Little known facts.

  1. A duck’s quack doesn’t echo, and no one knows why. (urban legend – disproven)
  2. The “save” icon on Microsoft Word shows a floppy disk, with the shutter on backwards.
  3. The combination “ough” can be pronounced in nine different ways. The following sentence contains them all:
    “A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed.”
  4. The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable.
  5. Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.
  6. The word “Checkmate” in chess comes from the Persian phrase “Shah Mat,” which means, “the king is dead”.
  7. Pinocchio is Italian for “pine head.”
  8. In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere.
  9. The United States has never lost a war in which mules were used.
  10. All porcupines float in water.
  11. The airplane Buddy Holly died in was called “American Pie.” (Thus the name of the Don McLean song.)
  12. The only nation whose name begins with an “A”, but doesn’t end in an “A” is Afghanistan.
  13. If you toss a penny 10,000 times, it will not be heads 5,000 times, but more like 4,950. The heads picture weighs more, so it ends up on the bottom.
  14. An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.
  15. Al Capone’s business card said he was a used furniture dealer.
  16. Wilma Flintstone’s maiden name was Wilma Slaghoopal, and Betty Rubble’s Maiden name was Betty Jean Mcbricker.
  17. Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.
  18. The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra’s “Its A Wonderful Life.”
  19. 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.
  20. “Stewardesses” is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.

About robertstevenson

Dr. Robert Stevenson is a Professor of Journalism and Director of Student Publications for the Department of Mass Communications and Theater at Lander University in Greenwood, SC. He received the Distinguished Faculty of the Year award for 2007-'08, and the Lander University Young Faculty Scholar Award in 2005-06. Stevenson also serves as chair of the Lander University American Democracy Project. First and Formost I am a dad of two wonderful boys.
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1 Response to Little known facts.

  1. akeorlando says:

    These are some fun “facts.” Glad I stumbled upon them!

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