Saturday, 31 May 2014

There is No Sound in Space

The total number of human taste buds (tongue, palate, cheeks) is about 10,000. #factoid    
The average porcupine has 30,000 spikes #factoid  
When cats are happy or pleased, they squeeze their eyes shut #factoid
To prevent egg shells from cracking, add a pinch of salt to the water before hard-boiling. #tips  
The average computer user blinks 7 times a minute. #factoid                                      
There is no sound in space #factoid       

What word can you take the first letter of, put it as the last letter, and make it the past tense of the original word? Answer: Eat (ate) #factoid   
King Solomon of Israel had about 700 wives as well as hundreds of mistresses. #factoid   
There are 1,000 to 10,000 synapses for a "typical" neuron. #factoid

Astronomer = Moon Starer #anagram

Cherophobia is a fear of fun. #factoid

The pet ferret was domesticated more than 500 years before the house cat. #factoid    
All the blinking in one day equates to having your eyes closed for 30 minutes #factoid   
The Rolling Stones named their band after the Muddy Waters song "Rolling Stone". #factoid 

The inventor of the sewing machine, Elias Howe, had struggled in 1884 to figure out how the needle could work in a machine for sewing. In a dream, he found himself surrounded by native tribesmen with spears that had a hole in the point. When he woke up, he realized that a needle with a hole in the point would solve his problem. #factoid

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. #factoid

The Turk's consider it considered unlucky to step on a piece of bread. #factoid  

Quail ~ A Bevy, Drift or Covey of quail. #factoid #collectivenouns

The elephant is the only animal with 4 knees #factoid  
John Paul Getty, once the richest man in the world, had a payphone in his mansion. #factoid

Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning. #factoid
Many believe that sushi means raw fish. Actually, sushi means vinegared rice. This term is based from the original use of fermented rice to store fish. #factoid  

Howdy Doody  has a twin Brother named Double Doody and a Sister named Heidy Doody. #factoid  
A pregnant goldfish is called a twit. #factoid 

The world's first test-tube twins were born in June 1981. #factoid                

While sleeping, one man in eight snores, and one in ten grinds his teeth. #factoid
The average golf ball has 336 dimples #factoid  
On average, a woman’s heart beats faster than a man’s heart #factoid    
Christopher Columbus´s diary indicates that they first landed in the New World on October 12, 1492.  Even though the U.S. Congress has determined that Columbus Day (and several other holidays) fall on whatever Monday is closest to the original date, the rest of the hemisphere recognizes only October 12 as the date.  However, it is not called Columbus Day (or any Spanish equivalent) in South America.  All of Latin America celebrates October 12 each year as "Día de la Raza." If you look up the word "raza" in a bilingual dictionary, you will find the word "race."  Not the kind where people run for a prize, but the word that refers to ethnicity.  Why is October 12 called "Day of the Race" throughout Latin America?  The answer is simple: that day in 1492 marks the beginning of a new race.  The mestizo race, a mixture of indigenous and white European blood, is said to have had its beginnings on that day. The majority of people in Latin America now are mestizo, having at least some mix of those blood lines.  It all started over 500 years ago.  If you are wondering how the new race began on that date, use your imagination.  The guys on those three ships had been at sea an awfully long time, and according to the diary, the natives were very friendly. ~ Via Lee Dubs #Ecuador #Factoid

The lead singer of The Knack, famous for "My Sharona," and Jack Kevorkian's lead defense attorney are brothers, Doug and Jeffrey Feiger. #factoid

Pearl Jam got their name from Eddie Vettor's grandmother's peyote jam. #factoid  
The term Cop comes from Constable on Patrol, which is a term used in England. #factoid      
Slow background music can make a person eat at a slower rate. #factoid  
Pop - Many Canadians use the term "pop" to describe sweet, carbonated beverages. (Soda in the states.) #CanadianSlang  
The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket. #factoid  
Larry Walters tied 45 balloons to his lawn chair and rose to 15,000 feet. #factoid                                    

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Monday, 19 May 2014

Oh To Be a Cicada

The African cicada fly spends 17 years sleeping, then wakes up for two weeks, mates and then die. #factoid

Basketball has become popular around the world since being invented by a Canadian #factoid     
Squirrels can't see the color red. #factoid   
Japan is the largest exporter of frog's legs. #factoid

A "jiffy" is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second. #factoid         

Timmy's or Tim's - Slang for Tim Horton's, a chain of doughnut and coffee shops named after a famous hockey player. #CanadianSlang   
Mister Rogers was ordained as a Presbyterian minister in 1963. #factoid 
The New York phone book had 22 Hitlers listed before World War II and none after. #factoid                                       

The Lone Ranger's mask was made from the vest of his dead brother Capt. Daniel Reid by Tonto. #factoid     

A brace or clash of bucks. #factoid #animalgroups      
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.) #factoid   

The active ingredient in Chinese Bird's nest soup is saliva. #factoid 

In beer commercials, they usually add liquid detergent to make the beer foamier. #factoid 
Cacao, the main ingredient of chocolate is the most pest-ridden tree in the jungle. #factoid

The average human heart will beat 3,000 million times in its lifetime and pump 48 million gallons of blood. #factoid   
Cats can't move their jaw sideways.  #factoid       
The longest word in the English language, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. The only other word with the same amount of letters is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconioses, its plural. #factoid

We, as humans, forget 90% of our dreams #factoid   
Hummingbirds can't walk #factoid   

Fingerprints of koalas are similar (in pattern, shape and size) to the fingerprints of humans #factoid   
Ancient Egyptians slept on pillows made of stone. #factoid       
The croissant was invented in Austria. #factoid   
More money is spent each year on alcohol and cigarettes than on Life insurance. #factoid      
A snail can have about 25,000 teeth. #factoid       

Of all the words Dr. Seuss made up in his storybooks, only one has stuck in the English vocabulary: "Grinch" which refers to a killjoy.  #factoid   
Champagne was invented by a Benedictine monk named Dom Perignon. #factoid

To easily remove burnt-on food from your skillet, simply add a drop or two of dish soap and enough water to cover bottom of pan, and bring to a boil on stovetop - skillet will be much easier to clean. #tips

By partially filling saucers with vinegar and distributing the saucers around a room, you can eliminate odors. #factoid       

A troop of dogfish. #factoid  #animalgroups                                    
The eyes of the chameleon can move independently.  Therefore, it can see in two different directions at the same time. #factoid   
Pinocchio is Italian for "pine head". #factoid"   

Madonna suffers from garophobia (the fear of thunder). #factoid       
The original name for butterfly was flutterby. #factoid                                           

Ralph and Carolyn Cummins had 5 children between 1952 and 1966, all were born on the 20 February. #factoid   
Muhammad Ali  once said "When a man can fight sex, you know he's strong".  #factoid    
The average person spends two weeks waiting for a traffic light to change. #factoid     

One pound of lemons contain more sugar than 1 pound of strawberries. #factoid
The 'spot' on 7UP comes from its inventor, who had red eyes. He was albino. #factoid 
The Imperial Throne of Japan has been occupied by the same family for the last thirteen hundred years. #factoid   


Wednesday, 7 May 2014

In Sanskrit "War" means "Desire for More Cows"

Swine ~ A Herd, Drift or Sounder of swine. #factoid  #collectivenouns
The cost of the first pay-toilets installed in England was tuppence. #factoid  
It would take 17,000 McDonalds strawfuls of water to fill a standard bathtub. #factoid
Barbie's measurements if she were life size: 39-23-33 #factoid
The cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth II, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns. #factoid   

The Great Pyramid at Giza in Egypt holds a constant temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit #factoid 

When you sneeze, all your bodily functions stop even your heart. #factoid  
The wheelbarrow is invented in China #factoid  
Brush beaten egg white over pie crust before baking to yield a beautiful glossy finish. #tips 
The women of an African tribe make themselves more attractive by permanently scaring their faces. #factoid      
Casey Kasem provided the voice for Scooby Doo's Shaggy. #factoid      
There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos. #factoid         

23% of employees say they have had sex in the office. #factoid                                       
Two dogs were among the Titanic survivors. #factoid

According to both French and Pennsylvania Dutch tradition, Bells Nichols is the name of Santa's Brother. #factoid  

Other than humans, black lemurs are the only primates that may have blue eyes #factoid

Cobras ~ A Quiver of cobras. #factoid  

There were 5 Marx brothers: Groucho (Julius), Chico (Leonard), Harpo (Adolph), Gummo (Milton), ZEPPO (Herbert). #factoid  
Canada has the longest coastline of any country in the world at 151,600 miles. #factoid 
There are about 13,500,00 neurons in the human spinal cord. #factoid

Most live rattlesnakes held in the mouth; Jackie Bibby held 10 rattlesnakes by their tails in his mouth . #factoid

Tobacco is a $200 billion industry, producing six trillion cigarettes a year - about 1,000 cigarettes for each person on earth. #factoid               

Before Prohibition, Shlitz Brewery owned more property in Chicago than anyone else, except The Catholic Church. #factoid      
A Decimal Point = I'm a Dot in Place #anagram  
Cost of raising a medium size dog to the age of 11: $6,400. #factoid    
Ivan the terrible claimed to have 'deflowered thousands of virgins and butchered a similar number of resulting offspring. #factoid

Blackbird, who was the chief of Omaha Indians, was buried sitting on his favourite horse. #factoid  
If you have a problem opening jars: Try using latex dishwashing gloves. They give a non-slip grip that makes opening jars easy. #tips      

A full seven percent of the entire Irish barley crop goes to the production of Guinness beer. #factoid 

Your ears and nose continue to grow throughout your entire life. #factoid    
Midgets and dwarfs almost always have normal-sized children, even if both parents are midgets or dwarfs. #factoid      
Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair. #factoid     
The average IQ is 100, while 140 is the beginning of genius IQ. #factoid    
Urine was once used to wash clothes. #factoid       

The average person goes to the toilet 6 times a day #factoid                                      
There was a total of 180 "I Love Lucy" episodes. #factoid  
The origins of the soldier term "G.I. " is an abbreviation for "Government Issue," which was stamped on all government kits supplied to recruits in the US Army during World War II. #factoid

City with the most Rolls Royces per capita: Hong Kong. #factoid                                      
The Sanskrit word for "war" means "desire for more cows. #factoid"                                      
Bubble gum contains rubber. #factoid  

Humans can hear in the range of 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz. #factoid                                      
A Raft of otters. #factoid #collectivenouns  
Most of the Vitamin C found in fruits is in the skin #factoid 

Every day is about 55 billionths of a second longer than the day before it #factoid
During a total solar eclipse the temperature can drop by 6°C (20°F) #factoid 
It was quite common for the men of Ancient Greece to exercise in public naked. #factoid

The east coast of Canada was settled by Vikings around the year A.D. 1000. Archaeological evidence of a settlement has been found at L'anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland. #factoid