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Monday, November 09, 2009

BLUE THING #3: Amazing New Facts and Statistics

Amazing New Facts and Statistics
BLUE THING #3: Amazing New Facts and Statistics

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HEY YOU! Yes you. Since you are now a Subscriber to THE NATIONAL NETWORKER NEWSLETTER, you are invited to submit your own favorite amazing fact or statistic. If you’d like, we’ll even publish your name (or your organization’s name) if you'd like and give you credit for your contribution. Note: Unless you are particularly dense, you will recognize that we are actually offering you FREE PUBLICITY in exchange for a mere tidbit of information.

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Following is a veritable cesspool teeming with trivial items to use in pick-up lines in bars, to fill awkward silences in credit committee meetings, and to forward (via email) to the spam filters of Oprah, Bill O’Reilly, Bono, Paris Hilton, Harry Potter [either one], any member of the board of directors of Bank Of America, the president or prime minister of your home nation, or one or more of your many friends, family members and people who have far too much time on their hands.

Here goes:

The word "queue" is the only word in the English language that is still pronounced the same way when the last four letters are removed.

Beetles taste like apples, wasps like pine nuts, and worms like fried bacon.

Of all the words in the English language, the word 'set' has the most definitions!
What is called a "French kiss" in the English speaking world is known as an "English kiss" in France.

"Almost" is the longest word in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order.

"Rhythm" is the longest English word without a vowel. (no sht! I never knew that!)

In 1386, a pig in France was executed by public hanging for the murder of a child

A cockroach can live several weeks with its head cut off!

Human thigh bones are stronger than concrete.

You can't kill yourself by holding your breath.

There is a city called "Rome" on every continent.

Your heart beats over 100,000 times a day!  (If you are dead, this may not apply)

Horatio Nelson, one of England's most illustrious admirals was throughout his life, never able to find a cure for his sea-sickness.

The skeleton of Jeremy Bentham is present at all important meetings of the University of London.

Right handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people. (Underhanded people, on the other hand [?] outlive both right- and left-handed people, and quite often hold positions of great political power -- some have even said things like "This is not rocket surgery." in speeches)

Your ribs move about 5 million times a year, everytime you breathe!

The elephant is the only mammal that can't jump!

One quarter of the bones in your body are in your feet!

Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different!

The first known transfusion of blood was performed as early as 1667, when Jean-Baptiste, transfused two pints of blood from a sheep to a young man. (Naaaaah...)

Fingernails grow nearly 4 times faster than toenails!

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

The present population of 5 billion plus people of the world is predicted to become 15 billion by 2080.

Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

Adolf Hitler was a vegetarian, and had only ONE testicle. (we might refer to this condition today as a "monocle")

Honey is the only food that does not spoil. Honey found in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs has been tasted by archaeologists and found edible.

Months that begin on a Sunday will always have a "Friday the 13th."

Coca-Cola would be green if colouring weren’t added to it.

On average, a hedgehog's heart beats 300 times a minute. (Doesn't every child learn this in the first grade?)

More people are killed each year from bees than from snakes.

The average lead pencil will draw a line 35 miles long or write approximately 50,000 English words.

More people are allergic to cow's milk than any other food.

Camels have three eyelids to protect themselves from blowing sand.

The placement of a donkey's eyes in its' heads enables it to see all four feet at all times!

The six official languages of the United Nations are: English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish.

Earth is the only planet not named after a god.

It's against the law to burp, or sneeze in a church in Nebraska, USA. (Many Nebraskans compensate for this hideously archaic but potentially enforeceable law by being incredibly flatulant during sermons. I'm aghast that the law is still on the books)

You're born with 300 bones, but by the time you become an adult, you only have 206.

Some worms will eat themselves if they can't find any food!

Dolphins sleep with one eye open!

It is impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

The world's oldest piece of chewing gum is 9000 years old! (It is stuck under Adam J. Kovitz' auntie's dining room table, which has now been declared an historical landmark)

The longest recorded flight of a chicken is 13 seconds. (Who timed this?)

Queen Elizabeth I regarded herself as a paragon of cleanliness. She declared that she bathed once every three months, whether she needed it or not.

Slugs have 4 noses.

Owls are the only birds who can see the colour blue.

A man named Charles Osborne had the hiccups for 69 years!

A giraffe can clean its ears with its 21-inch tongue! (I once dated this...oh, never mind...)

The average person laughs 10 times a day!

An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

Note: The comments in blue, above, were placed there by Douglas Castle without parental consent, and they do not necessarily reflect the views of THE NATIONAL NETWORKER COMPANIES, MENSA, or Adam J. Kovitz, the Founder of THE NATIONAL NETWORKER Newsletter.

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