Useless Facts [Part 6]

  • As you may have guessed, giraffes are very susceptible to throat infections.
  • The Mormon Tabernacle Church in Salt Lake City was built without any nails.
  • In tennis, the term “love,” meaning zero, comes from the French l’oeuf which is an egg, as in goose egg.
  • Zachary Taylor never voted in a presidential election–not even his own.
  • The odds against a flipped coin coming up with the same side showing ten times in a row are 1,023 to 1.
  • Abraham Lincoln was carrying Confederate money when he was assassinated.
  • The shell is 12% of the weight of the entire egg.
  • The biggest playing field in sports? A polo field: 12.4 acres.
  • Liberace once used the stage name Walter Busterkeys.
  • Paul Revere took his midnight ride on a horse named Brown Beauty.
  • In China, the day a child is born it is considered one year old.
  • An armadillo can be housebroken.
  • Rudyard Kipling would write only with black ink.
  • In many species of birds, the eyes weigh more than the brain.
  • The P.F. in P.F. Flyers stands for Posture Foundation.
  • Before 1859, baseball umpires sat behind home plate in rocking chairs.
  • The term “senator” comes from the Latin “senex” which means “old man.”
  • Insects can shiver.
  • Until 1869, the master’s degree was an honorary award.
  • In days of long ago, when railroad men patronized brothels, they left their red lamps outside–such was the derivation of the red light district.
  • A bee uses 22 muscles to sting someone.
  • The stopwatch seen on television’s 60 Minutes is made by Heuer.



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