Useless Facts [Part 9]

  • A cow spends an average of 18 hours a day chewing.
  • How fast is “in a jiffy?” Faster than you can say it. A jiffy is equal to one one hundred thousand billion billionths of a second according to lexicographers.
  • Only one-fifth of the Sahara Desert is sand. The rest of the world’s largest desert is barren rock and rubble.
  • It takes about four pounds of potatoes to make a pound of potato chips.
  • Vincent van Gogh didn’t begin to draw until he was 27.
  • A pigeon’s feathers weigh more than its bones.
  • Your lungs use about 12,500 quarts of air each day.
  • Wildlife lover John J. Audubon shot as many as one hundred birds a day, using the victims as models for his paintings.
  • The inside of a cucumber is 20 degrees (F) cooler than the air temperature on a warm summer day.
  • 0 degrees longitude, 0 degrees latitude is in the Atlantic Ocean, just off the coast of Africa.
  • Aluminum is spelled aluminium in most of the world, and was spelled that way in the United States until 1925.
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt always kept a gun under his pillow while he was president.
  • Balneology is the science of the therapeutic use of bathing.
  • Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu is the name of a hill in New Zealand. At 57 letters, it is the longest place name of any English-speaking country. It means “the place where Tamatea, the man with the big knee who slid, climbed, and swallowed mountains, known as land-eater, played on his flute to his loved one.”
  • According to regulations, a race horse’s name can be no longer than 18 letters.
  • Thomas Edison preferred Braille to visual reading.
  • Comedian Alan King made a record 83 appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show.
  • Winston Churchill believed that petting black cats brought him luck.
  • Birds have no sweat glands.
  • The lens in your eye grows throughout your life, which is why an overwhelming percentage of people suffer from farsightedness as they age.



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1 Comment

  1. Martha
    Martha04-17-2010

    I know I’m tired because I just read “Birds have no sweat glands” as “Brad has no sweat glands” HAHAHAH
    .-= Martha´s last blog ..Young in Dublin – Day 3 =-.

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