LITTLE KNOWN FACTS XII

Posted: May 23, 2012 in Wisdom Nook
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  •  It   is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky
  •  65% of Elvis impersonators are of Asian descent  
  • More people are killed annually by donkeys than die in air crashes
  •  Burt Reynold was originally cast to be Han Solo in the first Star Wars film.  He dropped out before filming
  • Pope John Paul II was named an “Honorary Harlem Globetrotter” in 2000.
  • Woodward Avenue in Detroit, Michigan carries the designation M – 1, named so because it was the first paved road anywhere.
  • There are only three types of snakes on the island of Tasmania and all three are deadly poisonous.
  • It is believed that Shakespeare was 46 around the time that the King James Version of the Bible was written. In Psalms 46, the 46th word from the first word is “shake” and the 46th word from the last word is “spear”.
  • The California Department of Motor Vehicles has issued six driver’s licenses to six different people named Jesus Christ.
  • Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike each year than all the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.
  • Chicago is closer to Moscow than it is to Rio de Janeiro.
  • Dogs have two sets of teeth, just like humans. They first have 30 “puppy” teeth, then 42 adult teeth.
  • In 1950, President Harry Truman threw out the first ball twice at the opening day Washington DC baseball game; once right handed and once left handed.
  • A Swiss ski resort announced it would combat global warming by wrapping its mountain glaciers in aluminum foil to keep them from melting.
  • The chameleon has a tongue that is one and a half times the length of his body.
  • Beethoven dipped his head in cold water before he composed.
  • There once was a town named “6″ in West Virginia.
  • Ten years ago, only 500 people in China could ski. This year, an estimated 5,000,000 Chinese will visit ski resorts.
  • A Nigerian woman was caught entering the UK with 104 kg of snails in her baggage.
  • Profanity is typically cut from in-flight movies to make them suitable for general audiences. Fox Searchlight Pictures has substituted “Ashcroft” for “A**hole” in the movie Sideways when dubbed for Aerolineas Argentinas flights.
  • Author Hunter S. Thompson, who committed suicide recently, wanted to be cremated and his ashes to be shot out of a cannon on his ranch.
  • Sports Illustrated magazine allows subscribers to opt out of receiving the famous swimsuit issue each year. Fewer than 1% choose this option.
  • There is a company that will (for $14,000) take your ashes, compress them into a synthetic diamond to be set in jewelry for a loved one.
  • The RIAA sued an 83 year old woman for downloading music illegally, even though a copy of her death certificate was sent to the RIAA a week before it filed the suit.
  • Two 1903 paintings recently sold at auction for $590,000 – the paintings were in the famous “Dogs Playing Poker” series.
  • Russian scientists have developed a new drug that prolongs drunkenness and enhances intoxication.
  • Romanian firefighters could not get their trucks close enough to a burning building, so they put out the fire by throwing snowballs at it.
  • A perfect SAT score is 1600 combined. Bill Gates scored 1590 on his SAT. Paul Allen, Bill’s partner in Microsoft, scored a perfect 1600. Bill Cosby scored less than 500 combined.
  • Motorists traveling outside Salem, Oregon saw one of the “litter cleanup” signs crediting the American Nazi party. Marion County officials had no choice but to let that group into the adopt-a-road program. The $500 per sign was picked up by Oregon taxpayers. The Ku Klux Klan is also involved in the adopt-a-road program in the state of Missouri.
  • Spam filters that catch the word “cialis” will not allow many work-related e-mails through because that word is embedded inside the word “specialist”.
  • McDonald’s restaurants will buy 54,000,000 pounds of fresh apples this year. Two years ago, McDonald’s purchased 0 pounds of apples. This is attributed to the shift to more healthy menu options.
  • The biggest dog on record was an Old English Mastiff that weighed 343 pounds. He was 8 feet, 3 inches from nose to tail.
  • Mailmen in Russia now carry revolvers after a recent decision by the government.
  • All of Queen Anne’s 17 children died before she did.
  • There are over 87,000 Americans on waiting lists for organ transplants.
  • American made parts account for only 1% of the Chrysler Crossfire. 96% of the Ford F-150 Heritage Truck is American.
  • A Dutch court ruled that a bank robber could deduct the 2,000 Euros he paid for his pistol from the 6,600 Euros he has to return to the bank he robbed.
  • Only 6% of the autographs in circulation from members of the Beatles are estimated to be real.
  • The time spent deleting SPAM costs United States businesses $21.6 billion annually.
  • 60.7 percent of eligible voters participated in the 2004 presidential election, the highest percentage in 36 years. However, more than 78 million did not vote. This means President Bush won re-election by receiving votes from less than 31% of all eligible voters in the United States.
  • John Quincy Adams, sixth president of the United States, loved to skinny dip in the Potomac River.
  • La Paz, Bolivia has an average annual temperature below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. However, it has never recorded a zero-degree temperature. Same for Stanley, Falkland Islands and Punta Arenas, Chile.
  • 41% of Chinese people eat at least once a week at a fast food restaurant. 35% of Americans do.
  • A Wisconsin forklift operator for a Miller beer distributor was fired when a picture was published in a newspaper showing him drinking a Bud Light.
  • So many Americans decided not to get a flu shot in winter 2004/2005 that there is now a surplus of flu immunizations; if more people don’t get flu shots soon, there will be thousands of doses that will go to waste.
  • G-rated family films earn far more money than any other rating. Yet only 3% of Hollywood’s output is G-rated.
  • Richard Hatch, winner of the first “Survivor” reality series, has been charged with tax evasion for failing to report his $1,000,000 prize.
  • The entire fleet of Unicoi County Tennessee’s salt trucks was rendered out of commission in one accident. All three trucks were badly damaged when one of them began skidding down a road, causing a chain reaction accident. Officials blamed road conditions.
  • More people study English in China than speak it in the United States of America (300 million).
  • Fast food provider Hardee’s has recently introduced the Monster Thickburger. It has 1,420 calories and 107 grams of fat.
  • More than 2,500 left-handed people are killed each year from using products that are made for right-handed people.
  • For every person on earth, there are an estimated 200 million insects.
  • There are 2,000,000 millionaires in the United States.

 

 

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