54 things that I'm not sure about

Bloom where you're planted
Bloom where you're planted

1. Money isn't made out of paper; it's made out of cotton.

2. The 57 on Heinz ketchup bottle represents the number of varieties of pickles the company once had.

3. A rat can last longer without water than a camel.

4. Bats always turn left when exiting a cave!

5. Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space because passing wind in a spacesuit damages them.

6. The dot over the letter 'i' is called a tittle.

7. The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher.

8. Susan Lucci is the daughter of Phyllis Diller.

9. A female ferret will die if it goes into heat and cannot find a mate.

10. A duck's quack doesn't echo. No one knows why.

11. Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from Public Libraries.

12. 40% of McDonald's profits come from the sales of Happy Meals.

13. Every person has a unique tongue print.

14. The 'spot' on 7UP comes from its inventor who had red eyes. He was an albino.

15. 315 entries in Webster's 1996 Dictionary were misspelled.

16. During the chariot scene in 'Ben Hur' a small red car can be seen in the distance.

17. On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily.

18. John Wilkes Booth's brother once saved the life of Abraham Lincoln's son.

19. Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine are brother and sister.

20. Chocolate kills dogs! Chocolate effects a dogs heart and nervous system, a few ounces is enough to kill a small sized dog.

21. Daniel Boone detested coonskin caps.

22. Playing cards were issued to British pilots in WWII.  If captured, they could be soaked in water and unfolded to reveal a map for escape.

23. Most lipstick contains fish scales.

24. Killer whales kill sharks by torpedoing up into the shark's stomach from underneath, causing the shark to explode.

25. Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn't wear pants.

26. The name Wendy was made up for the book Peter Pan, there was never a recorded Wendy before!

27. Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine.

28. Leonardo da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time.

29. During the California Gold Rush of 1849, miners sent their laundry to Honolulu for washing and pressing. Due to the extremely high costs in California during these boom years it was deemed more feasible to send the shirts to Hawaii for servicing.

30. American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first class.

31. Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.

32. The mask used by Michael Myers in the original Halloween was actually a Captain Kirk mask painted white.

33. 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.

34. There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos.

35. There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with: orange, purple, and silver!

36. Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying!

37. The first CD pressed in the US was Bruce Springsteen's 'Born in the USA.'

38. The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin during World
War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.

39. There are four cars and eleven lightposts on the back of a $10 dollar bill.

40. Leonardo Da Vinci invented scissors; also, it took him 10 years to paint Mona Lisa's lips.

41. If one places a tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion, it will instantly go mad and sting itself to death.

42. Bruce Lee was so fast that they actually had to SLOW a film down so you could see his moves.

43. If you have three quarters, four dimes, and four pennies, you have $1.19. You also have the largest amount of money in coins without
being able to make change for a dollar.

44. The original name for the butterfly was 'flutterby'!

45. The first product Motorola started to develop was a record player for automobiles. At that time the most known player on the market was the Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola.

46. By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you can't sink in quicksand.

47. Casey Kasem is the voice of Shaggy on Scooby-Doo.

48. Celery has negative calories! It takes more calories to eat a
piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with.

49. Charlie Chaplin once won third prize in a Charlie Chaplin
look-alike contest.

50.  In Gulliver's Travels, Jonathan Swift described the two moons of Mars, Phobos and Deimos, giving their exact size and speeds of rotation.  He did this more than 100 years before either moon was discovered.

51.  Sherlock Holmes NEVER said, "Elementary, my dear Watson."

52. A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continually from the bottom of the glass to the top.

53. An old law in Bellingham, Wash., made it illegal for a woman to
take more than 3 steps backwards while dancing.

54. Sharon Stone was the first Star Search spokes model.


"When I was your age…sometimes I believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."  The White Queen to Alice




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If a duck quacks in Moustiers, will he hear his own echo?
If a duck quacks in Moustiers, will he hear his own echo?

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Comments: 2
  • #1

    Le Gallois (Monday, 20 April 2009 11:44)

    The dot on the letter i is called a jot.

    The horizontal stroke on a letter t is called a tittle.

    This heinous error has been propagated far and wide, even in BOOKS !

  • #2

    Sam (Tuesday, 10 August 2010 22:58)

    Glad you mentioned you weren't sure about some of these things!

    * The inventor of 7-Up, Charles Leiper Griegg, was not, as far as is known, an albino. In fact, the red dot in the 7-Up logo wasn't used until well after his death, probably because red stands out against green.

    * I cry and die inside whenever I see the "rule of thumb" urban legend. The explanation that it was the maximum allowable width of a cane for a man to beat one's wife with either has been or is well on its way to being discredited (check Wikipedia for starters) and combined with the ugliness inherent in violence against women … well, it's an atrocious urban legend I think we must all do our part to stop spreading.

    * The number 57 as apropos to Heinz branding was always a misnomer. At the time that Heinz' founder created that tagline they actually had more than 60 distinct products. Evidence suggests that he just liked the number 57, for whatever personal reason.

    * In Gulliver's Travels, while the Laputan astronomers were described as finding two moons of Mars, they were wide of the mark on almost every other statistic. Likely as not, Swift invented them as a minor plot point.

    * While Shirley MacClaine and Warren Beatty are indeed brother and sister, Phyllis Diller is not Susan Lucci's mother.

    * Duck's quacks echo. Always have and always will. My family raised ducks when I was a kid. I know this.