Krishnendu Krishnan

Some of the crazy facts                                                                                    (source : Forwarded E-Mails) 

FACTS

 

  • In the 1400's a law was set forth in England that a man was allowed to beat his wife with a stick no thicker than his thumb. Hence we have "the rule of thumb"

  • Many years ago in Scotland, a new game was invented. It was ruled "Gentlemen Only...Ladies Forbidden"...and thus the word GOLF entered into the English language.

  • The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV were Fred and Wilma Flintstone.

  • Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the U.S. Treasury.

  • Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better

  • The average number of people airborne over the U.S. in any given hour: 61,000

  • Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

  • The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.

  • Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history:

  • Spades - King David Hearts - Charlemagne Clubs -Alexander, the Great Diamonds - Julius Caesar

ANIMAL FACTS

  • Male monkeys go bald in the same way that human men do
  • A cat has 32 muscles in each ear
  • Most cows give more milk when they listen to music
  • Sharks never get sick: they are immune to all known diseases including cancer.
  • A ducks quack does not echo, and no one knows why A fully-grown bear can run as fast as a horse.
  • More human deaths are attributed to fleas than all the wars ever fought. As carriers of the bubonic plague, fleas were responsible for killing one third of the population of Europe in the 14th century.
  • The Mola Mola, or ocean sunfish lays up to 5 million eggs at one time.
  • Slugs have 4 noses
  • Beavers can hold their breath for 45 minutes
  • An earthworm has 5 hearts
  • A lions roar can be heard over 5 miles away
  • A dolphins hearing is so acute that ti can pick up an underwater sound from 5 miles away.
  • It takes 3000 cows to provide the National Football league with enough leather for a year's supply of footballs.
  • An ant can lift 10 times its own weight.
  • The teeth of a lobster are in its stomach.
  • The tongue of a blue whale is about the same size as an elephant.
  • An estimated 80% of animals living on earth have six legs.
  • Bees are fully grown when they are born.
  • A blind chameleon will still change colour to match its environment.
  • The largest carnivorous animal ever found was an 11 foot tall Polar Bear
  • A Zebra is white with black stripes.
  • There is a sea squirt found in the seas near Japan that digests its own brain. When the sea squirt is mature it permanently attaches itself to a rock. At this point it does not need to move anymore and has no need for a brain, so it eats it.
  • To stay in the air, Bees must flap their wings two hundred and fifty two times a second.
  • An elephant's trunk has no bone but 40,000 muscles.
  • Goats and octopuses' eyes have rectangular pupils.
  • Ants can live up to 16 years.
  • A nose print can be used to identify a dog, just as fingerprints can be used to identify humans.
  • You can cut up a Starfish into pieces and each one will grow into a completely new Starfish
  • The heart of a blue whale is the size of a small car.
  • All the pet hamsters in the world are descended from just one female wild golden hamster found with a litter of twelve young in Syria in 1930.
  • The Cheetah is the only cat in the world that can't retract its claws.
  • A female Black Widow spider can eat up to twenty husbands every day.
  • There are a thousand times more things living in the sea than on land.
  • The largest jellyfish ever caught measured 2.3 m (7 foot 6 inches) across the bell with a tentacle of 36m (120 foot) long.
  • A rat can last longer without water than a camel can.
  • A dog's nose is so sensitive that it can tell the difference between a bath of water and a bath of water with a teaspoonful of salt in it.

SCIENCE FACTS

 

  • The only fresh foods that astronauts are allowed to take into space are pecan nuts.
  • There are ten human body parts that are only three letters long; eye, hip, leg, arm, toe ear, rib jaw lip, and gum.
  • The daily heat output of the average man would boil 30 litres of freezing water.
  • A sneeze can exceed a speed of 100 mph.
  • By 70 years old a n average person will have shed 105 pounds of skin.
  • It takes 17 muscles to smile and 43 to frown so keep smiling it saves energy.
  • Canned food was invented for the British Navy in 1813, but the first can opener wasn't invented until 1870.
  • Large doses of coffee can be lethal. Ten grams, or 100 cups over 4 hours, is enough to kill the average human.
  • Most lipstick contains fish scales.
  • The average person walks the equivalent of twice around the world in a lifetime.
  • The first personal computer, the Apple II, went on sale in 1977.
  • Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our noses and ears never stop growing.
  • Sound travels through water three times faster than through air.
  • All the planets in the solar system spin anticlockwise except Venus, which spins the other way.
  • To make one kilo of honey, bees have to visit four million flowers, travelling a distance equal to four times around the Earth.
  • Approximately two thirds of a person's bodyweight is water.
  • If all your DNA strands were stretched out they would reach the moon 6000 times.
  • Telephone inventor Alexandra Graham Bell never phoned his wife or mother because they were both deaf.
  • If a cockroach were human sized it could run a mile in 20 seconds.
  • Nanotechnology has produced a guitar no bigger than a blood cell.
  • Skydivers accelerate to terminal velocity of 120 mph. Earth's gravity is balanced by density of the air at this speed, so they can't go any faster.
  • The first electronic digital computer weighed 30 tons.
  • Concorde holds two world speed records for commercial flights. In 1992, it circled the Earth from East to West in 32 hours, 49 minutes, and 3 seconds. Three years later Concorde flew West to East in 31 hours, 27 minutes, and 49 seconds.
  • Ocean waves can travel as fast as a jet aeroplane.

FUN FACTS

  • The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is copyrightable.
  • 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321
  • Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without killing them used to burn their houses down - hence the _expression "to get fired."
  • The term "the whole 9 yards" came from W.W.II fighter pilots in the Pacific. When arming their airplanes on the ground, the .50 calibre machinegun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, it got "the whole 9 yards."
  • The longest recorded flight of a chicken is 13 seconds.
  • The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one mile in every five must be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips in times of war or other emergencies.
  • Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.
  • The name Wendy was made up for the book "Peter Pan."
  • In Cleveland, Ohio, it's illegal to catch mice without a hunting license.
  • Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.
  • By weight, hamburgers cost more than new cars.
  • The three most valuable brand names on earth: Marlboro, Coca-Cola and Budweiser, in that order.
  • It's possible to lead a cow upstairs...but not downstairs.
  • Humans are the only primates that don't have pigment in the palms of their hands.
  • Ten percent of the Russian government's income comes from the sale of vodka.
  • The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.
  • On average, 100 people choke to death on ballpoint pens every year.

20 AMAZING FACTS AROUND THE WORLD

  • Americans eat 45000 burgers per minute.
  • Tomato Ketchup was once used as medicine in the United States. It sold as "Dr. Miles Compound Extract of Tomato".
  • Amazon, a gigantic system of rivers and forests, supplies 1/5th of the world's oxygen. Now that's the reason why these forests should be conserved.
  • Brazil is the only country to have played in every World Cup Soccer Tournament.
  • The largest employer in the world is the Indian Railways, employing over one million people.
  • Vatican City is the smallest city in the world, and the only country within a country.
  • Leonardo da Vinci invented the scissors.
  • The actual height of the Eiffel Tower is 984 feet. But it grows by 6 inches in summer, as metal expands, and shrinks back to normal in the winter, as metal contracts.
  • King Louis XIX ruled France for a total of fifteen minutes.
  • The Buckingham Palace, home to the Royal family, has 602 rooms.
  • The Kea Bird lives in New Zealand and likes to eat the rubber around the car windows.
  • The Great Wall of China is 1500 miles long and can be seen from outer space.
  • The tooth brush was invented in China in 1498.
  • A Hippo can open its mouth wide enough to fit a 4 ft tall child inside. Nothing to worry, though....they are herbivorous!
  • Penguin is the only BIRD that can swim, but not fly.
  • Did u always think that the Polar Bear's fur is white? Well, u were wrong! Its actually clear. It appears white because it reflects the sunlight.
  • The word Eskimo means "eater of raw flesh".
  • Egyptian women invented the "Lip-stick".
  • 2 million stone blocks were used to build a pyramid. And each weighed more than a school bus.
  • Ancient Egyptians slept on pillows made of stone.

MORE FACTS

 

  • The housefly hums in the middle octave, key of F.
  • If your eyes are six feet above the surface of the ocean, the horizon will be about three statute miles away.
  • The longest word in the English language, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.
  • The only other word with the same number of letters is neumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconioses, its plural.
  • Los Angeles's full name is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula."
  • Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older
  • An ostrich's eye is bigger than it's brain.
  • Mel Blanc (the voice of Bugs Bunny) was allergic to carrots
  • Dr. Samuel A. Mudd was the physician who set the leg of Lincoln's assassin John Wilkes Booth...and whose shame created the expression for ignominy, "His name is Mudd."
  • The longest recorded flight of a chicken is thirteen seconds.
  • The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin during World War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.
  • Wilma Flintstone's maiden name was Wilma Slaghoopal, and Betty Rubble's maiden name was Betty Jean Mcbricker.
  • If NASA sent birds into space they would soon die, they need gravity to swallow.
  • Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.
  • The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra's "Its A Wonderful Life"
  • If you toss a penny 10000 times, it will not be heads 5000 times, but more like 4950. The head's picture weighs more, so it ends up on the bottom.
  • It was discovered on a space mission that a frog can throw up. The frog throws up its stomach first, so the stomach is dangling out of its mouth. Then the frog uses its forearms to dig out all of the stomach's contents and then swallows the stomach back down again.
  • Armored knights raised their visors to identify themselves when they rode past their king. This custom has become the modern military salute.
  • Sylvia Miles had the shortest performance ever nominated for an Oscar with "Midnight Cowboy." Her entire role lasted only six minutes.
  • Charles Lindbergh took only four sandwiches with him on his famous transatlantic flight.
  • Goethe couldn't stand the sound of barking dogs and could only write if he had an apple rotting in the drawer of his desk.
  • If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle; if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.
  • Ivory bar soap floating was a mistake. They had been overmixing the soap formula causing excess air bubbles that made it float. Customers wrote and told how much they loved that it floated, and it has floated ever since.
  • Studies show that if a cat falls off the seventh floor of a building it has about thirty percent less chance of surviving than a cat that falls off the twentieth floor. It supposedly takes about eight floors for the cat to realize what is occurring, relax and correct itself.
  • Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks otherwise it will digest itself.
  • The Sanskrit word for "war" means "desire for more cows."
  • A walla-walla scene is one where extras pretend to be talking in the background -- when they say "walla-walla" it looks like they are actually talking.
  • The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.
  • 101 Dalmatians and Peter Pan (Wendy) are the only two Disney cartoon features with both parents that are present and don't die throughout the movie.
  • 'Stewardesses' is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.
  • A whale's penis is called a dork.
  • Armadillos have four babies at a time and they are always all the same sex.
  • Armadillos are the only animal besides humans that can get leprosy.
  • To escape the grip of a crocodile's jaws, push your thumbs into its eyeballs -- it will let you go instantly.
  • Reindeer like to eat bananas.
  • A group of unicorns is called a blessing.
  • A group of owls is called a parliament.
  • The phrase "sleep tight" derives from the fact that early mattresses were filled with straw and held up with rope stretched across the bedframe. A tight sleep was a comfortable sleep.
  • "Three dog night" (attributed to Australian Aborigines) came about because on especially cold nights these nomadic people needed three dogs (dingos, actually) to keep from freezing.
  • No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, and purple.
  • Hirple meaning to walk lamely or hobble, and Curple meaning the hind-quarters or rump of a horse OR the rump, posterior
  • Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without killing them used to burn their houses down - hence the expression "to get fired."
  • Canada is an Indian word meaning "Big Village".
  • "I am." is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
  • The term "the whole 9 yards" came from WWII fighter pilots in the South Pacific. When arming their airplanes on the ground, the .50 caliber machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, it got "the whole 9 yards."
  • The most common name in the world is Mohammed.
  • The word "samba" means "to rub navels together."
  • The international telephone dialing code for Antarctica is 672.
  • Until 1965, driving was done on the left-hand side on roads in Sweden. The conversion to right-hand was done on a weekday at 5pm. All traffic stopped as people switched sides. This time and day were chosen to prevent accidents where drivers would have gotten up in the morning and been too sleepy to realize that *this* was the day of the changeover.
  • In Casablanca, Humphrey Bogart never said "Play it again, Sam."
  • Sherlock Holmes never said "Elementary, my dear Watson."
  • The term, "It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye" is from Ancient Rome. The only rule during wrestling matches was, "No eye gouging." Everything else was allowed, but the only way to be disqualified was to poke someone's eye out.
  • A 'jiffy' is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
  • The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.
  • Money isn't made out of paper, it's made out of cotton.

SOME MORE FACTS

  • Apotemnophilia is a desire to become an amputee.
  • An 'aglet' is the plastic or metal tip of a shoelace
  • In Tibet it is considered good manners to stick out your tongue at someone.
  • Most liquid laundry detergents are alive with living organisms that help to break down stains!
  • The male praying mantis cannot copulate while its head is attached to its body. The female initiates sex by ripping the males head off.
  • If a Lobster loses an eye, it will grow another one.
  • Bananas aren’t fruit! They are a type of herb.
  • Ancient Romans at one time used human urine as an ingredient in their toothpaste.
  • Oil tycoon, John D. Rockefeller, was the world's first billionaire.
  • When young and impoverished, Pablo Picasso kept warm by burning his own paintings.
  • Ben and Jerry's sends the waste from making ice cream to local pig farmers to use as feed.
  • Spiders have transparent blood.
  • Avocados are poisonous to birds.
  • The word Eskimo literally means 'raw meat eater'
  • Polar bear fur is not white, it's clear.
  • Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar were both epileptic.
  • Antarctica is a desert.
  • Ketchup was sold in the 1830's as medicine
  • In Florida, Penalty for horse theft is death by hanging
  • There are 635,013,559,599 possible hands in a game of bridge.
  • Seaweed is used to thicken ice-cream.
  • In 1999, Pepsi, Inc. paid $0.00 in income tax!

TIRED???? SOME MORE..

  • The longest one-syllable word in the English language is "screeched."
  • "Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt"
  • Almonds are members of the peach family.
  • The symbol on the "pound" key (#) is called an octothorpe.
  • The dot over the letter 'i' is called a tittle.
  • Ingrown toenails are hereditary.
  • The word "set" has more definitions than any other word in the English language.
  • "Underground" is the only word in the English language that begins and ends with the letters "und."
  • There are only four words in the English language which end in "-dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
  • The longest word in the English language, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.
  • The only other word with the same amount of letters is its plural: pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosesl.
  • The longest place-name still in use is Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukup okaiwe-nuakit natahu, a New Zealand hill.
  • Los Angeles's full name is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reinade los Angeles de Porciuncula" and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size,L.A.
  • An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.
  • Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
  • Alfred Hitchcock didn't have a belly button. It was eliminated when he was sewn up after surgery.
  • Telly Savalas and Louis Armstrong died on their birthdays.
  • Donald Duck's middle name is Fauntleroy.
  • The muzzle of a lion is like a fingerprint - no two lions have the same pattern of whiskers.
  • A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.
  • There is a seven-letter word in the English language that contains ten words without rearranging any of its letters, "therein": the,there, he, in, rein, her, here, ere, therein, herein.
  • Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.
  • A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.
  • It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
  • Cranberries are sorted for ripeness by bouncing them; a fully ripened cranberry can be dribbled like a basketball.
  • The letters KGB stand for Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti
  • 'Stewardesses' is the longest English word that is typed with only the left hand.
  • The combination "ough" can be pronounced in nine different ways; the following sentence contains them all: "A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed."
  • The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable.
  • Facetious and abstemious contain all the vowels in the correct order, as does arsenious, meaning "containing arsenic."
  • Emus and kangaroos cannot walk backwards, and are on the Australian seal for that reason.
  • Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.
  • The word "Checkmate" in chess comes from the Persian phrase "Shah Mat," which means "the king is dead."
  • The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days of yore when the engines were pulled by horses. The horses were stabled on the ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight staircases.