Facts most people are content to live without knowing:
A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one can explain why.
In the 1940's the FCC assigned television's Channel 1 to mobile services
(two-way radios in taxicabs, for instance) but did not re-number the other
channel assignments. That is why your TV set has Channels 2 and up but no
The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is "uncopyrightable".
The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days of yore when
the engines were pulled by horses. The horses were stabled on the ground
floor and figured out how to walk up straight staircases.
When opossums are playing possum, they are not "playing". They actually pass
out from sheer terror.
Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history:
Spades - King David, Clubs - Alexander the Great, Hearts - Charlemagne and
Diamonds - Julius Caesar.
111,111,111, x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321.
If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has one or both front legs 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.
Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without
killing them used to burn their houses down - hence the expression "to get
"I am." is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
The term "the whole 9 yards" came not from football but from W.W.II fighter
pilots in the Pacific. When arming their airplanes on the ground, the .50
caliber machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded
into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, it got
"the whole 9 yards".
Hershey's Kisses are called that because the machine that makes them looks
like it's kissing the conveyor belt.
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.
An ostrich's eye is bigger than it's brain.
The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for the "General
Purpose" vehicle, G.P.
If you have three quarters, four dimes, and four pennies, you have not only
$1.19 in change but also have the largest amount of money in coins without
being able to make exact change for a dollar.
The first toilet ever shown on TV was on "Leave It To Beaver". (Have we come
a long way or not!!!!)
In Cleveland, Ohio, it's illegal to catch mice without a hunting license.
More amazing facts at http://www.anvari.org/fun/Truth/Amazing_Facts_2.html (Thanks Susie Rolf)
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