In NYC, it is disorderly conduct for one man to greet another on the street by placing the end of his thumb against the tip of his nose and wiggling the extended fingers of that hand.
Even though it is widely attributed to him Shakespeare never actually used the word 'gadzooks'.
The word comet comes from the Greek word kometes meaning long hair and referring to the tail
As much as 80% of microwaves from mobile phones are absorbed by your head.
William Taft is the only man to become President and then chief justice.
In Russia, when flowers are given for a romantic occasions, flowers are given in odds numbers as even number of flowers is given at funerals only
In a year approximately 900 million trees are cut down to make the raw materials needed for American pulp mills and paper.
4,000 people are injured by tea pots every year.
A mother hen turns her egg approximately 50 times in a day. This is so the yolk does not stick to the shell
Blaise Pascal's father was a French tax collector who had trouble keeping track of his collections. So in 1642, young Pascal designed and built a mechanical adding machine to help. It was the first mechanical calculator in history.
New Jersey, with 96, is the US state with the greatest number of hazardous waste sites.
The five most populated cities in the world are, in order, Tokyo-Yokohama (Japan), Mexico City (Mexico), Sao Paulo (Brazil), Seoul (South Korea), and New York (United States).
If all the gold in the ocean were mined, every person on Earth would get about 20 kgs of gold each.
The left side of your brain controls the right side of your body and vice versa.
Depending on the size, it can take an oyster anywhere from few months to many years to form a pearl
In Providence, Rhode Island it is illegal to sell toothpaste and a toothbrush to the same customer on a Sunday.
90% of bird species are monogamous; only 3% of animals are.
In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase "goodnight, sleep tight".
Each year insects eat 1/3 of the Earth's food crop.
Autoerotic asphyxia is the practice of self-induced strangulation or asphyxiation while masturbating.
Even Antarctica has an area code. It s 672.
The phrase rule of thumb is derived from an old English law whichstated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than yourthumb.
In turtles, the colon(intestine) is also used for respiration, as it takes in oxygen. Thats how they stay underwater for so long.
No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.
The heart pumps about 1 million barrels of blood during an average lifetime.
Britain's present royal family was originally named Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. The name was changed in 1917, during WW1 because of German connotations. The name Windsor was suggested by one of the staff. At the same time the Battenberg family name of the cousins to the Windsors was changed into Mountbatten.
A rhinoceros horn is made of compacted hair.
The Mona Lisa used to hang on the wall of NapoleonŐs bedroom.
Shakespeare invented the word assassination and bump.
In Casablanca, Humphrey Bogart never said Play it again, Sam.
Pedals were added to the bicycle in 1839.
Al Gore and Tommy Lee Jones were once roommates.
Your fingernails grow up to 7 times faster than your toenails.
Cherry is the most popular flavor of edible underwear.
The Big Dipper is known as The Casserole in France.
In Denver it is unlawful to lend your vacuum cleaner to your next-door neighbor.
In a year, your heart can beat up to 40,000,000 times.
The new 787 Boeing was revealed on 7/8/07 or July 8th, 07.
Brazil is the only country to have played in every World Cup soccer tournament.
Painting a house yellow or having a yellow trim helps in selling a house faster
Though it goes to 10, 9 is estimated to be the point of total tectonic destruction from an earthquake (2 is the smallest that can be felt unaided.)
Scientists have discovered that the longer the ring finger is in boys the less chance they have of having a heart attack
Before its name was changed, the African Penguin used be called the Jackass Penguin because of its donkey-like braying call
In Halethrope, Maryland kisses longer than one second are illegal.
One barrel of petroleum holds 42 gallons.
A bee could travel 4 million miles (6.5 million km) at 7 mph (11 km/h) on the energy it would obtain from 1 gallon (3.785 liters) of nectar.
The city of Nottingham in England was the first city to have Braille signs (signs for the blind) in its shopping malls for the blind
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