The combination "ough" can be pronounced in nine different ways. The following sentence contains them all:
"A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed."

Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.

A diamond is the hardest natural substance on earth, but if it is placed in an oven and the temperature is raised to about 763 degrees Celsius (1405 degrees Fahrenheit), it will simply vanish, without even ash remaining. Only a little carbon dioxide will have been released. (This fact seems incredulous - but I have searched the Internet and cannot find anything that disproves it. If you find something - let me know! - Grant, the Editor)

Every episode of Seinfeld contains a Superman somewhere.

An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.

What is a group of "..." called?
  • A group of frogs is called an army.
  • A group of rhinos is called a crash.
  • A group of kangaroos is called a mob.
  • A group of whales is called a pod.
  • A group of ravens is called a murder.
  • A group of officers is called a mess.
  • A group of larks is called an exaltation.
  • A group of owls is called a parliament.

  • No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, and purple.

    If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until you would find the letter "A"? -- One thousand

    If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle; if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural cause.

    The pupil of the eye expands as much as 45 percent when a person looks at something pleasing.

    The verb "cleave" is the only English word with two synonyms which are antonyms of each other: adhere and separate.

    The only 2 animals that can see behind itself without turning its head are the rabbit and the parrot.

    Every square inch of the human body has an average of 32 million bacteria on it.

    Fingernails grow faster than toenails.

    Humans shed about 600,000 particles of skin every hour - about 1.5 pounds a year. By 70 years of age, an average person will have lost 105 pounds of skin.

    An average human scalp has 100,000 hairs. A human being loses an average of 40 to 100 strands of hair a day.

    Actor Tommy Lee Jones and vice-president Al Gore were freshman roommates at Harvard.

    What is the most consumed fruit in the United States? (snaeb eeffoc) <- read backwards

    Only 17% of Arizona can be bought and sold.

    Oh, Them Bones:
    - Besides allowing you to stand upright, your bones manufacture blood cells and store minerals.

  • The longest and strongest bone in your body is the femur, or thighbone.
  • The strongest bone in your face is the mandible, or jaw bone.
  • The smallest bones are in your ear the malleus, incus, and stapes (also known as the hammer, anvil, and stirrup, respectively.)
  • Babies are born with 300 bones. But by adulthood, we have an average of only 206 because some of the bones fuse together as we grow.
  • More than half the bones in your body are found in your hands and feet each of your hands has 27 separate bones, 26 in each foot
  • It normally takes between six and eight weeks for a broken bone to heal.
    A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

    A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.

    A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours.

    A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why. (This is highly debatable and probably not true.) The same claim is made about a wolf's howl for which there is some scientific corroboration.

    A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.

    A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.

    Al Capone's business card said he was a furniture dealer.

    All of the clocks in "Pulp Fiction" are stuck on 4:20.

    All porcupines float in water.

    Almonds are a member of the peach family.

    An animal epidemic is called an epizootic.

    An ostrich's eyes are bigger than it's brain.

    Blueberry Jelly Bellies were created especially for Ronald Reagan.

    Camel's milk doesn't curdle.

    Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.

    Did you know that there were coffee flavored PEZ?

    "Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in "mt".

    Emus and kangaroos cannot walk backwards, and are on the Australian coat of arms for that reason.

    Facetious and abstemious contain all the vowels in the correct order, as does arsenious, meaning "containing arsenic".

    In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.

    In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere.

    In most advertisements, including newspapers, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.

    It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open (don't try this at home).

    John Lennon's first girlfriend was named Thelma Pickles.

    Los Angeles's full name is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula" -- and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of it's size - L.A.

    Maine is the only state whose name is only one syllable.

    No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.

    Murphy's Oil Soap is the chemical most commonly used to clean elephants.

    Mr. Rogers was an ordained minister.

    Non-dairy creamer is flammable.

    On an American one-dollar bill, there is an owl in the upper left-hand corner of the "1" encased in the "shield" and a spider hidden in the front upper right-hand corner.

    Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.

    Pinocchio is Italian for "pine head".

    Rubber bands last longer when refridgerated.

    The "save" icon on Microsoft Word shows a floppy disk, with the shutter on backwards.

    The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.

    The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.

    The characters Bert and Ernie on Seasame Street were named after Bert the cop Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra's "It's A Wonderful Life".

    The combination "ough" can be pronounced nine different ways. The following sentence contains them all: "A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarbourough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed."

    The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.

    The longest one syllable word in the English language is "screeched".

    The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to account for the weight of the books.

    The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable.

    The only real person to be a Pez head was Betsy Ross.

    The reason firehouses have circuilar stairways is from the days of yore when the engines were pulled by horses. The horses were stabled on the ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight staircases.

    There are more chickens than people in the world.

    There are only four words in the English language that end in "dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.

    There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.

    There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.

    Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.

    Two-thirds of the worlds eggplant is grown in New Jersey.

    When oppossums are playing "possum", they are not "playing" . . . They actually pass out from sheer terror.

    Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.

    A male emperor moth can smell a female emperor moth up to 7 miles away.

    101 Dalmatians and Peter Pan are the only two Disney cartoon features with both parents that are present and don't die throughout the movie.

    12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily. (That's one every two hours.)

    315 entries in Webster's Dictionary are misspelled.

    A 10-gallon hat barely holds 6 pints.

    A giraffe can go without water longer than a camel can.

    hard working adult sweats up to 4 gallons per day. Most of the sweat evaporates before a person realizes it's there, though!

    A 'jiffy' is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.

    A jumbo jet uses 4,000 gallons of fuel to take off.

    A shark can detect one part of blood in 100 million parts of water.

    A toothpick is the object most often choked on by Americans.

    According to a British law passed in 1845, attempting to commit suicide was a capital offense. Offenders could be hanged for trying.

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