Facts

Facinating facts that opens a whole new world of knowledge.

General Facts

9th of September 2009 exactly at 9’o clock 9 minutes 9 seconds the date and time would be 09:09:09:09:09:09. This happens only after 1000 years once.

The first bicycle that was made in 1817 by Baron von Drais didn’t have any pedals. People walked it along.

Of all the ore dug in diamond mines, only one carat in every 23 tons proves to be a diamond.

Millions of trees are accidentally planted by squirrels that bury nuts and they forget where they left them.

While playing poker, there is one chance in 500 of drawing a flush.

Midgets and dwarfs almost always have normal-sized children, even if both the parents are midgets or dwarfs.

It can take a deep-sea clam up to 100 years to reach 0.3 inches (8 millimeters) in length. The clam is among the slowest, yet longest living spices on planet.

The word samba means to ‘rub navels together’.

Dipsomania refers to an insatiable craving for alcoholic beverages.

Venus spins once every 243 earth days, since it takes 224 earth days to complete one orbit of the sun; its days are longer than its years.

To divide something into squares is to “graticulate”.

One billion seconds is about 32 years.

The only king without a moustache in a deck of cards is the king of hearts.

In the marriage ceremony of ancient Inca Indians if Peru, the couple was considered officially wed when they took off their sandals and handed them to each other.

A galactic year is 250 million earth-years. This is the time it takes for our solar system to make one revolution around the Milky Way Galaxy.

People say ‘bless you’ when you sneeze because your heart actually stops for a millisecond when you sneeze.

Months that begin on a Sunday will always have a Friday the 13th.

The first coast-to-coast telephone line was established in 1914.

Cupid is associated with Valentine’s day because he was the son of Venus, the goddess of love and beauty.

The Hawaiian alphabet only has 12 letters.

Glass never wears out, it can be recycled forever.

A dime has 118 ridges around edge.

The words ‘silent’ and ‘listen’ are made up of same letters.

Three consecutive strikes in bowling is called a Turkey.

There is only one Q in a game of Scrabble.

The weighing scale that represents the sun sign, Libra is the inanimate symbol in the zodiac.

Electricity doesn’t move through a wire but through a field around the wire.

Lightning strikes about 6,000 times per minute on this planet.

Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million homes and business turned their lights off for one hour to make their stand against climate change.

Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history. Spades: Kind David, Clubs: Alexander the great, Hearts: Charlemagne and Diamonds: Julius Caesar.

The winning term ‘checkmate’ comes from the Arabic phrase Shahmat, meaning the king is dead.

In 1969, Midnight Cowboy became the first and only X-rated production to win the Academy Awards for Best Picture (its rating has since been changed to R).

Scatologists are experts who study feces (Crap, dung, dookie, dumps, feces, encrement etc.)

Touching and stroking a plant will aid in it growing healthy.

By law, in Bourbon, Miss., one small onion must be served with each glass of water in a restaurant.

The words “naked” and “nude” are not the same. Names implies unprotected. Nude means unclothed.

The word MAP comes from the Latin word, ‘mappa’, which means napkin, cloth or sheet.

The smallest book in the world is called Chemin de la Cruix. It has 119 pages. It is 2 inches height and 11/3 inches wide.

This year in 2010, more than 2.5 million books will be shipped with the wrong cover.

Liquid TIDE laundry detergent glows under a black light (Ultraviolet Light).

One that speaks two languages – is bilingual – can be said to be a diglot.

Steel hinges on refrigerators can support more than 140 pounds of door weight without sagging.

The word encyclopaedia comes from two Greek words meaning ‘a circle of learning’. The oldest known encyclopaedia was written in Greece about 2000 years ago. It’s no longer in existence.

The words “naked” and “nude” are not the same. Naked implies unprotected. Nude means unclothed.

An interesting fact about august 2009. This August has 5 Saturday, 5 Sunday, 5 Monday- all in one month. It happens once in 823 years.

A ‘jiffy’ is an actual unit of time and is equal to 1/100th of a second.