Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Trivia Tuesday: List of Random Facts Part Seven

**I copied and pasted this list from a website and I do not research each fact to find its authenticity like I usually do for these posts.  If you find where one is incorrect, leave me a comment and I will fix it.**

The most popular boat name requested is Obsession.

The muzzle of a lion is like a fingerprint - no two lions have the same pattern of whiskers.

The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for the "General Purpose" vehicle, G.P.

The name Wendy was made up for the book "Peter Pan."

The oldest business in the United States of America is the Avedis Zildjian Cymbal Company. which was founded by Avedis Zildjian in Constantinople in 1623. 

The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is "uncopyrightable".

The only two days of the year in which there are no professional sports events (MLB, NBA, NHL, or NFL) are the day before and the day after the Major League All-Star Game.

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.

The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.

The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets.

The Ramses brand condom is named after the great phaoroh Ramses II who fathered over 160 children.

The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days of yore when the engines were pulled by horses. The horses were stabled on the ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight staircases.

The right lung takes in more air than the left.

The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments

The six official languages of the United Nations are: English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish.

The skeleton of Jeremy Bentham is present at all important meetings of the University of London

Why do ostriches bury their heads in the sand? They actually don't. In a study of 200,000 ostriches over a period of eighty years, no one reported a single case where an ostrich buried its head in the sand (or attempted to do so).

You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television.

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