Useless Facts [Part 11]

  • Ancient Arabians who bathed regularly were tax exempt.
  • A newborn panda is smaller than a mouse.
  • Every year, Heinz sells over 600million bottles of ketchup worldwide.
  • Most hummingbirds weigh less than a penny.
  • Kevin McCarthy set a world record on April 12, 1985 by completing a 341-hour shower at Buffalo State College.
  • Barbie Doll‘s last name is Roberts.
  • The Academy Awards Oscar trophy weighs 8 lbs., 13 oz. The Heisman Trophy weighs 25 pounds.
  • Cows can be identified by noseprints.
  • London’s Buckingham Palace has 602 rooms.
  • William Phelps Eno originated stop signs, one-way streets and other roadway regulations to earn himself recognition as the “Father of Traffic Safety.” Eno never learned to drive a car.
  • Thomas Edison copyrighted the first motion picture in the U.S. on January 9, 1894. It was titled Record of a Sneeze.
  • In 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright’s first airplane flight travelled 852 feet in 59 seconds. An Olympic-caliber hurdler can travel much faster (1400 feet in just 45 seconds).
  • Your hearing is not as sharp on a full stomach.
  • Opera superstar Luciano Pavarotti kept a bent nail in his pocket for good luck when he performed.
  • They may have been called “water catchers,” but the cuffs on men’s pants were originally made to hold cigar ashes.
  • Actress Sally Struthers was once the voice of “Pebbles” on The Flintstones cartoons.
  • The most frequently sung tune in the U.S. is Happy Birthday to You.
  • The main ingredient for both bricks and plate-glass windows is sand.

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