100 Useless Facts….for no reason

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  1. The first telephones did not have bells and were connected all the time. In order to attract the attention of someone on the other side of the line, one would have to yell, “Ahoy!” into the receiver.
  2. After publishing his famous dictionary, Noah Webster rewrote the bible, replacing all the words he considered were “naughty”.
  3. A nepheligenous is someone filling a room with tobacco smoke.
  4. Van Gogh sold only one painting during his life.
  5. In the original Star Trek series Captain Kirk’s middle name was Tiberius.
  6. 17th president Andrew Johnson was the only president to sew his own clothes.
  7. Ernest Hemmingway founded an annual fishing tournament in Cuba, where he lived for many years. Fidel Castro was the winner of this contest in 1960.
  8. Mark Twain’s favourite cats were named Sour Mash, Sin, Apollinaris, Beelzebub, Buffalo Bill, Zoroaster, Blatherskite, and Satan.
  9. In 1968, Steve McPeak traveled from Chicago to Los Angeles on a unicycle. The trip took him six weeks.
  10. The longest word used by Shakespeare in any of his works is “honorificabilitudinitatibus,” found in “Love’s Labours Lost.”
  11. The original title of the musical “Hello Dolly!” was “Dolly: A Damned Exasperating Woman.”
  12. Spam is so resistant to spoilage that, if kept in the closed can, it may well outlast eternity and will certainly live longer than you.
  13. Spam was first promoted as a health food.
  14. In Korea Spam comes in gift boxes.
  15. If placed end to end, all the Spam ever sold would circle the Earth more than ten times.
  16. When Pedro I became King of Portugal in the 14th century, he had his dead mistress dug up so she could be crowned queen alongside him. Many of the nobles at the coronation even kissed her hand. After the ceremonies they put her back in the box and returned her to her tomb.
  17. It’s illegal in Alabama to wear a fake moustache that causes laughter in church.
  18. In parts of Alaska, it’s illegal to feed alcohol to a moose.
  19. You’re subject to fines and/or imprisonment for making “ugly faces” at dogs in Oklahoma.
  20. In Utah, birds have the right of way on all highways.
  21. Mao Zedong, like many Chinese of his time, refused to brush his teeth. Instead, he rinsed his mouth with tea and chewed the leaves. Why brush? “Does a tiger brush his teeth?” argued Mao. As you can imagine, his teeth were green.
  22. Chairman Mao also loved to chain-smoke English cigarettes, when his doctor asked him to cut down, he explained that “smoking is also a form of deep-breathing exercise, don’t you think?”
  23. The groundhog is only accurate in predicting the weather 28% of the time.
  24. Gene Sarazen, a golfer from several generations ago, set the record for the fastest golf drive: 120 mph.
  25. Michael Sangster, who played in the 1960s, had tennis’ fastest serve, once clocked at 154 mph.
  26. Since 1949, the LEGO company, based in Denmark, has produced more than 200,000,000,000 of the plastic elements that make up the Lego System.
  27. There are 102,981,500 ways to combine six of the 8-studed Lego bricks of one color.
  28. The name LEGO came from the Danish, “LEg GOdt,” which means “play well.”
  29. In England there is no difference between a pig and a hog, but here in the states if a pig is over 180 pounds, it is considered a hog.
  30. The specific gravity of your skin and Silly Putty is close enough that doctors have actually used it to align and test CAT scan machines.
  31. Lake Titicaca is known as the largest lake in South America.
  32. The Dead Sea is the world’s saltiest body of water.
  33. The earliest known legal text was written by Ur Nammu in 2100 B.C.
  34. The population density of the state of Alaska is 1 person per square mile.
  35. The original host of “Jeopardy” was Art Fleming.
  36. David McConnell used to sell sets of Shakespeare door-to-door. In order to make books more appealing, he offered free perfume to his customers. Realizing the perfume was more popular he began selling cosmetics door-to-door. And so began Avon.
  37. Some unwrapped mummies had a total bandage length of about 1.5 miles.
  38. Although it’s only 2% of our body weight, the brain uses 20% of all oxygen we breathe, 20% of the calories we take in, and 15% of the body’s blood supply.
  39. Income tax was first introduced in England in 1799 by British Prime Minister, William Pitt.
  40. The coccyx is the only bone in our 200+ bone system that serves no purpose.
  41. The Aztecs had a primative form of basketball called “ollamalitzli.” The difference from today’s sport is that the first person to get the ball through the ring high above the ground had the right to collect the clothes right off the backs of everyone watching the game.
  42. If you were to guess at a number chosen between 5 and 10, you would be wrong five out of six times.
  43. Donna Griffith is credited with the longest recorded bout of sneezing. It lasted 978 days, from January 1981 to September 1983.
  44. According to old historical opinion, Valentine’s Day is a good day to prepare eels for the purposes of magic. It was once believed that eating an eel’s heart would give sight of the future.
  45. The youngest person to receive a driver’s license is a 14 year 8 month year old by the name of Andrezej Makowski.
  46. The most miles ever put on a car is 1,615,000 miles on a 1966 Volvo P-1800.
  47. Renee Descartes, the 17th century philosopher and mathematician, is the person responsible for “x” being the universal variable in algebra.
  48. If you counted at the rate of 100 numbers a minute and kept counting for eight hours a day, five days a week, it would take a little over 4 weeks to count to one million and just over 80 years to reach one billion.
  49. Every day, more than 1,000 gallons of water are lost into space from the top of Earth’s atmosphere. Yet there is about as much water on Earth as there was 3 billion years ago.
  50. Les Miserables has a 3-page, 823-word sentence which is divided by 93 commas, 51 semicolons, and 4 dashes. Rumor has it that someone suffocated from lack of oxygen in the 1940′s just short of the 73rd comma while giving a dramatic reading from the work.
  51. Flag semaphore invented in Europe in 1791 by Claude and Ignace Chappe. Using this form of communication, Napoleon Bonaparte was able to send a message from Rome to Paris in about 4 hours at the rate of 15 characters per minute.
  52. About 40% of the world’s varieties of freshwater fish and more than half of the 8,600 species of birds in the world are in the Amazon River basin area.
  53. The largest stick of incense ever created was nearly 15 feet long and 6 inches in diameter.
  54. Jackie Bibby sat in a bathtub with 35 live rattlesnakes, procuring himself a world record.
  55. The word ‘byte’ is a contraction of ‘by eight.’
  56. The word ‘pixel’ is a contraction of either ‘picture cell’ or ‘picture element’.
  57. The longest one-syllable word in the English language is “screeched.”
  58. The dot over the letter ‘i’ is called a tittle.
  59. Duddley DoRight’s Horses name was “Horse.”
  60. Charlie Brown’s father was a barber.
  61. Of the six men who made up the Three Stooges, three of them were real brothers (Moe, Curly and Shemp.)
  62. 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.
  63. Only 1/3 of the people that can twitch their ears can twitch only one at a time.
  64. Ingrown toenails are hereditary.
  65. The largest city in the United States with a one syllable name is Flint, Michigan.
  66. On the cartoon show ‘The Jetsons’, Jane is 33 years old and her daughter Judy is 15.
  67. Only humans and horses have hymens.
  68. The word “set” has more definitions than any other word in the English language.
  69. The state with the longest coastline in the US is Michigan.
  70. We will have four consecutive full moons making two blue moons in 1999 (January 2 and 31, March 2 and 31.) The only other time it happened this century was in 1915 (January 1 and 31, March 1 and 31.)
  71. The longest U.S. highway is route 6 starting in Cape Cod, Massachusetts going through 14 states, and ending in Bishop, California.
  72. The first man to sail solo around the world was Joshua Slocum, who couldn’t swim.
  73. It took 20,000 men 22 years to build the Taj Mahal.
  74. Vincent Van Gogh painted a picture every day for the last 70 years of his life.
  75. If you stand at the bottom of a well you would be able to see the stars even in the middle of the day.
  76. STASI, the East German secret police, managed to duplicate the scent of a female dog in heat and apply it to the shoes of people they had under surveillance. If they needed to track them down, they just had to let some male dogs follow the scent.
  77. Arnold Schwarzenegger began his transition from Austrian bodybuilder into an American film star when he made his screen debut in 1970 under the name “Arnold Strong” in “Hercules Goes Bananas.”
  78. The Hundred Years War of the 14th and 15th centuries actually lasted 116 years.
  79. Trees, not whales, are the largest living organisms on Earth today.
  80. Karen Roman grew the world’s largest cauliflower, weighing in at 22 pounds.
  81. Charles Dickens kept the head of his bed aligned with the North Pole, believing the earth’s magnetic field would pass longitudinal through his body and ensure him a good night sleep.
  82. The Titanic’s rudder outweighed Christopher Columbus’ Santa Maria.
  83. Scientists find as many as 10,000 new species of insects a year.
  84. Worms can have up to ten hearts.
  85. The dragonfly has about 30,000 lenses covering its retina, enabling it to see many images.
  86. More employees are injured in the meat packing industry than any other line of work.
  87. By the time you’re 70 you will have lost half your taste buds.
  88. Low fat foods are more likely to contain harmful bacteria than regular foods.
  89. The largest ball of twine in the world resides in Cawker City, Kansas, USA. It is over 12 feet in diameter, weighs 8+ tons, and never stops growing. More
  90. Average wait in the waiting room of a doctor’s office: 20 minutes.
  91. Black was the only colour that Ford produced the Model T. It was the only paint available which would dry fast enough to keep up with the fast pace of the assembly line.
  92. About 50 ant farms are sold an hour.
  93. The world’s longest mustache is more than eight feet long.
  94. The world’s largest squid was 35 feet long and weighed 2.2 tons.
  95. The fastest speed that a rail vehicle has gone is 6,121 mph or mach 8.
  96. The world’s largest gum drop was 11 lbs, 9 inches tall, and contained 15,250 calories.
  97. The largest tumor ever removed intact weighed 303 lbs.
  98. On the South Pole every direction you look is north.
  99. The world’s first coffee shop opened in 1554 in Constantinople. But it wasn’t until 1683 when coffee was served with milk, sugar, and a strainer was used to separate the grounds from the beverage.
  100. The tuna fish never stops swimming.

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  2. October 1, 2010  4:09 pm by Dr. Jim WillardsenNo Gravatar Reply

    This is awesome. I love random facts. My favorite might be mark Twains favorite cats.

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  4. November 6, 2009  10:22 pm by SylinaNo Gravatar Reply

    LLLLLMAAAAAAAAAAOOOOOOOOO
    #67 is the best! I can't believe I took the time to read these. Lol.
    Thanks dude, that was funny.

  5. September 29, 2009  5:06 am by FreshNerdNo Gravatar Reply

    Ha!....really?? "#67 Only humans and horses have hymens"

    Hmmm....

  6. September 28, 2009  7:21 am by heatherNo Gravatar Reply

    I'm mad about the title!...lmao. Who said they were "useless"? I can use these!!!!

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