27 Random Facts and Trivia

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    A collection of random facts and trivia. Read up, these could win you money on Jeopardy or a free drink at the bar someday.

    1. Heinz Catsup leaving the bottle travels at 25 miles per year.
    2. A hummingbird weighs less than a penny.
    3. One in every 4 Americans has appeared on television.
    4. The State of Florida is bigger than England.
    5. A sneeze travels out your mouth at over 100 m.p.h.
    6. The elephant is the only mammal that can’t jump.
    7. Bats always turn left when exiting a cave.
    8. In England, in the 1880’s, “Pants” was considered a dirty word.
    9. The Pentagon in Washington, D. C. has five sides, five stories, and five acres in the middle.
    10. Two very popular and common objects have the same function, but one has thousands of moving parts, while the other has absolutely no moving parts – an hourglass and a sundial.
    11. The “you are here” arrow on maps is called an ideo locator.
    12. The longest words in the English language with only one syllable are the nine-letter “screeched” and “strengths”.
    13. Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of their birthplace.
    14. If you were to spell out numbers, you would you have to go until 1,000 until you would find the letter “A”.
    15. All major league baseball umpires must wear black underwear while on the job (in case their pants split).
    16. San Francisco cable cars are the only National Monuments that move.
    17. In comic strips, the person on the left always speaks first.
    18. In 1950, President Harry Truman threw out the first ball twice at the opening day Washington DC baseball game; once right handed and once left handed.
    19. In the film Forrest Gump, all the still photos show Forrest with his eyes closed.
    20. A snowflake can take up to a hour to fall from the cloud to the surface of the Earth.
    21. Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.
    22. The wingspan of a Boeing 747 jet is longer than the Wright Brothers’ first flight.
    23. If you hook Jell-O up to an EEG, it registers movements almost identical to a human adult’s brain waves.
    24. When you hear a bullwhip snap, it’s because the tip is traveling faster than the speed of sound.
    25. There are 40,000 New York City cab drivers, who collectively drive more than a million miles each day.
    26. For every person on earth, there are an estimated 200 million insects.
    27. A chef’s hat is shaped the way it is for a reason: its shape allows air to circulate around the scalp, keeping the head cool in a hot kitchen.

    (from funny2.com)

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