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Actually these facts are posted in one tamil forum. i like to share with our members.

1. Look at your zipper. See the initials YKK? It stands for Yoshida Kogyo Kabushibibaisha, the world's largest zipper manufacturer.

2. A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top.

3. A duck's quack doesn't echo. No one knows why.

4. 40 percent of McDonald's profits come from the sales of Happy Meals.

5. 315 entries in Webster's 1996 Dictionary were misspelled.

6. On the average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily.

7. Chocolate kills dogs! True, chocolate affects a dog's heart and nervous system. A few ounces is enough to kill a small sized dog.

8. Most lipstick contains fish scales.

9. Ketchup was sold in the 1830's as a medicine.

10. Leonardo da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time

11. Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.

12. There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos.

13. Leonardo da Vinci invented scissors. Also, it took him 10 years to paint Mona Lisa's lips.

14. Bruce Lee was so fast that they actually had to slow a film down so you could see his moves. That's the opposite of the norm.

15. The original name for the butterfly was "flutterby"!

16. By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you can't sink in quicksand.

17. Mosquito repellents don't repel. They hide you. The spray blocks the mosquito's sensors so they don't know you're there.

18. Dentists recommend that a toothbrush be kept at least six feet away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush.

19. The first product to have a bar code was Wrigley's gum.

20. The first owner of the Marlboro Company died of lung cancer.
21. Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than the entire Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.

22. Marilyn Monroe had six toes on one foot.

23. Adolf Hitler's mother seriously considered having an abortion but was talked out of it by her doctor.

24. The three most valuable brand names on earth: Marlboro, Coca-Cola, and Budweiser, in that order.

25. "Stewardesses" is the longest word that can be typed with only the left hand.

26. To escape the grip of a crocodile's jaws, prick your fingers into its eyeballs. It will let you go instantly.

27. A mathematical wonder: 111,111,111 multiplied by 111,111,111 gives the result 12, 345, 678, 987, 654, 321.

28. The most common name in the world is Mohammed.

29. The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.

30. The "pound" (#) key on your keyboard is called an octothorp.

31. The only domestic animal not mentioned in the Bible is the cat.

32. Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.

33. The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.

34. "Dreamt" is the only word in the English language that ends in "mt".

35. It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open
36. In Chinese, the KFC slogan "finger lickin' good" comes out as "eat your fingers off".

37. A cockroach can live for 10 days without a head.

39. We shed 40 pounds of skin a lifetime.

40. Yo-Yos were once used as weapons in the Philippines.

41. Coca-Cola can be used as car oil.

42. Mexico City sinks abut 10 inches a year.

43. Brains are more active sleeping than watching TV.

44. Blue is the favorite color of 80 percent of Americans.

45. When a person shakes their head from side to side, he is saying "yes" in Sri Lanka.
46. There are mo re chickens than people in the world.

47. It's against the law in Iceland to have a dog.

48. The thumbnail grows the slowest, and the middle nail grows the fastest.

49. The only word in the English Language with all vowels in reverse order is "s ub c ont in ent al".

50. There are more telephones than people in Washington, D.C.
Just to add a bit in continuing 'rsridhar' :)

1.. Ants don't sleep.
2.. Owls have eyeballs that are tubular in shape, because of this; they cannot move their eyes.
3.. A bird requires more food in proportion to its size than a baby or a cat.
4.. The mouse is the most common mammal in the US.
5.. A newborn kangaroo is about 1 inch in length.
6.. A cow gives nearly 200,000 glasses of milk in her lifetime.
7.. The Canary Islands were not named for a bird called a canary. They were named after a breed of large dogs. The Latin name was Canariae insulae - "Island of Dogs."
8.. There are 701 types of pure breed dogs.
9.. A polecat is not a cat. It is a nocturnal European weasel.
10.. Tapeworms range in size from about 0.04 inch to more than 50 feet in length.
11.. A baby bat is called a pup.
12.. German Shepherds bite humans more than any other breed of dog.
13.. A female mackerel lays about 500,000 eggs at one time.
14.. It takes 35 to 65 minks to produce the average mink coat. The numbers for other types of fur coats are: beaver - 15; fox - 15 to 25; ermine - 150; chinchilla - 60 to 100.
15.. The animal responsible for the most human deaths worldwide is the mosquito.
16.. The biggest pig in recorded history was Big Boy of Black Mountain, North Carolina, who was weighed at 1,904 pounds in 1939.
17.. Cats respond most readily to names that end in an "ee" sound.
18.. A cat cannot see directly under its nose. This is why the cat cannot seem to find tidbits on the floor.
19.. Pigs, walruses and light-colored horses can be sunburned.
20.. Snakes are immune to their own poison.
21.. An iguana can stay under water for 28 minutes.
22.. Cats have more than one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.
23.. The biggest member of the cat family is the male lion, which weighs 528 pounds (240 kilograms).
24.. Most lipstick contains fish scales.
25.. Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over a million descendants.
26.. Each day in the US, animal shelters are forced to destroy 30,000 dogs and cats.
27.. A shrimp's heart is in their head.
28.. A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.
29.. A cockroach will live nine days without its head, before it starves to death.
30.. The cat lover is an ailurophile, while a cat hater is an ailurophobe.
31.. A woodpecker can peck twenty times a second.
32.. It may take longer than two days for a chick to break out of its shell.
33.. Dragonflies are one of the fastest insects, flying 50 to 60 mph.
34.. Despite man's fear and hatred of the wolf, it has not ever been proved that a non-rabid wolf ever attacked a human.
35.. There are more than 100 million dogs and cats in the United States.
36.. Americans spend more than 5.4 billion dollars on their pets each year.
37.. Cat's urine glows under a black light.
38.. The largest cockroach on record is one measured at 3.81 inches in length.
39.. It is estimated that a single toad may catch and eat as many as 10,000 insects in the course of a summer.
40.. Amphibians eyes come in a variety shapes and sizes. Some even have square or heart-shaped pupils.
41.. It would require an average of 18 hummingbirds to weigh in at 1 ounce.
42.. Dogs that do not tolerate small children well are the St. Bernard, the Old English sheep dog, the Alaskan malamute, the bull terrier, and the toy poodle.
43.. Moles are able to tunnel through 300 feet of earth in a day.
44.. Howler monkeys are the noisiest land animals. Their calls can be heard over 2 miles away.
45.. A quarter of the horses in the US died of a vast virus epidemic in 1872.
46.. The fastest bird is the Spine-tailed swift, clocked at speeds of up to 220 miles per hour.
There is no single cat called the panther. The name is commonly applied to the leopard, but it is also used to refer to the puma and the jaguar. A black panther is really a black leopard. A capon is a castrated rooster.
47.. The world's largest rodent is the Capybara. An Amazon water hog that looks like a guinea pig, it can weigh more than 100 pounds.
48.. The poison-arrow frog has enough poison to kill about 2,200 people.
49.. The hummingbird, the loon, the swift, the kingfisher, and the grebe are all birds that cannot walk.
50.. The poisonous copperhead snake smells like fresh cut cucumbers.
51.. A chameleon's tongue is twice the length of its body.
52.. Worker ants may live seven years and the queen may live as long as 15 years.
53.. The blood of mammals is red, the blood of insects is yellow, and the blood of lobsters is blue.
54.. Cheetahs make a chirping sound that is much like a bird's chirp or a dog's yelp. The sound is so an intense, it can be heard a mile away.
55.. The underside of a horse's hoof is called a frog. The frog peels off several times a year with new growth.
56.. The bloodhound is the only animal whose evidence is admissible in an American court. 98% of brown bears in the United States are in Alaska.
57.. Before air conditioning was invented, white cotton slipcovers were put on furniture to keep the air cool.
58.. The Barbie doll has more than 80 careers.
59.. To make one pound of whole milk cheese, 10 pounds of whole milk is needed.
60.. 99% of pumpkins that are sold for decoration.
61.. Every 30 seconds a house fire doubles in size.
62.. The month of December is the most popular month for weddings in the Philippines.
63.. A one-ounce milk chocolate bar has 6 mg of caffeine.
64.. Carbon monoxide can kill a person in less than 15 minutes.
65.. The largest ever hailstone weighed over 1kg and fell in Bangladesh in 1986.
66.. Ants can live up to 16 years.
67.. In Belgium, there is a museum that is just for strawberries.
68.. The sense of smell of an ant is just as good as a dog's.
69.. Popped popcorn should be stored in the freezer or refrigerator as this way it can stay crunchy for up to three weeks.
70.. Coca-Cola was originally green.
71.. The most common name in the world is Mohammed.
72.. The name of the entire continents end with the same letter that they start with.
73.. The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.
74.. TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on
one row! Of the keyboard.
75.. Women blink nearly twice as much as men!!
76.. You can't kill yourself by holding your breath.
77.. It is impossible to lick your elbow.
78.. People say, "Bless you" when you sneeze because when you sneeze, your heart
stops for a millisecond.
79.. It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.
80.. The "sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick" is said to be the toughest
81.. Tongue twister in the English language.
82.. If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib. If you try to suppress a
sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die.
83.. Each king in a deck of playing cards represents great king from history.
Spades - King David
Clubs - Alexander the Great,
Hearts - Charlemagne
Diamonds - Julius Caesar.
84.. 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321
85.. If a statue of a person in the park 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.
86.. What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser
printers all have in common?
Ans. - All invented by women.
Question - This is the only food that doesn't spoil. What is this?
Ans. - Honey.
A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.
A snail can sleep for three years.
All polar bears are left-handed.
87.. American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each
salad served in first-class.
88.. Butterflies taste with their feet.
89.. Elephants are the only animals that can't jump.
90.. In the last 4000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
91.. On average, people fear spiders more than they do death.
92.. Shakespeare invented the word 'assassination' and 'bump'.
93.. Stewardesses are the longest word typed with only the left hand.
94.. The ant always falls over on its right side when intoxicated.
95.. A dentist invented the electric chair.
96.. The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to
squirt blood 30 feet.
97.. Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear
by 700 times.
98.. The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.
99.. Most lipstick contains fish scales
100.. Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different

Enlightening :) BTW, sridhar says a cockroach can live without head for 10 days whereas venkatraman says it will live for 9 days. Whatever it might be, it is not so great. We often see so many Indian politicians living without head for years :))
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