Think you know everything?

Published 12:00 am Monday, February 16, 2004

Even though folks think I know a lot of things due to my position as a newspaperman, there’s a lot of stuff I’m totally clueless over.

Then there’s the thought that a lot of readers think I’m totally clueless to begin with. I’d beg to differ, but then I have no clue to their reasoning.

Upon hours and hours of research (okay, the information was actually sent to me via e-mail), I’ve come up a list of little known facts. And, being the clueless person that I am, or at least made out to be, I felt obligated to share these with you.

Did you know that…..

A &uot;jiffy&uot; is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.

In the 1400s 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 &uot;the rule of thumb.&uot;

The memory span of a goldfish is three seconds, or two seconds shorter than mine.

Al Capone’s business card said he was a used furniture dealer

All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.

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

Butterflies taste with their feet.

Cats have over 100 vocal sounds. Dogs only have about 10.

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

It is impossible to lick your elbow.

If the population of China walked past you, in single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.

If you are an average American, in your whole life, you will spend an average of 6 months waiting at red lights.

It’s impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of their birthplace.

If you were to spell out numbers, you have to go until one thousand until finding the letter &uot;A”.

Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.

No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver or purple.

Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.

In Shakespeare’s time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes.

When you pulled on the ropes, the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase…&uot;Goodnight, sleep tight.&uot;

The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.

The sentence: &uot;The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog&uot; uses every letter of the alphabet.

The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid.

The words ‘racecar,’ ‘kayak’ and ‘level’ are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left (palindromes).

There are more chickens than people in the world.

There are only four words in the English language which end in &uot;dous&uot;: tremendous, horrendous, stupendous and hazardous.

There’s no Betty Rubble in the Flintstones Chewable Vitamins.

In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts. So in old England, when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them &uot;Mind your pints and quarts and settle down.&uot;

It’s where we get the phrase &uot;mind your P’s and Q’s.&uot;

TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.

Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks; otherwise it will digest itself.

Now you know everything.