Cool, strange and interesting facts page 1

Fact 1. In the 19th century, it was common practice for a Japanese woman to dye their teeth black. They believed that this enhanced sex appeal and maintained healthier teeth.

Fact 2. In the 20th century, over three million people have died from earthquakes.

Fact 3. In the dry valleys region of Antarctica, it has not rained in 2 million years according to scientists

Fact 4. In the early nineteenth century some advertisements claimed that riding the carousel was good for the circulation of blood.

Fact 5. In the first century, people used to drink goats milk to sweeten their breath.

Fact 6. In the game of Monopoly, the most landed on properties are B&O Railroad, Illinois Avenue, and “Go.”

Fact 7. In the great fire of London in 1666 half of London was burnt down but only 6 people were injured

Fact 8. In the Great Fire of London in 1666, only six people were killed.

Fact 9. In the last 30 years, only seven people have been killed by a polar bear in Canada.

Fact 10. In the late 1800’s, washing machines and butter churners were sometimes powered by dogs walking on treadmills.

Fact 11. In the marriage ceremony of the Ancient Inca Indians of Peru, the couple was considered officially wed when they took off their sandals and handed them to each other.

Fact 12. In the Middle Ages, peacocks and swans were sometimes served at Christmas dinners.

Fact 13. In the movie “Babe”, the piglet was played by over 30 different piglets they outgrew the part so quickly during the production of the film.

Fact 14. In the movie “Gandhi” 300,000 extras appeared in the funeral scene. Of the 300,000, approximately 100,000 received a small fee, and the other 200,000 did it for free.

Fact 15. In the movie “The Exorcist” the vomit that (Regan) Linda Blair hurls at Father Damien Karras is thick pea soup.

Fact 16. In the movie “The Matrix Reloaded” a 17 minute battle scene cost over $40 million to produce.

Fact 17. In the movie Psycho by Alfred Hitchcock, chocolate syrup was used for blood in the shower scene.

Fact 18. In the Netherlands, there are special traffic lanes for bicycles. There are approximately 17,000 kms of cycle lanes with special bicycle traffic lights.

Fact 19. In the original movie “101 Dalmatians,” there are exactly 6,469,952 spots on all 101 Dalmatians as they are shown in 113,760 frames of the film combined.

Fact 20. In the Pacific Islands when people get burns they often use a banana leaf as treatment.

Fact 21. In the past 60 years, the groundhog has only predicted the weather correctly 28% of the time. The rushing back and forth from burrows is believed to indicate sexual activity, not shadow seeking.

Fact 22. In the Sahara Desert, there is a town named Tidikelt, which did not receive a drop of rain for ten years.

Fact 23. In the spring of 1975, a baby in Detroit fell 14 stories and landed on Joseph Figlock, who was walking below. A few years later it happened again. Figlock and both babies survived.

Fact 24. In the summer of 1858, the smell of the sewage in the Thames River in London was so bad that the Members of Parliament had to leave from the chamber of the House of Commons. This was a result of two million people dumping all their sewage into the river.

Fact 25. In the U.S. 7 out of 10 homes use candles.

Fact 26. In the U.S. peanuts account for 66% of all snack nuts.

Fact 27. In the U.S. the most common excuse made to get out of paying a ticket is to say they missed the sign.

Fact 28. In the U.S. there are approximately 65.8 million cats.

Fact 29. In the U.S. there is, on average, three sex change operations per day.

Fact 30. In the U.S., 75% of the pencils sold are painted yellow.

Fact 31. In the U.S., approximately 46% of the chicken that is eaten by people comes from restaurants or other food outlets.

Fact 32. In the U.S., over 35 million people have used some sort of illegal drug in the last year.

Fact 33. In the U.S., over one million gallons of cosmetics, drinks, and lotions are sold that contain aloe in them per year.

Fact 34. In the U.S., over one million gallons of cosmetics, drinks, and lotions are sold that contain aloe in them per year.

Fact 35. In the U.S., the milk production per dairy cow is approximately 12,000 pounds.

Fact 36. In the U.S., the sport that causes the most injuries among the age group of 15-24 is basketball.

Fact 37. In the UK, one third of accidental deaths that happen occur in the home.

Fact 38. In the United Kingdom, three million people play bingo every year.

Fact 39. In the United States birds and planes collided more than 22,000 times between the years of 1990 and 1998.

Fact 40. In the United States there are about three million honey producing colonies.

Fact 41. In the United States, 8.5 million cosmetic surgical and non-surgical procedures were done in the year 2001.

Fact 42. In the United States, 80% of households have oatmeal in their kitchen.

Fact 43. In the United States, about 33% of land is covered by forests.

Fact 44. In the United States, approximately 135 million cars travel every day on the streets, roads, and interstates.

Fact 45. In the United States, approximately 25,000 eye injuries occur that result in the person becoming totally blind.

Fact 46. In the United States, approximately 50 million people fish per year.

Fact 47. In the United States, approximately seven billion pounds of chocolate and candy are manufactured each year.

Fact 48. In the United States, every year about 15 people die from dog bites.

Fact 49. In the United States, ice cream is sold the most on a Sunday.

Fact 50. In the United States, lightning hits the ground 40 million times a year.

Fact 51. In the United States, more than 4.2 million couples live together that are not married.

Fact 52. In the United States, poisoning is the fourth leading cause of death among children.

Fact 53. In the United States, six tubs of Cool Whip, a brand of whipping cream, are sold every second.

Fact 54. In the United States, the first cookbook was published in 1796 and it contained a recipes for watermelon rind pickles.

Fact 55. In the United States, the most frequent month for a tornado to occur is in May.

Fact 56. In the United States, turkeys are mostly raised in California.

Fact 57. In the United States, you are more likely to be killed by a bee sting than a shark attack.

Fact 58. In the USA, 32% of employees eat lunch and work at the same time.

Fact 59. In the Victoria era, red tulips were a declaration of love.

Fact 60. In the wild, the poinsettia flower can reach a height of 12 feet, and have leaves that are eight inches across.

Fact 61. In the world, the Netherlands has the highest concentration of museums in the world. Just in Amsterdam alone there are 42 museums.

Fact 62. In the world, the United States and France have the most pet dogs. Approximately one out of every three families has a pet dog. Switzerland and Germany are the lowest only having one dog per every ten families.

Fact 63. In the year 1900, for a women to be a telephone operator she had to be between the ages of 17 and 26 and not be married.

Fact 64. In the year 2000, there were approximately 11,000 injuries that were treated in a hospital in the U.S. that resulted from fireworks.

Fact 65. In their lifetime, house cats spend approximately 10,950 hours purring

Fact 66. In total, Americans eat more than 45 billion sandwiches each year, while sales of custom-made sandwiches are rising 15 percent per year.

Fact 67. In twins, there is a great chance that one will be left handed.

Fact 68. In World War II, the German submarine U-120 was sunk by a malfunctioning toilet.

Fact 69. In WWII, when allied armies reached the Rhine River the first thing men did was pee in it. This was pretty universal from the lowest private to Winston Churchill (who made a big show of it). Gen. Patton had himself photographed in the act.

Fact 70. In-vitro babies are born in Australia more than any other country in the world.

Fact 71. Incas used to create pots in the shape of peanuts that were highly prized.

Fact 72. India has a Bill of Rights for cows.

Fact 73. India has the most post offices in the world.

Fact 74. India used to be the richest country in the world until the British invasion in the early 17th Century.

Fact 75. Indonesia consists only of islands – 13,667 altogether.

Fact 76. Infants spend more time dreaming than adults do.

Fact 77. Influenza caused over twenty-one million deaths in 1918.

Fact 78. Initially golf balls were made out of wood. After that they were made out of leather which was stuffed with feathers.

Fact 79. Instead of a birthday cake, many children in Russia are given a birthday pie.

Fact 80. Instead of a Birthday Cake, many Russian children are given a Birthday Pie.

Fact 81. Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

Fact 82. Irish Wolfhound dogs have a short lifespan and live about 7-8 years.

Fact 83. Ironically, watermelons, which are 92% water, originated from the Kalahari Desert in Africa.

Fact 84. Ironically, when doctors in Los Angeles, California went on strike in 1976, the daily number of deaths in the city dropped 18%.

Fact 85. Isaac Asimov is the only author to have a book in every Dewey-decimal category.

Fact 86. Isaac Newton used to be a member of parliament.

Fact 87. Istanbul, Turkey is the only city in the world located on two continents.

Fact 88. It can take up to a month for a rattlesnake to re-supply its venom.

Fact 89. It cost the soft drink industry $100 million a year for thefts committed involving vending machines.

Fact 90. It costs about 3 cents to make a $1 bill in the United States.

Fact 91. It has been medically been proven that laughter is an effective pain killer.

Fact 92. It has been suggested that shepherds are responsible for inventing the game golf. It is said that they used to use their staffs to hit the stones.

Fact 93. It is common in Israel and Egypt to eat watermelon with feta cheese.

Fact 94. It is estimated that 93% of American children will go out trick or treating for Halloween.

Fact 95. It is estimated that by the end of 2000, there has been 142,600 tonnes of gold mined in the world.

Fact 96. It is estimated that over fifty-four million people died in World War II, which was the bloodiest war in history.

Fact 97. It is impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

Fact 98. It is not possible to tickle yourself. The cerebellum, a part of the brain, warns the rest of the brain that you are about to tickle yourself. Since your brain knows this, it ignores the resulting sensation.

Fact 99. It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.

Fact 100. It is possible to get high by licking a toad. The Cane Toad produces a toxin called bufotenine to ward off predators. When licked, this toxin acts as a hallucinogen.

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