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Set-2 : Amazing-But-True Facts!




  • Female black cats can actually see their shadows at night.
  • Ballpoint pens were invented by a Michigan scientist attempting to reduce the number of birds killed for their quills.
  • Glamorous movie star Brad Pitt once had a summer job posting warning signs at coal mine entrances.
  • U.S. Army medics in World War I knew of the germ-fighting properties of rodent saliva and carried hamsters in their medical bags to sterilize wounds in the field.
  • An early draft of the Declaration of Independence included a line by Benjamin Franklin inviting King George to "kisse our collective arse."
  • Nearly three percent of the ice in Antarctic glaciers is penguin urine.
  • The sound made when a duck passes gas is the precise acoustic opposite of its quack; if it does both simultaneously, there's no audible sound.
  • Contrary to their popular image as spinsters, the average librarian has 5.9 random sex partners per year.
  • The rhesus monkey is the only animal that can be taught to hum a tune.
  • With the exception of a small 200-square-mile section of Antarctica, every single square kilometer of dry land on the planet has been walked on by at least one human being.
  • In the weightlessness of space a frozen pea will explode if it comes in contact with Pepsi.
  • The increased electricity used by modern appliances is causing a shift in the Earth's magnetic field. By the year 2327, the North Pole will be located in mid-Kansas, while the South Pole will be just off the coast of East Africa.
  • The idea for "tribbles" in "Star Trek" came from gerbils, since some gerbils are actually born pregnant.
  • Male rhesus monkeys often hang from tree branches by their amazing prehensile penises.
  • Johnny Plessey batted .331 for the Cleveland Spiders in 1891, even though he spent the entire season batting with a rolled-up, lacquered copy of the Toledo Post-Dispatch.
  • Smearing a small amount of dog feces on an insect bite will relieve the itching and swelling.
  • The Boeing 747 is capable of flying upside-down if it weren't for the fact that the wings would shear off when trying to roll it over.
  • The trucking company Elvis Presley worked at as a young man was owned by Frank Sinatra.
  • The only golf course on the island of Tonga has 15 holes, and there's no penalty if a monkey steals your golf ball.
  • Legislation passed during WWI making it illegal to say "gesundheit" to a sneezer was never repealed.
  • Manatees possess vocal chords which give them the ability to speak like humans, but don't do so because they have no ears with which to hear the sound.
  • SCUBA divers cannot pass gas at depths of 33 feet or below.
  • Catfish are the only animals that naturally have an ODD number of whiskers.
  • Replying more than 100 times to the same piece of spam e-mail will overwhelm the sender's system and interfere with their ability to send any more spam.
  • Polar bears can eat as many as 86 penguins in a single sitting.
  • The first McDonald's restaurant opened for business in 1952 in Edinburgh, Scotland, and featured the McHaggis sandwich.
  • The Air Force's F-117 fighter uses aerodynamics discovered during research into how bumblebees fly.
  • You *can* get blood from a stone, but only if contains at least 17 percent bauxite.
  • Silly Putty was "discovered" as the residue left behind after the first latex condoms were produced. It's not widely publicized for obvious reasons.
  • Approximately one-sixth of your life is spent on Wednesdays.
  • The skin needed for elbow transplants must be taken from the scrotum of a cadaver.
  • The sport of jai alai originated from a game played by Incan priests who held cats by their tails and swung at leather balls. The cats would instinctively grab at the ball with their claws, thus enabling players to catch them.
  • A cat's purr has the same romance-enhancing frequency as the voice of singer Barry White.
  • The typewriter was invented by Hungarian immigrant Qwert Yuiop, who left his "signature" on the keyboard.
  • The volume of water that the Giant Sequoia tree consumes in a 24-hour period contains enough suspended minerals to pave 17.3 feet of a 4-lane concrete freeway.
  • King Henry VIII slept with a gigantic axe.
  • Because printed materials are being replaced by CD-ROM, microfiche and the Internet, libraries that previously sank into their foundations under the weight of their books are now in danger of collapsing in extremely high winds.
  • In 1843, a Parisian street mime got stuck in his imaginary box and consequently died of starvation.
  • Touch-tone telephone keypads were originally planned to have buttons for Police and Fire Departments, but they were replaced with * and # when the project was cancelled in favor of developing the 911 system.
  • Human saliva has a boiling point three times that of regular water.
  • Calvin, of the "Calvin and Hobbes" comic strip, was patterned after President Calvin Coolidge, who had a pet tiger as a boy.
  • Watching an hour-long soap opera burns more calories than watching a three-hour baseball game.
  • Until 1978, Camel cigarettes contained minute particles of real camels.
  • You can actually sharpen the blades on a pencil sharpener by wrapping your pencils in aluminum foil before inserting them.
  • To human taste buds, Zima is virtually indistinguishable from zebra urine.
  • Seven out of every ten hockey-playing Canadians will lose a tooth during a game. For Canadians who don't play hockey, that figure drops to five out of ten.
  • A dog's naked behind leaves absolutely no bacteria when pressed against carpet.
  • A team of University of Virginia researchers released a study promoting the practice of picking one's nose, claiming that the health benefits of keeping nasal passages free from infectious blockages far outweigh the negative social connotations.