More Things I Bet You Didn't Know

Here's the second in a series of obscure and perhaps useless facts that you didn't know before you got here... but now you do!

30 Things I Bet You Didn't Know on Wednesday, October 7, 2009:

  1. It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with.
  2. 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.
  3. By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you cannot sink into quicksand.
  4. A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
  5. If you put a drop of liquor on a scorpion, it will instantly go mad and sting itself to death.
  6. Coconuts kill about 150 people each year. That’s more than sharks.
  7. A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.
  8. American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by taking out an olive from First Class salads.
  9. If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib. If you try to suppress a sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die. If you keep your eyes open by force, they can pop out.
  10. The sound you here when you put a seashell next to your ear is not the ocean, but blood flowing through your head.
  11. The name Jeep comes from “GP”, the army abbreviation for General Purpose.
  12. A word or sentence that is the same front and back (racecar, kayak) is called a “palindrome”.
  13. Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds; dogs only have about ten.
  14. The national anthem of Greece has 158 verses.
  15. Dreamt is the only English word that ends in the letters “MT”.
  16. You share your birthday with at least 9 million other people in the world.
  17. The penguin is the only bird that can’t fly but can swim.
  18. Butterflies taste with their feet.
  19. The first novel ever written on a typewriter is Tom Sawyer.
  20. If you keep a goldfish in the dark room, it will eventually turn white.
  21. Elvis had a twin brother named Garon, who died at birth, which is why Elvis middle name was spelled Aron, in honor of his brother.
  22. Cats’ urine glows under a black light.
  23. Almonds are members of the peach family.
  24. Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
  25. The average child recognizes over 200 company logos by the time he enters first grade.
  26. Americans on average eat 18 acres of pizza every day.
  27. Rats and horses can’t vomit.
  28. The electric chair was invented by a dentist.
  29. The word “lethologica” describes the state of not being able to remember the word you want.
  30. An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.
Haven't had enough? Catch the first list here... or come back again for the third.