checkmarkOn an American one-dollar bill, there is an owl in the upper left-hand corner of the "1" encased in the "shield" and a spider hidden in the front upper right-hand corner.

checkmarkIt's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

checkmarkThe giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.

checkmarkMaine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.

Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.

Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.

The national anthem of Greece has 158 verses.No one in Greece has memorized all 158 verses.

There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.

The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.

The shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.

There are more chickens than people in the world.

Two-thirds of the world's eggplant is grown in New Jersey.

The longest one-syllable word in the English language is "screeched."

The longest word without a vowel is "rhythm."

On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament Building is an American flag.

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

No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver or purple.

"Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt".

All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.

Almonds are a member of the peach family.

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

There are only four words in the English language which end in "dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.

A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.

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

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

The only real person to be a Pez head was Betsy Ross.

When the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers play football at home, the stadium becomes the state's third largest city.

A dragonfly has a lifespan of 24 hours.

A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.

A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.

Who's that playing the piano on the "Mad About You" theme? -- Paul Reiser himself.

In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.

Mr. Rogers is an ordained minister.

John Lennon's first girlfriend was named Thelma Pickles.

The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.

There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.

"Stewardesses" is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.

What occurs more often in December than any other month? -- Conception.

What separates "60 Minutes," on CBS, from every other TV show? -- No theme song/music.

Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of their birthplace. This is propinquity.

Most boat owners name their boats.What is the most popular boat name requested? -- Obsession.

More women wash their hands in the bathroom than men. Women ~ 80% Men ~ 55%.

What do 100% of all lottery winners do? -- Gain weight.

In a recent survey, Americans revealed that the bannana was their favorite meal.

If you were to spell out numbers, you would have to go one thousand times until you would find the letter "A".

What do bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers all have in common? -- All invented by women.

This is the only food that doesn't spoil. -- Honey.

There are more collect calls on Father's Day than any other day of the year.

What trivia fact about Mel Blanc (voice of Bugs Bunny) is most ironic? -- He was allergic to carrots.

40% of all people who come to a party in your home do this - what is it? -- Snoop in your medicine cabinet.

In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes when you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. That's where the phrase, "goodnight, sleep tight" came from.

When opossums are playing 'possum, they are not "playing," They actually pass out from sheer terror.

The term "the whole 9 yards" came from W.W.II fighter pilots in the Pacific. When arming their airplanes on the ground, the .50 caliber 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."

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.

The world's termites outweigh the world's humans 10 to 1.

The 3 most valuable brand names on earth: Marlboro, Coca-Cola, and Budweiser, in that order.

It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer, and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the "honey month" or what we know today as the "honeymoon."

In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts. So in old England, when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them to mind their own pints and quarts and settle down. It's where we get the phrase "mind your P's and Q's."

If you can prove or refute any of these "facts" please e-mail me and I will remove or put a check mark next to it. More facts would also be appreciated. Please note that the check mark means that that fact has been proven, I am not responsible for the validity of any of this trivia.

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