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5 years ago: The first successful cloning of human embryo

30 years ago: The computer mouse was invented.

100 years ago: The first virus was found in both plants and animals.

Honey is the only food that does not spoil. Honey found in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs has been tasted by archaeologists and found edible.

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

Coca-Cola would be green if coloring weren't added to it.

Coca-Cola translated in Chinese means,"To make mouth happy".

On average a hedgehog's heart beats 300 times a minute.

More people are killed each year from bees than from snakes.

The average lead pencil will draw a line 35 miles long or write approximately 50,000 English words.

More people are allergic to cow's milk than any other food.

Camels have three eyelids to protect themselves from blowing sand.

The placement of a donkey's eyes in its' heads enables it to see all four feet at all times!

The six official languages of the United Nations are: English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish.

Earth is the only planet not named after a god.

It's against the law to burp, or sneeze in a church in Nebraska, USA.

You're born with 300 bones, but by the time you become an adult, you only have 206.

Some worms will eat themselves if they can't find any food!

Dolphins sleep with one eye open!

It is impossible to sneeze with your eyes open

The worlds oldest piece of chewing gum is 9000 years old!

The longest recorded flight of a chicken is 13 seconds

Queen Elizabeth I regarded herself as a paragon of cleanliness. She declared that she bathed once every three months, whether she needed it or not

Slugs have 4 noses.

Owls are the only birds who can see the colour blue.

A man named Charles Osborne had the hiccups for 69 years!

A giraffe can clean its ears with its 21-inch tongue!

The average person laughs 10 times a day!

An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain

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

A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

A cat's urine glows under a blacklight.

Cats sleep 16 to 18 hours per day.

A cat's jaws cannot move sideways.

A roach will live nine days without it's head, before it starves to death.

A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.

A crocodile’s tongue is attached to the roof of its mouth.

Crocodiles swallow stones to help them dive deeper.

A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.

A dragonfly has a lifespan of 24 hours.

A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.

The common goldfish is the only animal that can see both infra-red and ultra-violet light.

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

All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.

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

Almonds are a member of the peach family.

Americans on the average eat 18 acres of pizza every day.

Amount American Airlines saved in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first class: $40,000.

Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour

Chances of a white Christmas in New York: 1 in 4.

Chances that an American lives within 50 miles of where they grew up: 1 in 2.

City with the most Rolls Royce's per capita: Hong Kong.

Did you know that you are more likely to be killed by a champagne cork than by a poisonous spider?

Dreamt is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt."

Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than for the US Treasury.

Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie.

Humans and dolphins are the only species that have sex for pleasure.

If you fart consistently for 6 years and 9 months, enough gas is produced to create the energy of an atomic bomb.

If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days, you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee.

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

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

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

Los Angeles's full name is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula" - and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size: "L.A."

Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.

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

Mr. Rogers is an ordained minister.

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

On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament Building is an American flag.

On an American one-dollar bill, there is an owl in the upper left-hand corner of the "1" encased in the "shield" and a spider hidden in the front upper right-hand corner.

Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.

Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people do.

Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.

Smartest dogs: 1) border collie; 2) poodle; 3) golden retriever. Dumbest dog: Afghan.

Some lions mate over 50 times a day.

Starfishes haven't got brains.

State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska.

The Hawaiian alphabet has 12 letters.

The ant can lift 50 times its own weight, can pull 30 times its own weight and always falls over on its right side when intoxicated.

The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.

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

The catfish has over 27,000 taste buds, that makes the catfish rank #1 for animal having the most taste buds.

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."

The flea can jump 350 times its body length, that is like a human jumping the length of a football field.

The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.

The longest one-syllable word in the English language is "screeched."

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

The name for Oz in the "Wizard of Oz" was thought up when the creator, Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N, and O-Z, hence "Oz."

The national anthem of Greece has 158 verses. No one in Greece has memorized all 158 verses.

The only real person to be a Pez head was Betsy Ross.

There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.

There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.

There are more chickens than people in the world.

There are only four words in the English language which end in "-dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.

Tigers have stripped skin, not just stripped fur.

Two-thirds of the world's eggplant is grown in New Jersey.

When the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers play football at home, the stadium becomes the state's third largest city.

Nearly a third of all bottled drinking water purchased in the US is contaminated with bacteria.

You are more likely to be struck by lightning than to be eaten by a shark.

You are more likely to be infected by flesh-eating bacteria than you are to be struck by lightning.

On a plane, if the passenger in your seat on the incoming flight had serious gas, then you are sitting on a cushion full of disease-causing microbes.

Homely criminals get 50% longer jail sentences, on average, than good-looking criminals.

In 1994, electromagnetic interference (EMI) from a nearby cellular telephone captivated a power wheelchair at a scenic vista in Colorado, sending the passenger over a cliff.

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?

Work kills more people than war.

More people working in advertising died on the job in 1996 than died while working in petroleum refining.

Stewardesses is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.

Average lifespan of a major league baseball is 7 pitches.

Nearly 91% of all senior citizens rely on prescription drugs on a regular basis.

Prescription drugs kill over 100,000 annually.

The ten commandments we always see aren't the ten commandments.

The CIA commits over 100,000 serious crimes each year.

Around one quarter of "witches" were men.

More money is spent on gardening than on any other hobby.

In 2005, the country of Angola, had the highest infant mortality rate in the World with over 187 deaths per 1,000 births.

The numbers '172' can be found on the back of the U.S. $5 dollar bill in the bushes at the base of the Lincoln Memorial.

In the average lifetime, a person will walk the equivalent of 5 times around the equator.

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

According to suicide statistics, Monday is the favored day for self-destruction.

The suicide rate is highest among the elderly.

The most common name in the world is Mohammed.

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.

Karoke means "empty orchestra" in Japanese.

Rhode Island is the smallest state with the longest name. The official name, used on all state documents, is "Rhode Island and Providence Plantations."

When you die your hair still grows for a couple of months

There are two credit cards for every person in the United States.

The world's museums contain innumerable fakes.

Isaac Asimov is the only author to have a book in every Dewey-decimal category.

The most money ever paid for a cow in an auction was $1.3 million.

The Neanderthal's brain was bigger than yours.

On the new hundred dollar bill the time on the clock tower of Independence Hall is 4:10.

The police aren't legally obligated to protect you.

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.

The sound of E.T. walking was made by someone squishing her hands in jelly.

The pancreas produces Insulin.

1 in 5,000 north Atlantic lobsters are born bright blue.

On average, there are 178 sesame seeds on each McDonalds BigMac bun.

Minus 40 degrees Celsius is exactly the same as minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Medication errors kill thousands each year.

There are 10 human body parts that are only 3 letters long (eye hip arm leg ear toe jaw rib lip gum).

A skunk's smell can be detected by a human a mile away.

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

Mario, of Super Mario Bros. fame, appeared in the 1981 arcade game, Donkey Kong. His original name was Jumpman, but was changed to Mario to honor the Nintendo of America's landlord, Mario Segali.

The three best-known western names in China: Jesus Christ, Richard Nixon, and Elvis Presley.

Every year about 98% of the atoms in your body are replaced.

Elephants are the only mammals that can't jump.

The elephant is the only animal with 4 knees.

Elephants have been known to remain standing after they die.

On average, Elephants sleep for about 2 hours per day.

Every day, an average of 40 people get hurt on a trampoline.

Women are 37% more likely to go to a psychiatrist than men are.

The human heart creates enough pressure to squirt blood 30 feet (9 m).

A car traveling 100 mph would take more than 29 million years to reach the nearest star.

American car horns beep in the tone of F.

February is Black History Month.

"Goodbye" came from "God bye" which came from "God be with you."

There are twice as many kangaroos in Australia as there are people. The kangaroo population is estimated at about 40 million.

Police dogs are trained to react to commands in a foreign language; commonly German but more recently Hungarian.

The average person makes about 1,140 telephone calls each year.

Stressed is Desserts spelled backwards.

You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching TV.

When glass breaks, the cracks move at speeds of up to 3,000 miles per hour.

The citrus soda 7-UP was created in 1929; "7" was selected because the original containers were 7 ounces. "UP" indicated the direction of the bubbles.

The average person spends about 2 years on the phone in a lifetime.

The largest number of children born to one woman is recorded at 69. From 1725-1765, a Russian peasant woman gave birth to 16 sets of twins, 7 sets of triplets, and 4 sets of quadruplets.

The roar that we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound of blood surging through the veins in the ear. Any cup-shaped object placed over the ear produces the same effect.

Children grow faster in the springtime.

All polar bears are left handed.

Canada is an Indian word meaning "Big Village".

Los Angeles's full name is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula" and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size, "L.A."

Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.

A quarter has 119 grooves around the edge.

Cranberries are sorted for ripeness by bouncing them; a fully ripened cranberry can be dribbled like a basketball.

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

A donkey will sink in quicksand but a mule won't.

The only planet without a ring is earth.

The average garden variety caterpillar has 248 muscles in its head.

Pearls melt in vinegar.

The electric chair was invented by a dentist.

Halloween began in the Middle Ages, when beggars collected cakes in exchange for praying for the dead.

Rice paper does not have any rice in it.

Fingernails grow nearly 4 times faster than toenails.

Fingernails grow faster on the hand you use most.

Swallowed gum is usually passed through within 24 hours.

A mosquito has 47 teeth.

Shark's teeth are literally as hard as steel.

Lobsters have blue blood.

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

Sharks are immune to cancer.

The largest eggs in the world are laid by a shark.

15 million blood cells are produced and destroyed in the human body every second.

Every minute, 30-40,000 dead skin cells fall from your body.

In your lifetime, you'll shed over 40 pounds of skin.

Our eyes are always the same size from birth.

House flies have a lifespan of two weeks.

Sunlight takes about 8 minutes & 20 seconds to reach the Earth at 186,282 miles/sec

The Earth weighs 6.6 sextillion tons.

A bolt of lightning is six times hotter than the Sun.

Every year in the US, 625 people are struck by lightning.

Hawaii is moving toward Japan 4 inches every year.

Due to gravitational effects, you weigh slightly less when the moon is directly overhead.

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

Super Glue was invented by accident.

Nearly 90% of American teens used the Internet in 2005.

Om average people fear spiders more than death.

Oak trees do no produce acorns until they are fifty years of age or older.

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

A sneeze can travel as fast as 100 miles an hour.

A horse can sleep standing up.

America once issued a 5-cent bill.

The lifespan of a taste bud is 10 days.

The shrimp's heart is in it's head.

Snakes do sleep, but they can't close their eyes.

There is a person in the UK whose actual legal name is Darth Vader.

Over 1,000 birds die a year from smashing into windows.

The average 4-year-old child asks over 400 questions a day.

The only predator that polar bears have are humans.

Beavers dance when you play music.

A snail can sleep for 3 years.

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