If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs
in the air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one front
leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in
battle; if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person
died of natural causes.
No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange,
silver and purple.
Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted
people without killing them use to burn their houses down –
hence the expression “to get fired.”
Canada is an Indian word meaning “Big Village”.
There are two credit cards for every person in the United
Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on
July 4th, John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the
rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn’t added
until 5 years later.
“I am.” is the shortest complete sentence in the English
The term “the whole 9 yards” came from WWII fighter pilots
in the South Pacific. When arming their airplanes on the
ground, the .50 caliber machine gun ammo belts measured
exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage. If the
pilots fired all their ammo at a target, it got “the whole 9
The most common name in the world is Mohammed.
The word “samba” means “to rub navels together.”
The international telephone dialing code for Antarctica is 672.
The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher.
Mel Blanc (the voice of Bugs Bunny) was allergic to carrots.
Until 1965, driving was done on the left-hand side on roads in
Sweden. The conversion to right-hand was done on a weekday
at 5pm. All traffic stopped as people switched sides. This time
and day were chosen to prevent accidents where drivers would
have gotten up in the morning and been too sleepy to realize
that *this* was the day of the changeover.
The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin during
World War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.
Dr. Seuss pronounced “Seuss” such that it rhymed with
In Casablanca, Humphrey Bogart never said “Play it again,
Sherlock Holmes never said “Elementary, my dear Watson.”
More people are killed annually by donkeys than die in air
The term, “It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye”
is from Ancient Rome. The only rule during wrestling matches
was, “No eye gouging.” Everything else was allowed, but the
only way to be disqualified was to poke someone’s eye out.
A ‘jiffy’ is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
Hershey’s Kisses are called that because the machine that
makes them looks like it’s kissing the conveyor belt.
Money isn’t made out of paper, it’s made out of cotton.
Every time you lick a stamp, you’re consuming 1/10 of a
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.
An ostrich’s eye is bigger that it’s brain.
The longest recorded flight of a chicken is thirteen seconds.
A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.
A pig’s orgasm lasts for 30 minutes.
It was discovered on a space mission that a frog can throw up.
The frog throws up it’s stomach first, so the stomach is
dangling out of it’s mouth. Then the frog uses it’s forearms to
dig out all of the stomach’s contents and then swallows the
stomach back down again.
White Out was invented by the mother of Mike Nesmith
(Formerly of the Monkees).
In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.
Studies show that if a cat falls off the seventh floor of a
building it has about thirty percent less chance of surviving
than a cat that falls off the twentieth floor. It supposedly takes
about eight floors for the cat to realize what is occurring, relax
and correct itself.
Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two
weeks: otherwise it will digest itself.
101 Dalmatians and Peter Pan (Wendy) are the only two
Disney cartoon features with both parents that are present and
don’t die throughout the movie.
‘Stewardesses’ is the longest word that is typed with only the
A whale’s penis is called a dork.
To escape the grip of a crocodile’s jaws, push your thumbs
into its eyeballs-it will let you go instantly.
Reindeer like to eat bananas.
The average person falls asleep in seven
Coca-Cola was originally green.
Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the US
It is possible to lead a cow upstairs but not downstairs.
Smartest dogs: 1) Scottish border collie; 2) Poodle; 3) Golden
Retriever. Dumbest: Afghan hound.
Hawaiian alphabet has 12 letters.
Men can read smaller print than women; women can hear
Amount American Airlines saved in 1987 by eliminating one
olive from each salad served first class: $40,000
City with the most Rolls Royce’s per capita: Hong Kong
State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work:
Percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28%
Percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%
Barbie’s measurements if she were life size: 39-23-33
Average number of days a West German goes without
washing his underwear: 7
Percentage of American men who say they would marry the
same woman if they had it to do all over again: 80%
Percentage of American women who say they’d marry the
same man: 50%
Cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $6,400
Average number of people airborne over the US any given
Percentage of Americans who have visited Disneyland/Disney
Average life span of a major league baseball: 7 pitches.
Only President to win a Pulitzer: John F. Kennedy for Profiles
Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
The world’s youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China
The youngest pope was 11 years old.
Iceland consumes more Coca-Cola per capita than any other
First novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.
A duck’s quack doesn’t echo, and no one knows why.
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.
The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National
The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating
a letter is uncopyrightable.
Hang On Sloopy is the official rock song of Ohio.
Did you know that there are coffee flavored PEZ?
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 airplane Buddy Holly died in was the “American Pie.”
(Thus the name of the Don McLean song.)
When opossums are playing ‘possum, they are not “playing.”
They actually pass out from sheer terror.
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
Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king
Spades – King David,
Clubs – Alexander the Great,
Hearts – Charlemagne,
Diamonds – Julius Caesar.
The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one mile in
every five must be straight. These straight sections are usable
as airstrips in times of war or other emergencies.
David Prowse was the guy in the Darth Vader suit in Star
Wars. He spoke all of Vader’s lines, and didn’t know that he
was going to be dubbed over by James Earl Jones until he saw
the screening of the movie.
In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere.
The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army
for the “General Purpose” vehicle, G.P.
The Pentagon, in Arlington, Virginia, has twice as many
bathrooms as is necessary. When it was built in the 1940s, the
state of Virginia still had segregation laws requiring separate
toilet facilities for blacks and whites.
The cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth II, moves only six inches
for each gallon of diesel that it burns.
Cat’s urine glows under a blacklight.
The highest point in Pennsylvania is lower than the lowest
point in Colorado.
Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.
If you have three quarters, four dimes, and four pennies, you
have $1.19. You also have the largest amount of money in
coins without being able to make change for a dollar.
No NFL team which plays its home games in a domed
stadium has ever won a Superbowl.
The first toilet ever seen on television was on “Leave It To
The only two days of the year in which there are no
professional sports games (MLB, NBA, NHL, or NFL) are the
day before and the day after the Major League all-stars Game.
Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.
The name Wendy was made up for the book “Peter Pan.”
Alaska could hold the 21 smallest States
Before Prohibition, Shlitz Brewery owned more property in
Chicago than anyone else, except the Catholic church.
If you put a raisin in a glass of champagne, it will keep
floating to the top and sinking to the bottom.
Kermit the Frog is left-handed.
Non-dairy creamer is flammable.
The car in the foreground on the back of a $10 bill is a 1925
Dr. Seuss and Kurt Vonnegut went to college together. They
were even in the same fraternity, where Seuss decorated the
fraternity house walls with 20 drawings of his characters.
If you can see a rainbow you must have your back to the sun.
If you don’t, you can’t see it.
It’s rumored that sucking on a copper penny will cause a
breathalyzer to read 0.
Dogs and humans are the only animals with prostates.
The highest scoring word in the English language game of
Scrabble is ‘Quartzy’. This will score 164 points if played
across a red triple-word square with the Z on a light blue
double-letter square. It will score 162 points if played across
two pink double-word squares with the Q and the Y on those
squares. ‘Bezique’ and Cazique’ are next with a possible 161
points. All three words score an extra 50 points for having
seven letters and therefore emptying the letter rack in one go.
Assuming Rudolph was in front, there are 40,320 ways to
arrange the other eight reindeer.
The dial tone of a normal telephone is in the key of “F”.
The fingerprints of koala bears are virtually indistinguishable
from those of humans, so much so that they could be confused
at a crime scene.
In the four major US professional sports (baseball, basketball,
football, and hockey), there are only seven teams whose
nicknames do not end with an “S:” Basketball: The Miami
Heat, The Utah Jazz, The Orlando Magic. Baseball: The
Boston Red Sox, The Chicago White Sox. Hockey: The
Colorado Avalanche, The Tampa Bay Lightning. Football:
Beelzebub, another name for the devil, is Hebrew for Lord of
the Flies, and this is where the book’s title comes from.
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.
The ship, the Queen Elizabeth 2, should always be written as
QE2. QEII is the actual queen.
There were no squirrels on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts
The correct response to the Irish greeting, “Top of the morning
to you, ” is “and the rest of the day to yourself.”
The Les Nessman character on the TV series WKRP in
Cincinnati wore a bandaid in every episode, either on himself,
his glasses, or his clothing.
Columbia University is the second largest landowner in New
York City, after the Catholic Church.
When the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers play football at
home to a sellout crowd, the stadium becomes the state’s third
John Larroquette of “NightCourt” and “The John Larroquette
Show” was he narrator of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”
In 1963, baseball pitcher Gaylord Perry remarked, “They’ll put
a man on the moon before I hit a home run.” On July 20, 1969,
a few hours after Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon,
Gaylord Perry hit his first, and only, home run.
Gilligan of Gilligan’s Island had a first name that was only
used once, on the never-aired pilot show. His first name was
Ohio is listed as the 17th state in the U.S., but technically it is
Number 47. Until August 7, 1953, Congress forgot to vote on
a resolution to admit Ohio to the Union.
When Saigon fell, the signal for all Americans to evacuate was
Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” being played on the radio.
The pet ferret (Mustela putorias furo) was domesticated more
than 500 years before the house cat.
The dome on Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home, conceals
a billiards room. In Jefferson’s day, billiards were illegal in
The term “devil’s advocate” comes from the Roman Catholic
church. When 20 of the church’s most important convene in
deciding if someone should be sainted, a devil’s advocate is
always appointed to give an alternative view.
The sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.”
Uses every letter in the alphabet. (Developed by Western
Union to Test telex/twx communications)
111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321
In Cleveland, Ohio, it’s illegal to catch mice without a hunting
It takes 3,000 cows to supply the NFL with enough leather for
a year’s supply of footballs.
Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for
dating are already married.
There are an average of 178 sesame seeds on a McDonald’s
Big Mac bun.
The world’s termites outweigh the world’s humans 10 to 1.
Pound for pound, hamburgers cost more than new cars.
The 3 most valuable brand names on earth: Marlboro, Coca-
Cola, and Budweiser in that order.
When Heinz ketchup leaves the bottle, it travels at a rate of 25
miles per year.
The Bible has been translated into Klingon.
Humans are the only primates that don’t have pigment in the
palms of their hands.
Ten percent of the Russian government’s income comes from
the sale of vodka.
On average, 100 people choke to death on ballpoint pens every
In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all the
world’s nuclear weapons combined.
Reno, Nevada is west of Los Angeles, California.
Average age of top GM executives in 1994: 49.8 years.
Average age of theRolling Stones: 50.6.
Elephants can’t jump. Every other mammal can.
The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.
Five Jell-O flavors that flopped: celery, coffee, cola, apple,