Useless Facts [Part 12]

  • President Theodore Roosevelt was a notoriously loud snorer.
  • Four years after his historic midnight ride, Paul Revere was brought up on charges of “unsoldierly behavior tending towards cowardice.” The grandson of the accuser was Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, author of Midnight Ride of Paul Revere.
  • An elephant’s heart weighs about 45 pounds.
  • Daily indoor per capita water use in the typical single family home is 69.3 gallons. Flushing toilets account for more than 25% of that total.
  • Andrew Johnson is the only president to later become a senator.
  • There are 2,598,960 possible hands in a five-card poker game.
  • Alfred Nobel invented dynamite. Lesser known is the fact that he also invented plywood.
  • A wink takes one tenth of a second.
  • Before the Leaning Tower of Pisa underwent restoration work in the 1990’s, it was predicted to topple over between 2010 and 2020. Prior to the restoration, the tower was leaning at 5.5 degrees, but now it is leaning at 3.99 degrees.
  • The average person will catch 140 colds in a lifetime.
  • The planet Saturn (among others) is made up primarily of liquids or gasses that are less dense than water. If you placed it in a bathtub–a very big bathtub–it would float.
  • You need a minimum of 5/8 of a torn dollar bill in order to redeem it at full value.
  • When a living thing is in a state of suspended animation during the winter, it is called hibernation, but in the summer it is called estivation.
  • Until the 1850’s, soap was made in loaves which the grocer sliced and then weighed much the same as cheese.
  • 15 percent of Americans claim they’ve never had a headache.
  • Earth is the only planet not named after a god.
  • The average person gets sick 2.19 times a year and is bedridden for 6 days.
  • 50 percent of the visits to the school nurse are made by 15 percent of the students.
  • On the date of Orville Wright‘s death, there were three plane crashes which killed 50 people.
  • On September 10, 1977, the last execution by guillotine took place in Marseilles, France, when the murderer Hamida Djandoubi was beheaded.
  • William Cullen Bryant‘s last words were “Whose house is this? What street are we on? Why did you bring me here?”
  • How poetic: Emily Dickinson‘s last words were “I must go in, for the fog is rising.”

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