Fast facts

Arizona Daily Wildcat
Friday, January 21, 2005

Things you always never wanted to know

  • The difference between male and female blue crabs is the design located on their apron (belly). The male blue crab has the Washington Monument while the female apron is shaped like the U.S. Capitol.

  • The correct response to the Irish greeting, "Top of the morning to you," is "and the rest of the day to yourself."

  • A-1 Steak Sauce contains both orange peel and raisins.

  • Many northern parishes (counties) of Louisiana did not agree with the Confederate movement. To show their disapproval, they changed their names. That's why there is a Union Parish, Jefferson Parish, etc.

  • Residents of the island of Lesbos are Lesbosians, rather than Lesbians. (Of course, lesbians are called lesbians because Sappho was from Lesbos).

  • The Chinese ideogram for "trouble" symbolizes "two women living under one roof." Not that this has anything to do with the previous Fast Fact. Really, please, don't write any letters.

  • Alexander Hamilton was shot by Aaron Burr in the groin.

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

  • In 1963, baseball pitcher Gaylord Perry remarked, "They'll put a man on the moon before I hit a home run." On July 20, 1969, a few hours after Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, Gaylord Perry hit his first, and only, home run.

  • An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

  • Debra Winger was the voice of E.T.

  • Each unit on the Richter scale is equivalent to a power factor of about 32. So a 6 is 32 times more powerful than a 5! Though it goes to 10, 9 is estimated to be the point of total tectonic destruction (2 is the smallest that can be felt unaided.)

  • A 12-foot anaconda can catch, kill, and eat a 6-foot caiman, a close relative of crocodiles and alligators. While these snakes are not usually considered to be the longest snake in the world, they are the heaviest, exceeding the reticulated python in girth.

  • There is a word in the English language with only one standard vowel, which occurs six times: indivisibility.