Saturday, 18 May 2013

Except for the Windmills in Ireland


If you plug your nose you can't hum (keep your mouth close too). #factoid     
                      
Rio de Janeiro translates to river of January #factoid       
                               
The can opener was invented 48 years after the can. #factoid   
                                  
Dreamt is the only English word that ends in the letters “MT”.  #factoid

Hair is made from the same substance as fingernails. #factoid

Use a meat baster to "squeeze" your pancake batter onto the hot griddle - perfect shaped pancakes every time. #tips                        

Human eye detects 10 million colors #factoid       
                               
Dr. Seuss pronounced "Seuss" such that it rhymed with "rejoice. #factoid"
                                   
Back in the mid to late 80's, an IBM compatible computer wasn't considered a hundred percent compatible unless it could run Microsoft's Flight Simulator. #factoid   
       
Most people blink about 25 times a minute. #factoid   
                                   

Pamela Anderson Lee is Canada's Centennial Baby, being the first baby born on the centennial anniversary of Canada's independence. #factoid   
               
Coffins which are due for cremation are usually made with plastic handles. #factoid       
                              
A rocket-like device can be traced back to Ancient Greece when a flying steam-powered pigeon was built out of wood. #factoid

Some kinds of frogs can be frozen solid then thawed, and continue living #factoid

M&M's chocolate stands for the initials for its inventors Mars and Murrie #factoid   
                                 
The only animals that purr are cats #factoid    



It takes 110 domestic silkworm cocoons to make a man's tie and 630 to make a blouse. #factoid     
                                  
The little bags of netting for gas lanterns (called 'mantles') are radioactive.  So much so that they will set off an alarm at a nuclear reactor. #factoid

A hippo can open its mouth wide enough to fit a 4 foot tall child inside. #factoid            
A Blue whale's tongue weighs more than an elephant. #factoid   
                                
If the average man never trimmed his beard, it would grow to nearly 30 feet long in his lifetime. #factoid       

In the last 4000 years, no new animals have been domesticated. #factoid   

Alert, in Nunavut territory of Canada, is the northernmost permanent settlement in the world. #factoid                                       

When George I became King of England in 1714, his wife did not become Queen. He placed her under house arrest for 32 years. #factoid       
               
Pups ~ A Litter of pups; A Puddle of puppies. #factoid  #collectivenouns     
     



The Dutch in general prefer their french fries with mayonnaise. #factoid
                                     
In 1726, at only 7 years old, Charles Sauson inherited the post of official executioner. #factoid

Panama hats come from Ecuador not Panama. #factoid   
                                   
The three most valuable brand names on earth: Marlboro, Coca Cola, and Budweiser, in that order. #factoid       
                           
Bats are the only mammals that fly #factoid   




The MOON PLAQUE placed by the crew of APOLLO 11 reads: "Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon July 1969, A.D. We came in peace for all mankind." #factoid"   

During World War II Canadian scientists secretly developed biological weapons which were later taken over by the USA.  Anthrax was one. #factoid       
       
The airplane Buddy Holly died in was the "American Pie." (Thus the name of the Don McLean song.) #factoid

Cows ~ A Herd of cows; Kine of cows (12 cows are a Flink). #factoid #collectivenouns


Names in Iceland's phone books are listed alphabetically by first name not by last name #factoid       
                              
Whispering is more wearing on your voice than a normal speaking tone. #factoid                                       
Butterflies taste with their feet. #factoid    
                                   
100% of all lottery winners gain weight. #factoid   
                                   
Fourteen percent of the one million citizens of Nairobi, Kenya carry the AIDS virus. Some 20% of the Kenyan military is infected. #factoid (1997)       


Queen Elizabeth II is the 10th wealthiest woman in the world. #factoid  

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

Some US airports use falconry (hunting of game with falcons) "to scare off birds that can be hazardous for airplanes." #factoid

Loudest burp Paul Hunn of from London, recorded a burp of 104.9 decibels - as loud as a pneumatic drill. #factoid   
                       
Dalmatians are born without spots #factoid   
                                   

In the 1400s, global income rose only 0,1% per year; today it often tops 5%. #factoid                                       
If you toss a penny 10,000 times, it will not be heads 5,000 times, but more like 4,950. The heads picture weighs more, so it ends up on the bottom. #factoid

Golfer Jack Nicklaus found a new way to hold his golf club in a dream, which he credits as significantly improving his game of golf. #factoid   
                   
Every year about 98% of the atoms in your body are replaced. #factoid   
                                  
The word 'karate' means 'empty hand'. #factoid       
                               
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 it!'. #factoid