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12-08-2004 01:54 PM  13 years agoPost 1
blockatvalpo

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35 Facts you were perfectly happy not knowing

1. Rubberbands last longer when refrigerated.

2. Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.

3. There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.

4. The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.

5. The shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.

6. There are more chickens than people in the world.

7. Two-thirds of the world's eggplant is grown in New Jersey.

8. The longest one-syllable word in the English language is "screeched."

10. All of the clocks in the movie "Pulp Fiction" are stuck on 4:20.

11. No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver or purple.

12. "Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt".

13. All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.

14. Almonds are a member of the peach family.

15. Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.

16. Maine is the only US state whose name is just one syllable.

17. There are only four words in the English language which end in "dous" - tremendous, horrendous, stupendous and hazardous.

18. Los Angeles' full name is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula"

19. A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

20. An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

21. Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.

22. In most advertisements, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10

23. Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.

24. The Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra's "It's
A Wonderful Life."

25. Some dragonflies have a life span of 24 hours.

26. A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.

27. A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.

28. It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

29. The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.

30. In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.

31. The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.

32. Mr. Rogers is an ordained minister.

33. The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.

34. There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.

35. "Stewardesses" is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.

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12-08-2004 01:58 PM  13 years agoPost 2
Ted Toth

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good list

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You don't stop laughing because you grow old, you grow old because you stopped laughing.

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12-08-2004 02:04 PM  13 years agoPost 3
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Some good facts there. Wait for people to come along and start disproving them


Stephen

I only open my mouth to change feet.....

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12-08-2004 02:15 PM  13 years agoPost 4
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"El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula"
Translated is.
The Town of Our Lady the Queen of Angels of the Little Portion

In life there is no spacebar!

Rich Erikson AMA 6175

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12-08-2004 02:16 PM  13 years agoPost 5
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28 is false. I had a high school teacher tell me this (along with the fact that a giraffe could not put it's head below it knees without it's head blowing up). I proved that i could sneeze with both eyes open to not only the sience teacher but to an optometrist some years later. There are no ill effects to sneezing with both eyes open as the myth suggests but 99% of the population can't do it.

Good Flying!!

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12-08-2004 02:22 PM  13 years agoPost 6
Drunk Monk

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There are no ill effects to sneezing with both eyes open
If you get it wrong, your eyes might pop out!


Stephen

I only open my mouth to change feet.....

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12-08-2004 02:43 PM  13 years agoPost 7
blockatvalpo

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I doubt that squids even sneeze. Not unless they get bad water.

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12-08-2004 04:15 PM  13 years agoPost 8
blockatvalpo

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Anything to back it up?

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12-08-2004 04:19 PM  13 years agoPost 9
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Have a look at this, haven't read it properly yet


There is no easy answer to why fish like goldfish have memories that appear
to be so much poorer than our own. The parts of our brain that provide us
with much of our sense of consciousness and meory lie in the cererbum.
This region of our forebrain has greatly increased in size and complexity
throughout our evolution in comparison to other parts of our brain. The
fish forebrain is not nearly as large in relation to the other parts the
fish brain. Furthermore, it has been proposed that whereas tasks such as
pain perception are performed in the cerebrum in the mammalian brain, the
same tasks are performed in the brain stem of the fish brain. It is
therfore difficult to compare how and why humans and fish perceive, think,
and remember, because many of these mental events may be fundamentally
different between the two species. Memory is an especially tough one,
because not much is known about how memory occurs in either species.
Furthermore, domesticated fish such as goldfish are probably relatively
inbred. This means that they are not as "bright" as a fish in the wild who
can mate with any fish it chooses. This probably has as much to do with
memory span as whether the fish is an predator or prey.

Fish certainly can have long memories! Paradise fish (Macropodus
opercularis) can have an aggressive encounter with another fish, and then
be able to recognize that particular opponent at least a day after the
initial event. A fish called the Arctic char can tell its brothers' and
sisters' smell apart from unrelated fish of the same species. They can
remember their siblings' smell even after several days of isolation. Some
reef fish can remember where they found a good food source and return there
day after day. Other fish (Spinachia spinachia, and Gassterosteus
aculeatus) can encounter a new type of prey, become efficient at feeding on
that particular food source, be separated from that food source for 8-25
days, and then be able to remember and use the technique they previously
developed. Salmon, during mating season, return to the very stream they
were born, by their sense of smell - this can span years! So fish can
definitely remember things for extended periods of time using multiple
senses. The length of time any particular fish can remember something and
which senses it uses to do so, will vary between species and habitat.


Stephen

I only open my mouth to change feet.....

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12-08-2004 04:28 PM  13 years agoPost 10
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If it is on the net it HAS to be true .

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12-08-2004 04:31 PM  13 years agoPost 11
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it's only true if google links you to it

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12-08-2004 05:16 PM  13 years agoPost 12
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12-08-2004 05:59 PM  13 years agoPost 13
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31. The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
Very interesting.
http://www.ideafinder.com/history/inventors/spencer.htm

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12-08-2004 06:09 PM  13 years agoPost 14
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