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I might as well fill your head with some more useless spam while I am here...

Money isn't made out of paper, it's made out of cotton.

The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.

The dot over the letter i is called a "tittle".

A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top.

40% of McDonald's profits come from the sales of Happy Meals.

315 entries in Webster's 1996 Dictionary were misspelled.

The 'spot' on 7UP comes from its inventor, who had red eyes. He was albino.

On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents, daily.

Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine are brother and sister.

Chocolate affects a dog's heart and nervous system; a few ounces will kill a small sized dog.

Orcas (killer whales) kill sharks by torpedoing up into the shark's stomach from underneath,causing the shark to explode.

Most lipstick contains fish scales (eeww).

Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn't wear pants.

Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine.

Upper and lower case letters are named 'upper' and 'lower' because in the time when all original print had to be set in individual letters, the 'upper case' letters were stored in the case on top of the case that stored the smaller, 'lower case' letters.

Leonardo da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time (hence, multi-tasking was invented.)

Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.

There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos.

The name Wendy was made up for the book Peter Pan; there was never a recorded Wendy before!

There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with: orange, purple, and silver!

Leonardo Da Vinci invented scissors. also, it took him 10 years to paint Mona Lisa's lips.

A tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion will make it instantly go mad and sting itself to death.

The mask used by Michael Myers in the original "Halloween" was a Captain Kirk mask painted white.

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 (good to know.)

By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you can't sink in quicksand (and you thought this list was completely useless.)

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 (sign of a true civilized society ... not.)

The first product Motorola started to develop was a record player for automobiles. At that time, the most known player on the market was the Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola.

Celery has negative calories! It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with. It's the same with apples! (Guess what I'm buying on my next trip to the grocery store?)

Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying!

The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher.

Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from Public Libraries.

Squirrels can climb trees faster than they can run on the ground.

The standard size Slinky comprises of 80 feet of wire!

Play-Doh was originally formulated as a compound to clean wallpaper.

The original Twinkies filling was banana. It was replace by vanilla-flavored cream during World War II, when the US experienced a banana shortage.

On average, a Twinkie will explode in a microwave in forty-five seconds.

( I don't see why we should continue, it's obvious you are on your way to the microwave with a Twinkie).

The microwave was invented when an engineer testing a magnetron tube noticed that the radiation leaking from it had caused a chocolate bar in his pocket to melt.

A giraffe can clean its ears with its 21-inch tongue!

The average adult is capable of urinating every 5 minutes. For the math nerds, that's 288 a day!

The Rubik's Cube can be twisted and turned into over 43 quintillion (43,252,003,274,489,856,000) configurations in the attempt to line up one solid color on all six sides.

Barbie's last name is Roberts.

Father's Day is the holiday on which there are the greatest number of collect calls made in the United States.

The U.S. produces 19 percent of the world's trash. The annual contribution includes 20 billion disposable diapers, 2 billion razors, and 1.7 billion pens.

Finland has 187,888 lakes and 179,584 islands.

Rome has more homeless cats per square mile than any other city in the world.

The most popular name for a pet in the United States is Max.

Life Savers got their signature shape by accident, when the machine employed to press out a standard circular mint malfunctioned , inadvertently punching a hole in each one.

There are 1,218 peanuts in a single 28 ounce jar of JIF peanut butter.

Lobster was once fed to inmates in prison. However, not as a treat, it was considered cruel and unusual punishment! Lobsters are bottom feeders, not to mention the closest relative to the cockroach.

There are approximately 1,750 O's in every can of SpaghettiO's.

Director Wes Craven named Freddy Krueger after a kid who bullied him in school.

A hippo can open its mouth wide enough to fit a 4 foot tall child inside!

The number of cricket chirps you count in a 15 second interval, plus 37, will tell you the current air temperature.

The Venus flytrap feeds primarily on ants, not flies.

The average human brain has about 100 billion nerve cells.

Greyhounds have the best eyesight of any breed of dog.

One of every four alcohol drinks consumed in the world is vodka or vodka-based.

Strawberries have more vitamin C in them than oranges.

There is no one who does not dream. Those who claim to have no dreams, laboratory tests have determined, simply forget their dreams more easily than others.

One in every 4 Americans has appeared on television!

Cats have 2 sets of vocal cords.

A chameleon's tongue is twice the length of its body.

Cuba is the only island in the Caribbean to have a railroad.

We are about 1 centimeter taller in the morning than in the evening. This is because layers of cartilage in the joints gets compressed during the day.

A company in Taiwan makes dinnerware out of wheat, so you can eat your plate!

The only real people ever to be used for Pez dispensers were Betsy Ross and Daniel Boone.

The gold decorating the exterior of It's a Small World, at Disneyland isn't paint but, actually, 24-karat gold leaf!

On average, we forget 80% of what we learn on any given day.

Hummingbirds cannot glide or soar as other bird do. They are the only bird that can hover continuously.

The Hershey's Kiss got its name from the puckering sound made by the machine as the chocolate was dropped onto the conveyor belt during production.

Julia Child once did intelligence work for the Office of Strategic Services in India and China during World War II.

Flamingos are not naturally pink. They get their color from their food, tiny green algae that turn pink during digestion.

You blink over 10,000,000 times a year.

An ant can survive for up to two weeks underwater.

It has been estimated that the typical American will spend an average of 2 years of his/her life reading newspapers.

You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching TV.

In Tokyo, they sell toupees for dogs!

There is a town in Texas called "Ding Dong.

Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying!

Fortune cookies were actually invented in America, in 1918, by Charles Jung!

A monkey was once tried and convicted for smoking a cigarette in South Bend, Indiana.

The longest recorded flight of a chicken is 13 seconds!

Tablecloths were originally meant to be served as towels with which dinner guests could wipe their hands and faces after eating!

The human brain is insensitive to pain. The suffering of a headache come not from the organ itself but from the nerve and muscles lining it.

The Simpsons is the longest running animated series on TV.

Slugs have 4 noses.

Penguins can jump as high as 6 feet in the air.

Most cows give more milk when they listen to music.

Sigmund Freud had a morbid fear of ferns. Yep, the plant.

About a third of all Americans flush the toilet while they're still sitting on it.

About one-tenth of the earth's surface is permanently covered with ice.

We eat more ice than we do bread, nearly a hundred million tons a year or about two pounds per person per day.

Descartes came up with the theory of coordinate geometry by looking at a fly walk across a tiled ceiling.

If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, th e 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.

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

Ballroom dancing is a major at Brigham Young University.

Some biblical scholars believe that Aramaic (the language of the ancient Bible) did not contain an easy way to say "many things" and used a term which has come down to us as 40. This means that when the bible -- in many places -- refers to "40 days," they meant many days.

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 used 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 States.

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 language.

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 yards."

The original story from Tales of 1001 Arabian Nights begins, "Aladdin was a little Chinese boy."

The most common name in the world is Mohammed.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard's fish was named Livingston.

The 'y' in signs reading "ye olde.." is properly pronounced with a 'th' sound, not 'y'. The "th" sound does not exist in Latin, so ancient Roman occupied (present day) England used the rune "thorn" to represent "th" sounds. With the advent of the printing press the character from the Roman alphabet which closest resembled thorn was the lower case "y".

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.

The little bags of netting for gas lanterns (called 'mantles') are radioactive--so much so that they will set of an alarm at a nuclear reactor.

Mel Blanc (the voice of Bugs Bunny) was allergic to carrots

Cinderella's slippers were originally made out of fur. The story was changed in the 1600s by a translator. It was the left shoe that Aschenputtel (Cinderella) lost at the stairway, when the prince tried to follow her.

Donald Duck's middle name is Fauntleroy.

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 "rejoice."

In Casablanca, Humphrey Bogart never said "Play it again, Sam."

Sherlock Holmes never said "Elementary, my dear Watson."

Captain Kirk never said "Beam me up, Scotty," but he did say, "Beam me up, Mr. Scott".

More people are killed annually by donkeys than die in air crashes.

The flag of the Philippines is the only national flag that is flown differently during times of peace or war. A portion of the flag is blue, while the other is red. The blue portion is flown on top in time of peace and the red portion is flown in war time.

The "huddle" in football was formed due a deaf football player who used sign language to communicate and his team didn't want the opposition to see the signals he used and in turn huddled around him.

If you are locked in a completely sealed room, you will die of carbon dioxide poisoning first before you will die of oxygen deprivation.

Carnivorous animals will not eat another animal that has been hit by a lightning strike.

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 is to poke someone's eye out.

Mr. Rogers was an ordained minister.

Sir Isaac Newton was an ordained priest in the Church of England.

A 'jiffy' is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.

The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.

Certain frogs can be frozen solid then thawed, and continue living.

The Baby Ruth candy bar was actually named after Grover Cleveland's baby daughter, Ruth.

Hershey's Kisses are called that because the machine that makes them looks like it's kissing the conveyor belt.

Steve Young, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback, is the great-great- grandson of Mormon leader Brigham Young.

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