Did You Know (the further adventures of suspicious "facts")
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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Thu, 26 Aug 99 15:50:19 -0700
Subject: Did You Know (the further adventures of suspicious "facts")
[Okay, some of these are pure bull, a few are true, and a few are interesting.
Can you tell which is which? -psl]
Forwarded-by: firstname.lastname@example.org (Kevin Goheen)
Did you know...
The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time
television were Fred and Wilma Flintstone.
Coca-Cola was originally green.
Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than for the US Treasury.
The Hawaiian alphabet has 12 letters.
Men can read smaller print than women, but women can hear better.
City with the most Rolls Royces per capita: Hong Kong
State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska
Percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28%
Percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%
Barbie's measurements if she were life size: 39-23-33
Percentage of American men who say they would marry the same woman
if they had it to do all over again: 80%
Cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $6,400
Average number of people airborne over the US in any given hour: 61,000.
Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
The world's youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910.
The youngest pope was 11 years old.
First novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.
The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments
Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history.
Spades = King David
Hearts = Charlemagne
Diamonds = Julius Caesar
Clubs = Alexander the Great
111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321
If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the
air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one front leg in the air,
the person died as a result of wounds received in battle; if the horse has
all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.
Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John
Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the
last signature wasn't added until 5 years later.
"I am." is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
[Oh yeah? How about "I'm"? And even that's longer than elliptical
sentences with an understood subject like "Go!" Personally, I like "!" for
the shortest sentence. -psl]
Hershey's Kisses are called that because the machine that makes them looks
like it's kissing the conveyor belt.
The longest recorded flight of a chicken is thirteen seconds.
[Not counting when that cargo plane full of chickens came apart at 15,000
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 name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for the "General
Purpose" vehicle, G.P.
The cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth II, moves only six inches for each gallon
of diesel that it burns.
The highest point in Pennsylvania is lower than the lowest point in Colorado.
Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.
[Just like air. -psl]
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.
[Not counting the Susan B. Anthony dollar coin and various larger
denomination gold coins. -psl]
No NFL team that 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."
[This is the kind of "fact" that we all stay up late wishing for... -psl]
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-stars 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."
© 1999 Peter Langston