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1.In Its ancient Form, the carrot was purple not orange.
Christian Bowskill - London
2. President Bush and
Saddam Hussein both have their shoes made by the same Italian Shoemaker. Scott
Hunt - Cambridge
3. Smokers eat more sugar than non-smokers
do. Allan Swan - Southampton
4. Early Romans used to use porcupine quills
as toothpicks. Sam Whitrow
5. French was the official language of England
for over 600 years. Martin Bassist, Warrington
6. In 1998, Sony accidently sold 700,000
camcorders that had the technology to see through people's clothes. Paul,
7. In Ancient Greece, if a woman watched
even one Olympic event, she was executed. Jeff
Barnsley - England
8. During a typical human life span, the
human heart will beat approximately 2.5 billion times. Greg Bennett
9. The Earth gets 100 tons heavier every
day due to falling space dust. Debbie Cooper,
10. At one 'feeding', a mosquito can absorb
one and a half times its own weight in blood. Lindsay
11. The cigarette lighter was invented before
the match. Jack Hill, Surrey
12. A snail can sleep for three years. Dave
13. The worlds youngest parents were 8 and
9 and lived in China in 1910. Micky
14. While 7 men in 100 have some form of
color blindness, only 1 woman in 1,000 suffers from it. Barry,
15. Every three seconds, a new baby
is born. Sophie Blancher, London
16. The Moon was created when a rock the size of Mars slammed into Earth, shortly
after the solar system began forming about 4.5 billion years ago. Roger - Cardiff
17. There are 200 seeds on each strawberry. Sarah
18. In some areas, Japanese police officers are required to hold at least a Shodan
(black belt) in Aikido. Jo Chang - Windsor
19. Most cows give more milk when they listen to music. Gemma Carter
20. The longest recorded flight of a chicken is thirteen seconds. Dave - Scotland
21. A 'jiffy' is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second. Craig Goldsmith
22. The average driver emits more than 912 pints of wind inside a car during his
or her lifetime.....according to Top Gear magazine. Simon Duff
23. It is illegal in Suadi Arabia to have a gorilla in the back seat of your car
24. Most lipsticks contain fish scales. Tim
25. Apples are more efficient than caffeine in keeping people awake in the mornings.
26. It is illegal to sell an ET doll in France. They have a law forbidding the
sale of dolls that do not have human faces. Jane - Liverpool
27. A lightning strike in the Democratic Republic of Congo killed all 11 members
of one soccer team while leaving the opposing team in the match untouched, leading
to accusations of witchcraft by the survivors. Jack - Ireland
28. The sound of E.T. walking was made by someone squishing her hands in jelly.
Rob - UK
29. During an hours swimming at a municipal pool you will ingest 1/12 litre of
urine. Jacob - Kingston
30. In England it is illegal to hang a bed out of a window. Tom Bourne
31. If Barbie were life size, her measurements would be 39-23-33. She would stand
7 feet 2 inches tall and have a neck twice the length of a normal human neck.
32. Bats always turn left when exiting from a cave.
33. The longest one-syllable word in the English language is "screeched." Paul
34. The worlds strongest beer is 'Samuel Adams' Triple Bock, which has reached
17% alcohol by volume. To obtain this level, however, they had to use a champagne
Emma L - Brighton
35. Madonna was once sacked from her job at Dunkin' Donuts for squirting jam at
Mad Donna - New York
36. If you're too open minded, your brains will fall out.
Paul H - Guilford
37. A chicken will lay bigger and stronger eggs if you change the lighting in
such a way as to make them think a day is 28 hours long.
Edward Rogers - Bognor Regis
38. Our ears never stop growing....Next time you visit Granny have a good look,bet
her ears are above average in size!
39. A Blue whale's tounge is as big an an elephant.
Bob Tachauer - ILford
40. If your nose runs & your feet smell ........... then your upside down !
41. Donald Duck comics were banned in Finland because he doesn't wear pants. Donald
42. The saying 'Mind your P's and Q's' comes from the time when alcoholic beverages
were served/sold in Pints and Quarts. Thus, to mind your P's and Q's meant to
be careful how much you drank. Peter Kite. Manchester
43. An ant always falls over on its right side when intoxicated. Joe - Oxford
44.Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space because passing
wind in a spacesuit damages them. Kelly - Glasgow
45. Everyone has a right to be stupid. Some just abuse the privilege.
46. In Athens, Greece, a driver's license can be lifted by the law if the driver
is deemed either 'poorly dressed' or 'unbathed'.
Peter Hall - Oxford
47. You are more likely to be killed by a Champagne cork than by a poisonous spider.
Ross mattinson - Scotland
48. Mosquito repellents don't repel. They hide you. The spray blocks the mosquito's
sensors so they don't know you're there.
49. The German team's away strip is green in honour of the fact that the first
team who would play them after WWII was Ireland. They were shunned by all other
Drew McDowell - Belfast
50. Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
Jude Kent - USA
51. The average person eats 8 spiders in their lifetime at night. Richard H
52. Oprah is actually a typo. Her parents wanted to use the biblical name Orpah,
but the midwife couldn't spell so it became Oprah. Sam - NY City
53. The name of all the continents end with the same letter that they start with.
Sheila - Australasia
54. Dogs only sweat from the bottoms of their feet, the only way they can discharge
heat is by panting. Dogs and wolves yawn as a sign of contentment. Chris from
55. You can use pine cones to forecast the weather - The scales will close when
rain is on the way. Kate. Richmond
56. If you keep a Goldfish in the dark room, it will eventually turn white. Jack
Harrod - Wiltshire
58. In ancient Greece, women counted their age from the date they were married.
James Wilson - UK
59. If you have a tapeworm in your stomach it will come up when you are asleep
to lick the salt off your lips! Tim Mitchell - Ashbourne, Derbyshire
60. The word "checkmate" in chess comes from the Persian phrase "shah mat," which
means "the king is dead." James W
61. It is totally impossible to touch your nose with your elbow even if you are
double jointed. Gitte Bell
62. The electric chair was invented by a dentist.
Joe Dent - Nottingham
63. A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.
64. In Shakespeare's time mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When
you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened making the bed firmer to sleep
on. Hence the phrase "goodnight, sleep tight". R French
65. No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver or purple.
66. You burn 26 calories in a 1-minute kiss. Anne W
67. Gloucestershire airport in England used to blast Tina Turner songs on the
runways to scare birds away. Harry Stirling - Nottingham
68. If you wore a pair of glasses that made what you see appear up-side-down,
after about six months your brain would work-out what was wrong and would adjust
your vision to turn it the right way up. But upon taking the glasses off again
the world would appear up-side-down, and again it would take about six months
for your brain to rectify itself. Paul gilroy - Somerset.
69. Woodpeckers have tongues so long they can wrap them around their brain to
cushion it when they are pecking. Nicola Anderson
70. The sole effect of the first bomb dropped by the allies on Berlin was to kill
the only elephant in their city zoo. Jimbo Kahane
71. The left leg of a chicken is always more tender than the right. Jane
72. He who laughs last thinks slowest. Chris Saxton - Westbury
73. If you put a woollen jumper in the washing machine at 95 degrees it will shrink.
If you put a sheep in the washing machine at 95 degrees it will not (however,
it will die). Diane Cunningham - W Lothian
74. An ostrich's eye is bigger that its brain. Sam Anderson
75. A pregnant goldfish is called a twit. Andrew Stacey
76. Tina Turners real name is Annie Mae Bullock John Bird - Clapham
77. Sharks will only attack you if you're wet. Sarah Louise
78. Until the 1960's men with long hair were not allowed to enter Disneyland.
Shannon Wilson - Highbury
79. Donald Duck was banned in Finland because he wears no pants. G Jones -
80. If you farted consistently for 6 years and 9 months, enough gas would be produced
to create the energy of an atomic bomb! Clare MacDonald - Skye
81. If you feed baking powder to a pigeon it will explode because it cannot fart.
82. Lemon juice contains artificial lemon flavouring and yet washing up liquid
contains the juice of real lemons. Annie Hemsley
83. Thomas Edison, lightbulb inventor, was afraid of the dark! Harry Cracknell
84. The early bird might get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese. Tim
Coggan - Essex
85. There is an exception to every rule, without exception - Think about it! James
Clarke - Kingston-Upon-Thames
86. The picture of the mona lisa has no eyebrows in her time it was the fashion
to remove them John Lovegrove
87. Eskimos use refrigerators to keep their food from freezing. Graham Webster
88. If moths like light so much, why do they only come out when it is dark? Nozzy
89. Octopuses can eat themselves, if they get very upset. Han Xunchou - Singapore
90. TIP actually stands for: To Insure Promptness. So one should tip before you
eat if you want to receive a prompt service. Geraldine Howard
91. Penguins are the only other animal who openly allow and participate in prostitution.
While the males look after the eggs the females go off and sleep with other males
who have more impressive nests. As payment they receive a stone from the males
nest! Katie Reeves
92. The bike ridden by Steve McQueen in The Great Escape is the same bike ridden
by the Fonz in Happy Days Andrew Eadie - Aberdeen
93. Radar was invented by the ancient Egyptians to find cats in the dark. Peter
Newton - Exeter University
94. If missiles are so accurate, then surely they should be called 'hit'iles.
Ian Green - Hertfordshire
95. In the late 1800's, water was hauled around on horse-drawn carriages. That's
why, when giving up alcohol, you are 'on the wagon'. Daz - Plymouth
96. when people say "my god, I am sweating like a pig", in fact this means that
they aren't sweating at all, as pigs don't have sweat glands, so they can't sweat!!!
Ollie Pearce - UK
97. A person uses approximately fifty-seven sheets of toilet paper each day! Neal
98. If all the people in Dover were laid end-to-end they could stretch across
the English Channel........but they'd drown as well. Colin Milner
99. The Kangaroo got it's name When Captain James Cook asked one of his men in
1770 to inquire of an Aboriginal what was the name of the strange jumping animal,
the man replied "Kangaroo" meaning, I can't understand what you are saying. D
Dumasia - Suffolk
100. In Liverpool it is illegal for a woman to be topless in public except as
a clerk in a tropical fish store. James
101. If you were to spell out numbers you would reach 1000 before finding the
letter A. Lucy Coe - UK
102. Pneumonoltramicroscopicsilicovolcanicoconiosis is the longest word in the
English vocabulary. Jocey - UK
103. The largest sheep ever recorded was a Suffolk ram named Stratford Whisper,
which weighed 247.2kg (514lb) and stood 1.09 tall. Dan Davies
104. The rhinoceros horn is not actually a horn at all, but hair so tightly compact
it is as hard as bone. Brian Sorahan - UK
105. Women blink nearly twice as much as men. Steve James
106. Duelling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood
donors. Huy Luong
107. BAT GUANO (poop) is an ingredient in most upscale cosmetics. It's called
"guanine". Remember that as you kiss your wife/girlfriend. Mark A. Bianchi
108. An octopus has a "mini brain" for each arm in addition to it's main brain!
109. Romans used powdered mouse brains as toothpaste! Yuck! Dan Palmer - Nottingham
110. Snakes always keep their eyes open, even when they are asleep. Steven
111. The world's smallest mammal is the bumblebee bat of Thailand, weighing less
than a penny. Bat Man
112. A blue whale eats up to 4 tonnes of krill everyday. This is equivalent to
eating a fully grown African elephant every day. Gemma Robinson
113. The University of Plymouth was the first university to offer a degree in
surfing. Dan - Plymouth University