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Subject: Things you may not know
[note: some of these facts are questionable. See subsequent analysis provided by a reader.] ----- Begin Included Message ----- I GUESS WE'RE NEVER TOO OLD TO LEARN. ------------------------------------------------------- 1. Money isn't made out of paper, it's made out of cotton. 2. The 57 on Heinz ketchup bottles represents the varieties of pickles the company once had. 3. Your stomach produces a new layer of mucus every two weeks, otherwise it would digest itself. 4. The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper. 5. The dot over the letter 'i' is called a tittle. 6. A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top. 7. Susan Lucci is the daughter of Phyllis Diller. 8. A duck's quack doesn't echo. No one knows why. 9. 40% of McDonald's profits come from the sales of Happy Meals. 10. Every person has a unique tongue print. 11. The 'spot' on 7UP comes from its inventor who had red eyes. He was albino. 12. 315 entries in Webster's 1996 Dictionary were misspelled. 13. During the chariot scene in 'Ben Hur' a small red car can be seen in the distance. 14. On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily. 15. Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine are brother and sister. 16. Chocolate affects a dog's heart and nervous system, a few ounces will kill a small sized dog. 17. Most lipstick contains fish scales. 18. Orcas (killer whales) kill sharks by torpedoing up into the shark's stomach from underneath, causing the shark to explode. 19. Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn't wear pants. 20. Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine. 21. Leonardo DA Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time. 22. American Airlines saved $40,000 in '87 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first class. 23. Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood. 24. Upper and lower case letters are named 'upper' and 'lower' because in the time when all original print had to be set in individual letters, the 'upper case' letters were stored in the case on top of the case that stored the smaller, 'lower case' letters. 25. There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos. 26. There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with: orange, purple, and silver! 27. The name Wendy was made up for the book Peter Pan, there was never a recorded Wendy before! 28. Leonardo Da Vinci invented scissors, also, it took him ten years to paint Mona Lisa's lips. 29. A tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion, it will instantly go mad and sting itself to death. 30. 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 dollar. 31. The mask used by Michael Myers in the original "Halloween" was a Captain Kirk mask painted white. 32. The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb. 33. The first product Motorola started to develop was a record player for automobiles. At that time, the most known player on the market was the Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola. 34. By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you can't sink in quicksand. 35. Celery has negative calories! It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with. 36. Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying! 37. The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher. 38. Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from Public Libraries. 39. Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space because passing wind in a space suit damages them. 40. Back in the mid to late 80's, an IBM compatible computer wasn't considered a hundred percent compatible unless it could run Microsoft's Flight Simulator. ----- End Included Message -----
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