A wise person once told me that his personal philosophy for life was to try to learn something new everyday. Truly inspirational, and I endeavour to model my own behavior in line with that theory. Studies have shown that exercising one’s brain is the best way to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s. I have been spending a fair amount of time perusing the internet, and John commented about it this morning. I responded that I was increasing my intelligence and sharpening my mental acuity. This was a bit of a stretch, considering that I was researching obscure facts. I am sharing some of my new-found knowledge in this Friday’s post. You might be able to work one or more of these facts into a conversation someday to impress your audience. Please be advised that I haven’t verified the accuracy all of these statements yet – but I did find the information on the internet – SO IT MUST BE TRUE.
1. ALMOST is the longest word in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order.
2. The longest one syllable word in the English language is SCREECHED.
3. There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with ORANGE, PURPLE, SILVER or MONTH.
4. The sentence “THE QUICK BROWN FOX JUMPS OVER A LAZY DOG” uses every letter of the alphabet.
5. There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.
6. The electric chair was invented by a dentist.
7. It is impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
8. Your thumb is the same length as your nose.
9. The length of your forearm from elbow to wrist is the same length as your foot from heel to toe.
10. Human thigh bones are stronger than concrete.
11. You are born with 300 bones, but by the time you become an adult, you only have 206.
12. Babies are born without kneecaps. They don’t appear until a child is 2-3 years old.
13. Almonds are from the same plant group as peaches.
14. Honey is the only food that doesn’t spoil.
15. Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.
16. Camel’s milk does not curdle.
17. The elephant is the only mammal that can’t jump.
18. Bats always turn left when exiting a cave.
19. An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.
20. Giraffes can’t cough.
21. Starfish don’t have brains.
22. A rat can last longer without water than a camel.
23. Armadillos have four babies at a time and they are always the same-sex.
24. A duck’s quack doesn’t echo. No one knows why.
25. It is possible to lead a cow upstairs but not downstairs.
26. All porcupines can float in water.
27. Adolf Hitler was a vegetarian, and had only one testicle.
28. There are no clocks in Las Vegas casinos.
29. There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.
30. 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.
31. No piece of square dry paper can be folded more than 7 times in half.
32. If she were life-size, Barbie’s measurements would be 39-23-33.
33. Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.
34. The names of the continents all end with the same letter with which they start.
35. The most common name in the world is Mohammed.
36. Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 years old.
37. If Facebook were a country, it would be the third most populated in the world.
38. If the population of China walked past you in a single file line,
the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.
39. Toothpicks are the objects most choked on.
40. Charlie Brown’s father was a barber.
41. The groundhog is only accurate in predicting the weather 28% of the time.
42. The Mona Lisa has no eyebrows.
43. There is a city called Rome on every continent.
44. 98% of people can’t lick their own elbow.
45. 85% of people who read the previous statement just tried to lick their elbow.