The 20th century saw more conflicts than any other century. At any given time, there were more than 18 theatres of conflict in the world - at the same time.
There are more than 22 000 species of animals.
The abbreviation for 1 pound (lb.) comes from the astrological sign Libra, meaning balance?
If you took a standard slinky and stretched it out it would measure 87 feet?
There are 1,929,770,126,028,800 different color combinations possible on a Rubik's Cube?
The oldest known goldfish lived to 41 years of age. Its name was Fred.
America's first nudist organization was founded in 1929, by 3 men.
A Saudi Arabian woman can get a divorce if her husband doesn't give her coffee.
There are more than 2,700 languages in the world .
In Washington state, it is against the law to boast that one's parents are rich.
It once was law (in the 6th century) to say "God bless you" to one who sneezed?
The first US Labor Day was celebrated on a Tuesday in 1882 .
England became involved in Northern Ireland more than 800 years ago?
That only one of the Seven Wonders of the World (The Great Pyramid of Giza) still survives?
There are 19 major earthquakes (6.5 or higher) on the earth every year.
The human head contains 22 bones.
Einstein couldn't speak fluently when he was nine. His parents thought he might be retarded.
In 1983, a Japanese artist made a copy of the Mona Lisa completely out of toast.
In 1984, a Canadian farmer began renting ad space on his cows.
The average person laughs about 15 times a day.
The average person is about a quarter of an inch taller in the morning.
There is a town in Newfoundland, Canada called Dildo.
Kotex was first manufactured as bandages, during WWI.
The condom -- made originally of linen -- was invented in the early 1500s.
Clint Eastwood wrote many of the theme songs of his movies.
The first-known contraceptive was crocodile dung, used by Egyptians in 2000 B.C.
The Neanderthal's brain was bigger than yours is.
The average bank teller loses about $250 every year.
Every person has a unique tongue print.
Women's hearts beat faster than men's.
Only 55% of all Americans know that the sun is a star.
Most American car horns honk in the key of F.
About 70% of Americans who go to college do it just to make more money.
Sigmund Freud had a morbid fear of ferns.
Most lipstick contains fish scales.
Hypnotism is banned by public schools in San Diego.
The three best-known western names in China: Jesus Christ, Richard Nixon, and Elvis Presley.
27% of U.S. male college students believe life is "a meaningless existential hell."
Thomas Edison was afraid of the dark.
"Kemo Sabe" means "soggy shrub" in Navajo.
Caterpillars have over 2,000 muscles. Human beings have less than 700.
Napoleon's mother claimed that she had been visited by his ghost on the night he died.
The ancient Hindus practiced surgery before 1,000 AD.
A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.
In the 1940s, the FCC assigned television's Channel 1 to mobile services (two-way radios in taxicabs, for instance) but did not re-number the other channel assignments. That is why your TV set has channels 2 and up, but no channel 1.
The "save" icon on Microsoft Word shows a floppy disk, with the shutter on backwards.
The verb "cleave" is the only English word with two synonyms that are antonyms of each other: adhere and separate.
The only 15-letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable.
Facetious and abstemious contain all the vowels in the correct order, as does arsenious, meaning, "containing arsenic."
Emus and kangaroos cannot walk backwards and are on the Australian coat of arms for that reason.
Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.
Pinocchio is Italian for "pine head."
Camel's milk does not curdle.
In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere.
Murphy's Oil Soap is the chemical most commonly used to clean elephants.
The United States has never lost a war in which mules were used.
All porcupines float in water.
"Hang On, Sloopy" is the official rock song of Ohio.
Did you know that there are coffee-flavored PEZ?
Lorne Greene had one of his nipples bitten off by an alligator while he was host of "Lorne Greene's Wild Kingdom."
If you bring a raccoon's head to the Henniker, New Hampshire Town Hall, you are entitled to receive $0.10 from the town.
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.
Non-dairy creamer is flammable.
The only nation whose name begins with an "A," but doesn't end in an "A," is Afghanistan.
Pamela Anderson Lee is Canada's Centennial Baby, being the first baby born on the centennial anniversary of Canada's independence.
If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle; if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.
No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, and purple.
Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without killing them used to burn their houses down - hence the expression "to get fired."
Canada is an Indian word meaning "Big Village".
There are two credit cards for every person in the United States.
Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2 but the last signature wasn't added until 5 years later.
"I am." is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
The term "the whole 9 yards" came from WWII 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."
The most common name in the world is Mohammed.
The word "samba" means to rub navels together.
The international telephone dialing code for Antarctica is 672.
The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher.
Mel Blanc (the voice of Bugs Bunny) was allergic to carrots.
Until 1965, driving was done on the left-hand side on roads in Sweden. The conversion to right-hand was done on a weekday at 5pm. All traffic stopped as people switched sides. This time and day were chosen to prevent accidents where drivers would have gotten up in the morning and been too sleepy to realize that *this* was the day of the changeover.
The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin during World War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.
Dr. Seuss pronounced "Seuss" such that it rhymed with "rejoice.
In Casablanca, Humphrey Bogart never said "Play it again, Sam."
Sherlock Holmes never said "Elementary, my dear Watson."
More people are killed annually by donkeys than die in air crashes.
The term, "It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye" is from Ancient Rome. The only rule during wrestling matches was, "No eye gouging." Everything else was allowed, but the only way to be disqualified was to poke someone's eye out.
A 'jiffy' is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.
Hershey's Kisses are called that because the machine that makes them looks like it's kissing the conveyor belt.
Money isn't made out of paper, it's made out of cotton.
Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie.
The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from and old English law which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb
An ostrich's eye is bigger than it's brain.
The longest recorded flight of a chicken is thirteen seconds.
All of the clocks in Pulp Fiction are stuck on 4:20.
If she were life size, Barbie's measurements are: 39-23-33.
"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 members 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.
The longest place-name still in use is: Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahor-
onukupokai-wenuakitanatahu, a New Zealand hill.
Los Angeles's full name is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula" and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size, "L.A."
A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
In most advertisements, including newspapers, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.
Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.
The only real person to be a Pez head was Betsy Ross.
The Ramses brand condom is named after the great pharaoh Ramses II who fathered over 160 children.
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 goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.
A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.
On an American one-dollar bill, there is an owl in the upper left-hand corner of the "1" encased in the "shield" and a spider hidden in the front upper right-hand corner.
The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.
Who's that playing the piano on the "Mad About You" theme? Why it's Paul Reiser himself.
The male gypsy moth can "smell" the virgin female gypsy moth from 1.8 miles away.
The name for Oz in the "Wizard of Oz" was thought up when the creator, Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N, and O-Z, hence "Oz."
The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
Mr. Rogers is an ordained minister.
John Lennon's first girlfriend was named Thelma Pickles.
There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.
"Stewardesses" is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.