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Arizona Daily Wildcat
Friday, October 14, 2005
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Things you've always never wanted to know

  • You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching TV.

  • A computer gets infected with a virus every five seconds.

  • The yo-yo was originally a weapon used in the Philippine jungles.

  • Queen Victoria eased the discomfort of her menstrual cramps by having her doctor supply her with marijuana.

  • Betsy Ross is the only real person to ever have been the head on a Pez.

  • It is estimated that at any one time, 0.7 percent of the world's population is drunk.

  • You need 42 coffee beans to make one shot of espresso.

  • The first Lifesaver was peppermint.

  • There are seven points on the crown of the Statue of Liberty.

  • By age 65, an average American has watched the equivalent of nine years of uninterrupted television screening, viewing more than 20,000 commercials each year.

  • Almost 425,000 hot dogs and buns and 160,000 hamburgers and cheeseburgers were served at Woodstock '99.

  • In 1996, Kermit the Frog delivered the commencement address at Southampton College in New York.

  • Walt Disney holds the record for the most Oscar nominations with 64.

  • Three thousand tubs of Cool Whip cream were used to make the world's largest flag cake at the Statue Of Liberty in 1997.

  • The game Monopoly was banned in the Soviet Union.

  • Jimmy Carter was the first U.S. president born in a hospital.

  • The average car horn beeps in the key of F.

  • The most common color on a state flag is blue.

  • The letter "X" begins the fewest words in the English language.

  • Autophobes avoid referring to themselves.

  • If kept in dim lighting or in running water, a goldfish will lose its color.

  • The pilot in the first fatal plane crash was Orville Wright.

  • The Virgin Mary has made the most appearances on the cover of Time magazine.

  • During World War II, the Oscar statuettes were made of plaster.

  • Abraham Lincoln was watching the play "Our American Cousin" when he was assassinated.

  • Morphine was named for Morpheus, the Greek god of dreams.

  • An ostrich egg can make 11 1/2 omelets.

  • A sneeze can travel as fast as 100 mph.

  • In November 1972, a student skydiver named Bob Hail jumped from his plane and quickly discovered that neither his regular parachute nor his backup chute had opened. He dropped 3,300 feet at a rate of 80 mph and landed on his face. "I screamed," Hail recalled later. "I knew I was dead and that my life was ended right then. There was nothing I could do." A few moments after landing, however, he got up and walked away with nothing worse than a broken nose and some missing teeth. No one has been able to explain how he escaped unhurt.

  • The average American's vocabulary is 10,000 words.


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