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Fast facts


Arizona Daily Wildcat
Monday, February 21, 2005
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Things you always never wanted to know

  • Human eyes are always the same size from birth.

  • Emus cannot walk backward.

  • Cats have more than 100 vocal sounds. Dogs have 10.

  • All of the cobblestones that used to line the streets in New York City were originally weighting stones put in the hulls of Belgian ships to keep an even keel.

  • The only borough of New York City that isn't an island (or part of an island) is the Bronx.

  • When a coffee seed is planted, it takes five years to yield its first consumable fruit.

  • If you stretch a standard Slinky out flat, it measures about 87 feet long.

  • 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.

  • Camel's milk does not curdle.

  • Lorne Greene had one of his nipples bitten off by an alligator while he hosted "Lorne Greene's Wild Kingdom." Wild indeed.

  • An iguana can stay underwater for 28 minutes.

  • Table tennis balls have been known to travel off the paddle at speeds up to 105.6 mph.

  • Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.

  • "Antidisestablishmentarianism" is a very long word.

  • Lenny Kravitz's mother played the part of "Helen" on "The Jeffersons."

  • Venetian blinds were invented in Japan.

  • The 100 billionth crayon color by Crayola was periwinkle blue.


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