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Things You Probably Don't Know

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posted on Apr, 12 2011 @ 12:53 PM
A rat can last longer without water than a camel.

Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks or it will digest itself.

The dot over the letter "i" is called a tittle.

A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top.

A female ferret will die if it goes into heat and cannot find a mate.

Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.

A 2 X 4 is really 1-1/2" by 3-1/2".

During the chariot scene in "Ben Hur," a small red car can be seen in the distance (and Heston's wearing a watch).

On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily! (That explains a few mysteries....)

Sherlock Holmes NEVER said, "Elementary, my dear Watson."

Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.

The number of possible ways of playing the first four moves per side in a game of chess is 318,979,564,000.

There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with orange, purple and silver.

Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space because passing wind in a spacesuit damages them.

The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin in World War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.

Weatherman Willard Scott was the first Ronald McDonald.

If one places a tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion, it will instantly go mad and sting itself to death. (Who was the sadist who discovered this??)

Bruce Lee was so fast that they actually had to s-l-o-w film down so you could see his moves. That's the opposite of the norm.

The first CD pressed in the US was Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA."

The original name for butterfly was flutterby.

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.

The first product Motorola started to develop was a record player for automobiles. At that time, the most known player on the market was Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola.

Roses may be red, but violets are indeed violet.

By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you cannot sink into quicksand.

Celery has negative calories. It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with.

Charlie Chaplin once won third prize in a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest.

An old law in Bellingham, Washington, made it illegal for a woman to take more than three steps backwards while dancing!

The Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from public libraries.

The glue on Israeli postage is certified kosher.

Bats always turn left when exiting a cave!

The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV were Fred and Wilma Flintstone.

Men can read smaller print then women can; women can hear better.

It is impossible to lick your elbow.

The State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska

The average number of people airborne over the US any given hour: 61,000

Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.

The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.

111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

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

If a statue in the park of a person 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.

Q. Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of what?
A. Their birthplace.

Q. If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until you would find the letter "A"?
A. One thousand

Q. What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers all have in common?
A. All invented by women.

Q. What is the only food that doesn't spoil?
A. Honey

In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase......... "goodnight, sleep tight."

It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month, which we know today as the "honeymoon".

In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts... So in old England, when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them, "Mind your pints and quarts, and settle down."
It's where we get the phrase "mind your P's and Q's"

Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim, or handle, of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service. "Wet your whistle" is the phrase inspired by this practice.

At least 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow.

posted on Apr, 12 2011 @ 01:01 PM
lol very good, and yes i did try to lick my elbow, though I know it's impossible as I've tried many times before....DOH!

posted on Apr, 12 2011 @ 01:01 PM
Damn I tried to lick my elbow when I read it and then I got to the bottom.

Now I feel like a dufus.

posted on Apr, 12 2011 @ 01:11 PM
LOL, but I didn't try to lick my elbow. Thanks for this post. Very interesting.

posted on Apr, 12 2011 @ 01:18 PM
reply to post by AnteBellum

It is impossible to lick your elbow.

A better one...

Teenage girls everyone are proving people wrong everyday....

posted on Apr, 12 2011 @ 01:23 PM
I really did try to fight not licking my elbow, but the urge was just too strong lmao

posted on Apr, 12 2011 @ 01:24 PM

At least 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow.


You called that one...

posted on Apr, 12 2011 @ 01:53 PM
A butterfly was originally called a flutterby.


Check your facts. Now I don't believe anything on this list.

I do call butterflies "flutterbys" when I see them though. Sounds cooler, but as for it being the original name...

posted on Apr, 12 2011 @ 02:02 PM
I love stuff like this. I did think about the elbow thing, decided not to do it, and had my son try it for my entertainment

It didn't work.
Peace, NRE.

posted on Apr, 12 2011 @ 02:03 PM
reply to post by JonInMichigan

Please prove your answer, as I can't verify this one.
I believe this was the word people used before butterfly was adopted, but it seems there is great debate to this.

Next thread the Flutter-by/Butterfly Genealogy Conspiracy!

posted on Apr, 12 2011 @ 02:16 PM
Yeah got me too!!.. stupid elbow

Does the wind damage the spacesuit or the astronaut

edit on 12-4-2011 by cahlmac because: spelling

posted on Apr, 12 2011 @ 02:18 PM
reply to post by AnteBellum

The vast majority of sites on the internet say the same thing:

"One common yet erroneous explanation for this word's origin is that it comes from flutterby. What we do know, instead, is that this word is very old (pre-8th century). It was originally buturfliogæ, a compound of butere "butter" and fleoge "fly". Why butter? Some suggest that it was due to many butterflies being yellow in color, like butter. Others believe it is based upon the yellow excrement of butterflies. Still others hold to the notion that butterflies were thought to land in kitchens and drink milk or butter left uncovered (this, interestingly, is supported by a German word for butterfly, milchdieb "milk-thief"). "

If you find one that says it used to be flutterby it is most likely a reprint of this list or a joke.

Most people agree though, that flutterby is better.

I do like to use a lot of made up words like "disgrossting" (discusting and gross)

posted on Apr, 12 2011 @ 02:48 PM

Originally posted by AnteBellum
At least 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow.

DAMMIT! I did it wrong! I tried licking my elbow before I even read this!

posted on Apr, 12 2011 @ 03:23 PM
i knew the charlie chaplin fact but i did try licking my elbow before i read the last fact.

posted on Apr, 14 2011 @ 10:29 AM
My sister is ridiculously double jointed and she can lick her elbow!!!!!
She actually made $50 doing it at an exhibition, it was one of those "get people on stage to make fools of themselves" type thing.

Yeah she did look silly but hey, she got $50 for 5 seconds work.

posted on Apr, 14 2011 @ 07:24 PM
Actually, I know a couple of people who can, in fact, lick their elbow.
Oh, nevermind... already been said.
edit on 14/4/2011 by BlendingUnicorns because: Somebody already stated.

posted on Apr, 14 2011 @ 07:35 PM
I saw a Butterfly Flutter by..

and yes, i also tried to lick my elbow..

posted on Apr, 15 2011 @ 05:30 AM
Oh.... lick your elbow !!!!!! Oooops

posted on Apr, 16 2011 @ 04:08 PM
Unless this was posted elsewhere and I missed it, a contribution for this thread. More Interesting Facts. Hopefully this is considered a contribution.

posted on Apr, 16 2011 @ 04:23 PM
'someone typed it so it must be true'
ugh i'm an idiot and know that half the stuff in that list is false.
less copy 'n' paste please.

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