More Useless Yet Factual Information

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The word “Checkmate” in chess comes from the Persian phrase “Shah Mat,” which means “the king is dead”.

 

frog.jpgIt was discovered on a space mission that a frog can throw up. The frog throws up its stomach first, so the stomach is dangling out of it’s mouth. Then the frog uses its forearms to dig out all of the stomach’s contents and then swallows the stomach back down again.

 

To “testify” was based on men in the Roman court swearing to a statement by swearing on their testicles.

 

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The Ramses brand condom is named after the great pharaoh Ramses II who fathered over 160 children.

 

Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.

 

The longest place-name still in use is a New Zealand hill on the way from Napier to Palmerston North known as Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwenuakitanatahu (Tamatea, the man with the big knees who slid, climbed and swallowed mountains, known as landeater, played his flute to his loved one).

 

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Emus and kangaroos cannot walk backwards, and are on the Australian coat of arms for that reason.

 

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

 

The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days of lore when the engines were pulled by horses. The horses were stabled on the ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight staircases.

 

Cranberries are sorted for ripeness by bouncing them; a fully ripened cranberry can be dribbled like a basketball.

 

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The male gypsy moth can “smell” the virgin female gypsy moth from 1.8 miles away!!!

 

The longest word in the English language, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. The only other word with the same amount of letters is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconioses, its plural.

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