Useless Little-Known Facts
Don’t get mad, get even by teasing others with your knowledge of these little-known facts.
A ‘jiffy’ is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable.
‘Stewardesses’ is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.
No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, and purple.
“I am.” is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere.
Average life span of a major league baseball: 7 pitches.
A duck’s quack doesn’t echo, and no one knows why.
The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days of yore when the engines were pulled by horses. The horses were stabled on the Ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight staircases.
The airplane Buddy Holly died in was the “American Pie.” (Thus the Name of the Don McLean song.)
Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history. Spades – King David; Clubs – Alexander the Great; Hearts – Charlemagne and Diamonds – Julius Caesar.
Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without killing them used to burn their houses down – hence the expression “to get fired.”
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.
Hershey’s Kisses are called that because the machine that makes them looks like it’s kissing the conveyor belt.
The phrase “rule of thumb” is derived from an old English law that stated that you couldn’t beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.
The longest recorded flight of a chicken is thirteen seconds.
The Eisenhower 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 name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for the General Purpose” vehicle, G.P.
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 first toilet ever seen on television was on “Leave It To Beaver”.
Cat’s urine glows under a blacklight.
The highest point in Pennsylvania is lower than the lowest point in Colorado.
Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.
The only two days of the year in which there are no professional sports games (MLB, NBA, NHL, or NFL) are the day before and the day after the Major League All-Star Game.
Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.
It takes 3,000 cows to supply the NFL with enough leather for a year’s supply of footballs.
Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.
The 3 most valuable brand names on earth: Marlboro, Coca-Cola, and Budweiser, in that order.
It’s possible to lead a cow upstairs…but not downstairs.
Pound for pound, hamburgers (the ones that went upstairs) cost more than new cars.
Humans are the only primates that don’t have pigment in the palms of their hands.
Ten percent of the Russian government’s income comes from the sale of vodka.
On average, 100 people choke to death on ballpoint pens every year.
In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all the world’s nuclear weapons combined.
Reno, Nevada is west of Los Angeles, California.
The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.
Five Jell-O flavors that flopped: celery, coffee, cola, apple, and chocolate.
There are coffee flavored PEZ.
Studies show that if a cat falls off the seventh floor of a building it has about thirty percent less chance of surviving than a cat that falls off the twentieth floor. It supposedly takes about eight floors for the cat to realize what is occurring, relax and correct itself. (How did they study this? Ummmm?)
101 Dalmatians and Peter Pan (Wendy) are the only two Disney cartoon features with both parents that are present and don’t die throughout the movie.
The name Wendy was made up for the book “Peter Pan.”
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.
The most common name in the world is Mohammed.
The word “samba” means “to rub navels together.”
Mel Blanc (the voice of Bugs Bunny) was allergic to carrots.
The term “the whole 9 yards” came from WWII fighter pilots in the Pacific. When arming their airplanes on the ground, the .50 caliber machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, it got “the whole 9 yards.”
The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin during World War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.
More people are killed annually by donkeys than die in air crashes.
The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.
Every time you lick a stamp, you’re consuming 1/10 of a calorie.
The sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.” uses every letter in the alphabet. (Developed by Western Union to Test telex/twx communications)