Did You Know?

-Coca-Cola was originally green.

-Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the US Treasury

-It is possible to lead a cow upstairs but not downstairs.

-Smartest dogs:
1) Scottish border collie;
2) Poodle;
3) Golden retriever

-Hawaiian alphabet has 12 letters.

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

-Amount American Airlines saved in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served first class:  $40,000

-City with the most Rolls Royce's per capita:  Hong Kong

-State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work:  Alaska

-Percentage of Africa that is wilderness:  28%

-Percentage of North America that is wilderness:  38%

-Percentage of American men who say they would marry the same woman if they had it to do all over again:  80%

-Percentage of American women who say they'd marry the same man:  50%

-Cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $6,400

-Average number of people airborne over the US any given hour: 61,000.

-Percentage of Americans who have visited Disneyland/Disney World: 70%

-Average life span of a major league baseball:  7 pitches.

-Only President to win a Pulitzer:  John F. Kennedy for Profiles in Courage

-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.

-The youngest pope was 11 years old.

-Iceland consumes more Coca-Cola per capita than any other nation.

-First novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.

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

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

-Hang On Sloopy is the official rock song of Ohio.

-Did you know that there are coffee flavored PEZ?

-The airplane Buddy Holly died in was the "American Pie." (Thus the name of the Don McLean song.)

-When opossums are playing "possum," they are not "playing." They actually pass out from sheer terror.

-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.

-111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

-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.

-Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without killing them would burn their houses down - hence the expression "to get fired."

-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.

-"I am." is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.

-Hershey's Kisses are called that because the machine that makes them looks like it's kissing the conveyor belt.

-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.  [Best not to beat her at all! :)]

-An ostrich's eye is bigger that it's brain.

-The longest recorded flight of a chicken is thirteen seconds.

-The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one mile in every five must be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips in times of war or other emergencies.

-The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for the "General Purpose" vehicle, G.P.

-The Pentagon, in Arlington, Virginia, has twice as many bathrooms as is necessary. When it was built in the 1940s, the state of Virginia still had segregation laws requiring separate toilet facilities for blacks and whites.

-The cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth 2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.

-The highest point in Pennsylvania is lower than the lowest point in Colorado.

-Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.

-If you have three quarters, four dimes, and four pennies, you have $1.19.

-You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a dollar.

-No NFL team which plays its home games in a domed stadium has ever won a Superbowl.

-The only two days of the year in which there are no professional sports games MLB, NBA, NHL, or NFL) are the day before and the day after the Major League all-stars Game.

-Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.

-The name Wendy was made up for the book "Peter Pan."

-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. That's where the phrase, "goodnight, sleep tight" came from.

-The sentence "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog." uses every letter in the alphabet. (developed by Western Union to test telex/twx communications)

-The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building.

-The term "the whole 9 yards" came from W.W.II fighter pilots in the Pacific. When arming their airplanes on the ground, the .50 caliber machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at  a target,it got "the whole 9 yards."

-The first toilet ever seen on television was on "Leave It To Beaver."

-Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.

-In Cleveland, Ohio, it's illegal to catch mice without a hunting license.

-It takes 3,000 cows to supply the NFL with enough leather for a year's supply of footballs.

-Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.

-There are an average of 178 sesame seeds on a McDonald's Big Mac bun.

-The world's termites outweigh the world's humans 10 to 1.

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

-When Heinz ketchup leaves the bottle, it travels at a rate of 25 miles per year.

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

-On average, 100 people choke to death on ball-point pens every year.

-In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all the world's nuclear weapons combined.

-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 to 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.