Interesting Facts

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1. The sentence "The quick fox jumps over the lazy dog." uses every letter in the alphabet. (Developed by Western Union to Test telex/twx communication)
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2. A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.
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3. In the 1940's, the FCC assigned television Channel 1 to mobile services (two -way radios in taxicabs, for instance) but did not re-number the other channel assignments. That is why your TV set has channels 2 and up, but no 1.
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4. The San Franscisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.
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5. The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable.
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6. "Hang On Sloopy" is the official rock song of Ohio.
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7. The reason firehouses hav ecircular 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. Obviously the horses were much smarter than the 'ol Pirate's cats.
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8. 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.
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9. Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history.
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Spades- King David, Clubs - Alexander the Great; Hearts - Charlemagne; Diamonds- Julius Caesar.
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10. 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 3D 12,345,678,987,654,321
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11. 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. Presumablly if all four horses legs are in the air the horse died in battle...
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12. 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".
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13. "I am." is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
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14. The term "the whole 9 yards" came from WWII fighter pilots in the Pacific. When arming their airplanes on the ground, the .50 caliber machine gun ammo bels 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."
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15. Hershey's Kisses are called that because the machine that makes them looks like it's kissing the conveyor belt.
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16. 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.
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17. An ostrich's eye is bigger than it's brain.
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18. The longest recorded flight of a chicken is thirteen seconds.
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19. The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for the "General Purpose" vehicle, G.P.
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20. The Pentagon, in Arlington, Virginia, has twice as many bathrooms as is necessary. When it was built in the 1940's, the state of Virginia still had segregation laws requiring separate toilet facilities for blacks and whites.
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21. The highest point in Pennsylvania is lower than the lowest point in Colorado.
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22. Nutmeg is extremely posionous if injected intravenously.
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23. 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.
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24. Only one person in two billion will live to be 166 or older.
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25. In Cleveland, Ohio, it's illegal to catch mice without a hunting license.
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26. It takes 3,000 cows to supply the NFL with enough leather for a year's supply of footballs.
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27. There are an average of 178 sesame seeds on a McDonald's Big Mac bun.
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28. The world's termites outweigh the world's humans 10 to 1.
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29. When Heinz ketchup leaves the bottle, it travels at a rate of 25 miles per year.
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30. It's possible to lead a cow upstairs?.but not downstairs.
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31. Humans are the only primates that don't have pigment in the palms of their hands.
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32. On average, 100 people choke to death on ballpoint pens every year.
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33. In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all the world's nuclear weapons combined.
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34. Reno, Nevada is west of Los Angeles, California.
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35. Average age of top GM executives in 1994: 49.8 years. Average age of the Rolling Stones: 50.6.
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36. Elephants can't jump. Every other mammal can.

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