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10-05-2003, 01:35 AM

Butterflies taste with their feet.

A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.

In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all of
the world's nuclear weapons combined.

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

On average people fear spiders more than they do death.

Ninety percent of New York City cabbies are recently arrived

Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for
dating are already married.

Elephants are the only animals that can't jump.

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

It's possible to lead a cow upstairs... but not downstairs.

Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

It's physically impossible for you to lick your elbow.

The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch
every year because when it was built, engineers failed to take
into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the

A snail can sleep for three years.

No word in the English language rhymes with "MONTH."

Average life span of a major league baseball: 7 pitches.

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

The electric chair was invented by a dentist.

All polar bears are left-handed.

In ancient Egypt, priests plucked EVERY hair from their bodies,
including their eyebrows and eyelashes.

An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the
letters only on one row of the keyboard.

"Go," is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.

If Barbie were life-size, her measurements would be 39-23-33.
She would stand seven feet, two inches tall.

A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.

The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.

Americans on average eat 18 acres of pizza every day.

Fess up: You tried to lick your elbow, didn't you?


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10-05-2003, 10:18 AM
LOL! Who knew?

10-05-2003, 11:13 AM
Just HAD to try it!!! :lol:

05-16-2004, 09:47 PM
I didnt because I didnt really pay that much attention to it. I was still cracking up thinking about how they found out about the cow and the stairs......

05-17-2004, 10:07 PM
sure did not once but twice. had too came so close the first time that i tried to force that elbow clsoer and stretch my tongue but alas i couldn't do it. hehe

02-01-2005, 11:54 AM
NO... but I thought about it!

Then I thought about all the stares I'd get, being in the computer room at college!

I like the cow one, they have funny knees!

04-13-2005, 05:27 PM
Cute! :lol:

04-14-2005, 02:19 PM
Cute and interesting, thanks for sharing! :)

04-17-2005, 06:15 PM
Someone has to be a killjoy around here.


A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.

/quote off

Actually, they do. This was tested out on one of my favorite shows, Mythbusters. They acquired a couple of ducks, and some sophisticated sonar equipment. After overcoming the initial stage fright of animals (Favorite quote from the show-- "Quack, dammit.") They proved that the quack of a duck does indeed echo.

But I'm sure everything else on the list is 100% accurate.

04-19-2005, 04:19 PM
I love it. Quack, dammit.

But I'm sure everything else on the list is 100% accurate.
Oh yeah. No doubt.... :shrug:

04-20-2005, 04:39 AM
Actually, in the interest in fair disclosure, I have to admit that my quote was wrong. Shortly after I made my post, I watched a tivoed episode of Mythbusters. Jaime's statement to the duck is part of the opening credits. I've seen easily a couple of dozen times. And he very clearly is saying "Quack, damn you." rather than, as I stated, "Quack, dammit."

Words to live by.

06-04-2005, 12:31 AM
What about that weird guy in that weird band Kiss? He has a long tongue. I bet he can lick his elbow! Me, I got about two inches away without breaking my arm. But I WILL lick my elbow. JUST. YOU. WATCH.

A snail can sleep for three years.
I want to be a snail.