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50 fantastic facts

The following 50 fantastic facts have been collected from various sources. The authenticity of the facts can be verified by the readers. What will you gain by reading these facts? Well, reading them will give you a new dimension to this world and its people.

1. The Yo-Yo originated as a weapon in the Philippine Islands during the sixteenth century.

2. Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise.

3. The moon is actually moving away from Earth at a rate of 1.5 inches per year.

4. Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.

5. Pinocchio is Italian for "pine head".

6. The only nation whose name begins with an "A," but doesn’t end in an "A," is Afghanistan.

7. A cockroach will live nine days without its head before it starves to death.

8. In 1938, Time Magazine chose Adolf Hitler for man of the year.

9. Humans and giraffes both have seven vertebrae bones in the neck. It’s not unusual for a mammal to have 7 vertebra bones in the neck but it’s interesting that the long neck of a full grown giraffe has the same amount.

10. Over 3 million people globally every month search for something online with the words "interesting facts" in it according to the most popular search engine.

11. Each year Disneyland uses over 5,000 gallons of paint to maintain the clean appearance of the park.

12. Giraffes can go without water longer than a camel.

13. Many people who read the word yawn or yawning begin to feel the urge to yawn.

14. The largest milk producing country by volume in the whole world is India.

15. If you are severely scared of going to the dentist or having dental work, you may actually have a phobia called odontophobia.

16. Almonds are members of the rose flower family or rosaceae family. The peach is also a member of the rose family.

17. Did you know the first bullet proof vest and windshield wiper blades were both invented by women.

18. Cold weather makes fingernails grow faster..

19. It takes about 7 minutes for the average person to fall asleep.

20. If the human stomach doesn't produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks it will totally digest it’s self.

21. Approximately one fifth of all the publications from Japan are comic books.

22. When water freezes it expands by 10%.

23. The only animal with four knees is the elephant.

24. If you have a deep genuine fear of the number 13, you may have Paraskevidekatriaphobia also called Friggatriskaidekaphobia or Triskaidekaphobia.

25. A mid-sized car launched today generates only an estimated 5% of the pollution which was generated by a car from fifty years ago.

26. The average person laughs 15 times per day.

27. The eye of an ostrich is larger than it’s brain.

28. Ants can pull about 30 times their own weight and lift about 50 times their own weight.

29. Snails can sleep for up to 3 years.

30. You cannot think of an English word to rhyme with the word month because there isn’t one.

31. If an infant becomes blind soon after they’re born they will still almost always see images in their dreams, but infants born with blindness will most likely never have dreams with images. People who were born blind do still have very emotionally intense dreams which include hearing, smells, feeling and taste. Now that’s an interesting fact about dreams.

32. Fires in the forest have been documented to move much faster up hill than down hill.

33. Human brains are estimated to be 70 – 75% water.

34. No other animal has a longer pregnancy term than that of the elephant which is documented at an average of 22 months.

35. During world war 2 the Oscar award given out by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was made of wood because most common metals were very scarce.

36. The active ingredient in most toothpastes is called sodium fluoride. Sodium fluoride can be lethal, young children using regular toothpaste with this ingredient should be monitored. Even swallowing small amounts can cause stomach problems or worst.

37. Buttermilk does not contain any butter.

38. One out of 500 people have an extra rib.

39. Istanbul, Turkey is the only city in the world located on two continents.

40. Orcas (killer whales), when traveling in groups, breathe in unison.

41. The Great Pyramids used to be as white as snow because they were encased in a bright limestone that has worn off over the years.

42. The word "toy" comes from an old English word that means "tool".

43. Smokers are twice as likely to develop lower back pain than non-smokers.

44. Humans are born with 300 bones in their body, however when a person reaches adulthood they only have 206 bones. This occurs because many of them join together to make a single bone.

45. Most lipstick contains fish scales.

46. No piece of paper can be folded in half more than 7 times.

47. The Koala bear is not really a bear, but is really related to the kangaroo and the wombat.

48. The largest employer in the world is the Indian Railways, employing over 1.6 million people.

49. China has more English speakers than the United States.

50. Tomato ketchup is a good conditioner for the hair. It also helps get the greenish tinge that some blonde haired people get after swimming in water with chlorine in it .

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World’s Funniest Proverbs

A secondary school teacher made a list of some well known proverbs and gave the class the first half of the proverbs, so that they could complete the sayings. Here’s what they came up with:

Don’t bite the hand that . . . looks dirty.

A miss is as good as a . . . mr.

You can’t teach an old dog . . . maths.

An idle mind is . . . the best way to relax.

There’s no smoke without . . . pollution.

Two’s company, three’s . . . the musketeers.

Laugh and the world laughs with you, cry and . . . you must blow your own nose.

When the blind leadeth the blind . . . best get out of the way.


Here is a collection of funny proverbs from all over the world:

Man who drives like hell is bound to get there.

Always remember: you’re unique. Just like everyone else. (Anon)

Do not insult the mother alligator until after you have crossed the river. (Haitian)

Ensure your kitchen is kept clean – eat out. (Anon)

Experience is something you get just after you need it. (Anon)

He who seeks trouble never misses. (English)

If at first you don’t succeed, parachuting is not the sport for you. (Anon)

It is never a good idea to test the water with both feet. (Anon)

Life is what happens when you are making other plans. (John Lennon)

The eyes believe what they see; the ears what people tell them. (German)

There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it. (Chinese)

When the mouse laughs at the cat, there is a hole nearby. (Nigeria)

You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist. (Gandhi)

A diplomat is someone who can tell you to go to hell and have you actually looking forward to the trip. (Anon)

Age is just mind over matter: if you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. (Anon)

A closed mouth catches no flies. (Italian)

Anger is the outcome of the tongue working faster than the brain. (Anon)

Before you criticize someone, walk a mile in their shoes. (Then when you do criticize them, you’re a mile away and you have their shoes.) (Anon)

It is better to conceal one’s knowledge than to reveal one’s ignorance. (Spanish)

The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits. (Anon)

Everybody is ignorant, Only on different subjects. (Will Rogers)

He who laughs last laughs longest. And has probably only just got the joke. (Anon)

Your own stupid actions should not be confused with fate. (Anon)

Never underestimate the power of stupid people in big groups. (Anon)

It’s not the size of the dog in the fight that matters, it’s the size of the fight in the dog! (Anon)

Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people. (Anon)

Minds are like parachutes: they only work when open. (Anon)

The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time. (Abraham Lincoln)

The nail that sticks up is sure to be hammered down. (Japanese)

A pessimist is never disappointed. (Anon)

The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty. (Winston Churchill)

The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it back in your pocket. (Anon)

You can turn dollars into cents, or sense into dollars, but not dollars into sense. (American)

Love your neighbours, but don’t pull down the fence. (Chinese)

When your enemy falls, don’t rejoice. But don’t pick him up either. (Yiddish)

A man is a person who takes out the rubbish, then makes out he has just cleaned the house. (Anon)

God supplies the milk but not the jug. (German)

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(Funny) Rules Of English Language

Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.

And don’t start a sentence with a conjunction.

It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.

Avoid clichés like the plague (they’re old hat).

Also, always avoid annoying alliteration.

Be more or less specific.

Remarks in brackets (however relevant) are (usually) (but not always) unnecessary.

Also too, never, ever use repetitive redundancies.

No sentence fragments.

Contractions aren’t necessary and shouldn’t be used.

Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.

Do not be redundant; do not use more words than necessary; it’s highly superfluous.

One should NEVER generalize.

Comparisons are as bad as clichés.

Don’t use no double negatives.

Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.

One-word sentences? Eliminate.

Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.

The passive voice is to be ignored.

Eliminate commas, that are, not necessary. Parenthetical words however should be enclosed in commas.

Never use a big word when a diminutive one would suffice.

Kill all exclamation points!!!

Use words correctly, irregardless of how others use them.

Understatement is always the absolute best way to put forth earth shaking ideas.

Use the apostrophe in it’s proper place and omit it when its not needed.

Eliminate quotations. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.”

If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times: Resist hyperbole; not one writer in a million can use it correctly.

Puns are for children, not groan readers.

Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.

Even if a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.

Who needs rhetorical questions?

Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.

[From http://www.funny2.com/%5D

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