When antelopes become excited and leap vertically into the air, it is called "pronking."
The human tooth has about 55 miles of canals in it.
The average human bladder can hold 13 ounces of liquid.
The foreign city Americans visit most is Tijuana.
Leonardo da Vinci knew how to make a camera. However, he didn't know how to make the film.
There are 1,575 steps from the ground floor to the top of the Empire State building.
The planet Pluto is smaller than Earth's moon.
The state of Florida is bigger than England.
When in the shower, 75% of people wash from top to bottom.
The average American has $104 in their wallet.
In poker, a pair of queens is also referred to as a "Siegfried & Roy."
Actor Michael Keaton's real name is Michael Douglas.
The practice of misperceiving random shapes as specific things—such as when we see the face of Jesus on a tortilla, or animals amongst the clouds—is called "pareidolia."
"Dipsomania" refers to an insatiable craving for alcohol.
Alexander the Great was an epileptic.
According to the experts, December 23 is the most dangerous day of the year to drive.
Wyoming was the first state to allow women to vote.
The average American looks at eight houses before buying one.
The army controlled by the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz were called the Winkies.
"Hoplophobia" is the fear of guns.
The average mall Santa weighs 218 pounds and has a 43-inch waist.
Fifty-two percent of Americans drink coffee.
The one physical act that's recognized in every known society is the shrug of shoulders to mean, "I don't know."
An execution by hanging takes 21 feet of rope.
The flesh that dangles from the back of the human throat is called a "uvula." The word comes from the Latin, meaning "little grape."
The average cat can reach speeds of nearly 30 miles an hour over a short distance.
In 1836, Alabama was the first U.S. state to declare Christmas a legal holiday.
Thirty percent of women who engage in oral sex swallow their partner's ejaculate every time.
New Orleans is the US city that, per capita, consumes the most ketchup.
A bolt of cloth is 120 feet long.
"Hybristophilia" is arousal derived by having sex with people who have committed crimes.
About 75 percent of stage and screen actors change their names.
If you're American, you'll move an average of 11 times in your lifetime.
Russian Czar Peter the Great had a morbid fear of crossing bridges.
The Union army lost about 360,000 men during the Civil War. Just 110,070 were killed in battle. The rest died of disease or other causes.
Paris was once the world's biggest city—for one year. The year was 1684.
Forty percent of batteries are purchased during the holiday season.
Heinrich Himmler, the head of the Nazi SS during World War II, was once a chicken farmer.
In Canada, if a debt is more than 25 cents, it's illegal to pay it with pennies.
There are more than 10,000 varieties of tomatoes. Their scientific name is Lycopersicon lycopersicum, which means "wolf peach."
There were seven pairs of ruby slippers used during the filming of The Wizard of Oz.
It's estimated that 40 percent of players in the NBA have a criminal record.
Experts claim the color combination that has the most visual impact is black on yellow.
The medical term for a nosebleed is "epistaxisis."
Only 0.1 percent of animal species that have ever lived are still alive today.
In poker, a card combination of 9 and 5 is called a "Dolly Parton," in reference to the film in which Parton starred, 9 to 5.
Actor Tom Hanks is a descendant of Abraham Lincoln.
Mallard ducks have 360-degree vision.
Two hundred million atoms placed in a row would measure one inch.
Just 14 percent of Chinese women believe having sex with an animal should be illegal.
During his entire lifetime, Herman Melville's "Moby Dick" only sold about 3,000 copies.
Robert E. Lee was the only person to graduate from West Point without a demerit.
Ninety percent of Brazilian women classify beauty products as an essential rather than a luxury (the average worldwide is 77 percent).
"Cainophobia" is the fear of newness.
Since Neptune was discovered in 1846, it has made about three-quarters of one revolution of the Sun.
Julius Caesar hated cats.
In New York City, rats bite about 311 people in an average year. However, 1,519 residents are bitten annually by other New Yorkers.
The set of glasses filled with different levels of water used to make different musical tones is called a hydrodaktulopsychicarmonica.
"Judo" translates as "the gentle way."
About 130,000 freed slaves became Union soldiers during the Civil War.
Lower back pain is the most commonly reported physical complaint in the U.S.
The largest sex orgy in recorded history, involving 7,000 participants, took place in the year 200 B.C. in Rome.
Almost every cell in your body contains six feet of DNA.
The hyoid bone, in your throat, is the only bone in the body not attached to another bone.
A group of foxes is known as a "leash."
The dark meat on a roast turkey has more calories than the white meat.
The Sun is about 4.6 billion years old.
"Alektorophobia" is the fear of chickens.
The southernmost city in the United States is Na'alehu, Hawaii.
Davy Crockett was a Congessman.
In poker, a combination of 4 and 5 is called a "Jesse James," presumably because the notorious outlaw was killed by a Colt .45.
The real name of Dorothy's dog Toto in The Wizard of Oz was Terry.
In San Salvador, drunk drivers can be sentenced to death by firing squad.
The "f" word is used 246 times in Goodfellas.
Lina Medina from Peru became the youngest mother at the age of five, when she delivered a baby boy in 1936.
The U.S. has the most violent weather in the world.
Two books in the Bible are named after women. Ruth and Esther.
"Scrump" is archaic slang for sex. Ben Franklin referred to prostitutes as "scrumpets."
Rabbits are immune to the venom of black widow spiders.
In 1894, there were only four automobiles in the United States.
The base salary for a NASA astronaut is $50,000 per year.
The "number of the beast" mentioned in the Bible's book of Revelation, 666, was actually a mathematical representation of the name Caesar Nero.
Forest fires move faster uphill than downhill.
The skeleton of an average 160-pound body weighs about 29 pounds.
Soccer and water polo were the first team sports added to the Olympics. That was in 1900.
The blood of a honeybee never clots.
An "undecennial" is an 11th anniversary.
Without the benefit of modern instruments, Eratosthenes measured the radius of Earth in the third century B.C. His calculations were within one percent of the measurement determined by today's technology.
The highest lifetime yield of milk for a single cow is 465,224 pounds.
The sound produced by the high notes of a bagpipe is called a "skirl."
During the 5,000 years of recorded human history, polygamy has been much more common than monogamy.
America's first nudist organization was founded by three men in 1929.
The animal with the largest brain in proportion to its size is the ant.
Thirty-five percent of Americans feel a "unibrow" is a turn-off.
In Japan, you can rent a dog as a companion for $20 an hour.
The chair was invented in about 2,500 B.C.
"Anasteemaphilia" is an attraction to a person because of a difference in height.
About one in every 3,000 births results in a baby with both male and female genitalia.
Navajos use the same word for green, blue and purple.
Ingrown toenails are hereditary.
Roulette was invented by French mathematician Blaise Pascal. The popular game of chance was a byproduct of his experiments with perpetual motion.
All cheerleaders were male in 1898. Now, about three percent are.
The baseball home plate is 17 inches wide.
Moderate dancing burns 250 to 300 calories an hour.
The U.S. motto, E pluribus unum, means "out of many, one." It first appeared in a Roman poem as part of a recipe for making a salad.
In Latin, the word "disco" means "I learn."
Forty-two percent of American women are able to belch on command.
In scientific terminology, the Sun is considered a "Yellow G2 Dwarf."
The saying "the sky's the limit" originated in Don Quixote.
Because of outrageously high costs in California during the Gold Rush of 1849, miners sent their laundry to Hawaii for washing and pressing.
Two-thirds of the world's lawyers practice in the United States.
A cow has four stomachs: the rumen, reticulum, omasum and abomasum.
Before the year 1000, the word "she" did not exist in the English language.
A group of moles is called a "labor."
"Dacryphilia" is arousal from seeing tears in the eyes of a partner.
Twinkies got their name when their inventor, James Dewar, was inspired by a billboard he saw advertising Twinkle Toe Shoes.
Originally, MCI stood for Microwave Communications, Inc.
Kangaroos can't walk.
The name Rasputin means "debauched one." Rasputin's real name was Grigory Efimovich Novykh.
Red and blue are the most popular tie colors in the U.S.
A mother kangaroo is called a "flyer."
Fingernails are made out of the same stuff as horse hooves, bird talons, bull horns, and bear claws.
In Great Britain, rummage sales are called "jumble sales."
In the opening procession of the Olympics, the team representing the host nation always marches last.
"Horripilation" is the medical term for goosebumps.
Thirty-four percent of Microsoft employees are Indian.
American electric razors hum in the key of B flat. Razors in England, however, buzz in the key of G.
The pilgrims took apart the Mayflower and used the wood to build a barn.
Forty percent of people in America have never been to see a dentist.
A cosmic year is the amount of time it takes the Sun to revolve around the center of the Milky Way. That's about 225 million years.
Major league baseball bats are made of ash.
Just about half of the people charged with homicide in the U.S. are convicted of the crime.
Toys R Us was originally the Children's Supermart.
The first portable calculator placed for sale by Texas Instruments, in 1972, weighed 2.5 pounds and cost $150.
Melba toast is named after Australian opera singer Dame Nellie Melba.
Sixty percent of Americans can name all Three Stooges. Just 17 percent can name three Supreme Court judges.
The back of the human hand is the "opisthenar."
Norway has won more total medals at the Winter Olympic Games than any other nation.
The official name of Rhode Island, used on all state documents, is Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.
Baby seals are called pups, but they're also referred to as "weaners."
The average American male has seven erections per day.
The White House, and its grounds, takes up 18 acres of land.
It takes light eight and a half minutes to travel from the Sun to the Earth.
One in five people on Earth are Chinese.
In Spain, the TV drama Beverly Hills, 90210 is called Sensation of Living.
According to the official rules of baseball, no umpire may be replaced during a game unless he is injured or becomes ill.
The name for a teddy bear collector is "archtophilist."
The ferret is the third most popular companion mammal behind the dog and cat.
Captain Kangaroo was the first TV network kids show in the United States.
The egg of the typical hen has 7,000 tiny pores in its shell.
Snow White's sister's name is Rose Red.
Catnip not only has an affect on house cats. It can also affect cougars and lions.
The chocolate chip cookie was invented in 1933.
The study of lightning is called "keraunopathology."
Albert Einstein married his first cousin.
P.T. Barnum was responsible for the very first international beauty contest.
Hors d'oeuvre, translated literally, means "outside of work."
If a lobster loses an eye, it will grow a new one.
The foot is the most common body part bitten by insects.
On average, four people a day call Graceland and ask for Elvis.
Dolphins jump out of the water to conserve energy. It is easier to move through air than water.
A rat can tread water for three days straight.
Collectors of dolls are called "plangonologists."
Giants baseball catcher Roger Bresnahan introduced shin guards in 1907.
It is illegal in Pacific Grove, California, to threaten or kill a butterfly.
Wonder Woman's bracelets were made of a substance called feminum.
Julio Iglesias was a lawyer before he became a music star. Comedian John Cleese is a lawyer, too.
"Tonsurphobia" is the fear of haircuts.
George Washington was the only President never to live in the District of Columbia.
Earlier penguins were capable of flight.
In drug parlance, "Baby T," "Kokomo," "Beemers," "Hotcakes," and "Bad" are all slang for crack cocaine.
The average human eye can distinguish about 500 different shades of gray.
The expressions "pipe down," "kick the bucket," "over the top," and "ticked off" were first coined by soldiers in the trenches during World War I.
The Amish never initiate lawsuits, and won't defend themselves against them.
The maximum lifespan of a goldfish in captivity is 25 years.
A group of cobras is called a "quiver."
The only continent without reptiles is Antarctica.
Manorama, a comic actress in India, has had more leading roles than any other actor or actress in the history of film. Her career started in 1958, and by 1985 had appeared in her one-thousandth movie.
Fifty-one percent of turns are right turns.
The harmonica is the world's best-selling musical instrument.
Women buy 40 percent of all condoms in the United States.
The rock group U2 was originally called Feedback.
While it stood, the Berlin wall was 26.5 miles long.
Sixty-three percent of Americans talk to their cars.
Gene Kelly was the first movie star to appear on a postage stamp.
A "labeorphilist" is a beer bottle collector.
Long Acre Square was the original name of New York's Times Square.
In Greek, "cosmetics" means "skilled in decorating."
A baby bat is called a pup.
Eight percent of Americans have oral sex on a regular basis.
The doors that cover U.S. nuclear silos weigh 748 tons and open in 19 seconds.
In Sweden, it's against the law to train a seal to balance a ball on its nose.
Rocker Meatloaf's real name is Marvin Lee Aday.
"Liticaphobia" is the fear of lawsuits.
Eighty-three percent of Americans identify themselves as Christians.
Leonardo da Vinci invented the car jack before cars were invented.
A male ballet dancer is referred to as a danseur noble.
The most popular beer brand in the Western Hemisphere, outside of the U.S., is Brahma beer. It's made in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The average cow spends 13 hours a day lying down.
The average American eats 23 quarts of ice cream during the course of a year.
The "bumpers" on the bottom of toilet seats are called "buculets."
"The Star-Spangled Banner" is considered the most difficult national anthem on Earth to sing.
The Sumerians had a goddess of beer. Her name was Ninkasi.
In a fire station in Livermore, California, there is a light bulb that has been burning since 1901.
The only continent without a desert is Europe.
"Uranophobia" is the morbid fear of heaven.
The real name of the Tin Man in the "Wizard of Oz" books was Nick Chopper.
Tokyo was once known as Edo.
Most NASCAR teams use nitrogen in their tires instead of air.
In the eighth grade, Elvis Presley got a "C" grade in music.
About 97 percent of the water on Earth is saltwater.
Basketball is the most popular sport among college women.
Among other things, ninjas were trained to tell what time it was by looking into a cat's eye.
"Morning dew" is slang for "gonorrhea."
The highest temperature ever recorded on Earth was 136.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Al'Aziziyah, Libya, in 1922.
There are currently more than seven million millionaires in the world.
The average person will grow 590 miles of hair during their lifetime.
Singer John Denver's real name was Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr.
The Bank of America started as the Bank of Italy.
In Atlanta, Georgia, it is illegal to tie a giraffe to a telephone pole or street lamp.
According to the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation, only about 17 percent of adult film performers use condoms.
Porphyrophobia is a morbid fear of the color purple.
Dubai is home to the first and only seven star hotel, the Burj Al-Arab.
At birth, country singer Garth Brooks was named Troyal Garth Brooks.
Shakespeare was the first to use certain words that are now common, including "hurry," "bump," "eyeball" and "anchovy."
Americans spend more on cat food every year than on baby food.
The average lifespan of a $50 bill is five years.
Cows have a total of 32 teeth.
Tornadoes happen more often in the United States than anywhere else in the world.
Shaquille O'Neal wears size 22 shoes.
There is no record that Jesus either laughed or smiled.
A female ninja is called a "kunoichi."
The jewelry industry uses about 1,000 tons of gold per year and dentistry uses 87 tons.
The first college on record to use the word "campus" to describe its grounds was Princeton. "Campus" is Latin for "field."
In the early days of motion pictures, "movies" were the people who worked on films.
The longest alphabet is Cambodian. It has 74 letters.
In Calama, a town in the Atacama Desert of Chile, it has never rained.
"E" is the most frequently used letter in the English alphabet, "Q" the least.
Maine is the only state in the United States whose name is just one syllable.