Some strange facts

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 2, 2006

Here are some strange and crazy facts for you. Hope you find them interesting.

We know more about the surface of the moon than we do about the bottom of the ocean.

There are as many chickens on this planet as humans.

A sneeze leaves your mouth at 100 miles per hour.

Thomas Edison was afraid of the dark.

If ribbon worms can’t find any food, they will eat themselves.

The oldest piece of chewing gum is 9000 years old.

More Monopoly money is printed in a year than real money printed throughout the world.

Charles Osborne had the hiccups for 69 years.

&uot;Pants&uot; used to be considered a bad word in England.

Men are six times more likely to be struck by lightning than women. (Think about that for a moment. I won’t make any comments, only giggle at my thoughts.)

Americans choke on toothpicks more that anything else.

The opposite sides of a dice cube always add up to seven.

A lump of pure gold the size of a matchbox can be flattened into a sheet the size of a tennis court.

In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.

Reindeer enjoy eating bananas.

The man who played the voice of Bugs Bunny was allergic to carrots.

Sherlock Holmes never said &uot;Elementary, my dear Watson.&uot;

Every time you lick a stamp you gain 1/10 of a calorie.

A blue whale’s tongue weighs more than an elephant.

Di Vinci spent 12 years painting Mona Lisa’s lips.

You can’t sneeze with your eyes open.

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

Walt Disney was afraid of mice.

Most Americans’ car horns beep in the key of &uot;F&uot;.

Dolly Parton once lost a Dolly Parton look-alike contest.

The Sears Tower in Chicago has its own zip code.

This from Palmero, Sicily: Roof jumping rats are common in these parts. But if you plan to travel here soon, bring an umbrella. The rats are getting too fat to jump and land on the streets below.

From Italy: A dolphin helped a drowning 14-year old boy. The dolphin pushed the boy to the nearest boat and swam away. Now the dolphin is known as Flippo.

From Norfolk, England: On August 8, 2000 five-inch fish fell from the sky. The fish were identified as Sprats and their reason for falling is unknown. A similar event happened in Ethiopia.

Yawns are a way of communication. They don’t signal that you are tired, but rather you want to do something different now.

Baboons and Chimps dig for clean water when the surface water is polluted. Chimps even use sticks for digging tools.

Ravens can learn to open a box to get a treat and then teach others to do the same.

A duck’s quack doesn’t echo and no one knows why.

An ostrich’s eye is larger than its brain. (Know anyone like this?)

Mosquitoes are attracted to people who have just eaten bananas.

A scared rabbit can jump 15-20 feet in one bound.

Bats always leave a cave to the left.

A giraffe can lick its ears with its long tongue.

A hummingbird weighs less than a penny.

The heart of a blue whale only beats nine times a minute.

A dragonfly’s life span is one day.

The ocean sunfish can lay 5,000,000 eggs at one time.

Sharks can sense a drop of blood in 25 gallons of water.

In the Caribbean there are oysters that can climb trees.

Goldfish have a memory of three seconds. (Sometimes I have that in common with them.)

Cats can hear in ultrasound.

Giraffe’s do not have vocal cords.