Some useless things to know for the fact of knowing.

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The most common last name in the world is Patel.

The most common first name in the world is Mohammed.

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

Our skin weighs twice as much as our brain.

If you are being chased by an alligator or crocodile, run in a straight path rather than zig-zag. They can’t see straight.

If an octopus gets hungry enough, it’ll eat its own arms, besides, it has eight, it can spare one or two.

When you sneeze, the air that comes out of your nose goes faster than that of a hurricane.

It is impossible to keep your eyes open when you sneeze.

Okay technically you can keep your eyes open, but they fall out because of the speed of the air rushing through your nasal passages, which are behind your eyes.

If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days, you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee.

Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour.

A person cannot taste food unless it is mixed with saliva. For example, if strong-tasting substance like salt is placed on a dry tongue, the taste buds will not be able to taste it. As soon as a drop of saliva is added and the salt is dissolved, however, a definite taste sensation results. This is true for all foods. Try it!

The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.

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

The ant can lift 50 times its own weight, can pull 30 times its own weight and always falls over on its right side when intoxicated.

A cockroach will live nine days without its head, before it starves to death.

Elephants are the only mammals that can’t jump.

A duck’s quack doesn’t echo, and no one knows why.

The longest recorded flight of a chicken is thirteen seconds.

The fingerprints of koala bears are virtually indistinguishable from those of humans, so much so that they could be confused at a crime scene.

Snails can sleep for 3 years without eating

A giraffe can clean its ears with its 21-inch tongue!

Ten percent of the Russian government’s income comes from the sale of vodka.

The number of possible ways of playing the first four moves per side in a game of chess is 318,979,564,000.

The sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.” uses every letter in the alphabet. (Developed by Western Union to Test telex/two communications)

The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is “uncopyrightable”.

No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, and purple.

“I am” is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.

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.

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.

Pearls melt in vinegar.

If you put a raisin in a glass of champagne, it will keep floating to the top and sinking to the bottom.

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.

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

More people are killed annually by donkeys than die in air crashes.

The 3 most valuable brand names on earth: Marlboro, Coca-Cola, and Budweiser, in that order.

Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

The world’s youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910.

Einstein couldn’t speak fluently when he was nine. His parents thought he might be retarded.

Sherlock Holmes never said “Elementary, my dear Watson”.

A ‘jiffy’ is an actual unit of time: 1/100th of a second.

Every day more money is printed for monopoly than the US Treasury.

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 fired.”

The term “whole 9 yards” came from WWII fighter pilots in the South Pacific. When arming their airplanes on the ground, the .50 caliber machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, it got the “whole 9 yards.”

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.

A Saudi Arabian woman can get a divorce if her husband doesn’t give her coffee.

I have to admit, I honestly did not know any of these random facts, and I can honestly say I don’t think they would serve any use to me.  But I did enjoy my time finding these facts as I found several of them to be rather humorous.  I hope after reading my blog you will be full of fun facts for the classes to come.


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  1. Things I did know:
    -Sherlock Holmes never said “Elementary, my dear Watson”.
    -The sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.” uses every letter in the alphabet. (Developed by Western Union to Test telex/two communications)
    -Pearls melt in vinegar.
    I am not sure if some of the others are true…but this was fun to read!
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    written in a somewhat interesting style and voice;
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