Generally worthless trivia

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    SO YOU THINK YOU KNOW EVERYTHING? Memorize these facts and be the biggest bore at any party!
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    A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.

    A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

    A crocodile cannot stick out its tongue.

    A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours.

    A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.

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

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

    A snail can sleep for three years.

    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.

    Almonds are a member of the peach family.

    An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

    Babies are born without kneecaps. They don't appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age.

    Butterflies taste with their feet.

    Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds. Dogs only have about 10.

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

    February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.

    In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.

    If the population of China walked past you, in single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.

    If you are an average American, in your whole life, you will spend an average of 6 months waiting at red lights.

    It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

    Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.

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

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

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

    Our eyes are always the same size ffrom birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.

    Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.

    Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.

    "Stewardesses" is the longest word typed with only the left hand and "lollipop" with your right.

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

    The cruise liner, QE2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.

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

    The sentence:: "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter of the alphabet.

    The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid.

    The words 'racecar,' 'kayak' and 'level' are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left (palindromes).

    There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.

    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 two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: "abstemious" and "facetious."

    There's no Betty Rubble in the Flintstones Chewables Vitamins.

    Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.

    TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.

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

    Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

    Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks; otherwise it will digest itself.

    . . . Now you know everything!
     
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    Ah, but as the great Roger Miller said in his highbrow artistic work, "Chug-a-lug":

    They say roses are red and violets are purple

    Sugar's sweet and so's maple surple.
     
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    LOL - I guess that debunks this item of trivia:

    No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.
     
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    the sad thing is, this is DK....he knows all this kinda useless crap.
    Its gets annoying, but I guess thats part of his charm :lame2: :dev1:
    :rotflmao:
     
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    I only count 26...


    And here I've been telling people my whole life that facetious was the 'only' one. How embarassing.
     
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    A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
    FALSE- Depends on species as to how many muscles move the ear. There are NONE in the ear itself.
    http://courses.washington.edu/vertebra/453/lab_notes/cat_muscles.htm

    A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours.
    WRONG- they can live up to seven years.
    http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/insects/dragonfly/Dragonflyprintout.shtml

    A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.
    Goldfish - The Myth Busters TV show proved this one a myth. They taught fish to swim through a maze, showing that their time got faster and faster. Thus proving they remembered where the holes were.

    A "jiffy" is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
    YES, NO, MAYBE. There is no standardization.
    http://searchsmallbizit.techtarget.com/gDefinition/0,294236,sid44_gci822188,00.html

    A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.
    WRONG. Most sharks cannot 'blink' at all. Others roll their eyes forward for protection.
    http://www.sharkfoundation.com/facts.htm

    A snail can sleep for three years.
    WHEN FORCED TO.
    http://www.birdnature.com/feb1899/hibernation2.html

    All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.
    FALSE- the bill shows a representation of the memorial as it really is. With 36 columns for the 36 states at the time of his presidency.
    http://www.wordiq.com/definition/Lincoln_Memorial

    Babies are born without kneecaps. They don't appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age.
    SORT OF TRUE- in babies the patella iflints mostly cartilage it develops into bone at different rates in different children. Various Medical Sources.

    Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds. Dogs only have about 10.
    WRONG- Cats have far more, dogs do as well.
    http://www.ourhealthcoop.com/pets/cat_vocalizations.html
    http://www.nhm.org/exhibitions/dogs/communication/vocalizations.html

    February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.
    NOT HARDLY-
    http://www.infoplease.com/spot/bluemoon1.html

    In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
    UN-PROVABLE.

    If the population of China walked past you, in single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.
    SPECULATION.

    If you are an average American, in your whole life, you will spend an average of 6 months waiting at red lights.
    SPECULATION.

    It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
    FALSE-
    http://www.usatoday.com/news/science/wonderquest/2003-05-30-wonderquest_x.htm


    No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.
    Orange rhymes with Sporange (a sac in which spores are produced). Silver rhymes with chilver (a ewe lamb). Purple with hirple (British--walk lamely or hobble)."

    On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament building is an American flag.
    FALSE- It's not. On the two dollar bill is the Queen with robins on the back, not a flag.
    http://www.cdnpapermoney.com/

    Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.
    MAYBE
    http://www.perspectivesinnursing.org/v3n3/postoperative.html

    Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.
    INDIRECTLY. Peanut oil is used in some processes for making Glycerol from which you can make Nitroglycerine which is used in making dynamite.
    http://www.angelfire.com/tn2/minsrecipes/IndigenousPlants/Peanut.htm


    The cruise liner, QE2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.
    YOU FIGURE IT OUT-

    The Queen Elizabeth 2 - Specifications: Length: 963 feet (294 m) Beam: 105 feet (32 m) Tonnage: 70,327 gross tons (originally 69,053 gross tons) Deep draught: 32 feet (9.8 m) Service speed: 28.5 knots Top speed: 33 knots (can go 20 knots in reverse) Machinery: 9 MAN 9-cylinder medium speed turbo-charged diesel engines turning two five-bladed propellers.

    http://www.greatoceanliners.net/qe2.html

    The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid.
    WRONG- Although in 1948 an ice jam almost did it for a few hours.
    http://www.niagarafallslive.com/Facts_about_Niagara_Falls.htm

    There are more chickens than people in the world.
    UNVERIFIABLE, both populations are changing all the time, but there would appear to be more chickens.

    There's no Betty Rubble in the Flintstones Chewables Vitamins.
    YES THERE IS:
    http://www.bayercare.com/htm/flintC.htm

    Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.
    FALSE
    http://www.snopes.com/history/world/churchill.asp

    Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks; otherwise it will digest itself.
    YES AND NO
    http://www.arthritis.ca/tips for living/understanding medications/gastrointestinal/default.asp?s=1
     
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    Someone was bored at work this morning...
     
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    I spend a considerable amount of time being bored myself:

    The word disco means "I learn" in Latin.
     
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    Not exactly wrong, like the cat ear it depends on species, some sharks like the blue shark can blink both eyelids because they have what is called a nidictitateing membrane.


    Examples of sharks that can't blink are the White Death, Mako sharks and crocodile sharks.

    More useless trivia

    Intoxicated ants will always fall to the right

    A cockroach can survive for over a week without its head until it starves to death

    All polar bears are left handed

    Starfish have no brains

    One species of shark (the goblin shark) is bubblegum pink

    The third largest fish on the planet (the megamouth shark) was only discovered in 1976
     
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    Another useless fact:

    I just farted!!!
     

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