* Money isn't made out of paper, it's made out of cotton.

* The 57 on Heinz ketchup bottle represents the number of varieties of pickles the company once had

* A rat can last longer without water than a camel.

* Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks otherwise it will digest itself.

* The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.

* The dot over the letter 'i' is called a tittle.

* A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continually from the bottom of the glass to the top.

* Susan Lucci is the daughter of Phyllis Diller.

* A female ferret will die if it goes into heat and cannot find a mate.

* A duck's quack doesn't echo. No one knows why.

* A 2x4 is 1 1/2 x 3 1/2.

* 40% of McDonald's profits come from the sales of Happy Meals.

* Every person has a unique tongue print.

* The 'spot' on 7UP comes from its inventor who had red eyes. He was an albino.

* 315 entries in Webster's 1996 Dictionary were misspelled

* During the chariot scene in 'Ben Hur' a small red car can be seen in the distance.

* On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily.

* John Wilkes Booth's brother once saved the life of Abraham Lincoln's son.

* Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine are brother and sister.

* Chocolate kills dogs! True, chocolate effects a dogs heart and nervous system, a few ounces enough to kill a small sized dog.

* Daniel Boone detested coonskin caps.

* Playing cards were issued to British pilots in WWII. If captured, they could be soaked in water and unfolded to reveal a map for escape.

* Most lipstick contains fish scales.

* Orcas (killer whales) kill sharks by torpedoing up into the shark's stomach from underneath, causing the shark to explode.

* Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn't wear pants.

* Dr. Seuss actually pronounced Seuss such that it sounded like Sue-ice

* Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine.

* Leonardo DA Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time.

* During the California Gold Rush of 1849 miners sent their laundry to Honolulu for washing and pressing. Due to the extremely high costs in California during these boom years it was deemed more feasible to send the shirts to Hawaii for servicing.

* American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first class.

* Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.

* The number of possible ways of playing the first four moves per side in a game of chess is 318,979,564,000.

* Upper and lower case letters are named 'upper' and 'lower,' because in the time when all original print had to be set in individual letters, the 'upper case' letters were stored in the case on top of the case that stored the smaller, 'lower case' letters.

* There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos.

* There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with: orange, purple, and silver!

* The numbers '172' can be found on the back of the US $5 dollar bill and in the bushes at the base of the Lincoln Memorial.

* The name Wendy was made up for the book Peter Pan, there was never a recorded Wendy before!

* The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin during World WarII killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.

* There are four cars and eleven lightposts on the back of a $10 dollar bill.

* Leonardo DA Vinci invented scissors. Also, it took him 10 years to paint Mona Lisa's lips.

* If one places a tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion, it will instantly go mad and sting itself to death.

* Bruce Lee was so fast that they actually had to SLOW a film down so you could see his moves. That's the opposite of the norm.

* If you have three quarters, four dimes, and four pennies, you have $1.19. You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a dollar. [Can you think of a different coin combination that actually adds up to the exact same amount where this is also true?

* The first CD pressed in the US was Bruce Springsteen's 'Born in the USA'

* The mask used by Michael Myers in the original Halloween was actually a Captain Kirk mask painted white.

* The original name for the butterfly was 'flutterby'!

* 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 first product Motorola started to develop was a record player for automobiles. At that time the most known player on the market was the Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola.

* Roses MAY be red, but violets ARE, indeed, violet.

* By raising your legs slowly and laying on your back, you can't sink in quicksand.

* Casey Kasem is the voice of Shaggy on Scooby-Doo.

* Celery has negative calories! It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with.

* Charlie Chaplin once won third prize in a Charlie Chaplin look alike contest.

* In Gulliver's Travels, Jonathan Swift described the two moons of Mars, Phobos and Deimos, giving their exact size and speeds of rotation.He did this more than 100 years before either moon was discovered.

* Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying!

* Sherlock Holmes NEVER said Elementary, my dear Watson.

* An old law in Bellingham, Wash, made it illegal for a woman to take more than 3 steps backwards while dancing.

* Sharon Stone was the first Star Search spokesmodel.

* The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher.

* Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from Public Libraries.

*Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space because passing wind in a spacesuit damages them.

* Back in the mid to late 80's, an IBM compatible computer wasn't considered a hundred percent compatible unless it could run Microsoft's Flight Simulator.

* Bats always turn left when exiting a cave

-- cin (cinlooo@aol.corn), April 06, 2000


Marvelous esoterica.

Is there a link?

-- FutureShock (gray@matter.think), April 07, 2000.

{{{{consumer is passing cin the dec of independence written on hemp,

come on babe, light one

-- consumer (, April 07, 2000.


Did you call? : )

My posting has been eradic lately as I am on a short sabatical,helpin' out at my folks house,but its great to check in.

Well gotta get back to the party!!!

-- capnfun (, April 07, 2000.



enjoy the party, hey do they have a whirlpool?

-- consumer (, April 07, 2000.

Ahh, come on, Susan Lucci cannot be the daughter of Phyllis Diller.

-- (aerie@eagles.nest), April 07, 2000.

LOL Consumer, you are ONE COOL GRAMMA!

-- cin (cinloo@aol.corn), April 07, 2000.

Good list, Cin

How about....

The poinsetettia is named for Joel Poinsette, US Ambassador to Mexico, who bought the first poinsettias to the US in the 1870's.

Can you find the names of twenty US states on the back of a $20 bill?

Brazil has more cows than the US

Rape is the fastest growing crime in cities of 50,000 to 90,000 people

Corporations only own 3.2% of America's farms by total number and less than 5% of the total acreage.

The favorite snack food in the US is pizza followed by chicken nuggets (Are those things really made with chicken?)

48 states now offer some form of gambling. Only Utah and Hawaii don't and Hawaii is considering allowing a casino in Honolulu.

62% of those Americans surveyed prefered having sex with the lights off.

-- Jim Cooke (, April 07, 2000.

Future...this came to me in the form of an e-mail. Sorry no linky. =)

-- cin (cinloo@aol.corn), April 07, 2000.


Lotsa steam a six jets,LOL.I swear I thought of you when I saw that damn thing.

BTW,the thing on the top of 97.9% of womens wish lists are, guess what? whirlpools ; )

-- capnfun (, April 07, 2000.

I know Warren and Shirley are brother and sister but Susan Lucci is not the daughter of Phyllis Diller is she?

-- Debra (??@??.com), April 07, 2000.

"* Leonardo DA Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time."

"* Leonardo DA Vinci invented scissors. Also, it took him 10 years to paint Mona Lisa's lips. "

Did he invent the right-handed scissors, or the left-handed scissors? What did he do with his other hand while he spent 10 years painting Mona Lisa's lips?

-- Anita (, April 07, 2000.

Capn Fun,

No shit? For real? THATS TOOO COOOLLLL.....who'd of guessed? (veg)

{{{consumer who's A$$ is draaaggginggg today at work, crap its only 10;00 A.M.?

nOT ANOTHER 6 1/2 hours of this nonsense......

Chi Chi's here I come after work for the quick pic me up margarita...

After all, we are all nothing but druggies and drunks, right? LOL>..

-- consumer (, April 07, 2000.

Nice list. Thanks.

My humble contribution:

The word "verdict" comes from the Latin for "true" - verus, and "saying" - dictum. Hence "verdict" means "true saying."

The word "very" also derives from "verus." Thus, "That is very big" means "It is true that that is big."

-- Just noodlin' (retard@but.happy), April 07, 2000.

Helen Keller could play the piano with one hand and sing with the other. Betcha didn't know that either.


-- Jimmy Splinters (, April 07, 2000.

A female ferrett will die if it goes in heat and doesnt find a mate?

ROFLMAO, sounds like a lot of my friends.......

-- consumer (, April 07, 2000.

haha Jimmy.

You had me going for like 3 seconds...ok 4. =)

-- cin (cinlooo@aol.corn), April 07, 2000.

cin, Where did you get these "facts"? I've seen lists like these all over the internet, and most of them are questionble, i.e., don't count on them being 100% facts.

I'll start the debunking of this list: 1. duck's quack doesn't echo - yeah, right. Put a duck in an empty room and then tell me that nonsense...;)

2. Da Vince invented scissors? Don't think so! I believe scissors were around many centuries before him! I have read many articles about him, and never saw THIS claim in a reputable source. I'll be needing more than an internet listing to buy this one...

I will do more later, this could be fun....

-- FactFinder (, April 07, 2000.

*Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space because passing wind in a spacesuit damages them.

I'm throwing the BS flag on this one as well. I've seen references in books by Astronauts that indicates they often ate what they wanted on the last meals before a flight. Will be back for more later, lol.

-- FactFinder (, April 07, 2000.

Factfinder...go find some quicksand and tell us if you can float. LOLOL =)

-- cin (cinlooo@aol.corn), April 08, 2000.

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