View Full Version : Sixty-odd Amazing-but-True Facts!

Mota Boy
04-20-2005, 02:08 PM
Holy mother of God am I ever bored...

Touch-tone telephone keypads were originally planned to have buttons for
Police and Fire Departments, but they were replaced with * and # when the
project was cancelled in favor of developing the 911 system.

The Venezuelan brown bat can detect and dodge individual raindrops in
mid-flight, arriving safely back at his cave completely dry.

King Henry VIII slept with a gigantic axe.

Legislation passed during WWI making it illegal to say "gesundheit" to a
sneezer was never repealed.

Smearing a small amount of dog feces on an insect bite will relieve the
itching and swelling.

Catfish are the only animals that naturally have an ODD number of

In the weightlessness of space a frozen pea will explode if it comes in
contact with Pepsi.

Due to the angle at which the optic nerve enters the brain, staring at a
blue surface during sex greatly increases the intensity of orgasms.

Never hold your nose and cover your mouth when sneezing, as it can blow
out your eyeballs.

The increased electricity used by modern appliances is causing a shift in
the Earth's magnetic field. By the year 2327, the North Pole will be
located in mid-Kansas, while the South Pole will be just off the coast of
East Africa.

The idea for "tribbles" in "Star Trek" came from gerbils, since some
gerbils are actually born pregnant.

A team of University of Virginia researchers released a study promoting
the practice of picking one's nose, claiming that the health benefits of
keeping nasal passages free from infectious blockages far outweigh the
negative social connotations.

Johnny Plessey batted .331 for the Cleveland Spiders in 1891, even though
he spent the entire season batting with a rolled-up, lacquered copy of the
Toledo Post-Dispatch.

A duck's quack is the only sound that doesn't echo.

If the amount of alcohol consumed in Ireland in a single day were instead burned for fuel, it could power the country for three months.

The Boeing 747 is capable of flying upside-down if it weren't for the fact
that the wings would shear off when trying to roll it over.

Human saliva has a boiling point three times that of regular water.

The trucking company Elvis Presley worked at as a young man was owned by
Frank Sinatra.

The only golf course on the island of Tonga has 15 holes, and there's no
penalty if a monkey steals your golf ball.

Manatees possess vocal chords which give them the ability to speak like
humans, but don't do so because they have no ears with which to hear the

The city of Helsinki, Finland has the highest number of venereal diseases per capita of any major city, with 4.

SCUBA divers cannot pass gas at depths of 33 feet or below.

Replying more than 100 times to the same piece of spam e-mail will
overwhelm the sender's system and interfere with their ability to send any
more spam.

Polar bears can eat as many as 86 penguins in a single sitting.

The first McDonald's restaurant opened for business in 1952 in Edinburgh,
Scotland, and featured the McHaggis sandwich.

The Air Force's F-117 fighter uses aerodynamics discovered during research
into how bumblebees fly.

You *can* get blood from a stone, but only if contains at least 17 percent

Silly Putty was "discovered" as the residue left behind after the first
latex condoms were produced. It's not widely publicized for obvious

Approximately one-sixth of your life is spent on Wednesdays.

The skin needed for elbow transplants must be taken from the scrotum of a

The sport of jai alai originated from a game played by Incan priests who
held cats by their tails and swung at leather balls. The cats would
instinctively grab at the ball with their claws, thus enabling players to
catch them.

A cat's purr has the same romance-enhancing frequency as the voice of
singer Barry White.

Male rhesus monkeys often hang from tree branches by their amazing
prehensile penises.

The typewriter was invented by Hungarian immigrant Qwert Yuiop, who left
his "signature" on the keyboard.

The volume of water that the Giant Sequoia tree consumes in a 24-hour
period contains enough suspended minerals to pave 17.3 feet of a 4-lane
concrete freeway.

Because printed materials are being replaced by CD-ROM, microfiche and the
Internet, libraries that previously sank into their foundations under the
weight of their books are now in danger of collapsing in extremely high

In 1843, a Parisian street mime got stuck in his imaginary box and
consequently died of starvation.

Calvin, of the "Calvin and Hobbes" comic strip, was patterned after
President Calvin Coolidge, who had a pet tiger as a boy.

Watching an hour-long soap opera burns more calories than watching a
three-hour baseball game.

Until 1978, Camel cigarettes contained minute particles of real camels.

You can actually sharpen the blades on a pencil sharpener by wrapping your
pencils in aluminum foil before inserting them.

To human taste buds, Zima is virtually indistinguishable from zebra urine.

Seven out of every ten hockey-playing Canadians will lose a tooth during a
game. For Canadians who don't play hockey, that figure drops to five out
of ten.

A dog's naked behind leaves absolutely no bacteria when pressed against

Among items left behind at Osama bin Laden's headquarters in Afghanistan
were 27 issues of Mad Magazine. Al Qaeda members have admitted that bin
Laden is reportedly an avid reader.

Urine from male cape water buffaloes is so flammable that some tribes use
it for lantern fuel.

At the first World Cup championship in Uruguay, 1930, the soccer balls
were actually monkey skulls wrapped in paper and leather.

Every Labrador retriever dreams about bananas.

If you put a bee in a film canister for two hours, it will go blind and
leave behind its weight in honey.

Centuries ago, purchasing real estate often required having one or more
limbs amputated in order to prevent the purchaser from running away to
avoid repayment of the loan. Hence an expensive purchase was said to cost
"an arm and a leg."

When Mahatma Gandhi died, an autopsy revealed five gold Krugerrands in his
small intestine.

Aardvarks are allergic to radishes, but only during summer months.

Coca-Cola was the favored drink of Pharaoh Ramses. An inscription found in
his tomb, when translated, was found to be almost identical to the recipe
used today.

If you part your hair on the right side, you were born to be carnivorous.
If you part it on the left, your physical and psychological make-up is
that of a vegetarian.

When immersed in liquid, a dead sparrow will make a sound like a crying

In WWII the US military planned to airdrop over France propaganda in the
form of Playboy magazine, with coded messages hidden in the models'
turn-ons and turn-offs. The plan was scrapped because of a staple shortage
due to rationing of metal.

Although difficult, it's possible to start a fire by rapidly rubbing
together two Cool Ranch Doritos.

Napoleon's favorite type of wood was knotty chestnut.

The world's smartest pig, owned by a mathematics teacher in Madison, WI,
memorized the multiplication tables up to 12.

Due to the natural "momentum" of the ocean, saltwater fish cannot swim

In ancient Greece, children of wealthy families were dipped in olive oil
at birth to keep them hairless throughout their lives.

It is nearly three miles farther to fly from Amarillo, Texas to
Louisville, Kentucky than it is to return from Louisville to Amarillo.

The "nine lives" attributed to cats is probably due to their having nine
primary whiskers.

The original inspiration for Barbie dolls comes from dolls developed by
German propagandists in the late 1930s to impress young girls with the
ideal notions of Aryan features. The proportions for Barbie were actually
based on those of Eva Braun.

Mr. T
04-20-2005, 02:09 PM
Holy mother of God am I ever bored....
Yup you are bored dude :p

04-20-2005, 02:20 PM
Cute. Composed it yourself?

04-20-2005, 02:23 PM
Damn, you really must have nothing to do.

04-20-2005, 02:29 PM
You are very original.

04-20-2005, 02:31 PM
I do like the progression from semi-believable to completely ridiculous. Cheers.

04-20-2005, 02:36 PM
Gaygooled (http://www.google.co.uk/search?sourceid=mozclient&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&q=%22The+idea+for+%22tribbles%22+in+%22Star+Trek%2 2+came+from+gerbils%2C+since+some%22)


04-20-2005, 02:37 PM
That takes away 3/4 of your credit...

04-20-2005, 02:40 PM
Yeah I suspected it was stolen from somewhere but I saw that Mota gave credit to no one, and instead stressed that he was bored, so I figured maybe it came from him. Who knows.

04-20-2005, 02:46 PM
Mota you dirty *insert your nationality here*.

Mota Boy
04-21-2005, 07:00 AM
The "bored" was a half-apology for posting spam. I did, however, take the liberty to edit it so that it started off semi-believable before progressing to insanity. I also began adding a few myself, but then I got an early reprieve from work, threw it up here and skipped off into the sunset.

I might dig up something I wrote myself later or compose something original to atone.

04-21-2005, 07:01 AM
Mota's a Yank.

The city of Helsinki, Finland has the highest number of venereal diseases per capita of any major city, with 4.
You ought to be glad you didn't make these up yourself because DAMN I would've smacked you for that one.

04-21-2005, 07:37 AM
lolz it's really leik at least 5

04-21-2005, 07:39 AM
Fuck you, Frisbee Boy.

Mota Boy
04-21-2005, 08:12 AM
You ought to be glad you didn't make these up yourself because DAMN I would've smacked you for that one.
Actually, that was one of my contributions.

04-21-2005, 08:14 AM
I so knew it.

You cruel bastard. I'll VD you one day, I swear to God I will.

If I were you, I'd invest on a man's chastity belt because you better watch it.

PS. Am so wounded. :[

04-21-2005, 08:24 AM
Due to the angle at which the optic nerve enters the brain, staring at a
blue surface during sex greatly increases the intensity of orgasms.[/PHP]

ill try that