Monday, June 25, 2012

Monday Musings ~

A very random Monday post of 50 interesting, albeit a bit strange, list of facts I found on the worldwide web:

  1. Actor Tommy Lee Jones and former vice-president Al Gore were freshman roommates at Harvard.
  2. Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.
  3. All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.
  4. All of the clocks in the movie "Pulp Fiction" are stuck on 4:20.
  5. All porcupines float in water.
  6. Almonds are a member of the peach family.
  7. Almost a quarter of the land area of Los Angeles is taken up by automobiles.
  8. America once issued a 5-cent bill.
  9. America's first nudist organization was founded in 1929, by 3 men.
  10. Ancient Egyptians slept on pillows made of stone.
  11. An animal epidemic is called an epizootic.
  12. An average person laughs about 15 times a day.
  13. An iguana can stay under water for 28 minutes.
  14. An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.
  15. Armadillos are the only animal besides humans that can get leprosy.
  16. Armadillos have four babies at a time and they are always all the same sex.
  17. Armored knights raised their visors to identify themselves when they rode past their king. This custom has become the modern military salute.
  18. Aztec emperor Montezuma had a nephew, Cuitlahac, whose name meant "plenty of excrement."
  19. Babe Ruth wore a cabbage leaf under is cap to keep him cool. He changed it every 2 innings.
  20. Babies are born without knee caps. They don't appear until the child reaches 2-6 years of age.
  21. Baby robins eat 14 feet of earthworms every day.
  22. Back in the mid to late 1980's, an IBM-compatible computer wasn't considered a hundred percent compatible unless it could run Microsoft's Flight Simulator.
  23. Bank robber John Dillinger played professional baseball.
  24. Barbie's measurements if she were life size: 39-23-33.
  25. Bats always turn left when exiting a cave.
  26. 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.
  27. Bird droppings are the chief export of Nauru, an island nation in the Western Pacific.
  28. Blueberry Jelly Bellies were created especially for Ronald Reagan.
  29. Bubble gum contains rubber.
  30. Camel's milk does not curdle.
  31. Camels have three eyelids to protect themselves from blowing sand.
  32. Canada is an Indian word meaning "Big Village".
  33. Cat's urine glows under a blacklight.
  34. Cats can produce over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs can only produce about ten.
  35. Charles Lindbergh took only four sandwiches with him on his famous transatlantic flight.
  36. Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.
  37. Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without killing them use to burn their houses down - hence the expression "to get fired."
  38. Cleo and Caesar were the early stage names of Cher and Sonny Bono.
  39. Columbia University is the second largest landowner in New York City, after the Catholic Church.
  40. David Prowse was the guy in the Darth Vader suit in Star Wars. He spoke all of Vader's lines, and didn't know that he was going to be dubbed over by James Earl Jones until he saw the screening of the movie.
  41. Did you know that there are coffee flavored PEZ?
  42. Dogs and cats consume almost $7 billion worth of pet food a year.
  43. Dolphins sleep with one eye open.
  44. Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn't wear pants.
  45. 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."
  46. Dr. Seuss pronounced "Seuss" such that it rhymed with "rejoice."
  47. "Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt."
  48. Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.
  49. During your lifetime, you'll eat about 60,000 pounds of food, that's the weight of about 6 elephants.
  50. According to a British law passed in 1845, attempting to commit suicide was a capital offense. Offenders could be hanged for trying.

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