Tuesday, June 12, 2007


The "save" icon on Microsoft Word shows a floppy disk, with the shutter on backwards.

The verb "cleave" is the only English word with two synonyms which are antonyms of each other: adhere and separate.

The combination "ough" can be pronounced in nine different ways. The following sentence contains them all: "A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful plough man strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed."

Emus and kangaroos cannot walk backwards, and are on the Australian coat of arms for that reason.

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

The United States has never lost a war in which mules were used.

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

Ants stretch when they wake up in the morning

A cockroach can live several weeks with its head cut off

Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie

It's against the law to burp or sneeze in a church in Omaha, Nebraska

Thomas Edison was afraid of the dark

Some ribbon worms will eat themselves if they cant find any food

There are more plastic flamingos in the U.S, than real ones

It's against the law to slam your car door in Switzerland

A company in Taiwan makes dinnerware out of wheat, so you can eat your plate

The elephant is the only mammal that can't jump

More Monopoly money is printed in a year, than real money printed throughout the world

Q is the only letter in the alphabet that does not appear in the name of any of the United States

Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different

A giraffe can clean its ears with its 21-inch tongue

Bats always turn left when exiting a cave

Of all the words in the English language, the word set has the most definitions

Dogs and cats, like humans, are either right of left handed

Nose prints can be used to identify dogs, just like humans use fingerprints

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