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whistle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-28-07 11:00 PM
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40 Strange Things You May Not Know...just stay with it you'll see

1. Money isn't made out of paper; it's made out of cotton.

2. The 57 on Heinz ketchup bottle represents the varieties of pickles the company once had.

3. Your stomach produces a new layer of mucus every two weeks otherwise it will digest itself.

4. The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.

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

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

7. Susan Lucci is the daughter of Phyllis Diller.

8. A duck's quack doesn't echo ... no one knows why.

9. 40% of McDonald's profits come from the sales of Happy Meals.

10. Every person has a unique tongue print

11. 315 entries in Webster's 1996 Dictionary were misspelled.

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

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

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

15. Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine are brother and sister.

16. Chocolate affects a dog's heart and nervous system; a few ounces will kill a small sized dog.

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

18. Most lipstick contains fish scales.

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

20. Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine.

21. 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.

22. Leonardo Da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time.

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

24. There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos.

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

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

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

28. A tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion will make it instantly go mad and sting itself to death.

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

30. 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.

31. By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you can't sink in quicksand (and you thought this list was completely useless).

32. 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.

33. American Airlines saved $40,000 in '87 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first class.

34. 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

35. Celery has negative calories! It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with. It's the same with apples!

36. Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying!

37. The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher.

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

39. 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 game.

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

I can't believe I have made it this far in life... unaware of some of these facts!

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fizzgig Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-28-07 11:06 PM
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1. i love stuff like this
i knew a few things on the list, but the orca thing was really interesting
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whistle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-28-07 11:56 PM
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7. You are most welcome and I've heard that about Orcas and sharks
...but I had no idea that the blow could inflict such damage
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MonkeyFunk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-28-07 11:19 PM
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2. I quit at 7
Susan Lucci is not Phyllis Diller's daughter.
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whistle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-28-07 11:46 PM
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5. Apparently that one is false
<snip>
Susan Lucci
Actor
Susan Lucci began playing Erica Kane on the soap opera All My Children in 1970, with her temptress Erica Kane becoming one of the serial's most popular characters. As the years went by Lucci became famous for something else: being nominated for Emmy Awards without winning. Altogether she was nominated 19 times before finally winning the daytime Emmy for best actress in 1999.
Extra credit: Despite long-running Internet rumors, Susan Lucci is not the daughter of comedienne Phyllis Diller. The two are unrelated... Some sources list her birth year as 1947; Lucci is tight-lipped about her age, but it is known that she graduated from high school in 1964.

Susan Lucci appears with Nostradamus in our loop on Legends of E-Mail.

http://www.who2.com/susanlucci.html
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RushIsRot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-28-07 11:24 PM
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3. This is a very old list. Some are true and some not.
As for duck's quacks: http://www.snopes.com/critters/wild/duckecho.htm

I'd be very skeptical of this sort of thing.
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whistle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-28-07 11:53 PM
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6. Right and what an amazing analysis that was... so when ducks fly
...upside down over American Chinatowns, "they have quack-up"?
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Lisa0825 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-28-07 11:28 PM
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4. I didn't believe the Susan Lucci one!
I looked both of them up on IMDB with no reference to each other, so I went to snopes!

Claim: Actress Susan Lucci is the daughter of comedienne Phyllis Diller.
Status: False.

SOR-ry! :-)

But I do know that much of the list is pretty accurate and quite entertaining!
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AwakeAtLast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-29-07 12:02 AM
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8. I knew that one had to be bogus, too
The rest are very interesting!
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whistle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-29-07 12:06 AM
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10. It is false and I acknowledged that in a response above..I just hope
...she isn't the daughter of some Westchester mobster, but one nver knows these things for sure. Is she a democrat I wonder?
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querelle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-29-07 12:06 AM
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9. Re: # 23
Academy awards during WW2 were made of plaster not wood.

Q
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whistle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-29-07 12:09 AM
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11. Good guess, even wood was rationed during WWII and Richard Nixon
...worked in the price controls and rationing department during WWII so the movie industry was lucky to even get plaster.
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