Boeing 747s hold 57,290 gallons of fuel...enough to power a 30
mpg car nearly 1,720,000 miles!
A 747's wingspan is longer
than the Wright brother's first flight.
A gallon of used motor oil can pollute
nearly one million gallons of water!
Idling a car engine uses 1.6 ounces of gas per minute.
One half ounce is used just to start it.
Cook eggs with your cell
phone! Strange Secret
Light bulb inventor, Tommy Edison, feared the dark!
O.T. Smyzk, Prov., RI
Thieves rob 20 U.S. banks a day of an average $2,500 each!
Average thieves say they get less than that, but who can trust them!
Nearly 50% of bank robberies take place on Fridays.
has no eyebrows! It was a custom in Renaissance Florence to
shave them off!
L. Sosnowsk, Oxford, CT
Mona Lisa may have been pregnant!
Pregnant women of her time wore the same shawl she wears. Her
hairstyle, hands on her stomach, and dress color all point toward
this. The painting may have been her husband's gift to her to
celebrate her pregnancy.
Logan Bradley, Jamestown, RI
Tomatoes grow better if you mix a
tablespoon of Epsom salt in the dirt when planting!
A Nobel Peace Prize depicts three naked men with their hands on
each other's shoulders.
Tsk tsk! J. Wilams, NY,
Cracks travel through glass at 3,000+ mph. No
wonder it's so difficult to catch them!
One ragweed plant can spew a billion grains of pollen! Achoo!
Medications injure 1.5 million Americans
Medication "mistakes" cost USA
hospitals about $3.5 billion annually
according to the Inst. of Med. Nat'l Academy!
One mile in every five of the USA's Eisenhower interstate
highway system must be straight. The straight sections are usable as
airstrips in times of war, terrorist attack, or other national or
A "fortnight" (two
weeks) is a contraction of "fourteen nights".
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Bad credit can ruin you, but now, by law, once a year you
can get free, "no strings" copies of your credit reports
to check them:
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Football is murder on cows! It
takes 3,000 cows to supply the NFL with enough leather for a year's
supply of footballs!
Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for
dating are already married.
Termites outweigh the world's
10 to 1!
Greeks in Sparta, at the
height of its power, in 400 BC, had 25,000 citizens...and 500,000
The first 20 African slaves
brought to USA, were landed in the colony
of Virginia in 1619, by a Dutch ship.
The first U.S. ship to have a flush
toilet was the Union ironclad warship, Monitor.
The first toilet seen on TV was on "Leave It To
George II of Great Britain died on the toilet on 25 October 1760
from an aortic dissection.
Dentists have recommend that toothbrushes be kept 6
feet away from toilets to avoid airborne particles created by flushing.
The Pentagon has twice as many bathrooms as necessary to
meet local building codes! Apparently there's a lot of crap
going on at the Pentagon!
In the 1940's Virginia still had segregation laws requiring separate toilets for blacks and whites!
A blessing is a group of unicorns.
A flink - twelve or more cows.
A crash - a group of rhinos.
A mob - a group of kangaroos.
A pod - whales.
A murder - a group of ravens.
A mess is a group of officers!
An exaltation - a group of
A parliament - a group of owls.
Every Seinfeld episode contains a
Afghanistan is the only nation whose name begins with an
"A", but doesn't end in an "A"!
Toss a penny 10,000 times and it won't come up heads 5,000
times, but more like 4,950. The head side is heavier, so it lands
face down more!
Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted
people without killing them used to burn their houses down - hence
the expression "to get fired." OUCH...!
How far would you have to go if you were to spell out
numbers before first using the letter "A"? To one thousand!
Copyright is automatically
created the moment a work is
fixed in form that can be perceived directly or with the aid of a
device. A work must be "registered" however to bring
a lawsuit for copyright infringement in the USA.
Copyright registration costs $20 and requires filing a
non-returnable copy or copies of a work. It takes
six to eight months to receive a certificate of registration.
Copyright lawsuits can take years to litigate and can
cost hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees to resolve
NY's 92nd Street Y is one of the USA's oldest Jewish
community and cultural centers, founded in 1874.
Dylan Thomas in 1953 introduced his play for voices,
"Under Milk Wood," at the 92nd Street Y after completing it while
staying in the Y's residence.
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma made his New York recital debut at the
92nd Street Y in 1974.
The herpes simplex virus type 1 or 2 (HSV-1 and HSV-2) infects
nearly 90% of the world population according to the World Health
Organization. That means just about everybody is infected with the coldsore virus.
This has been true since about 500 years before the Roman Empire!
Marijuana is illegal today partly because cotton
growers in the 1930s lobbied against hemp farmers -- they saw it as competition!
Today, so does the alcohol lobby.
Each gallon of gasoline burned adds about 19 pounds of carbon
dioxide to the atmosphere!
The average CEO makes 431
times more a year than the median worker salary!
It takes 2 YEARS for
the average worker to earn what the average CEO earns in ONE
Expenditures by pharmaceutical
companies on advertising and marketing outstrips research
spending at most of the USA's top ten by two to one!
More than half of 170 researchers
who contributed to the 1994 edition of the DSM (Diagnostic and
Statistical Manual) had financial ties to drug companies.
(Anybody ever hear the term "conflict of interest"? Or wonder
why so many drugs are prescribed for silly stuff...)
A Nazi researcher, who got ticks to carry diseases in
WWII, later worked at a secret U.S. Gov't lab on Plum Island, near
Lyme CT -- where tick born Lyme Disease later broke out in epidemic
The potentially deadly disease has been spreading
across the USA and Canada ever since!
Germany generated one third of the
world's wind-powered electricity in 2007 and plans to triple its
wind power capacity by 2030. (President Bush...are you
Of 18,778 illegal aliens removed from the U.S. in
June 2006 by DHS - 7,740 had criminal records!
George Bush celebrated his 59th birthday by running down a
policeman with his mountain bike. Previously Mr. Bush crashed his
bike on his ranch. In 2002, he fainted and toppled off his
sofa when he choked on a pretzel, and, in June 2003, he fell off a
scooter at his estate in Maine. And - Yes, Virginia, Mr. Bush
really IS president of the most powerful country on Earth!
80% of votes in America are
counted by only two companies: Diebold and ES&S. ES&S is the largest
voting machine manufacturer in the U.S. and counts almost 60% of all
No federal agency has regulatory authority or oversight
of the U.S. voting machine industry!
Former chairman of ES&S, Republican Senator Chuck Hagel,
was elected by votes counted on his ES&S machines! The Senate
Ethics Committee later caught Hagel lying about his ownership of
No paper trails are left by Diebold's touch screen voting
machines! They generate no physical record to verify that data
coming out of them matches what voters put in - even though Diebold
makes thousands of ATMs, checkout scanners, ticket machines, etc. --
which create detailed paper trails!
Diebold employed 5 convicted felons as senior managers
and developers to help write the central compiler computer code that
counted 50% of the votes in 30 states!
Diebold's Senior Vice-President
and senior programmer, Jeff Dean, was convicted of 23 counts of
felony theft in the first degree. He was convicted of planting "back
doors" in software and using a "high degree of sophistication" to
California banned the use of Diebold machines because
their security was so bad. Despite Diebold's claims that the audit
logs could not be hacked, a chimpanzee was able to do it! See the
movie here: http://blackboxvoting.org/baxter/baxterVPR.mov
All -- not some -- but *all* voting machine errors
detected and reported in Florida went in favor of Governor Jeb
Bush's brother, George, or Republican candidates!
All toads are frogs, but not all frogs are toads!
Toads generally prefer warmer climates, have dry, warty skin and lay
eggs in chains.
A group of frogs is called an
"army". A group of toads is a "knot"!
When a frog swallows, his
eyeballs close and go down into his head to help force his meal down
his throat! *GULP*
The longest frog leap we know
of was 33 feet five a half inches! A frog named Santjie did it
at a frog derby held in South Africa.
If humans jumped as well as the average frog, they'd leap
100 feet in a single bound!
Frogs have been known to enjoy
music...(this is not a "doctored" photograph)
The word "Checkmate!" comes
from the Persian phrase "Shah Mat," which means, "The king is dead."
Pinocchio is Italian for "pine head."
Raisins placed in a glass of
champagne keep floating to the top and sinking to the bottom!
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PLACES WHERE THEY
DO THINGS "DIFFERENT"
Virginia, a statute passed in 1930 prohibits corrupt practices
or bribery by anyone...other than a political candidate!
Apparently Florida, Louisiana, Chicago, Texas and a dozen other
cities and states have similar statutes?
The word "coffee" comes from the Arabic word
wine: Not from the town of Kaffa, in Ethiopia (Abyssinia), as many have supposed.
A shepherd discovered the
coffee plant when
his goats suddenly got hyper, staying awake day and night. He traced their odd
behavior to the eating of a strange new berry: coffee!
Coffee was first mentioned in literature by Rhazes,
an Arabian physician.
As a crop, coffee was first grown almost 1,000 years ago
By the 1200's,
coffee houses already had spread across the Middle East. By the end
of the 17th century, they were popular in Italy, France, Holland,
England, Germany, Austria, and many other countries!
Coffeehouses invariably became places where people met and
freely discussed whatever interested or impassioned them. Including
Numerous powerful rulers,
politicians, and religious leaders were threatened by this and tried
to eliminate coffee houses. None succeeded!
Caffeine in coffee (as well as
alcohol and the nicotine in tobacco) is more addictive than Marijuana!
Apples keep people awake better than
the caffeine in coffee!
Both apples and caffeine,
however, fall far short of the sound of mortar fire.
U.S. soldiers and journalists in Iraq and Afghanistan claim it "instantly wakes
one" in the morning and has an immediate "invigorating
impact on one's psyche, bowels and bladder!" Thanks, guys, but
we'll stick with apples and coffee!
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Thelma Pickles was John
Lennon’s first girlfriend!
336 dimples dot the face of a regulation golf ball.
Want to ripen green fruit and
vegetables faster? Place them in a paper bag with ripe bananas!
KIO3 (kio3) tablets can prevent thyroid cancer from radiation,
nuclear accident, even some "dirty" bombs!
Sold to foreign powers... control or ownership of U.S.
airports, railroads, bridges, ports and highways! Eager to balance budgets for
political gain, politicians are selling USA infrastructure!
gets label glue off anything!
T. Rasel, SK, RI
Egyptians slept on pillows made of stone.
The first plane flown at Kitty Hawk by the Wright
Brothers, on December 17, 1903, was named "Bird of Prey"!
Strange Secrets about...
ANIMALS & FISH
Hummingbirds cannot walk!
99.9% of all animal species
that ever lived on earth
were extinct before the coming of man.
An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain!
Rats can live longer without
water than camels!
can sleep for 3 years!
Goldfish have a memory span of three seconds. This explains why
few goldfish grow up to be physicists!
Porcupines float in water!
Word to the wise: Never swim with porcupines.
30% of people are allergic to cats, but now for $40,000 they
can buy a hypoallergenic cats! The Allerca
company breeds them to reduce allergy-triggering proteins.
Cats have a language of about
one hundred vocal sounds, dogs just ten!
A cat has 32 muscles in each ear! All the better to
ignore you with.
Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
Mules: The U.S. has never lost
a war in which mules were used! This explains our problems in
Vietnam and Iran.
The heart of a Blue Whale, the
largest animals ever on Earth, is the size of a Volkswagon.
And, yes, Blue Whales are larger than the largest known dinosaur!
Oarfish (Regalecus glesne) are
the longest bony fish in the world. Its snakelike body sports a
spectacular red find along its 15 m. length!
It has a horse-like face, blue gills, and
accounts for many sea-serpent sightings.
Cows can be led up stairs, but
Coral's architecture and chemistry is so similar to
bone that it has been used to replace bone grafts to help human bone heal quickly and cleanly.
T-rex's closest living relative is the chicken!
450 million chickens populate the United
States...more chickens than people (300 million)
Ameraucana and Araucana
chickens can lay eggs in shades of green or blue!
The term 'Chicken Pox' comes from the Old English term 'gican
pox', that means the itching pox.
To hypnotize a chicken: Hold its head on the
ground and repeatedly draw a line with a stick or finger that starts
on the ground at its beak and extends straight outward in front of
it. The chicken will remain immobile for 15 seconds to 30 minutes,
continuing to stare at the line.
Sir Francis Bacon, a founder of the scientific method,
dropped dead of pneumonia in 1626
after killing a chicken and stuffing it with
snow to see if cold would preserve it! Note-to-self: Do not stuff chickens
The chicken came first! According to Genesis 1:20-22, the
chicken came before the egg! Honest!
Two-thirds of the world's eggplant
is grown in New Jersey...the
best fertilizer? Chicken manure!
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In Texas, it's against the law for anyone to have a pair of
pliers! This explains a lot about Texans!
R. Til, Lubbock, TX
In Providence, RI,
it is illegal to jump off a bridge. You may, however, go jump in
a lake...as long as you don't do it from a bridge!
In Philippsburg, Germany, EnBW
nuclear power plant officials admitted in March 2006 that they lost
the keys to the plant! Sure, nuclear power is "safe"...!
In St. Louis, it is illegal
to drink beer out of a bucket while sitting on a curb.
You may swill down beer by the gallon, however, if standing...
or lying on the sidewalk and sucking it
directly from a keg! You gotta love St. Louis!
In North Carolina, it is against the law for cats
and dogs to fight.
(Couples, however, may fight like cats and dogs do in other
Ms. Tappy Mullen, Rocky Mount, NC
In Massachusetts, it is against the law to put tomatoes in clam
chowder. It is not against the law, however, to put clam chowder in
tomatoes...although we advise against it!
In Nevada, no clocks keep time
on casino walls...but plenty tick away the seconds on the walls of
houses of ill repute.
In Pennsylvania, it is illegal
for a man to purchase alcohol without written consent from his wife.
In Kienberg, Switzerland,
night club owner,
Benedict Frank, set a small paper flower on fire to show visiting
fire inspectors how safe they were. The resulting blaze burned the
club and a neighboring restaurant to the ground. Bummer!
In Texas it is illegal to take more than three sips of beer at a
time while standing.
In Vermont, by law
everyone must take at least one bath a week.
Wyoming was the first state to allow women to vote.
In Cleveland, it is illegal to catch mice without a hunting
Getting up during the night to
urinate may be a sign of sleep apnea because, when you stop
breathing due to closure of the passageway between the back of the
throat and the windpipe, the brain works extra hard to keep oxygen
levels up. To do it, it sends signals to your respiratory muscles,
especially the diaphragm, to work harder. This, in turn, causes
pressure changes in the chest, which then stress the heart, causing
it to secrete a substance that fools the kidneys into making urine!
There, now, aren't you glad you know?
Alcohol causes sleepiness and may help you initially fall
asleep, but it causes sleep disruption later in the night and can
actually worsen snoring and sleep apnea...and you know what that
means! (See "Gettimg up during the night..."")
Blood pressure meds: If you need two or more
medicines to control blood pressure, you may have obstructive sleep
apnea. This is even more likely if you are overweight.
People with high blood pressure
who have sleep apnea are known to have decreases in blood pressure
and better-controlled blood pressure once placed on CPAP (continuous
positive airway pressure masks worn to improve and prolong sleep)!
Exercise helps you relax and usually helps consolidate
sleep, but exercising (or eating) within three hours of bedtime can
actually disrupt sleep. Both activities increase chemicals
associated with increased wakefulness.
SCIENCE & MATH
A typical lightning bolt is
2-4 inches wide, two
miles long and five times hotter than the surface of the sun!
If the sun stopped shining suddenly, it would take eight minutes
for people on earth to become aware of it!
If you add the numbers 1-100 consecutively (1+2+3+4+5 etc)
the total is 5050.
minnows found inside a duck
with no breaks in its shell baffled British biologists in
2006. Dr M. Cobb and colleague, Henry McGhie, head of Natural
Sciences at Manchester Museum, wrote New Scientist Magagine in
the hope readers could help solve the mystery!
Summer 2006 was the second
warmest June-to-August period in the continental U.S. since records
began in 1895, according to scientists at the NOAA National Climatic
The speed of sound in water is 1,435 m/sec - nearly five times
faster than the speed of sound in air.
Earth is the only planet not named after a god.
Earth's longest mountain range is the
50,000 km Mid-Ocean Ridge, which spirals the globe. It stretches from the Arctic Ocean to the Atlantic, skirting Africa, Asia and
Australia, and crossing the Pacific to the west coast of North
America. It is four times longer than the Andes, Rockies, and
recorded tsunami measured 60 m above sea level. An 8.9
magnitude earthquake in the gulf of Alaska in 1899 caused it to
crash ashore at hundreds of km/hr.
A mouthful of seawater may contain millions of bacterial cells,
hundreds of thousands of phytoplankton and tens of thousands
Air pollution provides 33% of the toxic contaminants
that end up in oceans and coastal waters.
Rivers and Streatms deliver 44% of toxic contaminants
(mostly from soil run-off) to the world's oceans and coastal waters.
Three times as much rubbish is dumped into the
world's oceans as the weight of fish caught!
Pressure at the deepest point in the
ocean is 11,318 tons/sq m; the equivalent of one person trying to support 50 jumbo jets.
The top ten feet of the ocean hold as much heat as the
The lowest point on Earth is called The Challenger Deep.
11,034 meters deep and is located in the Marianas Trench (western
Pacific). If Mt. Everest were placed at the bottom, there'd be more than a mile of ocean
above its peak!
90% of all volcanic activity occurs in the oceans.
DEATH AND DYING
Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.
Thirty-three Popes died violently!
17 assassination attempts were
planned on the life of Adolf Hitler, none succeeded.
Referred to as "angel lust", post-mortem erection occurs
when males die vertically or face-down – and remain in this
position. Gravity causes blood to settle in the lower body causing
Don't laugh too much, it can kill you! Greek philosopher Chrysippus died of fatal hilarity after seeing a donkey eating figs.
(Now THAT's funny - but "drop dead" funny?)
Die laughing: 50-year-old bricklayer,
Alex Mitchell, from
King's Lynn, England, was
unable to stop laughing on 24 March 1975 while watching a kilted
Scotsman use bagpipes to defend himself from a psychopathic black
pudding in a demonstration of Scottish martial arts. After 25 minutes of unstoppable
laughter Mitchell keeled over dead. His widow later sent the
cast and producers of the show a letter thanking them for making
moments happy ones!
Queen Victoria insisted on being buried with the bathrobe of her
long-dead husband, Prince Albert, and a plaster cast of his hand.
Dead skin makes up most of the dust particles in your house.
The Marlboro company's first owner died of lung cancer.
Burials in America deposit
827,060 gallons of embalming fluid—formaldehyde, methanol, and
ethanol—into the soil each year!
Cremation pumps dioxins, hydrochloric acid, sulfur dioxide, and
carbon dioxide into the air.
Promessa, a Swedish company, will freeze-dry your body in
liquid nitrogen, pulverize it with high-frequency vibrations, and
seal the resulting powder in a cornstarch coffin that will decompose in 6 to 12 months.
This disposes of you, while enriching Promessa and supposedly saving
In Madagascar, families dig up dead relatives and parade their
bones around the village in a ceremony called Famadihana. After the
shindig, remains are wrapped in new shrouds and reburied. The old
shroud is given to a newly married, childless couple to cover their bed. Oh joy,oh bliss!
Mummies were used as fuel for locomotives during a 19th century
railway expansion in Egypt because construction workers unearthed to
many of the pesky things!
Hair and finger nails continue to grow after death.
The "Spanish Flu" epidemic which broke out in 1918 killed more
than 30 million people worldwide in less than a year.
The Black Death, in just four
years (1347 to 1351) reduced the population of Europe by one third!
The children's song "Ring around the Rosy" originated in
medieval Europe during the Black Plague. Rosey rings
appeared on the skin of infected people. "Pocket full of posies"
refers to the belief that, if rose petals were carried in one's
pocket, one would not be infected. "Ashes to
ashes" refers to the burning of corpses. And, "We all
fall down" meant everyone infected - died. Cheery little tune,
Seven US presidents who died
in office were elected at precise 20-year intervals.
The "SOS" (Save Our Souls) signal
was adopted as the international distress signal in 1912. On
April 15th, 1912, the Titanic, on her maiden voyage, became the
first ship to use it when it stuck an iceberg and sank, killing more
Fourteen years earlier Morgan Robertson published a novel
describing a similarly sized ship which crashed into an iceberg on
its maiden voyage on a misty April night...just like the Titanic.
The fictional ship's name? The Titan!
You will die - if locked in a
completely sealed room - of carbon dioxide poisoning before oxygen deprivation.
You will die from total lack of sleep sooner than from
starvation. Death occurs in about 10 days without sleep. Starvation takes longer.
Until 1933, German S.A. (Brownshirts) were equipped with
revolvers and machine guns proudly embossed with 'MADE IN USA'!
The first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin during World
War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.
About 100 UXB's (unexploded
bombs) still lie fully armed under the streets of London. Their fuses have long since corroded.
decided on a policy of 'Let sleeping dogs lie'. But tred
The 'V FOR VICTORY' sign was created by Belgian refugee, Victor De Laveleye, who, in a short-wave broadcast
from London, urged his countrymen to chalk the letter 'V' on all public
places as a sign of confidence in ultimate victory. The BBC then
plugged the idea in its numerous foreign language programs. It
was further reinforced by the famous two finger 'V' sign of the British
Prime Minister, Winston Churchill.
The PEACE SYMBOL was first created as a nuclear
disarmament symbol by the Direct Action Committee. It was
first shown in 1958 at peace marches in England. It is a composite of
the semaphore signals N and D, which stand for nuclear disarmament.
The first atomic bomb used in
warfare exploded on August 6, 1945, during World
War Two. The USA, on orders from President Truman, dropped it
on Hiroshima, Japan, killing 140,000.
The USSR set off the largest nuclear explosion in history,
detonating a 50 megaton bomb (2600 times the Hiroshima bomb) over the Novaya Zemla
Islands, on Oct. 30 1961.
The first US Marines wore high
leather collars to protect their necks from sabres, hence the name
The launching mechanism on
an aircraft carrier could throw a pickup truck more than a mile!
The first shot of World War II in Europe was fired from
the 13,000 ton German gunnery training battleship Schleswig Holstein
in Danzig (now Gdansk). It was visiting Poland to honor sailors lost
on a German cruiser, some of whom were buried in Danzig. At 4.30 am on
September 1, 1939, the ship moved slowly down the Port Canal to Westerplatte (an area containing Polish troop barracks, munitions storage and
workshops) and at 4.47 am, at point blank range, the order to 'Fire' was given.
'Nazi' is an acronym formed from the first syllable of NAtional and the second syllable of SoZIalstische. This practice
was common in the Third Reich, another example being 'Gestapo' (Geheime Staatspolizei).
The Swastika is an ancient sacred symbol from
near-prehistoric times. Before Nasism turned it into a hate symbol,
it was a sign of good fortune and well-being. Its name is
derived from the Sanskrit 'su' meaning 'well' and 'asti' meaning
'being'. It is well-known in Hindu and Buddhist cultures.
swastika found! In 1937 an ardent follower of Hitler
planted a 3,600 square meter area of Larch trees to form a Swastika
in a forest north of Berlin. In Autumn, it stood out
strikingly among surrounding evergreens, but could be seen only from
the air. Angry discoverers found and destroyed it in 2001.
Displaying the Swastika is forbidden in Germany,
as is owning Hitler's book 'Mein Kampf', a copy of which was presented to all newly married couples
in Nazi Germany.
Oh, hush, my beating heart...!
On behalf of Hitler, wealthy American car maker Henry Ford
accepted the German Grand Service Cross in 1938 from a German
diplomat. So did the senior
executive of General Motors (German branch) and wealthy and highly politically
'connected' American aviation hero, Charles Lingbergh!
Proving, once again, that "Good men are hard to find..."
Hitler told the truth!
The Fuehrer told Germans at the start of WWII, "Just give me ten
years and you will not recognize your cities!" He was
One war is never enough! On the need to plan future wars, in 1939 Hitler said, "We must be sure to
have an opening for a new war. In future peace treaties, we must therefore always leave open questions that will
provide a pretext (for war). That's Statesmanship!" No,
Adolf, that's ...sick!
Biological weapons work began in 1940 in Britain. One
idea was to impregnate cattle "cakes" (feed) with Anthrax and drop
it by RAF planes to infect Germany livestock. Tests were carried out on flocks of sheep with
devastating results. Five million such cakes were made...but never used.
Germany manufactured nerve gases during the war: Tabun, Sarin and Soman
among them. Allied Forces found thousands of tons found in
Austria after the war.
The League of Nations functioned throughout World War II, but
did little, either before or during the war, to stop it.
The League's successor, The United Nations, came into being at a
League session in the San Francisco Opera House. The League of Nations
officially passed into history on April 19, 1946.
The shortest war on record was fought between Zanzibar and
England in 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes. By
Jove, jolly good sport, old boy, and just in time for "tea"!
Benedict Arnold was the best general in the Continental
Army and without him the colonists probably would have lost
the Revolution! In 1775, the future traitor came within a whisker of
conquering Canada. In 1776, he built a fleet and fought a bigger
British fleet to a standstill on Lake Champlain. At Saratoga in
1777, his brilliant battlefield leadership forced the British to surrender. The victory persuaded the
French to join the war on the American side. Ironically, Arnold
switched sides in 1780, partly because he disapproved of the
French alliance! Ah, those FRENCH, again...!
George Washington was a great liar! He ran dozens of espionage
rings in British-held New York and Philadelphia, and was a genius at disinformation. He constantly befuddled the British by
leaking lies through double agents, including wildly
inflated reports on the strength of his army! So much for the
man who supposedly "could not tell a lie"!
The total number of Americans killed in the Civil War is greater
than the combined total of all Americans killed in all other wars.
History's first submarine attack took place in New
York Harbor in 1776! Resembling two
large tortoise shells joined together, the sub called ""Turtle" was
made of 6-inch-thick oak timbers coated with tar. On September 6,
1776, it targeted the HMS Eagle, flagship of the British fleet. It
tried to secure a keg of gunpowder to the ship and sneak away
before it exploded. But the Turtle tangled with Eagle's rudder
bar, lost ballast and surfaced before it could
plant the bomb.
Strange Secrets about....
THE HUMAN BODY
Three-hundred-million cells die in the human body every minute.
Women burn fat more slowly than men, by a rate of about 50
calories a day.
The first-known contraceptive was crocodile dung, used by
Egyptians in 2000 BC. Yep, that'll do it! That'll stop any
sort of conception!
A cough releases an explosive charge of air that moves at speeds
up to 60 mph.
A sneeze can exceed the speed of 100 mph.
A fetus acquires
fingerprints at the age of three months.
Babies are born with 300 bones: Adults have only 206!
There are 45 miles of nerves in the skin of a human being.
A fingernail or toenail takes about 6 months to grow from base
A human being loses an average of 40 to 100 strands of hair a
An average human scalp has 100,000 hairs.
The Neanderthal's brain was bigger than yours is.
Beards are the fastest growing hairs on the human body. If the
average man never trimmed his beard, it would grow to nearly
30 feet long in his lifetime.
Blondes have more hair than dark-haired people.
By age sixty, most people have lost half of their taste buds.
By the time you turn 70, your heart will have beat some
two-and-a-half billion times (figuring on an average of 70 beats per
Each square inch of human skin consists of twenty feet of blood
Every human spent about half an hour as a single cell.
Every person has a unique tongue print.
Every square inch of the human body has an average of 32 million
bacteria on it.
Humans shed about 600,000 particles of skin every hour - about
1.5 pounds a year. By 70 years of age, an average person will
have lost 105 pounds of skin.
Humans shed and re-grow outer skin cells about every 27 days -
almost 1,000 new skins in a lifetime.
If you go blind in one eye, you'll lose only about one-fifth of
your vision (but all your depth perception.)
Heart attack risk is higher on Monday than any other day
of the week.
It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
It takes 17 muscles to smile --- 43 to frown.
Laughing lowers levels of stress hormones and strengthens the
Six-year-olds laugh an average of 300 times a day. Adults only
laugh 15 to 100 times a day.
The average human body contains enough: iron to make a 3 inch
nail, sulfur to kill all fleas on an average dog, carbon to
make 900 pencils, potassium to fire a toy cannon, fat to make 7
bars of soap, phosphorous to make 2,200 match heads, and
water to fill a ten-gallon tank.
The largest human organ is the skin, with a surface area of
about 25 square feet.
The left lung is smaller than the right lung to make room for
The little lump of flesh just forward of your ear canal, right
next to your temple, is called a tragus.
The average human produces 25,000 quarts of spit in a lifetime,
enough to fill two swimming pools.
The feet account for one quarter of all the human bodies' bones.
The human body has enough fat to produce 7 bars of soap.
The human body has over 600 muscles, 40% of the body's weight.
The human brain is about 85% water.
The largest cell in the human body is the female ovum, or egg
cell. It is about 1/180 inch in diameter. The smallest cell in
the human body is the male sperm. It takes about 175,000 sperm
cells to weigh as much as a single egg cell.
For organs to form during embryonic development, some cells must
commit suicide. Without such programmed cell death, we would
all be born with webbed feet, like ducks.
Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and
ears never stop growing.
so-called "lynch-law" owes its name to James Fitzstephen Lynch,
mayor and warden of Galway, Ireland, who tried, condemned, and executed his own son, by hanging, in the year
1493. Ouch...what a way to become famous!
In the 1800's doctors reported slaves
suffered from a terrible disease called "drapetomania" or an
uncontrollable urge to escape from slavery! Duhhhh...
Physicians also diagnosed slaves as
suffering from another awful disease: "dysaethesia aethiopica" or
the tendency to be disobedient! Double DUHHHHhhhhhh...!
These are the same geniuses who in
the early and mid 20th century "discovered" whites were genetically
superior to blacks in cognitive abilities and that homosexuality was
a "disease"! So much for putting one's blind faith in
"science", psychiatrists, and physicians! Caveat emptor.
Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.
Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.
The Greek national anthem has 158 verses.
There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.
The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.
Two-thirds of the world's eggplant is grown in New Jersey.
Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.
Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.
Only four words in the English language end in"-dous";
tremendous, horrendous, stupendous and hazardous.
Los Angeles's full name is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina
de los Angeles de Porciuncula"- and can be abbreviated to
3.63% of its size: "L.A."
The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after
Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra's "Its
A Wonderful Life."
A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.
An American one-dollar bill has an owl in the upper left corner
of the "1" encased in the "shield" and a spider hidden in the
front upper right corner.
4,000 years ago in Babylon it was customary for a bride's father
to supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink.
Mead is a honey beer, and because their calendar was lunar
based, this period was called the "honey month" or what we know
today as the "honeymoon."
P's and Q's -- Ale is ordered by pints and quarts in Irish pubs.
So in old Ireland, when customers got unruly, the bartender would
yell at them to "Mind Your pints and quarts!" lest they be
spilt. From when came the phrase, "Mind your P's and Q's!"
"Wet your whistle!" -- In Merry Old England years ago, pub frequenters had a whistle
baked into the handles of their ceramic mugs. For a refill, they'd whistle.
"Goodnight, sleep tight!" -- In days of yore, mattresses were secured on bed frames by
ropes that were pulled "tight" to make the mattresses firmer to
sleep on. Thus the phrase, "Sleep tight...and don't let the
bed bugs bite!"
"The whole 9 yards" -- W.W.II fighter pilots
started this one. Their
aircraft took .50 caliber machine gun ammo belts that measured
exactly 27 feet (9 yards) before being loaded to their planes. If a pilot fired all his ammo at a target, it got "the whole 9 yards!"
"Rule of thumb" -- stems from an old English law which
forbid beating one's wife with anything thicker than the husband's thumb, be it board or twig, strap...or
iron rod! Ah, the
British, such a "proper" sort!
"Jeep" -- The word comes from a WWII U.S. Army abbreviation for a
"General Purpose Vehicle", shortened to "GP"!
Viagra: Men worldwide now salute the working stiffs of Merthyr Tydfil, the Welsh hamlet where,
in 1992, the gravity-defying side effects of an angina
drug first popped up. Previously, the blue-collar town was known for producing a different kind of
"iron", but that's all over now!
Typewriters and Computers: On average, 100 people
choke to death on ball-point pens annually, explaining why
typewriters and computers had to be invented!
(As yet we have no statistics regarding pencil death rates or how
they may have contributed to speed these inventions.)
LSD: Albert Hofmann took the
world's first acid hit in 1943, when he touched a smidge of lysergic acid
diethylamide, a chemical the Swiss scientist had researched for inducing childbirth.
Apparently he planned to make child birth a real "trip"?
The Electric Chair was invented by a dentist. Figures...
X-rays: Several 19th-century scientists toyed with penetrating rays emitted when electrons strike metal targets,
the x-ray wasn't discovered until 1895, when German egghead Wilhelm
Röntgen tried sticking various objects in front of the radiation and saw the bones of his hand projected on a wall.
He did not live a long life...
Penicillin: Scottish scientist Alexander Fleming was
researching the flu in 1928 when he noticed that a pesky blue-green mold
had infected one of his petri dishes - and killed the staphylococcus bacteria
growing in it. All hail sloppy lab work!
Artificial sweeteners: Three
leading pseudo-sugars reached human lips only because of sloppy lab
procedures in which scientists
forgot to wash their hands and licked them before cleaning up after
experiments! Cyclamate (1937) and aspartame (1965) were byproducts of
sloppy lab techniques in medical research, and saccharin (1879) was
discovered during a project on coal tar derivatives. Yum-yum.
Microwave ovens: Microwave emitters (magnetrons)
powered Allied radar in WWII. The leap from detecting Nazis to
nuking nachos occured in 1946 when a magnetron melted a candy
bar in Raytheon engineer Percy Spencer's pocket!
Brandy: Medieval wine merchants used to boil water out of
wine so their delicate cargo would keep better and take less
space at sea. Before long, someone
decided to bypass the reconstitution stage, and brandy was born. Pass the Courvoisier!
Cigarette lighters were invented before matches. (And cigarettes
Balloons were invented in 1824, the same year as the
Vulcanization: Regular ubber rots badly and smells worse,
unless it's vulcanized. Ancient MesoAmericans had their own
version of the process, which Charles Goodyear rediscovered it in 1839 when he unintentionally
(well, at least according to most accounts) dropped a
rubber-sulfur compound onto a hot stove.
Silly Putty: In the 1940s, GE scientist
James Wright was working on artificial rubber for the war effort
when he mixed boric acid and silicon oil. Voila! "Silly Putty"
was discovered. V-J Day didn't come any sooner, but
comic strip image-stretching became a national pastime!
Potato chips: To spite a customer who
complained that his fries were cut too thick, in 1853 chef George Crum sliced paper-thin
sheets of potato and fried 'em
to a crisp. The diner couldn't eat just one!
Other Strange Secrets
A "Gay Bomb" is an informal name for a potential non-lethal
chemical weapon, which a U.S. Air Force research laboratory
speculated about producing. In one sentence of the military document
about the Gay Bomb, it was suggested that a strong aphrodisiac could
be dropped on enemy troops, ideally one which would cause
"homosexual behaviour". Sleep tight, America. You're in safe hands
with the U.S. military. (We don't make these up...honest.)
It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.
Which is why so few pigs ever try to fly...poor things.
A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.
On average, a human being will have sex more than 3,000 times
and spend two weeks kissing in their lifetime.
Rats and horses can't vomit. Just as well...
Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have
more than a million descendants. Which is why rats will inherit the
earth before the meek do...?
If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib. Try to suppress
a sneeze, though, and you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or
neck and die.
Title 14, Section 1211 of the Code of Federal Regulations,
implemented July 16, 1969 (since revised), made it illegal for U.S.
citizens to make contact with extraterrestrials or their vehicles?
A pin hole in a balloon grows at a speed much higher than the
speed of sound in air, actually breaking the sound barrier, and
creating a small sonic boom. At least that's what balloon
Pamela Anderson, Shania Twain, Keanu Reeves, Celine Dion, Alansi
Morissette, Bryan Adams, Dan Aykroyd, Neil Young, Jim Carrey and
Jennifer Tilley were all born in Canada.
Mosquito repellents don't repel. They hide you. Sprays block a
mosquito's sensors so they don't know you're there.
No piece of paper can be folded in half more than 7 times.
Donkeys kill more people annually than plane crashes.
The first product to have a bar code was Wrigley's gum.
The king of hearts is the only king without a mustache.
American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating 1 olive
from each salad served in first-class.
Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise.
Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than all of
the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.
Adolf Hitler's mother seriously considered having an abortion
but was talked out of it by her doctor. Mistake.
The most common name in the world is Mohammed.
The word "samba" means "to rub navels together."
What occurs more often in December than any other month?
In 1982, Englishman William Hall committed suicide by drilling
holes into his head with a power drill. You'll be elated to
know...it took 8 holes!
The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin in W.W.II
killed the only elephant in the Berlin zoo.
The glue on postage stamps in Israel is certified kosher.
A hurricane releases more energy in 10 minutes than all the
world's nuclear weapons combined!
Five Jell-O flavors that flopped: celery, coffee, cola, apple,
Studies show a cat falling from the 7th floor of a building has
about a 37% less chance of surviving than if it fell from the 20th
floor. It takes about eight floors for the cat to realize what is
happening and better orient itself for a survivable landing. I
wonder how they studied this?
The Sun moves 165 miles a second. The earth moves 18 miles a
second, and your bathroom toilet is on the earth. Think about
that the next time you are about to pee.
The Atlantic Ocean is Saltier then the Pacific Ocean.
In medieval England, beer was often served with breakfast. (No
wonder men lust after the "good old days"!)
At 90 degrees (F) below zero your breath will freeze in midair
and fall to the ground.
Research indicates that mosquitoes are attracted to people who
have recently eaten bananas.
Only female mosquitoes bite.
There are more stars in the universe than grains of sand on all
the beaches in the world.
Men get hiccups more often than women.
Men can read smaller print than women; women can hear better
than men. No comment...
The percentage of American men who say they would wed the same
woman if they had to do it all over again: 80%.
The percentage of women who say they would wed the same man if
they had to do it all over again: 50%. Ut-oh!
Percentage of men who say the are happier after a divorce or
Percentage of women who say they are happier after a divorce or
Average life span of a major league baseball: 7 pitches.
There is only a 1 in 7 chances that a burglary in the US will be
solved. Who says crime doesn't pay!
The only bird that can fly backwards: Hummingbird.
The youngest pope was 11 years old, which may explain a lot
about the alleged infallibility of popes...
Scientists say the average person eats about 2 pounds of bugs a
year; mostly because insects accidentally get ground up in
foods like peanut butter, strawberry jelly, and spaghetti sauce.
Pearls melt in vinegar.
While performing her duties as queen, Cleopatra sometimes wore a
Pound for pound, hamburgers can cost more than a new car.
"Go!" is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days
of yore when the engines were pulled by horses. The horses
were stabled on the ground floor and figured out how to walk up
The airplane Buddy Holly died in was the "American Pie." (Thus
the name of the Don McLean song.)
Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king
from history. Spades - King David; Clubs - Alexander the Great;
Hearts - Charlemagne; and Diamonds - Julius Caesar.
111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321
Hershey's Kisses are called that because the machine that makes
them looks like it's kissing the conveyor belt.
The highest point in Pennsylvania is lower than the lowest point
Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.
Spain literally means 'the land of rabbits.
Every Swiss citizen is required by law to have a bomb shelter or
access to a bomb shelter
Edward Kennedy was suspended from Harvard for cheating on a
Lorne Greene had a nipple bitten off by an alligator while
hosting "Lorne Greene's Wild Kingdom." Wild, indeed!
The first product Motorola started to develop was a record
player for automobiles. At that time the most known player on the
market was the Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola.
U.S. Interstates go north-south and are numbered sequentially
starting from the west with odd numbers, and Interstates go
east-west and are numbered sequentially starting from the south with
Ancient Egyptian priests plucked EVERY hair from their bodies,
including their eyebrows and eyelashes.
What is the most popular registered boat
More women wash their hands in the bathroom than men. Women ~
80% Men ~ 55%
In a recent survey, Americans revealed that Banana was their
Women invented bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield
wipers and laser printers.
A kiss stimulates 29 muscles and chemicals causing relaxation.
Honey is the only food that doesn't spoil.
3.9% of all women surveyed say they never wear underwear.