Cool, Strange and Interesting Facts – Part I

Fact 1. Uranus has 27 moons.

Fact 2. Uranus is the only planet that rotates on its side.

Fact 3. Uranus winter and summer seasons last the equivalent of 21 Earth years.

Fact 4. Urine from men’s public urinals was sold as a commodity in Ancient Rome. It was used as a dye and for making clothes hard.

Fact 5. Urophobia is the fear of urine or urinating.

Fact 6. Used in art the word “sfumato” refers to the subtle blending of an outline by gradually blending one tone into another.

Fact 7. Using recycled aluminum cans and making news cans out of them saves 75% energy compared to making it from new material.

Fact 8. Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman to enter space. She spent three days in space and completed forty-eight orbits of Earth.

Fact 9. Vampire bat saliva has been responsible for many advances in research into stroke recovery.

Fact 10. Vasaloppet, which is located in Sweden is the oldest, longest, and the biggest cross-country ski race in the world. Every year, 14,000 people compete in the race.

Fact 11. Vatican City is the smallest country in the world, with a population of 1000 and a size 108.7 acres.

Fact 12. Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise.

Fact 13. Vikings, after killing their enemies, used their skulls as drinking vessels.

Fact 14. Walmart sells more apparel a year than all the other competing department stores combined.

Fact 15. Walt Disney had a fear of mice.

Fact 16. Walt Disney had originally suggested using the name Mortimer Mouse instead of Mickey Mouse.

Fact 17. Walt Disney holds the record for the most Oscar nominations with sixty-four.

Fact 18. Walter Hunt patented the safety pin in 1849. He later sold the patent rights for only $400.

Fact 19. Warner Brothers Corset Company created the bra cup sizing system, which is now used universally by manufacturers.

Fact 20. Washing machines use anywhere from 40 to 200 litres of water per load.

Fact 21. Wasps that feed on ferment occasionally get drunk and pass out.

Fact 22. Water expands 9% when it is frozen.

Fact 23. Water that is safe to drink is referred to as POTABLE.

Fact 24. Watermelon is considered a good gift to give a host in Japan and China.

Fact 25. Weatherman Willard Scott was the first Ronald McDonald.

Fact 26. Wendel Clark holds the record for the longest span between NHL All-Star appearances, with 13 years (1986-1999).

Fact 27. Whale eyes are the size of a grapefruit.

Fact 28. Whale oil was used in some car transmissions until 1973.

Fact 29. Wham-O manufactured twenty-thousand hula-hoops a day at the peak of hula-hoop popularity in 1958.

Fact 30. Wheel of Fortune star Vanna White holds the record for putting her hands together approximately 140,000 times to clap.

Fact 31. When a polar bear cub is born, it can not see or hear. It takes approximately a month for the cub to start to see and hear.

Fact 32. When a porcupine is born, its quills are soft and mostly white, but harden within hours.

Fact 33. When a predator is chasing an impala, a type of antelope, it runs in a zig zag formation jumping as high as three metres.

Fact 34. When a women is pregnant, her senses are all heightened.

Fact 35. When Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone back in 1876, only six phones were sold in the first month.

Fact 36. When an orange is shown in any of the “Godfather” movies, this means that someone is about to die or a close call is to occur.

Fact 37. When baby sharks are born, they swim away from their mothers right away and are on there own. In fact, their mothers might see them as prey.

Fact 38. When blue whales are first born, they gain as much as 200 pounds a day while they are calves.

Fact 39. When Burger King introduced the Whopper Sandwich in 1957, it cost only thirty-seven cents.

Fact 40. 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”. It did not sell well.

Fact 41. When Coca-Cola was invented, American tourists that visited Spain were surprised to see that Coke was three times as expensive as a glass of brandy.

Fact 42. When explorers first arrived in Venezuela, they were reminded of Venice. They named the country “Little Venice”, which translated into Spanish is Venezuela.

Fact 43. When former Texas Governor James Hogg was on his deathbed he made a special request that a pecan tree be planted at the head of his grave instead of a tombstone. The governor passed away on March 2, 1906, which is Texas Independence Day. The pecan tree is now the state tree of Texas.

Fact 44. When Heinz ketchup leaves the bottle, it travels at a rate of 25 miles per year.

Fact 45. When Kleenex was first introduced to the market in 1924, it was marketed as a make up or cold cream remover.

Fact 46. When Nylons first went on sale in the United States in 1940, four million pairs were sold in only a few days.

Fact 47. When playing competitive darts the player must be 7 feet 9 1/4 inches back from the dartboard. Also the board must be 5 feet 8 inches above the floor.

Fact 48. When Queen Elizabeth I of England died she owned over 3,000 gowns.

Fact 49. When Scott Paper Co. first started manufacturing toilet paper they did not put their name on the product because of embarrassment.

Fact 50. When snakes are born with two heads, they fight each other for food.

Fact 51. When Sony introduced the walkman, it had a variety of different names in different countries. It was called “Soundabout” in the U.S., “Stowaway” in the U.K., and “Freestyle” in Australia.

Fact 52. When telephone companies first began hiring telephone operators, they chose teenage boys for the job. They switched to women because the teenage boys were wrestling instead of working and pulling pranks on callers.

Fact 53. When they are in danger, kangaroos will beat the ground loudly with their hind feet.

Fact 54. When the body is resting, it takes in about 10 litres of air every minute.

Fact 55. When the divorce rate goes up in the United States, toy makers report that the sale of toys also rise.

Fact 56. When the First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, received an alarming number of threatening letters, soon after her husband became President at the height of the Depression, the Secret Service insisted that she carry a pistol in her purse.

Fact 57. When the Galileo Probe entered Jupiter’s atmosphere, it was traveling at a speed of 106,000 miles per hour. This is the fastest impact speed ever achieved by a man-made object.

Fact 58. When the only queen ant dies, so does the entire colony, because no new workers are born.

Fact 59. When the Statue of Liberty was moved from France to the United States, 214 crates were used to transport it. The Statue was also reduced to 350 pieces.

Fact 60. When the volcano Krakatoa off the Java islands exploded in 1883, it was so loud that it woke some people up in South Australia.

Fact 61. When you sneeze, all your bodily functions momentarily stop, including your heart.

Fact 62. Wherever a person is standing in the state of Michigan in the United States, they are within 85 miles of one of the Great Lakes.

Fact 63. While digging, an Armadillo can hold its breath for up to six minutes.

Fact 64. While still in college, Bill Gates and Paul Allen once built a special purpose machine called “Traff-O-Data.” It was a machine that would analyze information gathered by traffic monitors. They never found any buyers.

Fact 65. Wild Flamingos are pink because they consume vast quantities of algae and brine shrimp.

Fact 66. Wild turkeys can run at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour.

Fact 67. William Taft who was the U.S. president between 1909-1913 once got stuck in the White House bathtub.

Fact 68. Witchcraft means “Craft of the Wise Ones.”

Fact 69. With winds of 50 miles per hour, The Statue of Liberty sways three inches and the torch sways five inches.

Fact 70. Women are four times more likely to have foot problems than men.

Fact 71. Women are twice as likely to be diagnosed with depression than men in the United States.

Fact 72. Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

Fact 73. Women hearts beat faster than men.

Fact 74. Women on average live seven years longer than men do.

Fact 75. Women smile more than men do.

Fact 76. Women take three times longer than men when using the toilet.

Fact 77. Women who are romance novel readers are reported to make love 74% more often with their partners than women who do not read romance novels.

Fact 78. Women who drink more than two cups of coffee a day have a higher chance of developing osteoporosis.

Fact 79. Wood frogs can be frozen solid and then thawed, and continue living. They use the glucose in their body to protect their vital organs while they are in a frozen state.

Fact 80. You are more likely to be killed by a champagne cork than by a poisonous spider.

Fact 81. You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television.

Fact 82. You can only smell 1/20th as well as a dog.

Fact 83. You can send a postcard from Hell. There is a small town located in the Cayman Islands called “Hell.” They even have a post office.

Fact 84. Your right lung takes in more air than your left one does.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s