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Things you probably never knew...

Q. What occurs more often in December than any other month?

A. Conception

Q. What separates "60 Minutes," on CBS from every other TV show?

A. No theme song

Q. Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of what?

A. Their birthplace

Q. Most boat owners name their boats. What is the most popular boat name?

A. Obsession

Q. If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until you would find the letter "A"?

A. One thousand

Q. What do bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers & laser printers all have in common(*1)?

A. All invented by women

Q. What is the only food that doesn't spoil?

A. Honey

Q. There are more long distance phone calls on this day than any other day of the year. What day is it?

A. Mother's Day

Q. There are more collect phone calls on this day than any other day of the year. What day is it?

A. Father's Day

Q. What trivial fact about Mel Blanc (voice of Bugs Bunny) is the most ironic?

A. He was allergic to carrots

Q. What is an activity performed by 40% of all people at a party?

A. Snoop in your medicine cabinet

Did you know....

The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time television was Fred & Wilma Flintstone.

Coca-Cola was originally green. (*3)

Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the US Treasury.

Men can read smaller print than women, women can hear & smell better.

The state with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska.

The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28%(*2).

The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%(*2).

The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $6,400.

The average number of people airborne over the US any given hour: 61,000.

Intelligent people have more zinc & copper in their hair. (*4)

San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.

Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history:
   Spades — King David;
   Clubs — Alexander the Great;
   Hearts — Charlemagne;
   Diamonds — Julius Caesar.

111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321.

If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle. If the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.

Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John Hancock & Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2nd, but the last signature wasn't added until 5 years later.

"I am." is the shortest complete sentence in the English language. (*5)

The term "the whole 9 yards" came from WWII fighter pilots in the South Pacific. When arming their airplanes on the ground, the .50 caliber machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, it got "The whole 9 yards."

Hershey's Kisses are called that because the machine that makes them looks like it's kissing the conveyor belt.

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. (*6)

The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for the "General Purpose" vehicle, G.P.

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

The only two days of the year in which there are no professional sports games (MLB, NBA, NHL, or NFL) are the day before & the day after the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

The nursery rhyme "Ring Around the Rosey" is a rhyme about the plague.  Infected people with the plague would get red circular sores ("Ring around the rosey"), these sores would smell very badly so common folks would put flowers on their bodies somewhere inconspicuous, so that it would cover the smell of the sores ("a pocket full of posies").  Furthermore, people who died from the plague would be burned so as to reduce the possible spread of the disease ("ashes, ashes, we all fall down").  (Another story, sent in by Chris Perram, has it that the lyrics were really "a-tishoo, a-tishoo, we all fall down" because the plague starts with flu-like symptoms and progresses rapidly to collapse.)


*1 . . . Of the four items mentioned, three were invented by women: Kevlar, the fabric used in bullet-proof vests, is one of the many para-aramid fibers invented by Stephanie Louise Kwolek, and was first marketed by DuPont in 1971.  Fire escapes were invented by Anna Connelly in 1887.   The windshield wiper was invented by Mary Anderson in 1903, and patented in 1905, to help streetcars operate safely in the rain.  (see Women Inventors, and Timeline)  However the only person I could find cited as having invented laser printing is Gary Starkweather, who did so while working at Xerox PARC.  He was interviewed by Optical Engineering (OE) magazine in 1997.  Thanks to Kim von Arx for this information.

*2 . . . Estimates of wilderness percentage vary, and the percentage of wilderness by any measure is decreasing on both continents.  One recent estimate holds that Africa is 16% wilderness while North America is 17% wilderness.

*3 . . . Though this "fact" is often repeated, there is no evidence that Coca-cola was ever, in fact, green.

*4 . . . The connection between zinc and copper and intelligence is tenuous at best.  In most people there is no connection at all.  Zinc and copper are right next to each other in the periodic table, and form one of the many mineral "balances" in the body -- that is, processes that tend to increase the concentration of one of these elements tend to decrease the concentration of the other.  Lead interferes with zinc absorption without increasing copper absorption, however, and lead also reduces intelligence.  So people suffering from lead poisoning have reduced zinc and copper in their hair, and are less intelligent.

*5 . . . Here a "complete" sentence is one that has an explicit subject and predicate.  "Go!" is shorter, but lacks an explicit subject.  The sentence "I do." seems on its surface to be as short as "I go," but it has been joked that this is, in fact, a man's longest sentence.

*6 . . . This is another unsubstantiated "fact".  There is no evidence that any such law ever existed.