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Did You Know? - General Info - Part 8

  • The number of the trash compactor in Star Wars (20th Century Fox, 1977) is 3263827.
  • Each year there is one ton of cement poured for each man, woman, and child in the world.
  • At McDonalds in New Zealand, they serve apricot pies instead of cherry ones.
  • The word "samba" means "to rub navels together."
  • The only two days of the year in which there are no professional sports games (MLB, NBA, NHL, or NFL) are the day before and the day after the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
  • The international telphone dialing code for Antarctica is 672.
  • A byte, in computer terms, means 8 bits. A nibble is half that: 4 bits. (Two nibbles make a byte!)
  • A full seven percent of the entire Irish barley crop goes to the production of Guinness beer.
  • Bank robber John Dillinger played professional baseball.
  • If you toss a penny 10000 times, it will not be heads 5000 times, but more like 4950. The heads picture weighs more, so it ends up on the bottom.
  • The airport in La Paz, Bolivia is the world's highest airport.
  • The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher.
  • The housefly hums in the middle octave, key of F.
  • Chicago is closer to Moscow than to Rio de Janeiro.
  • Original copy of the Declaration of Independence is lost. The copy in Washington D.C. is what is referred to as a holograph. That is a term for a handmade copy of a document and is not the same as a laser produced hologram.
  • Singpore is the only country with one train station.
  • The little bags of netting for gas lanterns (called 'mantles') are radioactive--so much so that they will set of an alarm at a nuclear reactor.
  • When measuring fonts 'point size' refers to the height of capital letters (one point being one 72nd of an inch). 'Pitch' is a horizontal measurement of the number of letters which can be printed in an inch.
  • The only capital letter in the Roman alphabet with exactly one endpoint is P.
  • In the movie "the Right Stuff" there is a scene where a government recruiter for the Mercury astronaut program (played by Jeff Goldblum) is in a bar at Muroc Dry Lake, California. His partner suggests Chuck Yeager as a good astronaut candidate. Jeff proceeds to badmouth Yeager claiming they need someone who went to college. During the conversation the real Chuck Yeager is playing a bartender who is standing behind the recruiters eavesdropping. General Yeager is listed low in the movie credits as 'Fred.'
  • "Speak of the Devil" is short for "Speak of the Devil and he shall come". It was believed that if you spoke about the Devil it would attract his attention. That's why when your talking about someone and they show up people say "Speak of the Devil"
  • Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.
  • There are only four words in the English language which end in "-dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
  • Nauru is the only country in the world with no official capital. (Its government offices are all in Yaren
  • District, but there's no official capital.)
  • South Africa is the only country with three official capitals: Pretoria, Cape Town, and Bloemfontein.
  • Lucy Ricardo's maiden name was McGillicudy.
  • Mickey Mouse is known as "Topolino" in Italy.
  • The red giant star Betelgeuse has a diameter larger than that of the Earth's orbit around the sun.
  • If your eyes are six feet above the surface of the ocean, the horizon wil be about three statute miles away.
  • The one-hundred eleventh element is known as "unnilenilenium"
  • The longest muscle name is the "levator labii superioris alaeque nasi" and Elvis popularized it with his lip motions.
  • The longest time someone has typed on a typewriter continuously is 264 hrs., set by Violet Gibson Burns.
  • The Dutch town of Leeuwarden can be spelled 225 different ways.
  • There was once a town named "6" in West Virginia.
  • Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older

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