36 interesting but useless factoids to know

Tuesday 19 October 2010, 4.05am HKT


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1. Coca-Cola was originally green.

2. The world’s commonest name is Muhammad.

3. The names of all the continents start and end with the same letter.

4. The tongue is the strongest muscle in the body.

5. The average credit cardholder in the USA has 3.5 credit cards (Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, January 2010).

Corollary: The average is 10 cards per person in Hong Kong.

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Dad's Olivetti Lettera 32 (1963)

6. “Typewriter” is the longest word that can be made using letters on one row of the keyboard.

7. Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

Corollary: This means it’s pretty hard to figure out if a woman is lying just by looking at her eyes.

8. You cannot suffocate or kill yourself by holding your breath.

9. It is impossible to lick your elbow.

10. People say “bless you” when you sneeze because your heart actually stops for a millisecond when you sneeze.

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11. It is impossible for pigs to physically look up to the sky.

12. The toughest tongue twister in the English language is said to be “Sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick.”

13. Sneeze too hard and you could fracture a rib. Suppress a sneeze and you could burst a blood vessel in your head or neck and die.

Jusco $10 Shop playing cards

14. Each king on a deck of playing cards represents a historical king:

  • King of Spades (♠) is David (of Goliath fame)
  • King of Clubs (♣) is Alexander III (also known as the Great)
  • King of Hearts (the “Suicide King”) (♥) is Charlemagne
  • King of Diamonds (♦) is Julius Caesar (not exactly a king but a dictator of the Roman Republic)

15. When you see a statue of a warrior on horseback, if the horse has two front legs up in the air, it means the person died in battle. If the horse has only one front leg up, the person died from wounds received in battle. If all four legs are on the ground, the person died of natural causes.

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Tongue out

16. What do the bulletproof vest, fire escape, windshield wiper and laser printer all have in common? They were invented by women.

17. Honey is the only food that doesn’t spoil.

18. A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.

19. A snail can sleep for three years straight.

20. All polar bears are left-handed.

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Can't jump but they can ...

21. American Airlines (“We know why you fly”) saved US$40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first class.

22. Butterflies taste with their feet.

23. Elephants are the only animals that cannot jump.

24. No new animals have been domesticated in the last 4,000 years.

Remark: Does this suggest the human race has become less creative and caring than before?

25. On average, people fear spiders more than they do death.

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Not an electric chair

26. Shakespeare invented the word ‘assassination‘ and ‘bump.’

27. ‘Stewardesses‘ is the longest word typed on the left hand.

28. The ant always falls over on its right-hand side when intoxicated.

29. The electric chair (for executions) was invented by a dentist.

30. The human heart pumps with enough pressure to squirt blood 30 feet (9.14 metres) out of the body.

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Hamsters aren't rats

31. Rats multiply so fast that two rats in 18 months could have a million or more direct descendants.

32. Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase bacteria in your ear by 700 times.

33. The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.

34. Most lipstick contain fish scales. (Eeww!)

35. Like fingerprints, everyone’s tongue print is unique.

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36. And finally, 99% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow.

(via email, 18 Oct 2010)

2 Responses to “36 interesting but useless factoids to know”

  1. I thought the heart was the strongest muscle… no? okie. learn something new today.

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