Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Isn't That Interesting...

Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.
Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.
There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.
The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.
A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.
There are more chickens than people in the world.
Two-thirds of the world's eggplant is grown in New Jersey.
The longest one-syllable word in the English language is "screeched."
All of the clocks in the movie "Pulp Fiction" are stuck on 4:20.
No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver or purple.
"Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt.
All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.
Almonds are a member of the peach family.
Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.
Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.
There are only four words in the English language which end in "-dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
Los Angeles's full name is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina delos Angeles de Porciuncula"
A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.
Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
In most advertisements, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.
Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.
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 dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours.
A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds
A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.
It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open. (DON'T try this @ home!)
The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.
In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.
The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tub and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.

The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.
There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.
"Stewardesses" is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.

Came across these as I was browing, guess to me the most interesting fact was about the $5 bill. Wouldn't ya know I don't have one to check it out :-)

I stand corrected on one of these...
The speaker in the House of Commons is the chairman. His/her role is to keep the debate flowing and to make sure that people get the chance to have a say in a debate and that the rules of debate and behaviour are adhered to. In other words no name calling etc. The speaker is supposed to be impartial, even though he/she is a member of one of the political parties, and so they do not get to give their own opinions on the debate. However the speaker does speak. They will call out the names of the MP's (or at least their constituency) when he (or she) is telling them that it is their turn to speak and the speaker will tell off MPs for bad behaviour. The speaker can have MP's ejected from the house if they persistently break the rules


Helena said...

What? The Speaker of the House of Commons can speak!!! He's the one who directs it all- tells who can speak next and that sort of thing. He also tells them all to pipe down if they get too rowdy!

Life's Moments said...

Oops....My Bad..Thanks for correcting me on that one...

Jamwes said...

Yes, this list is very interesting.