I have a great vocabulary.

I’m horrible at scrabble.

I’m also really bad at Trivial Pursuit, yet somehow my noggin is filled with a ton of useless facts I’ve picked up here and there.

Today I ran into a few more so I thought I’d share. Here goes and how many of these do you know? If you enjoy these, please leave one useless tidbit of knowledge you know that isn’t already listed :)

Did you know…

  • Los Angeles’s full name is “El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula”.
  • A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.
  • 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”
  • All of the clocks in the movie Pulp Fiction are stuck on 4:20.
  • Donkeys kill more people annually than plane crashes.

The distance from your elbow to your wrist is the length of your foot.

  • The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
  • A “jiffy” is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
  • In snow skiing, most men fall on their faces while most women fall on their behinds.
  • A snail can sleep for three years.
  • Pigs have orgasms that last 30 minutes

There are no words in the English language that rhyme with Orange, Silver, Purple, or Month.

  • Babies are born without kneecaps.
  • The plural to Moose is Moose
  • The Oval Office is only 22 feet long.
  • Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar were both epileptic.
  • A single pair of Elvis’ underpants has an estimated value of $1,300.

“Dreamt” is the only English word that ends in the letters “mt.”

  • Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.
  • Lions cannot roar until they reach the age of 2.
  • On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament building is an American flag.
  • Yes, there is a Ding Dong, US (in Texas)
  • Tarantulas can live for up to 30 years.

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

  • The Bible does not say there were three wise men; it only says there were three gifts.
  • Rabbits are physically incapable of vomiting.
  • No piece of paper can be folded in half more than 7 times. No matter how big.
  • “I am.” Is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
  • The typewriter was invented before the fountain pen.

The dot above the letter “i” is called a Tittle.

  • Louis XIV owned 413 beds.
  • There are only four words in the English language which end in “dous”: tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
  • One in 20 people have an extra rib.
  • Walt Disney was afraid of mice.
  • The first owner of Marlboro died of lung cancer. (not surprising)

The sentence: “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” uses every letter of the alphabet.

  • The world’s youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China (1910)
  • There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: “abstemious” and “facetious.”
  • There’s no Betty Rubble in the Flintstones Chewables Vitamins.
  • Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise.
  • A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.

Winston Churchill was born in a ladies’ room during a dance.

The above came from various sources – my memory, the internet and friends (thanks Stephen!)

Also read:  75 Things to Remember When Life Gets Tough

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4 comments

  1. -.-
    Bert and Ernie were NOT named after the characters in “It’s a Wonderful Life.” That was just a coincidence… And the worlds youngest parents piece might be true, but the worlds youngest mother was only 5. Her parents raised the child as her brother.

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