Completely Useless Facts!

Every episode of "Seinfeld" contains at least one Superman.

There are no rivers in Saudi Arabia.

The turkey was wrongly named after what was thought to be it's country of origin.

The electric chair was invented by a dentist!

Months that begin on a Sunday will always have a "Friday the 13th."

Windmills always turn counter-clockwise. Except for the windmills in Ireland!

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.


A hedgehog's heart beats 300 times a minute on average!

More people are killed each year from bees than from snakes.

Camels have three eyelids to protect themselves from blowing sand!

The placement of a donkey's eyes in its' heads enables it to see all four feet at all times!

When opossums are playing dead, they are not "playing." They actually pass out from sheer terror.

Ants stretch when they wake up in the morning!

Human teeth are almost as hard as rocks!

A hippo can open its mouth wide enough to fit a 4 foot tall child inside!

A quarter has 119 grooves on its edge, a dime has one less groove!

A rat can last longer without water than a camel.

A hummingbird weighs less than a penny!

Until 1796, there was a state in the United States called Franklin. Today it is known as Tennessee!

A cockroach can live several weeks with its head cut off!

Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie!

One in every 4 americans has appeared on television!


The average American will eat about 11.9 pounds of cereal per year!

Earth is the only planet not named after a god.

It's against the law to burp, or sneeze in a church in Omaha, Nebraska!

You're born with 300 bones, but when you get to be an adult, you only have 206!

Human thigh bones are stronger than concrete!

7% of Americans don't know the first 9 words of the American anthem,

but know the first 7 of the Canadian anthem!

5% of Canadians don't know the first 7 words of the Canadian anthem,

but know the first 9 of the American anthem!

There is a city called Rome on every continent.

Over 1000 birds a year die from smashing into windows!

The state of Florida is bigger than England!

It's against the law to have a pet dog in Iceland!

Your heart beats over 100,000 times a day!

Some ribbon worms will eat themselves if they cant find any food!


Dolphins sleep with one eye open!

The worlds oldest piece of chewing gum is 9000 years old!

There are more plastic flamingos in the U.S, than real ones!

"Rhythm" and "syzygy" are the longest English words without vowels.

About 3000 years ago, most Egyptians died by the time they were 30!

More people use blue toothbrushes, than red ones!

A sneeze travels out your mouth at over 100 m.p.h.!

Your ribs move about 5 million times a year, everytime you breathe!

Slugs have 4 noses!

Lightning strikes about 6,000 times per minute on this planet!

Owls are the only birds who can see the color blue!

Honeybees have hair on their eyes!

A jellyfish is 95 percent water!

In Bangladesh, kids as young as 15 can be jailed for cheating on their finals!


The katydid bug hears through holes in its hind legs!

More Monopoly money is printed in a year, than real money printed throughout the world!

The starfish is one of the only animals who can turn it's stomach inside-out!

The elephant is the only mammal that can't jump!

One quarter of the bones in your body, are in your feet!

America once issued a 5-cent bill!

Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different!

There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with: orange, purple, and silver!

Babe Ruth wore a cabbage leaf under his cap to keep him cool!

He changed it every 2 innings!

A man named Charles Osborne had the hiccups for 69 years!

A giraffe can clean its ears with its 21-inch tongue!

The praying mantis is the only insect that can turn its head!

Fingernails grow nearly 4 times faster than toenails!

In England, in the 1880's, "Pants" was considered a dirty word!

Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin!

The blesbok, a South African antelope, is almost the same color as grape juice!

The average person laughs 15 times a day!

3 out of 10 people will actually check on the above facts!



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The name of all the continents end with the same letter that they start with.

The word lethologica describes the state of not being able to remember the word you want.

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

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

The word racecar and kayak are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left.

A snail can sleep for 3 years.

American Airlines saved $40,000.00 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first-class.

China has more English speakers than the United States.

A dentist invented the electric chair.

Did you know you share your birthday with at least nine million other people in the world?

"I am." is the shortest complete sentence in the English language. (This is debatable by some lexicographers.)

The longest word in the English language is 1909 letters long and it refers to a distinct part of DNA.

Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds; dogs only have about ten.

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

(You mean I've still got baby eyes?)

If Barbie were life-size, her measurements would be 39-23-33.
She would stand seven feet two inches tall and have a neck twice the length of a normal human's neck.

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

The Pentagon 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 cruise liner Queen Elizabeth II moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.

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 thumb.



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A rat can last longer without water than a camel.

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

A raisin dropped in a fresh glass of soda will bounce up and down continually from the bottom of the glass to the top.

The dot over the letter 'i' is called a tittle.

A female ferret will die if it goes into heat and cannot find a mate.

40% of McDonald's profits come from the sales of Happy Meals.

Every person has a unique tongue print.

The 'spot' on 7UP comes from its inventor who had red eyes. He was an albino.

315 entries in Webster's 1996 Dictionary were misspelled.

During the chariot scene in 'Ben Hur' a small red car can be seen in the distance.

On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily.

John Wilkes Booth's brother once saved the life of Abraham Lincoln's son. Irony.

Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine are brother and sister.

Chocolate kills dogs! Chocolate affects a dog's heart and nervous system. A few ounces is enough to kill a small sized dog.

Daniel Boone detested coonskin caps.

Playing cards were issued to British pilots in WWII. If they were captured, the cards could be soaked in water and unfolded to reveal a map for escape.

Most lipstick contains fish scales. Yum.

Dr. Seuss actually pronounced Seuss such that it sounded like Sue-ice.

Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine.

Leonardo da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time.

During the California Gold Rush of 1849 miners sent their laundry to Honolulu for washing and pressing. Due to the high costs in California during these years it was deemed more feasible to send the shirts to Hawaii for servicing.

American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first class.

The number of possible ways of playing the first four moves per side in a game of chess is 318,979,564,000.

Upper and lower case letters are named 'upper' and 'lower', because in the time when all original print had to be set in individual letters, the 'upper case' letters were stored in the case on top of the case that stored the smaller, 'lower case' letters. The proper term for upper case letters is "majuscule" and for lower case it's "minuscule".

The printing industry gives us other popular phrases, such as "mind your 'p's and 'q's." The moveable block type had the letters in reverse so they would read correctly when imprinted on paper. Apprentices had to remove the type from the pages and return the blocks to their upper and lower cases. Each drawer in the case held a different size of letters, and each drawer was divided into compartments (called sorts) for each letter. The letters 'p' and 'q' could easily be mistaken, so the master printer would advise their apprentices to mind their 'p's and 'q's.

When the master printer was building a page and discovered that a particular sort was empty, he would get angry.
Thus the term "out of sorts".

The question mark came from a monk habit of writing the Latin word for question, quo, at the end of sentences.
Over time, the letters were written vertically to save space and morphed into the ? we write today. Similarly, the exclamation point came from the Latin word "Lo", meaning something important that should be heeded. (Lo and behold...)

Wellfleet, Massachusetts has the only town clock in the world that strikes ship's time. (Rings every half hour, to a maximum of 8 rings at the end of each four hour period.)