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17 Feb
"Interesting" "Facts"

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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Mon, 17 Feb 97 03:06:44 -0800
To: Fun_People
Subject: "Interesting" "Facts"

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The following is a list of some useless, yet surprisingly interesting
facts that someone spent waaayyy too much time researching...  enjoy!

* Barbie's measurements if she were life size:  39-23-33
* Coca-cola was originally green.
* Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than for the US Treas.
* Smartest dogs: 1)border collie; 2)poodle;  3)golden retriever
* Dumbest: afghan
* Hawaiian alphabet has 12 letters.
* First novel ever written on a typewriter was "Tom Sawyer".
* There are more collect calls on Father's Day than any other day of the year.
* Heinz Catsup leaving the bottle travels at 25 miles per year.
* It is possible to lead a cow upstairs but not downstairs.
* Men get hiccups more often than woman.
* Men can read smaller print than women; women can hear better.
* Chances that an American lives within 50 mi of where he/she grew up: 1 in 2
* Amount American Airlines saved in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each
  salad served in first class: $440,000
* City with the most Rolls Royces per capita:  Hong Kong
* State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work:  Alaska
* Chances of a white Christmas in New York:  1 in 4
* Portion of US annual rainfall that falls in April: 1/12
* Percentage of Africa that is wilderness:  28
* Percentage of North America that is wilderness:  38
* Estimated percentage of American adults who go on a diet each year:  44
* Percentage of Americans who say that God has spoken to them:  36
* Percentage of Americans who regularly attend religious services: 43
* City with the highest per capita viewership of TV evangelists: Wash., DC.
* Percentage of American men who say they would marry the same woman if they
  had it to do all over again:  80
* Percentage of American women who say they would marry the same man: 50
* Percentage of men who say they are happier after their divorce or
  separation: 58
* Percentage of women who say they are happier:  85
* Number of different familial relationships for which Hallmark makes
* Average number of people airborne over the US any given hour:  61,000.
* Percentage of Americans who have visited Disneyland or Disney World:70
* Average life span of a major league baseball:  7 pitches.
* Portion of ice cream sold that is vanilla:  1/3
* Portion of potatoes sold that are French-fried:  1/3
* Percentage of Americans that eat at McDonalds each day:  7
* Percentage of bird species that are monogamous:   90
* Percentage of mammal species that are:  3
* Number of US states that claim test scores in their elementary schools are
  above national average:  50
* Portion of Harvard students who graduate with honors:  4/5
* Chances that a burglary in the US will be solved:  1 in 7
* Portion of land in the US owned by the government:  1/3
* Only President to remain a bachelor:  James Buchanan
* Only first lady to carry a loaded revolver:  Eleanor Roosevelt
* Only president to win a Pulitzer:  John F. Kennedy, for "Profiles in
* Only president awarded a patent:  Abe Lincoln, for a system of buoying
  vessels over shoals
* Only food that does not spoil:  honey
* Only bird that can fly backwards:  Hummingbird
* Only continent without reptiles or snakes:  Antarctica
* Only animal besides human that can get sunburn:  Pig
* Ostriches stick their heads in the sand to look for water.
* An eagle can kill a young deer and fly away with it.
* In the Caribbean there are oysters that can climb trees.
* Polar bears are left-handed.
* Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
* Eskimos never gamble.
* The world's youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910.
* The youngest pope was 11 years old.
* Mark Twain didn't graduate from elementary school.
* Proportional to their weight, men are stronger than horses.
* Pilgrims ate popcorn at the first Thanksgiving dinner.
* Your nose and ears never stop growing.
* Jupiter is bigger than all the other planets combined.
* Hot water is heavier than cold.
* The parachute was invented by da Vinci in 1515.
* They have square watermelons in Japan...they stack better.
* Starfish have eight eyes--one at the end of each leg.
* Iceland consumes more Coca-Cola per capita than any other nation
* Armadillos can be housebroken.

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