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Some Silly Facts

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Written on 2:39 AM by Mrudula

  • A “jiffy” is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
  • All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.
  • Babies are born without kneecaps. They don’t appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age.
  • The longest one-syllable word in the English language is “screeched.”
  • “Dreamt” is the only English word that ends in the letters “mt”.
  • February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.
  • In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
  • If the population of China walked passed you, in single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.
  • The dot over the letter ‘i’ is called a tittle.
  • If you are an average American, in your whole life, you will spend an average of 6 months waiting at red lights.
  • It’s impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
  • Emus and kangaroos cannot walk backwards, and are on the Australian seal for that reason.
  • Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.
  • The word “set” has more definitions than any other word in the English language.
  • Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.
  • No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.
  • On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament building is an American flag.
  • “Underground” is the only word in the English language that begins and ends with the letters “und.”
  • Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.
  • Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.
  • “Stewardesses” is the longest word typed with only the left hand and “lollipop” with your right.
  • The average person’s left hand does 56% of the typing.
  • The longest place-name still in use is for a hill in New Zealand: Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwenuakitnatahu
  • The cruise liner, QE2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.
  • The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
  • The sentence: “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” uses every letter of the alphabet.
  • Alfred Hitchcock didn’t have a belly button. It was eliminated when he was sewn up after surgery.
  • The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid..
  • The words ‘racecar,’ ‘kayak’ and ‘level’ are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left (palindromes).
  • There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.
  • Telly Savalas and Louis Armstrong died on their birthdays.
  • There are only four words in the English language which end in “dous”: tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous
  • Donald Duck’s middle name is Fauntleroy.
  • There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: “abstemious” and “facetious.”
  • TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.
  • There is a seven-letter word in the English language that contains ten words without rearranging any of its letters, “therein”: the, there, he, in, rein, her, here, ere, therein, herein.
  • Winston Churchill was born in a ladies’ room during a dance.
  • Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
  • The letters KGB stand for Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti.
  • Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks; otherwise it will digest itself.

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