Useless Facts [Part 5]

  • Jimmy Carter has flat feet. He rolled his arches over a Coke bottle every day until they were sufficiently curved to pass his physical for the Naval Academy.
  • Adolph Hitler was Time Magazine’s Man of the Year for 1938.
  • Frankie Avalon held his nose while singing Dee Dee Dinah, his first hit song.
  • American naval hero John Paul Jones wound up his career as an admiral in the Russian navy.
  • George Washington was scared to death that he would be buried alive. Just before he died, he demanded that his body be kept above ground fo ra few days in the event he might come to.
  • Diane Keaton won an Oscar for her film portrayal of Annie Hall. Her real last name is Hall.
  • Balboa, the discoverer of the Pacific Ocean, was falsely accused of treason and beheaded in 1517.
  • The grandfather of Charles Lindbergh changed the family’s last name. If he hadn’t, our high-flying hero would have been known as Charles Manson.
  • “Utopia” is an ancient Greek word meaning “nowhere.”
  • When statues of horseback-riding heroes are constructed, the horse’s position signifies how the hero died. A statue showing the horse with two hooves raised indicates the hero died in battle; one hoof raised, he died of battle wounds; and if all four hooves are on the ground, the hero died naturally.
  • Casanova journeyed with a custom-made portable bath–for two, of course.
  • In Washington, D.C., no building can be constructed taller than the Capitol (288 feet).
  • U.S. Presidents Grant, Taft, Hoover and Eisenhower never held any other elective office.
  • In the 18th century, a trapper could sell the deerskin of a buck for a dollar–hence the term buck.
  • A dime has 118 ridges around it.
  • Elephants are taught to like peanuts. They eat no peanuts in the wild.
  • The ridges on corduroy are called wales.
  • Fish can become seasick if kept on board a ship.

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