Snails produce a colorless, sticky discharge that forms a protective carpet under them as they travel along. The discharge is so effective that they can crawl along the edge of a razor without cutting themselves.
Parker Brothers prints about 50 billion dollars worth of Monopoly money in one year, which is more than the real money printed in a year.
The expression "three dog night" originated with the Eskimos and means a very cold night so cold that you have to bed down with three dogs to keep warm.
Faye Wong received a 7 digit fee for recording 'eyes on me' and it took her about 4 hours.
The kiss that is given by the bride to the groom at the end of the wedding ceremony originates from the earliest times when the couple would actually make love for the first time under the eyes of half the village!
On average, more people fear spiders than death.
Pigeons can be killed by feeding them uncooked rice, either coz their stomach can't handle the carbohydrates or it swells in their throats and chokes them. No head popping.
Cher's real name is Cherilyn Sarkasian La Pier.
In the United States, poisoning is the fourth leading cause of death among children.
Julius Caesar, Martin Luther and Jonathan Swift all suffered from M�ni�r's disease. It is a disorder of the hearing and balance senses causing hissing, roaring or whistling sounds to be perceived.
A herd of forty-five thirsty, rambunctious elephants stampeded into a brewery in Midnapore, where they smashed vats and slurped up beer in a bender that went on for two days.
The first President to ride in an automobile was William McKinley. After being shot, he was taken to the hospital in a 1901 Columbia electric ambulance.
Local calls using a coin-operated phone in the U.S. cost only 5 cents everywhere until 1951.
When you flush a toilet, an invisible cloud of water [full of germs] shoots six feet in the air.
Victor Mills, an inventor with Proctor & Gamble, invented the disposable diaper in 1961 because he didn't want to deal with his daughter's soiled (crapped) diapers. You know them as Pampers.
Officially, the term "boulder" is applied only to stones larger than 10 inches in diameter.
The letter "I" is used exactly 109 times in Act IV of Shakespeare's Macbeth.
The Three Wise Men of the East brought gold, frankincense and myrrh to the infant Jesus. Frankincense is a gum resin used as a base for incense. Myrrh, also a gum resin, was valued as a perfume and unguent used in embalming.
There are more collect calls on Father's Day than any other day of the year.
The permanent teeth that erupt to replace their primary predecessors (baby teeth) are called succedaneous teeth.
There are orange peels and raisins in A-1 Steak Sauce.
The genre of art known as Cubism derived its name from a belittling remark made by Matisse in reference to a Graque painting. Matisse said that the landscape looked as though it were wholly made up of little cubes.
The first ring donuts were produced in 1847 by a 15 year old baker's apprentice, Hanson Gregory, who knocked the soggy center out of a fried doughnut.
An elephant may consume 500 pounds of hay and 60 gallons of water in a single day.
No one knows why, but 90 percent of women who walk into a department store immediately turn to the right....
Yellowstone is the world's 1st national park. It was dedicated in 1872.
William Shatner is credited for being the first person on TV to say "hell" as well as to have the first inter-racial kiss (with Nichelle Nichols), both in episodes of Star Trek.
Christmas became a national holiday in the US in 1890.
It would take 15,840,000 rolls of wallpaper to cover the Great Wall of China.
Bamboo can grow up to 36 inches in a day. Click here
The Seven Deadly Sins are lust, pride, anger, envy, sloth, avarice and gluttony.
Harley Proctor found the name "Ivory" for his soap in the Bible. He was in church reading the line, "All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad." The original name of the soap was P&G White Soap.
Eating large amounts of carrots will eventually turn your skin orange because of the chemical substance called carotene which is found in carrots. Carotene is the cause of the orange hue in leaves during the fall.
Sperm banks keep their donor semen at approximately -321 degrees Fahrenheit. At that temperature, it could be kept indefinitely.
The first woman to run for President was Victoria Woodhull, on the Equal Rights Party ballot in 1872.
Rape is reported every six minutes in the U.S.
Coffee Recipe from: 'Kitchen Directory and American Housewife' (1844)
The average healthy human being farts 16 times a day.
In Massachusetts, it is forbidden to put tomatoes in clam chowder.
The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History houses the world's largest shell collection, some 15 million specimens. A smaller museum in Sanibel, Florida owns a mere 2 million shells and claims to be the worlds only museum devoted solely to mollusks.
In Newport, Rhode Island it is illegal to smoke from a pipe after sunset.
The average lead pencil will draw a line 35 miles long or write approximately 50,000 English words.
The oldest living thing in existence is not a giant redwood, but a bristlecone pine in the White Mountains of California, dated to be aged 4,600 years old.
Britain's present royal family was originally named Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. The name was changed in 1917, during WW1 because of German connotations. The name Windsor was suggested by one of the staff. At the same time the Battenberg family name of the cousins to the Windsors was changed into Mountbatten.
A two-inch garden hose will carry four times as much water as a one-inch hose.
At the time of the U.S. Revolutionary War, Philadelphia was the second largest English-speaking city in the world, surpassed only by London.
Xylophones(Greek xylon,"wood"; phone,"sound") were actually developed in South East Asia in the 14th centuary
The nation of Monaco on the French Riviera, is smaller than Central Park in New York. Monaco is 370 acres and Central Park is 840 acres.
The first police force was established in Paris in 1667.
The mouse is the most common mammal in the US.
Penguins can leap to heights as high as six feet.
The Cannes Film Festival was conceived in 1938 by two French journalists while they were traveling by train to the Venice Film Festival.
The word racecar and kayak are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left.
The first percussion instrument introduced to an orchestra was the kettledrums, then called the timpani, in the 1600s.
Texas was one of the first states to adopt capital punishment by lethal injection -in 1977.
The infamous "Red Baron" was German World War I pilot Manfred von Richthofen.
The revolving door was invented August 7, 1888, by Theophilus Van Kannel, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
In Denver it is unlawful to lend your vacuum cleaner to your next-door neighbor.
One square mile of land contains more insects than total number of human beings on earth.
When Disneyland opened in 1955, Tomorrowland represented a city from 1986.
The only repealed amendment to the US Constitution deals with the prohibition of alcohol.
The 'you are here arrow' on a map is called the IDEO locator.
Of the 2200 persons quoted in the current edition of "Bartlett's Familiar Quotations," only 164 are women.
Albert Einstein and Charles Darwin both married their first cousins (Elsa L�wenthal and Emma Wedgewood, respectively).
There are more statues of Sacajewa, Lewis & Clark's female Indian guide, in the United States than any other person.
Capsaicin, which makes hot peppers "hot" to the human mouth, is best neutralized by casein, the main protein found in milk.
A mosquito will become restless and start flying around if there is an increase of carbon dioxide in the surrounding air
Gaetano Albert "Guy" Lombardo did the first New Year's Eve broadcast of "Auld Lang Syne," from the Roosevelt Grill in New York City in 1929/1930.
A decree declares that anyone caught stealing soap must wash himself with it until it is all used up.
It is impossible to sneeze and keep your eyes open at the same time.
After the sun, the closest star to Earth is 25,000,000,000,000 miles away.
Ovaltine was originally called Ovamaltine. A clerical error forced the name to be changed when the manufacturer registered the name.
Coffee is the most popular beverage worldwide with over 400 billion cups consumed each year.
A Portsmouth, Ohio law ranks baseball players with "vagrants, thieves and other suspicious characters."
The "spot" on the 7-Up logo comes from its inventor who had red eyes. He was an albino.
Prince Charles and Prince William never travel on the same airplane in case there is a crash.
There are no living descendents of William Shakespeare.
The Civil War in the United States elevated the popularity of coffee to new heights. Soldiers went to war with coffee beans as a primary ration.
Beaver teeth are so sharp that Native Americans once used them as knife blades.
The first US president to both be sued for sexual misconduct and forced to give a deposition while in office was William Jefferson Clinton.
It's been estimated that man have been riding horses for over 3,000 years.
In 1900 the average age at death in the US was 47.
Laws forbidding the sale of sodas on Sunday prompted William Garwood to invent the ice cream sundae in Evanston, IL, in 1875.
In New York City it is illegal for a man to give 'The Standard Lear' to a woman. Violators are forced to wear horse blinders.
During conscription for World War II, there were nine documented cases of men with three testicles.
Somebody actually timed a rattlesnake mating session that lasted 22.75 hours.
If the information contained in the DNA could be written down, it would fill a 1000 volume encyclopedia
Tina Turner's real name is Annie Mae Bullock.
Dreamt is the only English word that ends in the letters "MT".
The average light bulb can last for about 750 to 1,000 hours.
Sherlock Holmes NEVER said, "Elementary, my dear Watson".
Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying
South Africa used to have two official languages, now it has eleven.
There are 63,360 inches in a mile.
Snakes are immune to their own poison.
The chances of an exact duplication of fingerprints are about 64 billion to 1.
Houseflies hum in the key of F.
On Hilton Head Island, South Carolina it is illegal to shine a flashlight on a sea turtle.
Stephen Hawking was born exactly 300 years after Galileo died.
Coffee as a medicine reached its highest and lowest point in the 1600's in England. Wild medical contraptions to administer a mixture of coffee and an assortment of heated butter, honey, and oil, became treatments for the sick. Soon tea replaced coffee as the national beverage.
Hot water weighs less than cold water for a given volume.
Horses are forbidden to eat fire hydrants in Marshalltown, Iowa.
There are approximately 7,000 feathers on an eagle.
Chris Ford of the the Boston Celtics sank the NBA's first three-point shot in 1979.
There are more than 900,000 known species of insects in the world.
In some chuch in South Carolina, every man must bring a rifle to church on Sunday to ward off Indian attacks.
An arabica coffee tree can produce up to 12 pounds of coffee a year, depending on soil and climate.
A whole library floor of books can be stored on 50 Gigabytes.
In 1976, the first eight Jelly Belly� flavors were launched: Orange, Green Apple, Root Beer, Very Cherry, Lemon, Cream Soda, Grape, and Licorice.
Captain Cook lost 41 of his 98 crew to scurvy (a lack of vitamin C) on his first voyage to the South Pacific in 1768. By 1795 the importance of eating citrus was realized, and lemon juice was issued on all British Navy ships.
Boiled grape juice was the fluid used as a lubricant for the first contact lenses. Eugene Flick, who invented contact lenses in 1887, chose boiled grape juice over sugar water to lubricate the thick glass lenses that covered the entire eye.
An ear of corn always has an even number of rows because of the genetic formula which divides the cells.
A single share of Coca-Cola stock, purchased in 1919, when the company went public, would have been worth $92,500 in 1997.
The term "the whole 9 yards" came from W.W.II fighter pilots in the South Pacific. When arming their airplanes on the ground, the .50 caliber machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, it got "the whole 9 yards."
One of the reasons marijuana is illegal today is because cotton growers in the 30s lobbied against hemp farmers (they saw it as competition).
The largest pig on record was a Poland-China hog named Big Bill, who weighed 2,552 lbs.
Raindrops aren't actually tear-drop shaped. They are rounded at the top and flat on the bottom.
Human thighbones are as strong as concrete.
Every time Beethoven sat down to write music, he poured ice water over his head.
Franz Ferdinand was killed.. remember that the guys death partly caused the WWI. Anyway, his death was almost unavoidable. After an attempted assasination using a bomb failed, (because the bomb hit the rear mud flap of the car Ferdinand was in and bounced away) authorities decided to change the route of Ferdinands tour... but failed to inform the driver of the car. And so, unfortunately, at one stage, the driver took a wrong turn and drove into an alley. While reversing out, Princip (killer) came and shot Ferdinand and his wife at a distance of 4-5 feet killing them. Ferdinand brought his wife to Serejavo to celebrate their anniversary.
The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days of yore when the engines were pulled by horses. The horses were stabled on the ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight staircases.
If you toss a penny 10,000 times, it will not be heads 5,000 times, but more like 4,950. The heads picture weighs more, so it ends up on the bottom more often.
Killer whales (Orcas) kill sharks by torpedoeing up into the shark;s stomach from underneath causing the shark to explode.
In Alaska it is against the laww to look at a moose from an airplane.
The first U.S. patent for an animal was issued to Harvard University in 1988 for an oncomouse, a genetically engineered mouse that's susceptible to breast cancer. It's used to test anti-cancer therapies.
The Sahara Desert expands at a rate of about 1 km each month.
No language has more synonyms than English.
Mercury is the only planet whose orbit is coplanar with its equator. Venus and Uranus are the only planets that rotate opposite to the direction of their orbit.
Raw coffee beans, soaked in water and spices, are chewed like candy in many parts of Africa.
Police dogs were first used in 1816 in Scotland.
The Montreal Canadians of the mid-1950s are the only team to win five straight Stanley Cup championships.
Millie the White House dog earned more than 4 times as much as Pres. Bush in 99. And, rightfully so.
Orville Wright was involved in the first aircraft accident. His passenger, a Frenchman, was killed.
John Milton used 8,000 different words in his poem, "Paradise Lost."
There have been no recorded instances of anybody being killed by a meteorite.
The "Sesame Street" characters Bert and Ernie were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the cab driver in Frank Capra's "It's A Wonderful Like."
Of the 266 men who have been pope, 33 have died violently.
Mosquito repellents dont really repel mozzies. They actually block the sensory pores and makes the mozzies think they're flying to a colder, dryer, more CO2 free area.
The most snow accumulation in a one-day period was 75.8 inches at Silver Lake, Colorado, in April 1921.
The word "honcho" comes from a Japanese word meaning "squad leader" and first came into usage in the English language during the American occupation of Japan following World War II.
A shark can grow a new set of teeth in a week.
The fungus called truffles can cost $800 to $1,500 per pound. They are sniffed out by female pigs, which detect a compound that is in the saliva of male pigs as well. The same chemical is found in the sweat of human males.
In Iceland it is illegal to have pets.
It takes 20 different muscles to form a kiss.
A dog can hear high frequency sounds, which a human ear cannot.
Lovebirds are small parakeets who live in pairs. Male and female lovebirds look alike, but most other male birds have brighter colors than the females.
Rabbits have been the emblem of fertility because of its well-known talents for multiplying.
Self-annointing is something only hedgehogs do, in which they lick or nibble on something, make a foamy paste in their mouths, and then spread it with their long tongues in little spots on their quills. No one has ever determined exactly why they do this.
The city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is the only city where all major sports teams share the same colors (black and gold).
Plants that need to attract moths for pollination are generally white or pale yellow, to be better seen when the light is dim. Plants that depend on butterflies, such as the poppy or the hibiscus, have more colorful flowers.
Peanuts are one of the main ingredients in dynamite.
Each year approximately 250,000 American husbands are physically attacked and beaten by their wives.
Termites outnumber humans ten to one
There are 1,218 peanuts in a single 28 ounce jar of Jif peanut butter.
Seattle passed an ordinance that states that goldfish could ride the city buses in bowls only if they kept still.
Jerry Seinfeld's first sitcom wasn't Seinfeld. He played the governor's speechwriter on three episodes of Benson (he was fired from the job).
It is impossible for anyone to verbally count up to the number 1 trillion
Scholars have named the highest number that's been counted, a googleplex.
The dragons and other monsters that graced the bows of the Viking ships were so fierce-looking that a law was passed in Iceland ordering the skipper of any Viking ship to remove the figurehead before entering port.
The human eyes can distinguish about 17,000 different colors.
Before roasting, some green coffee beans are stored for years, and experts believe that certain beans improve with age, when stored properly.
The difference between male and female blue crabs is the design located on their belly. The male blue crab has the Washington monument and the female blue crab's belly is shaped like the U.S. capitol.
Between 1937 and 1945 Heinz produced a version of Alphabetti Spaghetti especially for the German market that consisted solely of little pasta swastikas.
In Waterloo, Nebraska it is unlawful for barbers to eat onions while on the job.
There are approximately 9,000 taste buds on the tongue.
James Madison, the fourth President of the United States, stood only five feet four inches tall and weighed less than one hundred pounds.
Rudolph the Red-nosed reindeer was actually created as a promotional figure for Montgommery Wards department stores.
The hummingbird is the only bird that can hover and fly straight up, down, or backward!
The average adult male ostrich, the world's largest living bird, weighs up to 345 pounds.
It takes 3,000 cows to supply the NFL with enough leather for a year's supply of footballs.
Tatum O�Neal is the youngest Oscar winner not to receive a Special Award. O�Neal was just 10 years old when she won the Best Supporting Actress award for Paper Moon. Shirley Temple is the youngest person to win an Academy Award when she was given the Special Award for Outstanding Contribution in 1934 at the age of 6.
The 1st interracial kiss on TV took place Nov. 22, 1968 between Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and Lt.Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) on an episode of "Star Trek."