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Strange and Useless Facts

1) Money isn't made out of paper; it's made out of cotton.

2) The 57 on Heinz ketchup bottle represents the number of varieties of pickles the company once had.

3) A rat can last longer without water than a camel.

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

5) The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.

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

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

8) Susan Lucci is the daughter of Phyllis Diller.

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

10) A duck's quack doesn't echo. No one knows why.

11) A 2x4 is 1 1/2 x 3 1/2.

12) 40% of McDonald's profits come from the sales of Happy Meals.

13) Every person has a unique tongue print.

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

15) 315 entries in Webster's 1996 Dictionary were misspelled

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

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

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

19) Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine are brother and sister.

20) Chocolate kills dogs! True, chocolate affects a dog's heart and nervous system. A few ounces are enough to kill a small sized dog.

21) Daniel Boone detested coonskin caps.

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

23) Most lipstick contains fish scales.

24) Orcas (killer whales) kill sharks by torpedoing up into the shark's stomach from underneath, causing the shark to explode.

25) Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn't wear pants.

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

27) Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine.

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

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

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

31) Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.

32) The number of possible ways of playing the first four moves per side in a game of chess is 18,979,564,000.

33) 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.

34) There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos.

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

36) The numbers '172' can be found on the back of the U.S. $5 dollar bill and in the bushes at the base of the Lincoln Memorial.

37) The name Wendy was made up for the book Peter Pan, there was never a recorded Wendy before!

38) The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin during World War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.

39) There are four cars and eleven light posts on the back of a $10 dollar bill.

40) Leonardo Da Vinci invented scissors. Also, it took him 10 years to paint Mona Lisa's lips.

41) If one places a tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion, it will instantly go mad and sting itself to death.

42) 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.

43) If you have three quarters, four dimes, and four pennies, you have $1.19. You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a dollar. [Can you think of a different coin combination that actually adds up to the exact same amount where this is also true?]

44) The first CD pressed in the US was Bruce Springsteen's 'Born in the USA'

45) The original name for the butterfly was 'flutterby'!

46) 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.

47) The first product Motorola started to develop was a record player for automobiles. At that time the most known player on the market was the Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola.

48) Roses MAY be red, but violets ARE, indeed, violet.

49) By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you can't sink in quicksand.

50) Casey Kasem is the voice of Shaggy on Scooby-Doo.

51) Celery has negative calories! It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with.

52) Charlie Chaplin once won third prize in a Charlie Chaplin look alike contest.

53) In Gulliver's Travels, Jonathan Swift described the two moons of Mars, Phobos and Deimos, giving their exact size and speeds of rotation. He did this more than 100 years before either moon was discovered.

54) Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying!

55) Sherlock Holmes NEVER said "Elementary, my dear Watson."

56) An old law in Bellingham, Wash, made it illegal for a woman to take more than 3 steps backwards while dancing.

57) The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher.

58) Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from Public Libraries.

59) Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space because passing wind in a spacesuit damages them.

60) 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.

61) Bats always turn left when exiting a cave!