Cool, strange and interesting facts page 1

Fact 1. Amtrak is the combination of the words “American” and “Track”.

Fact 2. An acre of trees can remove about 13 tons of dust and gases every year from the surrounding environment.

Fact 3. An adult “Gold Frog” measures to be 9.8 millimeters in body length.

Fact 4. An adult esophagus can range from 10 to 14 inches in length and is one inch in diameter.

Fact 5. An adult porcupine has approximately 30,000 quills on its body, which are replaced every year.

Fact 6. An adult sheep can eat between 1 to 4 kg of food per day.

Fact 7. An airplane mechanic invented Slinky while he was playing with engine parts and realized the possible secondary use for the springs. Barbie was invented by Ruth Handler after watching her daughter play with baby dolls imagining then in grown up roles.

Fact 8. An alligator has about 80 teeth in its mouth at one time. An alligator can go through 3,000 teeth in a lifetime.

Fact 9. An American chews an average of 300 sticks of gum in a year.

Fact 10. An ant can detect a movement through 5 centimeters of earth.

Fact 11. An apple, potato, and onion all taste the same if you eat them with your nose plugged. They all taste sweet.

Fact 12. An armadillo can walk under water.

Fact 13. An artificial Christmas tree last up to six years in a home.

Fact 14. An artist from Chicago named Dwight Kalb created a statue of Madonna made out of 180 pounds of ham.

Fact 15. An average adult produces about half a litre of flatulent gas per day, resulting in an average of about fourteen occurrences of flatulence a day.

Fact 16. An average American child watches approximately 28 hours of television in one week.

Fact 17. An average American eats approximately 60 hot dogs per year.

Fact 18. An average city dog lives approximately three years longer than an average country dog.

Fact 19. An average driver spends approximately 2 hours and 14 minutes kissing in their car in a lifetime.

Fact 20. An average home creates more pollution than does the average car.

Fact 21. An average person consumes the equivalent of 26 gallons of milk a year, including almost 28 pounds of cheese.

Fact 22. An average person laughs about 15 times a day.

Fact 23. An average women has 17 square feet of skin. When a women is in her ninth month of pregnancy she has 18.5 square feet of skin.

Fact 24. An ear of corn consists of 80% water.

Fact 25. An earthquake on Dec. 16, 1811 caused parts of the Mississippi River to flow backwards.

Fact 26. An egg shell can have up to 17,000 tiny pores on its surface.

Fact 27. An elephant can live up to the age of seventy, or in some cases even more.

Fact 28. An elephant cannot jump.

Fact 29. An elephant in the wild can eat anywhere from 100 – 1000 pounds of vegetation in a 16 hour period.

Fact 30. An estimated 690 million people live in Africa.

Fact 31. An individual coral animal is called a polyp.

Fact 32. An octopus has three hearts.

Fact 33. An office desk has 400 times more bacteria than a toilet.

Fact 34. An olive tree can live up to 1500 years.

Fact 35. An orca whale can hold its breath for up to 15 minutes.

Fact 36. An ostrich’s eye is bigger that it’s brain.

Fact 37. An owl has three eyelids.

Fact 38. An oyster can change its gender.

Fact 39. Ancient Egyptian women used to wear perfume cones made of wax that would melt in the heat letting out a nice fragrance.

Fact 40. Ancient Egyptians believed that onions would keep evil spirits away.

Fact 41. Ancient Egyptians kissed with their noses instead of with their lips.

Fact 42. Ancient Egyptians used the spice Thyme to help preserve mummies.

Fact 43. Ancient Egyptians used to think having facial hair was an indication of personal neglect.

Fact 44. Ancient Romans at one time used human urine as an ingredient in their toothpaste.

Fact 45. Anise is the scent on the artificial rabbit that is used in greyhound races.

Fact 46. Annually 17 tons of gold is used to make wedding rings in the United States.

Fact 47. Annually 7 million tons of textiles and clothing is thrown out. Out of this, only 12% is used again or recycled.

Fact 48. Annually a thousand people are killed by scorpions in Mexico.

Fact 49. Annually Americans eat 45 million turkeys at Thanksgiving.

Fact 50. Annually, an Australian eats 15 kg of bananas, which comes out to 27 meters of bananas.

Fact 51. Annually, approximately 46 millions Cokes, five million pounds of french fries, and seven million hamburgers are consumed at Walt Disney World Resort.

Fact 52. Annually, British people eat more than 15 pounds of beans.

Fact 53. Annually, fires that occur at home kill more Americans than all natural disasters combined.

Fact 54. Another name for licorice is “Sweet Wood” or “Spanish Juice.”

Fact 55. Another way to say “every 9 years” is Novennial.

Fact 56. Another word for hiccups is “singultus.”

Fact 57. Another word to refer to old age is senectitude.

Fact 58. Antarctica is the only land on our planet that is not owned by any country.

Fact 59. Anti-American demonstrators protesting in Bangladesh after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks carried posters of Osama bin Laden sitting alongside Bert, a beloved Sesame Street Muppet character.

Fact 60. Ants do not sleep.

Fact 61. Any animal that has skin hair or fur can get dandruff, but in animals it is called “dander.”

Fact 62. Apple seeds are poisonous as they contain a cyanide compound.

Fact 63. Apples are part of the rose family

Fact 64. Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning.

Fact 65. Approximately 1 billion stamps are produced in Australia annually.

Fact 66. Approximately 1-2 calorie are burned a minute while watching T.V.

Fact 67. Approximately 10.5 gallons of water is used in a dishwasher. Washing the dishes by hand can use up to 20 gallons of water.

Fact 68. Approximately 100,000 people get married in Las Vegas each year.

Fact 69. Approximately 125 people die in the United States from an anaphylaxis to foods each year.

Fact 70. Approximately 18 billion disposable diapers end up in landfills each year. These diapers can takes as long as 500 years to finally decompose.

Fact 71. Approximately 20% of Americans have a passport.

Fact 72. Approximately 200 pets are buried in a pet cemetery out of the thousands of pets that die each day.

Fact 73. Approximately 25% of all scald burns to children are from hot tap water and is associated with more deaths than with any other liquid.

Fact 74. Approximately 25,000 workers died during the building of the Panama Canal and approximately 20,000 of them contracted malaria and yellow fever.

Fact 75. Approximately 40% of the states in the U.S. have severe, or extreme pollution problems.

Fact 76. Approximately 40% of the U.S. paper currency in circulation was counterfeit by the end of the Civil War.

Fact 77. Approximately 50% of Americans admit they have ran a red light.

Fact 78. Approximately 55% of movies released are Rated R.

Fact 79. Approximately 60% of the water used by households during the summer is used for watering flowers, and lawns.

Fact 80. Approximately 7.5% of all office documents get lost.

Fact 81. Approximately 71% of American chocolate eaters prefer to eat milk chocolate.

Fact 82. Approximately 75% of human poop is made of water.

Fact 83. Approximately 850 peanuts make a 18 oz jar of peanut butter.

Fact 84. Approximately 87% of dog owners say that when they watch T.V. their dog curls up beside them or at their feet.

Fact 85. Approximately 97.35618329% of all statistics are made up.

Fact 86. Approximately one out of every 55 women from Canada give birth in their car on the way to the hospital or clinic.

Fact 87. Approximately one out of four injuries by athletes involve the wrist and hand.

Fact 88. Approximately three jars of peanut butter are sold every second.

Fact 89. Approximately two gallons of water are used to brush your teeth.

Fact 90. Arabic numerals were not invented by Arabs, but were invented in India by the Hindus.

Fact 91. Archeologists report that cannabis was most likely the first plant cultivated by humans. Cannabis was used for linen, paper, and garments.

Fact 92. Archipelago is the word to describe a large group of islands that are located close together.

Fact 93. Armadillos breed in July, but get pregnant in November after delaying implantation. This allows the young to be born during the spring when there is an abundance of food.

Fact 94. Armadillos can be housebroken.

Fact 95. Armadillos have four babies at a time, and they are always the same sex.

Fact 96. Arnold Palmer was the first player to win $1 million on the PGA Tour.

Fact 97. Arthur Giblin was the inventor of the first “flushable” toilet.

Fact 98. As a defense mechanism, the North American Opossum closes its eyes and becomes totally limp. Basically it plays dead.

Fact 99. As an iceberg melts, it makes a fizzing sound because of the compressed air bubbles popping in the ice.

Fact 100. As part of the original design, the names of 72 French scientists and other famous people is imprinted on the sides of the Eiffel tower.

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