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I don't know if anyone here has heard of Uncle John's Bathroom Reader but I am addicted to useless information. I stumbled across some interesting stories and facts in the books as well as in other places...

I will start with the Dough-Bituary:

Veteran Pillsbury spokesman, Pop N. Fresh, died yesterday of a severe yeast infection. He was 71. Fresh was buried in a lightly greased coffin. Many celebrities turned out to pay their respects, including Mrs. Butterworth, Hungry Jack, the California Raisins, Betty Crocker, and the Hostess Twinkies. The grave was piled high with flours, as long time friend Aunt Jemima delivered the eulogy, describing Fresh as a man who never knew how much he was kneaded. Fresh rose quickley in show business though his later life was filled with turnovers. He was not considered a very smart cookie, wasting much of his dough on half-baked schemes. Even as a crusty old man, he was considered a roll model for millions. Fresh is survived by his wife. They have two children and one in the oven. He is also survived by his elderly father Pop Tart. The funeral was held at 3:50 for about 20 minutes.

Cat Trivia

-Cats lose almost as much fluid in the saliva while grooming themselves as they do through urination.

-A cat can jump 5 times as high as it is tall.

-When a domestic cat goes after mice, about 1 pounce in 3 results in a catch.

-Purring does not always indicate that a cat is happy and healthy - some cats will purr loudly when they are terrified or in pain.

-Cats have a special scent organ located in the roof of their mouth, called the Jacobson's organ. It analyzes smells - and is the reason why you will sometimes see your cat "sneer" when they encounter a strong odor.

-A cat has a total of 24 whiskers, 4 rows of whiskers on each side. The upper two rows can move independently of the bottom two rows. A cat uses its whiskers for measuring distances.

-Cats purr at the same frequency as an idling diesel engine, about 26 cycles per second.

-A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

-Catnip affects lions and cougars as well as housecats

-Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, dogs only have about ten.

-Cat's urine glows under a black light.

-Author Thomas Hardy's body was buried in Westminster Abbey, but his heart was removed to be buried in his beloved Wessex - except, unfortunately, his cat got hold of it and ran away with it.

Animal Trivia:

-There are 3 x 10 to the 33rd power (3,000 quintillion) individual living things on this planet (of these, 75% are bacteria and 0.000000,000,000,000,000,00013% are human beings)

-The worlds longest earthworms, found only in a small corner of Australia, can grow up to 12 feet and as thick as a soda can

-Ancient Romans trained elephants to perform on a tightrope

-A cockroach can live for 3 days after you behead it.

-A pig's orgasm lasts for 30 minutes.

-Mayfly eggs take 3 years to hatch, their lifespan is about 6 hours

-Squids have the largest eyes in nature, up to 16 unches across

-Australia's mallee bird can tell temperature with its tongue, accurate to within 2 degrees

-Mosquitoes are attracted to the color blue twice as much as to any other color.

-The average human eats 8 spiders in their lifetime at night.

-Only female mosquitoes bite.

-Every night, wasps bite into the stem of a plant, lock their mandibles (jaws) into position, stretch out at right angles to the stem, and, with legs dangling, fall asleep.

-Butterflies taste with their hind feet.

-Ants stretch when they wake up. They also appear to yawn in a very human manner before taking up the tasks of the day.

-The outdoor temperature can be estimated to within several degrees by timing the chirps of a cricket. It is done this way: count the number of chirps in a 15-second period, and add 37 to the total. The result will be very close to the actual Fahrenheit temperature. This formula, however, only works in warm weather. (Try it!)

-If one places a tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion, it will instantly go mad and sting itself to death.

-A dragonfly has a lifespan of 24 hours

-The housefly hums in the middle octave, key of F.

-Potbellied Sloths sleep 20 hours per day and are in danger of extinction because mating takes too much energy

-Most kangaroo rats never drink water

-The Chamois, a goatlike antelope, can balance on a point of rock the size of a quarter

-Robins become drunk after eating holly berries and often fall off power lines

-Kangaroos cannot walk

-Only 3.8% of the US is officially designated wilderness

-Octpus eyes resemble human eyes, the US Air Force once taught an octopus to "read" by distinguishing letter shapes

-A woodpecker's beak moves at a speed of 100mph

-Sponges make up 99% of all marine species

-A hive of honeybees can eat up to 30lbs of honey in a winter

-By using air currents to keep it aloft, an albatross may fly up to 87,000miles on a single feeding trip without ever touching the ground (more then 3x around earth)

-Polar bears are so perfectly insulated from the cold that they spend most of their time trying to cool down

-A bird's eyes, unlike human eyes, keep everything in focuss at all times

-Whales can communicate with each other from over 3,000miles away, but the message takes over an hour to get there

-Domesticated elephants have learned to stuff mud into the cowbells around their necks before sneaking out at night

-The average cow belches 35 cubic feet of gas per day

-A mouse has more bones then a human

-Half the genes in a banana are the same as a human

Random Facts

-Alexander Graham Bell refused to have a phone in his study, the ringing drove him nuts

-The Library of Congress has 327 miles of bookshelves

-Worldwide, about 20% of all married couples are first cousins

-The 6 pieces in the game of Monopoly (top hat, iron etc.) were originally taken from a charm bracelet belonging to the inventor's wife.

-In the game Monopoly, Marvin Gardens is the only property that is not in Atlantic City. It is located in Margate, and in the game, it's misspelled - it's really Marven Gardens.

-The picture of the Queen of Hearts in a pack of cards is of Elizabeth of York, mother of Henry VIII.

-The common flu kills 20,000 people a year

-What do Abraham Lincoln and William Shakespeare have in common? No living descendants

-In 1898 all cheerleaders were male, now only 3% are

-Saturn would float if you could find an ocean big enough

-The Moon is 400 times closer to the Earth than the Sun and exactly 400 times smaller

-Mercury's "day" - sunrise to sunrise - is longer than its year

-A one-day weather forecast requires about 10 billion mathmatical calculations

-Goldilocks was originally named Silver Hair

-3 planets orbit the star Upsilon Andromedae, 44 light years away

-More collect calls are made on Father's Day than any other day of the year.

-"60 Minutes" is the only show on primetime television without a theme song.

-More people are conceived in December than any other month

-Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history: Spades - King David; Clubs - Alexander the Great; Hearts - Charlemagne; and Diamonds - Julius Caesar. There used to be 56 cards in a pack, with Knights ranking between Queens and Knaves.

-A bowling pin only has to tilt 7.5 degrees in order to fall down.

-Edgar Allan Poe never sat down to write until he had completely arranged his plot and characters -- and even their manner of speaking. To facilitate this, he paced the floor like an expectant father, getting himself psyched up for his big moment

-Samual Pepys wrote in a private type of shorthand that wasn't desiphered until 1825 -- more than a century after his death

-The original game of "Monopoly" was circular.

-More money is printed daily for the game Monopoly than money printed by the U.S. Treasury.

-Jupiter's Great Red Spot is a hurricane three times the size of planet Earth

-There are 2,598,960 five card hands possible in a 52 card deck

-The cruise liner Queen Elizabeth II moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel fuel that it burns.

-The average number of people airborne over the US any given hour: 61,000.

-Alaska is the state with the highest percentage of people who walk to work.

-Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of their birthplace.

-Coca-Cola was originally green.

-A sack of one trillion new dollar bills would be 69,000 miles high

-Mr. Rogers and Paul Newman are both colourblind

-A New Yorker could eat out every night of their life and never eat at the same restaurant twice

-There is a producing oil welll beneath the Oklahoma State capitol building

-When he died in 1955, Albert Einstein's last words were lost to posterity; he spoke them in German, and as he was in America, no-one understood them

-In 1992, Barbie came out with her own exercise video

-Why isn't iron added to milk? Iron-fortified milk turns coffee green

-Clue originally meant "ball of twine", that is why you unravel clues to a mystery

-Rod Stewart once worked as a gravedigger

-The Arctic is classified as a desert, annual precipitation is less than 4 inches a year

-Fifteen people are known to have been crushed to death tilting vending machines towards them in the hope of a free can of soda

-In the next seven days, 800 Americans will be injured by their jewelry (this isn't a threat, it's just the facts)

-The average person spends three years of his or her life on the toilet

-Hot water weighs more than cold water

-Calligula's last words were "I'm still alive"

-Women end up digesting most of the lipstick they apply

-One in 500 humans has one blue eye and one brown eye

-Mozart was 5 years old when he wrote "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star"

-Marlon Brando owned a remote control whoopee cushion

-The Saguro Cactus can grow 4 stories tall, weight 10 tons and live 200 years

-Some robots in Japan have to pay union dues

Science Facts

-If you could trap all the energy released by an average sized hurricane, it would be enough to satisfy all Us energy needs for 6 months

-In any given year, about 26,000 meteorites land on earth, the vast majority landing in the oceans. Only 7 people in recorded history have been hit by one

-When glass breaks, the cracks travel faster then 3,000 mph

- Gold is so rare, that all the pure gold produced in the last 500 years would fit into a 50 ft cube

-At least 10,000 seperate chemical reactions occur in the human brain every second

-About 70% of Earth is covered with water, yet just 1% of it is drinkable

-Rain contains the vitamin B12

-If you could capture a comet's entire 10,000 ft vapor trail in a container, the condensed vapor would occupy 1 cubic inch of space

-Men are 6x more likely to be struck by lightening then women

-Earth travels through space at 66,600 mph, 8x faster then a bullet

-Sounds travels through steel 15x faster then it travels through air

Word Facts

-When Coca-Cola began to be sold in China, they used characters that would sound like "Coca-Cola" when spoken. Unfortunately, what they turned out to mean was "Bite the wax tadpole"

-Colgate faced a big obstacle marketing toothpaste in Spanish speaking countries. Colgate translates into the command "go hang yourself."

-The dot over the letter 'i' is called a tittle.

-Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without killing them used to burn their houses down - hence the expression "to get fired."

-No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver or purple.

-The sentence "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter in the English language.

-In English, four is the only digit that has the same number of letters as its value.

-"Go." Is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.

-A coward was originally a boy who took care of cows.

-Bookkeeper is the only word in the English language with three consecutive double letters.

-It is believed that Shakespeare was 46 around the time that the King James Version of the Bible was written. In Psalms 46, the 46th word from the first word is shake and the 46th word from the last word is spear.

-Polish is the only word in the English language that when capitalized is changed from a noun or a verb to a nationality.

-The longest word with no repetitions of letters is 'uncopyrightable'.

-The most difficult tongue-twister is "The sixth sick Sheik's sixth sheep's sick."

-The word 'News' is actually an acronym standing for the 4 cardinal compass points - North, East, West, and South!

-In 2003, the total number of languages in the world was estimated to be 6,809.

-90% of these languages are spoken by less than 100,000 people.

-Between 150 and 200 languages are spoken by more than a million people.

-There are 357 languages which have less than 50 speakers.

-The Cambap language (Central Cameroon) has 30 speakers; the Leco language (Bolivian Andes) has about 20 speakers.

-A total of 46 languages have just a single speaker.

-Unfortunately, with the onset of mass communications (rapid flights, radio, television, telephone, the internet), many of the smaller languages are in real danger of extinction. With their passing, a unique cultural way of looking at the world disappears with them.

-Mexico has 52 languages spoken within its borders. The old USSR (Soviet Union) had 100. Nigeria has over 400. The island of Papua New Guinea has over 700, virtually a different one in each valley.

-India has over 800 languages in several families (Indo-European, Dravidian, Sino-Tibetan, Austro-Asiatic)

Number Trivia

-111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

-On average, 100 people choke to death on ballpoint pens every year.

-It takes 3,000 cows to supply the NFL with enough leather for a year's supply of footballs.

-Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie.

-The longest recorded flight of a chicken is 13 seconds.

-Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.

-A 'jiffy' is an actual unit of time - 1/100th of a second.

-101 Dalmatians and Peter Pan are the only 2 Disney cartoon features with both parents that are present and don't die during the course of the movie.

Dinosaur Trivia

-The largest dinosaur ever discovered was Seismosaurus who was over 100 feet long and weighed up to 80 tonnes

-The now extinct woolly mammoth of Northern Europe and Russia have been found in ever increasing numbers deep frozen in remarkable condition. Some of these bodies flesh, many of which have lain undesturbed for tens of thousands of years, are still said to be edible

-The horned dinosaur Torosaurus had the longest skull of any land-living animal--it was 9 feet long

Coffee Trivia

-The first European coffee was sold in pharmacies in 1615 as a medical remedy.

-All coffee is grown within 1,000 miles of the equator, from the Tropic of Cancer in the north, to the Tropic of Capricorn in the south.

-It takes 42 coffee beans to make an espresso

Funny Town names

-Idiotville, Oregon (no longer exists I don't think)
-Knockemstiff, Ohio
-Monkey's Eyebrow, Kentucky
-Satans Kingdon, Vermont
-Toad Suck, Arkansas
post #2 of 17
I love the Bathroom Reader!

Some funny town/city names from my province...
Eyebrow, Saskatchewan
Elbow, Saskatchewan
(and where I live..) Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.

EDIT: And Hell, Cayman Islands (I think).
post #3 of 17
Originally Posted by Moz
I love the Bathroom Reader!

Some funny town/city names from my province...
Eyebrow, Saskatchewan
Elbow, Saskatchewan
(and where I live..) Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.

EDIT: And Hell, Cayman Islands (I think).
I think this is pretty funny too...

Saskatoon, Saskatewan

post #4 of 17
Love useless trivia myself! Just reread my bathroom reader in two days. (I'm in bed a lot since my accident... )
post #5 of 17
those are really neat factoids! I hope some of them come up on Jeopardy! so I can impress myself by knowing the answers
post #6 of 17
The version of the "dough-bituary" that I read in the past had the body frosted by Betty Crocker. Guess she was busy for this one! (That version was in Mad Magazine about 25 years ago.)
post #7 of 17
-The worlds longest earthworms, found only in a small corner of Australia, can grow up to 12 feet and as thick as a soda can
Thank God I don't live there!!!! I'd die if I saw one of those! I get upset when our 3 inch ones come onto the side walk after it rains... ewwwww. They gross me out!
post #8 of 17
I would really love to see a lion or a cougar on catnip
post #9 of 17
Originally Posted by marie-p
I would really love to see a lion or a cougar on catnip
Maybe we could ask John if he's ever given Carmelo some???
post #10 of 17
The average human eats 8 spiders in their lifetime at night.

Uggh...thats nice to know! LOL....

Thanks for all this info.
post #11 of 17
Wow that is a lot of factoids!! Interesting though!
post #12 of 17
We have Hell, MI. And yes it does freeze over nearly every single year!!!
There is also a little town called Bad Axe, MI and one called Breedsville, MI
post #13 of 17
What neat facts! I love the one about Mr. Bell and his telephone!
post #14 of 17
Oh my!
post #15 of 17
I can't believe I read the whole thing. Pretty interesting, though.
post #16 of 17
I actually have a book with a whole chapter of weird/funny town names.
There's a No Man's Land in Massachusetts. My favorites are all old mining towns long-forgot in California though, like Chucklehead Diggins, Chicken Thief Flat, and Puke. There are two Lickskillet towns as well in Texas in Ohio.

Although the origins of words and phrases is dubious, news being from North/East/South/West isn't true, it has the same root as novel (middle french nouvelle) and has been in use since before the 15th century. And coward is from an indo-european root for "tail" and has cognates in several languages. A clue really was a ball of twine though. Not to be a wet blanket, it's just that words are the only thing I know anything about

I read the whole thing too, I love those books!
post #17 of 17
Originally Posted by Moz

EDIT: And Hell, Cayman Islands (I think).
Yes, I was there.

Sleeping Beauty's parents didn't die.... they were just asleep. And I thought Peter Pan didn't have any parents. (But I never saw the movie)

I have the 3rd Edition Bathroom reader, btw. I love useless triva.
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