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Did You Know? - General Info - Part 21

  • When a giraffe's baby is born it falls from a height of six feet, normally without being hurt.
  • The tango originated as a dance between two men (for partnering practice).
  • Leon Trotsky, the seminal Russian Communist, was assassinated in Mexico with an ice-pick.
  • The Bronx, New York got its name from explorer Henry Bronk.
  • The Kentucky Derby is the oldest continually held sports event in the United States (1875); the second oldest is the Westminister Kennel Club Dog Show (1876.)
  • "Video Killed the Radio Star" was the very first video ever played on MTV.
  • The pitches that Babe Ruth hit for his last-ever homerun and that Joe DiMaggio hit for his first-ever homerun where thrown by the same man.
  • The native tribe of Tierra del Fuego has a language so guttural it cannot have an alphabet.
  • A family of six died in Oregon during WWII as a result of a Japanese balloon bomb.
  • AM and PM stand for "Ante-Meridian" and "Post-Meridian," respectively, and A.D. actually stands for "Anno Domini" rather than "After Death."
  • The penguins that inhabit the tip of South America are called jackass penguins.
  • To "testify" was based on men in the Roman court swearing to a statement made by swearing on their testicles.
  • During conscription for WWII, there were nine documented cases of men with three testicles.
  • Avocado is derived from the Spanish word 'aguacate' which is derived from 'ahuacatl' meaning testicle.
  • Benito Mussolini would ward off the evil eye by touching his testicles.
  • Both Hitler and Napoleon were missing one testicle
  • Stalin was only five feet, four inches tall.
  • Stalin's left foot had webbed toes, and his left arm is noticably shorter than his right.
  • Scientists found a whole new phylum of animal on a lobster's lip.
  • The Baby Ruth candy bar was actually named after Grover Cleveland's baby daughter, Ruth.
  • Grover Cleveland's real first name is Stephen, Grover is his middle name.
  • Every two thousand frowns creates one wrinkle.
  • During WWII, Americans tried to train bats to drop bomb.
  • Swans are the only birds with penises.
  • A whale's penis is called adork.
  • Some carnivores, rodents, bats and insectivores have a penis bone, called a baculum.
  • A barnacle has the largest penis of any other animal in the world in relation to its size.
  • Iguanas, koalas and Komodo dragons all have two penises.
  • "I'd like clarify the comment about iguanas and komodo dragons having two penises. In fact, they have a single penis, but it is split in two (pretty much 'Y'-shaped.) This organ is known as a hemipenes. Snakes also share this interesting feature. Apparently, the dual penis is for ease of left-handed or right-handed mating.
  • Opossums have forked penises.
  • Some female hyenas have a pseudo-penis.
  • A winged penis was the city symbol of Pompeii, the ancient Roman resort town destroyed by Mt. Vesuvius' eruption.
  • Virgina Woolf wrote all her books standing.
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