Got any useless facts?

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  1. sal_jr

    sal_jr New Member

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    Post em here... since they aren't useful for anything else.




    *Goldfish have a memory of 11 seconds

    *A human hair has the same tensile strength of an equal diameter strand of copper

    *A cockroach will only die of starvation if their head is removed, not decapitation.

    *Your pancreas attracts every other pancreas in the universe with a force that is proportional to the product of their masses, and inversely proportional to the distance between them... just like everything else.

    *The hard plastic thingy on the end of a shoe string is called a "nib"

    *Goldfish have a memory of eleven seconds

    *The exact geographic center of the United States is near Lebanon, Kansas

    *According to NASA, the U.S. has the world's most violent weather. In a typical year, the U.S. can expect some 10,000 violent thunderstorms, 5,000 floods, 1,000 tornadoes and several hurricanes.

    *The surface area of the Earth is 197,000,000 square miles.

    *Bore-hole seismometry indicates that the land in Oklahoma moves up and down 25cm throughout the day, corresponding with the tides. Earth tides are generally about one-third the size of ocean tides.

    *Every human spent about half an hour as a single cell.

    *On average, half of all false teeth have some form of radioactivity.

    *An ordinary TNT bomb involves atomic reaction, and could be called an atomic bomb. What we call an A-bomb involves nuclear reactions and should be called a nuclear bomb.

    *Golf was banned in England in 1457 because it was considered a distraction from the serious pursuit of archery.

    *The home team must provide the referee with 36 footballs for each National Football League game

    *The silhouette on the Major League Baseball logo is Harmon Killebrew.

    *Orchids are grown from seed so small that it would take thirty thousand to weigh as much as one grain of wheat.

    *A single coffee tree yields only one pound of roasted, ground coffee annually.

    *Oak trees do not have acorns until they are fifty years old or older.

    *Lightning keeps plants alive. The intense heat of lightning forces nitrogen in the air to mix with oxygen, forming nitrogen oxides that are soluble in water and fall to the ground in rain. Plants need nitrates to survive, so without lightning, plants could not live.

    *A goldfish has an 11 second memory

    *What is billed as the world's largest weather vane sits on the shores of White Lake in Montague, Michigan. It's 48 feet tall with a 26-foot wind arrow and adorned with a 14-foot replica of a 19th-century Great Lakes schooner.

    *The highest wind velocity ever recorded in the United States was 231 miles per hour, on Mount Washington, New Hampshire, in 1934.

    *If you walked the entire length of the China's Great Wall, you would be walking farther than the distance between New York City and Miami, Florida.

    *The Bible is the number one shoplifted book in America.

    *Parmesano reggiano cheese is the #1 shoplifted food item in Italy

    *The proper name of our sole natural satellite is "the Moon" and therefore...it should be capitalized. The 60-odd natural satellites of other planets, however are called "moons" (in lower case) because each has been given a proper name, such as Deimos, Amalthea, Hyperion, Miranda, Larissa, or Charon.

    *The verb "cleave" is the only English word with two synonyms which are antonyms of each other: adhere and separate.

    *pnigophobia—the fear of choking on fish bones.

    *Pentheraphobia is a fear of a mother-in-law.

    *Scopophobia is a fear of being looked at.

    *Phobophobia is a fear of fearing.

    *Mageiricophobia is the intense fear of having to cook.

    *Papaphobia is the fear of Popes.

    *Taphephobia is the fear of being buried alive.

    *Clinophobia is the fear of beds.

    *Incredible means not believable. Incredulous means not believing. When someone's story is truly incredible, you ought to be incredulous

    *The ZIP in zip code stands for "Zone Improvement Plan."

    *Money man Cornelius Vanderbilt was an insomniac and a believer in the occult. He was not able to fall asleep unless each leg of his bed was planted in a dished filled with salt. He felt this kept out the evil spirits. It also kept out the snails, ants, and anyone with high blood pressure.

    *Television horse Mr. Ed was foaled in 1949 in El Monte, California. Mr. Ed's original name was Bamboo Harvester. Raised as a parade and show horse he was once owned by the president of the California Palomino Society. He died in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, on February 28, 1979, at 30 years old. Tahlequah was also the "home office" for "Late Night with David Letterman's Top Ten List" for several years.

    *When the Hoovers did not want to be overheard by White House guests, they spoke to each other in Chinese.

    *When John Wilkes Booth leaped onto the stage after shooting the President, he tripped—on the American flag.

    *The common goldfish can only remember things from the previos eleven seconds

    *penguins do not have knees

    *People who laugh a lot are much healthier than those who don't. Dr. Lee Berk at the Loma Linda School of Public Health in California found that laughing lowers levels of stress hormones, and strengthens the immune system. Six-year-olds have it best - they laugh an average of 300 times a day. Adults only laugh 15 to 100 times a day.

    *Between 25% to 33% of the population sneeze when they are exposed to light.

    *Of the 206 bones in the average human adult's body, 106 are in the hands and feet. (54 in the hands and 52 in the feet)

    *Fishing while sitting burns 179 calories an hour. Fishing while standing- 260 calories.

    *Other fishing news- goldfish can only remember stuff for 11 seconds

    *Sumerians (from 5000 BC) thought that the liver made blood and the heart was the center of thought

    *The first Band-Aid Brand Adhesive Bandages were three inches wide and eighteen inches long. You made your own bandage by cutting off as much as you needed.

    *During his or her lifetime, the average human will grow 590 miles of hair.

    *The average Human bladder can hold 13 ounces of liquid.

    *You lose enough dead skin cells in your lifetime to fill eight five-pound flour bags.

    *Your thumb is the same length as your nose.

    *The storage capacity of human brain exceeds 4 Terrabytes.

    *The average airspeed of the common housefly is 4 1/2 mph.

    *You're more likely to get stung by a bee on a windy day that in any other weather

    If your memory is 11 seconds, you're probably a goldfish.

    *Mosquitoes prefer children to adults, and blondes to brunettes.

    *The silkworm's silk comes out of its mouth as a thread of gooey liquid, so that nice silk blouse you spent a fortune on is really just worm spit.

    *Most toilets flush in E flat.

    *The song "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" was written by George Graff, who was German, and was never in Ireland in his life.

    *In 1992, Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon, better known to country music fans as singer/comedienne Minnie Pearl, was awarded a National Medal of Arts by President George Bush. In 1994, Minnie became the first woman to be inducted into the Comedy Hall of Fame. She was too frail and sick to attend the ceremony, and so good friend and comedian George Lindsey ("Goober") accepted the award for her. She died in 1996 at age 83

    *In 1939 Irving Berlin composed a Christmas song but thought so little of it that he never showed it to anybody. He just tossed it into a trunk and didn't see fit to retrieve it until he needed it for a Bing Crosby-Fred Astaire movie, HOLIDAY INN 10 years later. Bing Crosby was a staunch Catholic and at first refused to sing the song because he felt it tended to commercialize Christmas. He finally agreed, took eighteen minutes to make the recording, and then the "throw-away" song become an all-time hit. Crosby's version has sold over 40 million copies. All together, this song has appeared in 750 versions, selling 6 million copies of sheet music and 90,000,000 recordings ,just in the United States and Canada.
    You might not recognize the song from the movie HOLIDAY INN...or from the composer's name of Irving Berlin. But you're bound to know it because it's on everyone's list of Christmas favorites: WHITE CHRISTMAS.

    *"Trivia" is the Roman goddess of sorcery, hounds, and the crossroads

    *Crossing one's fingers is a way of secretly making the sign of the Cross. It was started by early Christians to ask for divine assistance without attracting the attention of pagans.

    *Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), the first film featuring the character Indiana Jones, was crawling with four-, eight-, and no-legged creatures:

    - Number of boas, cobras and pythons used in the film: 7,500

    - Number of tarantulas: 50

    - Source of the name "Indiana Jones": it was the name of producer George Lucas' pet Malamute.

    *Of the six men who made up the Three Stooges, three of them were real brothers (Moe, Curly and Shemp.)

    *Carassius auratus auratus, better known by its common name, "goldfish"... aww heck... you should know this.


    *For many years, the globe on the NBC Nightly News spun in the wrong direction. On January 2, 1984, NBC finally set the world spinning back in the proper direction.

    *A group of twelve or more cows is called a flink.

    *South Pittsburgh, Tennessee, better known as "The Cornbread Capitol of the World," has an old ordinance pertaining to the cooking of this southern staple. The law declares: "Cornbread isn't cornbread unless it be made correctly. Therefore, all cornbread must be hereby made in nothing other then a cast iron skillet." Those found in violation of this ordinance are to be fined one dollar.

    *The Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland was a symbolic character for the hat makers in towns of the late 1800's. The large felt hats of the day had supports made out of lead. The lead caused an organic form of psychosis (brain damage) to develop in the hat makers causing them to be declared crazy.

    *An apple, onion, and potato all have the same taste. The differences in flavor are caused by their smell. To prove this - pinch your nose and take a bite from each. They will all taste sweet.

    *John Kellogg invented corn flakes, for a patient with bad teeth. Charles Post invented Grape Nuts. Dr. Kellogg was the manager of a Michigan health spa and Post was a patient. The spa was founded by Sylvester Graham...inventor of the Graham cracker and pioneer of the early 1800s movement to eat more bran.

    *Grand Rapids, Michigan is the "SpaghettiOs Capital of the World" because per-capita consumption is highest in that city, per the Franco-American Company. Reportedly, there are more than 1,750 "O's" in a 15-ounce can of SpaghettiOs.

    *Beer is made by fermentation cause by bacteria feeding on yeast cells and then defecating. In other words, it's a nice tall glass of bacteria doo-doo.

    *Americans eat an average of 18 pounds of fresh apples each year. The most popular variety in the United States is the Red Delicious.

    *Spam stands for Shoulder Pork and hAM.
     
  2. Katmandeux

    Katmandeux New Member

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    "*Every human spent about half an hour as a single cell."

    Some, a lifetime...their memories are...
     

  3. ryang

    ryang Well-Known Member

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    The word Goldfish is written 7 times in one posting :big_smile:
     
  4. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    How long is a goldfish's memory? Thought I saw it but i forgot...
     
  5. smokey

    smokey New Member

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    a golfball had 360 dimples on it.
     
  6. loanwizard

    loanwizard Well-Known Member

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    St. Augustine is the oldest city in the US.

    Santa Fe, New Mexico is second.

    There ar many people here with too much time on their hands. :roll_eyes:
     
  7. loanwizard

    loanwizard Well-Known Member

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    Baseball is refernced in the Bible.
     
  8. sal_jr

    sal_jr New Member

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    Actually, they have anywhere from 290 to 425, and the dimples come in a wide array of shapes. Also- Honey was used before rubber band material for the original cores of the old style golf balls.

    Yup... too much time on my hands.


    -signed,
    Cliff Claven


    ROTFL
     
  9. sal_jr

    sal_jr New Member

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    Constipation is mentioned in the old testament... 4 times!

    1) Cain was constipated... he wasnt "Abel"
    2) Isaac was too... he couldnt move his ass, even up a mountain
    3) Moses as well... but he did take the Tablets
    4) Sampson... but when it was over, he did bring the house down



    ROTFL
     
  10. loanwizard

    loanwizard Well-Known Member

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    Oh yeah, the baseball reference: Genisis 1:1 In the big inning.
     
  11. bootshowl

    bootshowl New Member

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    On the job or in marriage, One "Awh-sh#t" can eradicate fifty "Atta-boys".
     
  12. sal_jr

    sal_jr New Member

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    well heck, Boots... that aint useless information at all!!!

    Thanks!


    LOL
     
  13. Katmandeux

    Katmandeux New Member

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    No, it's not...just common knowledge!:lol:
     
  14. keithcatfish

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    The geographic center of North America is Rugby, North Dakota. Strangely enough, there are seagulls in Rugby.
     
  15. StuBone278

    StuBone278 New Member

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    The word "S H I T" comes from the initials Ship High In Transit. Back in colonial times, manure would be shipped across the ocean for various purposes...fertilizer and such....when shipped deep in the hull of the boat methane gas would build up, so any spark would explode the entire vessel....thus S.H.I.T. was marked on all the packaging of manure to make sure it was shipped high where it could be well ventilated!!! :big_smile:
     
  16. loanwizard

    loanwizard Well-Known Member

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    We won't talk about for unknown carnal Knowlege.:embarassed:
     
  17. StuBone278

    StuBone278 New Member

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    Actually after a little research, :roll_eyes: heh, its really from a much older descent, but it makes a good story :tounge_out:

    same thing goes for the carnal knowledge.... that derives from old english/old german, so the origins aren't really known

    Etymologists may also believe that the "bird," or "the finger" dates back to prehistoric times, as ever since the ancient Greeks the gesture has been in vulgar use!!!
     
  18. bootshowl

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    I thought to put it here as a former union steward and a guy who's been married for 25 years....been trying to find some kind of catagory to put it in......darn, just can't find a place for it!
     
  19. Katmandeux

    Katmandeux New Member

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    I thought Mad Hatter Syndrome was caused by mercury poisoning...first time I've heard of the lead connection.
     
  20. derbycitycatman

    derbycitycatman Well-Known Member

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    "Stewardesses" is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.