Pete's November 1998 Article.


"Did you know that?"...By Pete Bennett

More from the Internet. I found these little tidbits of knowledge that someone, somewhere took the time to compile. They are probably useless to most people but there just the kind of trivial information that fuels my brain, so I’ll pass them along and you can read them then try to forget them.

Did you know that?...

A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.

A dragonfly only has a life span of 24 hours.

A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.

A goldfish has a memory span of only three seconds.

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

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

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

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

All porcupines float in water.

Almonds are a member of the peach family.

An animal epidemic is called an epizootic.

An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

Camel's milk does not curdle.

Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.

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

Emus and kangaroos cannot walk backwards, and are on the Australian coat of arms for that reason.

Cleveland spelled backwards is: DNA level C.

1961 was the most recent year that could be written both upside-down and right side-up and appear the same. The next year that this will be possible will be 6009!

Thomas Edison, the light bulb inventor, was afraid of the dark!

A large amount of boulders that have fallen off a cliff is known as talus, whereas they would be known as moraine had they been left there by a glacier.

The Hoover Dam was built to last 2,000 years. The concrete in it will not even be fully cured for another 500 years.

Facetious and abstemious contain all the vowels in the correct order, as does arsenious, meaning "containing arsenic."

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

In most advertisements, including newspapers, the time displayed on a digital watch is 10:10 and on an analog clock 8:20.

In the 1940s, the FCC assigned television's Channel 1 to mobile services (two- way radios in taxicabs, for instance) but did not re-number the other channel assignments. That is why your TV set has channels 2 and up, but no channel 1

Los 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."

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

Murphy's Oil Soap is the chemical most commonly used to clean elephants.

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

Non-dairy creamer is flammable.

On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament Building is an American flag.

On an American one-dollar bill, there is an owl in the upper left-hand corner of the "1" encased in the "shield" and a spider hidden in the front upper right-hand corner.

Pamela Anderson Lee is Canada's Centennial Baby, being the first baby born on the centennial anniversary of Canada's independence.

Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.

Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.

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

Texas is the only state that is allowed to fly its state flag at the same height as the U.S. flag.

The airplane Buddy Holly died in was the "American Pie." (Thus the name of the Don McLean song.)

The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.

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

The 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."

The combination "ough" can be pronounced in nine different ways. The following sentence contains them all: "A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed."

The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.

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

The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building.

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

The name for Oz in the "Wizard of Oz" was thought up when the creator, Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N, and O-Z, hence "Oz."

The national anthem of Greece has 158 verses. No one in Greece has memorized all 158 verses.

The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable.

The only nation who's name begins with an "A", but doesn't end in an "A" is Afghanistan.

The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days of yore when the engines were pulled by horses. The horses were stabled on the ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight staircases.

The United States has never lost a war in which mules were used.

The verb "cleave" is the only English word with two synonyms which are antonyms of each other: adhere and separate.

There are more chickens than people in the world.

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

There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.

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

When opossums are playing 'possum, they are not "playing." They actually pass out from sheer terror.

When the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers play football at home, the stadium becomes the state's third largest city.

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

And finally this: you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we're kids?

If you're less than 10 years old, you're so excited about aging that you think in fractions. How old are you?.... "I'm four and a half" .... You're never 36 and a half .... you're four and a half going on five!

That's the key. You get into your teens, now they can't hold you back. You jump to the next number. How old are you? "I'm gonna be 16." You could be 12, but you're gonna be 16.

And then the greatest day of your life happens .... you become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony .... you BECOME 21 ... YES!!!

But then you turn 30 .... ooohhh what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk .... He TURNED, we had to throw him out. There's no fun now.

What's wrong?? What changed?? You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you're PUSHING 40 ..... stay over there, it's all slipping away ........

You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, you're PUSHING 40, you REACH 50 ..... and your dreams are gone.

Then you MAKE IT to 60 ..... you didn't think you'd make it!!!!

So you BECOME 21, you TURN 30, you're PUSHING 40, you REACH 50, you MAKE IT to 60 ...... then you build up so much speed you HIT 70!

After that, it's a day by day thing. After that, you HIT Wednesday .... You get into your 80's, you HIT lunch. My grandmother won't even buy green bananas .... it's an investment you know, and maybe a bad one.

And it doesn't end there .... into the 90's you start going backwards .... I was JUST 92 ...

Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again .... "I'm 100 and a half!!!!"

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