A man irate about his income tax paid the American Inland Revenue Service with a Plaster of Paris check that weighed several pounds. He wasn’t all that bright, because once the government cashed the check, it was returned to him and he had to keep it for five years for his records.
1896: Leonard Hershfield invents the Tootsie Roll, named it after his daughter.
Jackie Bibby sat in a bathtub with 35 live rattlesnakes, procuring himself a world record.
Every square inch of your body is populated by about 32 million bacteria.
Mattel‘s Intellivision (Intelligent Television) debuted in 1980.
The Moravian Brothers, an evangelical Christian sect that originated in fifteenth-century Bohemia, believed in nonviolence and had a great abhorrence of bloodshed. Members of this community, however, were at times unavoidably called on to execute offenders. Their merciful way of doing so was to tickle their victims to death.
It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.
The tips of fingers and the soles of feet are covered by a thick, tough layer of skin called the stratum corneum.
Ten percent of the Russian government’s income comes from the sale of vodka.
The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York City in 1885 aboard the French ship “Isere”.
The band “PEARL JAM” was named for lead singer Eddie Wedder’s grandmother, PEARL, and the hallucinogenic PRESERVES (JAM) she made from peyote.
There are more insects in one square mile of rural land than there are human beings on the entire earth.
The chicken is one of the few things that man eats before it’s born and after it’s dead.
The 1st inductees to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1961 were Jimmie Rodgers, Fred Rose and Hank Williams.
The sound of a snore (up to 69 decibels) can be almost as loud as the noise of a pneumatic drill.
According to German researchers, the risk of heart attack is higher on Monday than any other day of the week.
The Mona Lisa used to hang on the wall of Napoleon’s bedroom.
If you disassembled the Great Pyramid of Cheops, you would get enough stones to encircle the earth with a brick wall twenty inches high.
The ancient Greeks used to make dice out of sheep’s shoulder blades.
Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn’t added until 5 years later.
The only domestic animal not mentioned in the Bible is the cat.
Electrical stimulation of certain areas of the brain has been proven to revive long-lost memories.
Hydroxydesoxycorticosterone and hydroxydesoxycorticosterones are the longest anagrams.
During each baseball game the 350 pound president William Taft needed to stretch. This always happened at about the seventh inning, so the “seventh inning stretch” was adopted.
Naval Academy found that consumption of chocolate — even frequent daily dietary intake — had no effect on the incidence of acne.
On December 20, 1860, South Carolina was the first state to secede from the Union.
The Starbucks at the highest elevation is on Main Street in Breckenridge, Colorado.
Duelling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.
Hydrogen is an explosive gas. Oxygen supports combustion. Yet when these are combined it is water which is used to put out fires.
Advertisements for coffee in London in 1657 claimed that the beverage was a cure for scurvy, gout and other ills.
During World War II, the British Intelligence used the Colossus Machines (precursor to computers) at Bletchley Park to help decode the enigma code of the Nazis.
More employees are injured in the meat packing industry than any other line of work.
1 pound of lemons contain more sugar than 1 pound of strawberries.
The earliest cocoa plantations were established in 600 AD, in the Yucatan, by the Mayans.
During the time of Peter the Great, any Russian man who had a beard was required to pay a special tax.
One google search produces about 0.2g of CO2. But since you hardly get an answer from one search, a typical search session produces about the same amount of CO2 as does boiling a kettle.
The average American/Canadian will eat about 11.9 pounds of cereal per year!
John Cage composed ‘Imaginary Landscaper No.4’, which was scored for twelve radios tuned at random.
There are more bacteria in your mouth than the human population of the U.S.A. and Canada combined.
Spam was first promoted as a health food.
A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.
In a test performed by Canadian scientists, using various different styles of music, it was determined that chickens lay the most eggs when pop music was played.