Amazing True Useless Facts
Posted on Apr 18, 2009 in Lists
- When placed in warm milk, raisins re-plump into grapes.
- The metal backs of iPods are made from recycled zippers.
- Eskimos don’t believe in bridges or tunnels.
- Every sixteen minutes, someone named Richard dies.
- Billy Bob Thornton’s grandfather was the first person to own a television.
- Dolphins kill more people annually than sharks and influenza combined.
- On a dare, former President Rutherford B. Hayes declared war on Chile for 17 minutes.
- The original title for Catcher in the Rye was Hey, Look, a Carousel!
- Professionals call the top socket on an electrical outlet the “Martha,” and the bottom socket the “Jasmine.”
- In the archives at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., there are two identical snowflakes preserved in a freezer.
- Three out of every ten nickels has been in someone’s mouth.
- If you hold one nostril closed for 72 hours, you will slowly lose the ability to see color. (Your sight will instantly return to normal when you release your nostril.)
- Wave a magnet at the lower left corner of a vending machine to receive a free soda.
- The glossy paper from the backs of stickers can be used to soothe sunburn.
- To be a train conductor, you have to cut off one of your own toes during a loyalty ritual.
- The Z in Jay-Z’s name stands for “Zeppidemus.”
- Jean shorts were invented three weeks prior to the invention of regular jeans.
- Whispering instead of talking on cell phones saves significant battery power.
- In Austria, the traditional Christmas colors are not red and greed, but purple and clear.
- Benjamin Franklin coined the phrase “Baby Mama” in a satirical poem published in Poor Richard’s Almanac.
- If you take the first letter of each word in the Monopoly board game instruction manual, they spell out an X-rated sentence.
- The original name for the laptop computer was “Hinged Smart Slab.”
- The average person inhales 3 pounds of spider webs in his or her lifetime.
- When first introduced to the public, plastic laundry baskets cost $75 each.
- Winnie the Pooh started out as a non-fiction account of mental illness.
- Reading backwards for twenty minutes burns the same amount of calories as walking a half-mile.
- The Q in Q-tips stands for “quantum,” as the small bit of cotton on the tip contains more atoms than the entire human body.
- Revolving doors were first invented as a way to keep horses out of department stores.
- Peru and the moon weigh the same amount.
- Human beings and anteaters are the only animals that can snap their fingers.
- If you soak a baseball hat in coke, and then let it dry on someone’s head, over a 3-hour period the hat will shrink with skull-denting force, causing intense pain and irreparable damage.
- Clouds cannot travel south southwest.
- In sign language, there are 72 ways to say “drawbridge.”
Written By: Dan Bergstein