Great Facts for those of us interested in important trivia
(104 of them now)


  1. Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated
  2. Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite
  3. There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar
  4. The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.
  5. Two thirds of the world's eggplant is grown in New Jersey.
  6. The longest one syllable word in the English language is "screeched."
  7. On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament building is an American flag.
  8. All of the clocks in the movie "Pulp Fiction" are stuck on 4:20
  9. No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.
  10. "Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt".
  11. All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.
  12. Almonds are a member of the peach family.
  13. Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.
  14. Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.
  15. Los Angeles' full name is"El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula"
  16. A "jiffy" is an actual unit of time for1/100th of a second.
  17. There's no Betty Rubble in the Flintstone Chewables.
  18. If you are an average American, you will spend an average of 6 months waiting at a red light in your whole life.
  19. A piece of square dry paper can not be folded more than 7 times in half
  20. The cruise liner, QE2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.
  21. Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.
  22. In most advertisements, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.
  23. Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.
  24. 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."
  25. A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.
  26. It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
  27. In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.
  28. The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket
  29. Mr. Rogers (from the children's' show) is an ordained minister
  30. The average person falls asleep in seven minutes
  31. There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.

Here are 23 more

  1. Debra Winger was the voice of E.T.
  2. Pearls melt in vinegar.
  3. Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.
  4. The 3 most valuable brand names on earth: Marlboro, Coca-Cola, and Budweiser, in that order.
  5. Ten percent of the Russian government's income comes from the sale of vodka.
  6. The sentence, "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog." uses every letter in the alphabet. (Developed by Western Union to Test telex/two communications)
  7. Average life span of a major league baseball: 7 pitches.
  8. The reason firehouses have circular 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.
  9. The airplane Buddy Holly died in was the "American Pie." (Thus the name of the Don McLean song.)
  10. Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history. Spades-King David; Clubs-Alexander the Great; Hearts-Charlemagne; and Diamonds- Julius Caesar.
  11. 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321
  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."
  13. Hershey's Kisses are called that because the machine that makes them looks like it's kissing the conveyor belt.
  14. The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for the "General Purpose vehicle, G.P.
  15. The highest point in Pennsylvania is lower than the lowest point in Colorado.
  16. The only two days of the year in which there are no professional sports games (MLB, NBA,NHL,or NFL), are the day before and the day after the Major League All-Star Game.
  17. The mask used by Michael Myers in the original "Halloween" was actually a Captain Kirk mask painted white.
  18. If you put a raisin in a glass of champagne, it will keep floating to the top and sinking to the bottom.
  19. Actor Tommy Lee Jones and vice-president Al Gore were freshman roommates at Harvard.
  20. James Doohan, who plays Lt. Commander Montgomery Scott on Star Trek, is missing the entire middle finger of his right hand.
  21. The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one mile in every five must be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips in times of war or other emergencies.
  22. The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV were Fred and Wilma Flintstone.
  23. Months that begin on a Sunday will always have a "Friday the 13th.

And still 20 more

  1. Coca-Cola was originally green.
  2. The liquid inside young coconuts can be used as a substitute for blood plasma.
  3. Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the US Treasury.
  4. Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better.
  5. The state with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska
  6. The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28% ( now get this...)
  7. The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%
  8. The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $6,400
  9. The average number of people airborne over the US any given hour: 61,000
  10. The youngest pope was 11 years old.
  11. The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.
  12. Those San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.
  13. 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.
  14. Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn't added until years later.
  15. What separates "60 Minutes," on CBS from every other TV show? No theme song (tick, tick, tick, tick....)
  16. Most boat owners name their boats. And the most popular boat name requested is "Obsession".
  17. Bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers,and laser printers were all invented by women.
  18. Donkeys kill more people annually than plane crashes.
  19. Honey is the only food that doesn't spoil.
  20. An ironic fact about Mel Blanc (voice of Bugs Bunny) is that he was allergic to carrots.
  21. And this one is neat ---Walt Disney was afraid of mice.
  22. An activity performed by 40% of all people at a party is to snoop in your medicine cabinet.
  23. Oak trees do not produce acorns until they are fifty (50) years of age or older.
  24. The first product to have a bar code was Wrigley's gum.
  25. The king of hearts is the only king without a mustache.
  26. American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one (1) olive from each salad served in first-class.
  27. Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise.
  28. Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning.
  29. Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin.
  30. The first owner of the Marlboro Company died of lung cancer. So did the first "Marlboro Man"
  31. The three most valuable brand names on earth: Marlboro, Coca Cola, and Budweiser, in that order.
  32. A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.
  33. Richard Millhouse Nixon was the first U.S. president whose name contains all the letters from the word "criminal." The second? William Jefferson Clinton.

Here are some more Human Related Facts

  1. Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.
  2. Babies are born without kneecaps. They don't appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age.
  3. Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks; otherwise it will digest itself.
  4. Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
  5. There are more chickens than people in the world.
  6. Humans are the only primates that don't have pigment in the palms of their hands.
  7. Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.
  8. Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
  9. The world's youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910.
  10. Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of their birthplace.
  11. Father's Day has more collect calls than any other day of the year.
  12. If the population of China walked past you in single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.
  13. You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television

And Still More Facts Animal or Nature Related

  1. In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
  2. Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds. Dogs only have about 10.
  3. A snail can sleep for three years.
  4. A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.
  5. A group of geese on the ground is a gaggle; a group of geese in the air is a skein.
  6. Did you know that crocodiles never outgrow the pool in which they live? That means that if you put a baby croc in an aquarium, it would be little for the rest of its life.
  7. A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
  8. An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.
  9. Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
  10. A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.
  11. A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours
  12. A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.
  13. The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.
  14. It takes 3,000 cows to supply the NFL with enough leather for a year's supply of footballs.
  15. A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.
  16. The fingerprints of Koala bears are virtually indistinguishable from those of humans, so much so that they could be confused at a crime scene.
  17. Snails can sleep for 3 years without eating.
  18. It's possible to lead a cow upstairs...but not downstairs.
Revised 2013 by Larry Gentleman