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201. Deborah Winger did the voice of E.T.
202. There is a word in the English language with only one vowel, which occurs six times: Indivisibility.
203. In most advertisments, including newspapers, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.
204. The only Dutch word to contain eight consecutive consonants is 'angstschreeuw'.
205. Alfred Hitchcock didn't have a belly button. It was eliminated when he was sewn up after surgery.
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206. The Mongol emperor Genghis Khan's original name was Temujin.
27. The first word spoken by an ape in the movie Planet of the Apes was "Smile".
208. Facetious and abstemious contain all the vowels in the correct order.
209. Geller and Huchra have made three-dimensional maps of the distrubution of galaxies. In each layer of the map some galaxies are grouped together in such a way that they resemble a human being.
210. Telly Savalas and Louis Armstrong died on their birthdays.
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211. Donald Duck's middle name is Fauntleroy.
212. Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer..
213. When two words are combined to form a single word (e.g., motor + hotel = motel, breakfast + lunch = brunch) the new word is called a "portmanteau."
214. Dr. Samuel A. Mudd was the physician who set the leg of Lincoln's assassin John Wilkes Booth ... and whose shame created the expression for ignominy, "His name is Mudd."
215. The muzzle of a lion is like a fingerprint - no two lions have the same pattern of whiskers.
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216. In 1969, the last Corvair was painted gold.
217. The real name of the "I've fallen and I can't get up" lady is Edith Fore.
218. Betsy Ross was born with a fully formed set of teeth.
219. Betsy Ross's other contribution to the American Revolution, beside sewing the first American flag, was running a munitions factory in her basement.
220. The only real person to be a Pez head was Betsy Ross.
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221. Steely Dan got their name from a sexual device depicted in the book 'The Naked Lunch'.
222. Bob Dylan's real name is Robert Zimmerman.
223. Wilma Flinestone's maiden name was Wilma ****hoopal, and Betty Rubble's Maiden name was Betty Jean Mcbricker.
224. Lenny Kravitz's mother played the part of "Helen" on "The Jeffersons."
225. Grapes explode when you put them in the microwave.
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226. A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.
227. 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321 D
228. The Ramses brand condom is named after the great phaoroh Ramses II who fathered over 160 children.
229. There is a seven letter word in the English language that contains ten words without rearranging any of its letters, "therein": the, there, he, in, rein, her, here, here, ere, therein, herein.
230. Canola oil is actually grapeseed oil but the name was changed in Canada for marketing reasons.
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231. What is the largest canyon?
The Grand Canyon is billed as the world's largest canyon system. Its main branch is 277 miles (446 kilometers) long. But let's compare. Valles Marineris on Mars extends for about 3,000 miles (4,800 kilometers). If added it to a U.S. map, it would stretch from New York City to Los Angeles. In places this vast scar on the Martian surface is 5 miles (8 kilometers) deep.

232. What is the deepest canyon in the United States?
Over the eons, the Snake River dug Hells Canyon along the Oregon-Idaho border. It is more than 8,000 feet (2.4 kilometers) deep. In contrast, the Grand Canyon is less than 6,000 feet deep -- a bit more than a mile.

233. Is Earth the largest rocky planet in the solar system?
Just barely! Earth's diameter at the equator is 7,926 miles (12,756 kilometers). Venus is 7,521 miles (12,104 kilometers) wide. Mercury and Mars, the other two inner rocky planets, are much smaller. Pluto is rocky, too, but it's comparatively tiny (and some say it is not a planet at all).

234. How many of Earths volcanoes are known to have erupted in historic time?
About 540 volcanoes on land are known. No one knows how many undersea volcanoes have erupted through history.

235. Is air mostly oxygen?
Earth's atmosphere is actually about 80 percent nitrogen. Most of the rest is oxygen, with tiny amounts of other stuff thrown in.
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236. What is the highest waterfall in the United States?
Yosemite Falls in California is 2,425 feet (739 meters).

237. What percentage of the worlds water is in the oceans?
About 97 percent. Oceans make up about two-thirds of Earth's surface, which means that when the next asteroid hits the planet, odds are good it will splash down.

238. Which two landmasses contain the vast majority of the Earths fresh water supply?
Nearly 70 percent of the Earth's fresh-water supply is locked up in the icecaps of Antarctica and Greenland. The remaining fresh-water supply exists in the atmosphere, streams, lakes, or groundwater and accounts for a mere 1 percent of the Earth's total.

239. Which of the Earths oceans is the largest?
The Pacific Ocean covers 64 million square miles (165 million square kilometers). It is more than two times the size of the Atlantic. It has an average depth of 2.4 miles (3.9 kilometers).

240. Why is Earth mostly crater-free compared to the pockmarked Moon?
Earth is more active, in terms of both geology and weather. Much of our planet's geologic history was long ago folded back inside. Some of that is regurgitated by volcanoes, but the results are pretty hard to study. Even more recent events evident on the surface -- craters that can by millions of years old -- get overgrown by vegetation, weathered by wind and rain, and modified by earthquakes and landslides. The Moon, meanwhile, is geologically quiet and has almost no weather; its craters tell a billions-year-long tale of catastrophic collisions. Interestingly, some of the oldest Earth rocks might be awaiting discovery on the Moon, having been blasted there billions of years ago by the very asteroid impacts that rattle both worlds.
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241. Where is the lowest dry-land place on Earth?
The shore of the Dead Sea, located between Israel and Jordan, is 1,292 feet (394 meters) below sea level.

242. What is the largest lake in the world?
By size and volume it is the Caspian Sea, located between southeast Europe and west Asia.

243. Where do most earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur on Earth?
The majority occur along boundaries of the dozen or so major plates that more or less float on the surface of Earth. One of the most active plate boundaries where earthquakes and eruptions are frequent, for example, is around the massive Pacific Plate commonly referred to as the Pacific Ring of Fire. It fuels shaking and baking from Japan to Alaska to South America.

244. How hot are the planet's innards?
The temperature of Earth increases about 36 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) for every kilometer (about 0.62 miles) you go down. Near the center, its thought to be at least 7,000 degrees Fahrenheit (3,870 Celsius).

245. What three countries have the greatest number of historically active volcanoes?
The top three countries are Indonesia, Japan, and the United States in descending order of activity.
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246. How many people worldwide are at risk from volcanoes?
As of the year 2000, USGS scientists estimated that volcanoes posed a tangible risk to at least 500 million people. This is comparable to the entire population of the world at the beginning of the seventeenth century!

247. Which of the following sources stores the greatest volume of fresh water worldwide: lakes, streams or ground water?
Groundwater comprises a 30 times greater volume than all freshwater lakes, and more than 3,000 times what's in the worlds streams and rivers at any given time. Groundwater is housed in natural underground aquifers, in which the water typically runs around and through the stone and other material.

248. Which earthquake was larger, the 1906 San Francisco earthquake or the 1964 Anchorage, Alaska, temblor?
The Anchorage earthquake had a magnitude of 9.2, whereas the San Francisco earthquake was a magnitude 7.8. This difference in magnitude equates to 125 times more energy being released in the 1964 quake and accounts for why the Anchorage earthquake was felt over an area of almost 500,000 square miles (1,295,000 square kilometers).

249. Which earthquake was more destructive in terms of loss of life and relative damage costs, the 1906 San Francisco earthquake or the 1964 Anchorage earthquake?
The 1906 San Francisco earthquake tops this category. It was responsible for 700 deaths versus 114 from the Anchorage earthquake. Property damage in San Francisco was also greater in relative terms due to the destructive fires that destroyed mostly wooden structures of the time.

250. Is Earth's core solid?
The inner portion of the core is thought to be solid. But the outer portion of the core appears molten. We've never been there though, so scientists aren't sure of the exact composition. A radical Hollywood-like idea was recently put forth to blow a crack in the planet and send a probe down there to learn more. An interesting bit of recent evidence shows Mars' core may be similarly squishy. Scientists figured this out by studying tides on Mars (tides on Mars?).
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251. Chocolate is healthy!
252. Chocolate is a vegetable; Chocolate is derived from cocoa beans. Bean = vegetable. Sugar is derived from either sugar cane or sugar BEETS. Both of them are plants, in the vegetable category. Thus, chocolate is a vegetable.
253. To go one step further, chocolate candy bars also contain milk, which is dairy. So chocolate bars are a health food. Chocolate-covered raisins, cherries, orange slices and strawberries all count as fruit, so eat as many as you want.
254. During the chariot scene in "Ben Hur," a small red car can be seen in the distance.
255. Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn't wear pants.
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256. Another interesting fact about Donald Duck - never wore pants but always wore a towel when he came out of the shower!
257. Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.
258. The number of possible ways of playing the first four moves per side in a game of chess is 318,979,564,000.
259. The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin in World War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.
260. 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.
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261. By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you cannot sink into quicksand.
262. Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise.
263. Charlie Chaplin once won third prize in a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest.
264. An old law in Bellingham, Washington, made it illegal for a woman to take more than three steps backwards while dancing!
265. The glue on Israeli postage is certified kosher.
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266. The Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from public libraries.
267. Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space because passing wind in a spacesuit damages them.
268. In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all of the world's nuclear weapons combined.
269. On average, 100 people choke to death on ballpoint pens every year.
270. Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.
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271. The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building.
272. A dentist invented the electric chair. (Coincidence?)
273. In ancient Egypt, priests plucked EVERY hair from their bodies, including their eyebrows and eyelashes.
274. Bruce Lee was so fast that they actually had to s-l-o-w film down so you could see his moves.
275. American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first-class.
276. Sticking your two middle fingers up dates back from the middles ages. When archers were caught they had their two middle fingers cut of so that they couldn't shoot any more arrows. So when an archer was shooting people he would stick his fingers up to say "look I still have them, "hahaha".
277. A Boeing 747s wingspan is longer than the Wright brother's first flight.
278. December is the most popular time for Conception. It's a great way to keep warm through the chilly festive season.
279. Over 75% of people who read this page will try to lick their elbow.
280. You can pick your friends, you can pick your nose, but you can’t pick your friends nose.
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281. Babies are born without kneecaps. They don't appear until the child reaches 2-6 years of age.
282. This is why I hate Barbie. If she was of real life size, this is what her portions would be-
Height: 7ft 2 inches (average woman: 5ft 4in)
Neck: Twice the size of a normal human female which would make it very unable to support the weight of her head.
Boobs: 39 inches (or approximately an FF cup: average woman 36B)
Waist: 18 inches (which is only possible if you remove 2 ribs and carry both kidneys around in a bag)
Hips: 33 inches
Shoe Size: 5
283. Also Ken and Barbie are brother and sister!
284. Modern records do not compare with that of St Simeon the younger (C AD 521-97) called stylites a monk who spent the final 45 years of his life living at the top of a stone pillar on the hill of wonders near Antioch in Syria!
285. 14% of all facts and statistics are made up and 27% of people know that fact.
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286. Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie.
287. Eskimos have over 15 words for the English word of 'Snow'
288. Americans on the average eat 18 acres of pizza every day.... each
289. Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour.
290. Contrary to popular belief, the British flag is not called "The Union Jack" its actually called "The Union Flag". Its only called the Union Jack when out at sea on navy ships.
291. You are most likely to get murdered at Christmas time due to more alcohol being drunk. Merry Christmas.
292. If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days, you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee. If you fart consistently for 6 years and 9 months, enough gas is produced to create the energy of an atomic bomb.
293. TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters on only one row of the keyboard.
294. On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament buildings is an American flag.
295. Almonds are member of the peach family.
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calm down dear....
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Few facts abt Uk

296. At its zenith, the British Empire stretched over one-fourth of the earth's surface.
297. The first half of the 20th century saw the UK's strength seriously depleted in two World Wars. The second half witnessed the dismantling of the Empire and the UK rebuilding itself into a modern and prosperous European nation.
298. The Scottish Parliament, the National Assembly for Wales, and the Northern Ireland Assembly were established in 1999, but the latter is suspended due to bickering over the peace process.
299. The UK, a leading trading power and financial center, is one of the quartet of trillion dollar economies of Western Europe.
300. The UK has large coal, natural gas, and oil reserves; primary energy production accounts for 10% of GDP, one of the highest shares of any industrial nation.
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Now Im really running short of them Andrew :confused:
so dont post much
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