Archive for September, 2009

Death By Mating

The average catepillar has sixteen legs.CATEPILLAR

When Joseph Gayette in 1857, he had his name printed on each sheet.

A woodpecker can peck 20 times per second.

When Shell Oil Co. first opened its doors it was a seashell novelty shop.

The geographical center of Ohoo is Delaware- a small town 25 miles north northeast of Columbus.

Thomas Paine, the author 0f “Common Sense” and the creator of the name “United States Of America” died in obscurity June 8, 1809. Only six people came to his funeral.

Leslie King was president of the United States. As a child, when his parents divorced his stepfather adopted him and was given a new name, Gerald Ford.

Laugh and you will burn 3 1/2 calories.

In the US, the average bride is 21 years old and the groom is 23 years old.

There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.

When asked to say a color, 3 out of 5 people will say “red”.

At 90 degree F below zero your breath will freeze and fall to the ground.

In 1915 a telephone call from New York to San Francisco cost $20.70 for the first 3 minutes.

Most people take an average of seven minutes to fall asleep.

England’s Queen Anne (1665-1714) outlived all of her seventeen children.

The tallest man in the world, Thomas Wadlow,  was 5′11″ tall.He died at 22 years old due to an infection caused by leg braces he needed to keep him on his feet.

Ohio is listed as the 17th state in the U.S., but technically it was 47. Until August 7, 1953, Congress forgot to vote on a resolution to admit Ohio to the union.

A squirrel can live up to nine years. Reduce several years if it lives near a street.

In 1885 the tallest building in the world was seven stories. It housed the Home Insurance Company of Chicago.

The female praying mantis devours her male partner while mating.

In ancient Rome, it was commonplace for a woman’s bath  to be filled with donkey milk and spiced with perfumed swan’s fat.

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Saddam Hussein Received A Key To The City Of Detroit

Every three minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer.

The lifespan of a rhinoceros is generally 50 years.

41% of women apply body or hand moisturizer a minimum three times a day.

The largest ice cream sundae was made with 4,667 gallons of ice cream, was 12 feet high and had 7000 pounds of toppings on it. This was made in Anaheim, California in 1985.

The name of the award given to honor the best sites on the Internet is called “The Webby Award.”

The United States Mint once considered producing donut-shaped coins.

A Hungarian named Ladislo Biro invented the first ballpoint pen in 1938.chocolate cake

Adolf Hitler loved chocolate cake.

Many years ago, a fish was caught that was 33 inches long and seemed to be heavier than it should. When they cut the fish, fishermen found a full of bottle of ale inside it.

George Washington grew hemp in his garden.

In New York City, approximately 1,600 people are bitten by other humans annually.

In 1980, Saddam Hussein received a key to the city of Detroit.

The song “Strawberry Fields Forever” sung by the Beatles refers to an orphanage located in Liverpool.

In 1952, the first TV toy commercial aired. It was for Mr. Potato Head.

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New Testament

The term the “Boogey Man will get you” comes from the Boogey people, who still inhabit an area of Indonesia. These people still act as pirates today and attack ships that pass. Thus the term spread “if you don’t watch out the Boogey man will get you.”

In-grown toe nails are hereditary.

The expression “What in tarnation” comes from the original meaning: “What in eternal damnation” .           bible

The “chapters” of the New Testament were not there originally. When monks in medieval times translated it from the Greek, they numbered the pages in each “book.”

Yucatan, as in the peninsula, is from Maya “u” + “u” + “uthaan,” meaning “listen to how they speak,” what the Mayasaid when they first heard the Spaniards.

The term, “It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye” is from Ancient Rome.The only rule during wrestling matches was, “No eye gouging.” Everything else was allowed, but the only way to be disqualified was to poke someone’s eye out.

Only 1/3 of the people that can twitch their ears can twitch only one at a time.

If you lace your shoes from the inside to the outside the fit will be snugger around your big toe.

Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.

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First brewery in North America: opened in New Amsterdam (Manhatten) in 1612.big-beer

First pro sports organization in the U.S.: the Maryland Jockey Club, founded in 1743.

First American to fly in a hot air balloon: Edward Warren (1784).

First American cookbook:  American Cookery, published by Amelia Simmons in 1796.

First electric refrigerator: invented by Thomas Moore in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1803.

First flea circus performance: took place in New York City in 1835.

First American novel to sell a million copies: Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (1852). First drive-in theater: opened in Camden, New Jersey, in 1933.

First female celebrity to wear pants in public: Actress Sarah Bernhardt was photographed wearing men’s trousers in 1876.

First blood transfusion: June 1667, by Jean-baptiste Denys, a French doctor, to a 15 year old boy.

Firs electric hand drill: invented by Wilhelm Fein of Norwell, Massachusetts, in 1895.

First tank: built in 1916 and nicknasmed “Little Willy,” it could only go 2 mph and never saw duty in battle.

First drink of Kool-Aid: taken by chemist Edwin Perkins of Hastings, Nebraska, in 1927. Worlds first flight attendant: Ellen Church, hired in 1930.

First coast-to-coast direct-dial phone call: made from Engelwood, New Jersey, to Alameda, California, in 1951.

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Crocodile Tongue

The accent that Mike Myers used for the character Shrek came from the accent that his mother would use when she was telling him bedtime stories when he was a child.

When Burger King introduced the Whopper Sandwich in 1957, it cost only thirty-seven cents.

When a porcupine is born, its quills are soft and mostly white, but harden within hours.

There are about 34,000 species of spiders.

There are 40 official jelly belly flavours.

Eating a banana at night can help in falling asleep.

Ballroom dancing is a course at Brigham Young University in Utah.    ist2_894425-crocodile-cartoon

In just the first 56 days of life, the larva of the polyphemus moth eats about 86,000 times its birthweight.

A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.

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Facebook Saving Lives

This is not an Atlanta flood article. phone

Two girls lost in a stormwater drain raised the alert on a social networking site rather than ringing triple-0.

The Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) in Adelaide says it is worrying that two girls lost in a stormwater drain raised the alert on a social networking site rather than ringing triple-0.

The 10- and 12-year-old girls updated a Facebook status to say they were lost in a drain on Honeypot Road at Hackham in Adelaide’s southern suburbs on Sunday night.

Glenn Benham from the MFS says it was fortunate a young friend was online at the time and was able to call for help for them.

“It is a worry for us because it causes a delay on us being able to rescue the girls,” he said.

“If they were able to access Facebook from their mobile phones, they could have called triple-0, so the point being they could have called us directly and we could have got there quicker than relying on someone being online and replying to them and eventually having to call us via triple-0 anyway.”

Professor of Media and Communications at the Queensland University of Technology, Terry Flew, says public education campaigns are facing an ongoing struggle to compete with social media.

“I’m sure they [the girls] would have had information provided to them in their schools about who to contact in an emergency, but as we know many things that are learnt in school can go in one ear and out the other,” he said.

“For these kids, by the sounds of it, being on Facebook is just such a pervasive part of their lives that it seems the first line of response if they need to communicate a message to others.

“I guess for these people the natural way to send a message out to their friends and others is via Facebook, unfortunately in this case the message was that they were stuck in a stormwater drain.”

He warns that presents a real challenge for public education authorities to get their message across.

“Clearly it’s not good enough to say ‘well they should have rung emergency services’, the point is that they didn’t, and we need to think about why that’s the case and what strategies can be used in the future,” he said.

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Goldfish Named Jaws

*During World War 2, IBM the built counting machines the Nazis used to manage their concentrtion camps.

*The total combined weight of the world´s ant population is heavier than the weight of the human population.

*Honey is the only food that does not spoil. Honey found in the tombs of Egyptian Pharoahs has been tasted by archaeologists and found edible.

*The population of the world can live within the state boundaries of Texas.

*Alfred Hitchcock had no belly button as it was eliminated during surgery.

*The Roman emperor Caligula made his horse a senator.

*´Jaws´ is the most common name for a goldfish.

*Napoleon was terrified of cats.

*Russia has the most movie theatres in the world.

*The number of people alive on the Earth right now is higher than the number of all the people that have died…..Ever


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Naked Travel


Castaways Travel, a Houston-area travel agency, offers an all-nude flight to Cancun Mexico. Once the plane reaches cruising altitude, you are allowed to take off all your clothes and roam about the cabin.

The names of the two stone lions in front of the New York Public Library are Patience and Fortitude. They were named by then-mayor Fiorello LaGuardia.

In one trip, a honey bee visits about 75 flowers.

Slinkys were invented by an airplane mechanic; he was playing with engine parts and realized the possible secondary use of one of the springs

It’s possible to lead a cow upstairs…but not downstairs.

Turtles can breathe through their butts.

Over one million Pet Rocks were sold in 1975, makine Gary Dahl, of Los Gatos, California, a millionaire. He got the idea while joking with friends about his pet that was easy to take care of, which was a rock.

Ed Cox from San Francisco invented the pot scrubbing S.O.S. pads in 1917. His wife came up with the name, which stands for “Save Our Saucepans.”

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78 Foot Long Spider

Measuring 78 feet, Spiderman is the longest hot-air balloon floating at Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Day parade.spiderman

Americans spend more than $5 billion a year on cosmetics, toiletries, beauty parlors and barber shops.

Hershey’s Kisses are called that because the machine that makes them looks like it’s kissing the conveyor belt.

Most American car horns honk in the key of F.

The safety pin was patented in 1849 by Walter Hunt. He sold the patent rights for $400.

Wrigley’s promoted their new spearmint-flavored chewing gum in 1915 by mailing 4 sample sticks to each of the 1.5 million names listed in US telephone books.

At Jack Russell Stadium in Clearwater, Florida, on June 26, 1985, organist Wilbur Snapp played “Three Blind Mice” following a call by umpire Keith O’Connor. The umpire was not amused, and saw to it that Mr. Snapp was ejected from the game.

No species of wild plant produces a flower or blossom that is absolutely black, and so far, none has been developed artificially.

The pineapple was symbol of welcome in the 1700-1800’s. That is why in New England you will see so many pineapples on door knockers. An arch in Providence RI leading into the Federal Hill neighborhood has a pineapple on it for that very reason. Pineapples were brought home by seafarers as gifts.

Flying from London to New York by Concord, due to the time zones crossed, you can arrive 2 hours before you leave.

If you add up the numbers 1-100 consecutively (1+2+3+4+5 etc) the total is 5050.

The right side of a boat was called the starboard side due to the fact that the astronavigators used to stand out on the plank (which was on the right side) to get an unobstructed view of the stars. The left side was called the port side because that was the side that you put in on at the port.

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Bill Gates Frisbee

Ivory bar soap floating was a mistake. They had been mixing the soap formula causing excess air bubbles that made it float. Customers wrote and told how much they loved that it floated, and it has floated ever since.

Hippos drink as much as 250 litres of water in any given 24 hour period.

A caterpillar grows roughly 27,000 times its size when it first emerges as an egg.

The average number of pillowcases washed a day at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas is 15,000.

If a raisin is dropped into a glass of champagne it will bounce up and down in the glass.

Finnish folklore states that when Santa comes to Finland to deliver gifts, he leaves his sleigh behind and rides on a goat named Ukko instead.

Seventy-one percent of households report they have at least one snorer. Forty-five percent of those surveyed admit they snore, 35% said their partner snores, 12% said their child snores and 9% reported their pet snores.

While still in college, Bill Gates and Paul Allen once built a special purpose frisbeemachine called “Traff-O-Data.” It was a machine that would analyze information gathered by traffic monitors. They never found any buyers.

Frisbee got its name from William Russel Frisbee, who was a pie baker. He used to sell his pies in a thin tin pan, which had Frisbee written on it. When Walter Frederick Morrison thought of the idea of making saucer like disks to play catch, he visited the campus of Yale and noticed people there were using the pie pan to play catch so he therefore renamed his invention to Frisbee.

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