June 22, 2010
This is from one of those e-mails circulating the Internet, but there were many here that I hadn’t heard. And, I’ve added a few of my own at the bottom.
- Debra Winger was the voice of E.T.
- Pearls melt in vinegar.
- The three most valuable brand names on earth: Marlboro, Coca-Cola, and Budweiser, in that order.
- It’s possible to lead a cow upstairs, but not downstairs.
- Humans are the only primates that don’t have pigment in the palms of their hands.
- Ten percent of the Russian government’s income comes from the sale of vodka.
- The sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” uses every letter in the alphabet. (Developed by Western Union to test telex/two communications.)
- The only 15-letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is “uncopyrightable.”
- “Stewardesses” is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.
- No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.
- A duck’s quack doesn’t echo, and no one knows why.
- 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 straight staircases.
- The airplane Buddy Holly died in was the “American Pie” (thus the name of the Don McLean song).
- 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321
- 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.”
- Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776: John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn’t added until five years later.
- An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.
- The longest recorded flight of a chicken is thirteen seconds.
- The name “Jeep” came from the abbreviation used in the army for the “General Purpose” vehicle, G.P.
- The highest point in Pennsylvania is lower than the lowest point in Colorado.
- Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.
- If you have three quarters, four dimes, and four pennies, you have $1.19. You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a dollar.
- All of the clocks in the movie “Pulp Fiction” are stuck on 4:20.
- 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 All-Star Game.
- Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.
- The mask used by Michael Myers in the original “Halloween” was actually a Captain Kirk mask painted white.
- If you put a raisin in a glass of champagne, it will keep floating to the top and sinking to the bottom.
- Snails can sleep for three years without eating.
- Actor Tommy Lee Jones and Vice President Al Gore were freshman roommates at Harvard.
- The fingerprints of koala bears are virtually indistinguishable from those of humans, so much so that they could be confused at a crime scene.
- Any month that begins on a Sunday will always have a Friday the 13th.
- James Doohan, who played Lt. Commander Montgomery Scott on Star Trek, was missing the entire middle finger of his right hand.
- The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one mile in every five must be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips in times of war or other emergencies.
- There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.
A few I’ve learned recently:
- The dots on dice are called pips. The dot over the letter “i” is a tittle.
- The only words in the English language that begin with the letters “dw” are dwell, dwindle and dwarf.
What are your favorite pieces of random and/or useless trivia?