Strange but True
By this Strange but True facts list you can learn new words in English and you can improve your vocabulary.
➢The two-foot long bird called a Kea that lives in New Zealand likes to eat the strips of rubber around car windows!
➢Most lipstick contains fish scales!
➢Skepticisms is the longest word that alternates hands when typing!
➢One ragweed plant can release as many as one billion grains of pollen!
➢It’s illegal to drink beer out of a bucket while you’re sitting on a curb in St. Louis!
➢The first product to have a bar code was Wrigleys Gum!
➢No piece of square dry paper can be folded more that 7 times in half!
➢A group of geese on the ground is a gaggle, a group of geese in the air is a skein!
➢Over 2500 left handed people a year are killed from using products made for right handed people!
➢There are more than 10 million bricks in the Empire State Building!
➢If you counted 24 hours a day, it would take 31,688 years to reach one trillion!
➢Taphephobia is the fear of being buried alive!
➢A crocodile always grows new teeth to replace the old teeth!
➢The sun is 330,330 times larger than the earth!
➢Clinophobia is the fear of beds!
➢A ‘jiffy’ is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second!
➢Porcupines float in water!
➢Pinocchio is Italian for “pine eye”!
➢The sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.” Uses every letter of the alphabet!
➢The average life span of a major league baseball is 5-7 pitches!
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➢The Mint once considered producing doughnut-shaped coins!
➢The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is “uncopyrightable”!
➢The longest recorded flight of a chicken is 13 seconds
➢The sloth (a mammal) moves so slowly that green algae can grow undisturbed on its fur!
➢Cat urine glows under a black-light!
➢The world’s termites outweigh the world’s humans 10 to 1!
➢The electric chair was invented by dentists!
➢Windmills always turn counter-clockwise. Except for the windmills in Ireland!
➢A hedgehog’s heart beats 300 times a minute on average!
➢Camels have three eyelids to protect themselves from blowing sand!
➢There are more than one million animal species on Earth!
➢In Natoma, Kansas, it’s illegal to throw knives at men wearing striped suits!
➢It was once against the law to have a pet dog in a city of Iceland!
➢Your heart beats over 100,000 times a day!
➢Thomas Edison, light bulb inventor, was afraid of the dark!
➢During your lifetime, you’ll eat about 60,000 pounds of food, that’s the weight of about 6 elephants!
➢Some ribbon worms will eat themselves if they can’t find any food!
➢Dolphins sleep with one eye open!
➢The world’s oldest piece of chewing gum is over 9000 years old!
➢In space, astronauts cannot cry properly, because there is no gravity, so tears can’t flow down their faces!
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➢There are more plastic flamingos in the U.S. than real ones!
➢About 3000 years ago, most Egyptians died by the time they were 30!
➢More people use blue toothbrushes than red ones!
➢A sneeze travels out of your mouth at over 100 m.p.h.!
➢Your ribs move about 5 million times a year, every time you breathe!
➢In the White House, there are 13,092 knives, forks and spoons!
➢Slugs have 4 noses!
➢Recycling one glass jar, saves enough energy to watch T.V for 3 hours!
➢Lightning strikes about 6,000 times per minute on this planet!
➢Owls are one of the only birds who can see the color blue!
➢The average American/Canadian drinks about 600 sodas a year!
➢It was once against the law to slam your car door in a city in Switzerland!
➢There wasn’t a single pony in the Pony Express, just horses!
➢Honeybees have a type of hair on their eyes!
➢Eskimo ice cream is neither icy, or creamy!
➢A jellyfish is 95% water!
➢In Bangladesh, kids as young as 15 can be jailed for cheating on their finals!
➢A company in Taiwan makes dinnerware out of wheat so you can eat your plate!
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➢People print more monopoly money in a year, than real money printed throughout the world!
➢The starfish is one of the only animals who can turn their stomach inside out!
➢The elephant is the only mammal that can’t jump!
➢The penguin is the only bird who can swim but can’t fly!
➢Q is the only letter in the alphabet that does not appear in the name of any of the United States!
➢One quarter of the bones in your body are in your feet!
➢America once issued a five cent bill!
➢You’ll eat about 35,000 cookies in your lifetime!
➢Everybody’s tongue print is different!
➢There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with orange, purple, and month!
➢Babe Ruth wore a cabbage leaf under his hat to keep himself cool!
➢A man name Charles Osborne had the hiccups for 69 years!
➢Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying!
➢166,875,000,000 pieces of mail are delivered every year in the US!
➢123 billion cars are being driven down the US highways!
➢85 billion tons of paper are used each year in the US (hint hint, recycle!!!)
➢56 billion people go to major league baseball games each year!
➢Bats always turn left when exiting a cave! (how difficult would our lives be if we did that?)
➢In Tokyo they sell toupees for dogs!
➢There are over 58 million dogs in the US!
➢Dogs and cats consume over 11 billion dollars worth of pet food every year!
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➢Finger nails grow nearly four times faster than toenails!
➢You blink over 10 billion times a year!
➢Baby robins eat 14 feet of earth worms everyday!
➢In the 1880’s in England “pants” was considered a dirty word! (how would they react to our language today?!)
➢The average person laughs 13 times a day!
➢Men are six times more likely to be struck by lightning than women!
➢It is estimated that millions of trees in the world are accidentally planted by squirrels who bury nuts and forget where they hid them!
➢Earnest Vincent Wright wrote the novel Gadsby which contains over 50,000 words, none of them with the letter ‘E’!
➢The word ‘set’ has the most definitions of all the words in the English language!
➢The object most often choked on by Americans is the toothpick!
➢Every 45 seconds a house catches on fire in the US (so remember to exit when the fire alarms go off, it may not be a drill or prank!)
➢Apples are more efficient than caffeine in keeping people awake in the mornings!
➢Smelling bananas and/or green apples can help you lose weight!
➢A hard working adult sweats up to 4 gallons of sweat per day! Most of the sweat does evaporate before you notice it’s there.
➢A lump of pure gold the size of a matchbox can be flattened into a sheet the size of a tennis court!
➢The most used letter in the English alphabet is the letter ‘E’!
➢The original name for the butterfly was ‘flutterby’!
➢Dogs and cats are either left handed or right handed (does anyone know how to test this?)
➢Nose prints are used to identify dogs rather than finger prints!
This is the end of Strange but True facts. No you don’t have to memorize them. You may only read them for fun and learn new words.
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