Look at the number four on a clock face that uses Roman numerals.
If the clock is made correctly then the Roman numeral four is
wrong. The standard and correct way to write the Roman numeral
four is "IV," but the traditional way to show it on
a clock face is "IIII." Legend has it that a clock was
made for a British king. When he saw the clock he mis-informedly
corrected the clock maker who re-did the clock face to show a
"IIII" instead of an "IV" thus not risking
offending the king. Other clock makers followed suit so as not
to embarrass the king. Now it is the traditional way to make clocks.
of "Seinfeld" contains at least one reference to Superman.
The dunce cap
of schoolhouse fame originates from a paper cone that was placed
on the heads of accused witches during the Middle Ages. When
Joan of Arc was martyred, she was wearing one of them.
Despite the hump,
a camel's spine is straight.
and "syzygy" are the longest English words without
There is no mention
of Adam and Eve eating an apple in the Bible.
The largest eggs
in the world are laid by a shark.
invented scuba gear while in the French resistance during World
War II. The acronym SCUBA stands for Self Contained Underwater
More people are
killed each year from bees than from snakes.
took place in the town of Haddonfield, Illinois but almost all
the cars in the film had California license plates.
A rat can last
longer without water than a camel.
There are more
nutrients in the cornflake package itself than there are in
the actual cornflakes.
Peanuts are used
in the production of dynamite.
The bubbles in
Guiness Beer sink to the bottom rather than float to the top
like all other beers. No one knows why.
Soda water does
not contain soda.
A female ferret
will die if it goes into heat and cannot find a mate.
is a pseudonym that filmmakers use when they don't want their
names to appear in the credits.
of a tastebud is ten days.
stones to help them dive deeper.
are playing opossum, they are not "playing." They
actually pass out from sheer terror.
was invented by Mike Nesmith's (of the Monkees) mother, Bette
Nesmith Graham, in 1951.
The turkey was
wrongly named after what was thought to be it's country of origin.
More money is
printed daily for the Monopoly game than by the U.S. Treasury.
There is a city
called Rome on every continent.
was invented before the screw.
Flying from London
to New York by Concord, due to the time zones crossed, you can
arrive 2 hours before you leave.
The names of
the three wise monkeys are: Mizaru: See no evil, Mikazaru: Hear
no evil, and Mazaru: Speak no evil.
There are no
rivers in Saudi Arabia.
John Wilkes Booth
shot Lincoln in a theatre and was found in a warehouse. Lee
Harvey Oswald shot Kennedy from a warehouse and was found in
termites to ants.
weigh exactly one ounce.
Every Swiss citizen
is required by law to have a bomb shelter or access to a bomb
It takes 8.5
minutes for light to get from the sun to earth.
means 'the land of rabbits.'
Earth is the
only planet not named after a God.
If you put a
raisin in a glass of champagne, it will keep floating to the
top and sinking to the bottom.
Susan Lucci is
the daughter of Phyllis Diller.
Snails can sleep
for 3 years without eating.
The car in the
foreground on the back of a $10 bill is a 1925 Huptmobile.
In the Andes,
time is often measured by how long it takes to smoke a cigarette.
Actor Tommy Lee
Jones and vice-president Al Gore were freshman roommates at
Brazil got its
name from the nut, not the other way around.
A species of
earthworm in Australia grows up to 10 feet in length.
look up at the sky during a rainstorm. Unfortunately some have
been known to drown as a result.
The bat on the
Bacardi symbol is there because the soil where the sugar cane
grows is fertile from the excessive guano (bat droppings.)
from sheep not cats.
A lion's roar
can be heard from five miles away.
Due to gravitational
effects, you weigh slightly less when the moon is directly overhead.
If you can see
a rainbow you must have your back to the sun. If you don't,
you can't see it.
that sucking on a copper penny will cause a breath-alyzer to
Clark Gable used
to shower more than 4 times a day.
There are only
three cities that are named exactly after the state they are
located in: Maine, ME; New York, NY; and Wyoming, WY.
mechanism of a carrier ship that helps planes to take off could
throw a pickup truck over a mile.
Only female mosquitoes
A duck's quack
doesn't echo. No one knows why.
of a donkey's eyes in its' heads enables it to see all four
feet at all times.
Walt Disney named
Mickey Mouse after Mickey Rooney, whose mother he dated for
There is about
200 times more gold in the worlds oceans, than has been
mined in our entire history.
By raising your
legs slowly and laying on your back, you can't sink in quicksand.
grow faster than darker beards.
From the age
of thirty, humans gradually begin to shrink in size.
crow if they can't fully extend their necks.
If a surgeon
in Ancient Egypt lost a patient while performing an operation,
his hands were cut off.
warded off the devil by clinking their cups.
All of the officers
in the Confederate army were given copies of Les Miserables,
by Victor Hugo, to carry with them at all times. Robert E. Lee,
among others, believed that the book symbolized their cause.
Both revolts were defeated.
Human hair and
fingernails do not continue to grow after death.
of koala bears are virtually indistinguishable from those of
humans, so much so that they could be confused at a crime scene.
The Nobel Prize
resulted from a late change in the will of Alfred Nobel, who
did not want to be remembered after his death as a propagator
of violence - he invented dynamite.
Months that begin
on a Sunday will always have a "Friday the 13th."
is the fear of beards.
Robert E. Lee,
of the Confederate Army, remains the only person, to date, to
have graduated from the West Point military academy without
a single demerit.
Oak trees do
not have acorns until they are fifty years old or older.
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.
The magic word
"Abracadabra" was originally intended for the specific
purpose of curing hay fever.
Years War' lasted 116 years.
No animal, once
frozen solid (i.e., water solidifies and turns to ice) survives
when thawed, because the ice crystals formed inside cells would
break open the cell membranes. However there are certain frogs
that can survive the experience of being frozen. These frogs
make special proteins, which prevent the formation of ice (or
at least keep the crystals from becoming very large), so that
they actually never freeze even though their body temperature
is below zero Celsius. The water in them remains liquid: a phenomenon
known as 'supercooling.' If you disturb one of these frogs (just
touching them even), the water in them quickly freezes solid
and they die.
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.
It is illegal
to be a prostitute in Siena, Italy, if your name is Mary.
The United States
government keeps its supply of silver at the U.S. Military Academy
at West Point, NY.
Cats have over
one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.
Italian for "pine eyes."
car horns beep in the key of F.
Bruce Lee was
so fast that they actually had to SLOW a film down so you could
see his moves. That's the opposite of the norm.
Bell, the inventor of the telephone, never phoned his wife or
his mother. They were both deaf.
Soweto in South
Africa was derived from SOuth WEst TOwnship.
The car manufacturer
Henry Ford was awarded Hitler's Supreme Order of the German
On 15 April 1912
the SS Titanic sunk on her maiden voyage and over 1,500 people
died. Fourteen years earlier a novel was published by Morgan
Robertson which seemed to foretell the disaster. The book described
a ship the same size as the Titanic which crashes into an iceberg
on its maiden voyage on a misty April night. The name of Robertson's
fictional ship was the Titan.
Other than humans,
black lemurs are the only primates that have blue eyes.
While at Havard
University, Edward Kennedy was suspended for cheating on a Spanish
exam. His character remains essentially unchanged.
name is Barbra Millicent Roberts.
is the only U.S. state capital without a McDonalds.
The correct response
to the Irish greeting, "Top of the morning to you,"
is "and the rest of the day to yourself."
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 island of Lesbos are Lesbosians, rather than Lesbians. (Of
course, lesbians are called lesbians because Sappho was from
The Chinese ideogram
for 'trouble' depicts two women living under one roof'.
It is a criminal
offence to drive around in a dirty car in Russia.
Clans of long
ago that wanted to get rid of their disliked or unwanted people,
without actually killing them, use to burn their houses down
-- hence the statement "to get fired."
nursery rhyme 'Ring-a-Round-The-Rosies' actually refers to the
Black Death which killed about 30 million people in the fourteenth-century.
The cruise liner,
Queen Elizabeth 2, moves only six inches for each gallon of
diesel that it burns.
in Detroit, Michigan carries the designation M-1, named so because
it was the first paved road anywhere.
have been known to use refrigerators to keep their food from
Cat urine glows
under a black light.
B-29's that bombed Japan. Mitsubishi built the Zeros that tried
to shoot them down. Both companies now build cars in a joint
plant call Diamond Star.
On the new one
hundred dollar bill the time on the clock tower of Independence
Hall is 4:10.
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.
flag of Italy was designed by Napoleon Bonaparte.
shaved off their eyebrows to mourn the deaths of their cats.
Women blink nearly
twice as much as men.
This list was prepared,
for no particular reason, by Michael Lee of Lee Street Management.
If you would like to add a useless fact, please let
me know. I would be happy to do it.
Hindu men believe(d)
it to be unluckily to marry a third time. They could avoid misfortune
by marrying a tree first. The tree (his third wife) was then
burnt, freeing him to marry (for the fourth time) again.
of Alberta in Canada has been completely free of rats since
Lady Astor once
told Winston Churchill 'if you were my husband, I would poison
your coffee'. His reply ' if you were my wife, I would drink
142857 is a cyclic
number, the numbers of which always appear in the same order
but rotated around when multiplied by any number from 1 to 6.
142857 * 2 = 285714 142857 * 3 = 428571 142857 * 4 = 571428
142857 * 5 = 714285 142857 * 6 = 857142
A pregnant goldfish
is called a twit.
The only member
of the band ZZ Top without a beard has the last name Beard.
There are no
clocks in Las Vegas casinos.
Humphrey Bogart never said "Play it again, Sam," Sherlock
Holmes never said "Elementary, my dear Watson," and
Captain Kirk never said "Beam me up, Scotty."
not a native Chinese dish, it was created in California by Chinese
A dragonfly has
a lifespan of twenty-four hours.
hat holds three-quarters of a gallon.
On an American
one-dollar bill, there is an owl in the upper left-hand corner
of the "1" encased in the "shield" and a
spider hidden in the front upper right-hand corner.
to sneeze with your eyes open.
(the bottled water) spelled backwards is "naive."
There are four
cars and eleven light posts on the back of a ten-dollar bill.
raised their visors to identify themselves when they rode past
their king. This custom has become the modern military salute.
It is illegal
to sell ET dolls in France because there is a law against selling
dolls without human faces.
The numbers '172'
can be found on the back of the U.S. $5 dollar bill in the bushes
at the base of the Lincoln Memorial. If you know why, email me, I'd like to know.
grew marijuana in his garden.
If you are locked
in a completely sealed room, you will die of carbon dioxide
poisoning before you will die of oxygen deprivation.
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.
Panama hats come
from Ecuador not Panama.
Human birth control
pills work on gorillas.
was the name of the gym teacher of the boys who went on to form
that band. He once told them, "You boys ain't never gonna
amount to nothin'."
In England, the
Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.
During the chariot
scene in 'Ben Hur' a small red car can be seen parked in the background.
Ivory bar soap
floating was a mistake. They had been over mixing the soap formula
causing excess air bubbles that made it float. Customers wrote
and told how much they loved that it floated, and it has floated
Great was an epileptic.
When young and
impoverished, Pablo Picasso kept warm by burning his own paintings.
The name for
Oz in the "Wizard of Oz" was thought up when the creator,
Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N, and O-Z,
Elvis had a twin
brother named Jesse Garon, who died at birth, which is why Elvis'
middle name was spelled Aron; in honor of his brother.
was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a
chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
stand for "Save Our Ship" or "Save Our Souls"
-- It was chosen by an 1908 international conference on Morse
Code because the letters S and O were easy to remember and just
about anyone could key it and read it, S = dot dot dot, O =
dash dash dash.
through their knees.
Mr. Rogers is
an ordained minister.
A 'jiffy' is
an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
The average person
falls asleep in seven minutes.
Heroin is the
brand name of morphine once marketed by Bayer.
which go north-south are numbered sequentially starting from
the west with odd numbers, and Interstates which go east-west
are numbered sequentially starting from the south with even
A walla-walla movie
scene is one where extras pretend to be talking in the background
-- when they say "walla-walla" it looks like they are
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
The phrase '
The 3 R's ' ( standing for 'reading, writing and arithmetic'
) was created by Sir William Curtis, who was illiterate.
of Independence was written on hemp paper.
the Radio Star" was the very first video ever played on MTV.
War II, W.C. Fields kept US $50,000 in Germany 'in case the
little bastard wins'.
Genesis 1:20-22 the chicken came before the egg.
was based on men in the Roman court swearing to a statement
made by swearing on their testicles.
Both Hitler and
Napoleon were missing one testicle.
A whale's penis
is called a "dork."
The hair on an
elephant's ass is called "dude."
If someone says
you are uglier than dude on a dork, that's bad.
A barnacle has
the largest penis of any other animal in the world in relation
to its size.
and Komodo dragons all have two penises.
Jet lag was once
called boat lag, back before jets existed.
There are more
beetles than any other kind of creature in the world.
screwdriver was invented in Oregon.
Ancient tomb robbers
believed that knocking Egyptian sarcophagi's noses off would forestall
Mozart was buried
in an unmarked pauper's grave.
The allele for
six fingers and toes is dominant in humans.
Polar bear fur
is not white, it's clear.
whales) kill sharks by torpedoing up into the shark's stomach
from underneath, causing the shark to explode.
If you feed a
seagull Alka-Seltzer, its stomach will explode.
are called that because the machine that makes them looks like
it's kissing the conveyor belt.
pseudonym "Mark Twain" was the nickname of a riverboat
pilot about whom Clemens wrote a needless nasty satirical piece.
Apparently, Clemens felt guilty later and adopted the nom de
plume as some sort of expiation. The phrase "mark twain"
from which the river pilot got his name does not mean two fathoms
A rhinoceros' horn
is made of compacted hair.
The famous split-fingered
Vulcan salute is actually intended to represent the first letter
("shin," pronounced "sheen") of the word "shalom."
As a small boy, Leonard Nimoy observed his rabbi using it in a
benediction and never forgot it; eventually he was able to add
it to "Star Trek" lore.
be silenced, due to all the noisy gasses which escape the cylinder
gap at the rear of the barrel.
Babies are born
without kneecaps. They don't appear until the child reaches
2-6 years of age.
The slogan on
New Hampshire license plates is 'Live Free or Die'. These license
plates are manufactured by prisoners in the state prison in
The pet ferret
(Mustela putorias furo) was domesticated more than 500 years before
the house cat.
Lincoln Logs were
invented by Frank Lloyd Wright's son.
The longest U.S.
highway is route 6 starting in Cape Cod, Massachusetts going
through 14 states, and ending in Bishop, California.
copy of the Declaration of Independence is lost. The copy in
Washington D.C. is what is referred to as a holograph. That
is a term for a handmade copy of a document and is not the same
as a laser produced hologram.
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.
the Devil" is short for "Speak of the Devil and he
shall come". It was believed that if you spoke about the
Devil it would attract his attention and he would appear.
eye is bigger than it's brain.
Gerald Ford pardoned
Robert E. Lee posthumously of all crimes of treason.
After human death,
post-mortem rigidity starts in the head and travels to the feet,
and leaves the same way it came -- head to toe.
was the voice of E.T.
The dome on Monticello,
Thomas Jefferson's home, conceals a billiards room. In Jefferson's
day, billiards were illegal in Virginia.
In most watch
advertisements the time displayed on the watch is 10:10 because
then the arms frame the brand of the watch (and make it look
like it's smiling.)
didn't have a belly button. It was eliminated when he was sewn
up after surgery.
The name Wendy
was made up for the book "Peter Pan."
Dr. Samuel A. Mudd
was the physician who set the leg of Lincoln's assassin John Wilkes
Booth, and whose shame created the statement for ignominy, "His
name is Mudd."
Bob Dylan's real
name is Robert Zimmerman.
The term "devil's
advocate" comes from the Roman Catholic church. When deciding
if someone should be sainted, a devil's advocate is always appointed
to give an alternative view.
read from the inside to the outside edge, the reverse of how
a record works.
was invented by oilmen, who used the tool to stir the drink.
The term "Mayday"
is used for signaling for help. It comes from the French term
"M'aidez" which is pronounced "MayDay" and
means, "Help Me."
The Boston University
Bridge (on Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts) is the
only place in the world where a boat can sail under a train
driving under a car driving under an airplane.
Our eyes are
always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never
if she were life size: 39-23-33.
February 1865 is
the last time this month has not had a full-moon.
The first Ford
cars had Dodge engines.
Leonardo De Vinci
invented the scissors.
makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory
workers in Malaysia combined.
One of the reasons
marijuana is illegal today is because cotton growers in the 30s
lobbied against hemp farmers -- they saw it as competition. It
is not chemically addictive as is nicotine, alcohol, or caffeine.
Pearls melt in
per cent of the weight of water is made up from oxygen.
A fully loaded
supertanker traveling at normal speed takes a least twenty minutes
A flush toilet
exists that dates back to 2000 BC.
No matter its
size or thickness, no piece of paper can be folded in half more
than 7 times.
not allowed to eat beans before they go into space because farting
into a spacesuit damages them.
Former US President
Ulysses S. Grant had the boyhood nickname 'Useless Grunt'.
Boys who have
unusual first names are more likely to have mental problems
than boys with conventional names. Girls don't seem to have
Russians (in Russia)
formally answer the phone by saying, 'I'm listening.'
Until 1967, LSD
was legal in California.
In the 40's,
the Bich pen was changed to Bic for fear that Americans would
pronounce it 'Bitch.'
wood twice as fast when listening to heavy metal music.
The NY phone
book had 22 Hitlers before WWII. The NY phone book had 0 Hitlers
There is a town
in Texas called 'Ding Dong.'
lighter was invented before the match.
detested coonskin caps.
Generally men will
leave their hotel rooms cleaner than women will.
her duties as queen, Cleopatra sometimes wore a fake beard.
of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.
If you multiply
526,315,789,473,684,210 with "any" number you will
always find the original number in the result!
If the population
of the Earth continued to increase at its present rate indefinitely,
by 3530 A.D. the total mass of human flesh and blood would equal
the mass of the Earth. By 6826 A.D. it would equal the mass
of the known universe.