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Useless trivia, part two.........

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Mike N, Jan 15, 2004.

  1. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.

    A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

    A crocodile cannot stick out its tongue.

    A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours.

    A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.

    A "jiffy" is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.

    A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.

    A snail can sleep for three years.

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

    All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the
    back of the $5 bill.

    Almonds are a member of the peach family.

    An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

    Babies are born without kneecaps. They don't appear until the child
    reaches 2 to 6 years of age.

    Butterflies taste with their feet.

    Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds. Dogs only have about 10.

    "Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt".

    February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.

    In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.

    If the population of China walked past you, in single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.

    If you are an average American, in your whole life, you will spend an
    average of 6 months waiting at red lights.

    It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

    Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.

    Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.

    No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or

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

    Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.

    Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.

    "Stewardesses" is the longest word typed with only the left hand and
    "lollipop" with your right.

    The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.

    The cruise liner, QE2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel
    that it burns.

    The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a
    chocolate bar melted in his pocket.

    The sentence: "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every
    letter of the alphabet.

    The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid.

    The words 'racecar,' 'kayak' and 'level' are the same whether they are
    read left to right or right to left (palindromes).

    There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.

    There are more chickens than people in the world.

    There are only four words in the English language which end in "dous":
    tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous

    There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in
    order: "abstemious" and "facetious."

    There's no Betty Rubble in the Flintstones Chewables Vitamins.

    Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.

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

    Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.

    Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

    Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks;
    otherwise it will digest itself.
  2. My mam used to scare me by telling me about "the man who made a machine to hold his eyes open when he sneezed" He stuck his eyelids to his head, and when he sneezed, his eyeballs popped out! That always freaked me out...:bawl:
  3. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Fresh urine contains enough iodine to be used as an antiseptic.

    Americans eat on average 18 acres worth of pizza every day.

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

    Rats and horses can't vomit.

    There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.

    The longest one-syllable word in the English language is "screeched."

    A Boeing 747's wingspan is longer than the Wright brother's first flight.

    The first product to have a bar code was Wrigley's gum.

    If you fold a piece of 8 1/2 x 11 paper over on itself (into 1/2, then 1/4, and so on) it will be the length of a light year in 56 folds (my brother figured this one out.)

    The first CD pressed in the US was Bruce Springstein's 'Born in the USA.'

    Scissors as we know them today (well, pretty much) were invented in Rome in about 100 AD

    Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine.

    The dot over the letter 'i' is called a tittle.
  4. Oysterman


    Mar 30, 2000
    Well, I do believe horses can vomit. It's a sure sign that they're dying when they do, but still.
  5. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    I think its only impossible to keep ur eyes open while sneezing without aid. I can hold my eyelids open with my fingers and sneeze.
  6. There have only been 12 people to set foot on the moon.

    The fastest plane in the world is the X-15, which reached a top speed of mach 5.6, or roughly 1 mile per second.

    The average model rocket during a launch undergoes around 6-8 Gs of acceleration, or about 1.5-2x what you experiance during a wild rollercoaster.

    "Tartlettes" is a funny word.:D

    It takes an electron up to 4 years to travel down the average 10-foot extention cable.

    Mt Everest was given the height of 29,002 because during the measurement, the height was discovered to be 29,000 even, and no one thought that the public would believe that. (It's really 29,028)

    Mauna Kea is actually taller than Everest, if you measure from base to peak, instead of sea level to peak.

    The average bow during the middle ages had a draw weight of 120 lbs, and had an effective range of 450 yards.

    No one is buried in Grant's Tomb. It's empty.

    :::::{{{{{{[[[[WARNING!!! POLITICAL STATEMENT!!]]]]}}}}}}:::::

    If the goverment canceled it's current contract with Boeing for 20 new B2 Stealth Bombers, it could fund 2 NASA trips to Mars and have enough left over to completely over-haul the education programs of this country.

    Sorry for that last one, I just figured it our last night, and someone has to know.

    Rock on
  7. SoComSurfing

    SoComSurfing Mercedes Benz Superdome. S 127. R 22. S 12-13.

    Feb 15, 2002
    Mobile, Al
    Someone please explain this one to me. I'm appearently having a stupid moment.
  8. Marlat


    Sep 17, 2002
    London UK
    I was thinking the same thing. How can something that is not "longer" than a light year to begin with, become the same length as one by shrinking it! :confused:
  9. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    That's kinda the thing: it's physically impossible to do such a thing. It's a theoretic thing. IF you could fold it over on itself 56 times, then it would, but you can't.

    Just an odd bit of applied math.
  10. Zon Bass

    Zon Bass

    Jan 20, 2002
    Dallas, TX
    Maybe in width?

    Also I can only count 26 states on the back of a $5
  11. Marlat


    Sep 17, 2002
    London UK
    OKay, there may be something to it, if the paper was 1mm thick, then, folding it over 56 times would give you a thickness that was:


    Which, is an astronomically big number and may well be close to a light year, but I think saying that its 56 is a bit arbitrary as it would depend on the thickness of the paper! :confused:
  12. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Standard printer paper was what my brother used when he was figuring it.
  13. Marlat


    Sep 17, 2002
    London UK
    This is *way* tangental, however paper comes in all different thickness' based on the number of "grams per sqaure metre" of paper (GSM). Most people use 80gsm, however alot of people use 100gsm.

    I don't know if there is a standard thickness for paper or not.
  14. so is cyanide
  15. Tim Cole

    Tim Cole Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2002
    Findlay, Ohio
    lol, the "width" of a light year?
  16. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Bruce, I mean, Mark, there are variables, but that's not really the point. It's probably not a light year to the inch, so changing the gsm probably wouldn't matter. Typical printer paper, it's not like the freakin' thing is written in stone on the cliffs of yore. It's just something he figured out while he was bored.
  17. Marlat


    Sep 17, 2002
    London UK
    Sorry - just being a PITA - but it is relevant, if your bro calculated it using paper that was 1mm thick, and i tried the same thing using paper that was 0.5mm thick, then it wouldnt be out by inches, it would be out by half the distance of a light year! :eek:
  18. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    I can't remember what he used. Wasn't even .5 mm,I don't think. I belive (don't quote me on this) that it's something like 72 or more sheets (for some reason, I'm thinkin it's like 200, but that doesn't seem right) = 1 inch, and he did the math from there. So it's only as flawed as the source he got it from, I suppose.
  19. the first electronic musical instrument was invented in 1895, it keybord attached to a telegraph.
  20. SoComSurfing

    SoComSurfing Mercedes Benz Superdome. S 127. R 22. S 12-13.

    Feb 15, 2002
    Mobile, Al
    Ok, I think I'm understanding now. He figured the folded thickness would be appx. 1 light year. Anywho, on that note, my addition to the useless trivia is:
    It is impossible to fold a peice of paper in half more than 11 times.