Factoids

Some useless facts as of 1999

(Yes, I first posted this in 1999)

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The US interstate highway system requires that one mile in every five be straight. These straight sections function as airstrips in times of war and other emergencies.

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The Boston University Bridge is the only place in the world where a boat can sail under a train driving under a car driving under an airplane.

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Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs have only about ten.

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

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In every episode of Seinfeld, there is a superman somewhere.

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February 1965 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.

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The cruise liner, Queen Elisabeth II, moves only six inches for every gallon of diesel fuel that it burns.

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Isaac Asimov is the only author to have a book published in every major Dewey Decimal category.

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Columbia University is the second largest landowner in New York City, after the Catholic Church.

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Cat urine glows under a black light.

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Back in the mid-80s, an IBM compatible computer wasn’t considered 100% compatible unless it could run Microsoft’s Flight Simulator.

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Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.

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In the last 4000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.

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Babies are born without kneecaps. They don’t appear until the child is 2-6 years of age.

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Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.

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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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The most common name in the world is Mohammed.

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

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No NFL team which plays its home games in a dome has ever won a Superbowl.

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The first toilet ever seen on TV was on “Leave it to Beaver.”

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In the Great Fire of London in 1666, half of the city was burned down but only 6 people were injured.

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One of the reasons marijuana is illegal today is because cotton growers in the 30s lobbied against hemp farmers—they saw them as competitors.

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Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 years old.

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The name Wendy was made up for the book “Peter Pan”.

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The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life”