Ok, one more:
How about this.... The nursery rhyme Ring Around the Rosey is a rhyme about the plague. Infected people with the plague would get red circular sores ("Ring around the rosey..."), these sores would
smell very badly and common folks would put flowers on their bodies somewhere (inconspicuously), so that it would cover the smell of the sores ("...a pocket full of posies..."), People who died from
the plague would be burned so as to reduce the possible spread of the disease ("...ashes, ashes, we all fall down).
Raw cashews are poisonous and must be roasted before they can be eaten (this is
probably one reason that you can't buy cashews in the shell)
Vietnamese currency consists only of paper money; no coins.
During his entire life, Vincent Van Gogh sold exactly one painting, Red Vineyard at Arles.
A pig's orgasm lasts for 30 minutes.
Skin is thickest on the back -- 1/6 of an inch
.The most sensitive finger is the forefinger.
Alaska is the most northern, western and eastern state; it also has the highest
latitude,the most eastern longitude and the most western longitude.
Cinderella's slippers were originally made out of fur. The story was changed in the 1600s by a translator.
A large flawless emerald is worth more than a similarly large flawless diamond.
The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and
Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra's "Its A Wonderful Life"
A penguin only has sex twice a year.
Mr. Spock's (of Star Trek) blood type was T-Negative
A dragonfly has a lifespan of 24 hours.
A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.
The statue of Christ in Rio de Janeiro is exactly facing the statue of Christ in Lisbon, Portugal.
There are 118 ridges on the outside of a dime.
The dot above an 'i' is called a tittle.
A peanut is not a nut; it is a legume.
It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
It was the left shoe that Aschenputtel (Cinderella) lost at the stairway, when the prince tried to follow her
The phrase "sleep tight" originated when mattresses were set upon ropes woven through the bed frame. To remedy sagging ropes, one would use a bed key to tighten the rope.
It was discovered on a space mission that a frog can throw up. The frog throws up it's stomach first, so the stomach is dangling out of it's mouth. Then the frog uses it's forearms to dig out all of the
stomach's contents and then swallows the stomach back down again.
The A&W of root beer fame stands for Allen and Wright
A baby eel is called an elver, a baby oyster is called a spat.
Bingo is the name of the dog on the Cracker Jack box.
On a trip to the South Sea islands, French painter Paul Gauguin stopped off briefly in Central America, where he worked as a laborer on the Panama Canal.
There are only 12 letters in the Hawaiian alphabet.
Charles de Gaulle's final words were, "It hurts."
Gatorade was named for the University of Florida Gators where it was first developed.
Brooklyn is the Dutch name for "broken valley"
There are four states where the first letter of the capital city is the same letter as the first letter of the state: Dover, Delaware; Honolulu, Hawaii; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
There are four cars and ten lightposts on the back of a ten-dollar bill
Venetian blinds were invented in Japan.
Armored knights raised their visors to identify themselves when they rode past
their king. This custom has become the modern military salute
ABBA got their name by taking the first letter from each of their first names
(Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny, Anni-frid.)
The first electric Christmas lights were created by a telephone company PBX installer. Back in the old days, candles were used to decorate Christmas trees. This was obviously very dangerous.
Telephone employees are trained to be safety concious. This installer took the lights from an old switchboard, connected them together, strung them on the tree, and hooked them to a battery.
White Out was invented by the mother of Mike Nesmith (Formerly of the Monkees)
The "huddle" in football was formed due a deaf football player who used sign language to communicate and his team didn't want the opposition to see the signals he used and in turn huddled around
There is no such thing as naturally blue food, even blueberries are purple.
It was illegal to sell ET dolls in France because there is a law against selling dolls without human faces.
Walt Disney had wooden teeth.
The hundred billionth crayon made by Crayola was Perriwinkle Blue.
Montana mountain goats will butt heads so hard their hooves fall off
The coast line around Lake Sakawea in North Dakota is longer than the California coastline along the Pacific Ocean
Sylvia Miles had the shortest performance ever nominated for an Oscar with
"Midnight Cowboy." Her entire role lasted only six minutes.
Kitsap County, Washington, was originally called Slaughter County, and the first hotel there was called the Slaughter House.
Dinosaur droppings are called coprolites, and are actually fairly common.
The legbones of a bat are so thin that no bat can walk.
No matter how big or small the piece of paper, you can't fold it in half eight times
The Beatles song "Dear Prudence" was written about Mia Farrow's sister,
Prudence, when she wouldn't come out and play with Mia and the Beatles at a religious retreat in India.
The state of Maryland has no natural lakes.
Cranberries are sorted for ripeness by bouncing them; a fully ripened cranberry can be dribbled like a basketball.
St. Paul, Minnesota was originally called Pigs Eye after a man who ran a saloon there
The numbers '172' can be found on the back of the U.S. $5 dollar bill in the bushes at the base of the Lincoln Memorial.
Moisture, not air, causes superglue to dry.
Charles Lindbergh took only four sandwiches with him on his famous transatlantic flight.
Sarsaparilla is the root that flavors root beer.
The U.S. Mint in Denver, Colorado is the only mint that marks its pennies.
A full moon always rises at sunset.
It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.
Rabbits love licorice.
Kelsey Grammar sings and plays the piano for the theme song of Fraiser
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 recieved in battle; if the
horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural cause
In 1963, baseball pitcher Gaylord Perry remarked, "They'll put a man on the moon before I hit a home run." On July 20, 1969, a few hours after Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, Gaylord Perry hit
his first, and only, home run.
Panama hats come from Ecuador not Panama.
Urea is found in humna urine and dalmatian dogs and nowhere else
Human birth control pills work on gorillas.
The Earl of Condom was a knighted personal physician to England's King Charles
II in the mid-1600's. The Earl was requested to produce a method to protect the
King from syphillis.(Charles the II's pleasure-loving nature was notorious.) The
result should be obvious.
There is no word in the English language that rhymes with orange
Lynyrd Skynard was the name of the gym teacher of the boys who went on to form that band. He once told them, "You boys ain't never gonna amount to nothin'.
M & M's were developed so that soldiers could eat candy without getting their fingers sticky.
The Grateful Dead were once called The Warlocks.
Pinocchio was made of pine.
A banana tree is not a tree; it is an herb.
Alma mater means bountiful mother.
Glass flutes do not expand with humidity so their owners are spared the nuisance of tuning them.
Carnivorous animals will not eat another animal that has been hit by a lightning strike.
Reindeer milk has more fat than cow milk.
The "L.L." in L.L. Bean stands for Leon Leonwood.
Ivory bar soap floating was a mistake. They had been overmixing the soap formula causing excess air bubbles that made it float. Customers wrote and told how much they loved that it floated, and it has
floated ever since.
"Studies show that if a cat falls off the seventh floor of a building it has
about thirty percent less chance of surviving than a cat that falls off the
twentieth floor. It supposedly takes about eight floors for the cat to realise
what is occuring, relax and correct itself. At about that height it hits maximum
speed and when it hits the ground it's rib cage absorbs most of the impact.
The female ferret is referred to as a `jill'
Alexander the Great was an epileptic
Elvis had a twin brother named Garon, who died at birth, which is why Elvis' middle name was spelled Aron; in honor of his brother
The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
Elton John's real name is Reginald Dwight. Elton comes from Elton Dean, a Bluesology sax player. John comes from Long John Baldry, founder of Blues Inc. They were the first electric white blues
band ever seen in England-
Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks otherwise it will digest itself.
The original plan for Disneyland included a Lilliputland.
The Sanskrit word for "war" means "desire for more cows."
The "ZIP" in Zip Code stands for "Zone Improvement Plan."
Pocahontas appeared on the back of the $20 bill in 1875
Crickets hear through their knees.
Turnips turn green when sunburnt.
Pigs, walruses and light-colored horses can be sunburned.
Crows have the largest cerebral hemispheres, relative to body size, of any avian family.
Mr. Rogers is an ordained minister.
St. Bernard is the patron saint of skiers.
John Lennon's first girlfriend was named Thelma Pickles
Of all U.S. Presidents, none lived to be older than John Adams, who died at the age of 91
Abe Lincoln's mother died when the family dairy cow ate poisonous mushrooms and Ms. Lincoln drank the milk.
George Washington's false teeth were made of whale bone
Gerald Ford was the only man who held both the Presidency and the Vice-
Presidency but who was not elected to either post.
Gerald Ford was once a male model.
According to the ceremonial customs of Orthodox Judaism, it is officially sundown when you cannot tell the difference between a black thread and a red one.
A 'jiffy' is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
In Kenya they don't drive on the right or left side of the street in particular, just on whichever side is smoother.
The Utah State Bird is the California Seagull and the Utah State Tree is the Colorado Spruce
Cyano-acrylate glues (Super glues) were invented by accident. The researcher was trying to make optical coating materials, and would test their properties by putting them between two prisms and
shining light through them. When he tried the cyano-acrylate, he couldn't get the prisms apart.
Almost half the bones in your body are in your hands and feet
A flamingo can eat only when its head is upside down.
The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.
The average garden variety caterpillar has 248 muscles in its head.
An elephant can be pregnant for up to two years.
Your left lung is smaller than your right lung to make room for your heart.
Marijuana is Spanish for 'Mary Jane.'
One of the many Tarzans, Karmuela Searlel, was mauled to death on the set by a raging elephant.
Professional ballerinas use about twelve pairs of toe shoes per week.
There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.
Cranberry Jello is only sold in November and December, and is the only jello flavor that comes from real fruit, not artificial flavoring.
Don MacLean's song "American Pie" was written about Buddy Holly.
Impotence is legal grounds for divorce in 24 American states.
The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.
'Strengths' is the longest word in the English language with just one vowel.
Twinkies aren't made, they're formed by a chemical process.
A family of six died in Oregon during WWII as a result of a Japanese balloon bomb.
AM and PM stand for "Ante-Meridian" and "Post-Meridian," respectively, and A.D. Actually stands for "Anno Domini" rather than "After Death.
The first person to fly across the Atlantic Ocean alone in a hot air balloon was
a Stanford alumni.
Benito Mussolini would ward off the evil eye by touching his testicles.
Both Hitler and Napoleon were missing one testicle
Stalin was only five feet, four inches tall.
The Baby Ruth candy bar was actually named after Grover Cleveland's baby daughter, Ruth.
Armadillos get an average of 18.5 hours of sleep per day and can walk underwater.
Polar bears' fur is not white, it's clear.
Polar bear skin is actually black. Their hair is hollow and acts like fiber optics, directing sunlight to warm their skin.
To escape the grip of a crocodile's jaws, push your thumbs into its eyeballs -it will let you go instantly.
Killer whales kill sharks by torpedoing up into the shark's stomach from underneath, causing the shark to explode.
The only planet without a ring is earth.
If you feed a seagull Alka-Seltzer, its stomach will explode.
The raised reflective dots in the middle of highways are called Botts dots.
The Amazon rainforest produces half the world's oxygen supply.
A group of kangaroos is called a mob.
A group of whales is called a pod.
A group of geese is called a gaggle.
Hershey's Kisses are called that because the machine that makes them looks like
it's kissing the conveyor belt.
Money isn't made out of paper, it's made out of linen.
A rhinoceros's horn is made of hair.