Thursday, September 9, 2010

Today's Trivia - Assorted

Here are this week’s random selection of interesting and useless facts. It’s possible that I’ve listed some of these before, but I’m sure that many of them are new.

The 'sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick' is thought to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.

Until 1800, cookery was so dangerous that it was the second commonest cause of death among women after childbirth.

Apparently, 35% of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.

In Tokyo, a bicycle is faster than a car for most trips of less than 50 minutes.

It's illegal to drink beer out of a bucket while you're sitting on a curb in St. Louis.

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

Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie.

It's against the law to burp or sneeze in a certain church in Omaha, Nebraska.

Your body is creating and killing 15 million red blood cells per second.

Camels have three eyelids to protect themselves from blowing sand.

Tourists visiting Iceland should know that tipping at a restaurant is considered an insult.

In Natoma, Kansas, it's illegal to throw knives at men wearing striped suits.

Nearly all lipstick contains fish scales.

Almost half the newspapers in the world are published in the United States and Canada.

When they are closed quickly, the crossover point on a pair of scissors is moving faster than the speed of light.

Ravens are kept in the Tower of London because, according to myth, the British throne will come to a fall if the ravens leave the tower. The wings of the ravens are clipped to prevent them from flying away.

The Jersey or walking stick cabbage has a stem as high as a man and can grow 16 feet tall.

Kilts were invented by the Irish. The word "kilt" is, in fact, Danish.

The human body burns about 60 calories an hour while asleep, 85 while eating and 130 sitting working at a computer.

A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.

In Melbourne, Australia it is illegal for men to parade in strapless dresses, however, they are allowed to cross-dress in anything with sleeves.

King George V changed the name of the British royal family from the German sounding Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor in 1917. As the Great War was at its height, King George V wanted to distance himself from his cousin Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany.

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