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  1. When Coca-Cola began to be sold in China, they used characters that would sound like "Coca-Cola" when spoken. Unfortunately, what they turned out to mean was "Bite the wax tadpole". It did not sell well.
  2. The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher.
  3. No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, and purple.
  4. Mel Blanc (the voice of Bugs Bunny) was allergic to carrots.
  5. More people are killed annually by donkeys than die in air crashes.
  6. The Hawaiian alphabet only has 12 letters.
  7. A duck’s quack doesn’t echo, and no one knows why.
  8. 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.
  9. Pepsi originally contained pepsin, thus the name.
  10. The original story from "Tales of 1001 Arabian Nights" begins, "Aladdin was a little Chinese boy."
  11. Michael Jordan makes more money from NIKE annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.
  12. The volume of the earth's moon is the same as the volume of the Pacific Ocean.
  13. Spiral staircases in medieval castles are running clockwise. This is because all knights used to be right-handed. When the intruding army would climb the stairs they would not be able to use their right hand which was holding the sword because of the difficulties of climbing the stairs. Left-handed knights would have had no troubles, except left-handed people could never become knights because it was assumed that they were descendants of the devil.
  14. Ham radio operators got the term "ham" coined from the expression "ham fisted operators," a term used to describe early radio users who sent Morse code (i.e., pounded their fist).
  15. The slogan on New Hampshire license plates is "Live Free or Die." These license plates are manufactured by prisoners in the state prison in Concord.
  16. Chinese Crested dogs can get acne.
  17. Hydrogen gas is the least dense substance in the world, at 0.08988g/cc.
  18. Hydrogen solid is the most dense substance in the world, at 70.6g/cc.
  19. Each year there is one ton of cement poured for each man woman and child in the world.
  20. The house fly hums in the middle octave key of F.
  21. The only capital letter in the Roman alphabet with exactly one end point is P.
  22. The giant red star Betelgeuse has a diameter larger than that of the Earth's orbit around the sun.
  23. The longest place name still in use is: Taumatawhakatangihangaoauauotameteaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokai- whenuakitanatahu--a New Zealand hill.
  24. Los Angeles's full name is: "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Poriuncula" and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size, "LA."
  25. Only 1 in 2,000,000,000 will live to be 116 or older.
  26. An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.
  27. Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
  28. According to Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity, it is possible to go slower than light and faster than light, but it is impossible to go the speed of light. Also, there is a particle called tackyon which is supposed to go faster than light. This means if you fire a tackyon beam, it travels before you fire it.
  29. When you tie a noose, the rope is wrapped twelve times around because it's the same length as a persons head.
  30. Hummingbirds are the only animal that can fly backwards.
  31. A cat's jaw cannot move sideways.
  32. If she were life size, Barbie's measurements are: 39-23-33.
  33. "Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt".
  34. All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.
  35. Almonds are members of the peach family.
  36. Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.
  37. Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.
  38. There are only four words in the English language which end in"-dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
  39. A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
  40. In most advertisements, including newspapers, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.
  41. Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.
  42. The only real person to be a Pez head was Betsy Ross.
  43. 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"
  44. A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.
  45. A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.
  46. On an American one-dollar bill, there is an owl in the upper right-hand corner of the "1" encased in the "shield" and a spider hidden in the front upper right-hand corner.
  47. The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.
  48. Who's that playing the piano on the "Mad About You" theme? Why it's Paul Reiser himself.
  49. The male gypsy moth can "smell" the virgin female gypsy moth from 1.8 miles away.
  50. The name for Oz in the "Wizard of Oz" was thought up when the creator, Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N, and O-Z, hence "Oz."
  51. The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
  52. Mr. Rogers is an ordained minister.
  53. John Lennon's first girlfriend was named Thelma Pickles.
  54. The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.
  55. There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.
  56. A rainbow can occur only when the sun is 40 degrees or less above the horizon.
  57. Penguins can jump as high as 6 feet in the air.
  58. When spelt phonetically, Esso means stalled car in Japan.
  59. Tigers have round pupils and yellow irises (except for the blue eyes of white tigers). Due to a retinal adaptation that reflects light back to the retina, the night vision of tigers is six times better than that of humans.
  60. In 1949, forecasting the relentless march of science, Popular Mechanics said "Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons."
  61. If the Loch Ness monster exists at all, he (or she) could only be about as big as a sixth grader. A new study shows that there is only enough fish in the loch to feed a 31 kg (about 67 lb) creature. The scientists used sonar to estimate the number of fish in the lake and came up with an annual food supply of 93 kg. Since a cold blooded animal like Nessie would need to eat about three times its body weight each year, it could only weigh about 31 kg.
  62. Polar bears are left-handed.
  63. Heinz Catsup leaving the bottle travels at 25 miles per year.
  64. The maximum weight for a golf ball is 1.62 oz.
  65. Only 1/3 of the people that can twitch their ears can twitch only one at a time.
  66. The largest city in the United States with a one syllable name is Flint, Michigan.
  67. The number of the trash compactor in Star Wars is 3263827.
  68. Grapes explode when you put them in the microwave.
  69. "Evian" spelled backvards is naive.
  70. Charles de Gaulle's final words were, "It hurts."
  71. Alexander the Great was an epileptic.
  72. A donkey will sink in quicksand but a mule won't.
  73. Napoleon constructed his battle plans in a sandbox.
  74. The face of a penny can hold about thirty drops of water.
  75. If you feed a seagull Alka-Seltzer, its stomach will explode.
  76. Pigs can become alcoholics.
  77. In Michigan, USA, a man legally owns his wife's hair.
  78. Only 55% of all Americans know that the sun is a star.
  79. "Kemo Sabe" means "soggy shrub" in Navajo.
  80. A blue whale's tongue weighs more than an elephant.
  81. There are more than 1,000 chemicals in a cup of coffee. Of these, only 26 have been tested, and half-caused cancer in rats.
  82. The waste produced by one chicken in its lifetime can supply enough electricity to run a 100-watt bulb for five hours.
  83. It takes 12,000 head of cattle to produce one pound of adrenaline.
  84. 55,700 people in the US are injured by jewelry each year.
  85. In the past 60 years, the groundhog has only predicted the weather correctly 28% of the time. The rushing back and forth from burrows is believed to indicate sexual activity, not shadow seeking.
  86. Turkeys will peck to death members of the flock that are physically inferior or different.
  87. In Miami, Florida, roosting vultures have taken to snatching poodles from rooftop patios.
  88. Back in 1919 the Russian transplant pioneer Serge Voronoff made headlines by grafting monkey testicles onto human males.
  89. 111,111,111 multiplied by 111,111,111 equals 12,345,678,987,654,321.
  90. The average human has about 20 square feet of skin weighing about 6 pounds.
  91. There is now an ATM at McMurdo Station in Antarctica, which has a winter population of 200.
  92. Bulgaria was the only soccer team in the 1994 World Cup in which all 11 players' last names ended with the letters "OV."
  93. The actor who played the T-1000 in Terminator 2 (Robert Patrick) and the lead singer of Filter are brothers.
  94. Zip code 12345 is assigned to General Electric in Schenectady, N.Y.
  95. The letter J does not appear anywhere on the periodic table of the elements.
  96. Jackals have one more pair of chromosomes than dogs or wolves.
  97. The word "lethologica" describes the state of not being able to remember the word you want.
  98. Basenji dogs and Australian dingoes are virtually identical.
  99. The same man who led the attack on the Alamo, Mexican Military General, Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, is also credited with the invention of chewing gum.
  100. A top freestyle swimmer achieves a speed of only 4 miles per hour. Fish, in contrast, have been clocked at 68 mph.
  101. 500,000 tons of dog excrement are dumped annually on the streets of Paris.
  102. The typical laboratory mouse runs 2.5 miles per night on its treadmill.
  103. A 5 ft. 5 inch tall 27-year-old woman weighing in at 374 pounds outflabbed 1,000 competitors to win the title of fattest person in China. Her prize - a supply of diet food.
  104. The average US worker toils for two hours and 47 minutes of each working day just to pay income tax. Indeed, the average American pays more in taxes than for food, clothing and shelter put together.
  105. The longest recorded flight of a chicken is thirteen seconds.
  106. Thomas Edison was afraid of the dark.
  107. In the U.S. there is, on average, three sex change operations per day.
  108. It only takes a male horse 14 seconds to copulate.
  109. A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.
  110. A group of crows is called a murder.
  111. There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.
  112. Rabbits and Horses cannot vomit.
  113. The names of all the continents end with the letter they start with.
  114. About a third of all Americans flush the toilet while they're still sitting on it.
  115. A Saudi Arabian woman can get a divorce if her husband doesn't give her coffee.
  116. The Neanderthal's brain was bigger than yours is.
  117. Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn't wear pants.
  118. Dragonflies have a life span of only 24 hours.
  119. Elephants are the only animal that can't jump.
  120. In L.A., U.S.A., a man may legally beat his wife with a leather strap, as long as it is less than 2 inches wide.
  121. 1/3 of Taiwanese funeral processions includes a stripper.
  122. Dolphins sleep with one eye open.
  123. The palms of your hands and the soles of your feet cannot tan.
  124. No piece of paper can be folded in half more than 7 times.
  125. The radioactive substance, Americanium - 241 is used in many smoke detectors.
  126. The parachute was invented by Leonardo da Vinci in 1515.
  127. Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks otherwise it will digest itself.
  128. Every Swiss citizen is required by law to have a bomb shelter or access to a bomb shelter.
  129. Rennin, the enzyme obtained from the fourth stomach of a cow and used chiefly in the manufacture of cheese, is capable of coagulating more than 25,000 times its weight of fresh milk.
  130. Tomatoes and cucumbers are fruits.
  131. There is a place in Norway called "Hell".
  132. Penguins can jump as high as 6 feet in the air.
  133. There are more than 1,000 chemicals in a cup of coffee. Of these, only 26 have been tested, and half caused cancer in rats.
  134. The average ice berg weighs 20,000,000 tons.
  135. In Italy, a campaign for Schweppes Tonic Water translated the name into Schweppes Toilet Water.
  136. The list of ingredients that make up lipstick scales.
  137. Ants do not sleep.
  138. In Texas, it's illegal to put graffiti on someone else's cow.
  139. The USA bought Alaska from Russia for 2 cents an acre.
  140. The first letters of the months July through November, in order, spell the name JASON.
  141. No other animal gives us more by-products than the hog. These by-products include pig suede, buttons, glass, paint brushes, crayons, chalk, and insulation to name a few.
  142. Cockroaches' favorite food is the glue on envelopes and on the back of postage stamps
  143. 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.
  144. Flush toilets date back to 2000 B.C.
  145. The flatulation from domesticated cows produce about 30% of the methane on this planet.
  146. Only 2 more blue moons (the saying "only once in a blue moon" refers to the occurence of two full moons during one calender month) are to occur between now and 2001. Those times are January 1999 and March 1999.
  147. Hitler and Napolean both had only one testical.
  148. Chimpanzees used in AIDS vaccine studies get a pension of more than $100,000 to pay for their care and containment for the duration of their natural lives. While it is possible to infect chimpanzees with HIV, they do not appear to get AIDS.
  149. Even if you cut off a cockroach's head, it can live for several weeks.
  150. Some toothpastes contain antifreeze.
  151. A whale's penis is called a dork.
  152. Armadillos are the only animal besides humans that can get leprosy.
  153. The Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland was a symbolic character for the hat makers in towns of the late 1800's. The large felt hats of the day had supports made out of lead. The lead caused an organic form of psychosis (brain damage) to develop in the hat makers causing them to be declared crazy.
  154. Some biblical scholars believe that Aramaic, the language of the ancient Bible, did not contain an easy way to say "many things" and used a term which has come down to us as 40. This means that when the bible -- in many places -- refers to "40 days," they meant many days.
  155. Texas was once a country.
  156. If you live in Michigan, did you know it's illegal to place a skunk inside your bosses desk?
  157. In Kentucky, it is illegal to carry ice cream in your back pocket.
  158. Everyday, more money is printed for Monopoly than the U.S. Treasury.
  159. In the 19th century, the British Navy attempted to dispel the superstition that Friday is an unlucky day to embark on a ship. The keel of a new ship was laid on a Friday, she was named H.M.S. Friday, commanded by a Captain Friday, and finally went to sea on a Friday. Neither the ship nor her crew were ever heard of again.
  160. Cats have over 100 vocal sounds, whereas, dogs only have about 10.
  161. In 1681, the last dodo bird died.
  162. Colgate faced a big obstacle marketing toothpaste in Spanish speaking countries. Colgate translates into the command "go hang yourself."
  163. "Bookkeeper" is the only word in English language with three consecutive double letters.
  164. There are more Barbie dolls in Italy than there are Canadians in Canada!
  165. Emus cannot walk backwards.
  166. The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for the "General Purpose" vehicle, G.P.
  167. It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.
  168. The YKK on the zipper of your Levis stands for Yoshida Kogyo Kabushibibaisha, the worlds largest zipper manufacturer.
  169. 97% of all paper money in the US contains traces of cocaine.
  170. To force a tortoises' legs from its shell to treat it, you need to place your finger up it's bottom...
  171. It is estimated that Americans will consume 10 million tons of Turkey on Thanksgiving day. Due to turkey's high sulphur content, Americans will also produce enough gas to fly a fleet of 75 Hindenbergs from L.A. to New York in 24 hours.
  172. The slang word 'crap' came from T. Crapper, the man who invented the modern toilet.
  173. The wingspan of a Boeing 747 is longer than the Wright brothers' first flight.
  174. If you fart consistantly for 6 years and 9 months, enough gas is produced to create an atomic bomb.
  175. Approximately 97.35618329% of all statistics are made up...
  176. You are more likely to be killed by a champagne cork than by a poisonous spider
  177. The little bags of netting for gas lanterns (called 'mantles') are radioactive -- so much so that they will set of an alarm at a nuclear reactor.
  178. A bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin during World War II killed every animal in the Berlin Zoo except the elephant, which escaped and roamed the city. When a Russian commander saw hungry Germans chasing the elephant and trying to kill it, he ordered his troops to protect it and shoot anyone who tried to kill it
  179. Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.
  180. Carnivorous animals will not eat another animal that has been hit by a lightning strike.
  181. Cat's urine glows under a black light.
  182. The first Ford cars had Dodge engines.
  183. The dot over the letter 'i' is called a tittle.
  184. To escape the grip of a crocodile's jaws, push your thumbs into its eyeballs-it will let you go instantly.
  185. Reindeer like to eat bananas.
  186. In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.
  187. The Sanskrit word for "war" means "desire for more cows."
  188. The Boston University Bridge (on Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts) is the only place in the world where a boat can sail under a train driving under a car driving under an airplane.
  189. Montpelier, Vermont is the only U.S. state capital without a McDonalds.
  190. Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously
  191. 2.5 cans of Spam are consumed every second in the United States
  192. Chevrolet tried marketing a Chevrolet Nova in spanish speaking countries. It didn't sell well because NOVA means "doesn't go" in spanish. (thanks to Selma!)
  193. Every continent begins and ends in the same letter. eg AfricA, EuropE (and just to appease some idiot that didn't figure it out, in North and South America, i'm talking about the America part).
  194. Every continent has a city called Rome.
  195. The word "sophomore" means "sophisticated moron."

Who knows if above is true? Most seems to be. Read line 175.