Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn't
In 1980, a Las Vegas hospital suspended workers for betting on when
patients would die.
Thomas Edison was afraid of the dark.
means 'soggy shrub'
In Kentucky, 50% of the people who get married for the first time are teenagers.
Kotex was first manufactured as bandages, during WWI.
speak fluently when
he was nine. His parents thought he might be retarded.
In Los Angeles, there are fewer people than there are automobiles.
About a third of all Americans flush the toilet while they're still sitting on it.
You're more likely to get stung by a bee on a windy day that in any other weather.
An average person laughs about 5 times a day.
Research indicates that mosquitoes are attracted to people who have
recently eaten bananas.
Penguins can jump as high as 6 feet in the air.
The average person is about a quarter of an inch taller at night.
A sneeze zooms out of your mouth at over 600 mph.
The three best-known western names in China: Jesus Christ, Richard Nixon, and Elvis Presley.
brain was bigger than yours is.
A Saudi Arabian woman can get a divorce if her husband doesn't
give her coffee.
The average bank teller loses about $250 every year.
1980, there was only one country in the world with no telephones - Bhutan.
Your right lung takes in more air than your left one does.
hearts beat faster
Pollsters say that 40% of dog and cat owners carry pictures of the pets in their wallets.
Bubble gum contains rubber.
You can only smell 1/20th as well as a dog.
Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn't wear
Politics is a murky business, even in Finland. The truth was that
back in the late 1970s Markku Hopopainen introduced an economy measure to
reduce the spending on comics in Helsinki libraries. It was
mischief-makers who distorted the facts and claimed the action was because of
Donald's lack of pants in the comic strip.
Thanks to Juho Kyntäjä for drawing our attention to this urban myth.
Will and Guy have another selection of trivial information to enthral you.
A rat can last longer without water than a camel.
Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks or it will
A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down
continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top.
A duck's quack doesn't echo. Why does no one know why?
During the chariot scene in the film 'Ben Hur, a small red car can be seen in
The number of possible ways of playing the first four moves per side in a game
of chess is 318,979,564,000. [When I first met Guy he would always beat me at
chess says Will]
There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with orange, purple, and
The name Wendy was made up for the book 'Peter Pan'. There was never a
recorded Wendy before.
Bruce Lee was so fast that they actually had to slow film down so you could
see his moves.
The first CD pressed in the USA was Bruce Springsteen's 'Born in the USA'.
The original name for butterfly was flutterby.
The phrase 'Rule of thumb'* is derived from an old English law which
stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.
[This reminds me that my late mother used to say, 'Never put anything in
your ear smaller than your elbow.]'
By raising your legs slowly and laying on your back, you cannot sink into
quicksand. [Remember this when panicking]
Celery has negative calories. It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery
than the celery has in it to begin with.
Charlie Chaplin once won third prize in a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest.
Sherlock Holmes never said 'Elementary, my dear Watson'.
The glue on Israeli postage is certified kosher.
The Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often
stolen from Public Libraries.
Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space because
passing wind in a spacesuit damages them. Not to mention the other drawback to
passing gas in such a confined space..................
Bats always turn left when exiting a cave.
* Rule of thumb. The tenuous
association between wife beating and rule and thumb presents a fascinating
story within a story. The commonest meaning of 'rule of thumb' has
probably always been, 'down to experience'. What seems to have
happened in the 17th century
is that cartoonists and satirists choose to hi-jack this phrase in order to poke fun
at wife beating. Within their humour the stick was no thicker than a
All was uncontroversial with 'Rule of thumb' until latter-day 20th century feminists seized on this
derivation, and sought to highlight the nasty wife beating association in
order to whip up support for their feminist movement - metaphorically of
The latest 21st century development is that 'new man' wants to pull the
rug from under the feminist argument by pointing out that the derivation of
rule of thumb from the thickness of the wife-beating stick was always fallacious.
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