50 Interesting, but Useless Facts

Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) was born on and died on days when Halley’s Comet can be seen. During his  life he predicted that he would die when it could be seen.

US Dollar bills are made out of cotton and linen.

The "57" the Heinz ketchup bottle represents the number of pickle types the on company once had.

Americans are responsible for about 1/5 of the world’s garbage annually. On average, that’s 3 pounds a day per person.

Giraffes and rats can last longer without water than camels.

Your stomach produces a new layer of mucus every two weeks so that it doesn’t digest itself.

98% of all murders and rapes are by a close family member or friend of the victim.

A B-25 bomber crashed into the 79th floor of the Empire State Building on July 28, 1945.

The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp (marijuana) paper.

The dot over the letter "i" is called a tittle.

A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of  the glass to the top.

Benjamin Franklin was the fifth in a series of the youngest son of the youngest son. 

Triskaidekaphobia means fear of the number 13.

Paraskevidekatriaphobia means fear of Friday the 13th (which occurs one to three times a year).

In Italy, 17 is considered an unlucky number. In Japan, 4 is considered an unlucky number.

A female ferret will die if it goes into heat and cannot find a mate.

All the chemicals in a human body combined are worth about 6.25 euro (if sold separately).

In ancient Rome, when a man testified in court he would swear on his testicles.

The ZIP in "ZIP code" means Zoning Improvement Plan. 

 Coca-Cola contained Coca (whose active ingredient is cocaine) from 1885 to 1903.

A "2 by 4_ is really 1 1/2 by 3 1/2.

It’s estimated that at any one time around 0.7% of the world’s population is drunk.

Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history: Spades = David ; Clubs = Alexander the Great ; Hearts = Charlemagne ; Diamonds = Caesar 

40% of McDonald’s profits come from the sales of Happy Meals.

Every person, including identical twins, has a unique eye and tongue print along with their finger print.

The "spot" on the 7-Up logo comes from its inventor who had red eyes. He was an albino.

315 entries in Webster’s 1996 dictionary were misspelled.

The "save" icon in Microsoft Office programs shows a floppy disk with the shutter on backwards.

Camel’s have three eyelids.

On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents every day.

John Wilkes Booth’s brother once saved the life of Abraham Lincoln’s son.

Warren Beatty and Shirley McLaine are brother and sister.

Chocolate can kill dogs; it directly affects their heart and nervous system.

Daniel Boone hated coonskin caps.

Playing cards were issued to British pilots in WWII. If captured, they could be soaked in water and unfolded  to reveal a map for escape.

55.1% of all US prisoners are in prison for drug offenses.

Most lipstick contains fish scales.

Orcas (killer whales) kill sharks by torpedoing up into the shark’s stomach from underneath, causing the shark to explode.

Dr. Seuss pronounced his name "soyce".

Slugs have four noses.

Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine.

The Three Wise Monkeys have names: Mizaru (See no evil), Mikazaru (Hear no evil), and Mazaru (Speak no evil).

India has a Bill of Rights for cows.

If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib. If you try to suppress a sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your  head or neck and die. If you keep your eyes open by force, they can pop out. (DON’T TRY IT, DUMBASS)

During the California gold rush of 1849, miners sent their laundry to Honolulu for washing and pressing.  Due to the extremely high costs in California during these boom years, it was deemed more feasible to send  their shirts to Hawaii for servicing.

American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by taking out an olive from First Class salads.

About 200,000,000 M&Ms are sold each day in the United States.

Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.

Over a course of about eleven years, the sun’s magnetic poles switch places. This cycle is called "Solarmax".