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By way of J. Vernon Thomason, original source unknown. Please let me know if any of these are wrong.

  1. A rat can last longer without water than a camel.
  2. Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks or it will digest itself.
  3. The dot over the letter "i" is called a tittle.
  4. A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top.
  5. A female ferret will die if it goes into heat and cannot find a mate.
  6. A duck's quack doesn't echo. No one knows why.
  7. A 2 X 4 is really 1-1/2" by 3-1/2".
  8. During the chariot scene in "Ben Hur," a small red car can be seen in the distance (and Heston's wearing a watch).
  9. On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily! (That explains a few mysteries... .)
  10. Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn't wear pants.
  11. Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.
  12. The number of possible ways of playing the first four moves per side in a game of chess is 318,979,564, 000.
  13. There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with orange, purple and silver.
  14. The name Wendy was made up for the book Peter Pan. There was never a recorded Wendy before.
  15. The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin in World War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.
  16. If one places a tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion, it will instantly go mad and sting itself to death. (Who was the sadist who discovered this??)
  17. Bruce Lee was so fast that they actually had to s-l-o-w film down so you could see his moves. That's the opposite of the norm.
  18. The first CD pressed in the US was Bruce Springsteen' s "Born in the USA."
  19. The original name for butterfly was flutterby.
  20. The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.
  21. The first product Motorola started to develop was a record player for automobiles. At that time, the most known player on the market was Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola.
  22. Roses may be red, but violets are indeed violet.
  23. By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you cannot sink into quicksand.
  24. Celery has negative calories. It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with.
  25. Charlie Chaplin once won third prize in a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest.
  26. Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.
  27. Sherlock Holmes NEVER said, "Elementary, my dear Watson."
  28. An old law in Bellingham, Washington, made it illegal for a woman to take more than three steps backwards while dancing!
  29. The glue on Israeli postage is certified kosher.
  30. The Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from public libraries.
  31. Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space because passing wind in a spacesuit damages them.
  32. Bats always turn left when exiting a cave!

Another set, same source

  1. A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.
  2. A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
  3. A crocodile cannot stick out its tongue.
  4. A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours.
  5. A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.
  6. A "jiffy" is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
  7. A snail can sleep for three years.
  8. A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.
  9. Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.
  10. All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.
  11. Almonds are a member of the peach family.
  12. An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.
  13. Babies are born without kneecaps. They don't appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age.
  14. Butterflies taste with their feet.
  15. Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds. Dogs only have about 10.
  16. "Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt".
  17. February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have had a full moon.
  18. In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
  19. If the population of China walked past you, in single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.
  20. If you are an average American, in your whole life, you will spend an average of 6 months waiting at red lights.
  21. It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
  22. Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.
  23. Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.
  24. No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.
  25. On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament building is an American flag.
  26. Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.
  27. Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.
  28. Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.
  29. "Stewardesses" is the longest word typed with only the left hand and "lollipop" with your right.
  30. The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.
  31. The cruise liner, QE2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.
  32. The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
  33. The sentence: "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter of the alphabet.
  34. The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid.
  35. The words 'racecar,' 'kayak' and 'level' are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left (palindromes).
  36. There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.
  37. There are more chickens than people in the world.
  38. There are only four words in the English language which end in "dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
  39. There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: "abstemious" and "facetious."
  40. There's no Betty Rubble in the Flintstones Chewables Vitamins.
  41. Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
  42. TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.
  43. Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.
  44. Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
  45. Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks; otherwise it will digest itself.