Useless Facts [Part 10]

  • The name pound cake derives from the fact that the original pound cakes used a pound of each of butter, sugar, eggs, and flour.
  • A snail mates only once in its lifetime. And when it does, it mates in a typical snail fashion, taking half a day to do it.
  • The singular of the word scampi, as in shrimp, is scampo.
  • Silent Cal Coolidge was just that as far as the telephone was concerned; the former president refused to use it.
  • Glass gets stronger the longer it stays under water, the only known substance to do so.
  • Until Thomas Edison suggested using “Hello,” most people answered their phones by saying “Ahoy.”
  • A ping pong ball weighs 2.2399 to 2.6761 grams.
  • Dog sleds delivered mail in Alaska as late as 1963.
  • The ampersand is the world’s oldest known symbol and is common among hundreds of languages.
  • Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of pawnbrokers.
  • The average person sheds 40 pounds of skin in a lifetime.
  • There are 570 miles of shoreline in New York City.
  • A male lion can eat 75 pounds of meat at one meal.
  • There are between 2500 and 3000 divorces every day in the United States. More people are part of second marriages today than first marriages in the U.S.
  • Telephone poles in Kenya and Uganda are higher than in other parts of the world because they have to allow for the height of giraffes.
  • Troy Donahue played Merle Johnson in the movie The Godfather II. Donahue’s real name is Merle Johnson.
  • Your fingernails grow about two inches a year.
  • An adult moth never eats.
  • Alexandre Dumas used blue paper to write his novels, yellow paper for his poetry, and white paper to write his magazine articles.

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