500 000 tons of dog excrement are dumped annually on the streets of Paris.
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?
The correct response to the Irish greeting, "Top of the morning to you," is "and the rest of the day to yourself".
Sherlock Holmes NEVER said "Elementary, my dear Watson".
You can send a postcard from Hell. There is a small town located in the Cayman Islands called "Hell".
They even have a post office.
There is a post office on the Russian space station Mir.
Calculators spell out '"GO2HELL'" after typing in 1134209, then looking at it upside down.
There are approximately 90 people that have been frozen after their death.
The tip of a bullwhip moves so fast that it breaks the sound barrier. The crack of the whip is actually a tiny sonic boom.
Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.
The Chinese ideogram for "trouble" symbolizes "two women living under one roof".
In Chinese, the words for crisis and opportunity are the same.
The inhabitants of Moscow are called Mosquitoes.
10% of the Russian government's income is from the sale of Vodka.
Each month, there is at least one report of UFOs from each province of Canada.
Someone on Earth reports seeing a UFO every three minutes. In the U.S., reported sightings are most likely to occur in July, at 9 p.m. or 3 a.m.
If the US government has no knowledge of aliens, then why does Title 14, Section 1211 of the
Code of Federal Regulations, implemented on July 16, 1969, make it illegal for U.S. citizens to have any contact with extraterrestrials or their vehicles?
There are more plastic flamingos in the U.S. than real ones.
90 % of the taxi drivers in New York City are recently arrived immigrants.
97% of all paper money in the US contains traces of cocaine.
In Los Angeles, there are fewer people than there are automobiles.
By raising your legs slowly and laying on your back, you cannot sink into quicksand.
The manufacturing documentation for a Jumbo Jet weighs more than a Jumbo Jet.
A hard-boiled egg will spin. An uncooked or soft-boiled egg will not.
It has been proven that when a salesperson wears a tie, there is a great statistical difference between making a sale and not making a sale.
Finagle's Law was the one that went, "Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong". Not Murphy's Law.
How long did the Hundred Years War last? 116 years.
It has been calculated that in the last 3 500 years, there have only been 230 years of peace throughout the civilised world.
There have been 191 coops in Bolivia since it became a sovereign country in 1825.
During his entire life, Vincent Van Gogh sold exactly one painting, Red Vineyard at Arles.
Alfred Nobel invented dynamite (Dynamite no.1 and Ballistite), but when he saw the destruction it caused, he decided to do something benevolent with all the money he made. Hence the Nobel Prize.
Leonard DaVinci invented the scissors. It also took him 10 years to paint Mona Lisa's lips.
The microwave oven was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube
and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
The toothbrush was invented in 1498.
The revolving door was invented in 1888.
The reason why women's dress shirt buttons are on the left and men's on the right is because when buttons were first used during the Victorian period maids used to dress the ladies, and since the maids put on their shirts the buttons were put on the servant's right.
To prevent some numbers from occurring more frequently than others, dice used in crap games in Las Vegas are manufactured to a tolerance of 0,00508 mm, less than 1/17 the thickness of a human hair.
In their lifetime, meat-eaters will consume 6 cows, 36 sheep, 36 pigs and 750 chickens. (Independent, England, May 11 1994)
The bill for the UN's regular budget plus the cost of all its agencies and projects ($6.5 billion in 1993) is about the same as US citizens spend yearly on cut flowers and pot plants. (Internationalist, Dec 94)
The combined wealth of the world's seven richest men could wipe out poverty and provide access to
basic social services for the quarter of the world who live in severe need.
The net wealth of 10 billionaires is worth 1.5 times the combined national
income of the 48 least developed countries. (According to a United Nations study, Guardian Weekly, 22 June 1997)
Charlie Chaplin once won third prize in a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest.
Lovemaking uses up 200 calories. Gardening uses up 150 calories. Banging your head against the wall uses 150 calories an hour. Celery has negative calories! It takes more calories to consume a stalk of celery than the celery has in it to begin with. You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television. Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie.
They have square watermelons in Japan - they stack better.
The bible, the world's most-selling book, is also the world's most shoplifted book.
The Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from Public Libraries.
Only 0,00045 % of mail handled by the post office is reported lost.
one letter out of 220.000 - roughly one lost out of a quarter million letters.
Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history. Spades - King David, Clubs - Alexander the Great, Hearts - Charlemagne, and Diamonds - Julius Caesar.
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.
Bruce Lee was so fast that they actually had to s-l-o-w film down so you could see his moves. That's the opposite of the norm.
Jackie Chan has broken almost every bone in his body. He is blacklisted from every insurance company.
The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid.
If all the gold sitting in the oceans and seas were mined, every person on this planet would get about 20 kilograms of gold each (according to one source it's only 4 kg... but it's still a lot).
If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months, and 6 days, you will have produced enough energy to heat one cup of coffee.
In the late 1800's, thousands of human and animal unearthed mummies were sold by the ton for use as locomotive fuel and fertilizer as well as being ground up and packaged as health remedies.
The Bible does not say there were three wise men; it only says there were three gifts.
The first person in space is Yuri A. Gagarin who went up on April 12, 1961.
Neil Armstrong first stepped on the moon with his left foot.
The term 'Rock N' Roll' was coined in 1951.
There have been about a quarter of a million Elvis sightings since his death
(well, what else is there to expect with all these Elvis impersonators ???
If you are locked in a completely sealed room, you will die of carbon dioxide poisoning first before you will die of oxygen deprivation.
S.O.S. doesn't stand for "Save Our Ship" or "Save Our Souls". It was just chosen by an 1908 international conference on Morse Code because the letters S and O were easy to remember and just about anyone could key it and read it, S = dot dot dot, O = dash dash dash.
Duelling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.
It is estimated that only 5-10% of the worlds information has been digitized.
The largest taxi fleet in the world is found in Mexico City. The city boasts a fleet of over 60 000 taxis.
The launching mechanism of a carrier ship that helps planes take off, could throw a pickup truck over a mile.
Abraham Lincoln's ghost is said to haunt the White House.
The average human body contains enough:
*Iron to make a 8 cm long nail
*Sulfer to kill all the fleas on an average dog
*Carbon to make 900 pencils
*Potassium to fire a toy cannon
*Fat to make seven bars of soap
*Phosporus to make 2 200 match heads
*Water to fill a 38 liters tank.
1961 was the most recent year that could be written upside-down and rightside-up and appear the same. The next year that this will be possible will be 6009!
In Turkey the color of mourning is violet. In most Moslem countries and in China it is white.
Mickey Mouse's ears are always turned to the front, no matter which direction his head is pointing.
In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere.
The largest toy distributor in the world is McDonald's.
You can test for a two way mirror by putting your fingernail on the surface, if there's space between the tip and the image, then its a normal mirror, if not, its two way.
One year is exactly 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes and 54,5 seconds.
The average day is actually 23 hours, 56 minutes and 4,09 seconds. We have a leap year every four years to make up for this shortfall.
The middle day of a non-leap year is July 2.
It takes an average of 48 to 100 tries to solve a rubix cube puzzle. If done perfectly, any rubix cube combination can be solved in 17 turns.
Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.