Herbert Hoover was the first US president born west of the Mississippi. He was born 8/10/1874 in West Branch, Iowa.
That metal thing shoe salesmen use to measure your feet is called the Brannock device.
In Hong Kong, a betrayed wife is legally allowed to kill her adulterous husband, but may only do so with her bare hands. (The husband’s lover, on the other hand, may be killed in any manner desired.)
Topless saleswomen are legal in Liverpool, England – but only in tropical fish stores.
In Cali, Columbia, a woman may only have sex with her husband, and the first time this happens her mother must be in the room to witness the act.
Why is alcohol/liquor sometimes called “hooch?”
After the United States of America acquired Alaska from Russia in 1876, the Alaska territory was placed under military command and a law was passed prohibiting the sale of liquor to native Alaskans. The Alaskans learned to make their own liquor out of flour, brown sugar, and fruits. This home-made concoction was very strong, and was first produced in a small village called Hoochinoo, near Sitka, Alaska.
The Alaskans called this liquor “hoochinoo.” During the Klondike Gold Rush, this name was shortened to “hooch.”
Today, this term still applies to any liquor but especially to strong or “bad” liquor.
The skin on the foot or palm of your hand wrinkles when it is exposed at length to water because it expands.
An airplane’s black box is actually orange.
Chinese astronomers made the first recorded observation of Halley’s Comet in 240 B.C.
Diamonds burn if you heat them somewhere between 1,400 to 1,600 degrees Fahrenheit.
Baseball’s first All-Star game was played July 6, 1933, in Chicago’s Comiskey Park. The AL won, 4-2.
Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn’t wear pants.
Dr. Seuss actually pronounced Seuss such that it sounded like Sue-ice.
Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine.
Leonardo da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time.
Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.
The first product Motorola started to develop was a record player for automobiles. At that time the most known player on the market was the Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola.
Roses may be red, but violets are, indeed, violet.
By raising your legs slowly and laying on your back, you can’t sink in quicksand.
Casey Kasem was the voice of Shaggy on Scooby-Doo.
Celery has negative calories! It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with.
The dot over the letter ‘i’ is called a tittle.
If one places a tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion, it will instantly go mad and sting itself to death.
If you have three quarters, four dimes, and four pennies, you have $1.19. You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a dollar.
The mask used by Michael Myers in the original Halloween was actually a Captain Kirk mask painted white.
The original name for the butterfly was ‘flutterby’.
Bats always turn left when exiting a cave.
Money isn’t made out of paper, it’s made out of cotton.
A rat can last longer without water than a camel.
Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks, otherwise it will digest itself.
The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.