Gilligan of Gilligan’s Island had a first name that was only used once, on the never-aired pilot show. His first name was Willy. The skipper’s real name on Gilligan’s Island is Jonas Grumby. It was mentioned once in the first episode on their radio’s newscast about the wreck.
In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.
Ivory bar soap floating was a mistake. They had been over mixing the soap formula causing excess air bubbles that made it float. Customers wrote and told how much they loved that it floated, and it has floated ever since. (It floats in gasoline, too.)
Studies show that if a cat falls off the seventh floor of a building it has about thirty percent less chance of surviving than a cat that falls off the twentieth floor. It supposedly takes about eight floors for the cat to realize what is occurring, relax and correct itself.
The saying “it’s so cold out there it could freeze the balls off a brass monkey” came from when they had old cannons like ones used in the Civil War. The cannonballs were stacked in a pyramid formation, called a brass monkey. When it got extremely cold outside, they would crack and break off… Thus the saying.
Armadillos have four babies at a time and they are always all the same sex.
Armadillos are the only animal besides humans that can get leprosy.
A group of unicorns is called a blessing. Twelve or more cows are known as a “flink.” A group of frogs is called an army. A group of rhinos is called a crash. A group of kangaroos is called a mob. A group of whales is called a pod. A group of ravens is called a murder. A group of officers is called a mess. A group of larks is called an exaltation. A group of owls is called a parliament.
The phrase “sleep tight” derives from the fact that early mattresses were filled with straw and held up with rope stretched across the bed frame. A tight sleep was a comfortable sleep.
“Three dog night” (attributed to Australian Aborigines) came about because on especially cold nights these nomadic people needed three dogs (dingos, actually) to keep from freezing.
The longest word in the English language, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. The only other word with the same amount of letters is
pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconioses, its plural.
Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.
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.
“Stewardesses” is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.
The Baby Ruth candy bar was actually named after Grover Cleveland’s baby daughter, Ruth.
Cat’s urine glows under a blacklight.
Hydroxydesoxycorticosterone and hydroxydeoxycorticosterones are the largest anagrams.
An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.
Ben and Jerry’s sends the waste from making ice cream to local pig farmers to use as feed. Pigs love the stuff, except for one flavor: Mint Oreo.
Wilma Flintstone’s maiden name was Wilma Slaghoopal, and Betty Rubble’s Maiden name was Betty Jean Mcbricker.
An animal epidemic is called an epizootic.
Murphy’s Oil Soap is the chemical most commonly used to clean elephants.
The United States has never lost a war in which mules were used.
Blueberry Jelly Bellies were created especially for Ronald Reagan
All porcupines float in water.
The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days of yore when the engines were pulled by horses. The horses were stabled on the ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight staircases.
Non-dairy creamer is flammable.
The only nation whose name begins with an “A”, but doesn’t end in an “A” is Afghanistan.
When opossums are playing ‘possum’, they are not “playing.” They actually pass out from sheer terror.
Why does eating spicy food sometimes make a person sweat?
Spicy foods, such as jalapenos and chili peppers, contain a chemical which stimulates the same nerve endings in the mouth as does a rise in temperature. These nerves, which don’t know the difference, send messages to the brain telling it the temperature near your face has increased. Your brain reacts by activating cooling mechanisms to reduce the temperature around your face, and one of those mechanisms is perspiration.