Arizona Daily Wildcat
Illustration by Jennifer Kearney
Monday, September 19, 2005
Things you’ve always never wanted to know
Numerically, you had more bones the day you were born than you do now.
If you yelled for eight years, seven months and six days, you would produce enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee.
Apparently a pig’s orgasm lasts for 30 minutes.
Des Moines has the highest per capita Jell-O consumption in the United States.
The westernmost point in the contiguous United States is Cape Alava, Wash.
There are only three animals with blue tongues: the black bear, the chow chow dog and the blue-tongued lizard.
The first fossilized specimen of Austalopithecus afarenisis was named Lucy after the paleontologists’ favorite song, “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,” by The Beatles.
Pinocchio is Italian for “pine head.”
The geographical center of North America is near Rugby, N.D.
The infinity sign is called a “lemniscate.”
Hacky Sack was invented in Turkey.
If you stretch a standard Slinky out flat it measures 87 feet long.
There are six words in the English language with the letter combination “uu” :Muumuu, vacuum, continuum, duumvirate, duumvir and residuum.
Most Americans’ car horns beep in the key of F.
Dirty Harry’s badge number is 2211.
The pupil of an octopus’ eye is rectangular.
The shortest French word with all five vowels is “oiseau,” meaning bird.
Camel’s milk does not curdle.
“Mr. Mojo Risin” is an anagram for Jim Morrison.
The ball on top of a flagpole is called the truck.
A person from the country of Nauru is called a Nauruan; this is the only palindromic nationality.
The word “modem” is a contraction of the words “modulate, demodulate.”
Oliver Cromwell was hanged and decapitated two years after he died.
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