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Fun facts for bored people

Discussion in 'Jokes and Humour' started by motormouse, Feb 23, 2007.

  1. Mosquito repellents don't repel. They hide you. The spray blocks the mosquito's sensors so they don't know you're there.

    Dentists have recommended that a toothbrush be kept at least 6 feet away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush.

    The liquid inside young coconuts can be used as substitute for blood plasma.

    American car horns beep in the tone of F.

    Donkeys kill more people annually than plane crashes.

    1 in every 4 Americans has appeared on television.

    You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television.

    Oak trees do not produce acorns until they are fifty years of age or older.

    The first product to have a bar code was Wrigley's gum.

    The king of hearts is the only king without a mustache.

    A Boeing 747's wingspan is longer than the Wright brother's first flight.

    American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating 1 olive from each salad served in first-class.

    Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise.

    The first CD pressed in the US was Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA."

    Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning.

    The 57 on the Heinz ketchup bottle represents the number of varieties of pickles the company once had.

    The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets.

    Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin.

    The first owner of the Marlboro company died of lung cancer.

    Barbie's full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.

    Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.

    Adolf Hitler's mother seriously considered having an abortion but was talked out of it by her doctor.

    The children's song "Ring around the Rosy" originated in medieval Europe during the time of the Black Plague. Ring around the rosy refers to dark rings that appeared on the skin of infected people. Pocket full of posies refers to the belief that if rose petals were carried in one's pocket they would not be infected. Ashes to ashes refers to the burning of the corpses. And of course, we all fall down meant that everyone infected died.

    The word "samba" means "to rub navels together."

    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."

    What occurs more often in December than any other month?

    Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of what?
    Their birthplace. This is propinquity.

    Grabatology is the collecting of ties.

    In 1982, Englishman William Hall committed suicide by drilling holes into his head with a power drill...it took 8 holes!

    There is no single word given to describe the back of the knee.

    The international telephone area code for Antarctica is 672.

    The glue on postage stamps in Israel is certified kosher.

    The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin in W.W.II killed the only elephant in the Berlin zoo.

    A 'Jiffy' is actually a unit of time for 1/100th of a second.

    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.

    Elephants can't jump. Every other mammal can.

    The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.

    Studies show that if a cat falls off the seventh floor of a building it has about thirty percent less chance of surviving than a cat that falls off the twentieth floor. It supposedly takes about eight floors for the cat to realize what is occurring, relax and correct itself. (How did they study this?)

    The Sun is moving l65 miles a second, the earth is moving l8.l miles a second, think about that when you are about to pee

    In medieval England, beer was often served with breakfast. (I love this one)

    The right lung takes in more air then the left

    At 90 degrees (F) below zero your breath will freeze in midair and fall to the ground.

    Research indicates that mosquitoes are attracted to people who have recently eaten bananas.
    Only female mosquitoes bite.

    There are more stars in the universe than grains of sand on all the beaches in the world.

    Everyday more money is printed for monopoly than for the US Treasury.

    Men get hiccups more often than women.

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

    7% of Americans will eat McDonalds today.

    The chances that a burglary in the US will be solved: 1 in 7.

    The only bird that can fly backwards: Hummingbird.

    Polar bears are left handed.

    The world's youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China.

    The youngest pope was 11 years old.

    Pilgrims ate popcorn at the first Thanksgiving.

    Scientists say the average person eats about 2 pounds of bugs a year. That's mostly because insects accidentally get ground up in foods like peanut butter, strawberry jelly, and spaghetti sauce. They won't hurt you, they're actually full of protein.

    If an insect flies in your ear, shine a light in you ear, chances are it will crawl or fly back out.

    There are 240 white dots on a Pac-man video game.

    According to Genesis 1:20-22, the chicken came before the egg.

    One of the reasons marijuana is illegal today is because cotton growers in the 30s lobbied against hemp farmers -- they saw it as competition. It is not chemically addictive as is nicotine, alcohol, or caffeine.

    Pearls melt in vinegar.

    While performing her duties as queen, Cleopatra sometimes wore a fake beard.

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

    It's possible to lead a cow upstairs...but not downstairs.

    Pound for pound, hamburgers can cost more than a new car.

    Humans are the only primates that don't have pigment in the palms of their hands.

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

    "Go!" is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.

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

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

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

    The longest recorded flight of a chicken is thirteen seconds.

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

    Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.

    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.

    If you put a raisin in a glass of champagne, it will keep floating to the top and sinking to the bottom.

    Spain literally means ‘the land of rabbits’.

    Every Swiss citizen is required by law to have a bomb shelter or access to a bomb shelter

    Snails can sleep for 3 years without eating

    Actor Tommy Lee Jones and vice-president Al Gore were freshman roommates at Harvard

    By raising your legs slowly and laying on your back, you can't sink in quicksand.

    The fingerprints of koala bears are virtually indistinguishable from those of humans, so much so that they could be confused at a crime scene.

    Months that begin on a Sunday will always have a "Friday the 13th."

    James Doohan, who plays Lt. Commander Montgomery Scott on Star Trek, is missing the entire middle finger of his right hand.

    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.

    While at Harvard University, Edward Kennedy was suspended for cheating on a Spanish exam.

    The first product Motorola started to develop was a record player for automobiles. At that time the most known player on the market was the Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola.

    Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.

    Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.

    The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.

    The shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.

    There are more chickens than people in the world.

    The longest one-syllable word in the English language are "Screeched, Scratched, Scrounged, Scrunched, Splotched, Squinched, and Squelched."

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

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

    Almonds are a member of the peach family.

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

    A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

    Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.

    In most advertisements, including newspapers, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.

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

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

    A dragonfly has a lifespan of 24 hours.

    The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.

    In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.

    The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.

    There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.

    A crocodile can't stick its tongue out.

    A shrimp's heart is in their head.

    People say, "Bless you" when you sneeze because when you sneeze, your heart stops
    for a millisecond. If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib. If you try to suppress a sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die. If you keep your eyes open by force, they can pop out.

    In a study of 200,000 ostriches over a period of 80 years, no one reported a single case where an ostrich buried its head in the sand (or attempted to do so - apart from Bones).

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

    A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.

    Between 1937 and 1945 Heinz produced a version of Alphabetic Spaghetti especially for the German market that consisted solely of little pasta swastikas.

    More than 50% of the people in the world have never made or received a telephone call.

    Rats and horses can't vomit.

    Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over million descendants.

    The "sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick" is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.

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

    Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

    Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing - SCARY!!!

    The electric chair was invented by a dentist.

    In ancient Egypt, priests plucked EVERY hair from their bodies, including their eyebrows and eyelashes.

    If the government has no knowledge of aliens, then why does Title 14, Section 1211 of the Code of Federal Regulations, implemented on July 16, 1969, make it illegal for U.S. citizens to have any contact with extraterrestrials or their vehicles?

    In the course of an average lifetime you will, while sleeping, eat 70 assorted insects and 10 spiders. {Yuck!}
  2. That was interresting.....I am never sleeping on my back again lol
  3. Here's one albeit a little bit obvious. Motormouse is bored :LOL:
  4. either bored or has waaaaaaayyyyyy to much time on their hands
  5. No, its because back in the day (middle ages), with un-treatable flu, colds, and the like all people could do was prey, and thus "Bless you"
  6. Yep, and, yep :roll: :mad: :(
  7. this sounds like de ja moo...

    we did this a little while ago... cool to have it back again!!!
  8. The uncomfortable feeling that you've been with the same cow before?
    Must be similar to the problem Kiwis have with de ja ewe. :LOL:
  9. :rofl: :rofl: :LOL:

    Brilliant... thanks for the laughs before i head off to the pub at 4 ;) :p
  10. Post is too long. brain will go bang if I try read it all…..man you have too much spare time on your hand atm…your one crazy chick :LOL:
  11. I only read about a quarter way down but re Venus spinning clockwise...it depends where your standing when you look at it.
  12. *how many bourbon and cokes you've had.
  13. I've only had 3 tonight

    Why do you ask my friend
  14. Fun Facts about Top Fuel racing

    * One dragster's 500-inch Hemi makes more horsepower then the first 8 rows at Daytona.

    * Under full throttle, a dragster engine consumes 1 1/2 gallons of nitro per second, the same rate of fuel consumption as a fully loaded 747 but with 4 times the energy volume.

    * The supercharger takes more power to drive than a stock hemi makes.

    * Even with nearly 3000 CFM of air being rammed in by the supercharger on overdrive, the fuel mixture is compressed into nearly-solid form before ignition. Cylinders run on the verge of hydraulic lock.

    * Dual magnetos apply 44 amps to each spark plug. This is the output of an arc welder in each cylinder.

    * At stoichiometric (exact) 1.7:1 air/fuel mixture (for nitro), the flame front of nitromethane measures 7050 degrees F.

    * Nitromethane burns yellow. The spectacular white flame seen above the stacks at night is raw burning hydrogen, dissociated from atmospheric water vapor by the searing exhaust gases.

    * Spark plug electrodes are totally consumed during a pass. After 1/2 way, the engine is dieseling from compression-plus the glow of exhaust valves at 1400 degrees F. The engine can only be shut down by cutting off its fuel flow.

    * If spark momentarily fails early in the run, unburned nitro builds up in those cylinders and then explodes with a force that can blow cylinder heads off the block in pieces or blow the block in half.

    * Dragsters twist the crank (torsionally) so far (20 degrees in the big end of the track) that sometimes cam lobes are ground offset from front to rear to re-phase the valve timing somewhere closer to synchronization with the pistons.

    * To exceed 300mph in 4.5 seconds dragsters must accelerate at an average of over 4G's. But in reaching 200 mph well before 1/2 track, launch acceleration is closer to 8G's.

    * If all the equipment is paid off, the crew worked for free, and for once NOTHING BLOWS UP, each run costs $1000.00 per second.

    * Dragsters reach over 300 miles per hour before you have read this sentence.

    Did you know …

    … that the nitromethane-powered engines of NHRA Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars produce approximately 7,000 horsepower, about 37 times that of the average street car?

    … that one cylinder of the eight cylinders of a Top Fuel dragster or a Funny Car produces 750 horsepower, equaling the entire horsepower output of a NASCAR engine?

    … that the gasoline-powered engines of NHRA Pro Stock cars produce about 1,200 horsepower, about eight times that of the average street car?

    … that an NHRA Top Fuel dragster accelerates from 0 to 100 mph in less than .8-second, almost 11 seconds quicker than it takes a production Porsche 911 Turbo to reach the same speed?

    … that an NHRA Top Fuel dragster leaves the starting line with a force nearly five times that of gravity, the same force of the space shuttle when it leaves the launching pad at Cape Canaveral?

    … that an NHRA Funny Car is slowed by a reverse force more than seven times that of gravity when both parachutes deploy simultaneously?

    … that NHRA Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars consume between four and five gallons of fuel during a quarter-mile run, which is equivalent to between 16 and 20 gallons per mile?

    … that NHRA Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars use between 10 and 12 gallons of fuel for a complete pass, including the burnout, backup to the starting line, and quarter-mile run?

    … that NHRA Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars travel the length of more than four football fields in less than five seconds?

    … that NHRA Top Fuel dragsters can exceed 280 mph in just 660 feet?

    … that from a standing start, NHRA Top Fuel dragsters accelerate faster than a jumbo jet, a fighter jet, and a Formula One race car?

    … that a fuel pump for an NHRA Top Fuel dragster and Funny Car delivers 65 gallons of fuel per minute, equivalent to eight bathroom showers running at the same time?

    … that the fuel-line pressure for NHRA Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars is between 400 and 500 pounds, about 20 times greater than the pressure on passenger-car fuel pumps?

    … that depending on size and angle, the large rear wing on an NHRA Top Fuel dragster develops between 4,000 and 8,000 pounds of downforce?

    … that the 17-inch rear tires used on NHRA Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars wear out after four to six runs, or about two miles? Some brands of passenger-car tires are guaranteed for 80,000 miles.

    … that it takes just 15/100ths of a second for all 7,000 horsepower of an NHRA Top Fuel dragster engine to reach the rear wheels?

    … that it's desirable for an NHRA Top Fuel dragster to race with its front wheels inches off the ground for about the first 200 feet of the run? This ensures proper weight transfer to the rear wheels, a crucial part of a good launch and quick run.

    … that the nitromethane used to power the engines of NHRA Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars costs about $30 per gallon?
  15. Think about it.

    If your above its north pole looking down it would spin anti-clockwise and if you were below its south pole looking up it would spin clockwise.

    A question for you. When did our new millenium start?
  16. For the purpose of this exercise the fact is assuming you are looking at it from the sun.
    Which as all good catholics know is 3 planets away from earth which ofcourse is the centre of the universe. :LOL:
  17. [​IMG]The earth is the third nearest planets from the sun ...yes.

    And the sun is the centre of our solar system not the universe.
    The universe is known to millions of stars (star are suns) each to have their own solar system with their own planets orbiting it.

  18. "And allways look on the bright side of life"

    Mony Python...the meaning of Life
  19. I think you'll find that was the last song in the "Life of Brian".

    "The Meaning of Life" was more famous for "Every Sperm is Sacred", and "The Universe Song".

    Of course, there's always the theme from "The Crimson Permanent Assurance":

    It's fun to charter an accountant
    And sail the wide accountancy,
    To find, explore the funds offshore
    And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy!

    It can be manly in insurance.
    We'll up your premium semi-annually.
    It's all tax deductible.
    We're fairly incorruptible,
    We're sailing on the wide accountancy!

    Gotta love those Pythons... 8)
  20. Someone obviously has them on video/dvd! :grin:

    I only really saw The Life of Brian which was pretty funny. I tried watching the other Monty Python movies but couldn't really see the humour at the time. That was along time ago and I am a changed man these days.