Monday, January 07, 2008

58 F at 9:45am this Monday morning.

Totally Useless Facts...
For your procastinationing pleasure!

The "pound" key on your keyboard (#) is called an octotroph.

The only domestic animal not mentioned in the Bible is the cat.

The "dot" over the letter "i" is called a tittle.

Table tennis balls have been known to travel off the paddle at speeds up to 160 km/hr.

Pepsi originally contained pepsin, thus the name.

The original story from "Tales of 1001 Arabian Nights" begins, "Aladdin was a little Chinese boy."

Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.

Honey is the only natural food that is made without destroying any kind of life. What about milk you say? A cow has to eat grass to produce milk and grass is living.

The most common name in the world is Mohammed.

The volume of the Earth's moon is the same as the volume of the Pacific Ocean.

Cephalacaudal recapitulation is the reason our extremities develop faster than the rest of us.

Spiral staircases in medieval castles are running clockwise. This is because all knights used to be right-handed. When the intruding army would climb the stairs they would not be able to use their right hand which was holding the sword because of the difficulties of climbing the stairs. Left-handed knights would have had no troubles, except left-handed people could never become knights because it was assumed that they were descendants of the devil.

Ham radio operators got the term "ham" coined from the expression "ham fisted operators," a term used to describe early radio users who sent Morse code (i.e., pounded their fist).

The slogan on New Hampshire license plates is "Live Free or Die." These license plates are manufactured by prisoners in the state prison in Concord.

Chinese Crested dogs can get acne.

Hydrogen gas is the least dense substance in the world, at 0.08988g/cc.

Hydrogen solid is the most dense substance in the world, at 70.6g/cc.

Each year there is one ton of cement poured for each man woman and child in the world.

The house fly hums in the middle octave key of F.

The only capital letter in the Roman alphabet with exactly one end point is P.

The giant red star Betelgeuse has a diameter larger than that of the Earth's orbit around the sun.

The longest place name still in use is: Taumatawhakatangihangaoauauotameteaturipukakapikimaungahoronuk- upokaiwhenuakitanatahu--a New Zealand hill.

Los Angeles's full name is: "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Poriuncula" and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size, "LA.".

Only 1 in 2,000,000,000 will live to be 116 or older.

An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.

According to Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity, it is possible to go slower than light and faster than light, but it is impossible to go the speed of light. Also, there is a particle called tackyon which is supposed to go faster than light. This means if you fire a tackyon beam, it travels before you fire it.

When you tie a noose, the rope is wrapped twelve times around because it's the same length as a persons head.

Hummingbirds are the only animal that can fly backwards.

A cat's jaw cannot move sideways...
Now aren't you glad you wasted some time reading this? Hope you enjoyed it. I have no idea if these things are true or not.


Anonymous said...

Nice bunch if factoids. Did you read the one about the preacher and his wife?

reader Wil said...

Taumatawhakatangihangaoauauotameteaturipukakapikimaungahoronuk- upokaiwhenuakitanatahu-- is the longest name in the world! Now that's interesting !

Old Wom Tigley said...

I like stuff like this, I never remember them all but sometimes the anwsers will jump out at me in a quiz..

Martin Stickland said...

I love these sort of things Patty, nutmeg hey?

Thanks for the lovley emails!


Wanda said...

I've heard the expression don't change a jot or a you have explained the tittle, what is a jot!!!! ?????

Fun reading!

'JoAnn's-Digital-Eyes' said...

Hi Patty,
Happy New Year and a Good-day, and I wish you also a happy week ,

Well.... you always make me wonder,this time about lots of things, such as "the cat" that's nor named in the bible? The mohammed name.. That 'long' Nw-zealand's Island name, haha! Yes! Tigers do have stripes on their skin, thats true..

And about nutmeg??, I was just wondering the other day why I could NOT get anywhere Nutmeg... I love Honey,and the sound of the 'word' because my hus is calling me that (as a nickname)And Milk? I've hearded once that ,milk isn't that healthy at all!!! Except for mothers breastmilk...

Anyway I am glad to know your blog and with that knowing YOU, as a great woman, you are surprising me! Thanks you for this post!

Thanks for visiting my blog!and Yes I like the new car, soon I'll show photo's from our trips by car through Holland....

Greetings from Dutch JoAnn

Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Patty,

Interesting factoids! But then you end it with "I have no idea if these things are true or not." So now I don't know if I should believe them or not. I know one that is true, hummingbirds can fly backwards! I have seem them do it.

Now have Abe tell the one about the preacher and his wife. LOL.

Have a nice evening.


LauriesAsylum said...

Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.

Now that's something I didn't know!

Merle said...

Hi Patty ~~ Interesting whether they are true or not and I liked the
Haircuts joke too.
Thanks for your comments amd glad you enjoyed the jokes. Australia is a very large country and we have had no rain since before Christmas. There are floods in Southern Queensland and norther New South Wales. We could do with more rain, but not as much as they are getting up north. Take care
my friend, Love, Merle.