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Here's some useless facts:

heidiho
July 20th, 2005, 05:45 PM
The phrase 'rule of thumb' is derived from an old English law, which states you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb

Cats cannot taste sweet things

The US government spent $277,000 on pickle research in 1993

The penalty for masturbation in Indonesia is decapitation

During his lifetime, Vincent Van Gough only sold one of his paintings


It's illegal to own a red car in Shanghai, China


Onions have no flavor, only smell


Worcestershire sauce is basically Anchovy Ketchup


There is a Superman in every episode of Seinfeld


80% of Americans will be the victims of violent crime at least once in their lifetime


Up to the age of 6 or 7 months a child can breathe and swallow at the same time, an adult cannot do this.


The world's youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910


President George W Bush is related to all other U.S. Presidents


The chances of you dying on the way to get your lottery tickets are greater than your chances of winning


In its ancient form, the carrot was purple, not orange


Some lion's mate over 50 times a day


The average chocolate bar has 8 insects' legs in it


There are 92 known cases of nuclear bombs lost at sea


In the early 1960's Porsche commercially manufactured farm tractors


There are more nutrients in the cornflake package itself than in the actual cornflakes


Drivers kill more deer than hunters


To take an oath, in ancient Romans put a hand on their testicles...that's where the word 'testimony' comes from


28.1% of people pee in the pool


Spiders have transparent blood


Domestic cats hate lemons or other citrus scents


If the entire population of China walked past you in a single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction


Tipping at a restaurant in Iceland is considered an insult


Marlboro cigarettes sold in New York contain more tar & nicotine than those sold in all other states


Worms reportedly taste like bacon


A moth has no stomach


Liquid TIDE laundry detergent glows under blacklight


The "G" in g-string stands for groin


In ancient China, people committed suicide by eating a pound of salt


Phobatrivaphobia is the fear of trivia about phobias


Given the opportunity, deer will chew gum and marijuana


Flamingos can only eat with their heads upside down


Women have a slightly higher average IQ than men


Nachos are the food most craved by pregnant women


In many countries, urine was used as a detergent for washing


Female canaries cannot sing


The word Tips is actually an acronym standing for "To Insure Prompt Service"


It was discovered on a space mission that a frog can throw up


Peanuts are one of the ingredients in dynamite


The first Ford cars had Dodge engines


The oldest pig in the world lived to the age of 68


Flamingo's pee on their legs to cool themselves off


Midgets and Dwarfs almost always have normal sized children


Ketchup was sold in the 1830's as medicine


315 entries in Webster's 1996 Dictionary were misspelled


In Harrisburg, Pennsylvania it is illegal to have sex with a truck driver inside a tollbooth


Grapes explode when you put them in the microwave


It is illegal to be a prostitute in Siena, Italy if your name is Mary


Ants don't sleep


The first patented condom was meant to be reused












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jjgeonerd
July 20th, 2005, 06:03 PM
The US government spent $277,000 on pickle research in 1993

President George W Bush is related to all other U.S. Presidents



On pickles?? :mad:

The GW one needs an explanation...maybe I'm missing something! :confused:

heidiho
July 20th, 2005, 06:13 PM
I dont get that either,i just want to know if that is true about cats...

StaceyB
July 20th, 2005, 06:17 PM
I thought the first one was children, different sources different answers I guess. Great to read anyway.

Prin
July 20th, 2005, 06:37 PM
I love useless facts. You forgot one. Ketchup travels at 26 miles per year. :D

Karin
July 20th, 2005, 07:45 PM
Here's a neat website, www.snopes.com.

Writing4Fun
July 20th, 2005, 09:47 PM
The phrase 'rule of thumb' is derived from an old English law, which states you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb
I heard it came from beer - when making beer in the "olden days", they had no way to measure the temperature as the brew fermented, so the brewers stuck their thumbs in the brew to make sure it was brewing properly.

Beer is also responsible for the phrase "Mind your p's and q's!". Since beer was sold in pints and quarts "back then", the bartenders would warn their rowdier clients to "mind their pints and quarts" as the night wore on. I saw both of these on Daily Planet. :D

Onions have no flavor, only smell
Find this one hard to believe - then why can I "taste" them when my husband's had them on his hot dogs (I hate onions)?

There is a Superman in every episode of Seinfeld
This one I believe - Jerry was an absolute Superman Freak!

Up to the age of 6 or 7 months a child can breathe and swallow at the same time, an adult cannot do this.
This one I really don't believe. How do so many of them choke, then?

The average chocolate bar has 8 insects' legs in it
Eeeewwwwwwwww!! (although it won't stop me from eating chocolate ;) )

In the early 1960's Porsche commercially manufactured farm tractors
So did Lamborghini, before he started building cars, which he only started doing because he had approached Ferrari with some suggestions for improvements and they insulted him because he was "only a tractor maker".

To take an oath, in ancient Romans put a hand on their testicles...that's where the word 'testimony' comes from
Oh, come on!! I know that's where their brains are, but really!

Spiders have transparent blood
Then what's that stuff on the bottom of my shoes?

If the entire population of China walked past you in a single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction
How could they reproduce if they're walking in single file?? :confused:

Tipping at a restaurant in Iceland is considered an insult
Didn't we recently learn that this also true of Australia?

The "G" in g-string stands for groin
Which "g-string" are we referring to here?

In Harrisburg, Pennsylvania it is illegal to have sex with a truck driver inside a tollbooth
This was enough of a problem to warrant a law?? :eek:

Grapes explode when you put them in the microwave
Schwinn, let us know how this works out for you - 'cause you know you want to try it. :p

The first patented condom was meant to be reused
I say again ... eeeeeeewwwwwwwwwwww!!!

I'll have to pull out my Uncle John's Bathroom Reader one day and post a few more tidbits for y'all. ;)

Schwinn
July 21st, 2005, 09:32 AM
[I]Up to the age of 6 or 7 months a child can breathe and swallow at the same time, an adult cannot do this.
This one I really don't believe. How do so many of them choke, then?
I'll be watching Gracie tonight. I just need to find a tiny mirror.

The average chocolate bar has 8 insects' legs in it
Eeeewwwwwwwww!! (although it won't stop me from eating chocolate ;) )
Actually, this may have been the motivation I was looking for.


To take an oath, in ancient Romans put a hand on their testicles...that's where the word 'testimony' comes from
Oh, come on!! I know that's where their brains are, but really!
I wonder if that's why so many ancient Romans were decapitated in Indonesia?


If the entire population of China walked past you in a single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction
How could they reproduce if they're walking in single file?? :confused:
They're walking REALLY close!


In Harrisburg, Pennsylvania it is illegal to have sex with a truck driver inside a tollbooth
This was enough of a problem to warrant a law?? :eek:
"Okay, explain to me again why you left your truck on the side of the turnpike and walked home??" "Well, I was in this toll-booth, when a cop came along..."

Grapes explode when you put them in the microwave
Schwinn, let us know how this works out for you - 'cause you know you want to try it. :p
Okay, THAT'S just creepy! (And yes, I'll get back to you)



Oh, and Snopes is a great site for verifying stuff. (Check out the Coke-lore!)

Thanks, Heidi!

heidiho
July 21st, 2005, 10:19 AM
What am i getting thanks for??And can someone please tell me if the cat thign is true//

Schwinn
July 21st, 2005, 11:48 AM
What am i getting thanks for??And can someone please tell me if the cat thign is true//

For the post. I know it was a while ago, but surely you remember posting it :crazy:

Oh, and I'd let you know about the cat thing, but ever since the "incident", I'm forbidden from experimenting on the cats...

Karin
July 21st, 2005, 11:56 AM
"Most" cats do hate citrus. Except our office cat Foxy. He loves anything citrus.

Babies can swallow and breathe at the same time too.

Did you know flamingos are white? They get their pink coloring from the shrimp they eat.

mrjohndoe
July 21st, 2005, 03:09 PM
Hate to be a spoiler but, I got way too much time on my hands.

Once and for all, NOT EVERY EPISODE CONTAINS A REFERENCE TO SUPERMAN. Out of 180 episodes, there are 24 that include a verbal reference. The refrigerator magnet does not appear until the 56th episode and the figurine doesn't show up until the 81st episode. The final count is 124 episodes with a Superman reference of some sort and 52 with no Superman reference whatsoever. I could go into great detail if any of you are still not convinced, but I'd rather not waste space here..
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Prin
July 21st, 2005, 03:18 PM
Salmon too- salmon is white but they eat microorganisms with pink "primitive eye spots"... The farmed salmon is given supplements of the pigment, and the supplements were waht was found to increase cancer risk in humans.