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Arizona Daily Wildcat
Friday, October 7, 2005
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Things you've always never wanted to know

  • A can of Spam is opened every four seconds.

  • On average, Americans eat 18 acres of pizza every day.

  • Fingernails grow nearly four times faster than toenails.

  • The average person has more than 1,460 dreams a year.

  • More Monopoly money is printed in a year than real money throughout the world.

  • On average, right-handed people live nine years longer than left-handed people.

  • There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.

  • Government by a woman or women is called a gynarchy.

  • Geyser is derived from an Icelandic word for hot springs.

  • A clue originally meant a ball of thread. This is why one is said to unravel the clues of a mystery.

  • The average human brain has about 100 billion nerve cells.

  • Nerve impulses to and from the brain travel as fast as 170 mph.

  • It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

  • After death, the body starts to dry out, creating the illusion that hair and nails grow after death.

  • During a 24-hour period, the average human will breathe 23,040 times.

  • Human blood travels 60,000 miles per day on its journey through the body.

  • Astronaut Neil Armstrong first stepped on the moon with his left foot.

  • Sheryl Crow's front two teeth are fake - she knocked them out when she tripped on the stage earlier in her career.


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