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72 Things You May Not Have Known
(or cared about!?)

  1. A rat can last longer without water than a camel
  2. Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks or it will digest itself
  3. The dot over the letter "i" is called a tittle
  4. A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top
  5. A female ferret will die if it goes into heat and cannot find a mate
  6. A duck's quack doesn't echo. No one knows why
  7. A 2 X 4 (4 x 2) is really 1-1/2 by 3-1/2
  8. During the chariot scene in "Ben Hur," a small red car can be seen in the distance
  9. On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily!
  10. Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn't wear pants
  11. Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood
  12. The number of possible ways of playing the first four moves per side in a game of chess is 318,979,564,000
  13. There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with orange, purple and silver
  14. The name Wendy was made up for the book "Peter Pan." There was never a recorded Wendy before
  15. The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin in World War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo
  16. If one places a tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion, it will instantly go mad and sting itself to death
  17. Bruce Lee was so fast that they actually had to s-l-o-w film down so you could see his moves. That's the opposite of the norm
  18. The first CD pressed in the US was Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA"
  19. The original name for butterfly was flutterby
  20. The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb
  21. The first product Motorola started to develop was a record player for automobiles. At that time, the most known player on the market was Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola
  22. Roses may be red, but violets are indeed violet
  23. By raising your legs slowly and laying on your back, you cannot sink into quicksand
  24. Celery has negative calories. It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with
  25. Charlie Chaplin once won third prize in a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest
  26. Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying
  27. Sherlock Holmes NEVER said "Elementary, my dear Watson"
  28. An old law in Bellingham, Washington, made it illegal for a woman to take more than 3 steps backwards while dancing
  29. The glue on Israeli postage is certified kosher
  30. The Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from Public Libraries
  31. Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space because passing wind in a spacesuit damages them
  32. Bats always turn left when exiting a cave!
  33. The citrus soda 7-UP was created in 1929. "7" was selected because the original containers were 7 ounces. "UP" indicated the direction of the bubbles
  34. Mosquito repellents don't repel. They hide you. The spray blocks the mosquito's sensors so they don't know you're there
  35. Dentists have recommended that a toothbrush be kept at least 6 feet away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush
  36. The liquid inside young coconuts can be used as a substitute for blood plasma
  37. Clean seawater is an excellant substitute for blood plasma. In fact it was in the U.S. Marine's Medical journals during World War 2 and onwards. When blood plasma ran out during battle, sea water was pulled up from the sea in clean buckets, pulling quickly through the surface (to remove floating debri), then heated to blood temperature, strained through clean linen, and fed intravenously into the patient. In all situations where sea water was used as blood plasma, the wounded recovery rate far surpassed that of traditional blood plasma recipitents!
  38. American car horns beep in the tone of F
  39. No piece of paper can be folded more than 7 times
  40. Donkeys kill more people annually than plane crashes
  41. You have more of a chance of being run over by a bus in Australia, than winning Lotto in that country
  42. 1 in every 4 Americans has appeared on television
  43. You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television
  44. Oak trees do not produce acorns until they are fifty years of age or older
  45. The first product to have a bar code was Wrigley's gum
  46. The king of hearts is the only king without a mustache
  47. A Boeing 747s wingspan is longer than the Wright brother's first flight
  48. American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating 1 olive from each salad served in first class
  49. Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise (So, which way is "up" in a 3-dimensional universe?)
  50. Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning
  51. The 57 on the Heinz ketchup bottle represents the number of varieties of pickles the company once had
  52. The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets (And the University students that won't wear shoes with shoelaces are Aggies.)
  53. Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin
  54. The first owner of the Marlboro company died of lung cancer
  55. Barbie's full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts
  56. Betsy Ross is the only real person to ever have been the head on a Pez dispenser
  57. Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined
  58. Adolf Hitler's mother seriously considered having an abortion but was talked out of it by her doctor
  59. All US Presidents have worn glasses. Some just didn't like being seen wearing them in public
  60. Walt Disney was afraid of mice
  61. The sound of E.T. walking was made by someone squishing her hands in jelly
  62. Debra Winger was the voice of E.T.
  63. Pearls melt in vinegar
  64. It takes 3,000 cows to supply the NFL with enough leather for a year's supply of footballs
  65. Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married
  66. The three most valuable brand names on earth: Marlboro, Coca-Cola, and Budweiser, in that order
  67. It is possible to lead a cow upstairs...but not downstairs
  68. Average life span of a major league baseball: seven pitches
  69. The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days when the engines were pulled by horses. The horses were stabled on the ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight staircases
  70. Richard Milhouse Nixon was the first US president whose name contains all the letters from the word "criminal." The second? William Jefferson Clinton (Bill Clinton)
  71. 111 111 111 x 111 111 111 = 12345678987654321
  72. Each King in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history:
    Spades = King David / Hearts = Charlegmagne / Clubs = Alexandra the Great / Diamonds = Julius Caesar