1. It is impossible to lick your elbow (busted)
2. A crocodile can’t stick it’s tongue out.
3. A shrimp’s heart is in it’s head.
4. People say “Bless you” when you sneeze
because when you sneeze,your heart stops for a mili-second.
5. In a study of 200,000 ostriches over a period
of 80 years, no one reported a single case where an ostrich buried its head in the sand.
6. It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.
7. A pregnant goldfish is called a twit. (busted?)
8. More than 50% of the people in the world have never made or received a telephone call.
9. Rats and horses can’t vomit.
10. If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib.
11. If you try to suppress a sneeze, you can
rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die.
12. If you keep your eyes open by force when you sneeze, you might pop an eyeball out.
13. Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two
rats could have over a million descendants.
14. Wearing headphones for just an hour will
increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.
15. In every episode of Seinfeld there is a
16. The cigarette lighter was invented before the
17. Thirty-five percent of the people who use
personal ads for dating are already married.
18. A duck’s quack doesn’t echo, and no one
19. 23% of all photocopier faults worldwide are
caused by people sitting on them and
photocopying their butts.
20. In the course of an average lifetime you will,
while sleeping, eat 70 assorted insects and 10
21. Most lipstick contains fish scales.
22. Like fingerprints, everyone’s tongue print is
23. Over 75% of people who read this will try to
lick their elbow.
24. A crocodile can’t move its tongue and cannot
chew. Its digestive juices are so strong that it
can digest a steel nail.
25. Money notes are not made from paper, they
are made mostly from a special blend of
cotton and linen. In 1932, when a shortage of
cash occurred in Tenino, Washington, USA,
notes were made out of wood for a brief
26. The Grammy Awards were introduced to
counter the threat of rock music. In the late
1950s, a group of record executives were
alarmed by the explosive success of rock ‘n
roll, considering it a threat to “quality” music.
27. Tea is said to have been discovered in 2737 BC
by a Chinese emperor when some tea leaves
accidentally blew into a pot of boiling water.
The tea bag was introduced in 1908 by Thomas
Sullivan of New York.
28. Over the last 150 years the average height of
people in industrialised nations has increased
10 cm (about 4 inches). In the 19th century,
American men were the tallest in the world,
averaging 1,71m (5’6″). Today, the average
height for American men is 1,75m (5’7″),
compared to 1,77 (5’8″) for Swedes, and 1,78
(5’8.5″) for the Dutch. The tallest nation in the
world is the Watusis of Burundi.
29. In 1955 the richest woman in the world was
Mrs Hetty Green Wilks, who left an estate of
$95 million in a will that was found in a tin
box with four pieces of soap. Queen Elizabeth
of Britain and Queen Beatrix of the
Netherlands count under the 10 wealthiest
women in the world.
30. Joseph Niepce developed the world’s first
photographic image in 1827. Thomas Edison
and W K L Dickson introduced the film camera
in 1894. But the first projection of an image
on a screen was made by a German priest. In
1646, Athanasius Kircher used a candle or oil
lamp to project hand-painted images onto a
31. In 1935 a writer named Dudley Nichols
refused to accept the Oscar for his movie The
Informer because the Writers Guild was on
strike against the movie studios. In 1970
George C. Scott refused the Best Actor Oscar
for Patton. In 1972 Marlon Brando refused the
Oscar for his role in The Godfather.
32. The system of democracy was introduced 2
500 years ago in Athens, Greece. The oldest
existing governing body operates in Althing in
Iceland. It was established in 930 AD.
33. A person can live without food for about a
month, but only about a week without water.
If the amount of water in your body is
reduced by just 1%, you’ll feel thirsty.
If it’s reduced by 10%, you’ll die.
34. According to a study by the Economic Research
Service, 27% of all food production in Western
nations ends up in garbage cans. Yet, 1,2
billion people are underfed – the same number
of people who are overweight.
35. Camels are called “ships of the desert” because
of the way they move, not because of their
transport capabilities. A Dromedary camel has
one hump and a Bactrian camel two humps.
The humps are used as fat storage. Thus, an
undernourished camel will not have a hump.
36. In the Durango desert, in Mexico, there’s a
creepy spot called the “Zone of Silence.” You
can’t pick up clear TV or radio signals. And
locals say fireballs sometimes appear in the
37. Ethernet is a registered trademark of Xerox,
Unix is a registered trademark of AT&T.
38. Bill Gates’ first business was Traff-O-Data, a
company that created machines which
recorded the number of cars passing a given
point on a road.
39. Uranus’ orbital axis is tilted at 90 degrees.
40. The final resting-place for Dr. Eugene
Shoemaker – the Moon. The famed U.S.
Geological Survey astronomer, trained the
Apollo astronauts about craters, but never
made it into space. Mr. Shoemaker had wanted
to be an astronaut but was rejected because of
a medical problem. His ashes were placed on
board the Lunar Prospector spacecraft before
it was launched on January 6, 1998. NASA
crashed the probe into a crater on the moon
in an attempt to learn if there is water on the
41. Outside the USA, Ireland is the largest
software producing country in the world.
42. The first fossilized specimen of
Australopithecus afarenisis was named Lucy
after the paleontologists’ favorite song “Lucy
in the Sky with Diamonds,” by the Beatles.
43. Figlet, an ASCII font converter program, stands
for Frank, Ian and Glenn’s LETters.
44. Every human spent about half an hour as a
45. Every year about 98% of atoms in your body
46. Hot water is heavier than cold.
47. Plutonium – first weighed on August 20th,
1942, by University of Chicago scientists Glenn
Seaborg and his colleagues – was the first man-
48. If you went out into space, you would explode
before you suffocated because there’s no air
49. The radioactive substance, Americanium – 241
is used in many smoke detectors.
50. The original IBM-PCs, that had hard drives,
referred to the hard drives as Winchester
drives. This is due to the fact that the original
Winchester drive had a model number of
3030. This is, of course, a Winchester firearm.
51. Sound travels 15 times faster through steel
than through the air.
52. On average, half of all false teeth have some
form of radioactivity.
53. Only one satellite has been ever been
destroyed by a meteor: the European Space
Agency’s Olympus in 1993.
54. Starch is used as a binder in the production of
paper. It is the use of a starch coating that
controls ink penetration when printing.
Cheaper papers do not use as much starch,
and this is why your elbows get black when
you are leaning over your morning paper.
55. Sterling silver is not pure silver. Because pure
silver is too soft to be used in most tableware
it is mixed with copper in the proportion of
92.5 percent silver to 7.5 percent copper.
56. A ball of glass will bounce higher than a ball of
rubber. A ball of solid steel will bounce higher
than one made entirely of glass.
57. A chip of silicon a quarter-inch square has the
capacity of the original 1949 ENIAC computer,
which occupied a city block.
58. An ordinary TNT bomb involves atomic
reaction, and could be called an atomic bomb.
What we call an A-bomb involves nuclear
reactions and should be called a nuclear bomb.
59. At a glance, the Celsius scale makes more
sense than the Fahrenheit scale for
temperature measuring. But its creator, Anders
Celsius, was an oddball scientist. When he first
developed his scale, he made freezing 100
degrees and boiling 0 degrees, or upside down.
No one dared point this out to him, so fellow
scientists waited until Celsius died to change
60. At a jet plane’s speed of 1,000 km (620mi) per
hour, the length of the plane becomes one
atom shorter than its original length.
61. The first full moon to occur on the winter
solstice, Dec. 22, commonly called the first day
of winter, happened in 1999. Since a full moon
on the winter solstice occurred in conjunction
with a lunar perigee (point in the moon’s orbit
that is closest to Earth), the moon appeared
about 14% larger than it does at apogee (the
point in it’s elliptical orbit that is farthest
from the Earth).
Since the Earth is also several million miles
closer to the sun at that time of the year than
in the summer, sunlight striking the moon was
about 7% stronger making it brighter. Also,
this was the closest perigee of the Moon of the
year since the moon’s orbit is constantly
deforming. In places where the weather was
clear and there was a snow cover, even car
headlights were superfluous.
62. According to security equipment specialists,
security systems that utilize motion detectors
won’t function properly if walls and floors are
too hot. When an infrared beam is used in a
motion detector, it will pick up a person’s
body temperature of 98.6 degrees compared
to the cooler walls and floor.
If the room is too hot, the motion detector
won’t register a change in the radiated heat of
that person’s body when it enters the room
and breaks the infrared beam. Your home’s
safety might be compromised if you turn your
air conditioning off or set the thermostat too
high while on summer vacation.
63. Western Electric successfully brought sound to
motion pictures and introduced systems of
mobile communications which culminated in
the cellular telephone.
64. On December 23, 1947, Bell Telephone
Laboratories in Murray Hill, N.J., held a secret
demonstration of the transistor which marked
the foundation of modern electronics.
65. The wick of a trick candle has small amounts
of magnesium in them. When you light the
candle, you are also lighting the magnesium.
When someone tries to blow out the flame, the
magnesium inside the wick continues to burn
and, in just a split second (or two or three),
relights the wick.
66. Ostriches are often not taken seriously. They
can run faster than horses, and the males can
roar like lions.
67. Seals used for their fur get extremely sick
when taken aboard ships.
68. Sloths take two weeks to digest their food.
69. Guinea pigs and rabbits can’t sweat.
70. The pet food company Ralston Purina recently
introduced, from its subsidiary Purina
Philippines, power chicken feed designed to
help roosters build muscles for cockfighting,
which is popular in many areas of the world.
71. According to the Wall Street Journal, the
cockfighting market is huge: The Philippines
has five million roosters used for exactly that.
72. Sharks and rays are the only animals known to
man that don’t get cancer. Scientists believe
this has something to do with the fact that
they don’t have bones, but cartilage.
73. The porpoise is second to man as the most
intelligent animal on the planet.
74. Young beavers stay with their parents for the
first two years of their lives before going out
on their own.
75. Skunks can accurately spray their smelly fluid
as far as ten feet.
76. Deer can’t eat hay.
77. Gopher snakes in Arizona are not poisonous,
but when frightened they may hiss and shake
their tails like rattlesnakes.
78. On average, dogs have better eyesight than
humans, although not as colorful.
79. The duckbill platypus can store as many as six
hundred worms in the pouches of its cheeks.
80. The lifespan of a squirrel is about nine years.
81. North American oysters do not make pearls of
82. Human birth control pills work on gorillas.
83. Many sharks lay eggs, but hammerheads give
birth to live babies that look like very small
duplicates of their parents. Young
hammerheads are usually born headfirst, with
the tip of their hammer-shaped head folded
backward to make them more streamlined for
84. Gorillas sleep as much as fourteen hours per
85. A biological reserve has been made for golden
toads because they are so rare.
86. There are more than fifty different kinds of
87. Jellyfish like salt water. A rainy season often
reduces the jellyfish population by putting
more fresh water into normally salty waters
where they live.
88. The female lion does ninety percent of the
89. The odds of seeing three albino deer at once
are one in seventy-nine billion, yet one man in
Boulder Junction, Wisconsin, took a picture of
three albino deer in the woods.
90. A group of twelve or more cows is called a
91. Cats often rub up against people and furniture
to lay their scent and mark their territory.
They do it this way, as opposed to the way
dogs do it, because they have scent glands in
92. Cats sleep up to eighteen hours a day, but
never quite as deep as humans. Instead, they
fall asleep quickly and wake up intermittently
to check to see if their environment is still
93. Catnip, or Nepeta cataria, is an herb with
nepetalactone in it. Many think that when cats
inhale nepetalactone, it affects hormones that
arouse sexual feelings, or at least alter their
brain functioning to make them feel “high.”
Catnip was originally made, using
nepetalactone as a natural bug repellant, but
roaming cats would rip up the plants before
they could be put to their intended task.
94. The nematode Caenorhabditis elegans ages the
equivalent of five human years for every day
they live, so they usually die after about
fourteen days. When stressed, though, the
worm goes into a comatose state that can last
for two or more months. The human
equivalent would be to sleep for about two
95. You can tell the sex of a horse by its teeth.
Most males have 40, females have 36.
96. Money isn’t made out of paper; it’s made out
97. The 57 on Heinz ketchup bottle represents the
varieties of pickle the company once had.
98. Your stomach produces a new layer of mucus
every two weeks – otherwise it will digest itself.
99. The Declaration of Independence was written
on hemp paper.
100. A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne
will bounce up and down continuously from
the bottom of the glass to the top.
101. Susan Lucci is the daughter of Phyllis Diller.
102. Every person has a unique tongue print as well
103. 315 entries in Webster’s 1996 Dictionary were
104. On average, 12 newborns will be given to the
wrong parents daily.
105. During the chariot scene in ‘Ben Hur’ a small
red car can be seen in the distance.
106. Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine are
brother and sister.
107. Orcas (killer whales) kill sharks by torpedoing
up into the shark’s stomach from underneath,
causing the shark to explode.
108. (removed, duplicated)
109. Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland
because he doesn’t wear any pants.
110. Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine.
111. 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.
112. Leonardo da Vinci could write with one hand
and draw with the other at the same time.
113. Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given
out during World War II were made of wood.
114. There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling
115. The name Wendy was made up for the book
Peter Pan, there was never a recorded Wendy
116. There are no words in the dictionary that
rhyme with: orange, purple, and silver!
117. Leonardo Da Vinci invented scissors.
118. A tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion will
make it instantly go mad and sting itself to
119. The mask used by Michael Myers in the
original “Halloween” was a Captain Kirk mask
120. 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.
121. Celery has negative calories! It takes more
calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery
has in it to begin with. It’s the same with
122. Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep
you from crying!
123. The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified
124. Guinness Book of Records holds the record for
being the book most often stolen from Public
125. Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before
they go into space because passing wind in a
space suit damages them.
126. The word “queue” is the only word in the
English language that is still pronounced the
same way when the last four letters are
127. Beetles taste like apples, wasps like pine nuts,
and worms like fried bacon.
128. Of all the words in the English language, the
word ’set’ has the most definitions!
129. What is called a “French kiss” in the English
speaking world is known as an “English kiss” in
130. “Almost” is the longest word in the English
language with all the letters in alphabetical
131. “Rhythm” is the longest English word without a
132. In 1386, a pig in France was executed by
public hanging for the murder of a child
133. A cockroach can live several weeks with its
head cut off.
134. Human thigh bones are stronger than
135. You can’t kill yourself by holding your breath
136. There is a city called Rome on every continent.
137. It’s against the law to have a pet dog in
138. Your heart beats over 100,000 times a day.
139. Horatio Nelson, one of England’s most
illustrious admirals was throughout his life,
never able to find a cure for his sea-sickness.
140. The skeleton of Jeremy Bentham is present at
all important meetings of the University of
141. Right handed people live, on average, nine
years longer than left-handed people
142. Your ribs move about 5 million times a year,
everytime you breathe!
143. The elephant is the only mammal that can’t
144. One quarter of the bones in your body, are in
145. Like fingerprints, everyone’s tongue print is
146. The first known transfusion of blood was
performed as early as 1667, when Jean-
Baptiste, transfused two pints of blood from a
sheep to a young man
147. Fingernails grow nearly 4 times faster than
148. Most dust particles in your house are made
from dead skin!
149. The present population of 5 billion plus people
of the world is predicted to become 15 billion
150. Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
151. Adolf Hitler was a vegetarian, and had only
152. Honey is the only food that does not spoil.
Honey found in the tombs of Egyptian
pharaohs has been tasted by archaeologists
and found edible.
153. Months that begin on a Sunday will always
have a “Friday the 13th.”
154. Coca-Cola would be green if colouring weren’t
added to it.
155. On average a hedgehog’s heart beats 300 times
156. More people are killed each year from bees
than from snakes.
157. The average lead pencil will draw a line 35
miles long or write approximately 50,000
158. More people are allergic to cow’s milk than
any other food.
159. Camels have three eyelids to protect
themselves from blowing sand.
160. The placement of a donkey’s eyes in its’ heads
enables it to see all four feet at all times!
161. The six official languages of the United Nations
are: English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Russian
162. Earth is the only planet not named after a god.
163. It’s against the law to burp, or sneeze in a
church in Nebraska, USA.
164. You’re born with 300 bones, but by the time
you become an adult, you only have 206.
165. Some worms will eat themselves if they can’t
find any food!
166. Dolphins sleep with one eye open!
167. It is impossible to sneeze with your eyes open
168. The worlds oldest piece of chewing gum is
9000 years old!
169. The longest recorded flight of a chicken is 13
170. Queen Elizabeth I regarded herself as a
paragon of cleanliness. She declared that she
bathed once every three months, whether she
needed it or not
171. Slugs have 4 noses.
172. Owls are the only birds who can see the
173. A man named Charles Osborne had the hiccups
for 69 years!
174. A giraffe can clean its ears with its 21-inch
175. The average person laughs 10 times a day!
176. An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain
177. If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days
you would have produced enough sound
energy to heat one cup of coffee.
178. If you farted consistently for 6 years and 9
months, enough gas is produced to create the
energy of an atomic bomb.
179. The human heart! creates enough pressure
when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood
180. A pig’s orgasm lasts 30 minutes.
181. A cockroach will live nine days without its
head before it starves to death!
182. Banging your head against a wall uses 150
calories a hour
183. The male praying mantis cannot copulate while
its head is attached to its body. The female
initiates sex by ripping the male’s head off.
184. The flea can jump 350 times its body length.
It’s like a human jumping the length of a
185. The catfish has over 27,000 taste buds.
186. Some lions mate over 50 times a day.
187. Butterflies taste with their feet.
188. The strongest muscle in the body is the
189. A cat’s urine glows under a black light.
190. An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.
191. Starfish have no brains.
192. Polar bears are left-handed.
193. Humans and dolphins are the only species that
have sex for pleasure.