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Thursday, July 07, 2005
*** If Jell-O is hooked up to an EEG, it registers movements virtually identical to the brain waves of a healthy adult.

*** The Hershey's Kiss got its name from the puckering sound made by the manufacturing equipment as chocolate was dropped onto the conveyor belt during the production process.

*** Besieged by customer's requests, Cleveland restaurant owner (and former chef at New York's Plaza Hotel) Hector Boiardi decided to bottle his famous spaghetti and meat sauce. With local success came an offer for national distribution, but, fearing that Americans would have trouble pronouncing (not to mention remembering) hsi Italian surname, he marketed and sold his tasty treat under the phonetic spelling "Boy-ar-dee".

*** Despite its 216-minute running time, Lawrence of Arabia has no women in speaking roles.

*** Bulls are colored blind and cannot see red. It is the bright color and motion of the cape that causes them to charge.

*** The Ostrich's eye is bigger that its brain.

*** The original Volkswagen Beetle was commissioned by Adolf Hitler and designed by Ferdinand Porsche.

*** The name Jeep is derivative of the expression "G.P.", military slang for General Purpose Vehicle.

*** Nike's signature design came when a former runner at the University of Oregon and his college coach, in an attempt to build a better, lighter sneakers, took a piece of rubber, stuck it into a waffle iron, and crafted a crisscross patterned sole that markedly increased traction.

*** The Female praying mantis chews her partner's head off during mating.

*** Each instance of dog poop that goes unscooped attracts approximately 144 flies.

*** Cats have two sets of vocal chords.

*** Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.

*** Houseflies hum in the key of F.

*** The Jukebox got its name from jook,African-American slang for "dance".

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

*** Stewardesses is the longest word that is typed using only the left hand.

*** Big Bird(of Sesame Street) costume is made of turkey feathers, dyed yellow.

*** In terms of area, Juneau, Alaska is the largest city in the United States, yet it can only be reached by boat of plane.

*** Barbie's last name is Roberts.

*** Six eight-stud Lego pieces can be combined `102,981,500 ways.

*** Mexican jumping beans jump because there is an actual one-quarter-inc caterpillar trapped inside.

*** The Quija board got its name from the combination of the French and German word "yes" -- oui and ja.

*** On the average, we forget 80 percent of what we learn on any given day.

*** The Dollar sign is a combination of the letters P and S,PS being the abbreviation for pesos, the principal coin in circulatin in the United States until 1794 when US beagan marketing their own dollars.

*** The largest McDonald's is in Beijing,China. It measures more than twenty-eight thousand sqaure feet, seats seven hundred, and has two kitchens and twenty-nine registers.

(abstracted from the book: WHO KNEW by: David Hoffman)
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