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A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.

In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all of the world's nuclear weapons combined.

On average, 100 people choke to death on ballpoint pens every year.

Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.

Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.

It's possible to lead a cow upstairs but not downstairs.

If Barbie were life-size, her measurements would be 39-23-33 and she would stand seven feet, two inches tall.

It's physically impossible for you to lick your elbow.

The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building.

The average life span of a major league baseball is 7 pitches.

The electric chair was invented by a dentist.

All polar bears are left-handed.

"TYPEWRITER" is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.

Americans on average eat 18 acres of pizza every day.

A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.

A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

A crocodile cannot stick out its tongue.

A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours.

A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.

A "jiffy" is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.

A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.

A snail can sleep for three years.

Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.

All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.

Almonds are a member of the peach family.

An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

Babies are born without kneecaps. They don't appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age.

Almost everyone who reads this page will try to lick their elbow.

Butterflies taste with their feet.

Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds. Dogs only have about 10.

Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt".

February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.

In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.

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

If you are an average American, in your whole life, you will spend an average of 6 months waiting at red lights.

It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.

Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.

No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.

Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.

Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.

Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.

Stewardesses" is the longest word typed with only the left hand; lollipop" with your right.

The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.

The cruise liner QE2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.

The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.

The sentence: "The quick red fox jumps over the lazy brown dog" uses every letter of the alphabet.

The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid.

The words 'racecar,' 'kayak' and 'level' are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left (palindromes).

There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.

There are more chickens than people in the world.

There are only four words in the English language which end in "dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.

There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: "abstemious" and "facetious."

There's no Betty Rubble in the Flintstones Chewables Vitamins.

Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.

Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.

Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks; otherwise it will digest itself.

You did try to lick your elbow, didn't you?

Coca-cola was originally green.

Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than for the US Treasury.

Smartest dogs: 1) border collie; 2)poodle; 3)golden retriever.

Dumbest dog: Afghan

Hawaiian alphabet has 12 letters.

Men can read smaller print than women; women can hear better.

Chances that an American lives within 50 miles of where they grew up: 201 in 2

Amount American Airlines saved in '87 by taking out 1 olive from each salad served in first class: $40,000

City with the most Rolls Royce's per capita: Hong Kong

State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska

Chances of a white Christmas in New York: 1 in 4

Portion of US annual rainfall that falls in April: 1/12

Percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28%

Percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%

Estimated % of American adults who go on diet each year: 44%

Average number of days a West German goes without washing his underwear: 7

Percentage of Americans who say that God has spoken to them: 36%

Percentage of Americans who regularly attend religious services: 43%

City with highest per capita viewership of TV evangelists: Washington DC

Percentage of American men who say they would marry the same woman if they had it to do all over again: 80%

% of American women who say they would marry the same man: 50%

% of men who say they are happier after their divorce or separation: 58%

% of women who say they are happier after their divorce or separation: 85%

Number of different family relationships for which Hallmark makes cards: 105

Cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $6,400

Average number of people airborne over the US any given hour: 61,000.

Percentage of Americans who have visited Disneyland or Disney World: 70%

Portion of ice cream sold that is vanilla: 1/3

Portion of potatoes sold that are French fried: 1/3

Percentage of Americans that eat at McDonald's each day: 7

Percentage of bird species that are monogamous: 90%

Percentage of mammal species that are: 3%

Number of US states that claim test scores in their elementary schools are above national average: 50%

Portion of Harvard students who graduate with honors: 4/5

Chances that a burglary in the US will be solved: 1 in 7.

Portion of land in the US owned by the government: 1/3

Only President to remain a bachelor: James Buchanon

Only first lady to carry a loaded revolver: Eleanor Roosevelt

Only President to win a Pulitzer: John F. Kennedy for "Profiles in Courage"

Only President awarded a patent: Abe Lincoln, for a system of buoying vessels over shoals

Only food that does not spoil: honey

Only person to win $64,000 Challenge and $64,000 Question: Dr. Joyce Brothers (subject is boxing)

Only bird that can fly backwards: Hummingbird

Only continent without reptiles or snakes: Antarctica

Only animal besides human that can get sunburn: pig

Ostriches stick their heads in the sand to look for water.

An eagle can kill a young deer and fly away with it.

In the Caribbean there are oysters that can climb trees.

Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

Eskimos never gamble.

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

The youngest pope was 11 years old.

Mark Twain didn't graduate from elementary school.

Proportional to their weight, men are stronger than horses.

Pilgrims ate popcorn at the first Thanksgiving dinner.

Your nose and ears never stop growing.

Jupiter is bigger than all the other planets in our solar system combined.

Hot water is heavier than cold.

The parachute was invented by da Vinci in 1515.

They have square watermelons in Japan. They stack better.

Cream does not weigh as much as milk.

Starfish have eight eyes--one at the end of each leg.

Iceland consumes more Coca-cola per capita than any other nation.

First novel ever written on a typewriter was "Tom Sawyer."

There are more collect calls on Father's Day than any other day of the year.

Heinz Catsup leaving the bottle travels at 25 miles per year

Men get hiccups more often than women.

Armadillos can be housebroken.