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A : The viscera of Japanese abalone can harbor a poisonous substance which causes a burning, stinging, prickling and itching over the ... | Eight positions are mentioned in Abbott and Costello's ... | The abbreviation 'ORD' for Chicago's O'Hare ... | The word piano is really an ... | Abdul Kassam Ismael, Grand Vizier of Persia in the tenth century, carried his ... | Abe Lincoln's mother died when the family dairy cow ... | There are seven suicides in the Bible: Abimelech. ... | Abraham Lincoln had to go across the street to the War Department to get ... | Abraham Lincoln's ghost is ... | In 1832 Abraham Lincoln ran for ... | Absolutely pure gold is so soft ... | The most abundant metal in ... | Only one movie has had three Academy Award nominees in the same category. In 1963, Tom Jones ... | The Academy Award was rumored to have gotten its nickname of ... | The youngest movie star to win an Academy Award was ... ... see all 903 laws.
B : Babe Ruth was able to throw two baseballs in such a way that the balls remained parallel to each other all ... | In July 1934, Babe Ruth paid the fan who caught ... | Babe Ruth hit his first major-league home run on May 6, 1915. He was playing for the Boston Red Sox at the ... | Babe Ruth kept a lettuce leaf ... | Babe Ruth wore a cabbage leaf under his hat while ... | Newborn babies have about 350 bones. They gradually ... | Most caucasian babies are born with dark blue eyes, ... | Babies' eyes do not produce tears until the ... | Babies are born without knee caps. They don't ... | Human babies are born 2 months prematurely for our size and lifespan, to ... | A Baboon called Jackie became a private ... | The term honeymoon is derived from the Babylonians who declared mead, a honey-flavored wine, the official wedding drink, ... | A state law in Illinois mandates that all bachelors should be ... | The only father and son to hit back-to-back home runs in a major league baseball game: Ken Griffey, Jr., and his ... | Second string, meaning replacement or backup, comes from the middle ages. ... ... see all 599 laws.
C : 90% of New York City cab ... | If you chew a cabbage/lettuce leaf properly, you'll ... | Columbus brought cacao (chocolate) beans ... | The fruit of the Cacao tree grow directly from the trunk. They look like small melons, and the ... | The caduceus the classical medical symbol of two serpents wrapped around a staff comes ... | Julius Caesar was the first to encode ... | Julius Caesar, Martin Luther and Jonathan Swift all suffered from Ménièr's disease. It is ... | Julius Caesar and Napoleon ... | Before the first French cafe in the late 1700's, coffee was sold by street vendors in ... | The first Parisian cafe ... | Over 10,000 coffee cafes plus several thousand vending ... | Caffeine: there are 100 to 150 milligrams of caffeine in an eight-ounce cup of brewed coffee, 10 milligrams in a ... | Coffee represents 75% of all the ... | Caffeine is on the International Olympic Committee list of prohibited substances. Athletes who test positive for more than 12 micrograms ... | German chocolate cake did not originate in Germany. In 1852, Sam German developed a sweet baking ... ... see all 783 laws.
D : The Daddy long legs spider has venom to be used as a defensive mechanism. Don't worry though, coz ... | Gottfried Daimler of Stuttgart, Germany, is generally regarded as the father of ... | In North Dakota it is illegal to ... | Pierre, the capital of South Dakota, is the only state ... | Dall's porpoise never sleeps, elephants sleep two hours a day, ... | Damascus, Syria is the oldest continuously inhabited city in ... | Truck driving is the most dangerous ... | The past-tense of the ... | Four different people played the part of ... | Santa's reindeer are: Dasher, Dancer, ... | On February 9, 1993, Dateline NBC was forced to publicly apologize, and NBC president Michael Gartner ... | The term dog days has nothing to do with dogs. It dates back to Roman times, when it was believed that Sirius, the Dog Star, added its heat to ... | The slanted line that divides dates, ... | The word tip dates back to the old London coffeehouses. Conspicuously placed brass boxes etched with the inscription, ... | It is illegal for a mother to give her ... ... see all 277 laws.
E : A quidnunc is a person who is ... | The little overhang of bone and feathers over an eagle's eye is there to protect the ... | The olive branch in the ... | In earlier times, virginity on one's wedding night was of the greatest importance. To prove that the bride was a virgin, ... | The earliest known wholly glass objects beads were found in Egypt about 4,500 ... | The earliest recorded Olympic Games result was from the 180 ... | The earliest works of art are paleolithic animal paintings discovered in prehistoric ... | Lou Gehrig earned a total of $316,000 during his 17 year career with the New York ... | All the proceeds earned from James M. Barrie's book Peter Pan were ... | Millie the White House dog earned more than 4 ... | A giraffe can clean its ears with its 21-inch ... | Grasping your ears is a sign of ... | No two human outer EARS (pinnae)-even your own- are exactly alike.Earology, as ... | Earth's magnetic field has been weakening. It seems to have lost 15% of its strength since 1670. At the present rate of decrease, it will reach zero ... | About one-tenth of the earth's ... ... see all 243 laws.
F : The largest sculpture ever made are the faces of ... | In Oklahoma, people who make ugly ... | Volkswagen was the first foreign company to open a factory in ... | The Falkland Isles (pop. about 2000) ... | More water flows over Niagara Falls ... | The winter of 1932 was so cold that ... | In hotels in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, every room is required to have twin beds. And the beds must always be a minimum ... | The town of Idaho Falls, Idaho, forbids anyone ... | When a male skier falls down, he tends to fall on ... | A rattlesnake's fangs fold inward when ... | Your fingernails grow up to 7 ... | Women's hearts ... | The Himalayas are the fastest growing mountains in the world. Already the ... | The nail of our middle finger grows the ... | The fastest -moving land snail, the ... ... see all 202 laws.
G : Gabriel, Michael, and Lucifer are ... | Gabriel, Michael, and Lucifer are the ... | The world's largest art gallery is the Winter Palace and Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia. ... | The world's largest art gallery is the Winter Palace and the Hermitage in Leningrad. Visitors walk fifteen ... | The Great Lakes contain 6 quadrillion gallons of fresh water, one-fifth of the world's ... | Proctor & Gamble originally ... | In 1991 Procter & Gamble won a $75,000 lawsuit against James & Linda Newton who were found responsible for spreading ... | The motto for the Olympic Games is Citius Altius ... | Jupiter's moon Ganymede is the largest moon in the Solar ... | If you rubbed garlic on the sole of your feet, it ... | Madonna suffers from ... | In Gary, Ind., persons are prohibited from attending a movie house or other ... | Gatorade was named for the University of ... | Paul Gauguin's Marquesas Island neighbor, Tioka, bit him on the head ... | You can only tell the gender of a Macaw ... ... see all 151 laws.
H : Hacky Sack was invented by a football player in the mid ... | The largest hailstone ever recorded was ... | Hal in 2001: Space Oddessy got his name from the Producers of the film. HAL ... | In Halethrope, Maryland kisses ... | Halfway, Oregon temporarily changed its name to ... | Hamburgers are named after the city of Hamburg, ... | The hamburger was invented in 1900 by Louis Lassen. He ... | In New Hampshire it is illegal to inhale ... | New Hampshire's license plates are stamped with the ... | Waldo Hanchett invented the ... | For the wrong handed people...Over 2500 left handed people a year are killed ... | Over 2500 left handed people a year are killed from using products made for right handed ... | Over 2500 left handed people are killed each ... | Spotted skunks do ... | Hang on Sloopy is the ... ... see all 173 laws.
I : If you suffer from ... | IBM introduced their ... | IBM's motto is Think. Apple ... | On record, the largest iceberg ever, ... | The save icon in Microsoft Office programs ... | The save icon in Microsoft©® Word's ... | Idaho state law makes it illegal for a man to give his ... | In Pocatello, Idaho, a law passed in 1912 provided that The carrying of ... | Every person, including identical twins, has a ... | In Idiana it is illegal to sell ... | The idiom pillar of salt means to have ... | In Ohio, if you ignore an orator on Decoration day to such an extent as to publicly play ... | In Joliet, Illinois it is ... | It is illegal in Lafayette, Louisiana to play a musical ... | In Vermont it is illegal to ... ... see all 164 laws.
J : At Jack Russell Stadium in Clearwater, Florida, on June 26, 1985, organist Wilbur Snapp played Three Blind Mice ... | Little Jackie Paper was the name of ... | The largest single-ticket jackpot winner in history is Jack Whittaker Jr. of West Virginia. In ... | In 1932 James Markham obtained the 1st patent ... | Every queen named Jane has either been murdered, ... | Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Jimi ... | Japan is the world's ... | In a recent survey in Japan, instant noodles ... | There is a sea squirt (found in the seas near Japan) that digests its own brain. When the sea squirt is mature it ... | There are 1,218 peanuts in a ... | Jaw muscles can provide about 200 pounds of ... | The Jazz Singer, 1927, was the ... | Timmie Jean Lindsey of Houston, TX became the ... | Captain Jean-Luc Picard's (Star ... | The oldest person to live was Jeanne Louise Calment, she lived for a ... ... see all 55 laws.
K : The Kama Sutra was written by Mallanga ... | A kangaroo can jump up to 3 ... | The kangaroo rat can cover ground at a rate of 17 feet per second. It can leap ... | Minors in Kansas City, Missouri, are not allowed to ... | Kansas state law requires pedestrians ... | One of the many Tarzans, Karmuala Searlel, ... | The wettest spot in the world is located on the island of Kauai. Mt. ... | Kemo Sabe, meaning an all knowing one, is actually a mispronunciation by ... | The largest stained-glass window in the world is at Kennedy International Airport in New York City. ... | More people are afraid of open spaces ... | Ketchup was once sold as a patented medicine. In the 1830s it was ... | In 1995, KFC sold 11 pieces of chicken ... | Kikkoman soy sauce was ... | Many koalas are killed in sanctuaries by cars of visitors. 2. A newborn ... | More than 20,000 men were killed, wounded, or missing in action in the battle of ... ... see all 56 laws.
L : The only President to be head ... | A person will die from total lack of sleep sooner than from starvation. ... | Lake Michigan is the only one of the Great ... | The House of Lancaster, symbolized by the ... | Most landfilled trash retains its ... | A pole vaulter, when he lands, may absorb up to 20,000 pounds of ... | There are roughly 6,500 spoken languages in the world today. However, about 2,000 of those languages have fewer than 1,000 ... | There are thirteen languages spoken by more than 100 million people. They are: Mandarin Chinese, English, ... | The right lung is ... | Larger Stingrays have the power to drive their ... | The largest human organ is the liver, which weighs about 55 ounces in a person weighing 150 pounds. ... | The largest living organism ever found is a honey mushroom, Armillaria ostoyae. It ... | The world's largest mammal, the blue whale, weighs 50 ... | The largest Great White Shark ever caught measured 37 feet and weighed ... | The largest movie theater in the world, Radio City Music Hall in ... ... see all 147 laws.
M : McDonald's Big Mac slogan, introduced in 1975, is: Two all beef ... | Mad About You star Paul Reiser ... | The rosy periwinkle plant, found in ... | The Pacific Ocean was named by ... | The magnetic North Pole ... | The magnolia tree is named after ... | Southbridge, Massachusetts, makes it illegal to ... | You can tell the sex of a turtle by the ... | The male praying mantis cannot copulate while its head is attached ... | In the mall, the fat sheriff with the shotgun fires at the spiders. When the ejected ... | The first suburban shopping mall was opened in ... | The sloth (a mammal) moves so slowly that ... | The world's smallest mammal is the ... | A manned rocket can reach the moon in less time than it ... | The training mantra of the SEALs ... ... see all 171 laws.
N : Nabisco's Oreo's are the world's best-selling brand of cookie at ... | The youngest mother on record was a Peruvian girl named Lina Medina. She gave birth to a boy by caesarean ... | The turkey was named for what was ... | Tautonyms are scientific names for ... | The smallest fish in the world is the Trimattum ... | NASCAR stands for National ... | The national sport of Nauru, a small ... | In Waterloo, Nebraska it is unlawful ... | Neil Young was once ... | During the winter, squirrels ... | A teaspoon of neutron star ... | In Reno, Nevada staging a marathon dance is illegal, although ... | An ordinance in Newcastle, Wyoming, specifically bans couples ... | Five NFL teams have bird nicknames: Arizona Cardinals, ... | The United States nickel (five cent ... ... see all 57 laws.
O : To an observer standing on Pluto, the sun would ... | In Vermont women must obtain written ... | A person who is lost in the woods and starving can obtain nourishment by chewing ... | Here are the odds of rolling various ... | In Paulding, Ohio an officer of ... | A Portsmouth, Ohio law ranks baseball players ... | In Tulsa, Oklahoma, it is against the law to open a ... | The oldest works of art are pictures of animals found in caves in ... | The world's smallest and oldest republic is San Marino. It's 25 square ... | The shortest -ology (study of) ... | The Olympic was the sister ship of the ... | The saying 'once in a blue moon ' refers to the occurrence of two full moons during one calendar ... | If you wanted to count from one to one trillion and you started right ... | An apple, onion, and potato all have the same taste. The differences in flavor are caused by ... | There's enough water preassure in one ... ... see all 49 laws.
P : Pablo Picasso has sold more works of art individually costing over one million ... | Panama is the only place in the world where someone can ... | The name Wendy was made up for the book 'Peter Pan'. It came ... | The name Wendy was made up for the book Peter ... | The name Wendy was made up for the book ... | The world's youngest parents were ... | In 1727, as a result of seedlings smuggled from Paris, coffee plants first were ... | Pet parrots can eat virtually any common people-food except for chocolate ... | Patagonia at the southern tip of South America is the only populated land area south of 40 degrees South ... | The safety pin was patented in 1849 by ... | Between 1940 and 1987, a total of 94 ... | Paul Reiser played the ... | Paul Quincy Randolph Shermasn Thomas Uncas Victor ... | Tigers' paw prints ... | Robert Peary, who left pieces of the flag ... ... see all 115 laws.
Q : In 1900, Queen Victoria sent her New Year's greetings to the British troops ... | Have you ever questioned your sanity? You have good reason to. Did you ... | The earth weighs 6 ... | The Queen termite can live up to 50 ... | ... see all 4 laws.
R : It is Texas law that when two trains meet each other at a railroad crossing, ... | During a severe windstorm or rainstorm the Empire ... | L.L. Cool J is the only rap star to have performed at a ... | Rats can survive without ... | Shirly Temple received ... | In 1996, people in the United States sent and received 182,660,700,000 pieces of mail ... | Recent scientific research has has shown Duck's quacks DO echo, even though they ... | On record, the only time it recently ... | The words video recording and videotape were first ... | The setting sun is redder than the rising sun because the air at the ... | Robert Wadlow is regarded as the tallest man ever ... | Starfish eat by regurgitating their stomach on top of their food. If they ... | The universe is so vast in relation to the matter it contains that it can be compared in the ... | Zero point energy is a source of energy which is ... | The only 15 letter word that can be spelled ... ... see all 56 laws.
S : Shoe salesmen have been using those ... | Scorpions can withstand 200 times ... | No SEAL has ever surrendered and no wounded or ... | The weddell seal, can travel ... | The slowest trainee on the SEALs obstacle course ... | The stormtroopers in the original starwars are seen in many seen carrying long blasters. On closer ... | The complete works of ... | William Shakespeare used a vocabulary of 29,066 different words. By ... | The town of Tidikelt in the Shara ... | The sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick is ... | The sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick is said to ... | If the sun stopped shining suddenly, it would take ... | If your shoes squeak, it simply means that two layers of leather in the sole ... | The Titanic was the first ship to use the SOS signal. It was adopted as the ... | The Tranquilizer, Valium (sleeping ... ... see all 93 laws.
T : Tarantulas can go up to 2 years without eating or drinking. ... | Skin is thickest, 1/5 inch, on the upper back. It is ... | The heart of a blue whale is the size of a small ... | 85,000,000 tons of paper are ... | Sea turtles don't age-they wont die unless they get an infection or get eaten by a larger ... | In 1975, it cost only $180,000 ... | What word can you take the first letter of, put it as the last ... | Neck ties were ... | The water in the Great Salt Lake of Utah ... | The Toltecs (a 7th century tribe) used ... | The number of triplets born in the US in 1994 (4,594) was more than triple the number born in 1971 ... | It takes about 20 seconds for a red ... | Human tapeworms ... | Tapeworms range in size from about ... | In 1980, the only country in the ... ... see all 27 laws.
W : The surface of the Earth is ... | 98% of the weight of ... | Wheat is the world's most widely cultivated ... | The New York Yankees have won the most champoinships (26 times) in ... | 315 words in the 1996 ... | Yellowstone is the world's 1st ... | The sound of E.T. walking was made ... | In Washington D.C. it is illegal to post a notice in public which ... | There are 293 ways to ... | The human head ... | The sun weighs 330,000 ... | Your skin ... | Wet sand weighs ... | The name for Oz in the Wizard of Oz was thought up when the ... | You speak about ... ... see all 16 laws.
Y : The term the whole 9 yards came from W.W.II fighter pilots in the South Pacific. When arming their airplanes on the ground, the .50 caliber machine ... | In the ten years between 1987 and 1997, there was ... | There is a 1 in 4 chance that ... | ... see all 3 laws.