Stuff You Probably Didn’t Know

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In lieu of an inspired blog entry (since I’m feeling wholly uninspired), I’m going to present to you a compilation of stuff you probably didn’t know, but is interesting, nonetheless.

  •             Moderate drinking can boost your IQ
  •             Jelly Belly make over a million Beans an hour
  •             The “Naked Recreation and Travel” industry has grown by 233% in the last decade
  •             More people are killed annually by donkeys than by plane crashes
  •             The fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your moth is called Arachibutyrophobia
  •             A gallon of pure maple syrup weighs 11 pounds
  •             Colgate toothpaste had marketing problems in Spanish-speaking countries, as “colgate” translates to “go hang yourself”
  •             China has more English speakers than the US
  •             Zanzibar and England had the world’s shortest war in 1896; after 38 minutes, Zanzibar surrendered
  •             Emus cannot walk backwards
  •             The youngest pope was 11 years old
  •             The national anthem of Greece has 158 verses
  •             The dot that appears over the letter “i” is called a tittle
  •             The labels for Crayola crayons come in 18 different colors
  •             A baseball will go farther in warm weather than in cold weather.
  •             In their lifetime, the average driver will honk 15, 250 times (ed. I’ve probably already honked more than that)
  •             Tiffany & Co. is responsible for making the Super Bowl trophy
  •             Apples are part of the rose family
  •             The original name for the game SCRABBLE was “Criss Cross Words”
  •             Enamel is the hardest substance in the human body
  •             The color blue causes the brain to release calming hormones (ed. Does this make you feel calm?)
  •             During World War II, because so many players were called to duty, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Philadelphia Eagles became the Steagles
  •             Goats do not have upper front teeth
  •             The average four-year-old child asks over four hundred questions a day
  •             On November 29, 2000, Pope John Paul II was named an “Honorary Harlem Globetrotter”
  •             Every continent has a city called “Rome”
  •             Weatherman Willard Scott was the first Ronald McDonald
  •             An oyster can change its gender
  •             The Canadian holiday Boxing Day got its name from the custom of giving.  Servants were given boxes which had money hidden inside them from their employers.  The servants would have to break the box into pieces to get the money
  •             </ span>Charlie Chaplin once lost a “Charlie Chaplin Look-Alike” contest
  •             The markings found on dice are called “pips”
  •             The band UB40 (ed. Of “Red Red Wine” fame) got its name from an unemployment form in England
  •             The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one mile out of every five must be straight.  These straight sections are useable as airstrips in wartime or other emergencies
  •             Mr. Rogers was ordained as a Presbyterian minister
  •             A violin contains 70 separate pieces of wood
  •             The first domain name ever registered was
  •             In 1864, a Quebec farmer found a frog inside a hailstone
  •             Canada has more donut shops per capita than the United States
  •             Hilter had only one testicle
  •             The first novel ever written on a typewriter was Tom Sawyer
  •             90% of the population has an innie bellybutton
  •             India has a “Bill of Rights” for cows
  •             93% of all greeting cards are purchased by women
  •             90% of all diseases are caused or complicated by stress
  •             Banging your head against the wall burns 150 calories an hour

There.  Now you’re smarter and are armed with myriad conversation starts for your next dinner party.

 Jackie for

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Updated October 17 2017 DR

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