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Did You Know? - General Info - Part 3

  • Cathy Rigby is the only woman to pose nude for Sports Illustrated. (August 1972)
  • Blueberry Jelly Bellies were created especially for Ronald Reagan.
  • Will Clark of the Texas Rangers is a direct descendant of William Clark of Lewis and Clark.
  • When ocean tides are at their highest, they are called "spring tides." When they are at their lowest, they are call "neep tides."
  • February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.
  • The last NASCAR driver to serve jail time for running moonshine was Buddy Arrington.
  • Many Japanese golfers carry "hole-in-one" insurance, because it is traditional in Japan to share one's good luck by sending gifts to all your friends when you get an "ace." The price for what the Japanese term an "albatross" can often reach $10,000.
  • The difference between male and female blue crabs is the design located on their apron (belly.) The male blue crab has the Washington Monument while the female apron is shaped like the U.S. Capitol.
  • It takes a lobster approxiamately seven years to grow to be one pound.
  • The ridges on the sides of coins are called reeding.
  • The lot numbers for the cyanide-tainted Tylenol capsules scare back in 1982 were MC2880 and 1910MD.
  • Montpelier, Vermont is the only U.S. state capital without a McDonalds.
  • The Roman emperor Caligula made his horse a senator.
  • At latitude 60 degrees south you can sail all the way around the world.
  • A Chinese checkerboard has 121 holes.
  • The hyoid bone, in your throat, is the only bone in the body not attached to another bone.
  • Mice, whales, elephants, giraffes and man all have seven neck vertebra.
  • Sunbeams that shine down through the clouds are called crespucular rays.
  • Very small clouds that look like they have been broken off of bigger clouds are called scuds.
  • On a dewy morning, if you look at your shadow in the grass, the dew drops shine light back to your eye creating a halo called a heilgenschein (German for halo.)
  • The correct response to the Irish greeting, "Top of the morning to you," is "and the rest of the day to yourself."
  • Giraffes have no vocal cords.
  • Joe DiMaggio had more home runs than strikeouts during his career.
  • All porcupines float in water.
  • Hang On Sloopy is the official rock song of Ohio.
  • A-1 Steak Sauce contains both orange peel and raisins.
  • Many northern parishes (counties) of Louisiana did not agree with the Confederate movement. To show their disapproval, they changed their names. That's why there is a Union Parish, Jefferson Parish, etc.
  • The Pentagon, in Arlington, Virginia, has twice as many bathrooms as is necessary. When it was built in the 1940s, the state of Virginia still had segregation laws requiring separate toilet facilities for blacks and whites.
  • Residents of the island of Lesbos are Lesbosians, rather than Lesbians. (Of course, lesbians are called lesbians because Sappho was from Lesbos.)
  • The Chinese ideogram for 'trouble' symbolizes 'two women living under one roof'.
  • German has a wood for the peace offerings brought to your mate when you've committed some conceived slight. This is "drachenfutter" or dragon's food.
  • In Chinese, the words for crisis and opportunity are the same.
  • No word in the English language rhymes with month.
  • Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without killing them use to burn their houses down - hence the expression "to get fired."
  • The poisonous copperhead smells likefresh cut cucumbers.
  • In Disney's "Fantasia", the Sorcerer's name is "Yensid" (Disney backwards.)
  • The smallest mushroom's name is "Hop-low."
  • Anne Boleyn had six fingernails on one hand.
  • Mustard gas was invented in the McKinley Building on the American University campus. Additionally, preliminary work on the Manhattan Project was done in that building. The government used the McKinley Building because of its unusual archticture. If there would be any type of large explosion inside the building, the building would implode onto itself, containing any lethal gas or nuclear material. The building now houses the Physics Department.
  • When angered, the ears of Tazmanian devils turn a pinkish-red.
  • The cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth II, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.
  • The naval rank of "Admiral" is derived from the Arabic phrase "amir al bahr", which means "lord of the sea".
  • The Les Nessman character on the TV series WKRP in Cincinnati wore a band-aid in every episode. Either on himself, his glasses, or his clothing.
  • A coat hanger is 44 inches long if straightened
  • The roads on the island of Guam are made with coral. Guam has no sand. The sand on the beaches is actually ground coral. When concrete is mixed, the coral sand is used instead of importing regular sand from thousands of miles away.
  • Mt. Vernon Washington grows more tulips than the entire country of Holland.
  • Jamie Farr (who played Klinger on M*A*S*H) was the only member of the cast who actually served as a soldier in the Korean war.
  • The southern most city in the United States is Na'alehu, Hawaii.
  • Alaska was the only part of the United States that was invaded by the Japanese during WWII. The territory was the island of Adak in the Aleutian Chain.
  • Woodward Ave in Detroit, Michigan carries the designation M-1, named so because it was the first paved road anywhere.
  • Michigan was the first state to plow it's roads and the first to adopt a yellow dividing line.
  • Canada is an Indian word meaning "Big Village".
  • The longest chapter in the Bible is Psalm 119.

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