No time to do research today because I have a ton of errands to run. But I thought I would quickly post this list of “facts” sent to me by a friend, as I found some of them amusing. By the way, I don’t know if all of them are true (I did check out a few), but, really, it’s just for fun, so who cares? I added a few comments of my own in brackets. Here goes:
‘Stewardesses’ is the longest word typed with only the left hand and ‘lollipop’ is the longest word typed with the right hand. (I just read that there are other words, such as “tetrastearates,” “tesseradecades,” “aftercataracts” and “phyllophyllin.”)
No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.
There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: ‘abstemious’ and ‘facetious.’ (Actually, there are three words, and the third one is “arsenious”)
‘Typewriter” is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.
A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds. (That’s what mine is, too, at times!…okay, I just read that this statement is not entirely true, but I liked it so I left it in…)
A ‘jiffy’ is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
A snail can sleep for three years. (New Year’s resolution number one: appreciate the wisdom of snails…)
Almonds belong to the peach family.
An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.
A crocodile cannot stick out its tongue. (This one could come in handy when you run out of things to say at a party…)
Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.
Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite. (New Year’s resolution number two: throw away the peanut butter…)
Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.
The cruise liner, QE 2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns. (How about that for ecologically correct? Actually, I read that it can move 23 feet, oh boy, huge difference, there! )
The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
Babies do not produce tears during their first month of life.
It’s impossible to sneeze with your eyes open. (Hmmm…I wonder…)
Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks; otherwise it will digest itself. (I wanted to end this list with a good ‘n freaky one! )