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Facts, or so I'm Told


The word typewriter is the largest word in the English language that can be typed using just the upper row of letters on a typewriter.

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.

There are more chickens than people in the world.

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

* On a Canadian two dollar bill, what is the flag flying over the Parliament Building?

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.

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.

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.

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

The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra's "Its A Wonderful Life."

A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours.

A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.

A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.

The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.

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

The name for Oz in the "Wizard of Oz" was thought up when the creator, Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw  A-N, and O-Z, hence "Oz."

The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.

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

1729 the smallest number that can be expressed as the sum of two cubes in
two different ways.


* The flag is actually the Red Ensign which was the official Canadian flag at the time represented in the picture.  The square in the corner is the Union Jack. (or so I'm told by Micheal Brooks)
Acording to the Bank of Canada (the people who printed the bill) it is Canada's current flag, The Maple Leaf, which is depicted on top of the Parliament Building. (So I'm told by Daniel DeMarbre. I could not find this on the Bank of Canada Web site.)

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