Pineapples are classified as berries.
The average human head weighs about eight pounds.
The fuzz on a tennis ball is intentionally included as a way to give the ball some definite action when it hits the court. It also slows the flight of the ball through the air.
In Washington D.C. it is illegal to post a notice in public which calls another person a 'coward' for refusing to accept a challenge to duel.
During the Reign of Peter the Great, their was a special tax on anyone who had a beard.
The Titanic was the first ship to use the SOS signal. It was adopted as the international signal for distress in 1912, and the Titanic struck the iceberg in April of that year.
Over-roasted coffee beans are very flammable during the roasting process.
Aunt Jemima pancake flour, invented in 1889, was the first ready-mix food to be sold commercially.
A pregnant goldfish is called a twit
The first flight of the Wright Brothers was a distance less than the wing span of a Jumbo Jet.
An average secretary's left hand does 56% of the typing.
More than 20,000 men were killed, wounded, or missing in action in the battle of Antietam, September 17, 1862. This was the bloodiest one-day fight during the Civil War.
A volcano can shoot its debris as high as 50km into the sky.
If a child burps during a church service in Omaha, Nebraska his or her parents may be arrested.
Fingerprints serve a function they provide traction for the fingers to grasp things.
The first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel was Anna Edson Taylor. She made the journey on October 24, 1901, and escaped unhurt.
US Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina set a filibuster record in the U.S. Senate on August 19, 1957. He spoke for 24 hours and 18 minutes.
The most widely culticated fruit in the world is the Apple.The second is the Pear.
A large swarm of locusts can eat 80,000 tons of corn a day.
Jacksonville, Florida has the largest total area of any city in the United States. It takes up 460 square miles, almost twice the area of Los Angeles.
The electric chair was invented by Dr. Alphonse Rockwell and was first used on William Kemmler on August 6, 1890.
The chameleon has several cell layers beneath its transparent skin. These layers are the source of the chameleon's color change. Some of the layers contain pigments, while others just reflect light to create new colors. Several factors contribute to the color change. A popular misconception is that chameleons change color to match their environment. This isn't true. Light, temperature, and emotional state commonly bring about a chameleon's change in color. The chameleon will most often change between green, brown and gray, which coincidently, often matches the background colors of their habitat.
In an article in 1998, The Journal of the American Medical Association claimed that adverse drug reactions may cause more than 100,000 deaths a year in the US alone.
Hoover, Roosevelt, Truman and Nixon's Secretaries of State have won Noble Peace Prizes.
Australia is the only country that is also a continent.
suit against G-d. He won because the defendant never showed up in court.
In 1886, Grover Cleveland became the only president to be married in the White House.
The youngest mother on record was a Peruvian girl named Lina Medina. She gave birth to a boy by caesarean section on May 14, 1939 (which happened to be Mother's Day), at the age of five years, seven months and 21 days.
John Hancock and Charles Thomson were the only people to sign the Declaration of independence on July 4th, 1776. The last signature came five years later.
The fist product to have a bar code was Wrigley's gum.
The highest man-made temperature 70 million degrees Celsius was generated at Princeton University in a fusion-power experiment.
The official name of the St. Louis Gateway Arch is "The Jefferson National Expansion Monument." The Gateway Arch looks taller than it is wider, but it is exactly 630 feet by 630 feet.
Africa's 8,000-year brewing history began with ancient Egyptian commercial brewing dynasties and still includes handmade tribal beers.
Australia is a major exporter of camels
Pink elephants can be found in some regions of India. Because of the red soil, elephants take on a permanent pink color because the spray dust over their bodies to protect themselves from insects.
Dolphins don't automatically breath; they have to tell themselves to.
In 1659, the General Court of Massachusetts ordered that anybody caught feasting or laying off from work, or in any other way goofing off on any other day other than Christmas, would be fined five shillings for each such offense.
In the United States only 80 miles separate the highest point of land and the lowest point in the lower 48 states. Mount Whitney on the eastern border of Sequoia National Park in California is 14,496 feet high, and a pool called Badwater in Death Valley is 280 feet below sea level.
Over the course of his lifetime, the average man will ejaculate approximately 18 quarts of semen, containing about a half trillion sperm.
The first American advertisement for tobacco was published in 1789. It showed a picture of an Indian smoking a long clay pipe.
Townsend Speakman of Philadelphia mixed fruit flavor with soda water in 1807, creating the first flavored soda pop, he called it Nephite Julep.
If Monaco's ruling house of Grimaldi should ever be without an heir (male or female), the country will cease to be a sovereign state.
Your stomach produces a new layer of mucus every two weeks so that it doesn't digest itself.
During the chariot scene a small red car can be seen in the distance.
All of Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, is heated by underground hot springs.
There are at least two words in the English language that use all of the vowels, in the correct order, and end in the letter Y: abstemiously & facetiously.
Greek has over 4 words for love. English has only one. Get my drift?
Coca-Cola was originally green
BVD stands for the organizers of the company: Bradley, Voorhies, and Day.
Every man in Brainerd, Minnesota is required by law to grow a beard.
Rabbits have three eyelids, they also are incapable of burping or farting.
The kangaroo rat can cover ground at a rate of 17 feet per second. It can leap as much as 18 inches straight up and can switch directions at the peak of its jump.
Two-thirds of the world's eggplant is grown in New Jersey.
The largest desert in the world, the Sahara, is 3,500,000 square miles.
Elvis had a twin brother named Aaron, who died at birth, which is why Elvis' middle name was spelled Aron: in honor of his brother. It is also misspelled on his tomb stone.
The song "Happy Birthday to You" was originally written by sisters Mildred and Patty Hill as "Good Morning to You." The words were changed and it was published in 1935.
The condensed water vapor in the sky left behind by jets is called a contrail.
It takes about 48 hours for your body to completely digest the food from one meal.
Back in 1924, a monkey was convicted in South Bend of the crime of smoking a cigarette and sentenced to pay a 25 dollar fine and the trial costs.
Hawaii is the only US state that grows coffee.
If you head directly south from the west coast of Florida, you will actually pass South America on the west side of the continent.
In Carlsbad, New Mexico, it's legal for couples to have sex in a parked vehicle during their lunch break from work, as long as the car or van has drawn curtains to stop strangers from peeking in.
The largest antique ever sold is the London Bridge. It was sold and moved Lake Havasu City, AZ in 1971.
Campanology is the study of bells.
Montgomery Ward was the first company in the United States to advertise, �Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back.� They did it in 1874, two years after company founder Aaron Montgomery Ward launched his mail-order catalog.
Carbonated soda water was invented in 1767 by Joseph Priestley, the discoverer of oxygen.
If you put a raisin in a glass of champagne, it will keep floating to the top and sinking to the bottom.
The venom of a female black widow spider is more potent than that of a rattlesnake.
It is illegal for a man to kiss a woman while she is asleep in Logan County, Colorado.
shrimp have their heart in their head
Waldo Hanchett invented the modern dentist's chair in 1848.
During a severe windstorm or rainstorm the Empire State Building may sway several feet to either side.
There were 840 soldiers in the regular army when the U.S. War Department was established in 1789. Their job was to supervise public lands and guard the Indian frontier.
Whiskey was first brewed in the United States in 1640. It was made from a mixture of corn and rye.
Each square inch of human skin consists of twenty feet of blood vessels.
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.
A speleologist studies caves.
Did you know a tuna called the 'Blue Fin' tuna can be sold for over $20,000 around the world?
The average human eats 8 spiders in his/her lifetime at night.
Producer Paul Maslansky was on the set of The Right Stuff when a bus from the local police academy rolled up. After a bunch of freaks walked off, a sergeant explained that the mayor had forced the department to loosen its acceptance standards. Not too long afterwards, Police Academy hit the theaters.
If the coils of a French horn were straightened out, the instrument would be 22 feet long.
The "Miss America" pageant made its network TV debut on ABC In 1954. Miss California, Lee Ann Meriwether, was crowned the winner.
Men are more likely to be left-handed(10%) than females(8%)
The average American consumes over 28 pounds of bananas each year.
During his entire life, Vincent Van Gogh sold exactly one painting, "Red Vineyard at Arles".
Humans are the only animals that copulate face to face.
POSSLQ in a census form means "Person of opposite sex sharing living Quarters"
Bananas are America's #1 fruit.
Detroit policeman William L. Potts is credited with inventing the modern street traffic light in 1920. He worked out an electric light system that allowed him to control three street intersections from one tower He picked the red, yellow and green because railroads used them.
The 1st personal computer, the Apple II, went on sale in 1977.
New Zealand is the only country that contains every type of climate in the world.
In Massachusetts you must have a license to wear a goatee.
If you rubbed garlic on the sole of your feet, it would be absorbed and eventually show up on your breath
'Crack' is the street name given to cocaine that has been processed from cocaine hydrochloride to a free base for smoking. Rather than requiring the more volatile method of processing cocaine using ether, crack cocaine is processed with ammonia or sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and water and heated to remove the hydrochloride, thus producing a form of cocaine that can be smoked.
According to the International Labor Organization, a member of the labor force is someone between the age of 15 and 64.
The catgut formerly used as strings in tennis rackets and musical instruments does not come from cats. Catgut actually comes from sheep, hogs, and horses.
In 1900, coffee was often delivered door-to-door in the United States, by horse-pulled wagons.
It is only appropriate to fly the US flag upside down in emergencies. It means "Help Me, I am in Trouble!"
The world's largest rodent is the Capybara. An Amazon water hog that looks like a guinea pig, it can weigh more than 100 pounds.
South Africa is the only country to have three capital cities: one for each branch of its government (Administrative, Legislative, and Judicial).
In 1964, Sandy Koufax, Elstom Howard, Jimmy Brown, Oscar Robertson, and Cookie Gilchrist were all voted MVP from their respected (MLB, NFL, NBA) leagues. Each of them wore the number 32.
The barn owl has one ear higher than the other. The left ear is higher and points downward to hear sounds from below it, while the right ear is lower and pointed upward to pick up sounds from above.
The dimensions of a regulation football field are: 360 feet long and 160 feet wide.
Anagrams amused the ancient Greeks, Romans and Hebrews, and were popular during the Middle Ages.
When Mount Vesuvius erupted in in the year 79, over 2,000 citizens of Pompeii ran into their cellars to wait until everything had ended. Excavators found them still there 1,800 years later.
A shark can detect one part of blood in 100 million parts of water.
The average 3 year-old watches about 30 hours of television a week.
The size of a raindrop is around 0.5 mm 2.5 mm, and they fall from the sky on average 21 feet per second.
Alfred Hitchcock did not have a belly button. It was eliminated when he was sewn up after surgery.
When snakes are born with two heads, they fight each other for food.
No one knows where Mozart is buried.
Americans spent over $360 million in 1982 to avoid having bad breath.
Oranges, lemons, watermelons, and tomatoes are berries.
Approximately 200 pets are buried in a pet cemetery out of the thousands of pets that die each day.
Some biblical scholars believe that Aramaic (the language of the ancient Bible) did not contain an easy way to say "many things" and used a term which has come down to us as 40. This means that when the bible in many places refers to "40 days," they meant many days.
America's first nudist organization was founded in 1929, by 3 men.
Italians in Italy consume a million and a half tons of spaghetti every year.
In early Yorkshire, England, a plate holding wedding cake was thrown out of the window as the bride returned to her parent's home after the wedding. If the plate broke, she would enjoy a happy future with her husband. If the plate remained intact, her future was bleak.
The flavor we think of as bubblegum is a combination of wintergreen, vanilla and cassia, a form of cinnamon.
In Reno, Nevada staging a marathon dance is illegal, although posting a notice on a fire hydrant about illegal dance marathons is not.
Recent scientific research has has shown Duck's quacks DO echo, even though they are commonly thought not to because the echo is can not be heard by the human ear.
Okay, ketchup actually began in Thailand. There it was labelled "Kachiap".
According to Illinois state law, it is illegal to speak English. The officially recognized language is "American."
As of 2004, there are two men for every woman in the United Arab Emirates.
Baseball is the only sport that looks backwards in a mirror.
The letter most in use in the English language is "E" and the letter "Q" is least used.
The average human produces 10,000 gallons of saliva in a life time.
A pineapple is a berry.
Five NFL teams have bird nicknames: Arizona Cardinals, Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens and Seattle Seahawks.
The only loss Packers' coach Vince Lombardi ever suffered in the postseason was to the Philadelphia Eagles, 17-13, in the 1960 NFL championship game.
Pluto has the longest year, lasting 247 years and 256 days in Earth time (90,472 days including 61 leap years).
The word "maverick" came into use after Samuel Maverick, a Texan refused to brand his cattle. Eventually any unbranded calf became known as a Maverick.
If you like your espresso coffee sweet, you should use granulated sugar, which dissolves more quickly, rather than sugar cubes; white sugar rather than brown sugar or candy; and real sugar rather than sweeteners which alter the taste of the coffee.
Reggie Jackson holds the major league record for most strikeouts with 2,597.
The Oscar award got its name from an actress who mentioned it looks like her uncle Oscar.
A cluster of bananas is called a hand and consists of 10 to 20 bananas, which are known as fingers.
When potatoes were brought from South America over to Spain, it took about 200 years before it was recognized as a food.
Nearly half the people on the earth live in only one thirtieeth of the total land area.
The first US consumer product sold in the Soviet Union was Pepsi-Cola.
In New Hampshire it is illegal to inhale bus fumes with the intent of inducing euphoria.
You can not kill yourself by holding your breath.
The tomato is not just a fruit, but it is a berry along with the cucumber, squash, and melon.
Clans many many years ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without killing them, burnt their houses down - hence the expression " to get fired."
Bilbo Baggins was born on September 22 1290.
During pregnancy, the average woman's uterus expands up to five hundred times its normal size.
According to the 1900 U.S. Census, there were: 596,000 carpenters, 280,000 laundresses, 220,000 blacksmiths, 134,000 tailors, 102,000 shoemakers, 42,000 porters, 37,000 stonecutters, 25,000 millers, 8,000 bootblacks, and 7,000 furriers
In 1936, England became the first country in the world to provide regular public broadcasting on television.
The smallest number spelled with an "a" is one thousand.
A women's heart beats faster than men.
Babies' eyes do not produce tears until the baby is approximately six to eight weeks old.
Ricin is a protein produced by the castor oil plant, Ricinus communis, which is highly toxic (the minimal lethal dose is around 1 �g / kg body weight, that means 1/15th of a milligram could kill a 150 lb. person). Ricin can be a dangerous contaminant, making the production of castor oil a precisely controlled process.
Tea was so expensive when it was first brought to Europe in the early 17th century that it was kept in locked wooden boxes.
An average person uses the bathroom 6 times per day.
Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 years old.
The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin during World War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.
John Lennon's first girlfriend was named Thelma Pickles.
The word "checkmate" in chess comes from the Persian phrase "Shah Mat," which means, "The King Is Dead."
In the St. Louis, MO area, the word "hoosier" is used as a slang term for what the rest of the country would describe as "white trash," "rednecks," or "hillbillies".
The largest cell in the human body is the female ovum, or egg cell. It is about 1/180 inch in diameter. The smallest cell in the human body is the male sperm. It takes about 175,000 sperm cells to weigh as much as a single egg cell.
The first perfect game in baseball history was achieved by John Lee Richmond on June 12, 1880.
The turkey was named for what was wrongly thought to be its country of origin.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the best time to spray household insects is 4:00 p.m. Insects are most vulnerable at this time. (It's just like its better to water your plants in the early mornings or the evenings)
On April 12, 1938, the state of New York passed a law requiring medical tests for marriage license applicants, the first state to do so.
Greyhounds have the best eyesight of any breed of dog.
Only 4 mayors of U.S. cities went on to become president: Calvin Coolidge, Grover Cleveland, Theodore Roosevelt, and Andrew Johnson.
Before 1850, golf balls were made of leather and were stuffed with feathers.
The right side of a boat was called the starboard side due to the fact that the astronavigators used to stand out on the plank (which was on the right side) to get an unobstructed view of the stars. The left side was called the port side because that was the side that you put in on at the port.
In 1996, people in the United States sent and received 182,660,700,000 pieces of mail domestically. By way of comparison, Japan ranked second on this list with just 24,971,279,000.
Food passes through the small intestine in just two hours, zipping along at 0.002 mph. Inside the large intestine, it takes about 14 hours, traveling at a more leisurely rate of 0.00007 mph
Pakistan was named in 1933 and is derived from the first letters of "Punjab," "Afghan," "Kashmir," "Sind," and "Tan." All of these are districts or states of what is now Pakistan.
Offered a new pen to write with, 97% of all people will write their own name.
In Tennessee, it is illegal to shoot any game other than whales from a moving automobile.
Throughout his career, DeWolf Hopper recited Casey at the Bat" over 10,000 times.
Some horticulturists suspect that the banana was the earth's first fruit. Banana plants have been in cultivation since the time of recorded history. One of the first records of bananas dates back to Alexander the Great's conquest of India where he first discovered bananas in 327 B.C.
The Olympic Games were held in St. Louis, MO. In 1904, the first time that the games were held in the United States.
The cruise liner, QE2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.
The giraffe has a black tongue which is 14 inches long.
The kilt was invented by a English gentleman who came to Scotland to open a factory because he got tired of his Scottish workers showing up in a long tunic with a belt (they couldn't afford pants). Rather than raise wages so they could afford pants he invented the kilt which is just a lot of fabric and they could afford that. The kilt did not become a symbol of clan pride until the English banned the kilt in Scotland. Then it became part of national pride to wear the newly invented clan plaids.
Santa's reindeer are: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen.
On record, the largest iceberg ever, was larger than the country of Belgium.
The word gargoyle comes down from the Old French: gargouille, meaning throat or gullet. This is also the origin of the word gargle. The word describes the sound produced as water passes the throat and mixes with air. In early architecture, gargoyles were decorative creatures on the drains of cathedrals.
Thomas Edison got patents for a method of making concrete furniture and a cigar which was supposed to burn forever.
Dr. George F. Grant received U.S. patent number 638,920 on December 12, 1899. His invention? The golf tee. He created it because he didn't want to get his hands dirty by building a mound of dirt to place his ball on.
Watermelon, considered one of America's favorite fruits, is really a vegetable (Citrullus lanatus). Cousin to the cucumber and kin to the gourd, watermelons can range in size from 7 to 100 pounds.
In 1992, approximately 750 deaths occurred in the United States due to workplace violence.
Some large clouds store enough water for 500000 showers
If you add up the numbers 1-100 consecutively (1+2+3+4+5 etc) the total is 5050.
The fingerprints of koala bears are almost indistinguishable from those of humans, so much that they could be confused at a crime scene.
E-mails started in 1971. Ray Tomlinson is it's DADDY!! and the first e-mail was sent WRITTEN ENTIRELY IN UPPER CASE.
The Puritans had such an obsessive fear of masturbation that almost any means were used to curtail the practice. For instance, some doctors recommended covering the penis with plaster of Paris.
Galileo became totally blind shortly before his death.
Developed in Egypt about 5,000 years ago, the greyhound breed was known before the ninth century in England, where it was bred by aristocrats to hunt such small game as hares.
The Hindu holy day begins at sunrise, the Jewish holy day begins at sunset, and the Christian holy day begins at midnight.
The smallest known fish is the Pandaka Pygmea,about the size of an ant and almost transeparent.
In Connecticut any dogs with tattoos must be reported to the police.
Colored diamonds are caused by impurities such as nitrogen (yellow), boron (blue). With red diamonds being due to deformities in the structure of the stone, and green ones being the result of irradiation.
Zipporah was the wife of Moses.
A notch in a tree will remain the same distance from the ground as the tree grows.
A "Blue Moon" is the second full moon in a calendar month (it is rarely blue).