odds of being killed by lightening - 1 in 2 million.
» Odds of being killed in a car crash - 1 in 5,000.
» Odds of being killed in a tornado - 1 in 2 million.
» Odds of being killed by falling out of bed - 1 in 2 million.
» Odds of being killed in a plane crash -1 in 25 million.

That 13 people are killed each year by vending machine's falling on them?

That driving 55 miles (88 km) per hour instead of 65 miles (105 km) per hour increases your car mileage by about 15%.

That if you gave each human on earth an equal portion of dry land, including the uninhabitable areas, everyone would get roughly 100 square feet (30.4 m)?

That there are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball?

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