Still More Things I Bet You Didn't Know

Here's the third 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 Sunday, October 11, 2009:

  1. If Barbie were life-size her measurements would be 39-23-33. She would stand seven feet two inches tall and have a neck twice the length of a normal human’s neck.
  2. A snail can sleep for 3 years.
  3. Elephants are the only mammals that cannot jump.
  4. An ant always falls over on its right side when intoxicated.
  5. An old law in Bellingham, Washington, made it illegal for a woman to take more than 3 steps backwards while dancing.
  6. In Disney’s Fantasia, the Sorcerer to whom Mickey played an apprentice was named Yensid (Disney spelled backward).
  7. Hedenophobic means fear of pleasure.
  8. The Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from Public Libraries.
  9. A jellyfish is 95% water.
  10. The largest amount of money you can have without having change for a dollar is $1.19 (3 quarters, 4 dimes, and 4 pennies cannot be divided into a dollar).
  11. Over a course of about eleven years, the sun’s magnetic poles switch places. This cycle is called “Solarmax”.
  12. A “2 by 4″ is really 1 1/2 by 3 1/2.
  13. A female ferret will die if it goes into heat and cannot find a mate.
  14. A cockroach will live nine days without its head before it starves to death.
  15. One out of every 43 prisoners escapes from jail. 94% are recaptured.
  16. A rhinoceros horn is made of compacted hair.
  17. A “quidnunc” is a person who is eager to know the latest news and gossip.
  18. 25% of a human’s bones are in its feet.
  19. The human heart creates enough pressure in the bloodstream to squirt blood 30 feet.
  20. Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than every Nike factory worker in Malaysia combined.
  21. Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors, the helicopter, and many other present day items.
  22. Right handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left handed people do.
  23. A polar bears skin is black. Its fur is actually clear, but like snow it appears white.
  24. The youngest pope ever was 11 years old.
  25. Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.
  26. Starfish have no brains.
  27. Ancient Egyptian priests would pluck every hair from their bodies.
  28. Winston Churchill was born in a ladies room during a dance.
  29. More than 50% of the people in the world have never made or received a telephone call.
  30. The February of 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.
Missed the first two lists? Find the first list here and the second list here... or come back again for the fourth!