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Pennsylvania was the first colony to legalize witchcraft.
Thanks to Jason Wray (jimwray@nb.net) of Vandergrift, Pennsylvania.

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The Sumatran tiger has the most stripes of all the tiger subspecies, and the Siberian tiger has the fewest stripes.
A tiger's paw prints are called pug marks.

The national average ACT score is 17.
Kiwi birds are blind, they hunt by smell.
All Hebrew orignating names that end with the letters "el" have something to do with God.
The national religion of Scotland is Presbyterianism.
The closest relative to the manatee is the elephant, scientists think the elephant crawled back into the sea to become a manatee.
Johnnie Carson was born in Norfolk, Nebraska
Thanks to Joshua Allen (riftwalker@geocities.com) of O'Neill, Nebraska.

All elephants walk on tip-toe, because the back portion of their foot is made up of all fat and no bone.
George Harrison knows how to play the sitar.
Thanks to Kara Fitzgerald (Beatles597.aol.com) of West Boylston, Massachusetts.

Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history.
Spades - King David, Clubs - Alexander the Great, Hearts - Charlemange, Diamonds - Julius Caesar.
Thanks to Emily Page of Lexington, Tennessee.

"Toki doki kuruma de kayotte imasu" means "Sometimes I commute by car." in Japanese.
Thanks to Jim Campbell (jwampb@rs6000.cmp.ilstu.edu) of Normal, Illinois.

Giraffes have no vocal chords.
Thanks to Sarah Clausnotzer (sannd@msn.com) of Apple Valley, Minnesota.

The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building.
Thanks to Nick Collins (ncollins@indiana.edu) of Elkhart, Indiana.

The lifespan of a tastebud is ten days.
Thanks to Andre Boutin- Maloney (boutinma@meena.cc.uregina.ca) of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.

A fullgrown bear can run as fast as a horse.
Thanks to Jvrgen Bertholdsson (shalafi@algonet.se) of Skelleftee, Blank, Sweden.

A H I M O T U V W X Y are the symmetric capital letters in the Roman alphabet.
i l o t u v w x are the symmetric lower case letters in the Roman alphabet.

Susan Sarandon's last name is from her first husband, Chris Sarandon, also known as Prince Humperdinck from The Princess Bride.

In order for a deck of cards to be mixed up enough to play with properly, it should be shuffled at least seven times.
Thanks to Anonymous of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The Eygptian god of the moon and knowledge, Thoth, has the head of an ibis.
Tweety used to be a baby bird without feathers until the censors made him have feathers because he "looked naked."
Thanks to Mike Joffe of Carlisle, Massachusetts.

The Mola Mola, or Ocean Sunfish, lays up to 5,000,000 eggs at one time.
Thanks to Pits (pits@rat.org) of Manchester, New Hampshire.

Craven Walker invented the lava lamp, and its contents are colored wax and water.
Aerosmith's "Dude Looks Like a Lady" was written about Vince Neil of Motley Crue.
Vanilla Ice's real name is Robert Van Winkle.
Thanks to Brett Stanislao of Arvada, Colorado.

When opossums are playing opossum, they are not "playing." They actually pass out from sheer terror.
Thanks to Cliff Brunken of Colleyville, Texas.

2 and 5 are the only primes that end in 2 or 5.
1 and 2 are the only numbers where they are the values of the numbers of factors they have.
Switching letters is called spoonerism. For example, saying jag of Flapan, instead of flag of Japan.
Thanks to Gaku Sato of New York.

The abbrevation "PDX" (Portland International Airport) is derived from "P" standing for Portland and "DX" meaning long distance or wide reaching.
Every male over the 18 is considered part of the Arizona Militia according to state constitution.
Thanks to Thai Williams (thaiw@getnet.com of Tempe, Arizona.

Liquid paper was invented by Mike Nesmith (of the Monkees)'s mother, Bette Nesmith Graham, in 1951.
Thanks to Steve McKinney (sjmck@avana.net)

A man named Ed Peterson is the inventor of the Egg McMuffin.
Thanks to Erik Wahlen (erjwahlw@hotmail.com) of Germantown, Wisconsin.

Stag beetles have stronger mandibles than humans.
Thanks to Lauren (ldiaz@weber.edu) of Ogden, Utah.

The record for most snowfall in a day, 78 inches, was made on February 7, 1916 in Alaska.
In an episode of The Simpsons, Sideshow Bob's Criminal Number is 24601, the same as the Criminal number of Jean Valjean in Les Miserables.
Felix the Cat is the first cartoon character to ever have been made into a ballooon for a parade.
Thanks to Bat Garg (batgarg@geocities.com) of Fairbanks, Alaska.

More money is printed daily for the Monopoly game than by the U.S. Treasury.
The only continent without reptiles or snakes is Antarctica.
It is possible to lead a cow upstairs but not downstairs, because a cows' knees can't bend properly to walk back down.

The word "girl" appears only once in the Bible.
A golden razor removed from King Tut's Tomb was still sharp enough to be used.
You can make a glass of apple cider with three apples.
All gondolas in Venice, Italy must be painted black, unless they belong to a high official.
The word "karate" means "empty hand."
A standard grave is 7'8" x 3'2" x 6"
Howdy Doody had forty-eight freckles.
There is a city called Rome on every continent.
More Hollywood films have been made about boxing than about any other sport.
Thanks to David Katz-Doft (Zeakx@aol.com) of Atlanta, Georgia.

Rhinos are in the same family as horses, and are thought to have inspired the myth of the unicorn.
Hudson Bay is the largest bay in the world, (larger than England) bordering only one country Canada, and only two provinces and a territory.
Three people played Darth Vader: David Prowse was his body, James Earl Jones did the voice, and Sebastian Shaw was his face.
Thanks to Richard Anthony of Keewatin, Ontario, Canada.

The stress in Hungarian words always falls on the first syllable.
A 17th-century Swedish philologist claimed that in the Garden of Eden God spoke Swedish, Adam spoke Danish, and the serpent spoke French.
The word for "dog" in the Australian aboriginal language Mbabaran happens to be "dog."
Thanks to Kevin Shapiro (kshapiro@fas.harvard.edu) of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The first Bowie knife was forged at Washington, Arkansas.
Thanks to Joe Burkett (JohnClark7@aol.com) of Dallas, Texas.

The names of the three wise monkeys are: Mizaru: See no evil, Mikazaru: Hear no evil, and Mazaru: Speak no evil.
The name of the asteroid that was believed to have killed the dinosaurs was named Chixalub. (Pronounced Sheesh-uh-loob)
John Wilkes Booth shot Lincoln in a theatre and was found in a warehouse. Lee Harvey Oswald shot Kennedy from a warehouse and was found in a theatre.
Dismas and Gestas were the names of the two thieves crucified with Jesus.
The Red Baron's real name was Manfred Von Richtofen.
Thanks to Ross Demma (radner1@azstarnet.com) of Tuscon, Arizona.

Santa Fe, New Mexico is the highest state capital at 7,000 feet above sea level.
Sante Fe is also the only State Capital with no regularly scheduled commercial airline service.
Santa Fe was founded in 1607 making it the oldest continuously occupied state capital.
Thanks to David Carter (David.M.Carter@mci.com) of Denver, Colorado.

Stewardesses and reverberated are the two longest words (12 letters each) that can be typed using on the left hand.
The longest word that can be typed using on the right hand is lollipop.
Skepticisms is the longest word that alternates hands.
Thanks to Jean Chapin (jchapin@symantec.com) of Eugene, Oregon.

Sam Spade's license number was 137596.
A hamlet is a village without a church and a town is not a city until it has a cathedral.
Nine pennies weigh exactly one ounce.
Alaska could hold the 21 smallest States
The largest prime number is 13,395 digits long; more than the number of atoms in the universe.
The sport with highest ratio of officials to participants is tennis. A singles match should have 13; ten linesmen, one net, one foot-fault, plus an umpire.
49.6% of US residents live in Eastern time zone, 29.3% live in the Central time zone, 5.3% live in the Mountain time zone, 15.0% live in the Pacific time zone and .8% live in any other time zone.
Thanks to W. John Little (jlittle@az.com) of Bellingham, Washington.

Camels have three eyelids to protect themselves from blowing sand.
It takes forty minutes to hard boil an ostrich egg.

The world's largest K-Mart is on the island of Guam.
Thanks to Sal Rutter of Nimtz Hill, Guam.

There are 2,598,960 five-card hands possible in a 52-card deck of cards.
There are 1,929,770,126,028,800 different color combinations possible on a Rubik's Cube.
Thanks to Joey Burton (jburton@searnet.com) of Stanford, Kentucky.

Pecans are the only food that astranauts do not have to treat and dehydrate when flying in space.
Thanks to Joshua De Jong (Nobody12@sprynet.com of North Haledon, New Jersey.

Ross Perot resigned from the General Motors Board of Directors because of the decision to purchase Hughes Aircraft Company.

Figlet, an ASCII font converter program, stands for Frank, Ian and Glenn's LETters.

Eggplant is a member of the thistle family.
Most of the Vitamin C in fruits is in the pith (skin).
Thanks to Mike (talontsi@net1.net).

Decatur, Illinois was the original home of what is now the Chicago Bears (then the Stalley Bears.)
Thanks to John W. Dickey (fnite@eosinc.com of Springfield, Illinois.

Every Swiss citizen is required by law to have a bomb shelter or access to a bomb shelter.

Brazoria County in Southeast Texas is the only county in the United States and Canada to have every kind of poisonous snake found in those two countries.
The ancient Etruscans painted women white and men red in the wall paintings they used to decorate tombs.
Thanks to Susan E. (sswog2lu@mwcgw.mwc.edu of Lake Jackson, Texas.

The United States National Anthem is the only anthem in the world that doesn't have the name of the country in it.
Thanks to Dave Lapsley (at615@freenet.toronto.on.ca) of Toronto, Ontario.

Texas is also the only state that is allowed to fly its state flag at the same height as the U.S. flag.
Thanks to Trill Hitt (akira7@airmail.net of Dallas, Texas.

In 1986 Danny Heep became the first player in a World Series to be a designated hitter (DH) with the initials "D.H."
Thanks to Kevin (Rugby@WebTV.net) of Westbury, Connecticut.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is the only city in the U.S. with three sports teams that all wear the same colors.
Thanks to Bill Coolbaugh (stilr96@ix.netcom.com of Duryea, Pennsylvania.

Plaster of Paris is naturally fire retardant. At about 600 degrees Farenheit the chemical water that is stored in it is released. This is also why walls are often "sweaty" after a fire.
Thanks to Jon Fiersten (fiersten@uiuc.edu) of Urbana, Illinois.

The scar on Al Capone's scar was the result a gash he received from the brother of a girl he had insulted.
Thanks to Emilie (ZumZum13@aol.com) of Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

Before Prohibition, Shiltz Brewery own more property in Chicago than anyone else, except The Catholic Church.
Thanks to Sean (calvin@wwa.com) of Chicago, Illinois.

If you put a raisin in a glass of champagne, it will keep floating to the top and sinking to the bottom.
Thanks to Whitney Elliott (Whitley22@aol.com) of Grand Blanc, Michigan.

Dwarf Woolly Mammoths survived on Wrangel Island, Alaska as late as 4000 years ago. (So the oldest organism currently alive was 1000 years old when the last Woolly Mammoth died.)
Thanks to Jeffery Winkler (kwinkler@inreach.com) of Hanford, California.

National Pi Day is March 14, at 1:59. (3/14 1:59)
Thanks to Phong Huynh (be424@scn.org) of Seattle, Washington.

The only two people in the baseball hall of fame that had nothing to do with baseball (i.e they did not play, coach, own a team, etc.) are Abbott and Costello.
Thanks to Rob Grider (ragride@bgnet.bgsu.edu) of Cleveland, Ohio.

The saguaro cactus, found in the southwestern united states, does not grow branches until it is about sixty to seventy-five years old.
Thanks to Andrew Gribas (tgribas@grfn.org) of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The word "tryst," (which means an assignment between lovers to meet) is the only five-letter english word with two of one letter, whose only vowel is 'y.'
Thanks to Helena McCleary (wendy@pacbell.net) of Gardena, California.

Kermit the Frog is left handed.
Thanks to Jesse (jessel@silverlink.net).

The average mousepad is eight and three quarters by seven and a half inches.
Thanks to Jennifer O'Neill (JennnieO@AOL.com) of Riverside, Califorania.

Shortest Intercontinental Commercial Flight in the world is from Gibraltar (Europe) to Tangier (Africa.) Distance 34 miles, flight time 20 minutes.
Thanks to Michael (michae12@ix.netcom.com) of Pacific Palisades, California.

In the game Monopoly, the most money you can lose in one travel around the board (normal game rules, going to jail only once) is $26,040. The most money you can lose in one turn is $5070.
Thanks to Evan Demere (Charon2@prodigy.net) of Macon, Georgia.

The airplane Buddy Holly died in was the "American Pie." (Thus the name of the Don McLean song.)
The only nation who's name begins with an "A", but doesn't end in an "A" is Afghanastan.
Pamela Anderson Lee is Canada's Centennial Baby, being the first baby born on the centennial anniversiary of Canada's independence.
Thanks to Jad Johnson (jad@arches.uga.edu) of Athens, Georgia.

In ancient Egypt, the apricot was called the "egg of the sun."
Non-dairy creamer is flammable.
Thanks to Jonathan (Jonathan.Makiri@resnet.ucsb.edu) of Santa Barbara, California.

The car in the foreground on the back of a $10 bill is a 1925 Huptmobile.
Thanks to Bobby Diamond.

Tommy Lee Jones Useless Facts
Tommy Lee Jones is one of Oliver's roommates in the movie Love Story. He was Tom then.
Thanks to Rachel Lyons (lyonsr@ucsu.colorado.edu) of Boulder, Colorado.
Tommy Lee Jones and Al Gore were freshman roommates at Harvard.

A bonnet is the cap on the fire hydrant.
A canton is the blue field behind the stars.
The bread slots in a toaster are toast wells.
The side of a hammer is a cheek.
Thanks to Greg Ciesielski (Pjski@niia.net) of Portage, Indiana.

Only two countries border three oceans -- the United States & Canada.
The quartz crystal in your wristwatch vibrates 32,768 times a second.
The two most common surgeries are biopsy & cesarean.
Thanks to Logan Graves (logan@apex.net).

Dr. Seuss and Kurt Vonnegut went to college together. They were even in the same fraternity, where Seuss decorated the fraternity house walls with drawings of his characters.
Thanks to Jeff Parker (jeff@beale.com) of Memphis, Tennessee.

Drinking water after eating reduces the acid in your mouth by 61 percent.
Thanks to Denianne Bland (dbland@uakron.edu) of Akron, Ohio.

Paris, France and Cedar Rapids, Iowa are the only cities in the world that have their governments on an island.
Thanks to Marty Greenlief (marty.g@juno.com) of Salt Lake City, Utah.

Pro golfer Wayne Levi was the first PGA pro to win a tournament using a colored (orange) ball. He did it in the Hawaiian Open in 1982.
Thanks to John Prestopnik (presto@ntcnet.com) of Little Falls, New York.

The author of Roberts' Rules of Order, Col. Roberts of the U. S. Corps of Engineers, is also famous as the engineer in charge of designing the Seawall in Galveston, Texas. This Seawall was constructed after the famous hurricane of 1900 which hit Galveston, killing thousands.
Thanks to Steve Stein (sstein@sat.net) of Lake Jackson, Texas.

The bat on the Bacardi symbol is there because the soil where the sugar cane grows is fertile from the excessive guano (bat droppings.)
Thanks to Craig Smith (x94smith12@wmich.edu) of Kalamazoo, Michigan.

A lion's roar can be heard from five miles away.
If you can see a rainbow you must have your back to the sun. If you don't, you can't see it.
Thanks to Hilary Smith (thesmith@mpx.com.au) of Bondi Junction, New South Wales, Australia.

The cheetah is the only cat in the world that can't retract it's claws.
Thanks to Ike Evans.

The Toronto Maple leafs used to be called the Toronto Arenas, then the St. Patricks and finally the Maple Leafs.
Thanks to George Jordan (Rafterx@telusplanet.net) of Stavely, Alberta,Canada.

A female swine, or a sow, will always have a even number of teats or nipples, usually twelve.
Thanks to B. E. Kleckner (FavoritSon@aol.com) of Fresno, California.

Although Sherlock Holmes above all is considered as an inhabitant of Victorian London, not less than seven stories take place after the death of the late queen. They are: The Priory School (early 20th C), The Three Garridebs (1902), The Blanced Soldier (1903), The Illustrious Client (1903), The Creeping Man (1903), The Lion's Mane (1907), His Last Bow (1914.)
Only two stories have Sherlock himself as the narrator. They are: The Blanched Soldier (1903) and The Lion's Mane (1907.)
It is commonly thought that Conan Doyle got his knighthood because of his stories about Sherlock Holmes. He didn't. In fact he got his honour because of his defence (in pamphlets and newspaper articles) of the British concentration camps during the Boer War.
Thanks to Lars Wigforss (vikfors@personalworld.se of Lund, Sweden.

The hammer throw is illegal as a high school sport in all states except Rhode Island.

Grand Rapids, Michigan was the first city in the US to put flouride in their water.
Thanks to Peter Stapley (pjs6348@silver.sdsmt.edu) of Rapid City, South Dakota.

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.
Thanks to Mike Poccia (mtp99@uno.cc.geneseo.edu) of Piermont, New York.

St. Stephen is the patron saint of bricklayers.

The first song played on Armed Forces Radio during operation Desert Shield was Rock the Casba by the Clash.
Thanks to Jonny Lung.

It's rumored that sucking on a copper penny will cause a breath- alyzer to read 0.
Thanks to Michael Slapo (slapo@microeon.com of Woodbury, New York.

Fabrics and their Origins
Angora (goat hair) --- Ankara, Turkey
Calico --- Calicut, India
Cambric --- Cambrai, France
Chambray --- Cambrai, France
Damask --- Damascus, Syria
Denim --- Nimes, France
Gauze --- Gaza, Palestine
Jersey --- Jersey Islamd, U.K.
Lisle --- Lille, France
Madras --- Madras, India
Oxford Cloth --- Oxford, U.K.
Tweed --- Tweed River Valley, U.K.
Thanks to Deb's Dad.

There are only 4 cities that are named exactly after the state they are located in: Maine, ME; Minnesota, MN; New York, NY; and Wyoming, WY.
Thanks to Kenny Elrod (kelrod@wcnet.org) of Cygney, Ohio.

Worcestershire Sauce is basically an Anchovy ketchup.
Thanks to Brad Coon (coon@cvax.ipfw.indiana.edu) of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The launching mechanism of a carrier ship that helps planes to take off, could throw a pickup truck over a mile.
Camarillo, CA USA is the lima bean capital of the world.
Thanks to Sean Ohlenkamp (SeanOh@aol.com) of Camarillo, California.

If you told someone that they were one in a million, you'd be saying there were about 1,800 of them in China.
Thanks to The Drake (jdrake@best.com of San Jose, California.

A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.
Thanks to Rannveig (Blitzspeer@aol.com) of Chicago, Illinois.

In Psycho, the color of Mrs. Bates' dress was periwinkle blue.
Thanks to Joe Adilletta (jxa1@cornell.edu).

The Roman numerals for 1666 are as follows: MDCLXVI (1000+500+100+50+10+5+1.) This year is famous as being the one time in history when the date is written with all of the Roman numerals from highest value to the lowest value.
Thanks to R. C. A. (rca@bconnex.net) of Midland, Ontario, Canada.

Until at least 1980 the country of Bhutan had no telephones.

The average sixty minute audio cassette tape has 562.5 feet of tape in it.
Thanks to Chris Lowe (Chris1009@aol.com of Moraga, California.

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.
Thanks to Mark Lutton (mlutton@world.std.com) of Brookline, New Hampshire.

A group of geese on the ground is gaggle, a group of geese in the air is skein.
Thanks to Elliot Blanchard (elliot@minerva.cis.yale\ .edu) of New Haven, Connecticut.

The smallest 'country' in the world to have its own top-level domain name is Norfolk Island, off the coast of Australia.
Thanks to Emma Osman (eosman@cybergraphic.com.au) of Melbourne, Australia.

Napoleon Bonaparte's mother's name was Laticia.
Thanks to Ed Windsor (mccrae2@earthlink.net) of Los Angeles, Califoria.

Tirana and Dublin are the only remaining European capitals with undergrounds.

The 16th century astronomer Tycho Brahe lost his nose in a duel with one of his students over a mathematical computation. He wore a silver replacement nose for the rest of his life.
Thanks to Wyeth Johnson (collage@ziplink.net) of North Andover, Massachusetts.

Prince Harry and Prince William are uncircumcised.
Dogs and humans are the only animals with prostates.
The ashes of the average cremated person weigh nine pounds.
Thanks to Janice and Brennan Keil (keil@erols.com) of Joppa, Maryland.

The placement of a donkey's eyes in its' heads enables it to see all four feet at all times
Thanks to Carrie LeMieux (calemieu@oakland.edu of Rochester, Michigan.

The only word that consists of two letters, each used three times is the word "deeded."
Thanks to Dan Webster (DWebster99@aol.com) of Palatine, Illinois.

Walt Disney named Mickey Mouse after Mickey Rooney, whose mother he dated for some time.
Thanks toChad H. of Seattle, Washinton.

Libra, the Scales, is the only inanimate symbol in the zodiac.
Thanks to Jan Koloen (jan.koloen@legis.state.wi.us) of Madison, Wisconsin.

The word "robot" was created by Karel Capek. It came from Czech/Slovak "robotovat," which means to work very hard.
Thanks to Ondrej Tichy (uner@geocities.com) of Prague, Czech Republic.

The underside of a horse's hoof is called a frog. The frog peels off several times a year with new growth.
Thanks to Ann Langlois (alangloi@remc8.k12.mi.us) of Michigan.

A forfeited game is baseball is recorded as a 9-0 score. In football it is 1-0.
Thanks to Mark Bilby.

The name of the Vulcan's heaven is Sha Ka Ree, this is a play on the name Sean Connery who was considered for the part of Sarek, Spock's father.
The 772-778 digits of pi are 9999998, the greatest sum of 7 consequtive digits in the first 1,000,000 or so digits.
Thanks to Jonathan Nikfarjam (softaco@nr.infi.net) of Greensboro, North Carolina.

The San Fransisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments
Thanks to Michael Ernst of Cincinnati, Ohio.

The most common name in Italy is Mario Rossi
Thanks to Carlo Crudele (heinkells@hotmail.com) of Salerno, Italy.

Both Esther and Song of Solomon do not mention the word God.

Here is every word that can be displayed by a digital clock during the day (using the numbers which look like letters, with 9 as "g.")

zoo (2:00), S.O.S. (5:05), sob (5:08), sog (5:09),
sis (5:15), boo (8:00), Bob (8:08), bog (8:09),
bib (8:18), big (8:19), goo (9:00), gob (9:08),
gib (9:18), gig (9:19)
So be sure to shriek whenever it's 8:00!
Thanks to Joe Rovang (jrovang@mindspring.com) of Atlanta, Georgia.

Paul Revere rode on a borrowed horse that belonged to Deacon Larkin.
Thanks to Larry Culver (latexaz@goodnet.com) of Phoenix,Arizona.

The "save" icon on Microsoft Word shows a floppy disk, with the shutter on backwards.
Thanks to Matt (gaym@craft.clarkson.edu) of Potsdam, New York.

The English word with the most consonants in a row is latchstring
Thanks to Lukas.

Roosters can't crow if they can't fully extend their necks.
There are only three types of snakes on the island of Tasmania and all are deadly poisonous.
Thanks to Dick Reese (reese@iname.com) of Cygnet, Tasmania, Australia.

The highest scoring word in the English language game of Scrabble is 'Quartzy'. This will score 164 points if played across a red triple-word square with the Z on a light blue double-letter square. It will score 162 points if played across two pink double-word squares with the Q and the Y on those squares. 'Bezique' and 'Cazique' are next with a possible 161 points. All three words score an extra 50 points for having seven letters and therefore emptying the letter rack in one go.
Thanks to James Bartlett (imagemagic@enterprise.net) of London, England, United Kingdom.

Assuming Rudolph was in front, there are 40320 ways to arrange the other eight reindeer.
Shirley Temple always had 56 curls in her hair.
Thanks to Matt Shoemaker (mts4@azstarnet.com).

All of the officers in the Confederate army were given copies of Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo, to carry with them at all times. Robert E. Lee, among others, believed that the book symbolized their cause. Both revolts were defeated.
Thanks to Erin (arowyn@castles.com) of Vallejo, California.

The combination "ough" can be pronounced in nine different ways. The following sentence contains them all: "A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed."
Thanks to Nick Renton (ner@melbpc.org.au) of Melbourne, Australia and Ulrich Gaede (ulrich@mortimer.com) of Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.

Hulk Hogan's real name is Terry Bollea.
Thanks to Josh Burnett (burnettj@scils.rutgers.edu) ofOrinda, California.

Easter is the first Sunday after the first Saturday after the first full moon after the equinox. (The equinox is quite often March 21, but can also occur on the March 20 or 22.)

The dial tone of a normal telephone is in the key of "F".
Thanks to Timothy Nelson (nelsont@radix.net) of Bowie, Maryland.

The fingerprints of koala bears are virtually indistinguishable from those of humans, so much so that they could be confused at a crime scene.
Thanks to Richard Westmoreland (raw@loop.com) of West Hollywood, California.

The Lightning Seeds got their name from a mistaken interpretation of a line in the Prince song 'Raspberry Beret'. They thought the line was "thunder only hides what the lightning seeds". The last word is actually "sees".
DEVO abbreviated their name from "Devolution".
Porno for Pyro's front man Perry Farrell's name is a pun on the word 'peripheral.'
Thanks to Peter Mariner (caznpete@rtsys.com.au) of Adelaide, South Australia.

Months that begins with a Sunday will always have a "Friday the 13th."
Thanks to Bob Krehnbrink (bobkay@jagunet.com) of Baltimore, Maryland.

Emus have double-plumed feathers, and they lay emerald/forest green eggs.
Thanks to Melody Morrow (morrow@us.net).

Robert E. Lee, of the Confederate Army, remains the only person, to date, to have graduated from the West Point military academy without a single demerit.
Thanks to Larry H. Corbett, Jr. (parajuris@earthlink.net) of Tustin, California.

The verb "cleave" is the only English word with two synonyms which are antonyms of each other: adhere and separate.
Thanks to Christy George (c.george@ix.netcom.com) of San Francisco, California.

The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable.
Thanks to Jakd Burke (burke@rochelle.net) of Rochelle, Illinois.

The slash character is called a virgule, or solidus. A URL uses slash characters, not back slash characters.
Thanks to Jim Yencer (yencer@cimple.com of Rochester, New York.

"Corduroy" comes from the French, "cord du roi" or "cloth of the king."
Thanks to Peter Singer (singer4@mail.idt.net) of New York City, New York.

The permanent teeth that erupt to replace their primary predecessors (baby teeth) are called succedaneous teeth.
Thanks to Eldon DeKay (mailto:dekaye@alaska.net) of Anchorage, Alaska.

The abbreviation "ORD" for Chicago's O'Hare airport comes from the old name "Orchard Field."
Thanks to Scott Weitzel.

Antonia ('Tonie') Nathan, the 1972 Vice-Presidential candidate of the Libertarian Party, was the first woman in American history to receive an electoral vote.
Thanks to Bruce Lagasse (76451.1003@compuserve.com) of Van Nuys, California.

In the four major US professional sports, (Baseball, Basketball, Football, and Hockey) there are only seven teams whose nicknames do not end with an "S."
Basketball: The Miami Heat, The Utah Jazz, The Orlando Magic.
Baseball: The Boston Red Sox, The Chicago White Sox.
Hockey: The Colorado Avalanche, The Tampa Bay Lightning.
Football: None.
Thanks to Larry (Crodley@cris.com) of Flint, Michigan.

The Dominican Republic has the only national flag with a bible in it.
Thanks to Blake Farrell (farrell@apci.net) of Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.

James Doohan, who plays Lt. Commander Montgomery Scott on Star Trek, is missing the entire middle finger of his right hand.
Thanks to Mark Smeby (marksmeby@geocities.com) of Martinez, California.

"Polish" is the only word in the English language that when capitalized is changed from a noun or a verb to a nationality.
Thanks to Dick Lennox (beardb890@earthlink.net) of New York City, New York.
Facetious and abstemious contain all the vowels in the correct order, as does arsenious, meaning "containing arsenic."

Beelzebub, another name for the devil, is Hebrew for Lord of the Flies, and this is where the books title comes from.
Thanks to Marbles (mkb96@hampshire.edu) of Amherst, Massachusetts.

Ohio is the only state not to have a rectangular flag. It's a pennant.
At one point, Toledo, Ohio was the glass capital of the world. It produced 90% of windshields for cars and more windows and glasses than any other city in the world.
Thanks to Matthew Risley (mcr3@acpub.duke.edu) of Durham, North Carolina.

The shape of plant collenchyma cells and the shape of the bubbles in beer foam are the same -- they are orthotetrachidecahedrons.
Thanks to Toni Austin (ama@srv.net) of Idaho Falls, Idaho.

West Virginia is the only state in the Union without a natural lake.
Thanks to Nick Roach (BigRoach@msn.com) of Carmichael, California.

The name of the dog from The Grinch Who Stole Christmas is Max.
Thanks to Lynn Sampson (lwagers@academyonline.org) of Red Deer, Alberta, Canada.

Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world.
Connecticut is the only state whose name is two words connected by a letter: "connect," "i," and "cut."
Only five countries in Europe touch only one other (not including the British Isles): Portugal, Denmark, San Marino, Vatican City, and Monaco.
Thanks to Roger Kim (jollyrog@uclink4.berkeley.edu) of Berkeley, California.

October 10 is National Metric Day.
Thanks to Skip Gasche of Schererville, Indiana.

Oak trees do not have acorns until they are fifty years old or older.
Thanks to Joy Kussner (phys011@uabdpo.pdo.uab.edu) of Birmingham, Alabama.

South Dakota has the only state bird from Asia, the ring-necked pheasant.
Thanks to Tim Doherty (voyageur@worldnet.att.com) of St. Paul, Minnesota.

Tongeren is the oldest town in Belgium.
Thanks to Peter Croughs (Peter.Croughs@ping.be).

John Augustus Sutter of Sutter's Mill and the California Gold Rush became an ardent Communist in his later years.

The original IBM punchcard is the same size as a Civil War era dollar bill.
Thanks to Dean Dvorak (ddvorak@clev.frb.org) of Cleveland, Ohio.

The concave dish shape that a liquid takes on inside a glass or tube is called a meniscus.
Thanks to D. Jones (grlakes@manistee-isd.k12.mi.us) of Manistee, Michigan.

If you need to remember pi, just count the letters in each word in the sentence: "May I have a large container of coffee?" If you get the coffee and are polite and say "Thank you," you get two more decimal places. [3.141592653...]
Thanks to Kevin Weaver (kevin@ModelFitness.com of West Palm Beach, Florida.

Croatia Useless Facts
Dalmatian dog originate from Dalmatian coast of Croatia.
Kresimir Cosic is only non-American player in NBA Hall of Fame.
Croatia was the first country to recognize the United States in 1776.
Thanks to Tomislav Ozanic (ozzy@oliver.efzg.hr) of Zagreb, Croatia.
Marco Polo was born on the Croatian island of Korcula (pronounced Kor-Chu-La).
Thanks to Karim Kovacevic (Karim_Kovacevic@lotus.com) of Boston, Massachusetts.

A two-bit moon is in the first quarter.
Thanks to Doyle Holcomb (wa7faz@aol.com) of Phoenix, Arizona.

The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one mile in every five must be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips in times of war or other emergencies.
Thanks to John Detwiler (jdetwiler@ctr.kdla.state.k\ y.us) of Lexington, Kentucky.

The Swiss flag is square.
The word 'pound' is abbreviated 'lb.' after the constellation 'libra' because it means 'pound' in Latin, and also 'scales'. The abbreviation for the British Pound Sterling comes from the same source: it is an 'L' for Libra/Lb. with a stroke through it to indicate abbreviation. Sames goes for the Italian lira which uses the same abbreviation ('lira' coming from 'libra'). So British currency (before it went metric) was always quoted as "pounds/shillings/pence", abbreviated "L/s/d" (libra/solidus/denarius).
The three largest land-owners in England are the Queen, the Church of England and Trinity College, Cambridge.
The monastic hours are matins, lauds, prime, tierce, sext, nones, vespers and compline.
If you come from Manchester, you are a Mancunian.
No animal, once frozen solid (i.e., water solidifies and turns to ice) survives when thawed, because the ice crystals formed inside cells would break open the cell membranes. However there are certain frogs that can survive the experience of being frozen. These frogs make special proteins which prevent the formation of ice (or at least keep the crystals from becoming very large), so that they actually never freeze even though their body temperature is below zero Celsius. The water in them remains liquid: a phenomenon known as 'supercooling.' If you disturb one of these frogs (just touching them even), the water in them quickly freezes solid and they die.
Thanks to Gavin Koh (gkwk2@cam.ac.uk) of Cambridge, Britain, United Kingdom.

The white part of your fingernail is called the lunula.
Thanks to Jake Joseph (jdjoseph@ibm.net) of Charlottesville, Virginia.

The name for fungal remains found in coal is sclerotinite.
Thanks to the Honours Crew of the Geology Department, University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.

Emus and kangaroos cannot walk backwards, and are on the Australian coat of arms for that reason.

It is believed that Shakespeare was 46 around the time that the King James Version of the Bible was written. In Psalms 46, the 46th word from the first word is shake and the 46th word from the last word is spear.
Thanks to Henry DeShazo of Wharton, Texas.

The shopping mall in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada has the largest water clock in North America.
Thanks to Luke Closs (lukec@uniserve.com) of OB Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada.

Writer Edgar Allan Poe and LSD advocate Timothy Leary were both kicked out of West Point.
Thanks to Mike Poccia (mtp99@uno.cc.geneseo.edu of Piermont, New York.

The top layer of a wedding cake, known as the groom's cake, is usually is a fruit cake so it will last until the couple's first anniversary, when they will eat it.
Thanks to Michelle Moore (moore@inlink.com) of Ballwin, Missouri.

The German Kaiser Wilhelm II had a withered arm and often hid the fact by posing with his hand resting on a sword, or by holding gloves.
Thanks to Dennis Tucker (tucker@auragen.com of Rochester, New York.

The United States government keeps its supply of silver at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY
Thanks to Randy Simonds.

Blimp Useless Facts
There are fourteen blimps in the world.
Ten of the fourteen blimps are in the United States.
The existing biggest blimp is the Fuji Film blimp.
Thanks to Bradley of Mandeville, Louisiana.

Naugahyde, plastic "leather" was created in Naugatuck, Connecticut.
Thanks to Jeanne of Sterling,Virginia.

In every show that Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt (The Fantasticks) wrote, there is at least one song about rain.
A kind of tortoise in the Galapagos Islands has an upturned shell at its neck so it can reach its head up to eat cactus branches.
Thanks to Kevin Laibson (grndzer0@ix.netcom.com) of Ridgewood, New Jersey.

The only city whose name can be spelled completely with vowels is Aiea, Hawaii.
Thanks to Sean of Aiea, Hawaii.

Parthenogenesis is the term used to describe the process by which certain animals are able to reproduce themselves in successive female generations without intervention of a male of the species. At least one species of lizard is known to do so.
Thanks to Jim Ahlberg (ahlberg@ns.rochelle.net) of Rochelle, Illinois.

Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.

The word "Checkmate" in chess comes from the Persian phrase "Shah Mat," which means "the king is dead".
Thanks to Chad Daniel Harwood of Tempe, Arizona.

The ship, the Queen Elizabeth 2, should always be written as QE2. QEII is the actual queen.
"Quisling" is the only word in the English language to start with "quis."
All of the cobble stones that used to line the streets in New York were originally weighting stones put in the hulls of Belgian ships to keep an even keel.
Nepal is the only country without a rectangular flag (it looks like two pennants glued on on top of the other)
Libya has the only flag which is all one color with no writing or decoration on it.
Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.
The only borough of New York City that isn't an island (or part of an island) is the Bronx.
Thanks to Matt Polazzo (mpolazzo@arctos.bowdoin.edu) of Brooklyn, New York.

The 1957 Milwaukee Braves were the first baseball team to win the World Series after being relocated.
Thanks to Scott Nally (scottnally@worldnet.att.net) of Marietta, Georgia.

When a coffee seed is planted, it takes five years to yield consumable fruit.
Thanks to Mike Greenberg of (greenbrg@west.net) of Ventura, California.

The common goldfish is the only animal that can see both infra-red and ultra-violet light.
Thanks to Glen Kemp (jeyes@netcom.co.uk) of Norfolk.

Linn's Stamp News is the world's largest weekly newspaper for stamp collectors.
Thanks to ruddy@postoffice.ptd.net of Freeland, Pennsylvania.

Tennessee and Missouri are bordered by more states than any other. Tennesee is bordered by eight states are Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia. Missouri is bordered by Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennesee, Kentucky and Illinois.

The westernmost point in the contiguous United States is Cape Alava, Washington.

Pinocchio is Italian for "pine head."
Thanks to Mike Lonergan of Lacey, Washington.

The geographical center of North America is near Rugby, North Dakota.
Thanks to David Eaton (deaton@sky.net) of Overland Park, Kansas.

The infinity sign is called a lemniscate.
Thanks to Nathan Oestreich (oestrein@leland.stanford.edu) of Shelton, Washington.

Hacky-sack was invented in Turkey.

If you stretch a standard Slinky out flat it measures 87 feet long.
Thanks to Brian Berg and Lisa Burke of Phoenix, Arizona.

There are six words in the English language with the letter combination "uu." Muumuu, vacuum, continuum, duumvirate, duumvir and residuum.

The "Calabash" pipe, most often associated with Sherlock Holmes, was not used by him until William Gillette (an American) portrayed Holmes onstage. Gillette needed a pipe he could keep in his mouth while he spoke his lines.
Thanks to George Page (gpage@law.yale.edu) of New Haven, Connecticut.

Most Americans' car horns beep in the key of F.
Thanks to Matt Baker of Monticello, Illinois.

Dirty Harry's badge number is 2211.
Thanks to Jim Lambert (gunsmith@ix.netcom.com) of Hedgesville, West Virginia.

The pupil of an octopus' eye is rectangular.
Thanks to Thor Klippert (boomvang@hooked.net) of Berkeley, California.

The shortest French word with all five vowels is "oiseau" meaning bird.
Thanks to Andreas Parsch (106261.2666@compuserve.com) of Munich, Germany.

Camel's milk does not curdle.

"Mr. Mojo Risin" is an anagram for Jim Morrison.
Thanks to Jim Smetana, Jr. (jnrpress@earthlink.net) of Arlington Heights, Illinois.

The ball on top of a flagpole is called the truck.

A person from the country of Nauru is called a Nauruan; this is the only palindromic nationality.
Thanks to Jim Ahlberg (ahlberg@rochelle.net) of Rochelle, Illinois.

Oliver Cromwell was hanged and decapitated two years after he had died.
In the last 4000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
Thanks to Dal Cosby (worzal@uniserve.com) of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Iowa has more independent telephone companies than any other state.
Thanks to Rob Smith of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The first prime number after 1,000,000 is 1,000,003.
Thanks to Pawntep Shaikitwattana (s6014281@kmitl.ac.th).

Hamster Useless Facts
Many hamsters only blink one eye at a time.
Thanks to Laura.
Hamsters love to eat crickets.

The first Eagle Scout west of the Mississippi is buried in San Marcos, Texas.
Thanks to Spencer LeDoux (sledoux@loki.berry.edu) of Mt. Berry, Georgia.

In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere.
Thanks to Rebecca Moonen (rmoonen@multiline.com.au) of Australia.

The Greek version of the Old Testament is called the Septuagent.
Thanks to Andrew Glover (aglover@bucknell.edu).

Spencer Eldon was the name of the naked baby on the cover of Nirvana's album Nevermind.
Thanks to Amy Hemmann (c688384@showme.missouri.edu) of Columbia, Missouri.

All three major 1996 Presidential candidates, Clinton, Dole and Perot, are left-handed.

Sheriff came from Shire Reeve. During early years of feudal rule in England, each shire had a reeve who was the law for that shire. When the term was brought to the United States it was shortened to Sheriff.

An animal epidemic is called an epizootic.
Thanks to Emily Honig (QMJH11B@prodigy.com) of Newton, Massachusetts.

Dracula is the most filmed story of all time, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is second and Oliver Twist is third.

The silhouette on the NBA logo is Jerry West.
The silhouette on the Major League Baseball logo is Harmon Killebrew.
Thanks to Ray Pheris (rlp6028@ta\m2000.tamu.edu) of Baytown, Texas.

The little lump of flesh just forward of your ear canal, right next to your temple, is called a tragus.
Thanks to Dave Barak (barak@netrunner.net) of West Palm Beach, Florida.

Soweto in South Africa ws derived from SOuth WEst TOwnship.

Murphy's Oil Soap is the chemical most commonly used to clean elephants.
Thanks to John Rosen (big_john@ix.netcom.com) of Leawood, Kansas.

The Andy Griffth Show was the first spin-off in TV history. It was a spin-off of the Danny Thomas Show.
Thanks to Jeff Katersky (katersky1@aol.com) of Thousand Oaks, California.

Goat's eyes have rectangular pupils.
Thanks to Elizabeth Fox of San Francisco, California.

Walt Disney's autograph bears no resemblance to the famous Disney logo.
Thanks to Joe Bork (jfb@po.cwru.edu) of Cleveland, Ohio.

Other than humans, black lemurs are the only primates that may have blue eyes.
Thanks to Joao de Souza (jdsouza@undp.org) of New York.

The United States has never lost a war in which mules were used.
Thanks to Adam Trebolo (astreb00@mik.uky.edu) of Lexington, Kentucky.

Great Britain was the first county to issue postage stamps. Hence, the postage stamps of Britain are the only stamps in the world not to bear the name of the country of origin. However, every stamp carries a relief image or a silhouette of the monarch's head instead.
Images for picture stamps in the United States are commissioned by the United States Postal Service Department of Philatelic Fulfillment.
Thanks to Charlie Whitaker (charlie1@easynet.co.uk) of London, England, Great Britain.

Artist Constantino Brumidi fell from the done of the U.S. Capitol while painting a mural around the rim. He died four months later.
Thanks to Tim Caton (tcaton@hr.house.gov) of Washington, District of Columbia.

Since 1896, the beginning of the modern Olympics, only Greece and Australia have participated in every Games.
Thanks to Danny McGill (dmcgill@ccip.com) of Dunkirk, New York.

There were no squirrels on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts until 1989.
Thanks to Aimee Kendzejeski of Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Cathy Rigby is the only woman to pose nude for Sports Illustrated. (August 1972)
Thanks to Fox Connor of Lakewood, Colorado.

Blueberry Jelly Bellies were created especially for Ronald Reagan.
Will Clark of the Texas Rangers is a direct descendant of William Clark of Lewis and Clark.
Thanks to Dan Chatfield (focus@calweb.com) of Orangevale, California.

Barbie Useless Facts
Barbie's full name is Barbra Millicent Roberts.
Thanks to Jessie (incredakid@aol.com) of New Jersey.
Barbie's measurements if she were life size: 39-23-33.
Thanks to William Bishop (bishop@netside.com) of Columbia, South Carolina.

When ocean tides are at their highest, they are called "spring tides." When they are at their lowest, they are call "neap tides."
Thanks to D. Beaudry of Gilmanton, New Hampshire.

The last NASCAR driver to serve jail time for running moonshine was Buddy Arrington.
Thanks to Dave of Florence, Montana.

Many Japanese golfers carry "hole-in-one" insurance, because it is traditional in Japan to share one's good luck by sending gifts to all your friends when you get an "ace." The price for what the Japanese term an "albatross" can often reach $10,000.

The difference between male and female blue crabs is the design located on their apron (belly.) The male blue crab has the Washington Monument while the female apron is shaped like the U.S. Capitol.
It takes a lobster approxiamately seven years to grow to be one pound.
Thanks to Bill Yurgaitis of Bealteon, Virginia.

The ridges on the sides of coins are called reeding or milling.

The lot numbers for the cyanide-tainted Tylenol capsules scare back in 1982 were MC2880 and 1910MD.
Thanks to Whitney Fitzgerald of Rochester, New York.

Montpelier, Vermont is the only U.S. state capital without a McDonalds.
Thanks to Mike Korby of Brookline, Massachusetts.

At latitude 60 degrees south you can sail all the way around the world.
Thanks to Megan of Asheville, North Carolina.

A Chinese checkerboard has 121 holes.
Thanks to Andy Roberts (aroberts@gsm.ucdavis.edu) of Davis, California.

The hyoid bone, in your throat, is the only bone in the body not attached to another bone.
Mice, whales, elephants, giraffes and man all have seven neck vertebra.
Thanks to Craig Evans (cevans@ps-mpls.com) of Minneapolis, Minnesota

Sunbeams that shine down through the clouds are called crespucular rays.
Very small clouds that look like they have been broken off of bigger clouds are called scuds.
On a dewy morning, if you look at your shadow in the grass, the dew drops shine light back to your eye creating a halo called a heilgenschein (German for halo.)
Thanks to Cindy B. (cindyb@batky-howell.com) of Denver, Colorado.

The correct response to the Irish greeting, "Top of the morning to you," is "and the rest of the day to yourself."

The straw was probably invented by Egyptian brewers to taste in-process beer without removing the fermenting ingredients which floated on the top of the container.

All porcupines float in water.
Thanks to Lester E. Parks of Olympia, Washington.

Hang On Sloopy is the official rock song of Ohio.
Thanks to Stuart Johnson (stjohn@scsn.net) of Columbia, South Carolina.

A-1 Steak Sauce contains both orange peel and raisins.
Thanks to Liam Mooney of Covington, Virginia.

Pentagon Useless Facts
The Pentagon in Washington, D. C. has five sides, five stories, and five acres in the middle.
Thanks to Rob Buchanan of Robbinsdale, Minnesota.
The Pentagon, in Arlington, Virginia, has twice as many bathrooms as is necessary. When it was built in the 1940s, the state of Virginia still had segregation laws requiring separate toilet facilities for blacks and whites.

Residents of the island of Lesbos are Lesbosians, rather than Lesbians. (Of course, lesbians are called lesbians because Sappho was from Lesbos.)
Thanks to Judith Grunberger (jcookson@eng.umd.edu) of College Park, Maryland.

Double Meanings Useless Facts
The Chinese ideogram for 'trouble' depicts two women living under one roof'.
Thanks to Peter H. Wendt of Hamburg, Germany.
German has a word for the peace offerings brought to your mate when you've committed some conceived slight. This is "drachenfutter" or dragon's food.
Thanks to Bob Hart (rahard@hctc.com) of Hoodsport, Washington.

In Chinese, the words for crisis and opportunity are the same.
Thanks to Dan Rollins (u1a01096@wvnvm.wvnet.edu) of Morgantown, West Virginia.

No word in the English language rhymes with month.
Thanks to Dan Ventresca (danno@voicenet.com) of Warrington, Pennsylvania.

Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without killing them use to burn their houses down -- hence the expression "to get fired."
Thanks to Elisabeth Pinto (orilib@ccnet.com) of Orinda, California.

The poisonous copperhead smells like fresh cut cucumbers.
Thanks to Pocket (pocket@gnn.com) of Ballwin, Missouri.

In Disney's "Fantasia", the Sorcerer's name is "Yensid" (Disney backwards.)
The smallest mushroom's name is "Hop-low."
Thanks to Jodi of Quesnel, British Columbia, Canada.

Anne Boleyn had six fingernails on one hand , but only five fingers on that hand. She had a small extra nail on the side of her finger that she kept hidden with long sleeves.
Thanks to Elicia Slate (cueks1@bgu.edu) of Charleston, Illinois.

Mustard gas was invented in the McKinley Building on the American University campus. Additionally, preliminary work on the Manhattan Project was done in that building. The government used the McKinley Building because of its unusual architecture. If there was any type of large explosion inside the building, the building would implode onto itself, containing any lethal gas or nuclear material. The building now houses the Physics Department.
Thanks to Matthew J. Geller (mg9335a@american.edu) of Washington, District of Columbia.

When angered, the ears of Tazmanian devils turn a pinkish-red.
Thanks to Chris Twichell (tazmania@mail.utexas.edu) of Austin, Texas.

The cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth 2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.
Thanks to Alan Hammerton (AlanH@athene.co.uk) of Fareham, Hants, United Kingdom.

The naval rank of "Admiral" is derived from the Arabic phrase "amir al bahr," which means "lord of the sea".
Thanks to Geir Fjorstad (rfjorsta@aft.sn.no) of Norway.

The Les Nessman character on the TV series WKRP in Cincinnati wore a band-aid in every episode. Either on himself, his glasses, or his clothing.
Thanks to Leonard Rivers (gaffa@infinet.com) of Columbus, Ohio.

A coat hanger is forty-four inches long if straightened.
Thanks to Mike Little (mikelittle@gnn.com) of North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

The roads on the island of Guam are made with coral. Guam has no sand. The sand on the beaches is actually ground coral. When concrete is mixed, the coral sand is used instead of importing regular sand from thousands of miles away.
Thanks to Dave Newton (75304.2012@compuserve.com) of Pierre, South Dakota.

The city of Mt. Vernon, Washington grows more tulips than the entire country of Holland.
Thanks to Erik Myhre (elm@accessone.com) of Bellevue, Washington.

Jamie Farr (who played Klinger on M*A*S*H) was the only member of the cast who actually served as a soldier in the Korean War.
The southern most city in the United States is Na'alehu, Hawaii.
Alaska was the only part of the United States actually invaded by the Japanese during WWII. The territory was the island of Adak in the Aleutian Chain.
Thanks to Gary Bachesta of Honolulu, Hawaii.

Woodward Avenue in Detroit, Michigan carries the designation M-1, named so because it was the first paved road anywhere.
Michigan was the first state to plow its roads and the first to adopt a yellow dividing line.
Thanks to Jim R. (omni@cyberspace.org) of Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Canada is an Indian word meaning "Big Village".
The longest chapter in the Bible is Psalm 119.
The shortest verse in the Bible is "Jesus wept."
Thanks to Dominique Ibanez (domy@whri.on.ca) of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Zaire is the world leader in cobalt mining, producing two-thirds of the world's cobalt supply.
Thanks to Justin Bell (ebell@blue.weeg.uiowa.edu) of Iowa City, Iowa.

Little known Cathedral Caverns near Grant, Alabama has the world's largest cave opening, the world's largest stalagmite (Goliath), and the largest stalagmite forest in the World.
Thanks to David Hogan of Leeds, Alabama.

The only person ever to decline a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction was Sinclair Lewis for his book Arrowsmith.
A poem written to celebrate a wedding is called an epithalamium.
Thanks to Maryn Gier (mgier@tenet.edu) of Vidor, Texas.

Maine is the only state that borders on only one state.
Thanks to Mark Tully of Madison, Maine.

There are almost twice as many people in Rhode Island than there are in Alaska.
The Statue of Liberty's tablet is two feet thick.
There are two credit cards for every person in the United States.
Thanks to Bruce Hart (bjhart@juno.com) of Victorville, California.

Kudzu is not indigenous to the South, but in that climate it can grow up to six inches a day.
Thanks to J. Powell (entropy@vetrix.com) of Richmond, Virginia.

Did you know that there are coffee flavored PEZ?
Thanks to Dave Heinzel (heinzel@cencom.net) of Springfield, Illinois.

The word 'pixel' is a contraction of either 'picture cell' or 'picture element.'
Thanks to Christopher Derry (derry@caip.rutgers.edu) of Piscataway, New Jersey.

Ralph Lauren's original name was Ralph Lifshitz.
Bananas do not grow on trees, but on rhizomes.
Astronauts in the Space Shuttle are weightless not because there is no gravity in space, but because they are in free fall around the Earth.
St. Augustine was the first major proponent of the "missionary" position.
Lizzie Borden was acquitted.
Alexander Hamilton was shot by Aaron Burr in the groin.
Isaac Asimov is the only author to have a book in every Dewey-decimal category.
Roger Ebert is the only film critic to ever have won the Pulitzer prize.
A scholar who studies the Marquis de Sade is called a Sadian, not a Sadist.
Tribeca stands for TRIangle BElow CAnal street.
Soho stands for SOuth of HOuston street.
Columbia University is the second largest landowner in New York City, after the Catholic Church.
The world's largest wine cask is in Heidelberg, Germany.
Thanks to Justin Shubow (jbs39@columbia.edu) of New York City, New York.

Lorne Greene had one of his nipples bitten off by an alligator while he was host of "Lorne Greene's Wild Kingdom."
Thanks to Ryan Griffiths (ryan@hdmdigital.com) of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Cat's urine glows under a blacklight.
Thanks to Stella E. Chambrick (millenl@wkuvx1.wku.edu) of Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Seven Olympic gold medal winners eventually went on to win the Heavyweight Championship of the World
Thanks to David Fierro (boscoe@doitnow.com) of Phoenix, Arizona.

Kerimski Church in Finland is world's biggest church made of wood.
Thanks to Petri Luni (petepof@clinet.fi) of Espoo, Finland.

The St. Louis Gateway Arch had a projected death toll while it was being built. No one died.
Thanks to Ivan Schoomer (ischoomer@macalstr.edu) of St.Louis, Missouri.

The average ear of corn has eight-hundred kernels arranged in sixteen rows.
A cat has four rows of whiskers.
Vincent Van Gogh comitted suicide while painting Wheat Field with Crows.
Thanks to Jennifer Hatten of Kenova, West Virginia.

An iguana can stay under water for twenty-eight minutes.
Thanks to Ben Randall (b_randall@conknet.com) of Henniker, New Hampshire.

Jelly Belly jelly beans were the first jelly beans in outer space when they went up with astronauts in the June 21, 1983 voyage of the space shuttle Challenger (the same voyage as the first American woman in space, Sally Ride).
Thanks to Hubie Chen (hubes@leland.stanford.edu) of Stanford, California.

Baseballer Connie Mack's real name was Cornelius McGilicuddy.
If you were standing in the northernmost point of the forty-eight contiguous states, you'd be standing in Minnesota.
Thanks to Brian Wenning of Richardson, Texas

Only thirty percent of the famous Maryland blue crabs are actually from Maryland, the rest are from North Carolina and Virginia.
Back in the mid to late 80's, an IBM compatible computer wasn't considered a hundred percent compatible unless it could run Microsoft's Flight Simulator.
Thanks to Ligeng Cao (ligeng@wam.umd.edu) of Bowie, Maryland.

When the State of West Virginia was formed from Virginia in 1863, the three western counties in Virginia voted to go with West Virginia, but West Virginia didn't take them because they were poor. Instead they took three counties that voted to stay with Virginia, because they were richer and they had the B&O railroad. Those counties have since split and are five: Jefferson, Hampshire, Berkley, Mineral, and Morgan.
The car-making Dodge brothers Horace and John were Jewish, that's why the first Dodge emblem had a star of David in it.
Studebaker was the only major car company to stop manufacturing cars while making a profit on them.
Studebaker still exists, but is now called Worthington.
Chrysler built B-29's that bombed Japan, Mitsubishi built Zeros that tried to shoot them down. Both companies now build cars in a joint plant call Diamond Star.
Thanks to Gary Howell (gary@howellautomotive.com) of Keyser, West Virginia.

On the new one hundred dollar bill the time on the clock tower of Independence Hall is 4:10.
Thanks to Angelo McComis (AMcComis@CSI.compuserve.com) of Columbus, Ohio.

The top three cork-producing countries are Spain, Portugal and Algeria. (Cork comes from trees.)

In the Wizard of Oz Dorothy's last name is Gail. It is shown on the mail box.
Thanks to Kevin Philbin (kphilbin@gibson.com) of Nashville, Tennesee.

If you bring a raccoon's head to the Henniker, New Hampshire town hall, you are entitled to receive $.10 from the town.
Thanks to Andy Glover of Henniker, New Hampshire.

The letter W is the only letter in the alphabet that doesn't have one syllable, it has three.
Thanks to Zach Buckner (zbuckner@unity.math.wlu.edu) of Lexington, Virginia.

All swans and all sturgeons in England are property of the Queen. Messing with them is a serious offense.
Thanks to Conor Tee of Dublin, Ireland.

Michael Di Lorenzo, who plays Eddie Torres on New York Undercover is one of the lead dancers in Michael Jackson's "Beat It" video.
Thanks to Yazan (yazan@escape.com) of New York City, New York.

Only two people, John Hancock and Charles Thomson signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn't added until five years later.
October 4, 1957 is a date to be remembered, it is the day both "Leave it to Beaver" and the Russian satellite Sputnik 1 were launched.
It takes about a half a gallon of water to cook macaroni, and about a gallon to clean the pot.
Thanks to Martin Moretti of Stillwater, Oklahoma.

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