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I've got to get a few of these in before they stop counting OT posts.........:p

The church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan was bombed during World War II. Miraculously, Michaelangelo's Renaissance masterpiece “The Last Supper”, which was housed there, survived. Today it is being restored to its original beauty.

The words "naked" and "nude" are not the same. Naked implies unprotected. Nude means unclothed.

Almost every weekday morning, Kleenexes are handed to the commuters in front of Japan's rail and bus stations for free. The tissues are distributed by workers of the companies whose messages and advertisement are printed on the packages. The reason for this.... most public bathrooms do not have paper towels or toilet paper!

The first true calculator, the abacus, originated in China during the sixth century B.C. Its stone-like beads, shifted along vertical strings, enabled the Chinese to perform basic arithmetical operations with speed and accuracy, the test of a true computer. About 200 years after it was used by the Chinese, the abacus caught on in several Mediterranean civilizations.

Every day, 8.5 million tons of water evaporates from the Dead Sea, on the border between Israel and Jordan.
 

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I love these posts. I don't read them on a regular basis though. I don't wanna be known as a fountain of useless information :p.
 

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The word "queue" is the only word in the English language that is still pronounced the same way when the last four letters are removed.
Beetles taste like apples, wasps like pine nuts, and worms like fried bacon.

Of all the words in the English language, the word 'set' has the most definitions!

What is called a "French kiss" in the English speaking world is known as an "English kiss" in France.

"Almost" is the longest word in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order.

"Rhythm" is the longest English word without a vowel.

In 1386, a pig in France was executed by public hanging for the murder of a child

A cockroach can live several weeks with its head cut off!

Human thigh bones are stronger than concrete.

You can't kill yourself by holding your breath

There is a city called Rome on every continent.

It's against the law to have a pet dog in Iceland!

Your heart beats over 100,000 times a day!

Horatio Nelson, one of England's most illustrious admirals was throughout his life, never able to find a cure for his sea-sickness.

The skeleton of Jeremy Bentham is present at all important meetings of the University of London

Right handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people

Your ribs move about 5 million times a year, everytime you breathe!

The elephant is the only mammal that can't jump!

One quarter of the bones in your body, are in your feet!

Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different!

The first known transfusion of blood was performed as early as 1667, when Jean-Baptiste, transfused two pints of blood from a sheep to a young man

Fingernails grow nearly 4 times faster than toenails!

Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin!

The present population of 5 billion plus people of the world is predicted to become 15 billion by 2080.

Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
Adolf Hitler was a vegetarian, and had only ONE testicle.

Honey is the only food that does not spoil. Honey found in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs has been tasted by archaeologists and found edible.

Months that begin on a Sunday will always have a "Friday the 13th."
Coca-Cola would be green if colouring weren’t added to it.

On average a hedgehog's heart beats 300 times a minute.

More people are killed each year from bees than from snakes.

The average lead pencil will draw a line 35 miles long or write approximately 50,000 English words.

More people are allergic to cow's milk than any other food.

Camels have three eyelids to protect themselves from blowing sand.

The placement of a donkey's eyes in its' heads enables it to see all four feet at all times!

The six official languages of the United Nations are: English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish.

Earth is the only planet not named after a god.

It's against the law to burp, or sneeze in a church in Nebraska, USA.

You're born with 300 bones, but by the time you become an adult, you only have 206.

Some worms will eat themselves if they can't find any food!

Dolphins sleep with one eye open!

It is impossible to sneeze with your eyes open

The worlds oldest piece of chewing gum is 9000 years old!

The longest recorded flight of a chicken is 13 seconds

Queen Elizabeth I regarded herself as a paragon of cleanliness. She declared that she bathed once every three months, whether she needed it or not

Slugs have 4 noses.

Owls are the only birds who can see the colour blue.

A man named Charles Osborne had the hiccups for 69 years!

A giraffe can clean its ears with its 21-inch tongue!

The average person laughs 10 times a day!

An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain


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One of these amazing, but useless facts is false. Do you know which one?
 

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There is a city called Rome on every continent.

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One of these amazing, but useless facts is false. Do you know which one?
There are no cities on Antarctica.
 

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A study indicates that smokers are likely to die on average six and a half years earlier than non-smokers.

The average person falls asleep in about 12 to 14 minutes.

41% of women apply body or hand moisturizer a minimum three times a day.

A kiss for one minute can burn 26 calories.

Did you know that smoking marijuana before the age of 18 increses your chance of Psychosis by 600%?

During the female orgasm, endorphines are released, which are powerful painkillers. So headaches are in fact a bad excuse not to have sex.

By federal law, for a noodle to actually be a noodle it must have 5.5 percent egg solids in it, otherwise it cannot be called a noodle.

The capital of Vermont, Montpelier is the only state capital in the United States that does not have a McDonalds.

David Rice Atchinson was President of the United States for exactly one day. This happened due to a glitch in American law at the time.

Ringo Starr appeared in a Japanese advertisement for apple sauce. Ironically his name means "apple sauce" in Japanese.

The sentence "the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter in the English language.
 

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Oh man, I could have a field day on this thread. My physics professor teaches me more about useless, but interesting facts than physics.

(We get 3 bonus questions per day that are all like this)

For example:

1. Which of the following causes the most deaths per year?

Lightning
Tiger
Donkey
Shark

2. What is the only modern day mammal actually documented to be killed by a meteorite?

3. What is the most popular animal eaten before it's born and after it dies?


Answers at bottom. (No peeking)


























1. Donkey

2. Dog

3. Chicken
 

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Polar bears have black skin.

A human's eyes remain the same size from birth throughout life.

Blackberries are red when they're green.

Trivia is the Roman goddess of sorcery, hounds and the crossroads.

Most toilets flush in E flat.

No one knows where Mozart is buried.

At a jet plane's speed of 1,000 km (620mi) per hour, the length of the plane becomes one atom shorter than its original length.

Sound travels 15 times faster through steel than through the air.

Rain contains vitamin B12.

The opposite of "vacuum" is "plenum".

French speaking residents of Belgium are called Walloons.
 

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Did you know that smoking marijuana before the age of 18 increses your chance of Psychosis by 600%?
Proof for this one? Keep in mind correlation != causation

Ringo Starr appeared in a Japanese advertisement for apple sauce. Ironically his name means "apple sauce" in Japanese.
ringo means apple in japanese

It really is amazing how many incorrect facts pop up in these types of threads. These are just the ones that I knew were wrong or fishy off the top of my head. It's like those snapple caps, there's a ton of snapple facts that are wrong. I guess the lesson here is that there are very few hard and fast rules to this world.

found another one

2.5ace said:
It is impossible to sneeze with your eyes open
I think mythbusters busted this one.
 

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Okay now for a fact of my own that always blew my mind.

-the length of all the DNA in the average human is about 2*10^13 meters.

That's long enough to...
  • Make almost 70 round trips between the Earth and the Sun
  • Stretch from earth to Pluto (at its furthest from us) and back! with enough length to spare for another 15 round trips to the Sun
  • You could use it to lay out the entire orbit of the planet Uranus i.e it could form a ring around the sun the circumference of Uranus's orbit (the second furthest planet from the sun)
  • You could wrap it around the earth's equator about half a million times yet, even with 500,000 strands bundled together, their combined diameter would still be less than 1/100,000 of a meter, far too small to see with the unaided eye.
 
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