Forty-Six Possibly Interesting Facts
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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Tue, 11 Mar 97 15:37:53 -0800
Subject: Forty-Six Possibly Interesting Facts
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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.
The Boston University Bridge (on Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts)
is the only place in the world where a boat can sail under a train driving
under a car driving under an airplane.
Emus cannot walk backwards.
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.
Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.
Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never
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.
Most Americans' car horns beep in the key of "F."
Camel's milk does not curdle.
Many hamsters only blink one eye at a time.
In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere.
The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for the "General
Purpose" vehicle, G.P.
Murphy's Oil Soap is the chemical most commonly used to clean elephants.
Since 1896, the beginning of the modern Olympics, only Greece and Australia
have participated in every Olympics.
Barbie's measurements if she were life size: 39-23-33.
February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.
It takes a lobster approximately seven years to grow to be one pound.
Montpelier, Vermont is the only U.S. state capital without a McDonald's.
Giraffes have no vocal cords.
The Pentagon, in Arlington, Virginia, has twice as many bathrooms as is
necessary. When it was built in the 1940s, the state of Virginia still had
segregation laws requiring separate toilet facilities for blacks and whites.
The cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth II, moves only six inches for each gallon
of diesel that it burns.
There are two credit cards for every person in the United States.
Isaac Asimov is the only author to have a book in every Dewey-decimal
Roger Ebert is the only film critic to have ever won the Pulitzer prize.
Columbia University is the second largest landowner in New York City, after
the Catholic Church.
Cat's urine glows under a blacklight.
An iguana can stay under water for 28 minutes.
The first Ford cars had Dodge engines.
Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.
It takes about a half a gallon of water to cook macaroni, and about a gallon
to clean the pot.
In the last 4000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
Babies are born without knee caps. They don't appear until the child reaches
2-6 years of age.
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.
The most common name in the world is Mohammed.
Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike
factory workers in Malaysia combined.
No NFL team which plays its home games in a domed stadium has ever won a
The first toilet ever seen on television was on "Leave It To Beaver".
In the great fire of London in 1666 half of London was burnt down but only
6 people were injured
Lincoln Logs were invented by Frank Lloyd Wright's son.
One of the reasons marijuana is illegal today is because cotton growers in
the 30s lobbied against hemp farmers -- they saw it as competition.
The only two days of the year in which there are no North American
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 name Wendy was made up for the book "Peter Pan."
© 1997 Peter Langston