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Bank robber John Dillinger played professional baseball.

If you toss a penny 10000 times, it will not be heads 5000 times, but
more like 4950. The heads picture weighs more, so it ends up on the
bottom.

The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher.

The housefly hums in the middle octave, key of F.

If your eyes are six feet above the surface of the ocean, the horizon
will be about three statute miles away.

The longest word in the English language, according to the Oxford
English Dictionary, is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.
The only other word with the same amount of letters is
pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconioses, its plural.

Hydroxydesoxycorticosterone and hydroxydeoxycorticosterones are the
largest anagrams.

Los Angeles's full name is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de
los Angeles de Porciuncula."

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

An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

Mel Blanc (the voice of Bugs Bunny) was allergic to carrots

The band Duran Duran got their name from an astronaut in the 1968 Jane
Fonda movie "Barbarella".

Cleo and Caesar were the early stage names of Cher and Sonny Bono.

Ben and Jerry's send the waste from making ice cream to local pig
farmers to use as feed. Pigs love the stuff, except for one flavor:
Mint Oreo.

The company providing the liability insurance for the Republican
National Convention in San Diego is the same firm that insured the
maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic.

Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.

Dr. Samuel A. Mudd was the physician who set the leg of Lincoln's
assassin John Wilkes Booth...and whose shame created the expression for
ignominy, "His name is Mudd."

The longest recorded flight of a chicken is thirteen seconds.

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

Wilma Flintstone's maiden name was Wilma Slaghoopal, and Betty
Rubble's Maiden name was Betty Jean Mcbricker.

A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.

111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

The Ramses brand condom is named after the great pharaoh Ramses II
who fathered over 160 children.

If NASA sent birds into space (inside a space capsule, that is), they
would soon die because they need gravity to swallow.

Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered
blood donors.

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".

It was discovered on a space mission that a frog can throw up. The
frog throws up its stomach first, so the stomach is dangling out of
its mouth. Then the frog uses its forearms to dig out all of the
stomach's contents and then swallows the stomach back down again.

Armored knights raised their visors to identify themselves when they
rode past their king. This custom has become the modern military
salute.

White Out was invented by the mother of Mike Nesmith (Formerly of
the Monkees).

Sylvia Miles had the shortest performance ever nominated for an Oscar
with "Midnight Cowboy."  Her entire role lasted only six minutes.

Charles Lindbergh took only four sandwiches with him on his famous
transatlantic flight.

Goethe couldn't stand the sound of barking dogs and could only write if
he had an apple rotting in the drawer of his desk.

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.

Gilligan of Gilligan's Island had a first name that was only used once,
on the never-aired pilot show. His first name was Willy.  The skipper's
real name on Gilligan's Island is Jonas Grumby.  It was mentioned once
in the first episode on their radio's newscast about the wreck.

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

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.

The "L.L." in L.L. Bean stands for Leon Leonwood.

Ivory bar soap floating was a mistake. They had been overmixing the
soap formula causing excess air bubbles that made it float. Customers
wrote and told how much they loved that it floated, and it has floated
ever since.

Studies show that if a cat falls off the seventh floor of a building it
has about thirty percent less chance of surviving than a cat that falls
off the twentieth floor. It supposedly takes about eight floors for the
cat to realize what is occurring, relax and correct itself.  [Who
figured this out?!]

The saying "it's so cold out there it could freeze the balls off a
brass monkey" came from when they had old cannons like ones used in the
Civil War.  The cannonballs were stacked in a pyramid formation, called
a brass monkey.  When it got extremely cold outside they would crack
and break off... Thus the saying.

Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucous every two weeks
otherwise it will digest itself.

The Sanskrit word for "war" means "desire for more cows."

A walla-walla scene is one where extras pretend to be talking in the
background -- when they say "walla-walla" it looks like they are
actually talking.

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.

101 Dalmatians and Peter Pan (Wendy) are the only two Disney cartoon
features with both parents that are present and don't die throughout
the movie.

'Stewardesses' is the longest word that is typed with only the left
hand.

The Baby Ruth candy bar was actually named after Grover Cleveland's
baby daughter, Ruth.

Armadillos have four babies at a time and they are always all the same
sex.

Armadillos are the only animal besides humans that can get leprosy.

To escape the grip of a crocodile's jaws, push your thumbs into its
eyeballs -- it will let you go instantly.

Reindeer like to eat bananas.

A group of unicorns is called a blessing.
Twelve or more cows are known as a "flink."
A group of frogs is called an army.
A group of rhinos is called a crash.
A group of kangaroos is called a mob.
A group of whales is called a pod.
A group of geese is called a gaggle.
A group of ravens is called a murder.
A group of officers is called a mess.
A group of larks is called an exaltation.
A group of owls is called a parliament.

Physicist Murray Gell-Mann named the sub-atomic particles known as
quarks for a random line in James Joyce, "Three quarks for Muster
Mark!"

Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie.

The phrase "sleep tight" derives from the fact that early mattresses
were filled with straw and held up with rope stretched across the
bedframe.  A tight sleep was a comfortable sleep.

The phrase "three dog night" (attributed to Australian Aborigines) came
about because on especially cold nights these nomadic people needed
three dogs (dingos, actually) to keep from freezing.


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