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STRANGE FACTS and FIGURES

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

Many years ago in Scotland, a new game was invented. It was ruled "Gentlemen Only...Ladies Forbidden"...and thus the word GOLF entered into the English language.

The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV were Fred and Wilma Flintstone

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

Coca-Cola was originally green.

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

Witch Facts: The word witch comes from the saxon word 'wicca' meaning 'wise one'. Under the act of 1670 any woman who enticed a man into matrimony by using false hair, artifical teeth, high-heeled shoes or bolstered hips could be convicted of witchcraft. In England the death penalty for witchcraft was abolished in 1736, however the last legal execution of a witch was in 1782 in Switzerland. Witch Hazel got its name because a twig of it was supposed to twitch if pointed at a witch. In his 14 month career as Witch-Finder General (1645-46) Matthew Hopkins was responible for the execution of some 200-400 witches in East Anglia. During the second World War a coven of witches aided the Allies by beaming thoughts across to Hilter's brian telling him that he could not cross the channel. It is said that the effort was so great that all those who took part died soon after. A woman was hanged in Yeovil in 1658 because she was said to have given a bite of an apple to a young boy which caused him to fly 300 yards.

The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28% (now get this...) The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%

The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $6,400

The average number of people airborne over the US any given hour: 61,000

Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.

The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.

Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history: Spades - King David Hearts - Charlemagne Clubs -Alexander, the Great Diamonds - Julius Caesar

Nature's Weather Predictors: On the day of the tsunami (Boxing Day 26th Dec 2004) elephants were heard wailing at 6am, and their cries went on for hours only stopping just minutes before the wave hit, by which time many had moved inland and to safety. Dogs were also reported to have barked incessantly. The thickness of a dead goose's breatbone has been said to indicate the harshness of the coming winter. It is said that cows lie down when rain is expected in order to keep a dry spot for themselves. When hurricane Charley approached the west coast of Florida in August 2004 scientic research equipment recorded a mass exodus of 14 electronically tagged blacktip sharks, who stayed away for two weeks before returning to calm waters. Legend has it that squirrels gathering nuts in a flurry 'will cause snow to gather in a hurry'.

Turkey Facts: The Spanish brought the Turkey from the Americas to Europe. The English then called it Turkey, thinking it to be a type of guinea fowl, which they called a Turkeyhen, or Turkeycock, because Turkisk merchants brought it from Turkey. In Turkey they call the bird the 'American Bird'. The flap of skin that hangs over a turkey's beak is called a snood and the flap under the chin is a wattle. The bright growths under the throat are called caruncle and turn red during courtship or when angry. The collective term for turkeys is a rafter. Benjamin Franklin wanted to make it America's national bird instead of the bald-headed eagle. Jeffrey Hudson (1619-82), court dwarf to Charles I survived a duel when he was pitted against a fighting turkey cock. A baby turkey is called a poult, a male turkey is a Tom or gobbler.

111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

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 5 years later.

Q. Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of what? A. Their birthplace

Q. Most boat owners name their boats. What is the most popular boat name requested? A. Obsession

Q. If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until you would find the letter "A"? A. One thousand

Q. What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers all have in common? A. All invented by women.

Q. What is the only food that doesn't spoil? A. Honey

Q. Which day are there more collect calls than any other day of the year? A. Father's Day

In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase......... "goodnight, sleep tight."

It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month which we know today as the honeymoon.

On August 10th 2004, two days after the death of King Kong actress Fay Wray, the lights on the Empire State Building in New York City (scene of the climx from the classic 1933 film) were dimmed for 15 minutes in her memory.

Mosquito repellents don't repel. They hide you. The spray blocks the mosquito's sensors so they don't know you're there.

Dentists have recommended that a toothbrush be kept at least 6 feet away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush.

The liquid inside young coconuts can be used as substitute for blood plasma.

No piece of paper can be folded in half more than 7 times.

Donkeys kill more people annually than plane crashes.

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

Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise.

Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning.

The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets.

Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin.

The first owner of the Marlboro Company died of lung cancer.

Pearls melt in vinegar.

The three most valuable brand names on earth: Marlboro, Coca-Cola, and Budweiser, in that order.

It is possible to lead a cow upstairs...but not downstairs.

A duck's quack doesn't echo and no one knows why.

Turtles can breathe through their butts.

On average, 100 people choke to death on ball-point pens every year.

Elephants are the only animals that can't jump.

Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

It's physically impossible for you to lick your elbow.

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.

A snail can sleep for three years.

No word in the English language rhymes with "MONTH."

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

All polar bears are left handed.

A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.

Almost everyone who reads this email will try to lick their elbow.





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