In ancient Greece, children of wealthy families were dipped in olive oil at birth to keep them hairless throughout their lives.
In the year 2000, Pope John Paul II was named an “Honorary Harlem Globetrotter”.
The doorbell was invented in 1831.
Catholic Popes who died during sex: Leo VII (936-9) died of a heart attack, John VII (955-64) was bludgeoned to death by the husband of the woman he was with at the time, John XIII (965-72) was also murdered by a jealous husband, Pope Paul II (1467-71) allegedly died while being sodomized by a page boy.
The Hollywood sign was first erected in 1923. Conceived as a real estate ad, it originally read Hollywoodland.
Japanese and Chinese people die on the fourth of the month more often than any other dates. The reason may be that they are “scared to death” by the number four. The words four and death sound alike in both Chinese and Japanese.
The toothbrush was invented in China in 1498.
When the whole anthem is sung, the third verse is usually omitted.
A toothpick is the object most often choked on by Americans.
A kangaroo’s penis is forked.
The age limit for marriage in France was, until recently, 15 for girls, but 18 for boys.
When a person dies, hearing is generally the last sense to go. The first sense lost is usually sight. Then follows taste, smell, and touch.
The Spanish word esposa means “wife”. The plural, esposas, means “wives,” but also “handcuffs”.
There are 6 versions of Franz Schubert’s “Die Forelle” (“The Trout”), simply because when friends asked him for copies of the song, he wrote out new copies to the best he could remember at the time.
On a clear night in the Northern Hemisphere the naked eye can discern some 5000 stars.
A lead pencil is good for about 50,000 words.
In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. To wear your heart on your sleeve now means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling.
23% of employees say they have had sex in the office.
CBS’ “60 Minutes” is the only TV show without a theme song/music.
Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.
The dot over the letter ‘i’ is called a tittle.
About 1.8 billion people connect to the Internet, 450 million of them speak English.
By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you cannot sink into quicksand.
Google uses an estimated 15 billion kWh of electricity per year, more than most countries. However, google generates a lot of their own power with their solar panels.
Rats and horses can’t vomit.
It is believed that Shakespeare was 46 around the time that the King James Version of the Bible was written. In Psalms 46, the 46th word from the first word is shake and the 46th word from the last word is spear.
Modern teenagers are better behaved than their counterparts of 20 years ago, showing “less problematic behavior” involving sex, drugs and drink.
Ants stretch before they wake up. They also appear to yawn in a very human manner before taking up the tasks of the day.
Until the 1870s, baseball was played without the use of gloves.
The revolving door was invented August 7, 1888, by Theophilus Van Kannel, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Nobody is buried in Grant’s tomb. President and Mrs. Grant are entombed there. A body is buried only when it is placed in the ground and covered with dirt.
The rock music video channel MTV made its debut in 1981.