Random Facts

  1. The 57 on Heinz ketchup bottles represents the number of varieties of pickles the company once had.
  2. Condors and vultures are the only birds that have a developed sense of smell.
  3. Species of hummingbirds can be distinguished by their flight pattern when courting.
  4. Peregrine falcons were once known as duck hawks.  Their main prey is pigeons.
  5. Woodpeckers' tongues are wrapped over the skull and attached at the rear base.
  6. Sharks are immune to every known disease.
  7. The worlds smallest octopus, the Blue Ring, is also the worlds most poisonous.
  8. A rat can last longer without water than a camel can.
  9. A desert snail can sleep for 3 years.
  10. Hippos annually kill more people in Africa than any other animal.
  11. The world's termites outweigh the world's humans 10 to 1.
  12. As of 2007, it costs more than 1 cent to produce a penny worth 1 cent.
  13. In New York City there are 6,374.6 miles of streets.
  14. The entire U.S.'s energy requirements could be fulfilled by covering half of all paved areas in the country with solar panels
  15. The bible has been translated into Klingon.
  16. The only wonder of the ancient world still standing is the pyramids of Giza.
  17. China has more English speakers than the United States.
  18. Children grow faster in the spring.
  19. Cats have 290 bones in their bodies, and 517 muscles.
  20. The country of Andorra has a zero percent unemployment rate.
  21. In Singapore, it is illegal to spit out chewing gum.
  22. Only 1 human in 2,000,000,000 will live to be older than 116.
  23. Women blink roughly twice as often as men.
  24. El Azizia in Libya recorded a temperature of 136 degrees Fahrenheit (57.8 Celsius) on Sept. 13, 1922 the hottest ever measured.
  25. In 1865 the first speed limit was introduced in Britain, 2 mph in town and 4 mph in the country.
  26. Lightning reaches 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit, fours times as hot as the sun's surface.
  27. The temperature in caves is approximately 55 degrees year round.
  28. In the 1400's a law was set forth in England that a man was allowed to beat his wife with a stick no thicker than his thumb. Hence we have the rule of thumb.
  29. Many years ago in Scotland , a new game was invented. It was ruled Gentlemen Only...Ladies Forbidden...and thus the word GOLF entered into the English language.
  30. The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV were Fred and Wilma Flintstone.
  31. The first novel ever written on a typewriter was Tom Sawyer.
  32. In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes.  When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase... goodnight, sleep tight.
  33. It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month, which we know today as the honeymoon.
  34. Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the U.S. Treasury.
  35. Coca-Cola was originally green.
  36. It is impossible to lick your elbow.
  37. At least 75% of people who read the fact above will try to lick their elbow!
  38. The State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work is Alaska.
  39. The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28%
  40. The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%
  41. The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven is around $6,400
  42. The average number of people airborne over the U.S. in any given hour: 61,000
  43. The domestic cat is the only cat species able to hold its tail vertically while walking; all wild cats hold their tails horizontally or tucked between their legs while walking.
  44. Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
  45. The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile U.S. National Monuments.
  46. Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history: Spades - King David, Hearts - Charlemagne, Clubs -Alexander the Great, Diamonds - Julius Caesar.
  47. 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.
  48. 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.
  49. Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of their birthplace.
  50. Most boat owners name their boats. The most popular boat name requested is Obsession
  51. 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321.
  52. If you were to spell out numbers, you would have to go until one thousand before you find the letter A.
  53. Honey is the only food that doesn't spoil
  54. Coca-Cola originally contained cocaine.
  55. 25% of cat owners blow dry their cats hair after a bath.
  56. Saxitoxin, found in some shellfish, is officially classified by the UN as a weapon of mass destruction.
  57. Boletus pulcherrimus, a large red and brown pored mushroom from California and New Mexico, stains dark blue when cut or bruised.
  58. Philadelphia is the sixth largest city in the United States.
  59. Philadelphia is often referred to as the "City of Brotherly Love".
  60. The fastest train on rails is the French TGV (Train a Grande Vitesse) (French for High Speed Train) which achieved a 574.8 km/h (356 mph) speed in testing in 2007.
  61. The land area of Japan is 145,883 square miles, or 377,873 square kilometers.
  62. The lowest and only even prime number is 2
  63. Hadrian's Wall marks the northernmost boundary of the ancient Roman Empire. It stretches for over 70 miles across Scotland.
  64. If a cat falls from below the 8th story of a building, it has 30% less chance of surviving.
  65. Some species of squirrels reproduce only once a year.
  66. There are over 365 species of squirrels in seven families.
  67. Squirrels typically live in trees.
  68. Squirrels can live up to 10 or 12 years.
  69. Squirrels are the most active in late winter, when the mating season begins.
  70. Squirrels are usually born in the early spring.
  71. A baby squirrel weighs approximately one ounce at birth, and is about one inch long.
  72. During winter storms, or severe cold, the squirrel may not leave the nest for days.
  73. A squirrel's brain is about the size of a walnut.
  74. The average adult squirrel needs to eat about a pound of food a week to maintain an active life.
  75. The Royal Albatross' eggs take 79 days to hatch.
  76. An ostrich egg needs to be boiled for 2 hours to get a hard-boiled egg.
  77. Swifts, doves, falcons, and sandpipers can approach 200 mph.
  78. Penguins, ostriches, and dodo birds are the only birds that do not fly.
  79. Lake Victoria is the largest lake in Africa and the is the world's second-largest freshwater lake.
  80. The smallest African country is The Seychelles covering an area of 453 sq km.
  81. Sudan is Africa's largest country with a total area of 2,505,800 sq km.
  82. Africa is the second-largest of the seven continents.
  83. The Namib is the world's oldest desert, and the only desert in Africa inhabited by elephant, rhino, giraffe and lion.
  84. The Fish River canyon is the second largest canyon in the world.
  85. The Sahara Desert alone is expanding southwards at an average of 0.8 km a month.
  86. Mice originated in Asia and spread through Europe many centuries ago.
  87. Mice are more common and cause significantly more damage than rats.
  88. Mice are nocturnal creatures and are rarely seen by the homeowner.
  89. The meaning of the word "rodent" is "to gnaw" and rodents are well equipped to carry out this activity.
  90. A single mouse eats only about 3 grams of food per day, but because of their habit of nibbling on many foods and discarding partially eaten items, the amount of food contaminated is about ten times greater.
  91. Rats can chew through wood, glass, cinder block, wire and lead.
  92. Mouse nests are constructed of fibrous materials and generally have the appearance of a "ball" of material loosely woven together.
  93. The chameleon has a tongue that is one and a half times the length of his body.
  94. The biggest dog on record was an Old English Mastiff that weighed 343 pounds. He was 8 feet, 3 inches from nose to tail.
  95. The phrase open-sesame is a butchering of the original phrase: Open says me.
  96. Mongolia is the only country with wild horses.
  97. Tiramisù means "Pick me up".
  98. The average brick has a surface area of 79 cm-squared.
  99. The sound of E.T walking was made by someone squishing her hand in jelly.
  100. A skunks smell can be detected by a human up to a mile away.
  101. 1 in 5,000 north Atlantic lobsters are born bright blue.
  102. Diet Coke was only invented in 1982.
  103. The international telephone dialing code for Antarctica is 672.
  104. Houses had thatched roofs. thick straw, piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the pets-dogs, cats - and other small animals, mice, rats, and bugs lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof. Hence the saying, "It's raining cats and dogs."
  105. There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could really mess up your nice clean bed. So, they found if they made beds with big posts and hung a sheet over the top, it addressed that problem. Hence those big four poster beds with canopies.
  106. The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt, hence the saying "dirt poor".
  107. The wealthy had slate floors which would get slippery in the winter when wet. So they spread thresh on the floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on they kept adding more thresh until when you opened the door it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed at the entry way, hence a "thresh hold." 
  108. The most poisonous animal in the world is the Box Jellyfish found in Australia.
  109. The nose pad of a cat is ridged in a pattern that is unique, just like the fingerprint of a human.
  110. A cat's heart beats twice as fast as a human heart, at 110 to 140 beats per minute.
  111. If you live in Indianapolis, IN USA and you have internet (i.e. DSL) and other data services such as Cable your services are routed through Chicago.
  112. Donald Duck's middle name in Faunleroy.
  113. 82% of the Beatles' music is about love.
  114. Everytime Beethoven sat down to write music, he pored ice water over his head.
  115. Half the world's population has seen at least one James Bond movie.
  116. 20% of all road accidents in Sweden involve an elk.
  117. The bark of the redwood tree is fireproof.
  118. If your bodies natural defenses fail, the bacteria in you gut will consume you within 48 hours.
  119. Only 4% of babies are born on their due date.
  120. If you smoke you will have ten times as many wrinkles as a non-smoker
  121. People who suffer from gum disease are twice as likely to have a stroke or heart attack
  122. We use 43 muscles to frown
  123. We use 17 muscles to smile
  124. The fastest moving muscle in the human body is the muscle that opens and closes the eyelid
  125. Right-handed people tend to scratch with their left hand, and vice versa.
  126. It typically takes around 7 minutes to fall asleep
  127. Every year there are more births in India, then people in Australia
  128. Men have an average of 10% more red blood cells than women.
  129. One square inch of human skin contains 625 sweat glands.
  130. The islets of Langerhans are a group of cells located in the pancreas.
  131. Most people have lost 50% of their taste buds by age 60.
  132. 15,000,000 blood cells are destroyed and produced in the body every second.
  133. The surface area of the human lung is approximately that of a tennis court.
  134. The acid in a human stomach is strong enough to dissolve a metal nail.
  135. There are over 100,000,000 light sensitive cells in the retina.
  136. We use 54 muscles every time we step forward.
  137. The human head in 1/4 of our total length at birth, but only 1/8 by the time we reach adulthood
  138. Our hearing is less sharp after eating too much.
  139. The hardest bone in the human body is the jawbone.
  140. The most sensitive cluster of nerves is at the base of the spine.
  141. An eyelash lives approximately 5 months.
  142. In an average lifetime, a person will walk equivalent of three times around the world.
  143. Men get hiccups more often than women do.
  144. The color red has been found to promote the hunger reflex in humans.
  145. The human eyeball weighs an ounce.
  146. Only 30% of people can flare their nostrils.
  147. The average adult has about 18 square feet of skin.
  148. A person loses around 40 to 100 strands of hair a day.
  149. A person will die of sleep deprivation in approximately 10 days.
  150. If you go blind in one eye you lose about 1/5 of your vision.
  151. The human body contains enough iron to make a 3-inch nail.
  152. The risk of heart attack is higher on Monday than anyother day of the week.
  153. Women are twice as likely to have panic attacks as men.
  154. An average pair of feet sweats a pint of perspiration a day.
  155. There are twice as many left handed men as left handed women.
  156. It takes about 150 days for a finger nail to grow from cutical to fingertip.
  157. Women have a higher incidence of tooth decay then men.
  158. Women can smell better than men.
  159. Men can read smaller print then women.
  160. The average baby crys 113 minutes a day.
  161. In an average day, a person will take about 18,000 steps.
  162. Women's hair is half the diameter of men's.
  163. In a lifetime, you will eat around 35 tons of food.
  164. In an adult body, there are 46 miles worth of nerves
  165. Your brain registers pain in 1/50 of a second.
  166. You burn 3.5 calories every time you laugh.
  167. The most common disease in the world is tooth decay.
  168. The average person inhales 700,000 of their own skin flakes a day.
  169. 83% of people hit by lightning are men.
  170. The human femur is as strong as concrete.
  171. The thumbnail grows the slowest out of all fingers, and the middle fingernail is the fastest.
  172. The average life span of a tastebud is 10 days
  173. Your eyes will be closed approximately 30 minutes a day just from blinking.
  174. You have to walk 34 miles to get rid of 1 lb. of fat.
  175. Your left lung is smaller then your right lung, in order to make room for the heart.
  176. Women have wider peripheral vision then men do.
  177. It takes 25 muscles to swallow.
  178. Your mouth makes 2 gallons of saliva a day.
  179. An elephents trunk can hold 2 gallons of water.
  180. A lion's roar can be heard from 5 miles away.
  181. A mole can dig over 250 feet of tunnel in a single night.
  182. Cows only have sweat glands in their noses.
  183. Frogs dont drink water, they absorb it though their skin.
  184. Bulls and crocodiles are colorblind.
  185. A sloth moves so slow that algea can grow on their fur.
  186. A poison arrow frog has enough poison to kill 2,200 people.
  187. Emus can't walk backwards.
  188. Crocodiles swallow stones to help them dive deeper.
  189. Gorillas sleep 14 hours a day.
  190. Ancient egyptians trained baboons to wait tables.
  191. A woodchuck breathes only 10 during hibernation.
  192. Sloths spend 75% of their lives asleep.
  193. Elephants sleep 2 hours a day.
  194. Armadillos can be house trained.
  195. Orangutangs belch to ward off aggressors.
  196. A giraffe's heart is 2 feet long.
  197. Pumas can leap 60 feet.
  198. Crocadiles carry their yound in their mouthes.
  199. A sloth can move twice as fast in water as it can on land.
  200. Hippos are born underwater.
  201. Horses and rabbits can't vomit.
  202. Cows can hear lower and higher frequencies then we can.
  203. The strawberry as we know it today was created just 250 years ago by the accidental crossing of two wild varieties.  Till then, only the tiny wild berry existed.
  204. The average smell weighs 760 nanograms.
  205. Shrimp can only swim backward.
  206. Animals that lay eggs don’t have belly buttons.
  207. Beavers can hold their breath for 45 minutes under water.
  208. Slugs have four noses.
  209. Camels have three eyelids.
  210. A honey bee can fly at 15mph.
  211. A queen bee can lay 800-1,500 eggs per day.
  212. A bee has five eyes.
  213. The average speed of a housefly is 4.5 mph.
  214. Mosquitoes are attracted to people who just ate bananas.
  215. Flamingos are pink because they eat shrimp.
  216. Emus and kangaroos cannot walk backward.
  217. Cats have over 100 vocal chords.
  218. Camel’s milk does not curdle.
  219. All porcupines float in water.
  220. August has the heighest percentage of births.
  221. The square dance is the official dance of the state of Washington.
  222. A hummingbird weighs less than a penny.
  223. The average American walks 18,000 steps a day.
  224. It is possible to lead a cow up stairs but not down stairs.
  225. "Q" is the only letter in the alphabet not appearing in the name of any U.S. state.
  226. Slugs have four noses.
  227. Penguins have an organ above their eyes that converts seawater into fresh water.
  228. A one-minute kiss burns 26 calories.
  229. 1/4 of thebones in your body are in your feet.
  230. One brow wrinkle is the result of 200,000 frowns.
  231. The quartz crystal in your wristwatch vibrates 32,768 times a second.