Fun Facts Without Any Meaning









If the government has no knowledge of aliens, than why does title 14, section 1211 of the code
of federal regulations, implemented on July 16, 1969, make it illegal for U.S. citizens to have
any contact with extraterrestrials or their vehicles.



There are thought to be 3.5 billion chickens in the world, nearly one for every human.



Women outnumber men in the college classroom; they account for 53.5 percent of the student
enrollment.



In the Artic and Antarctic regions it is possible to carry on an ordinary conversation with
someone at a distance of more than a mile. The cold dense air and smooth ice surface favor
the transmission of sound waves.



No word in the English language thymes with “month”.



It has been calculated that in a five-card game of poker, only once in 4,165 times will four cards
of one kind be dealt.



The largest land mammal that ever lived and which still survives in a smaller form was a long-
necked hornless rhinoceros, which lived in Europe between 20 million and 40 million years
ago. It stood 17 feet 9 inches to the top of its shoulder hump, and measured 28 feet in length
and weighed at least 22 tons.



Dairy products account for 29 percent of all food consumed in the United States.



Residents of Nevada bet an average of $846 a year in gambling casinos.



Colgate toothpaste makes an excellent salve for burns.



The “nasturtium” derives its name from the Latin “nasus” (nose) “tortum” (to twist). The flower’
s smell is so powerful that to inhale it was considered tantamount to having one’s nose
tweaked.



The average person walks the equivalent of twice around the world in a lifetime.



In 1981, for the first time in its history, a victory at the Indianapolis 500 was voided when Bobby
Unser, who came in first, was subjected to a one lap penalty for reentering the field from the pit
area under a yellow caution flag, advancing his position in the race. The winner then became
Mario Andretti.



For centuries, the nude foot was a sign of promiscuity on Europe. Women covered their feet or
risked being talked about.



The first modern traffic light appeared on Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio in 1914.



No one can drown in the Dead Sea. It is 25 percent salt, which makes water very heavy. This
property makes a body extremely buoyant on the Dead Sea, so that it is almost impossible to
remain submerged.



Gasoline has no specific freezing point – it freezes at any temperature between -180 and -240
degrees F. When it does freeze it never solidifies totally, but resembles gum or wax.



Many people think that the “Caesarean Section” was so named because Julius Caesar was
delivered by that method. In fact, he was not. The Romans did not perform this operation on
living women, though Roman law did permit such an operation after the mother’s death so the
child might be delivered live, which occasionally happened, or so that the mother or child could
be buried separately, as religion dictated. This law was part of a group of laws codified in 715
B.C., which under the reign of the Emperors, came to be known as the caesarean laws. The
specific law that pertained to the childbirth operation was called the “Caesarean Section”. The
word “section” comes from the Latin “sectus,” “to cut.”



Scientists can now open a bottle of vintage wine and test it to figure out fairly accurately what
the weather was like where and when its grapes were growing.



There are at least 1,500 varieties of mosquitoes.



The first motion picture “drive-in” theater was opened in 1933 in Camden, NJ.



In 610 A.D. Monks in southern France made pretzels and gave them to children as rewards for
learning their prayers, making it the oldest snack food.



Most dinosaurs lived to be more than a hundred years old.



The basset horn, a type of alto clarinet, was named after its inventor, a man named Horn.
“Basset” is from “basetto,” or “little bass” in Italian.



Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th president, was the first president to receive a raise in salary (the
salary of the president is established by congress). Grant’s presidential salary was increased
in 1873 to $50,000. Today the president receives a salary of $400,000 plus a $50,000 expense
account.



A lion in the wild usually makes no more than twenty kill a year.



The blue whale weighs as much as thirty elephants and is as long as three greyhound buses.



A giraffe can go longer without water than a camel can.



Hydrogen gas is the least dense substance in the world. At 0.08988 G/CC. Hydrogen solid is
the densest substance in the world at 70.65 G/CC.



In case you ever find yourself piloting a dogsled, shout “gee!” to make the dogs turn left and
“ha!” to go right.



The word “samba” means “to rub navels together.”



There are more bald eagles in the province of British Columbia then there are in the entire
United States.



Each year there is one ton of cement poured for each man, woman and child in the world.



The longest U.S.  highway is route 6 starting in Cape Cod, Massachusetts going through 14
states and ending in Bishop, California.



While the hammerhead shark may look kind of funny, its unique head shape allows it to swim
more smoothly than other sharks.



A full seven percent of the entire Irish barley crop goes to the production of Guinness beer.



Bank robber John Dillinger played professional baseball.



If you toss a penny 10,000 times, it will not be heads 5,000 times but more like 4,950. The
heads picture weighs more, so it ends up on the bottom.



The original copy of the declaration of independence id lost. The copy in Washington, D.C. is
what is referred to as a hologram. That is a term for a handmade copy of a document and is
not the same as a laser produced hologram.



There are 10 million bricks in the empire state building.



A computer keyboard harbors more germs than a toilet seat. According to a university of
Arizona study, office workstations are much dirtier than bathrooms. A computer keyboard can
harbor up to 3,295 microbes per square inch, a computer mouse 1,676. Telephones were the
worst culprits, with 25,127 microbes. By contrast, the toilet seat contains only 49 microbes per
square inch.



It is possible for a fetus in the womb to get hiccups.



The word “racecar,” “Kayak” and “Radar” are the same whether they are read left to right or
right to left. Same goes for this sentence: “A man a plan a canal panama.”



“GO.” Is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.



The “Y” in signs reading “Ye olde” is properly pronounced with a “TH” sound, not “Y.” The
“TH” sound does not exist in Latin, so ancient roman occupied (present day) England use the
rune “thorn’ to represent “TH” sounds. With the advent of the printing press the character from
the Roman alphabet which closest resembled thorn was the lower case “Y.”



The liquid inside young coconuts can be used as a substitute for blood plasma.



The only two days of the year in which there are no professional sports games (MLB, NBA,
NHL or NFL) are the day before and the day after the major league baseball all-star game.



The name Wendy was made up for the book “Peter Pan.”



The black plague killed so many people in the French city of Avignon in the fourteenth century
that the pope clement was obliged to consecrate the entire Rhone River so that bodies could
be thrown in en masse for group burials.



The 1960 Orioles’ pitching rotation as called the “diaper squad” because every member
(Chuck Estrada, Jack Fisher, Milt Pappas, Jerry Walker and Steve Barber) were under 23
years old.



Edd Burns was the host of the “Wheel of Fortune” pilot.



Cigarettes were associated with 29 percent of the 4,470 civilian fire deaths in 1989. The next
most frequent causes of fire deaths were heating equipment (13%) and electrical distribution
(12%).



Many passengers do live to tell about being aboard a commercial airliner crash. Four simple
tips to increase your odds are: (1) don’t wear synthetic fibers which can melt on your skin
during a cabin fire. (2) Wear shoes with low heels. (3) stay awake and sober during the take off
and landing stages which are statistically the most dangerous times. (4) Curl your body up into
a tight crash position to lessen the chances of being hit by debris.



The oldest alcohol beverage known is mead, a wine made from honey. It is stored and left for
five years to mature. Mead is the national drink of Poland.



In 1980 a burglary was reported every three minutes in New York City.



Before IBM recast the desktop computer from hobbyist’s gadget to office automation tool in
1983, followed by apple’s people friendly Macintosh a year later, a “minicomputer” was the size
of a washing machine and required a special air conditioned room. But the trained technicians
who operated the old main frames already knew computers were cool; they could use them to
play games, keep diaries and trade messages with friends across the country, while still
looking busy.



Sheep have three times as many red corpuscles as humans.



The most malleable or ductile of all metals is gold. One ounce of gold can be drawn into a
continuous wire thread to a length of 43 miles. A cubic inch of gold can be beaten into a leaf so
as to cover nearly 1,400 square feet.



No piece of paper can be folded in half more than 7 times.



One of the reasons marijuana is illegal today is because cotton growers in the 1930’s lobbied
against hemp farmers because they saw it as competition. It is not chemically addictive as is
nicotine alcohol or caffeine.



A byte in computer terms means 8 bits. A nibble is half that; 4 bits. Two nibbles make a byte.



Alexander Hamilton shot Aaron Burr in the groin.



When sulfur matches were first manufactured in the late nineteenth century, the workers who
made them, usually young girls, licked the point of each match to make it stiff after dipping it in
the requisite chemical solution. The solution contained radioactive zinc sulfide, which attacked
the workers’ teeth, jaws and finally their entire bodies. No one knows how many thousands of
young girls died of radioactive poising before they turned thirty.



Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king in history. Spades – King David.
Hearts – Charlemagne. Clubs – Alexander the great. Diamonds Julius Caesar.



In England the speaker of the house is not allowed to speak.



To “testify” was based on men in the roman court swearing to a statement made by swearing
on their testicles.



The average human loses about 200 head hair per day.



In Alaska it is legal to shoot bears. However, waking a sleeping bear for the purpose of taking a
photograph is prohibited.



Mexico City sinks about 10 inches a year.



The expression “to get fired” comes from a long time ago when clans wanted to get rid of their
unwanted people without killing them they used to burn their houses down.



In France a five year old can buy an alcoholic drink in a bar.



Ball players who played the most games in a career are Pete Rose (3,562), Carl Yastrzemski
(3,308, Hank Aaron (3,298), ty Cobb (3,034 and Stan Musial (3,026).



Radical feminist Victoria Woodhall was the first woman to run for president of the United States
in 1872.



Six U.S. presidents began life with different names. Ulysses Simpson Grant was originally
Hiram Ulysses Grant; Grover Cleveland began as Stephen Grover Cleveland;

Woodrow Wilson was originally Thomas Woodrow Wilson; Calvin Coolidge was John Calvin
Coolidge; Dwight David Eisenhower was David Dwight Eisenhower; and Gerald Ford took the
name of his adopted father but was originally named after his biological father Leslie Lynch
King.



Fifty two percent of Americans live within fifty miles of a costal shoreline.



Hacky – sack was invented in Turkey.



If you stretch a standard slinky out flat, it measures 87 feet long.



Dirty Harry’s badge number is 2211.



The pupil of an octopus’ eye is rectangular.



Camel’s milk does not curdle.



“Mr. Mojo Risin” is an anagram for Jim Morrison.



The ball on top of a flagpole is called the truck.



The word “modem” is a contraction of the word “modulates and demodulate.



In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.



Iowa has more independent telephone companies than any other state.



The only “real” food that U.S. astronauts are allowed to take into space are pecan nuts.



In every episode of Seinfeld, there is a Superman somewhere.



The first condensed soup (Campbell's) was cooked and canned in Camden County, New
Jersey in 1897.



Some people believe the work “booze” goes back to the Philadelphia distiller, E. S. Booz,
whose name appears on old whiskey bottles. But the word was already in use in the fourteenth
century, when “to booze” meant “to drink heavily”. Incidentally, while Americans use “Booze” to
mean hard liquor, the English use it to mean beer or ale.



Barbie’s measurements if she were life size would be 39-23-33.



The dollar symbol ($) is a “U” combined with an “S” (U.S.).



Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our noses and ears never stop growing.



The statue of liberty’s tablet is two feet thick.



The slogan on the New Hampshire plates is “live free or die.” These license plates are
manufactured by prisoners in the state prison in Concord.



The straw was probably invented by Egyptian brewers to taste in-process beer without
removing the fermenting ingredients which floated on the top of the container.



In the parker brother’s game, Monopoly, the space on which a player has the greatest
statistical chance of landing is Illinois avenue. This is followed be the B & O Railroad, free
parking, Tennessee Avenue, New York Avenue and the Reading Railroad.



Fifty-two percent of American households have two or more motor vehicles.



As horrifying as it may be, a pair of rats can multiply so fast, they can have as many as 15,000
descendants in a single year.



Lutefisk is cod that has been soaked in lye and water for several days and then boiled. The
work “Lutefisk” comes from the Norwegian words for “lye” lute and “fish” Fisk.



Cattle, hog dairy, and poultry farms generate 1.37 billion tons of manure each year, more than
100 times the amount of human waste produced.



It’s an old wives’ tale that you should feed a cold, starve a fever. No matter whether you have a
cold or a fever, you should try to maintain a regular intake of fluids and food. While recent
medical studies have found that there actually may be some benefit to following this age-old
adage, the fact that many people believe they should feed a fever and wisdom to treat an
illness that has no cure.



The south side of the seine river is the left bank. The left bank is always in your left when
looking downstream.



Plumbum is another name for lead, hence the term plumber.



After john Lennon was assassinated in late 1980, letters of sympathy poured in to his widow
from all over the world. Unable to cope with the stacks of mail which inundated her, Yoko Ono
wrote a full page letter of thanks and placed in newspapers all over the world. The cost of the
ad was $200,000, making this the most expensive thank you note in history.



David Prowse was the guy in the Darth Vader suit in star wars. He spoke all of Vader's lines,
and didn’t know that he was going to be dubbed over by James Earl Jones until he saw the
screening of the movie.



The United States government keeps its supply of silver at the U.S. military academy at West
Point, NY.



There are only thirteen blimps in the world. Nine of the thirteen blimps are in the United States.
The existing biggest blimp is the Fuji film blimp.



Naugahyde, plastic “leather” was created in Naugatuk, Connecticut.



The Swiss flag is square.



Both ambidextrous and multilingual, U.S. President James Garfield could write Greek with one
hand while writing Latin with the other.



Delta Burke was Miss Florida 1974 and won the talent competition in that year’s Miss America
pageant.



William Evans, a giant in the retinue of Charles I of England, who was reputed to have been
over 8 feet tall, carried a dwarf in his pocket whenever he came to court. The combination of
the giant and the dwarf, it is recorded, amused the king.



The word “pound” is abbreviated “lb” after the constellation “Libra” because it means “pound”
in Latin, and also “scales.” The abbreviation for the British pound sterling comes from the same
source. It is an “L” for Libra/lb, with a stroke through it to indicate abbreviation.



The first commercially produced cat litter debuted in 1947.



The three largest land owners in England are the queen, the church if England and Trinity
college, Cambridge.



No animal, once frozen solid (i.e. water solidified and turned to ice) survives even thawed
because the ice crystals formed inside cells would break cell membranes. However there are
certain types if frogs that can survive the experience of being frozen. These frogs make special
proteins which prevent the formation of ice (or at least keep the crystals from becoming very
large) so that they actually never freeze when though their body temperature is below zero
Celsius. The water in them remains liquid: A phenomenon known as “super cooling.” If you
disturb one of these frogs, even just by touching them, the water in them freezes solid and the
die.



Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.



The geographical center of North America id near Rugby, North Dakota.



Pinocchio is Italian for “pine head.”



The first fossilized specimen of Australopithecus aphaeresis was named Lucy after the song
Lucy in the sky with diamonds by the Beatles.



There are only three animals with blue tongues, the black bear, the chow chow dog and the
blue tongued lizard.



Tennessee is bordered by more states than any other. They are Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas,
Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.



The common goldfish is the only animal that can see both infra red and ultra violet light.



The 1957 Milwaukee braves were the first baseball team to win the World Series after being
relocated.



When a coffee bean is planted, it takes five years to yield its first consumable fruit.



The only borough of New York City that isn’t an island (or part of one) is the Bronx.



Libya has the only flag which is all one color with no writing or decoration on it.



All the cobble stones that are used to line the streets of New York were originally weighting
stones put in the hulls of Belgian ships to keep an even keel.



The ship Queen Elizabeth 2 should always be written QE2, QEII is the actual queen.



Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.



The forward pass was created by the football team at Saint Louis University.



The German Kaiser Wilhelm II had a withered arm and often hid the fact by posing with his
hand resting on a sword or holding gloves.



If you count the number of times a cricket chirps in one minute, divide by two, add nine and
divide by two again, you would have the correct temperature in Celsius degrees.



The world’s youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in china in 1910.



In 1879, a mail service in Belgium employed 37 cats to carry bundles of letters to villages
around the town of Liege. This experiment was short lived as the cats proved completely
undisciplined.



The “sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep’s sick” is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the
English language.



More than fifty percent of the people in the world have never made or received a telephone call.



A coat hanger is 44 inches long if straightened.



The les Nessman character on the TV series WKRP in Cincinnati wore a band aid in every
episode, either on himself, his glasses or his clothing.



The naval rank of ‘admiral” is derived from the Arabic phrase “amir al bahr,” which means “lord
of the sea.”



The cruise liner QE2 moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.



Mustard gas was invented in the McKinley building on the American university campus,
additionally; preliminary work on the Manhattan project was done in that building. The
government used the McKinley building because of its unusual architecture. If there would be
any type of large explosion inside the building, the building would implode onto itself,
containing any lethal gas or nuclear material. The building now houses the physics department.



Coca Cola was originally green.



The top layer of a wedding cake, known as the groom’s cake, traditionally is a fruit cake. That
way it will save until the first anniversary.



The poisonous copperhead snake smells like fresh cut cucumbers.



In Disney’s “Fantasia,” the sorcerer’s name is “Yensid” (Disney backwards).



The word “posh” which denotes luxurious rooms or accommodations, originated when ticket
agents in England marked the tickets of travelers going by ship to the orient. Since there was
no air conditioning in those days, t was always better to have a cabin on the shady side of the
ship as it passed through the Mediterranean and Suez area. Since the sun is in the south,
those with money paid extra to get cabins on the left, or port, traveling to the Asia, and on the
right or starboard, when returning to Europe. Hence their tickets were marked with the initials
for port outbound starboard homebound, or “posh.”