Things I Bet You Didn't Know

Here's the first 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 4, 2009:

  1. A 1,200-pound horse eats about seven times it's own weight each year.
  2. A bean has more DNA per cell than a human cell.
  3. A Blue Earth, Minnesota, law declares that no child under the age of twelve may talk over the telephone unless monitored by a parent.
  4. Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine.
  5. A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top.
  6. A cat has 4 rows of whiskers and they're used to determine if a space is too small to squeeze through.
  7. A Chicago law forbids eating in a place that is on fire.
  8. A fetus acquires fingerprints at the age of three months.
  9. A fingernail or toenail takes about 6 months to grow from base to tip.
  10. A full moon is nine times brighter than a half moon.
  11. India has a Bill of Rights for cows.
  12. A full-grown pumpkin has about 15 miles of roots.
  13. A person will die from total lack of sleep sooner than from starvation. Death will occur about 10 days without sleep, while starvation takes a few weeks.
  14. A group of crows is called a murder.
  15. A healthy individual releases 3.5 oz. of gas in a single flatulent emission (a fart), or about 17 oz. in a day.  
  16. A man named Charles Osborne had the hiccups for 69 years.
  17. The first CD pressed in the US was Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA”.
  18. A monkey was once tried and convicted for smoking a cigarette in South Bend, Indiana.
  19. A person uses approximately fifty-seven sheets of toilet paper each day.
  20. A pig is the only animal than can get sunburned.
  21. A pound of grasshoppers is three times as nutritious as a pound of beef.
  22. A Saudi Arabian woman can get a divorce if her husband doesn't give her coffee.
  23. The dot over the letter “i” is called a tittle.
  24. A scientist who weighed people immediately before and after death concluded that the human soul weighs 21 gms.
  25. A snail can travel over a razor blade without cutting itself.
  26. Every person, including identical twins, has a unique eye and tongue print along with their finger print.
  27. A study of pet owners found that 66% claimed they allowed their pets to remain in the bedroom during intercourse.
  28. A hippo can open its mouth wide enough to fit a 4 foot tall child inside.
  29. A honeybee can fly at fifteen miles per hour.
  30. A human head remains conscious for about 15 to 20 seconds after it is been decapitated.