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Fun Factoids

Factoids and Anecdotes:

  • Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the US Treasury
  • Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better
  • The state with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska
  • The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28% ( now get this...) The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%
  • Q. What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers all have in common?
    A. All invented by women
  • Q. What is the only food that doesn't spoil?
    A. Honey
  • Q. There are more collect calls on this day than any other day of the year?
    A. Father's Day
  • Q. What trivia fact about Mel Blanc (voice of Bugs Bunny) is the most ironic?
    A. He was allergic to carrots.
  • 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".
  • It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month or what we know today as the honeymoon.
  • In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts. So in old England, when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them mind their own pints and quarts and settle down. It's where we get the phrase "mind your P's and Q's."
  • Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim or handle of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service. "Wet your whistle" is the phrase inspired by this practice.
  • In Scotland, a new game was invented. It was entitled Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden.... and thus the word GOLF entered into the English language.
  • Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine
  • Leonardo da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time
  • There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with: orange, purple, and silver
  • The numbers '172' can be found on the back of the U.S. $5 dollar bill in the bushes at the base of the Lincoln Memorial
  • The name Wendy was made up for the book Peter Pan, there was never a recorded Wendy before
  • Leonardo Da Vinci invented scissors, also, it took him 10 years to paint Mona Lisa's lips
  • Bruce Lee was so fast that they actually had to SLOW a film down so you could see his moves. That's the opposite of the norm
  • Bubble gum contains rubber
  • The first CD pressed in the US was Bruce Springsteen's 'Born in the USA'
  • Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying
  • Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from Public Libraries
  • Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space because passing wind in a spacesuit damages them
  • Bats always turn left when exiting a cave
  • Babe Ruth wore a cabbage leaf under his cap to keep him cool! He changed it every 2 innings

Funny Story:

All you can drink for a quarter…

There was a business woman driving home on a hot day down this country road when she spotted a little boy that had a lemonade stand. Since she was thirsty, she decided to stop. Once she got up to the little boy's stand, she noticed a sign that said, "All you can drink for a quarter". Although she thought it was an awfully small glass, she decided to get some anyway, since it was only 25 cents for all you can drink.

She gave the boy a quarter, and shot down the whole glass in one swallow. Slapping the small glass back onto the table, she says, "Fill 'er up!"

Without blinking, the kid replies, "Sure thing, that'll be a quarter."

Surprised, the irritated business woman sputters, "but your sign says all you can drink for a quarter."

"It is," the innocent little boy replies without hesitation, "That is all you can drink for a quarter."

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