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At work, I have a lot of down time, so I use it to look up random facts. Most of these are ones that I’ve researched and made sure they were at least partially true. Enjoy.

  • It is believed that Shakespeare was 46 around the time that the King James Version of the Bible was written. In Psalms 46, the 46th word from the first word is shake and the 46th word from the last word is spear.
  • Each of the suits on a deck of cards represents the four major pillars of the economy in the middle ages: heart represented the Church, spades represented the military, clubs represented agriculture, and diamonds represented the merchant class.
  • The word “lethologica” describes the state of not being able to remember the word you want.
  • The international telephone dialing code for Antarctica is 672.
  • St. Stephen is the patron saint of bricklayers.
  • The word “nerd” was first coined by Dr. Seuss in “If I Ran the Zoo.”
  • The word “chortle” was coined by Lewis Caroll, in Through the Looking Glass. It’s a combination of chuckle and snort.
  • Combining two words into one (like chortle) is called a portmanteau
  • The highest point in Pennsylvania is lower than the lowest point in Colorado.
  • “Miranda Rights” were so named because of a man with the last name of Miranda, who got out of a kidnaping/rape conviction because he didn’t know he could remain silent.
  • The hippocampus comes from a Greek word meaning “horse sea monster.” Early scientists thought that part of the brain looked like a seahorse.
  • Sylvester Stallone wrote the screenplay for Rocky, and sold it at a very low price in exchange for starring in it. That actually made his career.
  • During the filming of Fight Club Brad Pitt chipped his tooth , but waited to have it capped until after filming because he felt it added to his character.
  • One inch of rain over one square mile is 17,378,700 gallons of water.
  • Scratch-and-sniff works by taking the aroma-generating chemical and encapsulating it in gelatin or plastic spheres that are a few microns in diameter. When you scratch the sticker, you rupture some of these spheres and release the smell.
  • WD-40 stands for “Water Displacement, 40th attempt”. WD-40 was invented in 1953 and was first used by Convair to protect the outer skin of the Atlas missile from rust and corrosion. Another random WD-40 fact is that WD-40 dissolves cocaine.
  • The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV were Fred and Wilma Flintstone.
  • The cost of raising a medium sized dog to the age of 11: $6,400
  • The world’s youngest mother: 5 years old!
  • Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team his sophomore year.
  • The opposite sides of a dice cube always add up to 7.
  • The name Wendy was first used in Peter Pan.
  • Endocannibals eat people belonging to their own society. Exocannibals only eat those outside their tribe.
  • The tall chef’s hat is called a toque.
  • Richard Gere played Danny Zuko in a London production of Grease in the 1970s
  • A gelotologist studies laughter
  • The most overdue book in the world was borrowed from Sidney Sussex College in Cambridge, England and was returned 288 years later
  • One gallon of used motor oil can ruin approximately one million gallons of fresh water
  • The average length of engagement is 16 months. The average time the bride actually spends planning the wedding is 7 months.
  • The world’s longest engagement was 67 years. The couple was 15 when they got engaged and 82 when they got married.
  • quinquennium is a period of five years.
  • In the 1985 Boise, Idaho mayoral election, there were four write-in votes for Mr. Potato Head.
  • In 1985, a pregnant women was falsely accused of shoplifting a basketball.
  • Hitler was voted Time Magazine’s man of the year in 1938.
  • A man named Charles Osborne had the hiccups for approximately sixty-nine years.
  • Medical research has found substances in mistletoe that can slow down tumor growth.
  • Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Napoleon Bonaparte, and Harriet Tubman all had epilepsy.
  • The average adult has approximately six pounds of skin.
  • The average person spends two weeks of their life kissing.
  • Chef Boyardee is actually a real person. His real name is Hector Boiardi and he was born in northern Italy in 1898.
  • A googol is the large number 10100, that is, the digit 1 followed by one hundred zeros.
  • Switching letters is called spoonerism. For example, saying jag of Flapan, instead of flag of Japan.
  • The only part of the body that has no blood supply is the cornea in the eye. It takes in oxygen directly from the air.
  • German Shepherds bite humans more than any other breed of dog.
  • Adding a drop of olive oil and lemon juice to an ice cube then running it over your face gives you better results than some expensive skin care products.

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