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Animal Bits
Most fish can't swim backwards. The few exceptions come mostly from the eel family.

There are 13 patches on a turtle shell - each one stands for each new moon in a year.
Submission by Julie of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The biggest clams in the world weigh 500 pounds and make pearls as big as golf balls.

Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.

There are more chickens in the world than people.

A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.

On average people fear spiders more than they do death.

You are more likely to be killed by a champagne cork than by a poisonous spider.

A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.
This fact has been proven false... Read all about it!
Submission by Jayman

A group of crows is called a 'murder'.
Submission by Mel of Hobart, Australia

The milk of a hippopotamus is bright pink!!
Submission by Mel of Hobart, Australia

A group of doves is called a 'salvation'.
Submission by Deborah

The starfish is the only animal that can turn its stomach inside out.
Submission by Mel of Hobart, Australia

Jellyfish do not have brains.
Submission by Mel of Hobart, Australia

Celebrity Bits
Mr. Rogers was an ordained minister.

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

John Lennon's first girlfriend was named Thelma Pickles.

Food and Drink Bits
Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.

Did you know that there are coffee flavored PEZ?

Two-thirds of the world's eggplant is grown in New Jersey.

Historical Bits
In ancient Egypt, Priests plucked EVERY hair from their bodies, including their eyebrows and eyelashes.

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.

If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle; if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.

International Bits
The national anthem of Greece has 158 verses. No one in Greece has memorized all 158 verses.

The city with the most Rolls Royce's per capita is Hong Kong.

Language and Literature Bits
NEW! NEW! There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order - abstemious and facetious.
Submission by John of Louisiana

NEW! NEW! There are only four words in the English language which end in "dous", Tremendous, Horrendous, Stupendous, and Hazardous.
Submission by John of Louisiana

NEW! NEW! The sentence "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter of the alphabet.
Submission by John of Louisiana

NEW! NEW! The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.
Submission by John of Louisiana

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

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

The longest word in the English language, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.
The only other word with the same amount of letters is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconioses, its plural.
Hydroxydesoxycorticosterone and hydroxydeoxycorticosterones are the largest anagrams.

Turkish towels are French; India ink comes from China.
Submission by Mel of Hobart, Australia

The word yo-yo actually means come-come.
Submission by Mel of Hobart, Australia

NEW! NEW! Typewriter is the longest word that can be made using the letters from one row of the keyboard.
Submission by John of Louisiana

The longest word that can be spelled using only the left hand on a standard keyboard is stewardesses.
Submission by Daniel of Deltona, Florida

NEW! The longest word typed with the right hand is lollipop.
Submission by John of Louisiana

The first novel ever written on a typewriter was Tom Sawyer.

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

The name for Oz in the "Wizard of Oz" was thought up when the creator, Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N, and O-Z, hence "Oz".

The Hawaiian alphabet has 12 letters.

Miscellaneous Bits
NEW! Carousels manufactured in Europe turn clockwise. Carousels manufactured in America turn counter-clockwise.

Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.

Movie and Media Bits
Lord of the Rings holds the record for the most latex feet ever used in a movie. They used more than 1600 pairs of latex feet for the hobbits.

All of the clocks in the movie Pulp Fiction are stuck on 4:20.

Disney's Snow White was originally drawn as a blonde.
Submission by Mel of Hobart, Australia

Mel Blanc (the voice of Bugs Bunny) was allergic to carrots.

The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra's "It's A Wonderful Life".

People Bits
NEW! Banging your head against a wall burns 150 calories an hour.

NEW! The strongest muscle in the body is the TONGUE.

Women's blouses typically button on the left side because in past days maidservants would dress the women and they were righthanded. Since the men typically dressed themselves, their shirts buttoned on the right side.

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

The average woman eats 20 kg of lipstick in a lifetime.
Submission by Mel of Hobart, Australia

Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different.
Submission by Mel of Hobart, Australia

One in every 2.5 marriages ends up in divorce.
Submission by Bird

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

Men can read smaller print than women; women can hear better.

It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

Science Bits
NEW! Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.

Every two and a half years, there are two full moons in a month instead of the usual one full moon. This second full moon is called a blue moon.

Sports Bits
The average life span of a major league baseball is 7 pitches.

United States Bits
NEW! The full name of Los Angeles is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula". And can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size, "L.A."

When the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers play football at home, the stadium becomes the state's third largest city.

The state with the highest percentage of people who walk to work is Alaska.

The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.

Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn't added until 5 years later.

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

If you toss a penny 10,000 times, it will not be heads 5000 times, but more like 4950. The heads picture weighs more, so it ends up on the bottom.

There are 293 ways to make change for a US dollar.

On an American one-dollar bill, there is an owl in the upper left-hand corner of the "1" encased in the "shield" and a spider hidden in the front upper right-hand corner.

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