Did You Know...

bulletAll of the clocks in the movie "Pulp Fiction" are stuck on 4:20.
bulletOn a Canadian two-dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament building is an American flag.
bulletIf she were life size, Barbie's measurements would be 39-23-33.
bulletNo word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver or purple.
bullet"Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt."
bulletAll 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.
bulletAlmonds are members of the peach family.
bulletWinston Churchill was born in ladies' room during a dance.
bulletMaine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.
bulletThere are only four words in the English language that end in "-dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
bulletThe longest place-name still in use is: Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoro- nukupokaiwenuakitanatahu, a New Zealand hill.
bulletLos Angeles's full name is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula" and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size, "L.A."
bulletA cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
bulletAn ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.
bulletTigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
bulletIn most advertisements, including newspapers, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.
bulletAl Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.
bulletThe only real person to be a 'Pez' head was Betsy Ross.
bulletThe characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra's "Its A Wonderful Life".
bulletA goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.
bulletA dime has 118 ridges around the edge.
bulletThe giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.
bulletWho's that playing the piano on the "Mad About You" theme? Why, it's Paul Reiser, himself.
bulletThe male gypsy moth can "smell" the virgin female gypsy moth from 1.8miles away.
bulletThe name for Oz in the "Wizard of Oz" was thought up when the creator, L. Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N, and O-Z, hence "Oz."
bulletThe microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
bulletMr. Rogers is an ordained minister.
bulletJohn Lennon's first girlfriend was named Thelma Pickles.
bulletThe average person falls asleep in seven minutes.
bulletThere are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.
bullet"Stewardesses" is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.
bulletAncient Egyptians shaved off their eyebrows to mourn the deaths of their cats.
bulletA bowling pin needs only tilt 7.5 degrees in order to fall down.
bulletThe right side of a boat was called the starboard side due to the that the astronavigators used to stand out on the plank (which was on the right side) to get an unobstructed view of the stars. The left side was called the port side because that was the side you put in on at the port. This was so that they didn't knock off the guy on the starboard side.
bulletThe Japanese word "Arigato" meaning thank you is derived from the Portugese word "Obrigado". Portugal once had a thriving trade with Japan.
bulletThe bubbles in Guiness Beer sink to the bottom rather than float to the top like all other beers. No one knows why.
bulletJupiter's core is in fact made of a non-metal, but due to the immense pressure inside Jupiter the core has become a metal. This metal is hydrogen.
bulletA fullgrown bear can run as fast as a horse.
bulletEvery male over the age of 18 is considered part of the Arizona Militia according to state constitution.
bulletThe word "karate" means "empty hand."
bulletFour people played Darth Vader: David Prowse was his body, James Earl Jones did the voice, Sebastian Shaw was his face and a fourth person did the breathing.
bulletA hamlet is a village without a church and a town is not a city until it has a cathedral.
bullet49.6% of US residents live in Eastern time zone, 29.3% live in the Central time zone, 5.3% live in the Mountain time zone, 15.0% live in the Pacific time zone and .8% live in any other time zone.
bulletTexas is also the only state that is allowed to fly its state flag at the same height as the U.S. flag.
bulletIf you put a raisin in a glass of champagne, it will keep floating to the top and sinking to the bottom.
bulletTommy Lee Jones and Al Gore were freshman roommates at Harvard.
bulletA lion's roar can be heard from five miles away.
bulletThe first song played on Armed Forces Radio during operation Desert Shield was "Rock the Casbah" by the Clash.
bulletThe launching mechanism of a carrier ship that helps planes to take off, could throw a pickup truck over a mile.
bulletIf you told someone that they were one in a million, you'd be saying there were about 1,800 of them in China.
bulletThe average sixty minute audio cassette tape has 562.5 feet of tape in it, nearly two football fields long.
bulletThe ashes of the average cremated person weigh nine pounds.
bulletThe fingerprints of koala bears are virtually indistinguishable from those of humans, so much so that they could be confused at a crime scene.
bulletRobert E. Lee, of the Confederate Army, remains the only person, to date, to have graduated from the West Point military academy without a single demerit.
bulletCroatia was the first country to recognize the United States in 1776.
bulletPinocchio is Italian for "pine eyes."
bulletThe Chinese ideogram for 'trouble' depicts two women living under one roof. And the Chinese words for crisis and opportunity are the same.
bulletRalph Lauren's original name was Ralph Lifshitz.
bulletLizzie Borden was acquitted.
bulletIsaac Asimov is the only author to have a book in every Dewey-decimal category.
bulletLorne Greene had one of his nipples bitten off by an alligator while he was host of "Lorne Greene's Wild Kingdom."


1997 William Geoffrey Shotts. Last update: Saturday, November 02, 2002