Fascinating Facts

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 causes.

Some biblical scholars believe that Aramaic (the language of the ancient Bible) did not contain an easy way to say "many things" and used a term which has come down to us as 40. This means that when the bible -- in many places -- refers to "40 days," they meant many days.

Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without killing them used to burn their houses down - hence the expression "to get fired."

The term "the whole 9 yards" came from WWII fighter pilots in the South Pacific. When arming their aeroplanes on the ground, the .50 calibre machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, it got "the whole 9 yards."

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

The most common name in the world is Mohammed.

The word "samba" means "to rub navels together."

The little bags of netting for gas lanterns (called 'mantles') are radioactive--so much so that they will set off an alarm at a nuclear reactor.

Mel Blanc (the voice of Bugs Bunny) was allergic to carrots.

Cinderella's slippers were originally made out of fur. The story was changed in the 1600s by a translator.

Donald Duck's middle name is Fauntleroy.

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

Armored knights raised their visors to identify themselves when they rode past their king. This custom has become the modern military salute.

The "huddle" in football was formed due a deaf football player who used sign language to communicate and his team didn't want the opposition to see the signals he used and in turn huddled around him.

The term, "It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye" is from Ancient Rome. The only rule during wrestling matches was, "No eye gouging." Everything else was allowed, but the only way to be disqualified is to poke someone's eye out.

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

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.

A bowling pin need only tilt 7.5 degrees in order to fall down.

The right side of a boat was called the starboard side due to the fact that the astronavigators used to stand out on the plank (which was on the right side) to get an unobstructed view of the stars. The left side was called the port side because that was the side you put in on at the port. This was so that they didn't knock off the starboard!

The Japanese word "Arigato" meaning thank you is derived from the Portugese word "Obrigado". Portugal once had a thriving trade with Japan.

The bubbles in Guiness Beer sink to the bottom rather than float to the top like all other beers. No one knows why. (Yet another reason why only us Irish would drink the stuff!)

Jupiter's core is in fact made of a non-metal, but due to the immense pressure inside Jupiter the core has become a metal. This metal is hydrogen.

Every male over the 18 is considered part of the Arizona Militia according to state constitution.

The word "karate" means "empty hand."

Four people played Darth Vader: David Prowse was his body, James Earl Jones did the voice, Sebastian Shaw was his face and a fourth person did the breathing.

A hamlet is a village without a church and a town is not a city until it has a cathedral.

Tommy Lee Jones and Al Gore were freshman roommates at Harvard.

The first song played on Armed Forces Radio during operation Desert Shield was "Rock the Casbah" by the Clash.

The launching mechanism of a carrier ship that helps planes to take off, could throw a pickup truck over a mile.

Robert E. Lee, of the Confederate Army, remains the only person, to date, to have graduated from the West Point military academy without a single demerit. (At least he knew which side to sign up on!)

The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one mile in every five must be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips in times of war or other emergencies.

There are only 14 blimps in the world, and 10 of them are in the U.S.

Pinocchio is Italian for "pine eyes."

If you stretch a standard Slinky out flat it measures 87 feet long.

Ralph Lauren's original name was Ralph Lifshitz.

Isaac Asimov is the only author to have a book in every Dewey-decimal category.

Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually that all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.

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

Almonds are members of the peach family.

The symbol on the "pound" key (#) is called an octothorpe.

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 its size, "L.A."

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

Alfred Hitchcock didn't have a belly button. It was eliminated when he was sewn up after surgery.

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

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

Cranberries are sorted for ripeness by bouncing them; a fully ripened cranberry can be dribbled like a basketball.

The name for Oz in the "Wizard of Oz" was thought up when the creator, Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N, and O-Z, hence Oz."

The word "Checkmate" in chess comes from the Persian phrase "Shah Mat," which means "the king is dead".

American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first-class.

Americans on average eat 18 acres of pizza every day.

February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.

If Barbie were life-size, her measurements would be 39-23-33. She would stand seven feet, two inches tall and have a neck twice the length of a normal human's neck.

Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.

Marilyn Monroe had six toes.

Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously. (How do they know this?)

Shakespeare invented the words 'assassination' and 'bump'.

The cruise liner, QEII, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.

The name Wendy was made up for the book 'Peter Pan'.

The Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, has twice as many bathrooms as necessary. When it was built in the 1940s, the state of Virginia still had segregation laws requiring separate toilet facilities for blacks and whites.

You are more likely to be killed by a Champagne cork than by a poisonous spider.


 

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