Monday, January 29, 2007

Just rambling.......

Today is a public holiday in Nigeria to allow all citizens to perform their civic duty and register to vote. I already registered so i am at work to tie up some loose ends. I intend to leave work early though to catch a movie. Ghana was busy but nice. I will be back there in a week or so. Here are some random fun things i came across and i have some of my comments next to each one:

1. Coca-Cola was originally green (Definitely would have been very unappetizing).

2. The most common name in the world is Mohammed (I read somewhere that the most common last name is Chang).

3. The name of all the continents ends with the same letter that they start with. (I wonder why)

4. The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue. (LOL. This is too obvious but i will be naughty and say this: Men do not have an excuse. Learn to flex the strongest muscle in your body guys. LOL)

5. There are two credit cards for every person in the United States. (That would explain why most Americans are in debt)

6. TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard. (Interesting i guess)

7. Women blink nearly twice as much as men! (That's because we look, stare, evaluate and judge in nano seconds so our brains compensate by over blinking...LOL. Well that's my theory)

8. You can't kill yourself by holding your breath. (Has anyone tried to do that?)

9. It is impossible to lick your elbow. (I actually tried to this when i first read this. Yup. Many times too. IT IS TRUE)

10. People say “Bless you" when you sneeze because when you sneeze, your heart stops for a millisecond. (I sneeze in multiples. So my heart stops as many times as i sneeze? So can sneezing a lot of times, kill you then?)

11. It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky. (But why would they try to look at the sky?)

12. The “sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick" is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language. (Bit my tongue trying to say this for the 3rd time)

13. If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib. If you try to suppress a sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die. (so i sneeze in multiples and my heart stops and i also stifle my sneezes. Its a deadly combination abi?)

14. Each king in a deck of playing cards represents great king from history.
Spades - King David
Clubs - Alexander the Great,
Hearts - Charlemagne
Diamonds – Julius Caesar. (What about the queens?)

15. 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321 (weird)

16. If a statue of a person in the park on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle. If the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes. (Very random but interesting. Now i need to test this by finding some statues)

17 What do bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers all have in common? Ans. – They were all invented by women .(Goooooooooo women...LOL)

18. Question - This is the only food that doesn't spoil. What is this? Ans. – Honey (I wonder why? )

19. A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out. (once again, why would it need to do this?)

20. A snail can sleep for three years. (LOL. Okaaaaay. Its not like snails have busy schedules and people to see and all)

21. All polar bears are left handed. (So the creatures that live in the North Pole are South paws? Get it? LOL

22. American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first-class. (I have read this soooo many times. Its not like a lot of people even like olives anyway. Am i tight?)

23. Butterflies taste with their feet. (I am not averse to having a guy taste my feet. LOL)

24. Elephants are the only animals that can't jump. (well they are quite heavy)

25 In the last 4000 years, no new animals have been domesticated. (Really?)

26. On average, people fear spiders more than they do death. (Well..Spiders are yucky but dont scare me)

27. Shakespeare invented the word 'assassination' and 'bump'. (well he is the original wordsmith)

28. Stewardesses is the longest word typed with only the left hand. (why cant i type the word with both hands?)

29. The ant always falls over on its right side when intoxicated. (LOL. What would intoxicate an ant?)

30. The electric chair was invented by a dentist. (He He He. I wonder what he/she was thinking)

31. The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet. (i would assume that if this happens, the person would be dead....)

32. Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over million descendants. (Scum of the earth. Death to all rats i say. Dirty vermin....Hate them)
33. Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.
(Another reason to not share headphones)

34. The cigarette lighter was invented before the match (No comment)

35. Most lipstick contains fish scales.
(I wonder if the guys that are allergic to fish will get a reaction from kissing....)
36. Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different
(So if you suspect your partner of cheating, can you get a CSI evidence kit and dust for prints and compare it with your suspect?)

37. And finally 99% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow (I already did this. Admit you did too)


LondonBuki said...

I tried to lick my elbow! LOL!!!

In the UK, some people have more than 5 credit cards. It's always in the news - How much in debt Britons are.

Interesting Random Facts!

Daddy's Girl said...

Very cool set of facts. Na wa o, didn't know a aimple sneeze had so much to it.

I like your joke about southpaws - very clever. And I am so with you on rats - disgusting horrible dirty things - so why are they now the ones that multiply like crazy, eh? Some decent human beings have been trying to have kids for years - meanwhile all those filthy animals are breeding armies of stinky nasty rats all over the place. So unfair (I know, I'm taking it a bit too far).

You can type ‘stewardesses’ with both hands, but if you type the ‘proper’ way, with your fingers on the home keys and all (which most of us don't), you do it all with your left.

And I so did try to lick my elbow!

Bella Naija said...

LOLz very interesting!
I'm going to have to try lickin by elbow now lol
gld u had fun in ghana...been to accra a couple of times...luv it!anyways, taked care and have a fab week

snazzy said...

I didn't lick my elbow cos I already did so the first time I read this amazing stat in maxim when I was in college. I think we may have been drinking at the time cos I remember like four of us trying to accomplish this for like thirty minutes (there was a girl so it wasn't as sad). Now I feel like I'm about to tell you there is no Santa Claus, but a couple of years ago I saw a bunch of kids on Leno who could lick their elbows.

Noni Moss said...

Lolll - didnt try and lick my elbow although i thought about it.

The cigarette lighter invented before the match - now that's funny.

Glad you had fun in Ghana.

azuka said...

Interesting set of facts. What makes me wonder is how much time the person who collated everything had on his/her hands :-D.

I didn't try to lick my elbow. Yay!

Dimples said...

Naija and public holidays na wa o...good to see u are putting yours into good use.

Vera Ezimora said...


Okay, I won't lie, i tried 2 lick my elbow. I twisted my arm every way, but it did not work.

Some of those facts r really funny. Seriously, wat on earth would intoxicate an ant?

Kay said...

Thats so funny :) I also tried to lick my elbow. Didn't succeed. I'm sure the contortionists can do it though!!!

Naija Vixen said...

okay okay,i tried to lick my elbow;-)...but i can type "stewardesses" wiv both hands...and i just even got my nails done!

Anonymous said...

Middle East (has no same start and end letter)
got ya!

moi said...

@ Anonymous, Middle East is not a continent o!!!!

chainreader said...

i so tried to lick my elbow. it wasn't even funny!

Patrice said...

3. I was taught that North America and South America are continents.

4. The tongue? I doubt it. There a lots of ways to define muscle strength, but if using the popular definition of the term (force applied per unit area), then the jaw muscle (masseter) is the strongest muscle in the human body.

10. I heard that "bless you" prevents evil spirits from entering the nose while the soul, which was expelled with the air and other stuff (lol) during the sneeze, tries to find its way back home.

18. The high sugar and low water content of honey inhibits the growth of microorganisms in it.

21. North Pole polar bears are southpaws, lol, very clever.

37. My elbow remains dry despite my best efforts.

kulutempa said...

ok, i can't even THINK #12! seriously, i was stumbling over the words in my THOUGHTS!