Useless but interesting facts

Useless but interesting facts
  • The term rule of thumb comes from the old English law that men couldn’t beat their wives with anything wider than their thumb.
  • Less than one percent of people who entered Germany’s Auschwitz concentration camp survived, after being liberated by the Russians in 1945.
  • American poet Edgar Allan Poe was once thrown out of West Point Academy in 1831 after showing up for inspection stark naked.
  • A monkey’s skull wrapped in leather and paper was used as a soccer ball in the very first World’s Cup Soccer Championships in Uruguay.
  • Ants never sleep in their wholelife.
  • A reward of $1,000 was offered for information leading to the capture and conviction of a man robbing taxi drivers. The man turned himself in and demanded the reward as a result. He received a 20 year sentence for aggravated robbery instead.
  • The “pound” key on your keyboard (#) is called an octotroph.
  • Elvis Presley’s hip-wiggling started out as a stage fright. He was so nervous, that his legs would shake.
  • Bats always turn left when exiting a cave.
  • A man was arrested and charged with the robbery—of vending machines. The man posted bail, entirely in quarters.
  • TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.
  • Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.
  • The most common name in the world is Mohammed.
  • Tommy Lee Jones and Al Gore were freshman roommates at Harvard.
  • Abdul Kassam Ismael, Grand Vizier of Persia in the tenth century, carried his library with him wherever he went. Four hundred camels carried the 117,000 volumes.
  • Los Angeles’ full name is “El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula”
  • The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.
  • A polar bear’s skin is black. Its fur is not white, but actually clear.
  • Experts at Intel say that microprocessor speed will double every 18 months for at least 10 years.
  • Hitler and Napoleon both had only one testicle.
  • Celery has negative calories. It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with.
  • Camels have three eyelids to protect themselves from blowing sand.
  • In 1386, a pig was executed by public hanging for the murder of a child.
  • 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321
  • All of the clocks in the movie Pulp Fiction are stuck on 4:20.
  • Months that begin on a Sunday will always have a “Friday the 13th.”

source: interestingfacts.org

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