Amazing facts

(I used to put one "Amazing true fact" on a dryboard every day or two at work.  Many of them are below.  Most of them are stolen from sources on the web.  This list is not edited; there are repeats and edits.  I had these on the web so I could edit them when and where was convenient.  Some of these are amusing.  Those are probably the ones I stole.)  ;-)
  • The first IBM home computers used chips made from natural quartz, because silicone had not yet been invented at the time.
  • Hummingbirds are the only bird found on all 9 continents.
  • Although they appear to be about the same size when seen, because of their different distances from the earth, the sun is almost twice as large as the moon.
  • Fleetwood Mac’s “Legends” album is loosely based on Shakespeare’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
  • The first Romans spoke Italian, because, like modern college students and priests, they found learning Latin fluently took many years.
  • “Kermit the Frog” is the only fictional TV character to have been issued a valid Japanese passport.
  • Every 51 years, Halloween falls on a day that is also Friday the 13th.
  • “German shepherds” were developed by a Japanese veterinarian in the 1930s.
  • One of the flavorings used in hot dogs is derived from squid ink.
  • Uganda has had elevators since 1961, but has no escalators.
  • Because of selective breeding and improvements in feeding, today’s horse actually puts out approximately 1.3 horsepower.
  • “German shepherds” were developed by a Japanese veterinarian in the 1930s.
  • Wisconsin is not named after a Native American tribe, but after a dairy-producing region of Sweden.
  • “The Iliad” was not written by the Greek poet Homer, but by a different Greek poet, who was also named Homer.
  • Left-handed people need specially made Rubik’s Cubes.
  • The state with the highest per-capita use of toilet paper is Vermont. The lowest is New Mexico.
  • The founders of Johnson & Johnson were not related.
  • There is a pattern on the inside of your upper eyelid that is as unique as your fingerprint.
  • The Moors brought the sport of dressage to southern Europe.
  • During the breeding season, female cockroaches smell like pineapple.
  • The 1935 edition of Webster’s Dictionary left out the word ‘dictionary.’
  • The International Federation of Poker has ruled that socks don’t count as an item of clothing in strip poker.
  • On average, Americans swallow about 3 bugs in their sleep every year.
  • There are no synonyms for thesaurus.
  • The first CO2 fire extinguisher was developed in Senegal.
  • The US keeps several nuclear submarines in the Great Lakes at all times.
  • Edmund Hillary left a necktie at the top of Mt Everest. It is still there.
  • Dogs have to sit down to look upward more than 30 degrees.
  • By weight, bay leaves contain more caffeine than coffee beans.
  • The Mexican slang for a bat (“ratoncielo”) means “sky rat.”
  • The phrase ‘If pain persists, see your doctor’ has been trademarked by Bayer.
  • Every member of Iron Maiden was born a Mormon.
  • All fossils found in Canada belong to the Queen.
  • Penguins have wavy feathers that produce a similar effect when moving through water as golf ball dimples do in the air.
  • Every year, around 25,000,000 pounds of hair is cut in the United States.
  • All fossils found in Canada belong to the Queen.
  • A single piece of macaroni is a “macaronus.”
  • A cocoanut is technically a mammal, because it has hair and produces milk.
  • US Navy uniforms turn orange in salt water–to aid in rescuing overboard sailors.
  • The Casio watch/calculator company picked that name because their chips use calcium, silicone, and oxygen (Ca Si O).
  • England’s biggest horticultural export is the fig.
  • The roller coaster was invented during the Civil War as a way of launching supplies across rivers.
  • There is a nerveless area of skin half the size of a playing card on the top of your foot. Your brain compensates for it.
  • By weight, bay leaves contain more caffeine than coffee beans. They are used to make a stimulating tea in Morocco.
  • Johnny Cash once got into a fist fight with Howard Cosell over a football bet.
  • The banana tree is the tallest growing plant that is technically grass.
  • Sun Tzu’s ‘The Art of War’ is a sequel. The first book has been lost to history.
  • Every member of Iron Maiden was born into a Mormon family.
  • Charles DeGaulle invented the “@” symbol, during WWII.
  • The national anthem of Lithuania is palindromic. It plays backwards exactly the same way that it plays forwards.
  • Due to the inclusion of a necessary metal in its construction, the standard trombone is slightly radioactive.
  • A furlong was defined as the distance a mule can run in two minutes.
  • The Eiffel Tower has bumps along its ‘legs’ that spell the French national motto in braille.
  • The phrase, ‘If pain persists, see your doctor’ has been copyrighted by Bayer.
  • X-rays cannot pass through Velcro.
  • The Boy Scouts were counted as part of the American military until 1886.
  • Once a year all of Wikipedia is printed off and placed in a vault in Norway.
  • In Lesotho it is considered rude not to offer someone a bite of your food before you start eating.
  • The National Library of Singapore uses woven human hair for bookmarks to preserve the condition of the pages.
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley’s ‘Prometheus Unbound’ contains the first use of the word ‘Whoops’.
  • A baby owl is called a ‘novice’.
  • On average, three people are injured every time an audience gives a standing ovation.
  • Emeril Lagasse refuses to use any non-metal spatula.
  • Kevin Bacon founded an organisation that re-homes rescued factory farm pigs.
  • Voltaire’s father was a cobbler.
  • In American football, until 1904, touchdowns were called ‘tapstops’.
  • The names of all missing persons in Honduras are kept in a register called ‘The Imponderables’