Useless Facts [Part 4]

  • William Shakespeare has no living descendants.
  • Honey is used in antifreeze mixes.
  • Jon Brower Minnoch had a peak weight of 1,400 pounds, the heaviest on record. His weight loss of 920 pounds is also the most weight loss on record.
  • Black-eyed peas are not peas. They are beans.
  • Catgut string does not come from a cat. It is from a sheep’s intestines.
  • The Douglas Fir is not a fir. It is a pine tree.
  • The Pennsylvania Dutch are not Dutch. They are German.
  • The silkworm is not a worm. It is a caterpillar.
  • St. Patrick was not Irish. He was born in Britain.
  • The pineapple is a berry.
  • A peanut is not a nut. It is a legume.
  • A banana tree is not a tree. It is an herb.
  • Mark Twain served in the Confederate Army for all of one week. Then he deserted.
  • Table tennis balls have been clocked at speeds over 105 miles per hour.
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was the first American to have plumbing installed in his home (1840).
  • Pigs can run a 7½ minute mile.
  • Meet The Press is the longest running show in television broadcast history. It has been on the air since November 20, 1947.
  • An inch-thick rope of spider’s silk can withstand up to 148,000 pounds of tension.



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2 Comments

  1. Brad
    Brad12-22-2009

    I need to buy a pig and race it. If a pig can outrun me, then I’m clearly out of shape. This should be an international standard of some sort, haha.

  2. Jaime
    Jaime12-23-2009

    i’d like to see that! :)

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