Monday, October 22, 2007

Things You'll Never Learn From Textbooks

Let's take a break from the Gundam frenzy these few days ^^ Here are some interesting things for you to know, and I bet you'll never learn them from any of your school's textbooks. Spotted on Do You Really Know?

     A rat can last longer without water than a camel.

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

     The dot over the letter "i" is called a tittle.

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

     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 2 X 4 is really 1-1/2 by 3-1/2.

     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!

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

Maybe that's why Donald is always in a bad mood ^_^
Image from Alexander Ross Animation Art Gallery

     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.

     There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with orange, purple and silver.

     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 in World War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.

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

Definitely not for them!
Image from Sfondi Del Desktop

     Bruce Lee was so fast that they actually had to s-l-o-w film down so you could see his moves.

"Catch me if you can~"
Image from Australian Jeet Kune Do Association Website

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

     The original name for butterfly was flutterby.

"Damn you human being! Stop messing around with my name already!"
Image from Kishan Nie's blog.

     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 cannot sink into quicksand.

     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.

I wonder who was the winner~
Image from Anjoicaidos (blog deleted).

     Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.

     Sherlock Holmes NEVER said "Elementary, my dear Watson."

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

     The glue on Israeli postage is certified kosher.

     The 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. Not to mention the other drawback.

     Bats always turn left when exiting a cave.