42 Things you would never know

Discussion in 'Vintage Topic Archive (Sept - 2009)' started by dosanti, Feb 6, 2008.

  1. 42 Weird Things You Would Never Know!!

    1.) A shrimp's heart is in its head.

    2.) The "sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick" is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.

    3.) Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over a million descendants.

    4.) Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.

    5.) If the government has no knowledge of aliens, then why does Title 14, Section 1211 of the Code of Federal Regulations, implemented on July 16, 1969 make it illegal for U. S. citizens to have any contact with extraterrestrials or their vehicles?

    6.) In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere.

    7.) A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.

    8.) 23% of all photocopier faults world-wide are caused by people sitting on them and photocopying their butts.

    9.) Most lipstick contains fish scales

    10.) Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different.

    11.) If you sneeze too hard you can fracture a rib. If you try to suppress a sneeze you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die. If you keep your eyes open by force they can pop out.

    12.) In a study of 200,000 ostriches over a period of 80 years, no one reported a single ca se where an ostrich buried its head in the sand.

    13.) It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.

    14.) A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.

    15.) More than 50% of the people in the world have never made or received a telephone call.

    16.) Horses can't vomit.

    17.) Butterflies taste with their feet.

    18.) In 10 minutes, a category three hurricane releases more energy than all of the world's nuclear weapons combined.

    19.) On average 100 people choke to death on ballpoint pens every year.

    20.) On average people fear spiders more than they do death.

    21.) Ninety percent of New York City cabbies are recently arrived immigrants.

    22.) Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.

    23.) Elephants are the only animals that can't jump.

    24.) Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.

    25.) It's possible to lead a cow upstairs... but not downstairs.

    26.) Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

    27.) It is physically impossible for you to lick your elbow.

    28.) The Main Library at Indiana University sinks ov er an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building.

    29.) A snail can sleep for three years.

    30.) No word in the English language rhymes with "MONTH."

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

    32.) The electric chair was invented by a dentist.

    33.) All polar bears are left handed.

    34.) In ancient Egypt , priests plucked EVERY hair from their bodies, including their eyebrows and eyelashes.

    35.) An ostrich' s eye is bigger than its brain.

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

    37.) "Go," is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.

    38.) If Barbie were life-size, her measurements would be 39-23-33. She would stand 7 feet, 2 inches tall.

    39.) A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.

    40.) The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.

    41.) Americans on average eat 18 acres of pizza every day.

    42.) Almost everyone who reads this will try to lick their elbow.
     
  2. pills

    pills Guest

    11 was disproved by mythbusters
     

  3. TexasD

    TexasD Member

    Well MythBusters busted number 7. They were able to record a quacks echo but it is on such a close frequency to the quack that it took some really advanced electronics and tactics to capture it
     
  4. Very interesting, though IMHO they fall into several categories. Examples:

    * Believable

    2.) The "sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick" is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.

    How do you measure? But, still, devilish.

    9.) Most lipstick contains fish scales

    Yep.

    12.) In a study of 200,000 ostriches over a period of 80 years, no one reported a single ca se where an ostrich buried its head in the sand.

    I didn't bother to check this one out -- I seem to remember that this is the case.

    25.) It's possible to lead a cow upstairs... but not downstairs.

    Yep

    41.) Americans on average eat 18 acres of pizza every day.

    An acre contains 43560 square feet, and so 18 acres is 784080 square feet. A 12 inch pizza has an area of about .78 square feet, and the 18 acres thus equates to about 1,005,230 pizzas. Right? Who knows. Believable? Yes.


    * Questionable

    6.) In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere.

    There's some question about this, based on a figurine and refrigerator magnet in Jerry's apartment, but it is possible.

    32.) The electric chair was invented by a dentist.

    1881 - Dr. Albert Southwick, a dentist and former steamboat engineer, sees elderly drunkard touch terminals of electrical generator in Buffalo, New York. He is amazed at how quickly and apparently painlessly the man is killed and describes episode to friend State Senator David McMillan.

    So the invention may have been inspired by his observation, but Southwick didn't invent it himself.


    * Wrong

    1.) A shrimp's heart is in its head.

    http://www.shrimpcrabsandcrayfish.co.uk/Shrimp.htm?Anatomy.htm

    5.) If the government has no knowledge of aliens, then why does Title 14, Section 1211 of the Code of Federal Regulations, implemented on July 16, 1969 make it illegal for U. S. citizens to have any contact with extraterrestrials or their vehicles?

    http://www.snopes.com/legal/et.asp

    So... believe what you see on the internet (and hear on radio/TV) only if it's consistent with what you know to be true, or with the research that you've done.

    But still: items like this are fun since they _do_ point out interesting weirdnesses in our world (as long as you're careful about which ones you accept).
     
  5. Thayldt21

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    I tried to lick my elbow.

    and # 7 didnt myth busters also prove a ducks quack does echo?????

    and # 30, when I earn my Millionth dollar???????????

    #33, Despite a recurring internet meme that all polar bears are left-handed,[34][35] there is no scientific evidence to support such a contention.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polar_bears

    :p
     
  6. well..the nyc cabbies thing is believable.
     
  7. Strangerous

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    #27 [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMgkRqSt5_8[/ame]
    still amusing, not to bust your chops or anything with my comment.
     
  8. That's some funny stuff, thanks for posting it!
     
  9. Funny, funny, funny!
     
  10. I'm going to start watching Seinfeld closer.
     
  11. Funny stuff. But how the hell does someone choke one a ballpoint pen?
     
  12. urotu

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    I don't know about month, and I suppose that millionth does rhyme with it.

    But, there is no word in the english language that rhymes with "orange".
     
  13. Kelotravolski

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    Yeah people think that orange is so cool....

    Well what about window?! huh find a rhyme for that!

    or Purple!

    Orange my foot.....
     
  14. Nurple isn't a word though.... It's a tittie twister with a new name....
     
  15. 3daughters

    3daughters Guest

    27 and uh, 42 are true for me. Tried to lick my elbow after reading number 27, then finished the rest of the list.
     
  16. shudup...how's that for a werd
     
  17. duker_sponk

    duker_sponk Guest

    LOL! # 19 made me chuckle.
     
  18. Thayldt21

    Thayldt21 Senior Member Member

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    window widow

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    orange >>> Oranges poranges, who says,
    oranges poranges, who says,
    oranges poranges, who says?
    there ain't no rhyme for oranges!

    from wiki, guess no ryme for orange after all
     
  19. elguapo

    elguapo Guest

    Racecar spelled backwards is ....racecaR.