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A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.

A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

A crocodile cannot stick out its tongue.

A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours.

A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.

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

A shark is the only fish that can blink with both
eyes.

A snail can sleep for three years.

Al Capone's business card said he was a used
furniture dealer.

All 50 states are listed across the top of the
Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.

Almonds are a member of the peach family.

An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

Babies are born without kneecaps. They don't appear
until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age.

Butterflies taste with their feet.

Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds. Dogs only
have about 10.

"Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the
letters "mt".

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

In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been
domesticated.

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

If you are an average American, in your whole life,
you will spend an average of 6 months waiting at red lights.

It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.

Maine is the only state whose name is just one
syllable.

No word in the English language rhymes with month,
orange, silver, or purple.

On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over
the Parliament building is an American flag.

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

Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.

Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.

"Stewardesses" is the longest word typed with only
the left hand; lollipop" with your right.

The average person's left hand does 56% of the
typing.

The Bible does not say there were three wise men; it
only says there were three gifts.

The cruise liner, QE2, moves only six inches for
each gallon of diesel that it burns.

The microwave was invented after a researcher walked
by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.

The sentence: "The quick brown fox jumps over the
lazy dog" uses every letter of the alphabet.

The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls
froze completely solid.

The words 'racecar,' 'kayak' and 'level' are the
same whether they are read left to right or right to left (palindromes).

There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.

There are more chickens than people in the world.

There are only four words in the English language
which end in "dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.

There are two words in the English language that
have all five vowels in order: "abstemious" and "facetious."

There's no Betty Rubble in the Flintstones ChewablesVitamins.

Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.

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

Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during
a dance.

Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

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


 
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Here's a few questions that you might use to impress your friends!


1. Q: Why are many coin banks shaped like pigs?
A: Long ago, dishes and cookware in Europe were made of a dense orange clay
called 'pygg'. When people saved coins in jars made of this clay, the jars became known
as 'pygg banks.' When an English potter misunderstood the word, he made a bank that
resembled a pig. And it caught on.


2. Q: Did you ever wonder why dimes, quarters and half dollars have notches, while
pennies and nickels do not?
A: The US Mint began putting notches on the edges of coins containing gold and
silver to discourage holders from shaving off small quantities of the precious metals.
Dimes, quarters and half dollars are notched because they used to contain silver. Pennies
and nickels aren't notched because the metals they contain are not valuable enough to shave.


3. Q: Why do men's clothes have buttons on the right while women's clothes have buttons
on the left?
A: When buttons were invented, they were very expensive and worn primarily by the rich.
Because wealthy women were dressed by maids, dressmakers put the buttons on the maid's
right! Since most people are right-handed, it is easier to push buttons on the right through holes
on the left. And that's where women's buttons have remained since.


4. Q: Why do X's at the end of a letter signify kisses?
A: In the Middle Ages, when many people were unable to read or write,documents were
often signed using an X. Kissing the X represented an oath to fulfill obligations specified in the
document. The X and the kiss eventually became synonymous.


5. Q: Why is shifting responsibility to someone else called 'passing the buck'?
A: In card games, it was once customary to pass an item, called a buck, from player to player
to indicate whose turn it was to deal. If a player did not wish to assume the responsibility, he
would 'pass the buck' to the next player.


6. Q: Why do people clink their glasses before drinking a toast?
A: It used to be common for someone to try to kill an enemy by offering him a poisoned
drink. To prove to a guest that a drink was safe, it became customary for a guest to pour a small
amount of his drink into the glass of the host. Both men would drink it simultaneously. When a
guest trusted his host, he would then just touch or clink the host's glass with his own.


7. Q: Why are people in the public eye said to be 'in the limelight'?
A: Invented in 1825, limelight was used in lighthouses and stage lighting by burning a cylinder
of lime which produced a brilliant light. In the theater, performers on stage 'in the limelight' were
seen by the audience to be the center of attention.


8. Q: Why do ships and aircraft in trouble use 'mayday' as their call for help?
A: This comes from the French word m'aidez - meaning 'help me' –and is pronounced 'mayday.'


9. Q: Why is someone who is feeling great 'on cloud nine'?
A: Types of clouds are numbered according to the altitudes they attain, with nine being the
highest cloud. If someone is said to be on cloud nine, that person is floating well above worldly
cares.


10. Q: Why are zero scores in tennis called 'love'?
A: In France , where tennis first became popular, a big, round zero on the scoreboard
looked like an egg and was called 'l'oeuf,' which is French for 'egg.' When tennis was
introduced in the US , Americans pronounced it 'love.'


11. Q: In golf, where did the term 'Caddie' come from?
A: When Mary, later Queen of Scots, went to France as a young girl (for education &
survival), Louis, King of France, learned that she loved the Scot game 'golf.' So he had the first
golf course outside of Scotland built for her enjoyment. To make sure she was properly
chaperoned (and guarded) while she played, Louis hired cadets from a military school to
accompany her. Mary liked this a lot and when she returned to Scotland (not a very good idea in
the long run), she took the practice with her. In French, the word cadet is pronounced 'ca-day'
and the Scots changed it into 'caddie.'


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