Obsure and interesting trivia

The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one mile in every five must be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips in times of war or other emergencies.

The Boston University Bridge (on Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts) is the only place in the world where a boat can sail under a train driving under a car driving under an airplane.

Emus cannot walk backwards.

The United States government keeps its supply of silver at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY.

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

Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.

David Prowse was the guy in the Darth Vader suit in Star Wars. He spoke all of Vader's lines, and didn't know that he was going to be dubbed over by James Earl Jones until he saw the screening of the movie.

Most Americans' car horns beep in the key of "F."

Camel's milk does not curdle.

The word "modem" is a contraction of the words "modulate, demodulate" (MOdulate DEModulate).

Many hamsters only blink one eye at a time.

In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere.

The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for the "General Purpose" vehicle, G.P.

Murphy's Oil Soap is the chemical most commonly used to clean elephants.

Since the beginning of the modern Olympic movement in 1896, only Greece and Australia have participated in every Olympics games.

February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.

It takes a lobster approximately seven years to grow to be one pound.

Montpelier, Vermont is the only U.S. state capital without a McDonalds.

Giraffes have no vocal cords.

The Pentagon, in Arlington, Virginia, has twice as many bathrooms as is necessary. When it was built in the 1940s, the state of Virginia still had segregation laws requiring separate toilet facilities for blacks and whites.

No word in the English language rhymes with month.

There are two credit cards for every person in the United States.

Isaac Asimov is the only author to have a book in every Dewey-decimal category.

Roger Ebert is the only film critic to have ever won the Pulitzer prize.

Columbia University is the second largest landowner in New York City, after the Catholic Church.

Cat's urine glows under a blacklight.

All true scorpions also fluoresce under black light

An iguana can stay under water for 28 minutes.

Back in the mid to late 80s, an IBM compatible computer wasn't considered a hundred percent compatible unless it could run Microsoft's Flight Simulator.

The first Ford cars had Dodge engines.

Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.

It takes about a half a gallon of water to cook macaroni, and about a gallon to clean the pot.

In the last 4000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.

The highest point in Pennsylvania is lower than the lowest point in Colorado.

Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.

If you have three quarters, four dimes, and four pennies, you have $1.19. You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a US dollar.

The most common name in the world is Mohammed.

Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.

The first toilet ever seen on television was on "Leave It To Beaver".

In the great fire of London in 1666 half of London was burnt down but only 6 people were injured.

Lincoln Logs were invented by Frank Lloyd Wright's son.

The only two days of the year in which there are no North American professional sports games (MLB, NBA, NHL, or NFL) are the day before and the day after the Major League All-Star Game.

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

The name Wendy was made up for the book "Peter Pan."

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