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Useless Trivia...

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  1. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament... Zone Supporter

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    Roulette was invented by French mathematician Blaise Pascal. The popular game of chance was a byproduct of his experiments with perpetual motion.

    All cheerleaders were male in 1898. Now, about three percent are.

    The baseball home plate is 17 inches wide.

    Moderate dancing burns 250 to 300 calories an hour.

    The U.S. motto, E pluribus unum, means "out of many, one." It first appeared in a Roman poem as part of a recipe for making a salad.

    In Latin, the word "disco" means "I learn."

    Forty-two percent of American women are able to belch on command.

    In scientific terminology, the Sun is considered a "Yellow G2 Dwarf."

    The saying "the sky's the limit" originated in Don Quixote.

    Because of outrageously high costs in California during the Gold Rush of 1849, miners sent their laundry to Hawaii for washing and pressing.

    Two-thirds of the world's lawyers practice in the United States.

    A cow has four stomachs: the rumen, reticulum, omasum and abomasum.

    Before the year 1000, the word "she" did not exist in the English language.

    A group of moles is called a "labor."

    "Dacryphilia" is arousal from seeing tears in the eyes of a partner.

    Mosquitoes hibernate.
  2. SoTex

    SoTex Giddy Up

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    Thanks Cliff.....here's some more:

    # The original game of "Monopoly" was circular.

    # It costs more to buy a new car today in the United States than it cost Christopher Columbus to equip and undertake three voyages to and from the New World.

    # One-fourth of the world's population lives on less than $200 a year.

    # Ninety million people survive on less than $75 a year.

    # The sentence "the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter in the English language.

    # The word racecar and kayak are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left.

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

    # Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia is the fear of long words.

    # A snail can sleep for 3 years.

    # Did you know you share your birthday with at least 9 million other people in the world.

    # The average human eats 8 spiders in their lifetime at night.

    # More people are killed by donkeys annually than are killed in plane crashes.

    # Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

    # The continents names all end with the same letter with which they start.

    # Shakespeare invented the word "assassination" and "bump."

    # According to tests made at the Institute for the Study of Animal Problems in Washington, D.C., dogs and cats, like people, are either right-handed or left-handed --- that is, they favor either their right or left paws.

    # A giraffe can go without water longer than a camel can.

    # Blue whales weigh as much as 30 elephants and are as long as 3 Greyhound buses.

    # Crocodiles and alligators are surprisingly fast on land. Although they are rapid, they are not agile; so if you ever find yourself chased by one, run in a zigzag line. You'll lose him or her every time.

    # Birds do not sleep in their nests. They may occasionally nap in them, but they actually sleep in other places.

    # Most elephants weigh less than the tongue of the blue whale.

    # Butterflies taste with their hind feet.

    # Only female mosquitoes bite.

    # Mosquitoes are attracted to the color blue twice as much as to any other color.

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

    # Every night, wasps bite into the stem of a plant, lock their mandibles (jaws) into position, stretch out at right angles to the stem, and, with legs dangling, fall asleep.

    # Ants stretch when they wake up. They also appear to yawn in a very human manner before taking up the tasks of the day.

    # Bees have 5 eyes. There are 3 small eyes on the top of a bee's head and 2 larger ones in front.

    # The outdoor temperature can be estimated to within several degrees by timing the chirps of a cricket. It is done this way: count the number of chirps in a 15-second period, and add 37 to the total. The result will be very close to the actual Fahrenheit temperature. This formula, however, only works in warm weather. (Try it!)

    # In the United States, a pound of potato chips cost two hundred times more than a pound of potatoes.

    # Caesar salad has nothing to do with any of the Caesar. It was first concocted in a bar in Tijuana, Mexico, in the 1920's.

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

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

    # You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television.

    # The two longest one-syllable words in the English language is "screeched. & strengths."

    # Barbie's measurements if she were life size: 39-23-33.

    # Barbie's full first name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.

    # All of the clocks in Pulp Fiction are stuck on 4:20.

    # A coat hanger is 44 inches long if straightened

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

    # The word 'byte' is a contraction of 'by eight.'

    # The word 'pixel' is a contraction of either 'picture cell' or 'picture element'.

    # Isaac Asimov is the only author to have a book in every Dewey-decimal category.

    # Cat's urine glows under a black light.

    # The average ear of corn has eight hundred kernels arranged in sixteen rows.

    # The first Ford cars had Dodge engines.

    # Chrysler built B-29's that bombed Japan, Mitsubishi built Zeros that tried to shoot them down. Both companies now build cars in a joint plant call Diamond Star.

    # On the new hundred-dollar bill the time on the clock tower of Independence Hall is 4:10.
  3. Midswat

    Midswat Benched

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    Heres some more . . .

    -- My neighbor has three rabits

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