The king of hearts is the only king without a mustache. French playing card manufacturers in the 15th century decided to assign to each of the court cards a name that can be traced back to real rulers: the king of diamonds represents the wealthy Julius Caesar, the king of clubs is the brutal Alexander the Great, Spades represents the strong but kind David of Israel and Hearts represents Charles VII of France. It should be noted that Charles was the only one of the four who was actually there to see the day that his face was printed on a playing card.
American car horns beep in the tone of F.
Mosquito repellents don’t repel. They hide you. The spray blocks the mosquito’s sensors so they don’t know you’re there.
Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning.
The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets.
Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin.
The first owner of the Marlboro company died of lung cancer.
Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.
Betsy Ross is the only real person to ever have been the head on a Pez dispenser.
The citrus soda 7-UP was created in 1929; “7″ was selected because the original containers were 7 ounces. “UP” indicated the direction of the bubbles.
No piece of paper can be folded in half more than 7 times.
1 in every 4 Americans has appeared on television.
Oak trees do not produce acorns until they are fifty years of age or older.
A Boeing 747′s wingspan is longer than the Wright brothers’ first flight.
The albatross drinks sea water. It has a special desalination apparatus that strains out and excretes all excess salt.
In Clarendon, Texas, there is reportedly a law on the books that lawyers must accept eggs, chickens, or other produce, as well as money, as payment of legal fees.
Cats purr at 26 cycles per second, the same as an idling diesel engine.
A dragonfly flaps its wings 20 to 40 times a second, bees and houseflies 200 times, some mosquitoes 600 times, and a tiny gnat 1,000 times.
Adolf Hitler’s mother seriously considered having an abortion but was talked out of it by her doctor.
The first product to have a bar code was Wrigley’s gum.
A duck’s quack doesn’t echo, and no one knows why.
The combination “ough” can be pronounced in nine different ways. The following sentence contains them all:
“A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed.”
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